I've been familiar with Moylan's for a few years ever since my first trip to Great American Beer Festival and I've been pretty impressed by their line up. Alas those trips to Denver were the only times I got to taste any of their beer. Well that time has changed, and Moylan's has finally arrived in our fair state. First it was their delicious double IPA on draft at Flying Saucer's 9th anniversary, now its two of their beers in bottles.
Moylan's Tipperary Pale Ale: This pale ale weighs in at a mild 5.0% and is a pretty strong example of a classic English Pale Ale. It pours an amber color with a thick dense off white head. The nose is of hops, caramel, toffee, and a comforting earthiness. The mouth is chewy and medium bodied. Notes of caramel and toffee. Fuller bodied than expected. Not overly hoppy incredibly well balanced. Good hop bitterness, earthy, floral. A great session beer which is nice since it comes in a big 750 ml bottle. While not evident throughout a slight grapefruit peel hoppiness lasts throughout the finish lingering making you want more. Very good beer that gets a B+ from me. The folks at BA seem to like it as well.
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale: This will be a good one to try since it's the same style of the soon to be arriving Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve. This pours a dark amber with streaks of bright red and a thick frothy crema colored head. The head dissipates quickly leaving behind plenty of lacing. The nose is malty, bready, figgy, with notes of caramel and fruity yeast. The mouthfeel is full with very little carbonation, even dense, notes of fruity, figs, plum pudding, bready, caramel, and a spiciness. These flavors are all there and they are good, but they aren't strong. The flavors remind me of the head, big and full up front but quickly dissipating. As it warms there is a peatiness that reminds me of a Highland malt Scotch. Its a good beer, not a great one and gets a solid B from me. Here's what the folks at BA had to say.
All in all pretty excited that Moylan's is here, can't wait for more of their line up to show up especially Hopsickle (A triple IPA!).