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 Sinewave
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of francisweizen
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a Moylan's beer? Uh-oh. This is definately the worst beer i've had from this brewery (who make an amazing imp. stout and iipa). This poured out with a ton of foam, it took me 15 minute to get a full pint of liquid. This brew was bright orange with a big fluffy white head. The aromas were sickly sweet apricots and peaches, with some buttery biscuit-like malt aromas as well. The taste was very buttery and malty, with almost no hint of hops (except for horribly sweet fruit flavors). The mouthfeel was bad, as this stuff was overcarbonated to hell and turns to foam, the second it gets in your mouth. The drinkaility is bad because of the above factors. I can't recommend this one, but I can recommend their fantastic iipa and imp. stout. Is this an isolated incident from these guys?

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Photo of CliffBrake
2.64/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found it to be mild and balanced. carbonation is on the low side. Minimal lacing. light copper, w/ clear clarity.

sizzly and bold citrus up front. I liked it overall. Musky and citrus. This brew can get away from you. drinkable but overall in the style its below average.

Stingy mouthfeel. Island retention.

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Photo of SethB2
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours a copper, non transparent color with a decent head and lacing. Smell is odd. Burning rubber with a sweetness that doesn't hid the funk very well. Taste is much like the smell. Hoppy up front, but just tastes strange. It is biting, and not in a good way. The hops used are the same as Moylander (or at least it tastes that way to me) but Moylander is balanced better. This isn't. Mouthfeel is medium to a tad thin. Drinkablity is not great, just because there are so many more beers worth drinking in this category.

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Photo of Techichi
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of rapidsequence
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of kinger
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Borderline average IPA, I was not overly impressed. Bitter aroma with some grapefruit present. Nice dark orange pour, solid white head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel is sticky, watery, and awkward. Finish is thin and bitter. Flavor has a nice grapefruit citrus presence mixed in with some spicy pine, but then halfway through the swallow there is a weird metallic tinge. Far better IPA's can be obtained and for the same price I can get a bomber of Stone so I will not seek this one out again.

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Photo of HokieNoPokie
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a little disappointed with this one. All seemed well at first as I poured the hazy pale orange offering from its 22oz home. Good carbonation, decent head. So far, so good.

It all went downhill after that. Where oh where is the aroma? Despite the bottle's description of "an enticing floral bouquet" and a "stimulating assault on all senses," I found the aroma to be very timid. It's pleasant, fresh, hoppy, and citrusy, if you can manage to smell it without snorting beer up your nose.

The taste wasn't much better. I taste bitterness, which I like, but the taste quickly fades and leaves an almost watery feeling in your mouth as it goes down. It did seem to leave a hop oil taste in the back of my throat, which is good, but I'm not sure that I jive with this one.

There are better IPAs out there, but if you're into IPAs and looking for something a little different, this might be to your liking.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium orange gold color. Frelling Enormous head. Took 5 minutes to dissipate enough to drink. (loses 1 Appearance points for that). The aroma, or at least what gets past the head, is slightly citric. Kind of weak for an IPA. There is some hoppyness, but mostly maltyness. Some grapefruit and grassiness from what hops are there, some alcohol flavors as well. Drinkable, but I would never have guessed that this is an IPA. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is bitter with some alcohol bite.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4-25-02 Nice floral hop notes..fresh like strolling through a flower garden...cloudy and hazy with yeast sediment present...nice maltiness for an IPA..I really like this construction..a good malt backbone with tasty floral hop tones...taste is pretty good..does not have a huge amount of bitterness (which you might expect), but there is more bitterness on the long finish..

1-10-04 Lowered scores a little....would not purchase again....very charged up....huge uncontrollable head....flavors and nose are average as is everything about it..many, many better...not horrible, but doesn't measure better than average..

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Photo of mjrex77
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of heygeebee
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of skrib09
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a dark gold, pretty hazy, with a resiny head you would expect from an india pale ale.

smells well malted, a little bready, and of hops.

taste is more or less the same as smell. more spicy notes in the taste than the smell. good full-bodied taste.

good body, a bit astringent. not a very drinkable beer as the chemical make up is tingling my palate.

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Photo of farrago
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Close to two fingers of off-white foam, good density, mixture of bubbles sizes, moderate stickiness to the lacing, has the room since not much retention. Cloudy zinc orange color, has a metallic sheen to it, only a little hue loss around the rims. The nose is very peppery and spicy, cumin and celery seed, the milk chocolate notes subsumed in the lemongrass, green foliage and pumpernickel bread, hard for any floral accents to come through, same for any peach, apricot fruit scents. Full-bodied, the severe bitterness hampers its ability to leverage its weight fully. Some churn to the carbonation, however, not enough to really create steady pacing. Vague mocha or cocoa, mostly hops with sour white grapefruit, pulverized floral dust and spice. Quite dry, green grass and leaves, maybe a giraffe would like chewing on this. Somewhat raw, numb mouthfeel by the end, you better have a serious jones for unvarnished hops.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This IPA poured a nice tan/orange color with perfect clarity. The pour produced one finger of fine-foamed off white head which had good staying power. There was no lacing evident on the walls of the glass.

S: There were notes of apple, pine and grape.

T: Upfront bitter hop bite with a mild malt backbone. The flavor evaporated rapidly leaving only a bitter hop aftertaste with no sweet malt notes to compliment the experience. There was a hint on orange.

M: This IPA was thin and lacked body for an ale with a abv of over 6%.

D: One note flavor characteristics and lack of any balance to counteract the bitter hop leaves this beer lacking in the drinkability category.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoyed while sitting at my picnic table and finishing the book "Damage."

A-Hazed orange brew, bright and glowing in the sunlight. Bright orange-white head receded relatively quickly to a dense collar and sparse bubbles.

S-Toasty, bready malt with a dense resinous hop aroma, perfumy and herbal. Hop aroma was not as prominent/present as expected.

T-Resinous, herbal and piney hop character with a quite prominent toasty, semi-sweet malt. The hop bitterness, along with an herbal/perfumy hop character, help keep the semi-sweet malt in check. Finishes spicy, semi-sweet and bitter.

M-Medium body, almost fuller, with a nice moderate carbonation that melds well with the body.

D-Pretty drinkable, but not the best IPA, in my opinion. The hops were not up-front enough, while the malt flavors almost seemed to overtake the hoppiness.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Has a large bubbly head over a very hazy copper brew. Slow moving bubbles of carbonation move through the beer. The lacing is thick and all down the sides of the glass. Pouring the bomber in three parts (without any form of overzealous pouring) revealed clumps of something (hops?) white pretty ubiquitous throughout the beer. They do settle to the bottom of the glass... I am not sure if I would prefer it the other way or not... Bad characteristic overall.

S - A very floral aroma with a good deal of pine and some fresh cut herbs. Hints of malt underneath.

T - Initially, it has a very strong mossy, leafy and floral flavor with an intensely bitter hop finish. The malt is presence, but wholly subdued. Flavor is very intense and not well rounded, which means, for this case at least, that the flavor is not terribly pleasant. The finish is really really bitter. It actually places among the most bitter beers I have had to date. The bitterness doesn't die off either. It just sticks to your tongue and gums.

M - Medium to thickly bodied, smooth, but it has a dry finish.

D - Okay. Moylan's has better offerings. That is certain. Grab a bottle of Hopsicle or Tipperary and leave the IPA on the shelf.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bird of paradise orange with some chill haze to it. Quite vibrant and attractive. The head is loose but present, a sudsy white bubble ring around the glass.

S: Smells or orange marmalade, vanilla, honey & redwood bark.

T: Initial taste is grapefruit rind and really earthy hops. Not overly piney, but certainly woody and quite dirty. Really mineraly too. This beer tastes very natural, like something that might come bubbling up out of the earth in the middle of the the forest. Bitterness arrives at the back of the throat and stays with the drinker through the entire process. Finishes A lot like it started.

M: Medium to thin body with a hard mouthfeel.

D: Interesting brew but not something I would seek out. Different than most of the other IPA’s out there which is cool.

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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 PeatReek
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pale golden amber color, slight dry-hop haze. Head is thick, smooth, and white. The smell is a bit floral and almost meaty in its substantiality; very spicy but not what I'd call "hoppy." Hmm. The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell; kind of a dirty citrus/pine hop flavor with too much emphasis on the bitterness. A bit of that characteristic Amarillo flavor, though, which I do like. Body's a bit thin to support all these bittering hops. I've definitely had worse IPAs, though I'd probably stick to one bomber of this.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very clear light brown. Very oddly light in color. Foamy white head that dissolves to a thin film. Lots of sticky lace. Nose is just straight up piney, citrusy hops. Very pine woods-like.

Flavor is a bit out of balance. Definitely a hoppy beer that will knock your taste buds off. Lots of juicy hops that come across as citrus and piney. Mostly piney though. Not much in the way of any malt backbone. Just a hop bomb. Actually made me sneeze too. full mouthfeel that finishes a bit dry. Juicy texture.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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