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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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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 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 glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent iacing.

Smells of lemon peel and bright citrus aromas with a light pale malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild pale malt aromas up front are overtaken shortly by loads of citrus hop aromas that carry through to a strongly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this is a solid IPA however it doesn't have as light a touch as others put out by Moylan's. The flavors are too strong and just don't have as much complexity as other offerings from the brewery. Still, I have to say that it's worth a shot.

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Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hard pour results in a thick frothy head, there are lots of sticky patches that cling to the side of the glass as the head drops, the beer is an opaque medium gold color - 4.00, S: Hops control the nose, flowery sweet - reminds me of Centennial hops though apparently they played no role in this beer, a hint of pine and orange are also present - 4.50, T: This one packs a wallop of hop bitterness - edges on the side of a double IPA, lots of pine and quite resiny, also strong signs of grapefruit - 4.25, M: Silky and creamy - 4.25, D: A very enjoyable IPA, Moylan's does not fear the hop - 3.75

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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 Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moylans IPA pours a nice clear golden into a snifter with a white cusp. Lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma is of citrus hops and distant malts.

Well balanced flavors of hops and malt. Honey, Grapefruit and Pine are all there. A juicy west coast IPA that has all implied flavors of piney, citrusy and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a stinging dry finish.

A very nice session IPA from Moylans. A bit expensive in these parts, but worth the endeavor.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a very hazy golden straw color with hints of amber in there. Nice 1 finger off white head which leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass. Has a white top pretty much the entire time the beer was in the glass.

S- Big citrus hops (pineapple, mango, some orange) dominate the nose of this beer. Some sweet malts in the background of this beer. Slight alcohol smell to this as well.

T- The hops in this beer have faded a little bit with this beer but it is still enjoyable. Citrus hop overtones balances perfectly with a sweet bready malt undertone. Alcohol is there but still is not too annoying. The tail end of this beer is kind of soapy tasting but doesn't affect the beer as a whole.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this beer. Good carbonation levels to this beer makes it run across the palate in a hoppy delight. Leaves a nice hop resin on the tongue and teeth. Good clean taste in the mouth and aftertaste.

D- Drinking this fresher would be something I would have rather done but to be honest this is still a very good tasting beer with a little age on it. I could drink a couple bombers of this before going onto something else.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-amber in color with a white head that quickly dissapates. Leaves a thin film on the surface with nice lacing.

S: Sweet at first, with hints of toffeend some butterscotch. Hops kick in expressing aromas of pine, grapefruit, and spring meadow.

T: Flavor begins sweet at first, with bready malt and butterscotch, along with a bit of honey. It finishes with a kick of hops resembling fresh citrus and floral characteristics.

M: Relatively full bodied. Viscous and leaves a long finish.

D: An overall good brew from Moylan's. What I would call "Hopsickle Light." It's a very drinkable beer, and it's definitely worth a try.

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

A - Pours a rich, slightly hazy golden-orange with a two-finger, thick and creamy, off-white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Citrus forward aroma, with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and orange with a hint of pine. Subtle pale malt in the background.

T - Starts out with a hint of malty sweetness, then the hops kick in. A nice blast of bitter citrus hops in this one, lending flavors of grapefruit, orange, and maybe a little bit of tangerine. Finishes with another hint of the sweet, pale malts coming through, as well as resinous, piney bitterness. Leaves a bitter, resiny, citrus/pine aftertaste as well. More hop kick than I expected, a pleasant surprise.

M - Medium bodied with a light, smooth carbonation.

D - I really like the bitter, citrus-forward hop profile on this one a lot. Very crisp and drinkable. Loads of hoppy flavor that remains balanced, despite the apparently minimal levels of malt. I will most definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of matjack85
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this 22 oz. brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. At $5.49 a bottle it's not a cheapy, but it won't cause an overdraft at the bank either. No freshness or bottled on date to be found, but the label is chock full of information about all the awards this beer has won, and then there is even a map on the back showing directions to the brewery.
Pours a nice looking hazy apricot color with a 2 finger foamy white head that lasts forever and leaves tons of nice lacing all over the glass.

Pine and citrus hops dominate the powerful and wonderful smell.

The hops rule in this one, as they should in an IPA, but the hops used here are an exceptionally tasty blend of pine and grapefruit that blend nicely with a touch of malty sweetness. Then add to this a touch of spicy alcohol and you have one hell of a nice beer.

It has a medium to full body to it with a fairly high level of carbonation, which I think fits perfectly with this style.

My only caution is that it did not get better as it warmed up. It mellowed out too much as I let it sit, so my advise is to drink it while it's cold. It's delicious.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours slightly hazy light copper with at least an inch of fluffy white head. very slow retention and great lacing.

very sweet citrus with hints of tangerine and pineapple.

very bold up front with bitter and grassy flavors. malts are not nearly as pronounced. even as this warms a strong pine bitterness pushes through this. finish has a more citrus bitterness, mainly white grapefruit.

light carbonation but has some bite to it. fairly full bodied

this improved and smoothed as it warmed up. def not your usual IPA and has some great flavors however they are so unique that this is a one bottle taken slowly kind of beer.

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Photo of jsh420
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

form a 22oz - pours like an olympic golden medal and a little hazy with some lacing and a 1.5" solid white head that leaves notches of lacing all down the glass

smells of grapefruit citrus and pine - west coast baby

taste is where this beer shines - an outstanding west coast ipa with earthy pine and citus grapefruit hops up front and malt sweetness on the finish but with still a great amount of hop bitterness

creamy mouth feel - reminds alot of stone ipa with less bite on the finish - wish they made sixers of this

drinkability is outstanding - does me make me sound bad that i hardly ever share bombers of this beer

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at San Roque Market in Santa Barbara.

A - Golden with good clarity. A moderate white head that leaves behind lots of thick lacing.

S - Grassy and floral hop aromas with a malt sweetness.

T - This beer is about a nice citrusy bitterness from the start. There's not much hop flavor. The malt makes a sizeable contribution giving it a mild sweetness. There's a richness to this beer that makes be surprised that it's only 6.5%. I reviewed this a year ago and must have gotten an older bottle because this one was much, much better.

M - A substantial consistency and a nice low to moderate carbonation.

D - This is a pleasant and interesting beer. I look forward to visiting the brewery one of these days.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange, hazy, and shimmering with carbonation. 1.5" head that is frothy and beautiful. Absolutely spectacular looking.

S: Caramel Apples with extra sugar up front followed by piney oils and grapefruit spicy hops.

T: Light malt sweetness. A dash of apricot juice. Heavy notes of herbs and grass. Finishes exceedingly dry and has a very strong bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a little light, but nothing to scream about.

D: This is an easy drinker. Nothing super challenging about this beer.

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

A: Clear gold with a slightly off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Nice leafy hop aroma of citrus & pine with a hint of underlying toffee from the malt.

T: Assertive bitterness is upfront & maintained throughout the finish. Great west-coast hop flavour, pine, tangerine, grapefruit.

M: Well-attenuated with a body on the lighter side of moderate; slightly drying finish.

D: Good stuff.

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

poured from a bomber a light orange color with a nice head that quickly dissipated and left a nice ring..the smell is good it hops first lots of grapefruit and grass i detect some pepper some spices and some malt..the taste is all hops and kind of bitter to me with not enough malts to make this a great ipa thats well balanced..this ipa is missing something its just not all together balanced it has great attributes but its not pulled together at the end..try this one but its not one i will buy very often i will try again however..im going to go open a surly furious

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy orange/copper with a medium off-white head that hung on strong and left nice lace.

S-Smack of citrus and herbal hop notes dominating a touch of malt sweetness. Touch of spiciness in the background.

T-Big blast of hop flavour with bitter rind citrus, pine, pepper and herbs. Sweet malt getting oushed into the background is rather light and biscuity. .

M-Medium-light body and sharp with a LONG (and perhaps to strong) hop bitterness.

D-I am first and foremost a hop whore...but this one is just a tad too much. Unbalanced and too spicy. Mellow this one out a bit with a touch more malt or beef up the citrus a little and...jackpot!

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

Served from a Pony Keg on (29.6.09)

A - Clear, with Golden tinge to the Straw hue (SRM 3.5). Mild carbonation creates a constant stream of bubbles to the top of the squat Tulip-like glass. The slightly more than finger-thick white head appears like bubbles that leaves resinous spider webs on the side of the glass after subsiding.

S - Hops of pine, with a balance toasty caramel malt mix together in a very balanced way. The splash of citrus (orange) come through on the nose as well, enhancing the beautiful bouquet.

T/M/D - Bitter grapefruit linger mildly on the palate for lengthy periods of time. The biscuity-sweet caramel balances out the hops nicely, thought to style, the hops remain center-stage. A kiss of alcohol comes through, but remains cloaked by all else. The hops fatigue the palate over time, though the alcohol doesn't seem to alter the mind too much, which begs for many more!

C - This is a delightful little beer with plenty to be enjoyed! Though west coast hop varieties were utilized, this is by no means an example of the extreme "Hop Bombs" being brewed currently by most breweries in the western US. Because of this, and the fact that the malts are allowed to come through in an elegant way, I would classify this as more of an American English IPA, than an American IPA.


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

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

From a 22oz. bomber.

A - Gorgeous hazy light amber color with a white 1 in. head that has chunky bubbles up top and is very dense. Nice sticky lacing is left as the head recedes.

S - Very hoppy, flowers, grassy and somewhat piney. There some grainy malt at the end but its overwhelmed by the hops. The grassy smell is somewhat similar to cannabis.

T - Oil and hop resin flavor is immediately present! This beer wastes no time. Somewhat watered down on everything else though. It starts off coating the mouth with the distinct dryness and bitterness of the hops and then the floral and piney flavors come in. A very distinct citrus/grapefruit flavors and as it warms some slight bread characteristics come form the malt. There is also a very distinct flavor as it warms near the back end...Peanuts maybe.

M - Light to medium bodied with some nice CO2 and oily hop character.

D - ABV is good taste might get a little much after 2.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoyed while sitting at my picnic table and finishing the book "Damage."

A-Hazed orange brew, bright and glowing in the sunlight. Bright orange-white head receded relatively quickly to a dense collar and sparse bubbles.

S-Toasty, bready malt with a dense resinous hop aroma, perfumy and herbal. Hop aroma was not as prominent/present as expected.

T-Resinous, herbal and piney hop character with a quite prominent toasty, semi-sweet malt. The hop bitterness, along with an herbal/perfumy hop character, help keep the semi-sweet malt in check. Finishes spicy, semi-sweet and bitter.

M-Medium body, almost fuller, with a nice moderate carbonation that melds well with the body.

D-Pretty drinkable, but not the best IPA, in my opinion. The hops were not up-front enough, while the malt flavors almost seemed to overtake the hoppiness.

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Photo of skrib09
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a dark gold, pretty hazy, with a resiny head you would expect from an india pale ale.

smells well malted, a little bready, and of hops.

taste is more or less the same as smell. more spicy notes in the taste than the smell. good full-bodied taste.

good body, a bit astringent. not a very drinkable beer as the chemical make up is tingling my palate.

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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 Cresant
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The body was lightly cloudy and rich golden in color. The moderate head left nice sheets of lace.

Smell was fruity and fragrant. Sweet grainy malts. Caramel.

Taste was a nice mix of citrus - orangy sweet and rich maltiness. Peppery. Organic leafiness. Drying, nice green lingering bitterness. Lip coating oiliness.

Mouthfeel was also a bit oily from the hops. Medium body and carbonation. Solid.

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India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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