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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! - Moylan's Brewery

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

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 85
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BigB415 on 03-27-2011

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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange & Black Congrats Ale! is as black as Brian Wilson's beard and has a head that's just as bushy. This tan, sponge-like specimen doesn't sink or split an inch - by the looks of it, it will stick around long after the inky, opaque liquid beneath finds its way to my belly.

Any given day in San Francisco you're likely to experience autumn, summer and spring weather, all within 24 hours; the one season it never seems to be here is winter and yet this beer, because it smells so reminiscent of those chocolate-covered oranges, reminds me explicitly of Christmas. Actually, the orange zest is almost redolent of clove and cardamon.

Indeed! The orange zest is definitely more savory than citrusy. In fact, the taste is almost pumpkin-y, like a pumpkin porter (an association owing to the pumpkin pie-like flavours of savory, spicy cardamon and clove). I'm tempted to say I taste something citrusy but, truth be told, there's enough smoky malt and burnt grain flavour to render that impossible.

The brewery calls this offering a 'Black Ale' but if you ask me it's far closer in character to a (spiced) stout. It has a roasty mouthfeel with an unusual amount of (almost nitro-tap quality) creaminess. The finish is bittersweet and smoky, almost woody, heavy enough so you feel full but enticing enough that you willfully ignore that fact. And hop bitterness is scant.

I found Orange & Black Congrats Ale! to be every bit as enjoyable a drink as it was crafty and cool an idea. I'm not sure it came together the way the brewery thought it might - then again, I'm not sure the brewery had anything particular in mind - but the spiced, orange chocolate thing worked for me. And if the Giants repeat: DOUBLE Orange & Black? Consider it, Moylan's!

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Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a modestly ardent Phillies fan, I pledge to review this beer fairly (OK, so I have to admit I enjoyed watching the Giants play last season. And the Phillies played like they wanted to watch the World Series at home on a comfy couch and not from the dugout. So anyway).

Honestly, this is better as a cute gimmick than a great beer, though it's really not bad. But there is no particular reason, other than the Giants, for this beer to exist.

Pours a ruby black with a fluffy orangish head (so it does actually look like a Giants beer, whatever that may be). The head retention seems to be lousy, however, and it falls away to a sad little scum of bubbles quickly.

The aroma is spicy, with a lot of licorice and a top note of orange. The effect is quite candy-like.

The candy feel follows through on the flavor, with that heavy licorice backbone and a distinct orange that comes across like those candied "orange slices" you could get at 5-and-dime type stores. The orange passes quickly and the bitter, woody licorice takes over.

The mouthfeel has a little prickle, but the finish is rather flat and woody, with that licorice bite being the defining impression that lingers.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: 22 oz bottle

S: Orange/tangerine oil, chocolate, coffee. Oranges have a stale quality (maybe it’s the mixing with the moderate hoppiness) and while not completely precise it kinda smells like oranges that came from a trash dumpster. If I smelled this orange character I wouldn't eat the fruit and I just don't think the burnt+orange character goes well together at all.

T: Again, the intention to bring orange and black together (The Giants colors and this beer celebrates them winning the 2011 World Series) doesn't make sense on a taste level. The orange character actually stands up against the substantial burnt/roasted character, but to get it up to those levels the orange flavor isn't very natural. Its slightly like orange pith (not too bad), but also like orange concentrate (bad). Part of it is that its too sweet overall. After that initial collision and both of those flavors somehow subside, and a tinkle of citrus hops show through but then the fake orange comes back with an awful vengeance to finish out the sip over a thin veil of clean roastiness that remains quite sweet. This is perhaps the worst orange quality, fake almost to the point of plastic. I don’t think its because 'fake' oranges were used per se, its more that to get the intense, clear orange intensity they wanted the flavors come off as 'concentrate' in a BAD way.

Notes: Go Giants, but let's not be so literal in the orange/black interpretation next time. Highly unique, but please don't copy it.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this in a market in St Helena while wine tasting in Napa Valley, Never saw or heard of it before.

Appearance: Dark brown in color much like a porter. Off white head, small amounts of carbonation and lacing. Clear, crisp, not mirky.

Smell: Earthy, musty tones of orange zest, not the ripe citrusy orange I expected. Whiffs of light roasted maltiness and instant coffee. Neither stand out much on their own. Very little hop presence on the nose.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Comes across as a orange zest infused Porter with a very mild hoppiness. As it warms, light amount of chocolate malts sneak in. Low in ABV, no alcohol presence on the tongue.

This is a different brew and i would recommend trying it if you run across it and care for the characteristics I've described. I would do it again, was kinda fun trying it and figuring it out. Not overwhelmed though. Cheers

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Photo of Murchmac
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont usually expect anything from this brewery but this is good. Not bad actually.

It tastes like a dark creamsicle would. It looks dark and orangey, its got some lace, some creaminess to the body. For 4 bucks id buy it if it were there. Not bad. The only other beer by them I like is their DIPA and Hopsickle.

GI-ants GI-ants

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Photo of BrewerB
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin off-white foam atop a clear mahogany brew. Orange peel asserts itself first and lingers on in the nose. Bittersweet chocolate and roasty malt presence. Low floral hops. Navel oranges, lavender mingling with a malty chocolate, medium bodied. Not a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of vince4953529
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at Hi-time, probably the first place around here first to get it.

This taste very much like a porter, with malty sweetness followed up some mellow hoppy taste. I could see this could either be a porter or a black IPA. There's also a faint kumquat taste, it's subtle but definitely noticeable.

Overall it's an interesting blend of flavors encompassed in a brew.

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Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange & Black pours almost black with a tinge of dark brownish orange around the edges.

Smell: A perfect balance of subtle hop and roasted malt is complemented nicely by the lingering aroma of fresh peeled oranges.

Taste: Do not Fear the Beer! This is a very easy drinking brew with well integrated flavors of toast and milk chocolate, mellow hop bitterness, and a zest of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body that clears the pallet quickly leaving behind a slight bitterness from the roasted malts, hops, and orange peel.

Overall: Well played Moylan's. It's not as hoppy as I would like my Black Ales (or Black IPA or Cascadian Dark...take your pick) but the absence of some of the hops I was hoping for is supplemented by the great fresh orange aromas and flavors. Even as a Dodger fan I can appreciate this beer brewed to congratulate the SF Giants and will be having a few in the next couple of days as I watch the opening weekend of baseball.


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Photo of BigB415
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from a town 30 minutes north of San Francisco we are quite proud of our city and when the baseball team wins the world series for the first time in 54 years we honor them by making a beer in their honor. This beer will be available on tap at the public house which is the bar/eatery attached to the Giants ballpark. They define the beer as a black ale with orange zest. I can taste the orange which is good because it gives it a sweet kick but not an overpowering one. I can't taste the hops since it seems that the orange zest is overpowering it but that's ok. I say this is a pretty solid effort and a nice beer. If you want something new from Moylans give it a try since they just added 3 new beers to a beer list that has been the same for a long time.

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