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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 07-12-2010)
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Photo of gpogo
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

gpogo, Dec 07, 2011
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.

xnicknj, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of MareInfinitus
4/5  rDev +10.8%

MareInfinitus, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +10.8%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +10.8%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +10.8%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
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

Billolick, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bastu
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

bastu, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jvillefan
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

jvillefan, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

oberon, Oct 14, 2011
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.

Macca, Oct 13, 2011
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.

srandycarter, Oct 13, 2011
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.

Seanibus, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my dad for bringing this and a few other goodies home from chicago!

22oz. bottle out of the fridge poured into a snifter. no freshness date. the bottle has this listed as 6.5% ABV.

pours out a nice looking, slightly cloudy orange/ amber color. a nice big 2+ fingers of foamy slightly off white head, formed somewhat of a cap off of the pour. some nice sticky lace. very nice retention.

a nice balanced aroma. pine resins and slightly spicy hops are balanced by a caramel, buttered, biscuity malt.

again, a very nice balance. lots of resinous pine takes over the palate and then is balanced by a very nice biscuit slightly candied caramel malt. big resinous, slightly spicy hop finish with lots of lingering bitterness that sticks to the palate.

medium bodied, lots of sticky malt and resinous hops. sharp bitterness. carbonation is just a tad lively for the style.

overall, i thought this was a solid ipa, some nice resiny pine qualities and definatly some nice malt. i feel as the few reviews of this beer do little justice to it.

dogfishandi, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden caramel hue with a fast vanishing two finger head and very sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is honey soy,light piney hops with citrus and herbs,the mouthfeel is only light bodied and very sessionable and not exactly how i like my AIPA's but it does have subtle tastes of honey malts,light piney resinous hops,a touch of 100% orange juice and finished with a bittersweet mix of sticky toffee and bitter grapefruit and overall its an alright session drop but wouldnt remember it or seek out anytime in the near future and if i didnt see it again i wouldnt lose any sleep cheers.

ADZA, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of spicelab
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Beermasons.

Orange stained glass. Two centimetre sudsy white head. Drops gradually leaving a nicely raised ring.

Quite malt forward, with a healthy quota of savoury, caramel and nutty aromas. Hop character is subdued at first, and comprised mostly of pine with the barest fresh grass notes. As it warms get increasing amounts of sherbety citrus.

More hop forward, led by bitter grapefruit, mint and earthy pine. Still a solid biscuity caramel malt backbone but doesn't quite carry the character in the aroma.

Medium bodied with a deceptively long fresh bitterness. Well hidden carbonation.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but a decently structured and tasty IPA.

spicelab, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Natural carbonation. Tan head. Big bubbles. Nice retention. The color is a nice golden red-orange. Clear and fresh looking.

Smell: This is a extremely sweet beer. It smells of floral and herbaceous hops. Lemon citrus, grass and melon rind. The malts and candied and caramel but overall too sweet.

Taste: It taste more like a typical west coast pale ale than an IPA. It isn't that bitter and it is the malt balance pushes it towards the APA side. I taste sugar. The hops taste of grass, roses, and lychee fruit. The character doesn't develop in the way that I'd like.

Mouthfeel: The balance leans to the malt side. It has a good medium feel and there is some serious chewy malt character. Not too bad.

Overall: This is a beginners IPA. Nothing too assertive. I do find the bitterness to be slightly cloying. I think the recipe should be revamped

BerkeleyBeerMan, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark gold, very small head, no real retention.

S: Hoppy smell, with sweet cotton candy perfume, some stone fruit.

T: Sadly, the taste doesn't follow the nose. The dominate characteristics would have to be lemon and pine. It's a very earthy, not very smooth flavor. But I have to give it props: it tastes like a West Coast brewed IPA, which is what I wanted.

M: Wow, this is dry. Hops are present on the tongue, but it's balanced.

O: I was excited to try a beer from Moylan's, but maybe this wasn't the best beer to start on. I say the "IPA" printed on the label, a reasonable price, and took the chance. A good beer, but not a great one. I'll be trying more from their line up later.

fox227, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of mikechance
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice rusty amber color with a two-three finger head. Lots of hops in the nose and citrus scents you would expect from a Northern California IPA. A nice mixture of hops and malts not too dominate on either side --- good balance. It’s a medium bodied drink that is pretty smooth and bitter at the end.

mikechance, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

laituegonflable, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Durge, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a mildly hazy,dull,amber with a ridiculously dense,3 inches of pearly white foam
that diminished very slowly and left gummy strands of lace.

S-Slightly subdued grapefruit-like citrus,floral hop notes,fresh herbs,pine and a slight hint of white pepper.

T-More grassy,floral hops,slight citric bitterness,biscuity malts and pine.Very earthy and perfumey.

M-Semi-slick with a pleasant tingle and light/medium body.Nice,dry finish.

O-Decent go-to IPA.

StlHopHead77, May 24, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a Redoak globe glass. Purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield.

Orange golden appearance, with a white head of foam measuring two fingers. The bubbles of foam are very defined and surprisingly big.

Smells of fruit salad originally finishing with pine. Smells quite fresh, even with a trip round the world behind it. No date on the bottle to tell how old it is.

Taste doesn't flow with the smell. Quite hoppy but tasting a little pungent and stale.

The body is a touch watery and thin for the rest of the beer. The finish is bitter, as you would expect, but lacks any real direction. Not driving you to take another sip, nor is it rounding it off real well or ruining one of your senses.

Overall, quite disappointing given the reputation of the brewer/brewery and my past experience with their beers. Perhaps it didn't survive the journey too well, given the smell is good and the rest struggles.

MrKennedy, May 18, 2011
NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.