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Hop Craic XXXXIPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 203
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 27.56%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 203
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant copper hue with a fluffy off-white head. Smell is citrus with hints of grassy lemon and grapefruit. Also expresses some extremely dank, cannabis character. Taste is identical to the aroma. Some have said alcohol was present, but I don't get it much at all. The hops and malt balance this beer beautifully, and alcohol is hardly detected. Mouthfeel is slick and resinous, but still very clean on the finish. This beer is highly drinkable even given it's ABV. One of the best examples of the style I have had in a long time! Seek this one out!

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Photo of Lucho
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of MrHopHead420
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Euro lagers.

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.

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Photo of Topher78
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-orange with a nice quarter-inch head in a snifter. Decent retention. A little lacing.

S: Outstanding. Big citrus, hoppy smell. A little piney as well.

T: Grapefruit and more grapefruit, but some sweet just before the puckering bitter kicks in.

M: Bright, but full-bodied and somehow still very light and refreshing. Exceptional feel.

O: Moylan's nailed it.

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Photo of illidurit
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of joe_nucc
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time even hearing about this beer was at Cape Fear Wine & Beer in Wilmington North Carolina. I was surprised it was only 9.4%. Color was good but it was clear which threw me off a little. I like my IPAs murky. Hops were plentiful... I'd expect no less from a XXXXIPA. taste was good but not spectacular... still solid and (too) easy to drink all night. At $6.00 a pint you couldn't go wrong.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at brewpub, listed at 10.2% ABV and unfortunately not available in bottle format:

Pours a clear golden colour with minimal white head and an oily, resinous sheen. Hop forward, sweet aroma of citrus and tropical fruit "c" hops. The flavour is surprisingly well balanced for a quad, with the alcohol warmth frighteningly well hidden by the tropical fruit and citrus tones plus a pleasantly bitter finish.

First quad of which I have ever wanted to have a second, so would highly recommend.

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Photo of JonathanG
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops & Pie.

Very piney and resinous, with citrus thrown in too. Nice balance overall, with the hop bitterness building towards a long finish. I only had a taster of this, but it was solid. If it wouldn't have been towards the end of my session, I would've ordered a glass of this. Very good indeed!

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a clear, dark orange with three fingers of frothy off-white head.

Big juicy hop aroma of grapefruit, orange and pine. And light caramel malts.

The taste was just as juicy as the aroma with grapefruit, orange and pine. Finished with solid caramel malt notes for a good balance. Warm boozy notes from the 10.4% abv.

Medium bodied and smooth with a lighter carbonation.

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Photo of mungus
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.


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Photo of ADZA
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got my growler filled up at my local Cellarbrations Carlisle and i must say im excited,it pours a hazy apricot hue which leaves a three finger creamy head and nice lacing everywhere it really does look nice,the smell isnt as full on as i expected and has aromas of pineapple,mangoes,sour sherbet straps and fresh apples,the mouthfeel is full bodied,creamy with moderate carbonation which suits perfectly and has tastes very similar to smell with hints of pineapple,mangoes,kiwi fruit,sherbet,boiled candy,bubblegum and finished with a nice smooth hit of piney bitter hops and overall this is great i love it and for a beer with a massive ABV the alcohol is beautifully and scarily well hidden and if i saw this again id get the squealer filled with it aswell as the growler,a must try.

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Photo of MrUse
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To make a beer this hoppy and this bitter drinkable is a crowning achievement. This beer is just hops all the way. I don't even notice the high alcohol content. I would definitely have this again, but maybe stick to one tulip.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 25, 2015

22 oz bomber, tulip

A – Deep amber, almost like ruby red grapefruit, with a lot of haze, though not what I’d call turbid. Just highly unfiltered. Very little head, just some off-white bubbles that barely register and then disappear.

S – A huge nose of resin, pine, and woodsy herbal hops, followed by grapefruit, orange. Sweet caramel and sourdough bread make up the malt profile, along with a bit of toffee.

T – Orange and pine are very prominent, along with moderate woodsy resin. A ton of caramel and bready malt is prominent, enveloping and overtaking the hop flavors before a bitter hop assault outflanks everything else. At each it point it seems out of balance, as a whole there is harmony.

M – Carbonation is moderate-low, perhaps in relation to the very full/heavy body. Not quite the malt bomb of 120 Minute IPA, this instead ventures toward American Barleywine territory. A lot of sweetness, but intense bitterness wins the day. Not dry.

O – If you’re looking for a bold beer, in many respects, you will find one here. Feels like it’s been executed as intended. Enjoyable.

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Hop Craic XXXXIPA from Moylan's Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.