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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 07-12-2010

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 187
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is of malt up front with some very earthy and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is fairly drinkable but not something I would go after again. (571 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: two finger head with nice retention and lacing on a hazy golden with copper hues body.

S: very sweet with mostly candied citrus and pineapple.

T: I think this one is bad. the malts and hops mingle in the finish to make an earthy and metallic note with a touch of an unwanted aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think I have an old bottle. I took a chance on it. Too metallic with unwanted aftertaste. I guess my review is not really a reflection on the beer overall. Date your bottles please (526 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrus and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a hop forward beer that isn't that difficult to drink and has a nice mixture of citrus and pine resin flavors from the hops. (715 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 6.5% ABV. Another selection from the Kahala Whole Foods, whilst on a vacation/wedding/honeymoon sojourn to these islands.

This beer pours a clear, glassy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly dirty beige head, which leaves some random island archipelago lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of toasted bready malt, a small twinge of caramel, thin citrus peel and leafy hops, with a mildly metallic lukewarm booze edge. The taste is bitter resinous pine, nondescript citrus rind, some earthy herbal, somewhat spicy notes, and a sturdy bready caramel malt.

The carbonation is a bit zingy, but in support of a commendable cause, the body an oh-so-close-to medium weight, and smooth, but for the offsetting edgy hops. It finishes off-dry, the underappreciated grainy malt still having its hands full with the lingering resinous hops.

NorCal, SouCal, can't everyone just be friends? Anyway, this is a wee bit too herbal, without the heavy-handed (once introduced, one yearns for it) requisite citrus gatekeeper, but still with a game-saving bitterness, to justify recommendation to those who may still hold sectarian Cali biases... (1,186 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another new Moylan's ware to try.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich clear medium to full golden with a thinner but well defined white head atop.Whoo big resiny hops in the nose,sharp and in your face,there is also a grapefruit rind note that is just as brash,a hop lovers dream right here.Dry and sharp on the palate,the hops come off bitter and resiny with not much fruitiness to them,there is a semblence of a sweet biscuit malt base underneath the hop onslaught but it really plays a smaller role.A hopheads beer if you like resiny bitter instead of fruity hops,I like both,and I like this beer, this is hardcore. (630 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, orange-golden body with a two-finger-high stand of whitish froth.

Smell: Citric-scented and smelling of sap-glazed pine needles, with lighter, lesser underlying notes of malt and yeast.

Taste: Starts biscuity, follows with a touch of crisp grains. Small amount of short-lived, honeyish sweetness. Full of pithy grapefruit, lightly grassy, and with a coating of resin. The bitterness is big and rather insistent of staying around. Once the hops hit the tongue, it's well past the slow, bitter, pithy finish when they finally fade off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit of oiliness rolling over the tongue.

Overall: It's fine, it's nice enough for a try, though, all in all, I'd have been happier with just a bomber of their standard IPA. (856 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a healthy, two and a half finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body.

S - Spicy, sweaty hops with a hint of pine in the background and a backdrop of bready malt.

T - Sweet bready malt up front with some spicy hop notes. A touch of orange it the middle with more thick malt and a finsh of grassy, spicy hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is decent, but the flavor profile really falls flat and seems like it has lost a lot of what it once may have been. So, is it old or just poorly made? we will never know since someone couldn't be bothered to put a date on their bottles and under those circumstances I have to assume it is as the brewer intended it to be. (737 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This starts off looking a bit promising, but seems to go wayward in numerous areas at first. There seems to be more malt in use than I would have expected, and it does show prominently. As times goes on it gets more tolerable, though I suppose me choosing a word such as tolerable is telling in of itself. Decent, but could have been so much more. (Better as it warms.) (369 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange pale copper hue with a slightly off white head, forms thick and bubbled. Aroma has citric layers/grapefruit pretty much upfront. Flavor doesn't seem as vibrantly hoppy as it should be but it's got a nice redeeming bitterness a bit of citrus peel but overall it's hop flavor fades to the bitterness and light biscuit malts. Why no date on the bottle I don't know but there's a ton of Moylan's floating around Pittsburgh, this was picked up at Giant Eagle Market District. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with hop oils, a bit of alcohol. Drinkability is pretty pour I need fresh Nor Cal, it would be much more complex and fresh hops helps this type of experience. This isn't so old that I'm getting off flavors just the hops are less vibrant than a super hoppy fresh version. (784 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap 1702, Tucson; October 2011
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, pale head. The beer is a clear, slightly copper tinged, deep gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. My nose is greeted by a righteously hoppy blast of tangelo zest, ripe lychee, ample floral tropical fruit notes, super fruit driven bright citrus notes and perhaps a hint of dank / herbal and perhaps a touch of pine. The nose is exactly what I want to find in a proper IPA.

A biting bitterness grips the palate up front and just holds on through to the long finish where it significantly dries out the beer. The bitterness, backed by a piquant pine like character and a dankly herbacaous hop character is the dominant hop flavor in this beer, but there is a soft, somewhat supporting hoppy fruit character that provides notes of lychee, floral, tropical peach and super ripe tangelo. This beer is quite dry throughout, which is why the hop fruit character is so surpressed in the flavor; it is also quite light bodied and extremely quaffable; this beer drinks quite dangerously for its strength. Because of the dryness, this beer is aggressively hoppy in a tongue flagellating, abrasive way (definitely a beer for the hop lovers out there). The malt plays a distant, extremely supporting role here, it barely contributes a touch of pale biscuit maltiness and perhaps a touch of cracker like character that lingers a bit in the finish.

A thoroughly aggressive, quite dry, IPA; it is almost a touch too dry as much of the bright, promised fruitiness from the nose is greatly suppressed in the flavor. A beer that is definitely for the hop heads out there, but I wish there was a touch more residual malt character that could have accentuated more of the fruit leaning hop notes in the flavor. (1,819 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

happy to give this a try on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours lighter almond amber, clear, lite oatmeal head, stays a spell, before going to a nice sheen/tiny bubble film, and leaves ample fine lacing.

Hop cone nose is always a pleasure, here with floral and spice accents.

Full flavor pale, hops are fresh and glowing on the palate. Earthy, resiny, and fresh tasting. Nice hoppy pale, worth a try or two if available at your local tavern or bottle shop (471 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moylan's NorCal IPA

Pours a dark orange with a chill haze. Soapy head forms and has good staying power. Aroma of citrus hops, floral, soapy, and some toasted malts as well. The first thing that struck me was how malt forward this beer is, with an almost scottish/scotch style malting, then a lot of citrus, grapefruit and pine. There is a pretty even balance; with nutty, biscuity, toasted flavor and citrusy, bitter pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and decently carbonated. Overall, I'd call this a Scottish IPA, and it is interesting. (559 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I quite enjoyed Moylan's Kilt Lifter when I had it a couple of years ago. I'm not quite sure exactly why it's taken me this long to try another of their brews. This one pours a pale golden colour with a fine bubbled, but collapsing head of white foam. Some lacing, but it's minimal, staying in drips and drabs around the glass. Not bad.

Nose is ripe with fresh pine notes, quite strong and pungent, and extremely sharp. Minimal sweetness, either from malt, or from fruity hop characters, but it's to the point at least. Slight chlorine character comes off it after a while. OK, but a bit one-dimensional, and not all that exciting.

Taste is pungently bitter, with the piney hops giving a big dollop throughout most of the palate. When if finally recedes, there's a pleasant vanilla character left, which is something of a relief, but again, it's a little one-sided. Some pepper becomes noticeable later, but it's just another sharp character in a beer that doesn't need to be any more pointed.

Feel is light and smooth, but a little flat as well.

I appreciate the robustness of the beer overall, but it's just a little too unbalanced to my mind. Hey, I love hops as much as the next guy, but this just sears the palate too much, and it ends up being difficult to drink a lot of. (1,282 characters)

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This Nor Cal IPA pours an impressive burnt orange that is extremely clean and clear. The head is small, but quite bubbly releasing enticing aromatics.

S - the nose is dominated by the citrusy notes of the hops coupled with an abundance of piney aromas.

T - An unexpected malt character is balanced very nicely with the hops. The taste is dry, refreshing, and crisp, but doesn't linger on the palate dissipating quickly leaving hop bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium-body.

D - A good beer, from a great brewery. Definitely worth trying if available, but wouldnt seek it out. (594 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber, perhaps more of an orange colour, with a thin, fine, eggshell cap. Decent head retention with some spotty/streaky lacing. Aromas of oranges and biscuit, grapefruit and malt. Citrus bitterness with a bit of harshness in the finish, grain and biscuit/bread, grapefruit and orange, slight alcohol. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, a bit dry and creamy. Nicely put together, but I'm not a big fan of the malt profile with these hops. (454 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden blonde with a huge head that fades to leave some lacing on the glass. The label extols the virtues of dry-hopping.

My nose struggles to find the hops, though they are certainly there. Just a touch of pine upfront is all I can tell.

A short burst of pine greets the tongue. Not much of anything else. More malt-forward than previously thought.

Dry-hopping is a non-starter in the nose and the taste reflects it. You still get that nice lingering bitterness at the back.

Not bad but the main appeal is gone because when you dry-hop something, the aroma fades over time, the longer it's on the shelf, etc. (619 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a two finger high white head on top. Retains for a bit, leaving plenty of lacing all over the glass while drinking.

Bitter and pithy in the nose with pine. Some lighter bread notes with a light touch of warmth. Fairly simple.

Pine bitterness up front with some citrus peel and grapefruit flavor. Some orange notes before the bready backbone kicks in. Not too sweet, but with a touch of caramel. Finishes with a mounting pine bitterness and very soft warmth.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Drinks pretty well, nice piney, bitter West coast style beer. (678 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is richly hoppy with a firm grapefruit undertone, what I expect from a good IPA, with just a whisper of honey sweetness. It pours a pretty clear coppery amber with a thick, fluffy, white head that hangs around for just a bit. Flavor is quite hoppy and a little bitter, with an undertone of sour citrus - mainly grapefruit - and a hint of honey sweetness that balances the bitterness nicely. Smooth texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice hoppy finish that has bitter, sour and sweet tones. (504 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber color, somewhat hazy, with a big frothy eggshell color head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is a beautiful yeasty malt herbal hop. The flavor brings more yeasty, multi-grain bread with a stick to your ribs herbal hop. Really nice and highly edible. It’s medium bodied or better with modest but adequate carbonation. It really brings a strong yeast theme on top of the grainy hops. Pretty unique and reasonably drinkable. (436 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had several samples at the Petrol Station in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A one finger white head forms with decent retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Big floral hops up front that I love. Herbal and tea like with some fresh cut grass. Really green. Some citrus as well as some sweetness for balance. Just the way I like my IPA's.
T: Follows the nose with tons of floral and grassy hops. Plenty of citrus as well. There is some sweetness. Overall a very well balanced IPA, that I enjoy a lot.
M/D: A medium to full body. Perfectly carbonated. Crisp, and very dry. Very textured. Just a bit of alcohol, but very easy to quaff.

I had this side by side with Stone IPA, and it held up really well. Overall an excellent IPA with tons of hop flavor. Really no bitterness to speak of, just floral and grassy hops that is really dry. This is the way I like my IPA's. Something I highly recommend. (908 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows piney hops, along with peach and floral notes. Underneath is biscuit-like malt and caramel.
Very hop-focussed flavours, lots of resinous pine and a massive sharp bitterness. Not much malt.
Slightly overcarbed. (251 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to light copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, faint grapefruit hops and somewhat like an English maltiness. In the taste, starts with pine hops and ends with grapefruity citrus, and a quite large maltiness. A small bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Kind of English like, nice hop but but malt mellows it out. (392 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades moderately quickly leaving some spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit citrus hop mixed with a little bit of tangerine sweetness. With these citrus aromas so too comes a pine and light earthy hop smell as well as a bit of breadiness.

Taste – The taste begins with a decent showing of the grapefruit hop that was detected in the nose. A lighter breadiness and caramel sweetness is present upfront, with these two flavors fading as the taste moves on. While these flavors fade a bit, of a light fruit flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle. This fruit however is largely overshadowed by the hop, which now becomes a blend of grapefruit and pine. In the end a somewhat drier and moderately hoppy taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both rather appropriate for the style as well as for the abv and make for a clean drinking and crisp brew.

Overall – It is a very drinkable and middle of the road IPA. Nothing too special, but enjoyable none the less. (1,250 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale bronzey colour with fair amount of bead and nice generous head, off-white with nice dense puffery on top. Looks good.

Smell is lovely, fruity and tangy. Lots of citrus without a lot of bitterness. Nice floral notes with lavender, rosewater, a touch of lychee and fair amount of sherbet. Bit of pine and white pepper as well for good measure. Lovely hop fragrance.

Taste is lovely upfront, with lots of caramelly malt and early hops. Citrus-forward with floral tang; lavender, peach and orange peel. Some sherbet late-mid, then some hop whallop rises up late but assertively. Very bitter - lots of citrus rind and some white pepper and pine resin. Big bitterness punch that lingers but is only intense for the right amount of time and ends actually rather nutty. Very pleasant IPA palate, just hits all the right notes.

Fairly full, bit of fizz but not harsh. Decent.

Not exactly the most drinkable of beers because the bitterness is very assertive, some more mid-late hopping could help the balance as it moves towards the bitter finish. But for the most part a very enjoyable IPA. (1,101 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a honey-amber with a thin off-white head that receded into a thin film that lasted the whole beer through. Great retention, not so great lacing.
S: Notes of pineapple, honey sweet malt, green leafy hops and maybe a touch of ambiguous tropical fruit.
T: Just like in typical Moylan's fashion this is a very green and "leafy" tasting beer. Not as crushingly bitter as some of their other offerings, but this is still one heck of a bitter beer for an IPA. Flavors start leafy and grassy and then get fairly malty and sweet. Finish is a fresh type of bitterness. I get notes of tea all the way through.
M: Medium-full body and soft carbonation but the bitter aftertaste lingers forever on this one.
D: Not a bad IPA, above average in flavor I'd say, but nowhere close to as good as their other hoppy offerings. It's still pretty palate wrecking all around, which doesn't really make me want to drink another one. (978 characters)

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NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.