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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Photo of czechsaaz
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good freshhop aroma, grassy and a little floral. There's a little fruity fermentation ester but mostly this is hops.

Nice amber color and very clear. Half inch layer of pure white, foamy head that lasts throughout a pint. Good rising carbonation throughout.

Very sharp bitter start. Some malt on the mid-palate. Then there's a very strong hop flavor of pine and resin that persists for quite a while on the aftertaste too. It's pretty overwhelming and so the beer overall is pretty one dimensional.

Medium bodied and very creamy and lively.

Seems pretty middle of the road for the style. One of those that is really all about throwing a bunch of hops in the kettle, to hell with balance.

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Photo of Kendo
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into two pint glasses, it was all foam. It took awhile for it to settle into a bronzed off-white fluffy, pillowy head over a cloudy coppery-amber body. Lots of sediment in suspension. That foam leaves sticky clumps in spider web patterns on the side of the glass.

S: Citrusy hops -- grapefruit mainly, though with a little bit of bitter lemon as well -- and a hint of bready malt underneath it all.

T: Florally, fruity hops -- grapefruit again and maybe even apricot. Hops are somewhat oily and resiny in both flavor and feel. Finishes with a nice dry but slightly metallic bite to it. No notice of alcohol except for the warming sensation in the belly. Nice hop burps.

M: Medium-bodied and a bit too much carbonation.

D: Good.

Notes: The bottle says this is a "Live Ale." I guess that explains the abundant carbonation and huge head, as well as the sediment in suspension and the clumps of yeast residue on the bottom of the bottle. Not the best looking beer I've ever seen, but it actually tasted pretty good. I was torn between a 4 and a 4.5 on taste. Settled on the 4 as I don't think it was balanced enough for the 4.5 -- it was all hops and mainly just grapefruity hops at that. A good IPA all in all.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Appears a golden copper color, slightly hazy, with a good two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Smells of citrusy, grassy hops and malted grains. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit, and nectarine. Finishes dry and bitter. Medium in both body and carbonation. Good job Moylan's on this IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orange-ruby color with a good healthy head. The smell is very faint and must be really teased out to enjoy, but its mostly like fuggles hops and refreshment. The taste is just what I was hoping for an IPA... relatively benign taste for the first half, then in creeps the fruity hops and ends with a terrific bitterness. The hops are slightly chewy going down, and the bitterness is nothing to make you cringe, but more of an aftertaste to the fruity hops. I dont know if I'd go out of my way for this beer, but its still terrific for what it is.

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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 Beerzebub
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color. Two finger dense egg shell head that gradually retires into sticky mounds. Big sticky lace.

Smells mainly of fresh citrusy and floral hops. Some biscuity malt.

Full of fresh hop flavor, and a good dose of bitterness. Some sweet malt. Not complex, but reasonably balanced.

Medium mouthfeel, with some oiliness and stickiness to it. Very drinkable.

A nice hop fix, with no distractions. The malt is here to support the hops.

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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 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 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 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 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 rousee
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow--be careful pouring this or it will get all over the place. Pours a thick murky orange-apricot color and leaves a crazy head of foam..Plenty thick, it has peaks and valleys even resembling lemon merengue pie or egg whites beaten till they form soft peaks. Very impressive. Filtered just enough to not have any visible floaties. Leaves a lathery lace all over the sides of the glass.

Smell is mild but a sour hop assault some piney aspects, citrus too and also woody.

Taste is a nice smooth dry IPA --somewhat malty up front but the hop kick comes on and is not as pronounced as you might guess from smelling it. The woodsy character is evident--plenty piney and citrus-like still. Some sugary elements are evident on the finish. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily. I like it a lot. Not too sticky either.
Drinkability is a little better than average for an IPA.

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

Poured a hazy dark Gold with a small fine head that mostly vanished in short order.

Smells of delicate fruity and piney hops. Fresh and clean smelling.

A very nice hop profile, unfortunately there isn't anything there to balance it. I still like it, but I'd like a counterpoint. Hop flavors are mostly piney and bitter- just a little citrus. Its pretty juicy, its a shame there isn't some malt detectable for the hops to dance with.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. It doesn't really have the backbone to stand up to the hops.

The lack of balance makes it a little hard to want a lot of them, but the hop flavor is nice.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bigdeuce
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice ipa here. Nice and piney, like the double. A little more drinkable, has a great 3 finger head, tremendous microbrewed, ipa scent. Rich in grapefruit and pine oils, not very malty, a true ipa! Reminds me of Titan IPA. Fruity, grapefruit esthers. Drinkability very good. Highly recommended.

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India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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