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Hop Craic XXXXIPA - Moylan's Brewery

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38 Reviews
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 02-14-2012

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 203
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 ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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