Hop Craic XXXXIPA | Moylan's Brewery

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Hop Craic XXXXIPAHop Craic XXXXIPA
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Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 02-14-2012

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy orange color with a 2 finger frothy off white head. Retention is great and there is a lot of spotted lacing. Smell is sweet and bready malt with some pine, grapefruit and bitter dankness. Taste is the same, but way too malty and boozy. Feel is heavy side of medium, oily and sticky. Overall it's not bad, but a bit of a boozy/malty mess. Devil Dancer is the immediate comparison that comes to mind, but I much prefer Devil Dancer to this.

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Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange and light auburn appearance, mild head develops. Aroma was plenty of green hop citrus impact.

Taste was thick, syrupy, dank bitterness. A little bit of fruit in the tropical realm flavor, not a ton, bitterness and heavy malt dominates. Might as well be a barleywine with tons of crystal malt.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from the bomber in a tulip.

The color is amber with rosy tinge and thin tan head crowns with fine bead and waves of lace stick. the smell is very tangy/fruity almost tropical from the hops with floral and woody odors in the smell with mild alcohol aroma. The feel is tangy and fruity with intense bitterness and medium high carbonation with mild sweetness and semi-dry finish with moderately high alcohol warming and long residual bitter finish.

The taste starts tangy juicy with grapefruit and mango with a light acidity in the hop with woody bitter herbal gently tropical flavors with moderately strong alcohol in the taste with an almost candy coated hop type taste with extremely bitter and drying effect from alcohol with nice citrus aspect in the finish. Overall -AssKicker! not one to take lightly or drink on a clean palate perhaps(haha)the XXXX is for bitterness level and alcohol -but overall this is a very decent Imperial IPA

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Photo of Murrhey
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Bailey's and served in a snifter, Hop Craic is dark gold with a small creamy off-white head leaving some foamy lace.

Smell is big on the cat piss "C" hops, and some earthy pine.

Taste pungent grapefruit hops. Whoa. This sucker is intense, very wood/stemmy flavor as well, with a firm bitterness. Unapologetic. A little bread note creeps through from the hops, and the alcohol character is very clean.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, oily resins, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's a flavor bomb, but they're fairly compelling flavors. It's also rather clean, which makes it dangerous at first, although my palate was quickly fatigued by the intense bitterness.

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Photo of popery
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey, medium amber. It looks a tiny bit hazy, but I think it's just the color and density of the beer. Medium head, just a touch off white. Lots of fine bubbles with good retention. The aroma is milder than expected. Pretty standard grapefruit, pine and floral flavors. Some booze, but not too bad. Some caramel maltiness. Sweet bubblegum note knocking around. The taste is sweet and rich with hop flavor. Quite a bit of pine resin and grapefruit. Mild bitterness at first, builds to moderate towards the end and in the finish. Some booze. It's a >10% abv DIPA, so that's forgivable, but it's all a bit much. There's a lot of flavor, and it's kinda messy. The malt comes through but pretty much just as simple sweetness. Fairly astringent. Still, it's tasty. Fairly heavy mouthfeel. Long finish. Oily. Interesting beer. Tons of flavor. It just feels like they tried to make it big without much other thought.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a ten ounce footed glass at the brewery.

A: Clear honey amber. Very little head.

S: Hops. Hops. Hops. Grapefruit.

T: Irresponsibly hoppy. Herbal, strong, and astringent. Light malt base is overtaken by the spicy-bitter

M: moderate

O: This is a very hoppy IPA. I might have another. Would recommend only to hopheads.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is very spicy/dank hops and citrus/fruit. The flavor is citrus, fruit, grapefruit, malts, mild tropical fruit and a mix of spicy hops, bitterness and slight sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light amber to orange with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Huge amount of pine, Christmas tree, big hop profile.

T: Malt is minimal this is all about the hops. Heavy dose of pine, some grapefruit, the ethanol is there, but never goes over the top.

M: Medium to full-bodied, long hoppy aftertaste, lightly boozy.

O: This reminds me a ton of Younger vintage 2011. A good beer, not wowing me, Hopsickle is better, but worth a try.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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 martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 MrUse
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +2.9%
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 richj1970
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. No bottle date, but was told it was bottled on 1/26.

A: Clear golden Amber with 2 finger white head. Nice retention and leaving some moderate lacing.

S: Big dank, earthy and floral hops dominant the nose. Grapefruit, oranges, and pine cones.

T: Full on hop assault without being overly bitter. Some citrus with grapefruit and orange peel. Pine and herbal hops. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden here.

M: Medium body with fairly light carbonation and oily hops resins coating the tongue.

O: If you are a fan of big beers and big hops, then this would be right up your alley. Recommended for sure if you can find it fresh.

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Photo of ADZA
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Monkeyknife
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Hop Craic XXXXIPA from Moylan's Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.