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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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78
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Tops.

Black and inky, with raspberry highlights and a thin soda fizz head of dark ginger that pops away after mere seconds.

Tastes and smells like those little chocolate oranges you got at Christmas. Molasses, sweet tangerine syrup, dark chocolate, hints of licorice. Smoothly blended.

Subdued notes of artificial orange soda. The flavor starts with sweet milk chocolate that becomes more bitter dark chocolate at the swallow. Flash of molasses tang before a clean finish.

Medium-high painful carbonation, with a soft, creamy medium body and not much fizz at all.

Tasty. A bit artificial-tasting, but good. Reminds me of Christmas morning.

Phelps, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +14.6%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Cramerican, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

TonyTalon, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
2/5  rDev -42.7%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jmccraney, May 13, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Seanibus, May 08, 2011
Photo of PHBoiler
1/5  rDev -71.3%

PHBoiler, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3/5  rDev -14%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Hoptometrist, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Murchmac
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Murchmac, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of martyl1000
3/5  rDev -14%

martyl1000, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me at her work a while ago.

Appearance- black color, thin head

Smell- licorice, caramel

Taste- licorice flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. I would buy it again. Probably should buy some more

jeffjeff1, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of RyanAU
3/5  rDev -14%

RyanAU, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

BierJager89, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of bh123
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

bh123, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of leprakhan
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

leprakhan, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4/5  rDev +14.6%

IRONRakkasan, May 02, 2013
Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of lsummers
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

lsummers, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of EFR94
4/5  rDev +14.6%

EFR94, Oct 14, 2012
Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.