India Pale Ale
Moylan's Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,507
Ranked #25,421
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Comes in darker/maltier appearance than your average ipa. Moylan's has always been an old school brewery, so I fully expect this SRM to be full of crystal malt. 1/3" white head. Aroma was cascade hops. Pine and grapefruit.

Taste, sure enough, caramel all over this one, toffee to a lesser degree. Lots of bitterness, lots of malt. Bomber format keeps this from being a repeat purchase, not to mention its kinda mundane.

Apr 21, 2016
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heygeebee from Australia

3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Jim's. No BB.

Pours a hazy amber. One finger white head. Clumpy lace.

Aromas of pine resin and citrus hops. Dry.

Taste is a dry hop bomb and one dimensional. Needs more malts. Pine resin drives. Merest hint of pineapple. Dryness builds and mrs heygeebee could not finish her share of the bottle. A first!

Mouthfeel is also a tad watery. And almost harsh.

A disappointment overall - too one dimensional and no malt backbone. Gets little less harsh as it warms, but still not a good example.

Oct 28, 2012
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Casedogg43 from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrific beer!
Picked up a bomber at local liquor store that has a nice selection of Crafts. Surprised to see a few Moylan's!
Smells of hops and citrus, has a early hop bomb and smooth finish.
I'm a novice at beer review, but that will change over time.
Very happy with this IPA, wouldn't be my first choice, but will drink again. Especially at $6.

Feb 18, 2012
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dbossman from Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper hue with a thin head and good lacing

S: Some grapefruit and other citrus with a touch of pine but a bit subdued; some grainy maltiness underneath, as well as more citrus--especially mango and pineapple

T: Bitterness up front: citrus, grapefruit with just a touch of a medicinal quality; also some sweet bready malts to balance things out

F: Fairly creamy and sticky with a pleasant medium body

O: A nice IPA: sticky, oily, with a welcome bitterness and just enough maltiness to balance things out...a bit

Jan 04, 2012
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albertjr21 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass on 10-3-11, this pours a mostly clear, dusty mild copper color. Awesome alluring aroma here that just shouts hops--fresh sweet tropical citrus with notes of lemon, mango and peach. Wooo-ha! That's a palate punch of hops with a solid pine and grapefruit blended bitter feel. A badass representative of the West Coast IPA...This really puts out the flames when it comes to a pairing with my HOT chicken tikka masala.

Oct 04, 2011
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thain709 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a light copper body that showcased some orange highlights...the head was small and settled into a wispy cap then finally rested into a loose ring...minimal lacing

S - The nose is all about showcasing the West Coast hops as this is a classic West Coast IPA...citrus hops dominate with light caramel malt

T - Well this IPA is pretty one dimensional...that one dimension is bitter hops...the malt bill in this beer shows itself briefly at the beginning of the beer and its gone...the hops dominate your palate with bitter citrus rind

M - Medium bodied...smooth and bitter...dry

O - I'm a huge fan of IPA's but even I think there is a line for how bitter they can be...this is the line for a normal IPA...this one was good and all, but it was way too bitter...there needs to be a little more balance

Jul 26, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very nice golden amber with a little bit of a haze to it, but nothing terribly dramatic. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass, which only served to reinforce the very nice head of foam which had formed at the top immediately upon pour. A nice three inches or so of white pillow like foam was on top now, settling down after a couple of minutes to just a thin film across the top which produced copious amounts of side glass lace on its way down. A nice typical IPA from what I could tell so far.

The aroma was classic hop bomb of an IPA from the first whiff. No, mention of the alcohol what so ever in this one from the aroma through. Lots of fresh citrus hop aromas coming right at you with a delicate balance of bitterness and a touch of sugar as well. Definitely some light sweet notes coming through on it, especially as it warmed up a touch. Very nice feel here, with a rich medium body that was full of carbonation, offering you a very nice creamy feel as it went down, but still staying light enough not to cause a problem with filling. Great flavors were all over this. It was to be honest on the lighter side of the style, but, it came off very well with a rich mixture of grapefruit and orange flavors that hit you off right from the start, but were mellowed down towards the middle to allow a much more balanced flavor to start to breakthrough. Hints of grain were in here now, mingling around and lots of malt sugar, really giving it a nice bit of sweetness and balancing out the hop bitterness very nicely. This was a very well balanced IPA, while still sticking to the classic west coast style all the way. Very cool indeed. The alcohol was so well hidden, this could have been 4% as it was nearly and completely undetectable. This was just an awesome session ale. I could have had this one all night to be honest.

May 03, 2011
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks just about perfect for the style. Glowing bronzed orange color, like a sunset, with a glaring white head that is creamy and remains present for the duration. Leaves big splats of lace as it slowly chills out.

Aroma is finely balanced between sweet buttery/caramel-like malt and big herbal hops. Malt actually reminds me of candied popcorn, like Fiddle Faddle or something.

While the taste treads the high wire between hops attack and malt sweetness the same way the aroma does, the hops edge out the malt on the tongue. Considering the style, they ought to. And those hops are big and resiny with equal nods to citrus rind and pine tree branch. A minty flavor reigns in the otherwise bitter and candy-sweet finish.

Without feeling heavy, this has both a creaminess and stickiness that works well to match the aggressive hop profile and carry the candy-like malt sweetness that rides along. Bitter and resiny in a way that inseparably welds flavor to texture, and really helps define the beer. Feel-wise, it's magnificent.

While my description of the taste sounds like the description of a big-ass double IPA, it manages to pack in a lot of flavor without going imperial. The sensible ABV helps with that, and this is basically an all-around excellent, clearly California-fied version of the style. Another fine brew from the typically hop-heavy Moylans.

Apr 21, 2011
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brew3crew from Ohio

2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a hazy orange with white head that white
S-very malty. I think age has gotten the best of this one,but I wouldnt know cuz there is no bottle dates
T-malts up front but the hops start to come through once it warms up a bit. Nice bitter aftertaste
M-medium body and smooth. Bitter after taste is only presence of hops
D-ok at best. Would love to try this one fresh.

Feb 03, 2011
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

2.64/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Hazy orange color with decent white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

THe nose is malty - like a sourdough bread. There may be a little citrus hops on the nose, but I am not sure if I am just hoping to detect them. The flavor starts off sour, with some juicy malts in the middle, finishing with a harsh hop bitterness.

I have to imagine that this is an old bottle, but there is no way to tell since Moylan's only shows dates on the cases and only individual bottles were available at the store. If I find this on draft, or a bottle of known date, I will revisit this review.

Jan 02, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark amber color, darker than your average ipa. Smells of hops, cascade possibly. Both piney and citrusy.

Caramel color and malt dominate this one. Well, from the malt side, the hops are clearly getting top billing in this beer, but its neither a wallflower nor an extreme beast. Moylan's makes solid stuff, this ipais no exception. My only complaint, which shows in the drinkability score, is that its usually $6 for a bomber. Its just, I dunno, when you can get 6 comparable ipas for just 1-2 bucks more, well, that's why I rarely drink this stuff. Its good . . .

Dec 24, 2010
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GRG1313 from California

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Nose is pure fresh sweet pineapple and really nice.

Mouthfeel is thin but well balanced and completely rectified by big and bold bitter pine and grapefruit flavors that go to a long pine and grapefruit oil finish.

A big IPA with nice flavors that's simple but drinkable.

Dec 24, 2010
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pours a clear, medium gold color with a small cap of whiteish foam. Fades pretty quick and does not leave a whole lot of lacing.

Nose is quite biscuity, with a sweet grainishly malty base that holds it's own against the hops. Lupulin aromas are of sappy pine bark and hints of citrus.

Nice interplay of bittering hops, pine flavor and just-past-biscuity malts. Leaves plenty of bitter pockets on the tongue on the aftertaste. The earthy quality of malt that I have noticed in most Moylan's beers is evident here as well, almost peat-esque in flavor. The beer is easy to drink and fits snugly in the middle range of IPAs. Solid, but nothing about it will blow your mind; balanced and drinkable...what's wrong with that?

Dec 18, 2010
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Lifesource ,Salem. Good looking,if typical for an IPA. Slightly bronzed orange beer with a nice thick and frothy creme coloured head. Aroma is also pleasing though less bursting with hops than most West Coast varietes..this almost has an English style aroma to it. Taste reflects the aroma and it seems a quite balanced beer for it..the malts do well. Then right at the end of the mouthful the hops get really turned on. Ok on the palate not the best and not the worst for the style..good lingering bitterness. Ovrall a nice IPA, more balanced than many on the West Coast.

Dec 09, 2010
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moylan's IPA
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: light orange, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: floral hops and subtle spice.

Taste: bitter hoppiness, slight malt, subtle grapefruit, and subtle spices.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and bitter.

Strong hoppy bitterness will sum this brew up. It finishes with a sap-like resin flavor.

Nov 19, 2010
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cetherid from Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


is a dark gold color with about a fingers worth of off-white head. A nice lacing on the glass as well.


I'm getting a lot of nuttiness in there...almost like ground peanuts.. some piny hop smells as well. Not much citrus hops in there. personally not that big of a fan of this.


nice maltiness to the beer. Piny/nutty tones to it with a good amount of bitterness. I personally like citrusy IPAs but this one is still ok.


medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. A little resiny aftertaste.


nothing special to me. Doubt I'll even finish this bomber. It's ok, but as said previously, I like a little more citrusy tones to my bitter beers.

Nov 16, 2010
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tr4nc3d from Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my mug

Appearance is a medium copper color with a rocky two and half inch slightly off white head. Great head retention that slowly subsides in parts leaving an island and soapy scattered lacing.

Citrus aromas come straight at your nose with deep pungent grapefruit as the prominent smell. Mango, pineapple and tangerines are all present as well. Floral aromas of wild flowers with a bit of pine sap seek its way through along with bubblegum and caramel malts.

Taste upfront is a bit of caramel malts with a slight citrus flavor of grapefruit. Midway a bit of bitterness shows up along with bread and cracker like malts. Disappointed that the taste did not follow the nose and there was a lack of citrus flavor. Most likely this is due to being an old bottle.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. There was no bottle on date so blame the brewery.

Nov 05, 2010
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Gobzilla from California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Nice citrus grapefruit upfront along with caramel malts, slight apricots, and mild hop notes. On the taste the hops were a little bit more potent with citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitter bite but it didi have apricot accents and a good caramel malt backbone. The brew medium in body with a noderate amount of carbonation which had a slighty fruity, hoppy, bitter, and oily finish. It drank good and was a good start to a Thursday night in the studio.

Oct 22, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of hops and malt. I get some pine and orange citrus notes, but this is balanced with a lot of caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of orange citrus hop notes as well as some bready and caramel malt. Definitely maltier than I was expecting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Sep 29, 2010
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bomber for 5.75. Has a bit of age but it should drink ok.

A - Poured into my pint glass with a ton of head. Carbonation and lacing is nice along with a kind of weird yet interesting hazy amber color.

S - Well I can smell it from my seat dominant citrus and pine hops that also have a resin like malt in the backround. Hope it tastes as good as it smells.

T - Wow citrus sweet followed by piney bitter and then a dry sort of wet hop smack to the buds. Pretty nice. ABV kind of hits my empty stomach hard but enjoyable. Sort of dry hopped finish which is nice for an IPA.

M - Very medium to light bodied. could have a couple... bombers.

D - Well I am in needs of some fresh but for a nice cheap California bomber this one takes my vote right below Lagunitas. Sorry Moylan's they are just more balance!

Sep 27, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had an amber color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of hops, malt, and citrus.

T: Had a big dose of hops, along with grapefruit up front, with some sweet malt in the finish. Slightly unfocused, but very tasty nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

Sep 25, 2010
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rapidsequence from Virginia

2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. My bottle says Nor Cal IPA, but the description and stats match those for the regulat IPA on the website. It would appear that they've changed the name.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden orange. A decent head with subpar retention. Reasonable lacing.

Smell: Spicy and earthy hops,a grainy malt smell, and burnt rubber. Not a real bright hoppy nose for an IPA.

Taste: As expected, spicy, earthy and grainy. Very bitter finish. This is kind of a mess.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really wrong here I guess. Carbonated appropriately, slick and smooth, slightly resiny finish.

Drinkability: The best I can say is, its not terrible. Calling it average is a stretch.

Sep 21, 2010
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich golden color with a one finger, creamy white head. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass like glue. After several minutes, the heads dies down to a thin white layer across the top.

S - Crackery malt and pine dominates the nose. There's a little citrus intermingled, but pine is definitely the hopping aroma. I don't get the strong citric traces that several others have noted in their review.

T - Crisp malt backbone with nice pine and floral notes. Heavy grapefruit citrus dominates throughout the sip. Has a strong bitter grapefruit finish that lingers what seems forever! What I find very strange is the floral and grapefruit nuances were not showing up in the nose. Strange. I sampled this in a brew pub so there could have been other things in the air that muted those particular flavors.

M - Semi-dry finish, lighter side of medium body, mild carbonation on the tongue and pretty crisp.

D - I really enjoyed this IPA. I really prefer the bigger D-IPA's, but I have to say this was really crisp, refreshing, not huge ABV, very drinkable, and I could easily consume several of these in one sitting. Moylan's is one of my favorite craft brewers and it's spot on what I would expect from a West Coast single IPA beer. Very nicely done.

Sep 15, 2010
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OttoBomb from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (August 19, 2010). No freshness dates that I can find.

Eyes: The fluid is a bright, hazy, golden color, a lot like a wheat beer. Fluffy white head forms after a heavy pour.

Nose: Some nice floral hops, citrus and a good dose of earthy, herbal notes.

Tongue: A good dose of citrus that dominates the pine notes, with a lot of sweet caramel notes. Definitely some herbal/earthy notes that blends well.

Mouth: Crisp and refreshing despite the flavor complexity and sweetness.

Libation: A very nice balanced IPA. The strong herbal/earthy character is sometimes a tough marriage with such citrus notes, but Moylan's IPA pulls it off.

Aug 20, 2010
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle bought online from

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, some caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, perfumed, light tobacco notes, rubbery, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light honey / caramel sweetness, earthy tobacco notes, good fruitiness (oranges and limes), buttery notes, light medicinal hints, sea salt traces, some faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows out. Light / medium bodied... Very quaffable..

Overall - Another fine example of a US IPA... recommended...

Aug 17, 2010
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