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Our Dark Secret - Moylan's Brewery

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 05-09-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Salted Pig in Riverside, CA.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a much better citrus hop presence in the aroma.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -10%

largadeer, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Halcyondays, May 18, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -3%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

So I had this on tap at the Local Taphouse as part of their 'Dark Side' makeover. I heard in passing that it was the version brewed at Moylan's but I'm not 100% sure. If I'm wrong please correct me, especially as, well I didn't like it that much.

Pours a red colour, fairly pale. Pale beige head, fairly thin with some decent lace. Looks nice, but pretty light.

Smells like an IPA. Fruity citra-esque hop notes with passionfruit, pulpy mango and orange peel. Decent hops but has no darkness at all.

Thin flavour. Hops are dominant throughout with passionfruit and citrus late. But not much malt or other flavours to balance. Bit of booze heat late, without the sweetness to match. Pretty unimpressive and thin and bland.

Thin mouthfeel. Really thin. For the ABV there's just no presence until the very back. Actually almost impressive how little body there is for the size.

Wow. Have no idea what went wrong here. So much pedigree. Just not showing through.

laituegonflable, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -10%

illidurit, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

jsprain1, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bigbeers84, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ryanpj, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
3.5/5  rDev -3%

leftoverburrito, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Cramerican, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

durlta, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

memphischas, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

theminutemen, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKev
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

CarolinaKev, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

AlaskanYoung, Oct 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

RyanAU, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Sound_Explorer, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of lsummers
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown/black with a three finger light tan head. Fairly frothy and leaves some great lacing on the side.

Smells of piney, herbal, peppery hops with that common dark slightly burnt smokey grain note I expect from black ipa's. Lots of brown bread, toffee and nutty notes. Taste is nicely balanced with the nutty slightly burnt toffee and toasted wheat bread. Hops are very piney and peppery and mix nicely with the roasted grains and woody character.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I was expecting and mildly carbonated. Slightly dry which makes me want to try one more sip after the other.

Overall it's a fantastic black ipa. Very well balanced and subtle in all of the roasted, burnt, hop notes. This is way more drinkable than other black ipa's out there. I would love to try this on tap.

lsummers, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Rwalford74, Sep 29, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Ajmorriso1, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

KevT, Sep 02, 2013
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Our Dark Secret from Moylan's Brewery
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