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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 07-12-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden honey with an amber hue. Nice white fluffy head and medium sticky retention.

Smell is light citrusy, fruity, with a hint of soapiness.

Tastes and feels of bitter earthy hops, a hint of grapefruit from the start to the middle and a smooth crisp finish. Kind of one note.

I liked the beer, simple but good, hops are on the forefront of this beer, but it's nowhere near overpowering. I think the Hopsicle offering from the same company has more of what I am looking for, but that review has yet to come.

DOA

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.5% on bottle label, as well as Moylan's claiming that the IPA style "provides a stimulating assault on all senses." So I'll make sure to listen to this beer, the sense that we all forgot to use when tasting beer. Right?

Well, doncha know, it is an audible beer, the head crackling and snapping with intensity. The head is a slightly dirtied white, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass. Color is a glistening copper-amber color with a lot of clarity (no hop haze).

This aroma floors me. I cannot NOT love this smell. It's a resin explosion, yet doesn't seem like it'll taste anything but balanced, and it's got a candy-like sweetness, toffee and salty taffy both. Plenty of California IPA personality, ie. hoppy as hell, yet never forgets to bring plenty of malt along. Oh, you're supposed to taste this too? Almost forgot.

Beautifully bitter on the tongue, also having that interesting character known as "resin" (let's cut to the chase, it tastes like resin from a hash pipe might taste). Sharp edge of grapefruit peel also, some astringent/unripe tangerine. It's interesting how there's a very, very strong suggestion of maltiness here -- and maybe that's the interesting burnt flavor that lingers. You know the malt is trying to exert a little bit of influence/balance here, but its presence hangs back in the shadows. Very much unlike the aroma, which seems to hint at more malt inclusion. A bit soapy in the finish, more grapefruit too. The totality of the taste is exceptionally pleasing, if you can handle the bitterness.

Soft, smooth, round, lighter body but hardly thin. More malt and bigger body would have pushed this easily over the edge into double IPA territory.

I don't know, maybe I've just lost my mind, but this is a fantastic IPA! I've tried to lay off the super-hoppy beers of late, it's easy to burn out on them, but I love my hops. Also, hop lovers tend to get jaded quickly, and I think I did, so maybe it takes a twisted flavor like NorCal IPA to bring a hophead back around to praising the freaky flower once again. All I know is this is superb and one of the better Moylan's beers in a stable of usually really good (and hop-heavy) beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of gpogo
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear light golden amber color with a cream colored head. Quite a bit of bubble traffic.

A- Floral, grapefruit, and pine with a slight bready caramel background. The malt is really faint, but adds a sweetness to the aroma. Very nice aroma.

T- Fell a bit flat of the aroma. Bitterness and a light hop flavor. Slight toastiness, but rather weak in both the malt and hop flavor profile.

M- Light body with moderate carbonation.

D- The aroma was delicious. The flavor was a bit weaker than I was hoping, but it isn't as alcoholic and heavy as I expected either. Good, but not great.

Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of bastu
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jvillefan
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a golden amber color with a small white head when poured into a regular pint glass.

S: The aroma has two very dominate characters to it: citrus and hop. There was a subtle hint of pine as well.

T: The taste was very sharp due to the citrus character that is given away in the aroma. The beer has that pleasant bitterness the is associated with ipas and hops.

M: The beer has less viscosity than expected but the mouthfeel is still average relative to most beers. The carbonation was average at best.

O: I would recommend this beer only if there is nothing better to drink. Overall, it is a good beer.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Macca
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden colour with a solid bright white head. Good retention. Good looking beer.

Those big hoppy notes jumped out at me even as I was pouring this. Citrus and floral. Some sweetness as well hiding in behind.

The malt profile is the first thing that struck me on the palate. Quite full but not really sweet given the huge amount of hops that have been shoved in. Very assertive bitterness but not out of proportion.

Full bodied.

I've given this a pretty decent score because I can see that it is well made and ticks a lot of boxes but it's not really a style that I like.

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear bright copper, nice but small white head. Slow to leave and has promise of some good sticky cling lace.

S - Hops take the seat, mostly citrus. Some sweet malt in the back.

T - I like malty IPAs and this is one of them. Sweet up front, nice bittering at end.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance. Some Depth there.

D - Sessionable for sure.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy yellow with a big, dense, longlasting head. The aroma is firm and crisp, with pale malt, a little nuttiness, and a clean, subdued hop character. The flavor is far maltier than one would expect, with a large, bitter graininess and a tight, all-encompassing bitterness that wraps the tongue like Meyer lemon. There is a certain flatness in the back end that suggests the relationship to broad English pub bitters. The mouthfeel is prickly and lively.

NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.