North of the Golden Gate bridge you’ll find Marin and Sonoma counties. Within these counties you can find some of the best examples of West Coast India Pale Ales around (no disrespect to THE West Coast IPA from Green Flash). Racer 5 and Lagunitas IPA stock the shelves of many stores around the country while locally we are blessed to have access to Russian River’s selection of IPA as well as Moonlight’s Bombay By Boat. While these breweries all lie within Sonoma County, Marin County is home to Moylan’s Brewery, yet another source for strong, hoppy, malty pale ales.
This brew pours a nice golden color, slightly orange and relatively clear. The head is fluffy and sits atop the beer for quite some time. The aroma of floral hops jumps out of the glass creating a nice preview for the beer to follow. The malt is sweet and hearty with a good measure of earthy, bitter hops in the flavor. The finish is rather spicy, a little different than your typical IPA finish. All of this blends together very well, with the hop bitterness playing a major role but not coming off as harsh at all. There is a considerable amount of alcohol present through out, but that is to be expected with an IPA.
Moylan’s definitely stands up to the other North Bay IPAs with this brew. There’s a wonderful combination of floral, earthy and spicy hops that you usually don’t find wrapped up in one beer. I highly recommend this beer.