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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! - Moylan's Brewery

Orange & Black Congrats Ale!Orange & Black Congrats Ale!

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BA SCORE
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%


Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BigB415 on 03-27-2011)
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
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TheSixthRing

California

2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep ruby brown with a tan, 2 finger head. Fair retention, leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Predominant orange aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee sitting beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose - orange sweetness, backed by moderate chocolate notes and a very light coffee character. Very sweet. Almost cloying. No real bitterness to be found anywhere in this beer to give it proper balance.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. moderate carbonation. Probably thinner than it should be. Goes down smooth.

Overall - Brewed to honor the Champions, but this is clearly not cut from the same cloth. Almost no bitterness to be found. This is supposed to be hoppy? Yeah, no. As a beer in and of itself, it's average. As a 'Black IPA' it fails completely. I love the Giants, but this is no World Champion beer. Not even close.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:33:51 | More by TheSixthRing
More User Reviews:
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BierJager89

California

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reveling in the WS victory of my hometown team (SF Giants), I saw this and had to buy, not only because it was from a great brewery and a celebration of my favorite team's WS victory, but also because it sounded amazing. Black ale brewed with oranges? Yum!

A: Black with a short mocha head.

S: Orange is there, but not dominant. It smells like a black ale, with lots of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt and coffee, as well as a citric, slightly floral hoppiness.

T: Orange is still not as present or fresh as I had hoped for, as those same roasty notes and dark fruits take center stage amidst the orange flavor and hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Delicious, though the fresh orange flavors and scents I was hoping for weren't there.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:47:12 | More by BierJager89
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hickmancase

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-02-2013 06:12:48 | More by hickmancase
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sevenshubby

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-25-2013 03:31:19 | More by sevenshubby
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-21-2013 19:58:28 | More by AgentMunky
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Spaz7

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-18-2013 21:11:29 | More by Spaz7
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-09-2013 04:14:36 | More by Zbeetleman
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ESPNman

California

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar (it's what I have on hand right now)

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black. A rough pour results in only a thin film of head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Plenty of roastiness up front, with a considerable amount of chocolate and orange in there as well. Not much of a hop presence, but it does have a bit of a bitter herbal flower to the nose.

T - Like delicious victory. Seriously, though, this one has a real interesting flavor profile. The cocoa and orange remind me of one of those whack-and-unwrap chocolate oranges... but only this time in beer form. Some roast up front, an astringent bitterness throughout, and a orange flavor that isn't overwhelming or overly fake-tasting. Pretty solid stuff.

M - Good, lively carbonation. Finishes medium-dry and leaves your mouth feeling oddly clean. I think that's probably the citrus in the beer.

O - As an experimental "orange and black" beer goes, I'd call it a great success. It's not something that should be introduced into the regular rotation, but to celebrate the Giants' WS victory, this is a very fitting brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 19:28:28 | More by ESPNman
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a a scarlet-tinged mahogany with a finger of tan head. Okay lacing & a trace of head retention

S: Cocoa & orange notes, nose opens up as this warms

T: Cocoa & slight charred grain , a touch of orange up front. More orange & a touch of baker's chocolate as this warms, faint charred grain notes, mostly orange though & some dryness. Finishes with some Terry's Orange Biscuit notes & whispers of charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice balance, warming

I really enjoyed this, one the better Moylan's beers I've had in a while. This would work for me as a breakfast beer when a coffee beer seems too heavy

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 06:15:27 | More by russpowell
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-03-2013 18:01:21 | More by tommyguz
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-02-2013 15:06:55 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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IRONRakkasan

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-02-2013 02:08:44 | More by IRONRakkasan
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-13-2013 04:53:29 | More by Hoptometrist
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-08-2012 18:08:33 | More by t0rin0
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

10-14-2012 01:05:03 | More by EFR94
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jmbraxton

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

10-13-2012 03:52:15 | More by jmbraxton
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LeapintoBeer


5/5  rDev +40.8%

09-26-2012 21:01:28 | More by LeapintoBeer
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some distinct orange flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and an interesting combination of ingredients.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 06:38:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

06-22-2012 20:57:03 | More by gleemonger
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lsummers

California

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is the best thing about this beer, a dark beer that has a slight amber tint. Some ok lacing as the head diminishes.

Smell isn't overly impressive, I do like the chocolate grains coming through, maybe it's my imagination but I swear I smell a hint of orange.

Taste is nice, very drinkable black ale, tastes like it might be under 5% not at 6. It has a hint of chocolate and orange. The grains come through a good bit with possibly some smokiness.

Mouthfeel is good, very light feeling with nice carbonation. If I were big into black ales this one might be sessionable.

Overall, I feel like if I skipped this one I wouldn't be missing much. I might not remember it. But it is a good beer, it just falls into the crowd.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 18:59:58 | More by lsummers
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-08-2012 03:41:45 | More by TonyTalon
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-07-2012 21:39:14 | More by atone315
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leprakhan

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-03-2012 21:10:27 | More by leprakhan
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a hint of cream. I don't get any of the orange zest in the aroma, but it comes through up front in the flavor. It is joined by some cream and roasted malt and chocolate. Even with all of this, something just doesn't work with this beer and I didn't really find it better than average. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 03:12:55 | More by Mora2000
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jmccraney

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-13-2012 16:16:01 | More by jmccraney
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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
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