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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
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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Ratings: 181 | Reviews: 67
Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +10.5%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of spicelab
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of fox227
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of mikechance
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  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.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of BJRHOMEBREW
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured golden with a with a thin copper head that dissipates quickly.

AR: Light floral hop aroma with string notes of biscuit malt. Hop aroma almost seems a bit flat or stale.

T: Slightly bitter with notes of grapefruit and other citrus fruits with a pretty one dimensional biscuit malt profile.

M: Light with a harsh bitterness that lingers on the finish.

O: A pretty standard IPA, but with beers like hopsickle and kilt lifter i expected more from Moylan's.

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of azdback
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark orange that is clear and full of carbonation bubbles Head is two fingers, bright white and frothy in appearance. Lace is looking sticky and like it's gonna stay for a while, and It does in patchy rings.

Pith of orange smells from the hops. I am also getting some yeast smells. Not much more.

Taste is an unbelievable bitter citrus hop. My second sip was a bit different. The bitter was there but of sweet tastes comes out. I at first thought of caramel but almost immediately changed my mind to cotton candy. It is short lived though in the swallow. As this warms it's bitterness mellows and the sweetness comes out. Quite enjoyable.

The mouth is average for the style and does get better with some time and warmness. It doesn't ever ease off on the bitter though.

Overall I enjoyed this one. It is the pucker up kind of IPA all the way. Recommended.

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a small beer-bar in Hiroshima. Imported beer in Japan can often be a little less fresh than it should be, but I was just floored by the freshness and tastiness of this -- it just oozed fresh piney and grapefruity hop taste, and smelled great. It was also a lovely deep bronze color with a smallish but creamy and attractive lacing.

This is exactly what I want an American IPA to be.

Photo of Crabbicuss
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to tulip glass.

A - Pours a semi-clear orange which surges to a foamy head beginning with micro bubbles fading to a fluffy 1/4" head with some sparse lacing. Semi decent retention.

S - Powerful citric whiff upfront with some pine aroma and a late hidden note of pineapple or weak sweet malt presence (caramel?).

T - Immediate hit of citrus (very concentrated) with an earthy pine follow up. There is a slightly sweet finish but the mouth is left with a bitter after taste wanting a touch more sweetening malt(s). I do taste some roast, not sure if that is the unmalted barley being roasted, though the appearance of the beer doesn't indicate any roasted ingredients.

M - Medium body with a little less than average carbonation. A slight to moderate bittering aftertaste which lingers throughout.

D - First off, to be fair to this beer I did not see the carton from which it came so I can't assume the freshness. Moylan's dates their cartons, not bottles, so perhaps I picked up a less than fresh bomber. Another possible detractor is that this bomber was on the shelf and NOT in the cooler. It does state on the bottle "Live Ale! Keep Refrigerated" and in this case it wasn't. If the contributing "fresh" hops in this beer are to be present, up front and balanced to the malts, then I missed it. Again that could be due to the bottling date which I will never know. I do plan to go back and try this one again once confirming the freshness but hope it doesn't leave me with the current opinion I have that it lacks some balance, especially regarding a Cali style IPA.

I hope the BA God's allow me to refine my review once I've retained and sampled a confirmed FRESH bottle of this stuff.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of paganbeast
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden orange in color, with incredibly light lacing. The aroma isn't very striking, some citrus and grassy notes.

The mouthfeel is very thin, light bubbles and a bit watery.

Strong initial taste of grapefruit rind. The bitterness mellows out after a few sips. The hops really flow throughout this beer, there is so little malt balance that it doesn't suit my palate.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with golden highlighting and a tall white head that exhibits nice cragginess as it slowly recedes. The lacing is ice on this pretty damn fine looking cake.

The nose is definitely hopping, bringing the citrus fruits right up to the nose. Brighter than herbal or spicy, but hints of each as well. Earthy notes with a hint of malt sweetness round it out. Nice again.

The flavor is frankly a let-down for me. As I re-smell the nose, I do notice the toasted barley note that overtakes the hops. Some would call it balance, but I don't need it in my west coast IPA. A little more floral than bitter-citric, still somewhat earthy and herbal. Booze is well-hidden.

The body is a little thin, led too much by that malty note. Dry finish, nice and bitter long after the quaff, which is nice. Altogether, it's an interesting mix of really well done and falling a little short.

Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a Black Star Co-op glass.

Moylan's NorCal IPA pours with a slightly hazy tangerine hue. The head is thin and spittle-white in color, and retains well despite leaving little in the way of lacing. The aroma presents a well-rounded bouquet of tropical fruit and piny hops, with notes of pineapple, mango, dark rum, and peach. Malt bill brings sugar cane and light caramel to the nose.

The flavor is atypical of Moylan's hop-forward beers in that the hop bitterness greatly exceeds the hop flavor, so much so that crushed aspirin lingers long after each sip. Reminds me a bit of drinking orange juice right after brushing my teeth...still, the tropical fruits do make a brief appearance mid-palate with some caramel malts to keep the resemblance of an IPA. Mouthfeel is thin for the style and sharp with minerals and a tongue-raking hop bite. Not the best release from Moylan's, but it's still decent drinking when all is said and done.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy nectarine-orange color with two fingers of creamy off-white head.

Hop-dominated aroma of grapefruit, lemon zest and grass. Malts not in play at this point.

The taste opens with a big and bitter hoppiness of grass and grapefruit which, as it fades, reveals a nice amount of caramel maltiness. Light bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Not one of my favorites but an enjoyable IPA from Moylan.

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NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
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