NorCal IPA | Moylan's Brewery

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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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
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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Photo of paganbeast
2.65/5  rDev -27%
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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2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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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Photo of MrKennedy
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -13.5%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of Hopheadjnr
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This a brewery only version of an IPA that Moylan's occasionally brews up thats a little different than their usual IPA that is available in bottle.

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Orange oil, pine resin. Moderate intensity but not notable.

Taste: Nice bitterness and brown sugar with a pleasant level of oilyness and resin. Some spice in the middle along with more brown sugar. Pleasant, but pretty one dimensional. Finish is oily and dry, orange with a touch of lemon and a hearty helping of brown sugar and spice.

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Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a healthy, two and a half finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body.

S - Spicy, sweaty hops with a hint of pine in the background and a backdrop of bready malt.

T - Sweet bready malt up front with some spicy hop notes. A touch of orange it the middle with more thick malt and a finsh of grassy, spicy hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is decent, but the flavor profile really falls flat and seems like it has lost a lot of what it once may have been. So, is it old or just poorly made? we will never know since someone couldn't be bothered to put a date on their bottles and under those circumstances I have to assume it is as the brewer intended it to be.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange pale copper hue with a slightly off white head, forms thick and bubbled. Aroma has citric layers/grapefruit pretty much upfront. Flavor doesn't seem as vibrantly hoppy as it should be but it's got a nice redeeming bitterness a bit of citrus peel but overall it's hop flavor fades to the bitterness and light biscuit malts. Why no date on the bottle I don't know but there's a ton of Moylan's floating around Pittsburgh, this was picked up at Giant Eagle Market District. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with hop oils, a bit of alcohol. Drinkability is pretty pour I need fresh Nor Cal, it would be much more complex and fresh hops helps this type of experience. This isn't so old that I'm getting off flavors just the hops are less vibrant than a super hoppy fresh version.

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Photo of spicelab
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Beermasons.

Orange stained glass. Two centimetre sudsy white head. Drops gradually leaving a nicely raised ring.

Quite malt forward, with a healthy quota of savoury, caramel and nutty aromas. Hop character is subdued at first, and comprised mostly of pine with the barest fresh grass notes. As it warms get increasing amounts of sherbety citrus.

More hop forward, led by bitter grapefruit, mint and earthy pine. Still a solid biscuity caramel malt backbone but doesn't quite carry the character in the aroma.

Medium bodied with a deceptively long fresh bitterness. Well hidden carbonation.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but a decently structured and tasty IPA.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Natural carbonation. Tan head. Big bubbles. Nice retention. The color is a nice golden red-orange. Clear and fresh looking.

Smell: This is a extremely sweet beer. It smells of floral and herbaceous hops. Lemon citrus, grass and melon rind. The malts and candied and caramel but overall too sweet.

Taste: It taste more like a typical west coast pale ale than an IPA. It isn't that bitter and it is the malt balance pushes it towards the APA side. I taste sugar. The hops taste of grass, roses, and lychee fruit. The character doesn't develop in the way that I'd like.

Mouthfeel: The balance leans to the malt side. It has a good medium feel and there is some serious chewy malt character. Not too bad.

Overall: This is a beginners IPA. Nothing too assertive. I do find the bitterness to be slightly cloying. I think the recipe should be revamped

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I quite enjoyed Moylan's Kilt Lifter when I had it a couple of years ago. I'm not quite sure exactly why it's taken me this long to try another of their brews. This one pours a pale golden colour with a fine bubbled, but collapsing head of white foam. Some lacing, but it's minimal, staying in drips and drabs around the glass. Not bad.

Nose is ripe with fresh pine notes, quite strong and pungent, and extremely sharp. Minimal sweetness, either from malt, or from fruity hop characters, but it's to the point at least. Slight chlorine character comes off it after a while. OK, but a bit one-dimensional, and not all that exciting.

Taste is pungently bitter, with the piney hops giving a big dollop throughout most of the palate. When if finally recedes, there's a pleasant vanilla character left, which is something of a relief, but again, it's a little one-sided. Some pepper becomes noticeable later, but it's just another sharp character in a beer that doesn't need to be any more pointed.

Feel is light and smooth, but a little flat as well.

I appreciate the robustness of the beer overall, but it's just a little too unbalanced to my mind. Hey, I love hops as much as the next guy, but this just sears the palate too much, and it ends up being difficult to drink a lot of.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a Black Star Co-op glass.

Moylan's NorCal IPA pours with a slightly hazy tangerine hue. The head is thin and spittle-white in color, and retains well despite leaving little in the way of lacing. The aroma presents a well-rounded bouquet of tropical fruit and piny hops, with notes of pineapple, mango, dark rum, and peach. Malt bill brings sugar cane and light caramel to the nose.

The flavor is atypical of Moylan's hop-forward beers in that the hop bitterness greatly exceeds the hop flavor, so much so that crushed aspirin lingers long after each sip. Reminds me a bit of drinking orange juice right after brushing my teeth...still, the tropical fruits do make a brief appearance mid-palate with some caramel malts to keep the resemblance of an IPA. Mouthfeel is thin for the style and sharp with minerals and a tongue-raking hop bite. Not the best release from Moylan's, but it's still decent drinking when all is said and done.

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Photo of Brad007
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden blonde with a huge head that fades to leave some lacing on the glass. The label extols the virtues of dry-hopping.

My nose struggles to find the hops, though they are certainly there. Just a touch of pine upfront is all I can tell.

A short burst of pine greets the tongue. Not much of anything else. More malt-forward than previously thought.

Dry-hopping is a non-starter in the nose and the taste reflects it. You still get that nice lingering bitterness at the back.

Not bad but the main appeal is gone because when you dry-hop something, the aroma fades over time, the longer it's on the shelf, etc.

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Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden caramel hue with a fast vanishing two finger head and very sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is honey soy,light piney hops with citrus and herbs,the mouthfeel is only light bodied and very sessionable and not exactly how i like my AIPA's but it does have subtle tastes of honey malts,light piney resinous hops,a touch of 100% orange juice and finished with a bittersweet mix of sticky toffee and bitter grapefruit and overall its an alright session drop but wouldnt remember it or seek out anytime in the near future and if i didnt see it again i wouldnt lose any sleep cheers.

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Photo of DrJay
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber, perhaps more of an orange colour, with a thin, fine, eggshell cap. Decent head retention with some spotty/streaky lacing. Aromas of oranges and biscuit, grapefruit and malt. Citrus bitterness with a bit of harshness in the finish, grain and biscuit/bread, grapefruit and orange, slight alcohol. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, a bit dry and creamy. Nicely put together, but I'm not a big fan of the malt profile with these hops.

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Photo of gpogo
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear light golden amber color with a cream colored head. Quite a bit of bubble traffic.

A- Floral, grapefruit, and pine with a slight bready caramel background. The malt is really faint, but adds a sweetness to the aroma. Very nice aroma.

T- Fell a bit flat of the aroma. Bitterness and a light hop flavor. Slight toastiness, but rather weak in both the malt and hop flavor profile.

M- Light body with moderate carbonation.

D- The aroma was delicious. The flavor was a bit weaker than I was hoping, but it isn't as alcoholic and heavy as I expected either. Good, but not great.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to light copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, faint grapefruit hops and somewhat like an English maltiness. In the taste, starts with pine hops and ends with grapefruity citrus, and a quite large maltiness. A small bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Kind of English like, nice hop but but malt mellows it out.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This starts off looking a bit promising, but seems to go wayward in numerous areas at first. There seems to be more malt in use than I would have expected, and it does show prominently. As times goes on it gets more tolerable, though I suppose me choosing a word such as tolerable is telling in of itself. Decent, but could have been so much more. (Better as it warms.)

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Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a two finger high white head on top. Retains for a bit, leaving plenty of lacing all over the glass while drinking.

Bitter and pithy in the nose with pine. Some lighter bread notes with a light touch of warmth. Fairly simple.

Pine bitterness up front with some citrus peel and grapefruit flavor. Some orange notes before the bready backbone kicks in. Not too sweet, but with a touch of caramel. Finishes with a mounting pine bitterness and very soft warmth.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Drinks pretty well, nice piney, bitter West coast style beer.

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