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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, light tan head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, copper amber colored beer. The aroma is focused on herbal and pine-like notes that carry a sharp grassiness to it. There is also some citrus notes, but not nearly as much as one would find in a typical American IPA; there are hints of grapefruit and orange. Underneath all of this is a solid, bright maltiness that reminds me of lightly toasted malt. The aroma is pretty nice, but the chosen hops have made it a tad harsh.

The beer is lightly sweet up front, but is fairly light on the palate, almost seems like an easy drinking pale ale, in the body department at least. There seems to be some stale malt notes here as well, but these are only really here in the finish and may be my imagination, though I don't think so. There is lots of crystal malt type notes in the finish, as well as a solid bitterness. Up front there is an astringent herbal hoppiness that coats the teeth like a tannic green tea. As the beer warms up, the sweet malt notes begin to accentuate some of the citrusy hop flavors and to mellow out the harsher hop notes.

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Photo of Maestro
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks cloudy and orange/red with a big, foamy head. Smell is of citrus; mainly grapefruit. Taste is citrus as well, but there is an almost unpleasant yeasty taste as well. Not a bad beer but some off tastes. The malts are hard to notice, leaving you with some hops and some yeast and some water to enjoy. Better than some, but not many.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. This beer poured out all head. Once it settled a little it was a hazy orange color with a rocky foam head. The aroma is citrus and resin. Buttery malt flavor with sweet fruit and lots of spice. Hops are present all the way through, with more flavor than bitterness. This beer is fiercely carbonated, and it gets in the way of the flavor. After the pour, I was worried the beer was spoiled, but the flavor was fine. It's just way too carbonated.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok let's see how this compares to the racer 5 i had last nite.

appearance: deep amber/orange. not very pale to me. the head holds for a long time however. nice lacing. It's good, but i'm kinda tired of ipa's being too dark.

smell: reminds me of the racer 5...more Columbus hops? mmm. unfortunately they are too subdued and restrained. I can smell the malts in this one. sort of your standard sweet malt. the smell is balanced...but i wonder if a smell should be balanced?

taste: hmmmm....it's obviously well crafted...(sips)...(thinks)..but...(sips)....i don't think i like this one too much. out of balance towards the hop side but not in a productive way. it's certainly bitter but h'm not really enjoying the flavor of the hops either. the malts are completely buried by the hops too. it's kinda one dimensional as well...This reminds me of when i used to not like ipa's...i still don't like one's like this....h'm getting the stomach hop burn from ruinination as well.
mouthfeel and drinkability: both pretty textbook for an ipa. nice chewy mouthfeel...goes down smooth but slow.
This IPA is a disappointment. It's just not in the same class as something like racer 5 or hop ottin'. One it's own merits i just plain didn't like the taste. I don't like when beers are too biter for no reason; they should back it up with some flavor. Still, Moylan's is a good brewery, plenty of good stuff and i've heard that hopsickle is the bomb. This beer could appeal to some people...the type who like out of control bitterness with no hop flavor and unbalanced malts(i know you're out there)

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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 Oxymoron
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle, 22 no less, in Cincinnati on the way home. Color was a cloudy off orange to amber hue. Massive head retention oand excellent lace. The smell is strong on citrus, mostly of grapefruit and citrus but some pine and light malt is noticeable as well.

The taste is all hops. A good mix of bittering and aroma hops with both citrus and earthy tones. Makes me think of more English style then California. The malt is very smooth with a good mix of Munich and Vienna. Both malt and hops are equally supported and well balanced. Not really any stronger alcohol flavor which is nice.

Good body and a good brew for an IPA. I would like to see what there double IPA tastes like, but that might have to be via a trade.

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

22 oz bomber picked up at Bev Mo.

Glassware - Dragonmead Pint Glass

Pours a deep orange with tones of golden yellow when held to the light. The off-white head forms up very nice and after swirling a bit clings assertively to the sides of my glass.

The nose is very robust...pine...grapefruit...molasses.

The taste is full of hop, but not quite the grapefruityness that I smelled earlier. Quite spicy with a pretty big malt sweetness that draws me in.

Very good IPA.

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Photo of baiser
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber colour with a tiny, wispy white head. Nice fruity aroma with some enticing citrusy and piney notes. Taste was a tad disappointing. Moderate hoppiness, and some muted malt sweetness. Some toffee flavours and would've liked a bit more bitterness. There are many better IPAs available in the same region.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a huge 3" light beige head over the orangey-amber brew. Meringey head lasts and lasts, and it takes awhile to get a reasonable amount of beer into the glass, and lacing is heavy foam here and there. Aroma is piney and citrusy hops, with a slight undercurrent of malt. Taste is sweet upfront, switching to the citric hoppiness, and leaving a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is and drinkability are both pretty good. Solid American IPA here.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light golden brown with a thick, chunky head... The head takes a while to die down but it leaves gobs of sticky lacing along the inside of the glass.

The smell is inviting, primarily hops notes of new mown grass and spice, lighter on the pine sap but also a reasonable undernote of sweetness.

The taste is quite wonderful - there's quite a bit of malty sweetness with a wee bit of hidden fruit (plum, apricot) that you'd find in an amber ale but the primary notes are all Chinook hops. The beer has a very strong grapefruit taste but it's far from over the top - as a matter of fact the sweetness (either from the alcohol or from the malt) is the lingering aftertaste, not the hops.

Mouthfeel is dead on - it's a light bodied brew with plenty of fine carbonation. There's no oily feel left on the tongue and the aftertaste is clean and light.

This is a highly drinkable brew - strong and complex without being heavy handed.

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Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[email protected] Brewpub. Basically a stronger version of the Tipperary. Huge lychee/graefruit, orange rind flavour. Sweet to start off, then bitter in the end. Not much depth of flavour, but still a decent amount of flavour in here, just a nice hoppy American IPA. Decent.

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

The beer after its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a nebulous orange-amber color with a mountain size frothy light tan head, after its erosion, the left over lace forms a thick and sticky blanket to obscure the glass. Nose has a spicy hop aroma at the front with a sweet malt tone in the middle with the end being crisp and fresh to the senses, start is lightly sweet with a delightful grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a benign acidity with delectable hop spiciness, aftertaste quite dry and a fine representative to the style.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively into my stone IPA glass. Barely a head, contrary to other reviews that complained about the head being too big. Deep garnet body, almost opaque (just slightly translucent).

Nose is an upfront citrusy wallop of hops and pine resin, the middle comes through with some cotton-candy sweetness -- the finish is spicy, think gingersnaps.

Taste opens with a very mellow touch of narrow hop bitterness smack in the center of my palate, and slowly deepens into a more defined (thick, resiny) bitterness. And that's about it, folks. Barely detecting a malt presence, maybe far back.

I think maybe this is a spoiled bottle, with the lack of a head and zero carbonation. The mouthfeel is like flat coke -- thick and lifeless.

I'll have to try this again sometime, and will review it again if there's a considerable difference.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an insane INSANE head. Picture five blond Don Kings stacked up on top of one another. That’s what the head of this beer looks like. I made the mistake of pouring this into a tall glass. It poured out as 80% head and took a solid five minutes to even partially recede. I poured and waited, poured and waited some more. While I was waiting, I joined a religious cult, shaved my head, donned an orange robe and began meditating. And still that frikkin head wouldn’t go down.

The aroma was strong and wafted across the room with the scent of clean floral hops and some sort of cherry-vanilla. The head kept staring at me. It was thick like sea foam and solid enough to float a dime on. The brew itself is a lazy, hazy copper with some freakish yeasties at the bottom. Oops… no, scratch that. The head won’t actually float a dime. Close, but…

The rest of this beer is an easy drinking IPA though I suspect it may be better on tap where the fuller dimensions of a keg might provide the spatial dimensions the body of this ale would seem to require. I’ve had better IPAs (several this week in fact), but there’s a nice dull bitterness to the finish of this beer and the lace leaves something for the gypsies to read.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into my snifter. Deep copper/bronze-slight orange tones. Just off white head--thick--indicative of darker malts and maybe wheat? Excellent lacing. Clings long. Three fingers high at one point.

Pine smell, like sap. Citris notes as swell. Spruce. Earth, plums, apricot. Something that smells like glue or adhesive... not bad, just odd. Phenolic is memory serves me. (Memory meaing about the glue, not the brew. Drank the brew last night.)

Excellent hop flavor. Not gushing like some IPAs, but enough. I think maybe British hops were employed. Plenty of hops, just not dominant. Great malt sweetness off set with an almost pepper/spice flavor. Quite nice. Decent aftertaste. Could be more bitter.

Mouthfeel is spot on. A true medium body.

I could drink this and drink this, though, in truth, it could be a bit more exciting. Their DIPA is where it is at.

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

Pours a near clear orange reddish brew. Man this SOB Foams like mad!

Smell is malty with a notable spice and fruit scent.

Taste is malty and a bit of peat smoke. Citrus hops are in there. Tasty brew, but I think this one is underhopped.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable brew but an IPA? Too Mild.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy rusty amber. Wow, is this not the most ridiculously overcarbonated beer available. I usually like head retentive beers but this is going overboard. Bottle overflowed upon removal of the cap, and it takes 5 minutes after pouring into a glass to be settled enough to drink. This brewery obviously likes their hops. You can tell that this beer has been dry-hopped to no end, and even for an IPA, i think its going overboard. The dry-hoppiness seems to be like a top layer to the beer, a very strong layer that detracts from whatever hop flavors were added to the boil. Any sweetness is at a minimum, and is overshadowed by the hoppiness. Unbalanced, overall. Outside of the carbonation, it is very suiting to the style and is not a bad IPA, but there is nothing wonderful about it and certainly many things i would change.

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Photo of erica
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I said this beer was mean, because when poured into the glass it made me wait a long time for the head to go away enough so I could try it! It was a golden orangey amber colour with a HUGE white head. Too big. It smelled good, though, malty and kind of buttery actually. Like buttered bread maybe. It tasted not as good as it smelled, with sweet apricots and a malty flavour, and some hops, but not a lot. Definitely not hoppy enough for what I'd think an IPA should be. Mouthfeel was ok but too carbonated, and so drinkability was not too great either. I didnt' finish this one actually. It looked like a pile of mud at the bottom of the glass, plus it had gotten a bit sickly sweet by that time, warming up. Yes, it was an average beer but not a good IPA, and there is definitely room for improvement.

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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 Mark
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unlike my buddy Tim I found the hops on the restrained side.
I actually feel this compares to Fullers IPA but with more hoppiness. Deep amber with nice head that left a cask conditioned like lace (solid). Thick mouthfeel, smell was not near as piney as the double IPA. Very smooth for an IPA, I liked this brew. I bought it from a Whole Foods store which was suggested by Mr. Moylans himself. Very nice IPA. Recommended! Since having this again recently from bottles bought straight from the pub, this is giving Racer 5 a run for it as my favorite IPA. The hoppy, floral taste is a absolute killer. Totally drinkable and enjoyable. It's also bottle conditioned. A winner, and the only beer available in cask that I have liked the bottle version better.

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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 mzwolinski
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavily carbonated -- one of those "pour and wait" beers. It pays off, though, with a nice large, creamy, off-white head sitting atop the clear copper ale. Aroma is grapefruit/citric hops, but fairly restrained. The citrus is moderate in the flavor, as well. It starts out a little sharp, becomes slightly sweet in the middle (though still heavily weighted on the side of the hops), and finishes bitter. All throughout there is a light toasted malt flavor underlying the hops, and lending fairly nice balance to the beer. Fairly full-bodied for the style, and a little less "crisp" than I expected. Quite drinkable indeed, if not terribly surprising. Moylan's makes some truly excellent beers, and while this might not be one of their most impressive or *interesting* beers, it's drinkable as hell and a nice California IPA by any measure.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber with no freshness date listed. Even with a careful pour this hazy, sediment-laden, orange hued IPA went off like a short-fused hand grenade when it hit the glass wall, sending up a massive, billowing off-white head that left tendrils of sticky lace all over the place.
The smell was loaded with a floral citrus and grapefruit rind aroma though not as dominant as in other IPA's such as Stone's. A nice malt aroma privided a good balance in the nose. Tastings revealed a slightly yeasty malt flavor and some caramel notes that quickly yielded to a prominant but not overly aggressive citrus hops flavor. The citrus was more of lemon zest than grapefruit though a grapefruit rind bitterness did emerge in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied and smooth despite the explosive carbonation.
Moylan's IPA is, for a West Coast IPA, a restrained version of what seems so common these days. The balance is good and the flavors are complementory and that makes it quite easy to quaff. That bomber would have been finished off a lot quicker if I didn't have to wait so damn long for the head to settle down. A nice relaxed IPA.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I notice is the big grapefruit bite and bitterness, but its an even bitterness. The hop taste is there but not as noticeable as say a Stone IPA. It's a pretty good brew, but with the IPA competion out there and to be honest to those who enjoy a real hoppy explosion, this one is more subdued. The taste is good and fairly complex.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured deep copper and crystal clear. The explosion of head was so pronounced it overflowed the glass, then fell back very slowly with a mushroom cloud center. The aroma is sweet caramel malt and fruity hops. The flavor is malty and slightly bitter, but not exciting. The bitterness and malt balance is too even. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. The body is medium.

22 ounce bottle.

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India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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