NorCal IPA | Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA
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NorCal IPANorCal IPA

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by 4000qtrap on 07-12-2010

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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 68
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from Whole Foods Los Altos. I'm assuming this is fresh, but there's no bottle date, so I get to review it regardless.

A: Pours a murky amber that glows a burnt orange against the light. An aggressive pour produces a flaccid pinky finger of off-white head that vanishes quickly, leaving only a streak or two of lace. Hmm. I prefer clear beers with gorgeous, sticky lace. It's fair to say this is below average on IPA appearance.

S: A light smell of oranges and pine needles. Definitely West Coast in style, but it's not pungent at all.

T: A generous dose of caramel malt peeks through: it's hard not to notice that there is a substantial sweetness here. At the same time, the bittering hops are quite strong, and the beer has a pine-dominated presence which pulls into the finish for a bitter, wet needle explosion. There are touches of earthy orange rind.

M: Medium-bodied, but it falls off fast. Some lingering pine resin on the aftertaste.

D: Won't buy again. At $5 a bomber this has the potential to be a great value, but when it's a weak beer there is no reason to get more.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of paganbeast
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden orange in color, with incredibly light lacing. The aroma isn't very striking, some citrus and grassy notes.

The mouthfeel is very thin, light bubbles and a bit watery.

Strong initial taste of grapefruit rind. The bitterness mellows out after a few sips. The hops really flow throughout this beer, there is so little malt balance that it doesn't suit my palate.

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Photo of JooJooEyeballs
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Surprised by this IPA not measuring up considering the rest of Moylan's Double and Triple IPA being so good.

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2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured golden with a with a thin copper head that dissipates quickly.

AR: Light floral hop aroma with string notes of biscuit malt. Hop aroma almost seems a bit flat or stale.

T: Slightly bitter with notes of grapefruit and other citrus fruits with a pretty one dimensional biscuit malt profile.

M: Light with a harsh bitterness that lingers on the finish.

O: A pretty standard IPA, but with beers like hopsickle and kilt lifter i expected more from Moylan's.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a Redoak globe glass. Purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield.

Orange golden appearance, with a white head of foam measuring two fingers. The bubbles of foam are very defined and surprisingly big.

Smells of fruit salad originally finishing with pine. Smells quite fresh, even with a trip round the world behind it. No date on the bottle to tell how old it is.

Taste doesn't flow with the smell. Quite hoppy but tasting a little pungent and stale.

The body is a touch watery and thin for the rest of the beer. The finish is bitter, as you would expect, but lacks any real direction. Not driving you to take another sip, nor is it rounding it off real well or ruining one of your senses.

Overall, quite disappointing given the reputation of the brewer/brewery and my past experience with their beers. Perhaps it didn't survive the journey too well, given the smell is good and the rest struggles.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of carbonation racing to the surface. Golden yellow. Smells like raw honey, pear, some kind of sweet bread that I could not identify. I tasted honey, flower nectar, black pepper and slight bitterness, which was not overwhelming. The hops were not as strong as I had expected. Overall, it is a good beer, but I think I prefer other hop varieties. However, it does make me curious to try some of their other IPAs.

I’ll have another.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moylan's NorCal IPA

Pours a dark orange with a chill haze. Soapy head forms and has good staying power. Aroma of citrus hops, floral, soapy, and some toasted malts as well. The first thing that struck me was how malt forward this beer is, with an almost scottish/scotch style malting, then a lot of citrus, grapefruit and pine. There is a pretty even balance; with nutty, biscuity, toasted flavor and citrusy, bitter pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and decently carbonated. Overall, I'd call this a Scottish IPA, and it is interesting.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- foam spilled out once opened after sitting on the counter for 20 minutes. Pours a light golden with huge, neary full glass of thin white foam. Big bubble, blotches all over the glass.

S- lemon, tons of pine and dank grassy smell.

T- lightly toasted malts, slightly sour lemon, with big pine bitterness and some grassy taste.

M- light body, high carbonation. Fairly easy to drink with long grassy bitter aftertaste.

O- just an ok ipa. Hops overtake the malt and makes for an unbalanced beer.

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3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, orange-golden body with a two-finger-high stand of whitish froth.

Smell: Citric-scented and smelling of sap-glazed pine needles, with lighter, lesser underlying notes of malt and yeast.

Taste: Starts biscuity, follows with a touch of crisp grains. Small amount of short-lived, honeyish sweetness. Full of pithy grapefruit, lightly grassy, and with a coating of resin. The bitterness is big and rather insistent of staying around. Once the hops hit the tongue, it's well past the slow, bitter, pithy finish when they finally fade off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit of oiliness rolling over the tongue.

Overall: It's fine, it's nice enough for a try, though, all in all, I'd have been happier with just a bomber of their standard IPA.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: two finger head with nice retention and lacing on a hazy golden with copper hues body.

S: very sweet with mostly candied citrus and pineapple.

T: I think this one is bad. the malts and hops mingle in the finish to make an earthy and metallic note with a touch of an unwanted aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think I have an old bottle. I took a chance on it. Too metallic with unwanted aftertaste. I guess my review is not really a reflection on the beer overall. Date your bottles please

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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is of malt up front with some very earthy and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is fairly drinkable but not something I would go after again.

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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into frosty mug.

A...hazy orange with a tall billowing three finger head.

S...getting a very earthy aroma. grassy with a little bit of hay. Could be the cold glass or this beer just isn't much on the nose.

T...bready malt up front easing into the earthy grass and pine resin that was on the nose, finishing with a bitter orange peel.

M...very high carbonation gives it a fairly light mouth feel.

o...has its goods and bads. Not a much citrus as I like on an ipa. Norcal name led me to expect a more west coast ipa style. Nothing to run out and try but, an easy drinker never the less. I think I would enjoy this more if paired with food.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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