Moylander Double IPA | Moylan's Brewery

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Moylander Double IPAMoylander Double IPA

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says “Moylan’s Moylander Double IPA Ale” as you read it top to bottom. Is it me, or is there one too many A and/or Ales in there? Geez, I’m being anal again – who friggin’ cares – this is one *seriously great* beer.

I have a feeling that if it came in an Alesmith, Bear Republic or better still, a Stone Bottle, it would be better known, more widely drunk, and people would better appreciate it and rave about it more. Although, as I read the prior reviews, some obviously do - well I have just joined their ranks.

It is a beautiful, exceptional clear looking copper brown color with a dark golden-orange light fantastic sparkle akin to that from holding a Jar of home made Marmalade up to the light. The head is extremely active, yet always behaved as it forms a well presented very smooth head, about 1” in depth at first. As it slowly dies to a thin covering throughout the drink, it laces the glass extremely well.

So that’s it then, it looks good – But Wait, NO!!! You just have to smell the aroma from this beer to really fully appreciate it. Definitely one of the very best from a hoppy beer, for it is so real, so “organic”. Have I just woken up in a Kentish Hopfield with a mouth full of hops, sure smells like it. A grassy, resin-like pine needle aroma that is something else. This smells SOOO good, Hopheads will love it. I have just fastened some string to an open bottle and it is now dangling from the rearview mirror in my Car – who needs those cardboard Pine Tree Air Fresheners? – A Quite Superb Nose!

The taste is not shy in backing up the big-ass nasal promise from the aromas. Pungent hoppiness invades the mouth. This is an oily hoppiness in the beginning, as opposed to a bitter one, and it coats the mouth with a slick viscous residue that lingers longer than Willy Wonka’s Ever-Lasting Gob-Stopper. Wow. As the middle warms the hop character becomes more bitter than your ex-wife, and eventually fades strongly to a lingering astringent hoppy vine bitterness. Shit this is good.

I have never drunk sap from a Pine Tree, but I guess it may smell and taste like this.

Bloody Hell I love this beer!!! It is well worth seeking out. Do not be put off by the rather plain looking brown and yellow label, nor the Moylan’s name, this is one serious kick-ass hop-juice that can mix it with the better known CA-IPA big boys quite easily.

Highly Impressive.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the huge aroma of hops off of this thing. The taste isn't too bad either. The hopiness of this beer is not disapointing. The cloudy carmel-colored doesn't show much head, but little there is sticks aound to lace the sides of the glass. Moylan's has another winner of a beer here.

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Photo of marc77
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bronze in hue, covered by a thin, but well retained off white large bubbled head. Very good clarity. Pungent "4 C" tangerine like citrus and pine hop nose, albeit with a floral roundness. This is combined with a lightly nutty melange of medium caramel malt and biscuit. Hints of butterscotch as well in aroma. Chewy, buttery caramel sweetness is perceived initially, then is quickly ensued by an assetive, but clean, grapefruit laced bitterness. Hop bitterness slowly mellows to allow well toasted malt to add token dryness to the flavor profile. Minimal yeast esters. Moderate in body, w/ a smooth, pleasantly viscous mouthfeel. Apparent copious use of body - building dextrin / caramel malts. Finishes with a resurgence of sweetness and mildly quinine bitterness. Although not as aggressively bitter and "in your face" as other double IPAs, this beer exhibits a tasty balance of bold hops and a "chewy" malt backbone. This beer becomes progressively more caramelly as it breathes (and the palate becomes saturated with alpha acids) yet remains hoppy 'til the end. Delicious!

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Photo of mattmaples
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a large IPA that really does have balance. As with Moylan’s (single) IPA the malting on it is a little different. They both seem to have more of a brown malt flavor that the usual crystal malt. This gives it a more unique malt flavor that works very well with and stands up to the resiny chewy hop character.

The Ruination is cool but this is more my kind of thing.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice golden amber that pours into a fairly thick off-white head. The smell is hoppy but not over the top. It's a pretty big smelling and tasting beer, with lots of malt and resiny flavor. If not for Moylan's huge barleywine, this Double IPA could almost fit into that category. This is another winner from Moylan's.

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Photo of pbrian
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievably explosive pour. At first I thought the beer was infected. Not a chance. I kept waiting for the head to dissipate but it never did. Beautiful marmalade-like orangy hop aroma, with hints of caramel malt coming to the surface. I think I tasted hints of just about every hop I know how to identify. The caramel malts do their best to make a showing but are ultimately muscled to the side by the hops. Full-bodied and completrely drinkable. Even after you're done, hop lupins remain on your lips for hours. And "lace" is not the correct term for what remains on your glass.

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Photo of Mark
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a big big beer! Smells like a hop storage room! Maybe the best smelling beer I've ever had. Very thick body, stouts are thin compared to this. Very indulgent hoppy finish. 8.5% is a little stronger than what I normally like, but I can see having this for when I want to indulge in a esoteric beer. This Brewpub is close to where I lived about 15 years ago and is only about 45 minutes away from my present residence. I will make Moylans a stop on my next trip up north or for that matter, sooner. My buddy Johnny P. would love this IPA. If he ever comes out this way I'll take him to Moylans for this brew! When I woke up this morning I was actually thinking of this amazing beer. So I upped my ranking a bit. IPA is fast becoming my favorite domestic style.

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Photo of StevieW
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at their brewpub........I have been to the mountain top, and there is a glass of this waiting. A beautiful copper color. Big, fluffy, perfect head, that stays longer than your mother-in-law at Thanksgiving. Huge hop aromas smack you around like a girly man, then wham, the perfectly balanced flavor passes over your taste buds, and all is right with the world. Unbelievable hop taste, oily, resin, yummy bubbles floating on the head, then a big carmel roastedness in the middle. Finishes strong, and challenges you have another. For hop heads out there, this is the holy grail. I carried 2 bottles over 2500 miles, (Sacramento, CA to Port St. Lucie, FL) to preserve them for a special occasion. This and Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce are the finest substance to be created by man. Sorry, I couldn't match Venom's eloquent description, but I love this beer.
Cheers to Brendan Moylan-Brewer/Genuis

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Photo of Murph
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a nice thick off white head that retains well. The smell is all hops. Hops are the first thing to hit your tongue, they are also the second and third things. The fuggles that are used give this a slightly more mellow hop flavoring than most US IPAs. Smooth and dry, this beer is very drinkable. I like the more easy going hop variety of this beer. It is almost like a cross between an american IPA and an english one. Very nice brew.

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

Copper in color...frothy creamy head on top...smell is of citrus hops...huge grapefruit taste smacks you immediately in the mouth...doesn't seem unbalanced so the malt load must be good although it is a secondary characteristic..a pretty solid IPA with huge grapefruit/citrucy characteristics.

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