FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good lasting head and lacing on a clear orangey golden body. Grassy and grapefruit on the aroma. Similar in the taste, lovely pronounced bitterness, medium body. Drank excellent.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On draught at Papago). Pours a clear copper with off-white head. Active carbonation. Aroma is citrusy, juicy hops, graham crackers and resin. Taste is semi-sweet with tons of bitterness. Could use a touch of sweetness for some balance. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but it seems like another over-hopped Moylan’s beer.
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours brilliantly clear copper with solid half inch plank of tan head. The aroma tosses up spicy hops and surprisingly bitter smelling floral hops too. Underneath the hops I only get a sense of sweetness that is likely maltiness. The taste enters smooth crisp with hops and full bodied. I get a pleasing mix of spicy hops and floral hop bitterness where the flavor is leaning heavily on the bitter side. I think this is the most bitter floral hop type brew I’ve ever tried. I also get some pine resin and grassiness with faint yummy maltiness as well off in the background. Cool bitter brew that is scratching me right where I itch.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/2/11 moylans wet hopped norcal ipa.
gold color with a frothy soft white head. lots of foam clinging on the glass.3/5
a is pineapple, dirt covered pine cones, spicy hops, orange, woodiness, honey
f is the same but with a sweetness behind which i dont care much for.6/10
spicy bitter finish, resinous AT. some onion is noted late.
med body, dry enough on the finish. still, meh.7/3/6/3/14/3.3
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bomber thanks to Dixonian) clear amber with thick fine white bubbles. Nose is dank, oranges, a bit of grapefruit. Taste of pine, grapefruit, very bitter, and some umami. Oily body and a bitter finish.
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
orange-golden/amber pour with quickly disappearing white head. light body. floral. light malty nose and floral hops. weirdly medicinal bitter initial taste along with resiny and floral hops . leaves you with A LITTLE spiciness and relatively quick finish. Definitely a good amount of hops but the journey not that satisfying
bth122 (1428) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a slightly hazy golden orange color. Medium frothy head. Aroma of pine hops and grain malt, grass. Medium bitter. Oily and stickier palate. Med body. Good balance of malt body and hops. Not so fresh. Sightly grassy and medicine like. Bitte finish. Ok.
mcberko (11870) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma of rich piney hops, some tropical fruits and some caramel. Flavour of rich piney, buttery hops, with barely enough caramel malt backing. Lingering bitter, piney finish. The pine notes are delicious and make this bitter beast highly drinkable. Superb.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aggressive hops in the nose with nice sweet malts. Hazy deep golden body is topped by a very generous off white head that leaves gorgeous lacing. Strong citrus hops are almost overpowering but malts come up to offer support. Medium body with really nice soft bubbled carbonation. Pint glass. Just above fridge temperature. Thanks Trev!