India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 247
Reviews by BlindPig:
Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-1/4" off white head. Has a cloudy copper amber color. Thin lacing and sticks to side of glass a bit.
S-Hops and malts. Maybe hint of alcohol with some kind of fruit can't tell what it is.
T-Some fruits and malt background. Light on citrus hops till the aftertaste then they come through leaving a growing bitter dry aftertaste. The same fruits from the smell are one of the main flavors. Maybe grapefruit or tangerine rind or something of that nature. Medium body that's a bit chewy and sticky but also goes down smooth, with light carbonation.
D- Was expecting more citrus hop flavor and more of a bitter all the way round. Still is a good beer that's very drinkable and would pick this up again.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bottle tonight,pours a deep burnt orange with a white sticky head.What to expext in a west coast IPA heavy dose of hops in the nose very piney and lemony no hint of malt at all,very resiny and piney flavor wise but thee is a sweeter malt backbone that keeps the hops from being to over the top keeping it some what balanced and just damn good.I like this west coast IPA big hops to be sure but not over the top and very quaffable.

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Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Apricot, orange in color. Small head & thin layer remains. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: Very floral in the nose. Aromatic hops dominate. Malt profile also noticeable. Grapefruity which indicates Amrican hops predominant...

Taste: Citrusy hops dominate the beginning, middle & end. Finish not overly bitter. Malt profile in the background on this one.

Mouthfeel: A bit thicker in the mouth than I anticipated. Medium bodied. Starts crisp, but is a bit cloying towards the end. Well made not to come off overly bitter.

Drinkability: Very good quaffer! This goes down smooth & easy. Ned to control the pace as it is such easy drinking...

Comments: I found this a very desirable IPA. It almost has overtones of a DIPA to me, except for the lower ABV%. Very smooth & flavorful. Wish they distributed this in 6ers instead of bombers.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a creamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet melon, leather and some peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, some melon and a lot of peppery, tarry bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA with a good amount of bitterness. The hop flavors weren't up my alley - too tarry and charred.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer w/o freshness dating, pours slightly cloudy, dull almond amber with a very long lasting light tan head.This good looking brew leaves tons of sticky lacing and sheeting. Moderate nose of pine resin hops. This is a soft and smooth feeling, easy drinking ale. Malty base with notes of doughy bread, supported by an underlay of soft yet resiny hops. Nice job here by Moylans on this well crafted and tasty brew. Nothing amazing, just a nice BA worthy, easy drinking AIPA

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unfortunate IPA. This could be a great beer, but there are too many problems. Pours cloudy gold with a chunky white head. Decent lacing. The hops are definitley there in the nose. Perfume, pine and some citrus. However, they taste funny. Very piney and citrus, but not in a good way. More like pine-sol and hard candy. It almost feels like Moylan's gave up before they were finished.

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Photo of ironlung
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear Amber. Very little head, No retention, Soft lacing.

S: Lots of hops! Can't smell any malt here.

T: Hits the tounge bitter, finishes bitter with a perfect malt backing.

M: Very Crisp Taste. Clears the tounge with a hop BANG!

T: At 6.9% w/this amount of hops flavor you at least have to try it if your in to hops!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 . . .

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice copper in color with a one finger white head. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Scent of hops and sugars are present. The taste is a good hop bite that mellows out to a sugary carmel flavor. The mouthfeel is good, but a little dry in aftertaste for my likes. Over all this is a great drinking IPA.

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Photo of ADR
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly charged bottle, a fast rising 1 1/2 inch head after a careful pour. Nice custard consistency. Hazy darker orange color. Big laces mark the glass. Excellent aroma, just the right amount of tangy bitter orange and a slight honey backdrop. Definitely comes out hoppy in flavor, so juiicy in impression that I almost feel like I'm chewing on an orange peel. Not much in the malt department but this isn't scouring in style. The hoppiness is so fresh (and refreshing) in this beer that I'm willing to forget about a better malt balance. It gets creamier as it warms.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bomber at Binny's in Chicago, Ohio street loaction.
App:Pale yellow leaning into a gold color, initial pour was not aggressive, half-finger soapy head with multiple bubble sizes. Second pour produced a rocky head that rose fast but subsided with medium sticky lacing.
Aroma-hops galore, some orangey notes and caramel and buttery toffee.
Mouthfeel-sharp hoppy bitterness hits first and stays the same through to the finish. If you let this slowly roll down the palate, the sweeter malt flavors come out. The grapefruit hoppiness is very thin to me, a froth on the palate gives does reveal a more lemony hop profile. Astringent with some bitter herbal flavors-and that's OK. Moylan's is making some very good hoppy brews- me likey!

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent iacing.

Smells of lemon peel and bright citrus aromas with a light pale malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild pale malt aromas up front are overtaken shortly by loads of citrus hop aromas that carry through to a strongly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this is a solid IPA however it doesn't have as light a touch as others put out by Moylan's. The flavors are too strong and just don't have as much complexity as other offerings from the brewery. Still, I have to say that it's worth a shot.

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Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[email protected] Brewpub. Basically a stronger version of the Tipperary. Huge lychee/graefruit, orange rind flavour. Sweet to start off, then bitter in the end. Not much depth of flavour, but still a decent amount of flavour in here, just a nice hoppy American IPA. Decent.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rgrace99
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into imperial pint glass. Color was a dark orange with a finger of head and lots of lacing. Aroma was very citrusy and hoppy.
Taste was strongly of hops all the way through. Excellent hop flavor all the way through but the malt was barely detectable.A very good IPA but I'd prefer a little more balance.

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Photo of Jorge
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep cloudy coper with thin, quickly dissipating head.

A- Hoppy with malt notes

T- Heavily hopped, almost acidically bitter

M- Unremarkable, slightly mediciney

D- While unimpressive overall, it is quite drinkable. With it's abv, I could put down a few of these. In a beer style known for its strong, sometimes overbearing flavors, Moylan's IPA's relative subtlety is its great strength, nicely displaying all of the typical traits of the IPA with none of the excesses.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange/amber with a nice white single finger head that melted to heavy, lasting lacing.
Aroma is bright orange and orange peel with green hops ... almost grass like
Taste is initiallly sweet malt, then a little orange, followed by nice hop bite and citrus peel drying aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is moderate from carbonation but a little buttery. No noticable alcohol burn or aftertaste.
This is a beautifully crafted IPA with very bright fresh flavors. Generally a good IPA (for me) is very rich in grapefuit citrus but this one is more predominately orange and orange peel. Very enjoyable.
Very drinkable. I think sessioning would only be limited by how much alcohol you can consume

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I procured a bomber of this at the Brewery Creek store in central Vancouver - it was all I could do to convince my host that it was worth driving there from downtown, after a whole inch and a half of snow...

This beer pours a slightly cloudy medium golden hue, with a few fingers of white creamy, foamy head, that leaves lacing all around the glass as it melts away. The smell is major grapefruit hops, and a mellow malt sweetness, with a tinge of baker's yeast. The taste is a massive bitter citrus blast to the poor tastebuds cowering in the corners (?) of my mouth. The caramel malt body that I can only assume is there by way of the perceived weight in the mouthfeel, is thus seemingly masked almost entirely. The citrus hops make themselves known at every stage in the evolution of the taste, drying out the finish like fine British humour, and leaving a lingering aftertaste of astringent goodness, like American. The carbonation - right, the carbonation - well, it's pretty innocuous, fairly mild, and doesn't intensify the effect of the bitterness, thankfully! This is obviously a one-sided affair, but the decent weight in the body of the beer makes this a satisfying drink, presuming one likes an assault and battery in terms of hop service. My Dad took one sip and made a face I haven't seen since I first cranked that Megadeth tape back in junior high...

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Photo of mbunje
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Served refrigerator cold.

Appearance is a pale straw yellow. Big pillowy head on a rough pour. Nice lacing

Smell is nice. More citrus than pine in the hop smell. Background of dry bucuit. Not much malt presence

Taste is very bitter, grassy right up front. Some of the malt comes in at the end. Finish is very dry and bitter. Not enough balance for my liking. Smooths out a bit as it warms.

Light on the tongue and crisp. Very Dry. Not enough hop oils in the feel. Needs a bit more substance.

Not real drinkable due to the bitterness. I like IPAs and this one just doesn't have enough balance in it.

I reviewed the Marin Brewing co IPA as well (sister brewery) and I much prefer that. It is a different take on the IPA style. If you want to go heavy on the bitter, this is worth a try.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange honey with a giant tan foamy head. Be careful pouring there is alot of sediment in this. The smell is pungent with citrus hop aromas and pine. The taste is creamy with citrus and pine hops. There is almost a carmel flavor in the aftertaste. The m/f is light and very well balanced. The flavors hide the alcohol very well. This is an excellant and very underrated beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Derek's bomber from BC. Yellow with siginficant white head, and lacey. Some decent c-hopa roma. Creamy mouthfeel, an easy drinker. Decent above=-average tasting IPA, with some citrus, decent bitterness. Well balanced. Though Fuggles and Centennial, Spot on American IPA.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This one is relatively clear (at least with the first pour from the bomber.... I can already see the yeasty at the bottom getting ready to jump ship into my glass) and a honey-tangerine color with a two finger tight and foamy off-white head. Enormous sheets of solid cream coat the glass in one of the finest displays of lace that I have seen outside of Belgium.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine, juicy super-ripe blood oranges, peach, and a big dose of canned mandarin oranges. Fruity as hell, and hoppy to beat all, this is one FINE smellin' IPA. The requisite malt backbone is there, but doesn't dare to interfere with the glorious hops. Outstanding.

T - Like the nose, this is fruity and citric with the very, very nice hop profile. Gritty, dirty, sour, bitter, citric, and pungent hops. This one has some friggin' horsepower in the hop department. Not quite as complex and pleasing as the nose, but these flavors are really good.

M - Medium bodied (lighter than you would think, actually) with a creamy carbonation that contrasts the sharp citrus flavors. Finishes hoppy, but more mellow than the initial attack. The flavor progression goes from fruity to super-hoppy to biscuity and malty, and back to half-hop power again leaving a nice lingering apricot and grapefruit hop note aftertaste.

D - Damn fine beer here! A perfect fix for a naggin hop jones. This one is definitely on the citrus side of the citrus-pine scale of hop flavor and aroma. I like this one a lot!

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India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 314 ratings