Hop Craic XXXXIPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 02-14-2012

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Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Caribou, Madison.

Had a hard time finishing this, it was so intensely bitter.

Don't know why this is listed as "retired." Not only did I have it on tap last night, it's also just been released in bottles.

Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was a pleasure to find this on tap at Sticks and Stones last week.Poured into a standard pint glass a burnt orange color with a half finger white head atop.The aromas were like a smack to the face...in a good way,grapefruit rind and a big dose of pine resin,there was no malt detected just in your face fresh juicy hops.Flavors were of sharp bitter grapefruit,almost like drinking spiked pink grapefruit juice,the pine is underneath the grapefruit flavors but are there,some sweet alcohol lightly creeps but is still pretty subdued for how big the beer is.This was a true in your face hop bomb,no big sweet sugary flavors just hop joy.It kicked ass.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange and amber appearance, very thin creation of white head on the top of the beer. Aroma was great, just like fresh hopsickle, plenty of waves of citrus fruit and hop vegetal qualities drown out the gigantic alcohol, malt, sugar presence necessary to achieve something approaching equilibrium.

Nice taste, thick, oily, sweet and hoppy with plenty of bitterness. Pineapple? I think so. A pretty good tropical fruit flavor when making such a massive beer, allows you to not have to have as heavy of a malt presence or sugary sweetness for counterbalance I thinks.

Hides the alcohol quite well, but you do feel the heat minutes later when you exhale like a mouthbreather. One of my more favorite offerings under the triple ipa tent.

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bottle Revolution

A - orangish amber with a thin, white head that has good retention

S - huge grapefruit aroma, some alcohol

T - herbal, piny, grapefruit, bitter, faint malt presence

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really solid, over-the-top hopped beer. It really brings the punch for hop heads. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of Lucho
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Beer has it all! Incredible head, great smell and full of Hops and notes of citrus. I must say, it is almost as good as Palate Wrecker. It finishes very smooth. Not sure of the IBU's but ibwould guess around 130. It is also similar in flavor profile to Shipyard XXXX but with a higher IBU. I am having it on tap as I type at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Kinda ruining my tasting festival on Sunday as they will have it as a featured beer then. Oh well, it's a beer that should be enjoyed as a full pour.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber orange-yellow with a thick two finger head of sticky foam.

Grass, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and caramel.

Strong tropical notes of mango and pineapple, caramel malt, and some grass and pine notes.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, slightly chewy, strong hop bitterness.

Overall, the pungent hop aroma works its way into a very bitter citrusy and earthy hop bitterness. Not well balanced, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet clean syrupy malt, along with some pine and grapefruit. Very sweet smelling though.
Lots of sweet clean malt as a flavour at first, pretty. Sharp piny hops follow leading to an aggressive bitterness.
Body seems a little too thick.

Photo of MDHopster
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Clear pour, no head by the time it arrived at the table. Draft serving goblet. Very strong hop aroma, floral, somewhat cannabis like. Nicely bittered,crisp mouthfeel. Taste is also herbal, little lingering aftertaste

Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft on 4/20, Waldo day.

Compared to Waldos by the bartender, had to try it. Served in a footed chalice glass, the beer was bright orange with a thin later of sticky white foam on the surface. Aroma was dry and piney. Flavor was similar. Not especially pungent or dank, it was dry and piney tasting also, a little oxidized. Medium bodied with a hint of alcohol present. Overall wasn't really worth trying, and probably wouldn't pick up a bottle of this if it was available, though it wasn't terrible.

Photo of Topher78
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Moylan’s Brewery. It poured a very nice orange color with a small off white head. Very pleasant aroma with lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Palate bruising hoppiness with a very dry finish. Overall it's a wonderful Imperial IPA.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the pine resin hop flavors are stronger and linger through the finish. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, crisp and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer also leaves a little bite in the finish from the alcohol.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops. It isn't too difficult to drink because it hides its alcohol well.

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Citrus hops, some tropical fruit, caramel malt sweetness, and a little light alcohol.

T: Citrus hops up front, grapefruit and a little orange, tropical fruit, mango, strong caramel malt sweetness to back it, and a light bit of alcohol on the back end.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, a little alcohol warmth.

O: Pretty tasty, but nothing super special. Just a well done brew.

Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed golden amber with a lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is a plethora of citrus - especially mango, and pine.

The taste is of mango, orange, grapefruit and pine with a firm sweetness that leans towards caramel. Booze shows in the bitter finish, but not too sharply.

It hits full-bodied, alcohol warmth and hop oils linger on the tongue.

A wonderfully hopped DIPA!

Photo of lillitnn92
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop syrup. I prefer some other TIPA's but this is good for what it is. Unless you want the hop abuse to your stomach, split the bottle with 2-3 people. And buy some Tums.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A deep golden, almost orange pour out of a waxed bomber. Very cloudy with a huge, frothy off-white head that leaves significant lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet bready malts initially. Then grassy, floral, and citrus hops. It has a slight skunkiness to it reminiscent of some pilsners.

A lot of sweet carmel malts up front to match the nose. Then the hops remind you it's a west coast brew. Surprising amount of citrus. More sweet than sour, like pineapple and mango. The sweetness from the fruit is almost candy like. Still some classic pine flavor too. Solid bitter aftertaste. I didnt check the abv, but alcohol is not noticeable.

Very creamy, full bodied IPA. It leaves a nice oily resin coating on your tongue. Carbonation is just about perfect.

This is a kick-ass, well balanced monster of an IPA. I would have called this an east coast style DIPA at first glance and smell, but it really is a hybrid of east, midwest, and west coast. This is world class in my opinion, and one of the top 10-15 IPA/DIPA/TIPAs I have had. Surprised by some of the scores.

Photo of MrHopHead420
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one beast of a brew. It's a quad IPA, so it damn well needs to be dripping with hops. I had very high hopes for this beer. Very high. As a hophead, I'm constantly looking for beers that push hops to the limit. Triple IPA are completely awesome enough, but a quad?? Jesus Lord Christ. I had no idea what to expect. It pours a very crisp and clear orange gold. Light head that quickly dissipates. Very beautiful beer. The smell is very hoppy, which is to be expected. The smell is the only quality of this beer that isn't absolutely 5/5. The smell was slightly too alcoholic for my liking. But with a 10%+ content, not much you can do in that department. The taste is absolutely spot on. The hop overload is awesomely balanced and the floral and citrus hops are used optimally. Overall, this beer is up there with the best beers I've had the pleasure of trying. Dare I say this is better than the legendary Pliny the Younger? Not sure about that but it is definite up in that category. Definitely revisiting once I can afford to drop $14 on a 22 oz bomber. But yes. If you find it and you are serious about your hops, this is a must.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice head and decent lacing.

Smell – A blast of pine and citrus (grapefruit); this is definitely a hop bomb.

Taste – More hoppiness. Pine and citrus flavor. I'm not a big fan of this much hops, but I like piney hops more so than citrus hops, so this is decent.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated but a little bitter, with a hoppy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – To me this is a bit over-hopped, but still pretty good.

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served in a 10oz tulip; color is light golden and clear. There is a faint collar of a head that left great sticky patches and streaks of lace down the glass as I drank.
S: Piney and bitter smelling with huge notes of citrus hops as well. This is definitely a hop bomb.
T: Very fresh and piney hops with a good dose of cut grass and hop resin. Grapefruit and bitter citrus rind bring up the finish. Hops are just crushing. The finish is very bitter and dry, and I get a hint of mint lingering in the aftertaste. Malt is pretty mush nowhere to be found.
M: Full body but very smooth and slick mouthfeel. Drying, and for the ABV I was expecting this to be way more boozy, viscous, and syrupy. Not so. Very drinkable and dangerous. Soft carbonation.
O: Booze is hidden fairly well, great mouthfeel, definitely a hop bomb. In classic Moylan’s style, this beer tastes like fresh hop cones and is bitter as hell.

Photo of mungus
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed live at the Wheatsheaf.

Sort of hard to see in the dim lighting, but looks like a beautiful burnished amber. Fairly thin head that dissipates quickly, leaving an outer ring and some impressive lacing.

Smells hoppy!

Tastes the same - quite citrusy, fruity, bitter, piney with some malt presence. Very smooth.

Alcohol stays hidden until you realise that your head is spinning ever-so-slightly.

Winner.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy dark honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit extract, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same with some brown sugar and malt flavors on the finish. The bitterness on this one is quite high and lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is hoppy as hell. Definitely the best Moylan's beer I have had to date.

Photo of Murrhey
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-pour at Beachwood Brewing in Seal Beach, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white head, nice white lacing. Orange color with nice clarity. Decent retention.

S- Strong floral hops. Flowery and light, but a heavy bitterness behind it. Packs a punch.

T- Floral hops with a sweetness that hides the strong alcohol content.

M- Syrupy bodied for such a strong beer. Very dry finish.

O- Hoppy and boozy but a very good beer.

Photo of illidurit
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Twisted Tasting in Santa Cruz. This probably wasn’t the best beer to go with early in the evening. Turns out they weren’t joking with the whole "quadruple IPA" thing. Yeah they’re exaggerating, but this beer is a beast. Definitely hoppier than Hopsickle, which they call a triple IPA. The aroma catapults out of the glass with resinous dank citrus galore. It’s a sweet aroma but I didn’t get any malt contributing to it. Just an old fashioned nasal hop orgy. They really got the hop combination right here. Flavor is similarly great. It starts out with some herbal yet fruity hops, carrying some sweetness, before delving into a chasm of bitterness. This is a beer with a sense of timing. The pace at which it transforms from candied citrus wrapped in pine foliage to tongue-zapping dry bitterness is almost poetic. Too many samey IPAs have jaded me from the style recently but this one brings me back.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap, surprisingly, at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City.

A: Comes in a snifter. Clear amber body with little to no head; apparently it fades quite quickly. No lace. Slightly leggy.

S: Syrupy sweetness and a touch of pine and grapefruit. Not particularly expressive on the nose.

T: A powerful up-front sweetness with a modest flavoring dose of pine, some grapefruit. Lots of bitter, grassy hops that define the mid-taste and pull into the post-finish for a sticky, palate-wrecking close.

M: Oily, syrupy; these qualities would work well if it weren't for the bitterness that comes with them. The carbonation can't keep up; it fails to scrub the palate.

O: I was told this was a month-old keg; I don't know if that's true, but it certainly explains why a triple IPA smells and tastes rather un-hoppy. I can't in good conscience recommend this.

Photo of stafford2
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Overly piney up front, overly malty later. If you like old school IIPAs that are just as sweet as bitter, this is for you

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cask version at the brewery in Novato yesterday. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a lightly hazy gold with long lasting, pillowy head. Pine, citrus and floral hops fill my nostrils with a quick sniff. Some sweetness is in there too. The taste is intense bitterness and walls of hop flavors. Tropical fruit mixes with the citrus. A bit of malt sweetness shines through here and there, but at all times, the bitterness is in control. The mouthfeel is light bodied for the weight and lightly carbonated. Tooth coating bitterness lasts forever in the finish. Booze is well hidden, with just some heat here and there.

This is a fantastic... QIPA? Very hoppy and complex, and interesting to try on cask. I'd get this again for sure.

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Hop Craic XXXXIPA from Moylan's Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.