NorCal IPA | Moylan's Brewery

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NorCal IPANorCal IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
moylans.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by 4000qtrap on 07-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
191
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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3
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22
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of evilkalla
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Ale glass.

A: Pours clear and golden. Barely any head though. A fair amount of carbonation is visible. No haze to speak of. Very nice.

S: Piney and resinous hops, with orange and lemon peels. Quite a bit of malt in there as well.

T: IMMEDIATE blast of bitterness followed by hints of malt. Bitterness is absolutely huge. Holy cow. Maybe a little unbalanced in its bitterness but I still love it.

M: Not thin but not thick either. Very nice.

O: Very good IPA. Very bitter. I love it.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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 Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap 1702, Tucson; October 2011
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, pale head. The beer is a clear, slightly copper tinged, deep gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. My nose is greeted by a righteously hoppy blast of tangelo zest, ripe lychee, ample floral tropical fruit notes, super fruit driven bright citrus notes and perhaps a hint of dank / herbal and perhaps a touch of pine. The nose is exactly what I want to find in a proper IPA.

A biting bitterness grips the palate up front and just holds on through to the long finish where it significantly dries out the beer. The bitterness, backed by a piquant pine like character and a dankly herbacaous hop character is the dominant hop flavor in this beer, but there is a soft, somewhat supporting hoppy fruit character that provides notes of lychee, floral, tropical peach and super ripe tangelo. This beer is quite dry throughout, which is why the hop fruit character is so surpressed in the flavor; it is also quite light bodied and extremely quaffable; this beer drinks quite dangerously for its strength. Because of the dryness, this beer is aggressively hoppy in a tongue flagellating, abrasive way (definitely a beer for the hop lovers out there). The malt plays a distant, extremely supporting role here, it barely contributes a touch of pale biscuit maltiness and perhaps a touch of cracker like character that lingers a bit in the finish.

A thoroughly aggressive, quite dry, IPA; it is almost a touch too dry as much of the bright, promised fruitiness from the nose is greatly suppressed in the flavor. A beer that is definitely for the hop heads out there, but I wish there was a touch more residual malt character that could have accentuated more of the fruit leaning hop notes in the flavor.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows piney hops, along with peach and floral notes. Underneath is biscuit-like malt and caramel.
Very hop-focussed flavours, lots of resinous pine and a massive sharp bitterness. Not much malt.
Slightly overcarbed.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Pours golden honey with an amber hue. Nice white fluffy head and medium sticky retention.

Smell is light citrusy, fruity, with a hint of soapiness.

Tastes and feels of bitter earthy hops, a hint of grapefruit from the start to the middle and a smooth crisp finish. Kind of one note.

I liked the beer, simple but good, hops are on the forefront of this beer, but it's nowhere near overpowering. I think the Hopsicle offering from the same company has more of what I am looking for, but that review has yet to come.

DOA

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4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.5% on bottle label, as well as Moylan's claiming that the IPA style "provides a stimulating assault on all senses." So I'll make sure to listen to this beer, the sense that we all forgot to use when tasting beer. Right?

Well, doncha know, it is an audible beer, the head crackling and snapping with intensity. The head is a slightly dirtied white, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass. Color is a glistening copper-amber color with a lot of clarity (no hop haze).

This aroma floors me. I cannot NOT love this smell. It's a resin explosion, yet doesn't seem like it'll taste anything but balanced, and it's got a candy-like sweetness, toffee and salty taffy both. Plenty of California IPA personality, ie. hoppy as hell, yet never forgets to bring plenty of malt along. Oh, you're supposed to taste this too? Almost forgot.

Beautifully bitter on the tongue, also having that interesting character known as "resin" (let's cut to the chase, it tastes like resin from a hash pipe might taste). Sharp edge of grapefruit peel also, some astringent/unripe tangerine. It's interesting how there's a very, very strong suggestion of maltiness here -- and maybe that's the interesting burnt flavor that lingers. You know the malt is trying to exert a little bit of influence/balance here, but its presence hangs back in the shadows. Very much unlike the aroma, which seems to hint at more malt inclusion. A bit soapy in the finish, more grapefruit too. The totality of the taste is exceptionally pleasing, if you can handle the bitterness.

Soft, smooth, round, lighter body but hardly thin. More malt and bigger body would have pushed this easily over the edge into double IPA territory.

I don't know, maybe I've just lost my mind, but this is a fantastic IPA! I've tried to lay off the super-hoppy beers of late, it's easy to burn out on them, but I love my hops. Also, hop lovers tend to get jaded quickly, and I think I did, so maybe it takes a twisted flavor like NorCal IPA to bring a hophead back around to praising the freaky flower once again. All I know is this is superb and one of the better Moylan's beers in a stable of usually really good (and hop-heavy) beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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