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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Reviews: 247 | Ratings: 314
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 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 twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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?

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Photo of Reidrover
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of cetherid
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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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 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 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 avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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 jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

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Photo of denflyr
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cervoise glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

This beers appearance is a nice clear orange/dark amber color with nice lacing and a medium head on the pour that disipates a bit.

Smell has a very strong herbal component to it. I honestly can't pick out much else, but I do like the nose.

The taste is nice, but not overpowering. The hops are not over the top as some IPA's can be. The bittering hops are still present many seconds after each taste.

The mouthfeel is nice with and no off putting flavors.

Drinkability is nice, but honestly this is not a beer I would turn to often. It's not that I don't like it, but it is just not one I could drink often.

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Photo of missingsense
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/amber. Decent head w/ very good retention and lacing.

Nice strong aroma of raisin bread, caramel, and stonefruits. Very floral with hints of herbs. Smells like an English garden. Nice!

Mmmm, very flavorful sweet malts offset with a serious hoppy bite. Significant bitterness lingers alongside a citrus sourness in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is not at all unpleasant, but the initial flavor is better.

This beer has a full mouthfeel that coats the tongue very well. Quite appropriate for the style.

I could see myself trying this again if I found it on tap, as it's definitely above average. However, it won't be my go-to IPA. The sourness in the aftertaste is the main turnoff for me, but otherwise a great beer.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, full finger of head, nice retention, slight haze, bright orange color, minimal bubbling.

s- nice earthy nose, some dry hopping, slight pine, grapefruit, herbal notes.

t- good bite right off the bat, well bittered, grapefruit pith, juice, sappy pine, slight toasted biscuit, some herbal notes, tasty.

m- medium to full body, prickly, lots of coating.

d- really nice drinkability here, this is a tasty ipa, just how i like them, full of grapefruit, pine, and bitterness.

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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 allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large Duvel chalice. It is a slightly hazy orange-amber beer with a moderately dense, fairly frothy head. The nose has a large bouquet of citrus, slightly piney hops. The flavor is highly hoppy, and quite bitter--it turns more resiny than citrus to the taste. Malt is light enough it's not a major component. The finish is dry and bitter.

Nice IPA. Lots more bittering hops than most have these days.

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Photo of jjh19
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I tried a 22oz bomber of the Moylans IPA and with the initial pour, it appeared orangish and a touch cloudy. Not amazing looking but not bad.

Smell: I didn't get a ton of smells.

Taste: I really liked the tastes. Fresh tartness up front, with a great hops/malts balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a really tight carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid IPA, refreshing, and a pleasant lingering bitterness. I haven't had a ton from Moylans, but this was a terrific find. Easy recommendation.

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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 Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange color with about a finger and half of foamy white head, some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit malty with a sweet flavor that leads into a toasty, earthy hop flavor. The piney flavors take over and seem to dominate.

The taste is bitter with some strong pine flavor right up front. A little citrus flavor comes into mix with the strong bitterness. Some grapefruit and lemon lead into a bready malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable. A good west coast IPA that is more hops than malt but does have some nice balance.

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Photo of bump8628
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with a thick, mousse-like, sticky-as-hell head.

Powerfully herbal, raw hops take the lead with bitter citrus pith and grass in the background. The hops are pretty well balanced by a toasted maltiness and light caramel.

A solid American IPA. I tend to favor the ones with a heavy citrus/pine character and not so much the herbal/earthy slant that this one has. That said, I'd gladly drink it again.

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

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice thick head that retains for a while.
Smells of sweet hops with lots of citrus.
Tastes bitter and slightly sweet. Lots of citrus taste too, but nothing about this IPA stands out from all other American IPA's.

A good beer though.

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India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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