Orange & Black Congrats Ale! | Moylan's Brewery

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Orange & Black Congrats Ale!Orange & Black Congrats Ale!
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BigB415 on 03-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
16.43%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of ADZA
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely to leave a kola beer hue with a two finger creamy head and sudsy lacing all over the place,the smell is basically dark cooking chocolate mixed with orange almost jaffa like with aromas of citrus,fresh dough and pine aswell,the mouthfeel is light bodied and to be honest too light for me it really doesnt do the tastes of dark chocolate,watery coffee,light citrus and light herbal hops any justice and unfortunately with the light body to it,it really does come across as a jaffa infused dark ale and even though its not the worst black ale out there i could think of alot better options before i chose this one and i wouldnt buy this one again cheers.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep ruby brown with a tan, 2 finger head. Fair retention, leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Predominant orange aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee sitting beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose - orange sweetness, backed by moderate chocolate notes and a very light coffee character. Very sweet. Almost cloying. No real bitterness to be found anywhere in this beer to give it proper balance.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. moderate carbonation. Probably thinner than it should be. Goes down smooth.

Overall - Brewed to honor the Champions, but this is clearly not cut from the same cloth. Almost no bitterness to be found. This is supposed to be hoppy? Yeah, no. As a beer in and of itself, it's average. As a 'Black IPA' it fails completely. I love the Giants, but this is no World Champion beer. Not even close.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Kiniey01
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of PHBoiler
1/5  rDev -71.7%

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mctizzz
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Phelps
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Tops.

Black and inky, with raspberry highlights and a thin soda fizz head of dark ginger that pops away after mere seconds.

Tastes and smells like those little chocolate oranges you got at Christmas. Molasses, sweet tangerine syrup, dark chocolate, hints of licorice. Smoothly blended.

Subdued notes of artificial orange soda. The flavor starts with sweet milk chocolate that becomes more bitter dark chocolate at the swallow. Flash of molasses tang before a clean finish.

Medium-high painful carbonation, with a soft, creamy medium body and not much fizz at all.

Tasty. A bit artificial-tasting, but good. Reminds me of Christmas morning.

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Photo of pin
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of avaldivia
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a modestly ardent Phillies fan, I pledge to review this beer fairly (OK, so I have to admit I enjoyed watching the Giants play last season. And the Phillies played like they wanted to watch the World Series at home on a comfy couch and not from the dugout. So anyway).

Honestly, this is better as a cute gimmick than a great beer, though it's really not bad. But there is no particular reason, other than the Giants, for this beer to exist.

Pours a ruby black with a fluffy orangish head (so it does actually look like a Giants beer, whatever that may be). The head retention seems to be lousy, however, and it falls away to a sad little scum of bubbles quickly.

The aroma is spicy, with a lot of licorice and a top note of orange. The effect is quite candy-like.

The candy feel follows through on the flavor, with that heavy licorice backbone and a distinct orange that comes across like those candied "orange slices" you could get at 5-and-dime type stores. The orange passes quickly and the bitter, woody licorice takes over.

The mouthfeel has a little prickle, but the finish is rather flat and woody, with that licorice bite being the defining impression that lingers.

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of qchic
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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