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Thursday, March 30, 2006 

Moylan's Moylander Double IPA

85 / 100

I've become quite fond of Moylan's higher hop outings: this and Hopsickle - their triple IPA. Both are rather reasonably priced and often available at my local shop - Cap N Cork (see BevNoMo! below for mo' info).

California double IPAs seem to be popping up from every brewery. And that's a great thing. Most point to Vinny Cilurzo, brewmaster and proprietor of Russian River Brewing Co. as the inventor (back in his Blind Pig days in Temecula, Ca) of this heavily hopped version of the British ale in the 90s. Since it's become a popular brew across the country - giving the U.S. beer geeks something to scour their shops to find.

This is decent example of the style. The color is there: a nice orange, but lil lighter than most. The frothy cloud head is nice. The smell is full - pure hops: nice floral, pine and a slight citrus. The taste far less malty than I anticipated - the label does state, "an enormous malt backbone", but at the same time it didn't bother me. I enjoyed the hoppiness. Nice mouthfeel, it has the warmth I like from a DIPA.

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