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NorCal IPA - Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
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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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.

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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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.


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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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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Photo of gpogo
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of jvillefan
3.55/5  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.

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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.

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Photo of Macca
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of fox227
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mikechance
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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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.

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2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
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