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 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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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 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 mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color. Nice thick slightly off-white head eventually becomes a heavy foam with lots of bubbles.

Smell: Nice fresh citrus aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced with some malts, and then the hops... mild grapefruit flavor and spicyness. The same spicy citrus stays into the aftertaste. Clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth. Has some light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA with moderate alcohol content.

A simple but nice & refreshing IPA. Will get again.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*This* is what an American IPA should look like. Poured up a nice, chill hazed, honey amber colour with a beautiful, thick, two finger head. It actually looked like the foam that forms when you make an ice cream root beer float. This looks terrific! Smell is huge piney, citrus hops, as one might expect. There is also, however, a bit of a sweet malt smell deep down. Taste is sweet malt up front for a fraction of a second, followed by an explosion of bitter grapefruit. I generally do not like this style of beer; the big over-the-top pine sap American IPAs. However, occasionally, I feel to drink one and this one certainly doesn't fail to amaze. Carbonation is about it should be, and this drinks about like I'd expect a 6,5% beer to drink. A solidly crafted, very good example of an American style.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came to me in a large 20 oz glass, orange/yellow with no head. Very thin lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes paralleled aroma with pine sap and hop tart.

Felt light on tongue almost sappy and sticky with a bit bitterness on the finish. A nice IPA but may be to sharp for most people.

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Photo of hophead247
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber with a medium white head. Lots of citrus hops and malt in the nose. Flavor is the malt trying to balance lots of pine and citrus fruit hops. The hops win out, but this is still fairly balanced and good to drink. Moylans haven't disappointed me yet.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into imperial pint glass; poured cold and tasted as it warmed. Picked this up at the awesome Quik Stop in Durham, NC.
A - Robust, cloudy amber-orange, with a head that hangs around. Bottle warns "Refrigerate: Live Ale Inside!" but some of the cloudiness also seems to be chill haze which cleared a bit as the beer warmed up.
S - Not as much hops on the nose as I expected, but certainly some there.
T - Get a bit of malt and alcohol up front, very briefly before the grapefruit hops elbow their way in and push the malt aside. Here's the best part though; the malt and hops then hold hands and blend on the palate. You get this real *nice* malty sweetness (with some roastiness too) that lingers for a bit until the grapefruit finishes things off for a nice long while. Sweetness really asserts itself more and more as the beer warms up too.
M - Thick and syrupy are two words I'd use; this beer has some heft to it.
D - This is a serious beer with lots going on; probably couldn't drink it forever, but I am sure am enjoying this one.

This is a pretty darn good IPA; lots going on in the glass. Look forward to trying their Double IPA (8.5%!).

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale orangey-yellow. Lots of head. We all love head...mmm.

Smell: Like an Irish garden. Well maybe more like an American hop farm.(lame joke, I know....I am lame....yes). A large amount of hops. Not so much the maltiness, but the citrus-y-ness.

Taste: Lots of bitterness. West coast IPA. Mostly orange and grapefruit. Some grassy notes as well.

Mouthfeel: I can feel it in my mouth. Ummm....

Drinkability: Alc/Vol is spot on for IPA. Lots of aggressive flavours, but I almost find the bitterness to linger a little too long.

Overall: Like I do this beer. It is nice, it is a strong beer. I drink this beer. The end.

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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 DanOLeary
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: My first impression of the aroma was oddly enough some skunk. Though it is subtle, it's certainly noticeable. Even after a few good stabs of my nose in the glass I was still getting this off aroma. I can only imagine this is from shipping or storage and at some point this bottle was exposed to sunlight. Aside from this there is a nice grassy hop aroma with caramel malt in the background. A sweet honey scent is also detectable in the nose. The skunk seems to fade though is detectable throughout. I have read that skunk aroma will "blow off" with time in the glass.

Appearance: A pale golden straw with a translucent chill haze. Like looking at sunlight through a wheat field, this is an excellent color for an IPA. With a vigorous pour the beer forms a thin but steady white head.

Flavor: Initial blast of earthy hop flavor and bitterness up front. As this fades the flavor moves toward a sweet carmel malt profile that follows with a biscuit and light white bread character. Bitterness flows through strongly with a citrus bite toward the end before finishing with a crisp snap of grapefruit hop bite. The finish is quite dry with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with light carbonation. The bitterness seems to fill the mouth adding to the impression of mouthfeel which I haven't experienced in an IPA to my recollection. Carbonation is smooth and dances off the tongue just enough to keep the bittering bite clean and fresh.

Overall: Aside from the initial unpleasant waft of skunk, which is subtle enough not to carry into the flavor, this beer is an excellent balance of sweet light bread malt with an array of hop flavor. From noble earthy hop flavor to the west coast citrus bitter pop, this IPA explores the range of what hops have to offer with each sip. Moylans does an excellent job of accentuating the hops and at times leaves you feeling as if you're chewing on the hop cones themselves.

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Photo of livewire78
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, fall leaf color with a decent white head. Nothing much to brag about.

Smell was hops with some pale malt in the background. OK but I was hoping for more out of an IPA.

Taste came in two waves. First wave was like a high school drama skit of pure hoppiness, then after a brief intermission there was the second act, a nice malty clean dry finish. How in the hell was there a ... pause in the taste?

Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery for me personally. I like oily presences in my IPA's and this was a little lacking.

This turned out to be a pretty decent brew. Could have more than one and not be turned off. Kinda like watching a few episoeds of Friends with the ol' lady. Could put up with a couple and not complain too much.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/27/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of crackery malt and citrus hops. Flavor of caramel malt, sweet fruits, light citrus. The hop presence is not too dominant, but this is still quite an enjoyable beer. Very drinkable.

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

Picked up a 22 oz bottle in St. Louis at Schnuck's Culinara. Label reminded you it is a 'Live Ale, and to Keep Refrigerated", will it be as "Exciting and Provacative" as stated? Several CA State Fair and World Beer Championship Medals are also noted on the label.

Slightly hazy, deep gold color, with a thin white foam. Some nice lacing, good head retention. Floral hop aroma, with citrus fruit as well. The taste has lots of hops as well, more resinous and piney. Quite a rich, full flavor and body. Sweet malt balances the bitterness, and leaves a slightly spicy hop finish. I found this to be a very drinkable and solid IPA.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to step out of my usual, hadn't had an IPA in a long time.

Pours into my big-ass mug a cloudy high orange, takes forever to pour because it's 60% head at first. Smell is a big burst of citrus-y hops, then something resembling wheat (didn't expect that part...). Let's take a swig...

Definitely some hop strength going there, but it's more in the sense of character than just straight-up bitterness. The citrusy background opens up more, kinda leans orange. Goes down somewhat oily, though not in a ridiculous way.

I was imagining more of a hoppy smack to the head and didn't get it. That's good IMO, doesn't get caught up in a bitterness arms race like some of the style.

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

Very hazy golden orange pour. Slightly off-white head leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. More of a sweet flowery hop aroma. There is also plenty of malty sweetness in both the smell and taste. I didn't notice pine in the smell, but got a touch in the taste. There's also a hint of orangey citrus. Left with a grapefruit bready malt note. Nice resiny/oily feel. I didn't feel like the hops were overdone at all. Now I've gotta try Hopsickle.

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India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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