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Hop Craic XXXXIPA - Moylan's Brewery

Hop Craic XXXXIPAHop Craic XXXXIPA

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BA SCORE
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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%


Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 02-14-2012)
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ADZA

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2012 12:43:07 | More by ADZA
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MrHopHead420

California

4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 06:01:58 | More by MrHopHead420
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joe_nucc

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 22:14:44 | More by joe_nucc
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metter98

New York

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 12:19:00 | More by metter98
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 11:43:46 | More by tdm168
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emerge077

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 02:04:15 | More by emerge077
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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 05:15:21 | More by AgentMunky
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: cask

12-01-2012 23:22:08 | More by scottfrie
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Arbitrator

California

2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 07:47:39 | More by Arbitrator
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 05:18:47 | More by CrazyDavros
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Murrhey

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 02:17:57 | More by Murrhey
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 16:30:30 | More by hopsolutely
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ccrida

Oregon

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 23:55:10 | More by ccrida
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 15:45:51 | More by oberon
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: cask

10-07-2012 16:33:58 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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mungus

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 08:08:55 | More by mungus
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 06:10:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Lucho

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 03:20:32 | More by Lucho
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Topher78

California

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 03:06:46 | More by Topher78
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JonathanG

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 23:32:26 | More by JonathanG
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 05:32:06 | More by StoneTSR
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 03:42:11 | More by Halcyondays
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illidurit

California

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:42:53 | More by illidurit
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 00:26:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Hop Craic XXXXIPA from Moylan's Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.