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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Photo of dzturner
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperance: pitch color amber, cloudy, yellowish head, thick
Smell: pine, citirus, very auromatic, it smells a little like pinesal
taste: Amazing!!! as my friend says it tastes just like you bit in to a weed brownie...not too carbonated, bitter to the end, even after a good min or two you can still taste the bitterness in the back of your mouth, it stings but in a great way, the bitterness is backed up by storng maltyness that is smooth and flavorful, unlike most double IPA's it is not the alchol that is that main flavor, you can tell that that is a higer % abv but still this is a background flavor. This beer is all about the hops!!! A hopheads delight!
Mouthfeel: smooth and refreshing
flavors: slight falvor of grapfruit but moreover un ripe citrus, pine almost like the taste of pitch but sweet
drinkability: perfect
under ruination, this is one of my favorite Double IPAs

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Photo of eallured
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazzy amber to copper with a very silky head that sticks around for a good long time. The nose is very hoppy, in fact it smells like fresh, whole leaf hops, with a slight floral character that was noticable more as an afterthought than with the smell. Also a slight piney note makes me conclude that its brewed with northwest hops. The taste is initially caramely, but is quickly overtaken by a stong hop taste with a hint of lemon. Bitterness is moderate, slightly more than normal for the style but far from being pure hop juice. The lingering taste is remeniscent of hashish oil. The mouthfeel is a mixture of heavy, tongue coating sugars and bright, but not excessive, carbonation. This is definitely not a teeth enamel stripper, but it will probably get the job done for hopheads. For a DIPA, it is pretty drinkable, but not quite balanced enough to have more than one. On the whole, it is a good beer, definitely worth a try, but not something I plan to buy again in the near future.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazey orange to copper, with an offwhite head that leaves ring lacing.

Herbal and spicey and piney in the hop department. Lingering aftertaste is everlasting. Oily to the point of greasy on the palate. Hell yeah! this is a nice DIPA. Can be astringent at times, but thats something I can live with from this style. Malts are on the baked side. Can get a bit dishwater funky at times but once again its a wash with the goodness.

Notes: Edit 2007 - I had this side by side with an Alesmith IPA and the Alesmith kicked this beers ass in a blind tasting. One mans opinion but for a similar price this will just be an occasional purchase.

Notes: I'm not sure what to make of this. On one hand its a massive, aggressive, slightly offensive DIPA. Which is exactly what I would want from this style. On the other hand its got some Astringent, unrefined type edge to it. All in all its a quality brew that will probably be perfected in the upcoming years, or maybe I missed the boat. Regardless its an above average DIPA.

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Photo of trep
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle that pours a hazey orange with frothy white head that lasts and lasts. Relatively no carbonation rising to the surface.

Very pleasing aroma. Grapefruit dominated with some other citrus, oranges, and white grapes. A faint hint of malt below the hop aromas.

Delicious hop bite initially that fades to some more bitter hops and eventually a malty downslope that finishes with white-grapes. Very bittersweet hop profile that i'm in love with. Piney hops and white-grapes are all that is present in the after-taste and a lovely one at that.

Exceptionally balanced mouthfeel and carbonation. Not thick, not thin, carbonation is perfect for what I expect an IIPA to be. Drinkability is also wonderful. At 8.5% not a super high alcohol beer but a bomber of this beast is enough to get you on your way. Still, even after I'm wanting more and will get some ASAP. Quality stuff from Moylan's.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moylander Double IPA pours a hazy copper color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam grew to about 2 fingers thick before dissolving back down to the beer. A fair amount of netted lace clings to the glass as the foam recedes.

The aroma is a strong scent of hops with notes of orange citrus, pine and a bit of yeast or dry malt mixed in. Not really sure what that non-hoppy smell is. Reminds me of Grandma's attic, rather earthy.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth and slightly chewey. The flavor is a nice balance of hops and malt. At first the orange citrus and pine hit you. But towards the middle you begin to notice some toasted malt. It finishes with some hoppy bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Once gone the bitter citrus hop flavors linger on the palate.

For the amount of hops in this beer I did not expect to taste any malt, but was pleasantly surprised when it appeared. I also found it surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer. A hop lovers delight.

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Photo of AltBock
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a dark blue/purple label that wraps around the entire bottle. The front of the label had the Moylan "M" with a celtic design background. Left and right of the "M" is the awards they won in certain years. On the right is where they describe the beer, two different signatures, and the Govt. warning. To cut it short, their description is "just double everything." On the left is the contact information, directions to the brewery, and the CA brewed, Drink safely, and Recycle symbol. They also warn you to keep this beer refrigerated because it's a Live Ale!! No date or a bin number anywhere on the bottle. There was no room on the label for a date.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a hazy copper/orange color with a less than 1 inch head of white foam. When it receded away quite fast, it did leave however some white rings and little white sticky lace in it's tracks.

Smell: When I first popped the cap off, the aroma of strong citrus fruits just came pouring out of the bottle! When it settled in the glass, the strong citrus fruits were there, but they mixed in with the pine scented hops. I believe there was also just a small amount of malts in there as well, but just in the background.

Taste: The taste was just like the label had stated. This beer has an aggressive and excessive amount of hops swinging on an enormous malt backbone. I couldn't put it better myself, except maybe for the malt background. I really couldn't taste that much malt in this. I believe the excessive hop taste over shadowed the malts and even the taste of citrus fruits.

Mouthful: It was very full bodied and with a strong and aggressive aftertaste of bitter citrus hops. Nothing but hops much lie the taste.

Drinkability: I should have done what the label said, "Share with a loved one" because one 22oz. bomber bottle was more than enough for me. It you're a strong hops lover, then you'll just love this beer!

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Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a thick 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: pretty strong pine bitterness and grapefruit.

Taste: strong malt backbone, grapefruit slices, pine bitterness, and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start through finish. The aftertaste is long on piney bitterness and grapefruit citrus.

Drinkability: good. Alcohol levels are not overwhelming, but the bitterness does begin to kill the tastebuds after a few pints.Nice beer here.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Boolshot for this bomber.

Pours an amber color that's a little cloudy. Nice light tan head that stays for a while and leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma is mostly hops...pine and citrus...with some brown sugar mixed in as well. Scent becomes stronger as the beer warms. The taste is the best part. More of the piney hop flavor you would expect with the citrus being more subdued. Malts try to step up in the middle but the hops come back strong on the bitter finish. Medium body with a bit of slickness from the hop oils present. Very enjoyable...wish I had another.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, a dirty dark honey color. Small, but lasting head that leaves nice lace on the side of the glass.

For a Double IPA, the hop smell is muted, but wonderful. Very floral and fresh. Nice malt presence.

Lots of hop at the initial sip. The bitterness intensifies in the mouth and only fades after the swallow...slowly. The malt simply is the delivery system for the lip smacking hop. The body is solid and the carbonation is as expected.

In a Double IPA flight, I would think that this would show very well because it has the characteristics to the extreme. As a drinking brew, it may be too extreme. As a hophead, though, this is an exciting entry and worth seeking out.

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Photo of cproioi
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color body with a thick, sticky white head that left good lacing.

Smell: at first sniff I was hit with a huge scent of hops that smells along the lines of pine trees. Also a faint citrus acidic like smell too it.

Taste: pretty nice tastes like it smells. Very woody piney taste to it. Which to me at least covers up a lot of the malts, not that it's a bad thing mind you.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a nice alcohol warming sensation in your mouth as you drink it. Pretty thick with an decent amount of carbination.

Drinkability: I might not go out of my way to buy this beer again. I feel there are better Double IPAs that I'd rather have. However, it's easy to drink if you are a hop head and leaves me open try other beers created by this brewery.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. The beer retained a quarter to a half inch head. Poured a dark, cloudy amber color. The odor had quite the citrus tang to it, and was very crisp. Although a little thin for my liking, the taste was what I look for in a double IPA. The Moylander was bitter but not overwhelmed by the hops, with noticeable malt flavors to balance. I felt that this beer was quite accessible to many, enough hops for hopheads, while enough balance for the rest of us.

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

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a huge citrus hop aroma. It is quite bitter and refreshing to the nose. The taste is great also. It's a hopheads dream. It's extremely bitter from the initial sip to the finish. It has a fine malt bill that adds some stability, but the hops steal the show. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine double IPA. It's bold and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 SacoDeToro
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Y'know I'd seen this beer on the shelves for years and being a Bay Area native, you'd think I'd have tried it by now, but no... So I grabbed a bomber at the store the other day and psyched myself up.

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber with a minimal head that quickly disappeared.

I was immediately hit with the aroma of floral hops from several feet away. When I lifted the glass to my nose, shazam! A massive wall of fresh floral and resiny hops assaulted my my olfactory senses, but I like to be violated so this was a good thing. But in all seriousness, the aroma was outstanding - ranking up there with greats like Russian River's Pliny the Younger and Pizza Port's Hop 15.

The malt of this beer was more subdued that some other DIPAs I've had, such as Alesmith's Yulesmith. It was Slightly caramelly and added just enough sweetness to let the hops flow smoothly.

The carbonation was fine and tight, not too effervescent. I might have liked just a touch more CO2 here, but whatever. This beer was dry and seemed highly attenuated, which helped make this beer very drinkable considering how heavy it was. Many DIPAs fall victim to a final gravity that's too high, leaving a lip smacking sweetness that isn't always good. This beer avoids this problem completely.

I'll be buying and recommending this one time and again. This was a truly outstanding beer.

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Photo of soultrain
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Scent of this beer is already taking over the room.

A-Hazy orange with a modicum of frothy head. Excellent lacing.
T-Long, langourous, lingering hop attack. Is this dryhopped? First draught was a rapid succession of hop identities, each appearing in a flash then morphing into the next, like that Michael Jackson (not the beer guy) video i saw once....Dryhop/grapefruit/orange/pine needle/citrus orchard/pine forest/pine floorboards/orange grove/pine sap/lemon pith/pine cone/hop/ hops/ hops/ hop oil...wham wham wham wham get the picture....and the hop burps are righteous on this one. Seriously, they're UNBELIEVEABLE. (and I love it...) I can't even think about the malts in this beer: they support the hop attack nicely though. Alcohol isn't noticable. This beer is delicious and worth taking the time to get to know better, it seems to me....I feel like a chump cos I only got one bottle...damn.
M-Medium mouthfeel. Ace hop support system...
D-I could drink this anytime. Con mucho gusto!

CRUX: KICK ASS IPA. I can't get no Stone Ruination where I live without ordering it from a beverage shipper; but with this beer about to take up serious residencey in the DBF, it looks like it's gonna be a good summer. Great, Great stuff. I look forward to trying more bottles and honing this review. A MUST TRY FOR IPA LOVERS.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a TERRIFIC IPA! Tastes and smells like a pine tree. Great head, great lacing, and sweet, malty, and citrus smell. Drinks unbelievable. Not many IPAs better, if you can find one. And the price, 3.99 a bomber, what else can you ask for. This is one you should try!

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

Reddish-orange body with a huge, sticky off-white/yellow head. Beautiful!

Nose is incredible. Citrus bursts forth, followed by a musty maltiness, with a distinct pine note.

Flavor is truly a treat. Plenty of sweet citrus, like a sugar covered grapefruit slice. Enough pine to be interesting, without developing that Pine-Sol flavor. Solid malt backbone that does not distract from the massive hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and mildly chewy. Very enjoyable to sip.

Drinkability is really, really high. It's all I can do to make the bomber last until the end of this review.

A new favorite!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $3.99. The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear coppery coloration. The head was two fingers high creamy white in coloration. The lacing produced concentric rings around the glass.

Smell: The beer is loaded with pine resin and grapefruit citrus zest. There is a massive sweet caramel maltyness backing this beer up.

Taste: This beer is loaded with hoppy pine resin and grapefruit taste. The hops have a very oily quality and seem to last forever. The beer has a massive malt backbone standing up to the hops. The hops dominate the malty sweetness of the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has a pleasant hop oilyness expanding the hop taste. This a very aggressively hopped beer. This is a excellent beer drink. I enjoyed this beer from start to finish. The beer tasted and was more enjoyable after about 20 minutes out of the fridge.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber. $5.70 at Downtown liquors in Somerville.

A: Pours a dark copper color with red hues. Features a one finger frothy cream colored head. Head hugs the sides of the glass coating heavily leaving nice lace.
S: Huge blasts of pine and grapefruit hops hit the nose first. What a fine smelling dipa. It's on the table about 3 feet away and I can smell it from here. Potent? Damn right it is!
T: Heavy pine blast hits first followed by a bready malt thats underneath the heavy hop blast. I think I just swallowed a cup of pine needles. Very well balanced and medium bodied that leaves a great aftertaste. Bitterness kicks in at the top and back of the mouth. What a fine tasting dipa. Hop profile mixed with the malts is quite complex.
M: Oily and resiny hops coat the mouth allowing the brew to shoot to the back of the mouth. Low carbonation allows you to savor the flavors. I can feel its warmth in my belly.
D: Drinkability is very high on this offerring from Moylan's. Smooth and slick with a huge flavor profile makes me want to buy a ton of these and drink them all day. Abv not as high as I thought it would be, still a good level. I'm a huge fan of this dipa.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange amber with a bit of a chill haze. Nice two finger head that melted to an incredible lace...each gulp leaves a heavy ring on the glass.
Aroma is a blast of grapefuit with just a bit of sweet malts to it.
Taste is unbelievable. Just like the aroma, you get a blast of grapefuit bitterness followed by a sweet malt roundness then citrus piney finish. Since when does an IPA have carmel-y malts? The balance between carmel malts and sharp citrus hop bitterness is incredible and i've never experienced anything close before.
Mouthfeel is rich and thick for an IPA...resin coating on the tongue, lots of creamy carbonation...slow alcohol burn as you settle between sips.
The alcohol is too strong to session without sleeping on the floor under the bar, but the flavor is so balanced and wonderfully creamy for an IPA that you just might welcome the floor rather than stop drinking.
Good stuff.

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Photo of SethB2
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Nice looking IPA here. Pours a medium orangish-brown, transparent, with a 1.5 finger head. Lacing is amazing. Smell is dominated by grapefruit hops with a tiny bit of sweetness peaking through. Taste. How can I explain this. Let's start by saying Holy Shit! Awesome citris blast up front and maybe some piney hops too. The sweetness is there too, just for a second, before a bitter swallow. Mouthfeel is full and dry. Makes me keep reaching for this beer. Drinkablility is also great.

Nice job guys. Easily deserving of it's ranking and possibly a tad underappriciated in my opinion.

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Photo of bignick
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Wine Gallery in Brookline. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This is an attractive beer. It pour an orangey amber with nice head and lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is all floral hops. The taste is of grapefruit hops with a lingering hop bite. The alcohol is well-hidden. Overall, nothing really distinguishes this beer from other DIPAs, but it is pretty good.

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Photo of rodrot
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at the Brick in D.C. This beer poured a deep reddish brown with a fluffy one inch head that lingered in the glass. Aroma was citrusy and hoppy with a malty sweet smell in the backround. Taste was hoppy also, but very malty and caramelly too. Totally unexpected for this style. I was hoping for a massive attack of hops but all I kept getting was sweetness. This beer was full bodied and had a nice flavor to it, but just did not fit the style. This is a barleywine, not a DIPA. Recommended, just don't expect a hop bomb.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful cap on this one, while the body is a shiny light copper. The nose is a couple of hop pellets; American ones, medium fresh. A resiny citrus lands on the back of the tongue like Cascade. This beer is super-smooth and slightly sweet un-salted nut with a pretty flowery orange rind finish. Finishes easy - too easy. A bit of lingering dirt does not provide the edge I want from a double IPA. This one is kind of like the SNPA of DIPAs: good, but not enough bite. I want it a little rough, and this one is scared to do it, so I will have to look elsewhere.

Overall a nice beer, but too sweet, too smooth and the flavor combo just does nothing for me. Pass.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z. bomber purchased at the Jug Shop in San Francisco

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a fluffy eggshell head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Sweet caramel malt aroma dominated by citrusy hops.

Taste is sweet and caramel upfront which is quickly overpowered by a blast of citrusy hops. There is a noticable lemony taste in the hop profile. Finishes sweet with a lingering hop bitterness. Also, a bit of alcohol peeks through at the end.

Fully body with quite a creamy texture.

Another solid west coast DIPA, it fits the bill on all accounts. I would buy it again if I could.

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Moylander Double IPA from Moylan's Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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