Hop Craic XXXXIPA - Moylan's Brewery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 195
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 Monkeyknife
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of lillitnn92
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (171 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (1,022 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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. (220 characters)

Photo of MDHopster
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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 (221 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (389 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
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! (559 characters)

Photo of popery
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of MrHopHead420
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of joe_nucc
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -15%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (693 characters)

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Hop Craic XXXXIPA from Moylan's Brewery
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