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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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82
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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of david131
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with numerous strings of rising carbonation. The head is thick and craggy with excellent retention. It doesn't get any better than this for the style.

S- Caramel, pine, citrus rind, and grass. Aromatic and a but old school, but not in a bad way.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Definitely borders on the old school style IPA. Not bad but not particularly unique.

M- Abundant carbonation, in a good way. The lasting bitterness is spot on.

O- A bit old school but it is well made. This beer could still get lost in the IPA shuffle.

Photo of busterthecat
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is a kind of filtered orange and the smell is a mostly malty up front with a slight grapefruit fragrance. The taste is the opposite with a strong grapefruit hoppy taste with a slight malt in the midst. Mouthfeel is just average to me. Overall a solid IPA and I've had it a few times.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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...

Photo of dougmiller112
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pretty typical beer color - light mahogany, light sienna.

Smell: Earthy. Some raisons. Piney, maybe cedar for sure. Everyone mentions resins. I'm not sure what they means, but they could be right.

Taste: Definitely hoppy. I can taste the pine, too.

Mouthfeel: This is a somewhat confusing, but intersting beer. It has a somewha thick feel.

Overall: I would definitely try this again. 22 ounces doesn't seem to be enough to make up my mind. After it's gone, it has made me very happy :)

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- foam spilled out once opened after sitting on the counter for 20 minutes. Pours a light golden with huge, neary full glass of thin white foam. Big bubble, blotches all over the glass.

S- lemon, tons of pine and dank grassy smell.

T- lightly toasted malts, slightly sour lemon, with big pine bitterness and some grassy taste.

M- light body, high carbonation. Fairly easy to drink with long grassy bitter aftertaste.

O- just an ok ipa. Hops overtake the malt and makes for an unbalanced beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DaveONan
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of evilkalla
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Ale glass.

A: Pours clear and golden. Barely any head though. A fair amount of carbonation is visible. No haze to speak of. Very nice.

S: Piney and resinous hops, with orange and lemon peels. Quite a bit of malt in there as well.

T: IMMEDIATE blast of bitterness followed by hints of malt. Bitterness is absolutely huge. Holy cow. Maybe a little unbalanced in its bitterness but I still love it.

M: Not thin but not thick either. Very nice.

O: Very good IPA. Very bitter. I love it.

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.