Tipperary Pale Ale
Moylan's Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,682
Ranked #34,604
3.75 | pDev: 11.2%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
Tipperary Pale AleTipperary Pale Ale
Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 187 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale pours a deep orange color (making it darker than the average pale) with a very slight white head and a slightly above average amount of carbonation. The smell is citrusy with notes of lemon, grapefruit, and orange. The body is a little heavier than the average pale ale, but still on the light end of medium. There’s some good biscuity malt character and the finish brings out some bold notes of orange and lemon. There’s a touch of hop bitternes that gives it a little bit of piney flavor, but I think the malts take a more central role here. There is a somewhat sweet finish, but it’s not cloying and it manages to be actually a pretty crisp and a little dry. Some people who like their pale ales really pale and more pilsner-like may not be into this, but I personally prefer a little bit more body and to me it’s still pretty light and refreshing. This is a very good choice in what, in my opinion, is a pretty boring style of beer on the whole.

Jun 10, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On nitro tap at Moylan's Brewery in Novato, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, tea, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, tea, and slight citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but I think the nitro presentation is diminishing the aromas and flavors on this one.

Serving type: on nitro tap.

Feb 16, 2016
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seedyone from New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05/29/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. Seeing an IBU rating of 20-40 caught me off guard with the fullness of the hops. The smell of toffee/caramelization manages to set the tone & render this a very enjoyable beer.

Dec 16, 2014
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garymuchow from Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

$3.99 bomber with no apparent dating.
Definitely a boy beer with a very thick and at times almost chunky head. Yellowish gold and mostly clear.
Complex aroma, unfortunately some the fragrances are not so nice. More like off-putting and unfortunately this was also experienced in the taste too, but to a lesser degree.
Fortunately there was some redeeming aromas and tastes as well. Certainly a balanced drink that represents the style.
A rather light beer in feel and drinks quite lightly too.
Really a mixed bag, but overall a disappointment, I'd say.

May 08, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan’s Tipperary Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet bread, caramel, bread crust, and a bit of a hop zing. Taste is of those elements, with a very mild hop bitterness to close out the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Moylan’s Tipperary Pale Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy going. I rate this beer most excellent.


Aug 29, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite overcarbonated and pours out a pint of foam; over time, the liquid comes into view and it is clear and amber colored; the retention and lacing are great, however

Smell: Rather biscuity, with a pipe tobacco character

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a developing stone fruit character; by mid-palate, the earthy hops arrive, bringing a bit of tobacco flavor with them; the finish bends toward the malty side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation (not as overcarbonated as I was expecting from the appearance)

Overall: Having enjoyed IPAs from this brewery, I found myself a bit underwhelmed by this offering; it didn't have a bright hop character that I would have expected from a West Coast APA

Sep 28, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleasant appearance in the Leffe chalice, with plenty of fine foam and a golden copper color. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Some malt flavors, but mostly a beery faint roast grain taste with a touch of lemon. Clean tasting. The hops are a little earthy, but taper off by the aftertaste. More dry at the end.

This looks and tastes more like an Irish Red Ale than an American Pale. It would be one of the best Irish ales ever if it was reviewed that way. Faint praise, but it's as drinkable as it is forgettable. So it's a pale Irish red-haired stepchild, an unassuming bastard.

Apr 20, 2012
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Brenden from Ohio

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

The color is a mildly cloudy dark amber-orange just short of copper. A nearly white, orange-tinged head develops to about half a finger in height. It sticks around as a heavy foam and leaves a ring of lacing along the top and some patching beside.
The nose and flavor offer up an unusual balance of sweetness and hops, almost like candied dried tropical fruits with grapefruit bitterness. There's a strong malty backbone giving up a bit of caramel along with some biscuit. It's very interesting how the hint of candy-like sweetness blends with the citric bitterness and tropical fruits, and floral hops are also present.
The body is medium, and there's enough carbonation, crispness and smoothness to make for a good mouthfeel. The only issue is that it comes off a touch light and a little thin.

Apr 04, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear golden hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. A good looking pale.

Smell: biscuity malt with a somewhat herby hop aroma. There are hints of citrus, but the overall effect is rather earthy. Not too bad.

Taste: biscuity malt remains in the flavor, and is a bit stronger than the aroma suggests. Hops are earthy and perhaps noble in character, though that hint of citrus persists. Not bad, although I don't love the malt choice here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a very nice creaminess, especially for the style. I like it.

Overall: quite a decent pale ale. I'm giving it a better overall score than I did the flavor because I think it is well-composed and well-crafted; I just don't love some of the recipe choices.

Mar 11, 2012
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brassy amber color with a tiny off white head. Smells of light earthy hops. Taste is big toffee flavors up front, followed by a bright citrus middle, and a dry earthy finish. Mouthfeel is rich, low carbonation. Overall quite good, a pale ale I would get again.

Feb 11, 2012
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a thin fizzy head. Not much retention or lacing.

Smells is very bready and malt with some citrusy hop notes in the form of orange. More malt than hops, though.

The taste is very malt forward, somewhat odd for and APA. Bready notes dominate with some orangy hop notes coming in later. Some pine as well. Bitterness is very mild.

Overall this is a pretty decent APA. Not my favorite but is is acceptable.

Dec 20, 2011
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at D'Vines for $4.90. Poured into a DCBeer.com becker; my first time trying this beer.

Appearance (4.5): Pours an extremely clear, dark orange with light orange around the edges. Two and a half finger of wispy, light cream head reduces to a medium thick layer. Decent lacing specks the glass top to bottom.

Aroma (3): Dominated by the malt bill with a bread caramel and toffee. Some orange-y citrus and a touch of pine. Not hop forward.

Taste (3.5): Caramel is very forward with a toastiness that is quite tasty. I like this beer because of it's interesting, complex malt backbone, but it isn't what I'm typically looking for in a pale. A touch of sweetness and bitterness through the middle and a lingering but subtle pine. Kind of like a session barleywine.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Smooth and creamy with a touch of stickiness on the back end. Light side of medium bodied and medium-low carbonation.

Overall (3.5): Again, kind of a strange take on the style but certainly not offensive. I could drink a lot of this one, but I'm missing a strong hop presence. Kind of like an intense British Pale (oxymoron?) or a very toned down barleywine. The malt bill is impressive.

Dec 10, 2011
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Phelps from Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a four-ounce tasting glass at Tops.

Honey-hued and perfectly clear. One finger of milk-colored head, foamy and sticky, eventually becomes a thick ring of bubbles.

Orange peel and flowers in the nose. Bright citrus, honey, softly toasted biscuits.

More floral notes appear in the flavor as well. Roses? Pithy orange peel bitterness, toasted crackers and sweet biscuit blend into a taste almost like a creamsicle character. Finished über-clean, with soft bitterness of the sides of the tongue.

Soft and prickly carbonation amidst the medium-light body. Mild fizz and a super-clean, dry finish.

Tipperary is pretty average. It boasts some nice floral and citrus characteristics, but it’s nothing special.

Oct 27, 2011
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows resinous pine, grapefruit and green wood. Underneath is faint caramel.
More of the same as flavours: green wood (cedar?), grapefruit. The malt is more pronounced however, with caramel, toffee and bready characters.
Body seems a little syrupy.

Oct 24, 2011
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Philousa from California

2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Enjoyed on nitro tap at The Hopyard, 10/22/2011.

Light tan in appearance with good amount of white head and nearly no lacing. Pale malt greets the nose first, a bit skunky, and a subtle amount of hop aroma. Sweet, pale malt flavor up front. Biscut, sweet then bitter malt. Almost no hoppy bitterness to this beer. Super smooth texture from the nitro tap at first, fizzled out kinda quick. Dry finish.

This was very blah. I really just wanted to try something other than a stout or RIS on nitro. I'm not a big fan of Moylans, but I came into this trying to be open minded. The hop characteristic wasn't there and the malt bill wasn't anything to write home about. I don't think I'd have this again.

Oct 23, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

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

This one poured a very bright and very crystal clear, deep reddish amber. A really nice shade of orange amber with an awesome amount of clarity to it. Really nice carbonation could be seen in the chains of bubbles rippling up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then gathered at the top of this one and proceeded to settle down after just a few minutes to a thin pillow like layer across the top for the rest of the session. Very nice side glass presentation then followed and really gave this a solid look for a pale ale.

The aroma was a full on replica of the classic west coast hoppy pale ale. A deep resin filled and very thick aroma of pine and citrus hops greeted you right up front. Very nice notes of orange and even some tangerines were easily found. There was a nice

The flavor picked up right where the smell had left off. This was a really tight and nicely balanced little pale ale. Rich fresh sticky pine hops SA nice floral bath of tangerines and pineapple flavored hops that opened the door to the sweeter and sugary side of this. Really quite nice. A good base of malted grain underneath providing a nice touch of balance as well and letting you know this was a rather nice little beer. The finish was long and drawn out, very dry with the hops Long lasting bitter pine flavor made you reach for another sip time and again.

May 03, 2011
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SkeeterHawk from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty typical, mildly cloudy orangish yellow with a small 1/4" off white head of small tight and rather fizzy bubbles. The head falls to about 1/8" around the edge of the glass and seems like it is going to be there for a while, so there must be more bubbles rising to maintain the head than I can see. The beer maintains a small head forever, and ends up leaving a little bit of lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The initial aroma was fresh clean American hops along with a very noticeable toasty and slightly caramel malt presence. Overall the aroma is nicely blended. As an unusual twist for this style, the aroma is actually getting more malty as it warms up rather than favoring the hops.

Taste: The flavor has more mouthfeel than anything else that really stands out as this beer comes across the palate pretty creamy. Otherwise the beer is quite balanced. There is the expected American hops making an impression in the beginning, but the malt is such a bold player in the flavor that it almost chokes out the hops. For me this isn't a bad thing, but it is probably a little TOO balanced for a typical Pale Ale. The finish is slightly dry and favors the hops a little bit, but the carbonation and residual sugars make sure that you don't get too much hops.

Opinion: I am really surprised to hear myself say this, because I am a malt-head, but this beer could use a bit more hops for this style. I like malty beers, so don't get me wrong, but this beer is a little bit of a let-down in that there really isn't the showcase of the blend of hops that you typically get with this style. I would say that the finish is nice and I wouldn't change the bittering additions that much, just spice up the initial part of the flavor. The next Moylan's beer on my list for tonight is their Hopsickle...so I am sure that I am going to be eating these words in a little bit.

Apr 29, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance - Murky orange colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, tangerine/oranges, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a sweet flavour consisting of malts, caramel, and some hops. It also has quite a bit of orange/tangerine citrus flavour to it. It finishes with a malty orange aftertaste with just a touch of hop bitterness.

Overall - The beer had a taste that kept me interested throughout the bomber. It was very drinkable and had a nice juicy aspect. I'm not sure how fresh my bottle was because I couldn't find a date on it. Happy I tried it, but I don't think I'd buy it again.

Apr 07, 2011
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omnigrits from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A. Looks just the way a pale ale should - copper coloured and with an off white head. The head doesn't want to go away. That's a good sign for me.

S. What's there is good - piney, grassy hops with a very slight and very nice funkiness - but there isn't much of it for a beer brewed with the kind of hops that have gone into this one.

T. That's made up for in the flavour though. A very tasty beer with good sweetness up front, plenty of hop flavour in the middle and a bitter finish that's not too over the top. The Moylans website says 36 IBUs, and I'm inclined to believe them.

M. Standard pale ale medium body.

O. For an American pale ale I like this one a lot. It's a bit softer than Sierra Nevada pale, and I find it more pleasant to drink. If only I could get six-packs of it.

Apr 04, 2011
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NODAK from Tennessee

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is rather hoppy, as could be expected. Pine hops, some spiciness as well.

Fairly hoppy APA here. Not a lot of malt balance. Begins off with citrus hops dominating...grapefruit and some lemon. This rides through to the finish where there's a good deal of citric acid hop bitterness lingering on afterwards with a bit of astringency. I may have had hoppier APA's, but not many.

Mar 18, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, malt, and a grassy quality.

T: Tasted of grassy hops, a bit of malt, and a slight tinge of caramel. If there's one thing that puts me off a beer it's that grassy quality. Aside from that, the flavor here was decent.

M: A decently well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable beer, in spite of some problems.

Mar 16, 2011
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BaronRogue from California

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

Poured from a bomber into my chalice.

Woah. Did i do something wrong? Was the beer too warm? I got like 3 1/2 fingers of head on this bad boy, with big fluffy lace. Really strange. With each subsequent pour, i still got masses of foam. Pretty, i guess. Deep reddish gold with medium-high carbonation.

Smells hoppy, in the way that you know they used quality ingredients, especially since the bottle i purchased was non-refrigerated and probably old(ish).

Tasted really strange at first, really malty, but grew on me as the sips progressed. Could tell that there was care in the production, which helped it overall.

Mouthfeel? Dry. Very, very dry. One of the most impressive things to me about this beer is how dry it is while maintaining full and complex flavor.

Drinkability.... top marks, simply because it is dry and yet flavorful.

Feb 20, 2011
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thedoubler55 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper color, with a finger of head at the top that left slight lacing, color was somewhat redish

S - Lots of floral aroma on this one, with some citrusy hops

T - Very sweet for a pale ale, not to bad though, slight hints of caramel malts

M - Smooth beer, very pleasant

D - Good beer would like to have it again for sure

Dec 21, 2010
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Gobzilla from California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a clear golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: piney grassy hop aromas are noticeable at first whiff with citrus, slight grainy notes and a pretty good malty presence. I also detected a tad of caramel too.

T: the hops were pretty grassy but not real potent or bitter and the caramel character is stronger on the palate with citrus accents and a decent malt backbone.

M: the brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a grassy, citrusy, and malty finish.

D: it was very drinkable due to how light the beer was and to tell you the truth it was sessionable while brewing up a batch for christmas.

Nov 22, 2010
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan's Tipperary Pale Ale

Appearance: Cloudy honey, small head, some lacing.

Smell: Hops, citrus, and caramel.

Taste: Floral hoppiness, apricots, nice malts, and a hint of some veggie (celery?).

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall: Great beer. The flavors balance extremely well. it is just like an IPA, but with a more complex, less hoppy flavor.

Oct 09, 2010
Tipperary Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 187 ratings