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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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of expansive
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 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 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 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 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 tizride
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a clear yet strong amber/copper color with a nice white head that pops up to about 1 inch. Retention is very nice with some great lacing sticking behind.

Aroma is of strong grain notes. Bready and earthy with some nice toasty notes to it. Smells just like the wort would while its boiling. There is a nice piney and resinous yet light hop backed nose to the brew that adds some nice body to it.

Taste starts off with very nice sweet caramel pale malt notes. Grain and bread a plenty with some nice spice notes to it. Very nice and malty with some good grassy spice from the hops coming in throughout the middle and some nice resinous pine notes rounding out what is a very nice and balanced brew. Good hop bitter notes with some piney notes. Mouthfeel is very nice and balanced with some crisp carbonation but a good strong malt body that gives the beer some weight.

Pretty good IPA. It took me a while to come around and decided to try this but it was worth it. Solid malt backbone with some good balancing pine hop notes.

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Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of PthPndr
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of gordavidson
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with numerous strings of rising carbonation. The head is thick and craggy with excellent retention. It doesn't get any better than this for the style.

S- Caramel, pine, citrus rind, and grass. Aromatic and a but old school, but not in a bad way.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Definitely borders on the old school style IPA. Not bad but not particularly unique.

M- Abundant carbonation, in a good way. The lasting bitterness is spot on.

O- A bit old school but it is well made. This beer could still get lost in the IPA shuffle.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is a kind of filtered orange and the smell is a mostly malty up front with a slight grapefruit fragrance. The taste is the opposite with a strong grapefruit hoppy taste with a slight malt in the midst. Mouthfeel is just average to me. Overall a solid IPA and I've had it a few times.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, @ 6.5% ABV. Another selection from the Kahala Whole Foods, whilst on a vacation/wedding/honeymoon sojourn to these islands.

This beer pours a clear, glassy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy and bubbly dirty beige head, which leaves some random island archipelago lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of toasted bready malt, a small twinge of caramel, thin citrus peel and leafy hops, and a mildly metallic lukewarm booze edge. The taste is bitter resinous pine, nondescript citrus rind, some earthy, herbal, and somewhat spicy notes, and a sturdy bready caramel malt.

The carbonation is a bit zingy, but in support of a commendable cause, the body oh-so-close-to middleweight, and smooth, but for the offsetting edgy hops. It finishes off-dry, the underappreciated grainy malt still having its hands full with the lingering resinous hops.

NorCal, SoCal, can't everyone just be friends? Anyway, this is a wee bit too herbal, without the heavy-handed (once introduced, one yearns for it) requisite citrus gatekeeper, but still with a game-saving bitterness, to justify recommendation to those who may still hold sectarian Cali biases.

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Photo of dougmiller112
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pretty typical beer color - light mahogany, light sienna.

Smell: Earthy. Some raisons. Piney, maybe cedar for sure. Everyone mentions resins. I'm not sure what they means, but they could be right.

Taste: Definitely hoppy. I can taste the pine, too.

Mouthfeel: This is a somewhat confusing, but intersting beer. It has a somewha thick feel.

Overall: I would definitely try this again. 22 ounces doesn't seem to be enough to make up my mind. After it's gone, it has made me very happy :)

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Photo of CommonRider
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 countchunkula
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of FreshZ
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +10.2%

NorCal IPA from Moylan's Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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