Moylander Double IPA | Moylan's Brewery

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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA
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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-21-2002

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Ratings: 722 |  Reviews: 510
Reviews by kaseydad:
Photo of kaseydad
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is my kind of beer. Moylan's does Novato proud without a doubt. The smell is grapefruit x2 with a ton of lace clinging to the glass. Hoppy goodness after each mouthfull and a lingering aftertaste of what else....grapefruit. The 8.5% alcohol content is perfect for downing two 22's at a seating. The bottle label lists the numerous awards it has won and I look forward to many more additions.

By far my favorite brew from Brendan Moylan. Excellent stuff!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper with a slight haziness to it with a nice big fluffy white,aromas to be expected are all about the hops very citrusy grapefruit and lemon pith an underlying herbal minty note.Very dry resiny hop flavors with not much matiness to speak of here finishing abruptly and very dry.This may be a little to dry for me and it took away from the drinkability a little for me.If your a hophead and Iam becoming one this is right up your alley.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The body is darkish orange with tons of sediment. The slightly-tanned head came up beautifully and settled slowly, leaving thick, creamy pits of foam puddled on top of the liquid.

Smell – Nice, complex hop nose to this one. All of the usual West Coast suspects seem to be present here and perfectly in balance. The piney notes are handsomely offset by some big citrus and fuggle-type of smells. I enjoyed the floral aspect of this nose as well. It even had a slight, sugary malt compliment.

Taste – Oh, is this good. Talk about delivering! The flavors came out beautifully at the taste. They were strikingly similar to the nose but added a bit more of the sugary malts to come up with a brilliant balance.

Mouthfeel – A little heavier than medium-bodied and drier than expected, which was a nice surprise. This was creamy and extremely well-balanced.

Drinkability – This is one of the smoothest IPAs on the planet. It isn’t over-hopped like a lot of efforts at the style (although I love “over-hopped”). This was the epitome of balance for an Imperial/Double IPA. Another huge hit by Moylan’s!

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Photo of ricke
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber with a couple of cm of off-white head that lingers on for quite a while before settling into nice looking chunky lacings.

S: Very very hop forward. Tropical fruits (grapefruit, kiwi, mango) mixed with pine-needles, resins and mint. A very fresh and "green" hop profile. Some fudge and a restrained smell of malts. No sign of alcohol. A very nice smell, balanced and delightful.

T: The taste is good as well. Unfortunately, the hops are not as "green" and fresh as in the smell. They lack some precision as well. But still, there's plenty of tropical fruit (grapefruit, kiwi), resins and pine-needles. The minty note reappears as well. The malts are restrained but is noticeable with a soft and round caramel-like taste. Some fudge. Quite a lot of sweet flavors actually. The finish is really bitter, but the bitterness has a great timing to it and feels really integrated and not assertive. Plenty of pine-needles, hop resins and notes of bread. Perhaps a faint note of alcohol.

M: Rather full body, not very sticky. Quite crisp.

D: A very good DIPA, well made and a showcase of good craftsmanship. Balanced and rather complex. The hop profile very nice. Drinks really easily and is very refreshing.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an orangey-chestnut with a clingy white head.

The aroma is packed with hops and malt; floral and sticky hops with doughy, thick malts.

The taste adds a bit of salty astringent hops, floral and tasty, with big malts, a light body, and smooth mouthfeel to create an easy drinking experience.

Very nice west coast style, but I won't be breaking down any doors to try it again.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMD71
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Huge head when poured. I was initially concerned that the bottle could be infected. Head rocky & merangue-like. Cloudy orange color.

Ar: Heavy orange & other citrus aroma. Apricots. Not overly hoppy in the nose for a DIPA.

Ta: Very sweet, malty front & middle at which point floral, citrusy hops take over to balance the heavy malt profile. A bit on the floral, perfumy side for my tastebuds.

Mo: Full bodied & rich. Slightly cloying & perfumy aftertaste. The citrusy flavor leaves mouth puckered. Too heavily carbonated for the style, but again it could be an infected bottle.

Dr: Medium. The floral flavor makes this a slow sipper for me. Decent balance of malt &hops but too heavy on the floral overtones.

Comments: Flavor ok, but too floral. Not my favorite DIPA. I would try again in case I did indeed have an infected bottle. That could have influenced my impressions...

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Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from goschool...thanks for the opportunity...

Poured with a solid white two finger head, reduced to a thick layer with nice coral lacing. Crystal clear ruby color. Loaded with citrus, mainly tangerine and grapefruit. A good caramel malt sweetness to round it out.

Comes on strong with a strong bitter hop hitting power. The acidity makes an ulcer I have burn. The hops are slightly citrus with a grapefruit flavor. Most of the hop flavors come across as pine sap and resin. Quite tasty. Fairly well balanced to boot with a bread malt body.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Hop bitterness really clings to the tongue and cheeks. Not quite as thick as other DIPAs I've come across. Drinkability is nice. Definately something I wish I could get more of, but the alcohol warming affect might limit the drinkability on this.

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Photo of grynder33
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight nice and hoppy grapefruit aroma, fine head especially for an ale, light gold amber color, very cloudy big full hop taste with grapefruit aftertaste, very smooth texture, Wonderful top 50 stuff, no fancy gimmicks, a succulent hop feast the way it should be.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is big fruits and melon, some piney hops, a bit of caramel and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is some caramel malts with a pretty harsh piney floral resiney hop bitterness. There's a little fruitiness in there as well. It has a bit of a medicinal note, maybe from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with light carbonation and slightly watery.

Overall, pretty similar to the Hopsickle - a huge unbalanced hop bomb, but with a flavor profile that doesn't quite do it for me. It's slightly better as it's not as abrasive. As it warms, it becomes more enjoyable - more sweetness and fruitiness comes out to balance it somewhat. Cold it was not too pleasant, but after sitting a bit, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good value at $3.99 a 22 oz bottle at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Pours a hazy apricot body with a two finger offwhite head. Excellent retention and profuse patch lacing. Aroma is pine and grapefruit, with notes of freshly sliced Valencia orange. Malt backing is solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation that is ideal. Taste has a big hoppy front that is balanced by a pleasant maltiness. Character is grapefruit, pine, earthy, grassy. Malty caramel balances well with subtle sweetness. Clean and even finish accented by a delightful hoppy attitude. "Double the malt, double the hops. Like naughty monkeys on a vine." Very well constructed and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce brown bomber, without freshness dating. This one pours clear, medium light almond amber, tons of fine bubbles continuing to rise, topped with a creamy and long lasting soft , light tan head. Lacing here is super, instantly sticky, fine in places and with loads of sheeting to boot, nice looking beer! The good news continues with a deeply hoppy nose. This is a pleasantly hoppy DIPA, not harsh nor biting, the hop crunch here is very smooth, strong and citric. Fine, fine brew, very worthy of you going out, getting a few bombers and enjoying!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JNBeer for this hard to reach brew....
A worn rust color w/ a full finger of sofy, billowy, off-white head...lacing is thick and goes nowhere.
Big nose filled with piney hops...sweet malt, oranges and absolutely no alcohol.
The taste is very nice...heavy on the malt, but plenty of hops to bitter it up big time. This brew is Victory's Hop Devil on steriods...w/ a slight butterscotch flavor and the alcohol is faint in the finish.
Moutheel is medium bodied and the carbonation could be a bit less.
I would enjoy this one for an evening and see no need to move onto anything else w/ content.
A must try for any hophead.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber. "Live Ale!"

Appearance: An aggressive pour results in a deep golden honey color with a billowing off-white head. Massive sheets of lacing on my glass. Head refuses to yield, maintaining a sturdy two-fingered layer.

Smell: Someone has inserted a grapefruit in my nose! Massive dose of grapefruit scents ravages the nostrils. Small notes of caramel malty sweetness also noted at the end. Absolutely lovely.

Taste: Folks...if you don't like hops, stay the hell away from this hop monster. Lots and lots and lots (repeat PRN) of hops dissect your palate into nothingness. But what is even nicer is the balancing act performed by the malts. You begin to appreciate just how large of a job the malt has in trying to tame this bucking bronco of leafy hopness. Finishes with a long-lasting, dare I say...ESB-like finish, with an iced tea sweetness right at the very end.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: Medium-bodied, and very smooth for such a hoppy beer. 8.5% ABV? Surely you must be kidding! Not even a whiff or ETOH noted with this one. EXTREMELY drinkable...the hoppy pine oils on the lips are just icing on the cake of hope leaves. As it warmed to room temperature, it changes somewhat, with the malty sweetness beginning to emerge.

Notes: What a great beer! This beer could certainly hold its own on the "muscle beach" of west-coast big-time IPA's. Very, very well-done.

Notes, part 2: A hugely stupendous thanks to WeeFishHeads for this bottle. Rest assured that it was truly enjoyed.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Secret Santa jrdegriselles for this bottle off my wants. The pour was a little foamy. Big smell of pine and hops. Big hoppy West Coast flavor. This is very easy to drink and a fine brew. I think that Moylans/Marin is my favorite West Coast brewery with all due respect to Alesmith.


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Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have been disappointed with Moylan's in the past, but this beer is very good. Pours cloudy amber with a thin, off-white head. Hoppy aroma with citrus. The taste is hoppy without the bitterness. Malty, with caramel sweetness that smooths out the beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice cloudy golden/amber with a small off-white head. Nose is fantastic, very fruity and sweet, nice array of hop aromas with a light maltiness.

Woo! What a wallop of bitterness! Not quite as well balanced as I'd like, but very nice west coast flavor. It's got a sharp bitterness that lingers for a while. It's pretty harsh but a hopheads delight! Also, for a higher abv, the alcohol is not present at all.

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

Bomber into AB tulip.

A:Rich Copper color, friggin great head, white tight, just nice!

S: Hops & Biscut malt.

T:More "balance" to it than hopsickle. Still this one's got a flavor all it's own. alot of grasy hop to it. if your a fan of the elder check this one out.

M: Hot alcohol on the tongue followed by the hop bang, and finishing with a nice overall malt. nothing stands out more than the others. a very well balanced double.

D: A couple of theese is quite enough. Find it fresh as this one ages horribly. (just a heads up)

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with a 1” clingy white foam cap. Flowery hop aromas with sdome caramel. Big bitter hop flavors with a moderate hop backbone. Big and bitter.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, capped, sans date. The label featutres symbols of various awards this brew has won from 2001-06. Pours a pale gold with a faint orange hue. The white three-finger head is quite creamy, firming up nicely, leaving furry whisps of marshmallow lacing.

Hops dominate the nose, strong pine and herbs. Hops really dominate the flavor, as they begin bright and bitter grapfruit on the tongue, then dry out and with pine, spice, orange peel, and some dried bark on the finish.

The mouth is full and well carbonated. It consists almost entirely of characteristics derived from hops, but they morph and shift enough to grant an overall sense of complexity. A little creaminess even arises in the middle.

I could drink plenty of this stuff, but some not as keen on hops might not feel the same. Very strong overall. Though not as well balanced or sublime as Bell's Hopslam.

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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