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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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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 GRG1313
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber with a big blanket of white foam. Looks great.

Smell: Herbs and spice, pine, a bit of pale malt and (oddly enough) a hint of chocolate.

Taste/mouthfeel: A big resiny hop flavor appears from the get-go. Further sips reveal floral and herbal hop notes. Malt flavors are fairly non-existent - this stuff is bone-dry and bitter as hell for an IPA of 6.5% ABV. Bittering hops are a touch overkill in the finish; this stuff has a hop smack to rival most DIPAs and a seemingly never-ending bitter finish.

Notes: Great stuff but not an easy-drinking IPA by any stretch. Recommended only to hopheads.

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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 zeff80
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with an off-white, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. It left behind thick sheets of lace.

S - A great pine aroma with sweet citrus notes and hints of caramel.

T - Lots of pine and grapefruit flavors at first sip. Plenty of toasted malt flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a surprising alcohol heat. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is pretty good IPA. It is very intense and maybe slightly unbalanced.

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

A - One finger of thick, white head on top of a very hazy, orange body. The foam recedes slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Resinous malt and toasty hops dominate the aroma. Notes of pine, citrus, and cedar dominate the hop profile. The robust hops are balanced by toasted bread, sweet toffee, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Robust bitterness and strong hop flavor up front with a resinous, funky pine hop character that is oddly reminiscent of gym socks. More citrus notes come out in the middle with some grapefruit/lemon and a good dose of orange. Bready toasted malt makes a brief appearance before giving way to a flood of juicy, sharp grapefruit-hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering notes of burnt bread, soapy hops, and tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - In my description of the taste of this beer, I used a lot of descriptors that I usually reserve for beers that I consider poorly made or that I just plain don't like (gym socks, soapy, burnt toast). Nevertheless, I find myself rather enjoying this beer. The hops are so out of control and the bitterness so excessively west-coast-style overdone, that it actually works. It is kind of like the dog that is so ugly that it's cute, in that the over the top, harsh hop bitterness becomes kind of endearing. There is an effort towards balancing the hops, but despite the rich underlying malt, it is a token gesture in the face of this sort of hopping. So, overall this beer is enjoyable with great hop flavor and aroma and crushing bitterness; its not an everyday drinker, but it is a great example of how well Moylan's puts their hops to use.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a finger of foamy off-white head. Retains very nicely and leaves some decent lacing behind. The aroma is a pleasant West Coast bouquet of piney and floral hops, grapefruit and other citris notes, and a backing caramel sweetness.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma with blend of resinous hops, spice, floral notes, lots of citrus, and a sturdy backbone of malt to prop things up. The more I partake, the more sense that the flavor profile is a little titlted more towards the hoppy side of things. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy
carbonation and a smooth and easy feel.

A solid West Coast IPA that definitley doesn't shy away from the hops. Maybe I touch more malt could have balanced this out a bit more but for the most part, this was a tasty and highly quaffable example of the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunset orange suffused with honey. I love the rich, creamy cap of French vanilla colored foam that is deflating in sections and is beginning to leave an impressive amount of finely filagreed lace. The head and lace combination looks like it belongs on a Belgian ale; a finer compliment I cannot bestow.

The nose is bright and fresh and clean with finely polished aromas of orange, lemon and white grapefruit. I would have said either Cascade or Centennial for a portion of the hop bill. And I would have been wrong. Fuggles and Chinook are in use and they do their jobs with the utmost skill. I can't wait to tip the glass up.

Moylan's India Pale Ale is much hoppier and much more resinous than the nose let on. A mini shock wave of bitterness jolts the tongue with each mouthful and lingers long after the beer has gone to points south. The flavor profile now tastes apricoty and peachy to me as well as grapefruit pithy. I'll attribute the former to the Fuggles and the latter to the Chinook. I love it. I'm also perfectly content with the score that I've granted.

I like bitter beer as much as the next hophead. It seems to me though that this IPA could stand more pale malt on the bottom end. The alpha acidity is a tad too raw at times and the beer is a trifle harsh as a result. It shouldn't take much in the way of balancing to get the hops to heal, so it isn't like I'm suggesting a complete overhaul. If you're looking for some tongue (and even throat abuse), you've found it.

The mouthfeel is middle of the road for an IPA. It's firm rather than lush, and, in that sense at least, matches the flavor profile exceptionally well. A bigger malt load would work wonders here as well.

I cracked the crown on this bottle today because I wasn't sure how old it was. Now that I've killed more than half the bomber, and now that the hops have killed the majority of my taste buds, I'd say it's on the uber-fresh side. Those who are ambivalent about hops might just as well look elsewhere. Moylan's Brewery delivers yet again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden-orange body with a well-sized, darn right frothy white head.

Smell: Sweetish, fruity scent with a favorable blend of malts and hops -- light, sweet-scented caramel candy, tangerine oils, apricots, grapefruit peels, and plucked pine needles.

Taste: Pleasant pale malts with a modest amount of crystal and light caramel malt sweetness showing. Small pinch of day-old biscuit crumbs. Splash of apricot juice. Graciously hoppy with flavors of fresh tangerines, pine resin, and white grapefruit pith, all with a punchy herbaceous, grassy quality. Fairly bold bitterness with those AA's coming across a bit bristly and having an altogether long duration. The finishes is bone dry and longly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, though fairly soft carbonation.

Drinkability: A still relatively easy-drinking India Pale Ale with a bold, assertive bitterness that isn't so biting or intense that I can't cheerfully polish off the entire bomber at two in the morning.

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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 mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I cracked open the bomber and poured it into a Russian River pint glass to reveal a hazy, light golden elixir with a thin white foam. There is some nice lacing as I drink this beer.

S: A pretty solid nose, primarily citrus and tropical fruit aromas. There is quite a bit of pineapple and mango, along with lots of grapefruit and mild orange. There is not much in the way of pine, however. A sweet maltiness rounds things out on the finish.

T: The taste picks up where the scent leaves off. The hop flavors are quite fruity, but there is a nice level of piney bitterness that is missing from the nose. Finish has an interesting combination of grapefruit, pineapple, and light malt.

M: The carbonation is at a light to moderate level, but the body is a bit on the thin side.

D: The alcohol is quite faint and the hop flavors take center stage, while the malt does have a mild presence. This is quite a drinkable and solid IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent golden bronze with 2 fingers of beige colored head. The glass gets a bit turbid & darker toward the bottom of the bottle, that would be the the bottle conditioning. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Doughy with some citrus hop notes.

T: Pine, grapefruit & bit of doughyness up front. Leafy hops & honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a touch of dryness, some fruittyness (pineapple & pear). a bit of honey, & with lemony & grapefruitty hops ( just a bit too much)

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation to show off the hops & pretty good balance, I think it's the hop varieties/mix that failed to completely win me over. Hop heads will disagree

Drinks pretty easy, although it's slightly too grapefruitty for my personal tastes. I could still put 3 or 4 (bottles or pints, not bombers) back, no problem

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the most amazing head I've ever witnessed from a bottle: I poured the beer to 2/3 of a 24oz glass. Initially, the head went up half way up the remaining glass. I took my aroma notes and while I was typing the head continued to grow...over the rim of the glass to a full inch above!!! Not a single drop slid over the side. The head was that tight. I've never given a "5" before. This one deserves it. Oh, and the color was a dark amber-orange and very cloudy. Great lace.

Lots of fresh hop aroma; very nice. The malt is muted but still very appropriate. Alcohol presence that is not overwhelming.

First I had to take a "bite" out of the head. This was extremely bitter. The liquid is nearly as bitter but there are good malt notes. The full body provides balance to the hop bite. Still this is hop from beginning to finish to the long lasting aftertaste.

A wonderful and powerful entry into the IPA world. This could almost be considered a double IPA. Either way, this is delicious.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warning! Warning! You might want to use a snifter or other glassware normally used for Belgian ales on this one.

They aren't kidding on the label when they say it is a live ale. This thing pours a fogged orange brownish with such a big head. I could use it as a pencil holder. And the thing never dropped!! Kind of a pain in the ass, but really nice to look at! Nose is perfumed hops. Even and smooth. Flavor is much more robust than most IPAs that are being thrown out. Definite deeper edge to it. Strong perfume notes that have a thick floral tone to it. Slick liquid tone with a nice level of carbonation to it.

This is a very unique and different kind of IPA. Not the standard fare being shown by so many other breweries. Is it worth trying? Absolutely. Share it with someone you appreciate. And did I say it pours a massive head??

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed golden coloration, sturday, classical white head atop.

Bright piney nose, ...grapefruit and orange notes...vibrant, exciting, lively. Mmm, mmm, mmm...I already used classic, right? There it is, again.

And it buzzes on the tongue, a gentle, but persistent tickle of hops. All, seemingly, PacNW, Cascades or Centennials...or others...plenty of malt backing it up, letting the hops bounce up and down.
The bitterness keeps buzzing on the palate, the citric blitz continues, long after the swallow. Tasty malt, spicy hops, fantastic combination, and terrific drinkability.
I like it.

For a classic American IPA, this hits all the right notes.
Damned delicious.
Mmmmm, mmm....
...wait, I said that before too, didn't I?
Don't hold all this repetition against me...

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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 GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/25/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Caramel brown in color. Maybe a very dark amber. Head of about 1/2 and inch with decent lace.

Smell- Really nice scent of a fruit basket. Lots of lemon, orange and maybe even some tropical fruit scented hops. A touch of medium roasted malt and maybe a bit of pine. One of the quality IPA scents out there.

Taste- Very fruit flavored in the hop dept. Lots of orange peel to go with a touch of lemon and a nice dose of grapefruit. A bit of pine and a small amount of floral aspects. Malt is secondary, but still makes it a realtively nice balanced brew.

Mouthfeel- Run of the mill carbonation, nice semi-bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Was impressed by this one. Had thoughts of a less than average beer going in and came out with a very nice tasting and well rounded IPA. Good job Moylan's!

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Photo of tempest
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber in Albany. I had to give it to this beer on appearance, its got a head and retention like almost no other IPA I've seen. Smell is floral and grapefruit, however it quickly falls off into biscuits aromas as it warms. Taste is of piney, citrus rind hops. A bit harsh for me, but its good for a hophead fix.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, maize/gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, spices, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness and the mouth is slightly watery. Tastes of strong floral hops, slight herb, slight pine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a good blend and the high bitterness level in combination with the wateriness hurts the body and drinkability.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a nice citrus hop aroma. It's mildly bitter and quite refreshing. The taste is good. It has a well balanced malt and hop content. It's bitter, but nothing too intense. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is another solid offering from these guys. It's full of hops; a real pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of Gavage
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a fluffy 2" head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: nice pinecone bitterness and grapefruit slices.

Taste: caramel, golden raisins, piney bitterness, and a tart citrus tone.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short grapefruit and pine tones linger shortly into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent, a better than average IPA but there are better ones out there.

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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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