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: 313 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of david18
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This could be my very favorite single ipa. They have it now at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It's the ultimate Imperial Pale Ale. Great light color that has a surprisingly hoppy aroma and flavor that's not quite balanced with the malt but when you're in the mood for hops this is perfect.

Golden color, intense west coast citrusy aroma and bitter flavor. I had one of these and couldn't think of anything I would rather have as my second.

Excellent beer.

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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 jsh420
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

form a 22oz - pours like an olympic golden medal and a little hazy with some lacing and a 1.5" solid white head that leaves notches of lacing all down the glass

smells of grapefruit citrus and pine - west coast baby

taste is where this beer shines - an outstanding west coast ipa with earthy pine and citus grapefruit hops up front and malt sweetness on the finish but with still a great amount of hop bitterness

creamy mouth feel - reminds alot of stone ipa with less bite on the finish - wish they made sixers of this

drinkability is outstanding - does me make me sound bad that i hardly ever share bombers of this beer

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Photo of Mark
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unlike my buddy Tim I found the hops on the restrained side.
I actually feel this compares to Fullers IPA but with more hoppiness. Deep amber with nice head that left a cask conditioned like lace (solid). Thick mouthfeel, smell was not near as piney as the double IPA. Very smooth for an IPA, I liked this brew. I bought it from a Whole Foods store which was suggested by Mr. Moylans himself. Very nice IPA. Recommended! Since having this again recently from bottles bought straight from the pub, this is giving Racer 5 a run for it as my favorite IPA. The hoppy, floral taste is a absolute killer. Totally drinkable and enjoyable. It's also bottle conditioned. A winner, and the only beer available in cask that I have liked the bottle version better.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that struck me about this beer was the way the head poured. In a 22oz glass I poured ~85% first and filled the glass with foam (3 fingers) even being careful. After letting it go down some and eventually emptying the bottle, the head looked more like whipped cream, stacking up an inch or so above the rim. Good head, very impressive.

The color is amber and the suspended proteins make it unclear but the aroma and taste will overrule even the clarity purists.

The next thing that was absolutely startling was the hop aroma. Mere seconds after putting neck to rim I actually got such a whiff that I jerked my head back in surprise. Even the most imperial IPAs take a close nose to notice but this one came to me.

The taste of this one is what you would expect of an IPA but the body seems to drop out mid-swallow leaving only the tasty grassy herbal hops in the aftermouth. Really good, if you like that sort of thing.

The mouthfeel is about 80/20 liquid to bubbles and is very pleasing since they convert so quickly. Very nice.

In terms of drinkability this is more a reward than a staple. Invite your Sierra Nevada drinking neighbor over for an education.

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Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Glorious head, big time lace, medium pale color.

S: Fills the room with hops; lots of citrus peel.

T: Hops really explode out of this one, probably about 65 IBU, which is a great number: at that level of bitterness, the other aspects of the hops present themselves. There are millions of flavors I get from the hops: definitely lots of pine, fresh flowers, bug spray, ganja, dried tropical and citrus fruit, the list goes on. A slightly sweet pale British malt body to chew on. Delicious hop burps are the sign of a great IPA.

M: Fresh and lively from the bottle conditioning. Resins and oils are present but not in extreme proportions. Reminds me of my beloved Y2K IPA from years ago (r.i.p.).

D: Awesome IPA, Racer 5 fans will really dig this one; in fact I might like it a little bit better. Highly recommended.

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

22 oz bomber purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA for $3.49 in March, 2006.

OK, time to turn my normal review style on its head. Rather than write a lot of impressions and then a conclusion, here goes: this is a good IPA, one of the best I can recall.

Drinkable is putting it mildly. This beer slid down my gullet faster than a, well, I don't know what, but it was fast!

Hops are flowery, somewhat grapefruit citrus, and on the oily/resiny side, but not offensive to me like these hops usually are. Moylan's has got it right. This went down really fast, and I want more!

Thsi completely restores my faith in Moylan, because I just could not do their way over the top Hopsickle- here they have reigned in the madness and made something truly enjoyable.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange with straw yellow highlights with two and one-half dense, durable fingers of off-white foam; dense lacing on the Ommegang glass seals the deal for me--it's a five-star appearance. Very hoppy nose, full of grapefruit, orange, and melon. Importantly, the smell in Moylan's IPA doesn't fade throughout the beer at all. It has tremendous staying power.

The taste is loaded with hop bitterness but also contains a good malty base. Resiny hops commingle with slightly toasted caramel malt for a very delicious taste. I'd like the fruit to be a little more front and center, but this is undoubtedly delicious. The mouthfeel is heavily hopped, oily, and bitter, chewy and gritty--just the way I like 'em.

I figured that this would be good, but I didn't know just how good Moylan's IPA would be. Its DIPA was densely hopped, and this only slightly less so. I shudder to think what I will encounter with Hopsickle, a bottle of which awaits me in the fridge. IPA was outstanding, one of the best I've had. Great stuff. Don't pass it up.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle, 22 no less, in Cincinnati on the way home. Color was a cloudy off orange to amber hue. Massive head retention oand excellent lace. The smell is strong on citrus, mostly of grapefruit and citrus but some pine and light malt is noticeable as well.

The taste is all hops. A good mix of bittering and aroma hops with both citrus and earthy tones. Makes me think of more English style then California. The malt is very smooth with a good mix of Munich and Vienna. Both malt and hops are equally supported and well balanced. Not really any stronger alcohol flavor which is nice.

Good body and a good brew for an IPA. I would like to see what there double IPA tastes like, but that might have to be via a trade.

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Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from stewdawg, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of hops, citrus and caramelized malt and smells exactly as an IPA should smell like.

T: The taste has a good burst of floral hops up front, but is nicely balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and fruity citrus. There’s a hearty malt character that helps maintain the good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet with some hoppiness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a good IPA that I could pound for a whole evening.

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Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice bright orange color, with a good looking white head. A fine looking IPA.

Aromas... oh yeah... this smells great. Lots of hops going on here, grassy, pine, and citrus noted. This smells really good.

Flavors do not disappoint. I tasted notes of bitter grapefruit, pine, and a bit of sweetness on the end. I am pretty impressed with this one. The hops dominate, but the flavors are very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, beer is well rounded, and full.

I have had Moylans DIPA a few times and thought it was pretty good. This however, I believe is much better. A lot more interesting hop flavors, and certainly much more drinkable. Probably the best Moylans' brew I have had to date. I am somewhat surprised it hasn't scored better... underrated.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass, thick head and very inviting lace, orange with a slight chill haze.

Smells of spicey noble hops up front blended with a cara-vienna malts. Very floral...

Taste is a wonderful blend of spicey noble hop and high alpha. A bite of herbal hops in the finish along with a very surprising oak-vanilla note.

This was a wonderful full-bodied IPA. Very quaffable and enjoyable. This is a great hot weather IPA.


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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light golden brown with a thick, chunky head... The head takes a while to die down but it leaves gobs of sticky lacing along the inside of the glass.

The smell is inviting, primarily hops notes of new mown grass and spice, lighter on the pine sap but also a reasonable undernote of sweetness.

The taste is quite wonderful - there's quite a bit of malty sweetness with a wee bit of hidden fruit (plum, apricot) that you'd find in an amber ale but the primary notes are all Chinook hops. The beer has a very strong grapefruit taste but it's far from over the top - as a matter of fact the sweetness (either from the alcohol or from the malt) is the lingering aftertaste, not the hops.

Mouthfeel is dead on - it's a light bodied brew with plenty of fine carbonation. There's no oily feel left on the tongue and the aftertaste is clean and light.

This is a highly drinkable brew - strong and complex without being heavy handed.

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Photo of matjack85
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this 22 oz. brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. At $5.49 a bottle it's not a cheapy, but it won't cause an overdraft at the bank either. No freshness or bottled on date to be found, but the label is chock full of information about all the awards this beer has won, and then there is even a map on the back showing directions to the brewery.
Pours a nice looking hazy apricot color with a 2 finger foamy white head that lasts forever and leaves tons of nice lacing all over the glass.

Pine and citrus hops dominate the powerful and wonderful smell.

The hops rule in this one, as they should in an IPA, but the hops used here are an exceptionally tasty blend of pine and grapefruit that blend nicely with a touch of malty sweetness. Then add to this a touch of spicy alcohol and you have one hell of a nice beer.

It has a medium to full body to it with a fairly high level of carbonation, which I think fits perfectly with this style.

My only caution is that it did not get better as it warmed up. It mellowed out too much as I let it sit, so my advise is to drink it while it's cold. It's delicious.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of citrus. The taste is of pine resin, then grapefruit, then citrus, then grapefruit again. There is a nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fine IPA that I will surely drink again.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, somewhat hazy orange with a head that needs a spoon to get through. Man thank god for mustaches! Huge hoppy and grassy aroma-screams citrus like no tomorrow.. Big burst of citrus hop flavor-has a good mellownees to it overall not exceedingly bitter. Good body-very much in line with being an IPA-doesnt have the slickness that some others do-a good thing. Hell of a beer-almost a double ipa in my book. Very, very nice effort-I am impressed for my first beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of ckaufman
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saturday night... after a seven delivery day in the car business... from a 22oz. into a simple pint glass.

Beautiful... simply beautiful! Deep golden amber in color with a massive foamy head. Excellent retention & lace.

The smell was great with lots of floral notes & some pine.

The taste was great as well. Lots of hop flavor... piney, floral & with a citrus note as well. Strong malt backbone to balance out the hops.

This beer has a sticky/resinous feel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability for me was good, however this beer zapped my taste buds for the rest of the evening.

I recomend this beer if you're a fan of IPAs!

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Photo of BradBLR
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a classic example of a solid IPA. It poured a rich amber color with a white head that lasted the whole beer and had superior lacing, second only to a Bear Republic. The smell was a very floral hop smell that was about medium in strength and very nice.

The taste was an up front bitter flavor that was all hops. There was a nice balance of a sweetish malt, and the after taste was bitter with a nice hop oil coating on your tongue. The mouthfeel was really good, nice C02 and a nice thickness that i like with IPAs.

Overall a great IPA and one I will buy again. Can't wait to try more Moylan's brews.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:Crystal clear beautiful straw yellow color. A bright white fraothy head.
S:Nice grapefruit piney hops smell up front.
T:Really great reiseny pine needle hops. That taste floats in and out as your continue to drink the beer. Up front, there is a touch of caramel roaty malts.
M:Tiny tight little bubbles stick to the very tip of your tounge. Once inside the entire mouth, it feels nice fat and chewey.
D:Very good west coast style IPA. Those piney hops blast you. Once this beers warms up, it really balances out nicely.

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India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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