Moylander VS ReAle

Welcome to fight one of our IPA Beer battle!  Let’s lay down a few ground rules for this fight, as well as the upcoming fights.  First, this is a tournament.  With all major tournament comes heart breaks, upsets, glorious moments, overpriced tickets and lots of beer.  In our Arkansas IPA Beer Battle tourney, we randomly matched up some of the great IPAs available in Arkansas and tasted each of the two.  We noted the different aspects of each beer, noted each strengths and weaknesses, and decided who would win in the fight.  The question we kept asking ourselves was “If you walk into a nice restaurant and ask for a really good IPA, would this beer be that great IPA?”    So, here is our disclaimer:  we love beer.  Wait, you already knew that!  We love beer, and some of these beers were wonderful; therefore we felt a little sad to see them lose.  But – this is an IPA tournament, and we are finding the best IPA!  Keywords: IPA.  In our last article, we covered what to expect when you order an IPA, so please bear in mind we searching for that magical IPA experience.  OK – Let’s rumble!
Moylan’s Moylander Double IPA vs. Birra del Borgo Re Ale Extra IPA

All right, let's fight clean, no biting.

In the Yellow corner, weighing in at 6.2% ABV and 70 IBUs, from Borgorose, Italy, we have Birra del Borgo Re Ale Extra IPA.  In the Blue corner, weighing in at 8.5% ABV and 90 IBUs, from Novato, California, we have Moylan’s Moylander Double IPA. 

1st Round: Appearance – Moylander strikes first with a hazy amber/orange hue and  two-finger  creamy head. Good retention and lacing follow. Re Ale counters with a cloudy orange color with a gigantic meringue head, knocking Moylander into the ropes. Re Ale’s head and lacing are things of legend. Judges score this round 9-10, Re Ale.

2nd Round: Smell – Moylander and Re Ale exchange punches in the 2nd round. Moylander smells of pale and caramel malts with slight hints of earthy pine and citrus. Re Ale’s nose is that of earthy, floral hops and light pale malt. The two spar with no clear winner. The judges score this round even at 10-10.

3rd Round: Taste – Re Ale comes out quickly with jabs of balanced, dry earthy hops and bready malt. Moylander is knocked back by the flurry of refreshing sweetness. Moylander stands his ground and returns with a complex barrage of IBUs to the head. Re Ale is visibly stunned and up against the ropes. Moylander continues with a strong malt backbone followed by grapefruit jabs and piney hooks; knocking Re Ale to his knees. Re Ale stands back up for the count.  He takes a Belgian yeast flavor swing at Moylander, but in this IPA ring, it does no good. The bell rings and Re Ale stumbles back to his corner.  What an exciting round!  The judges score this 10-8, Moylander.

4th Round: Mouthfeel – All eyes are on Moylander. His medium-bodied, clingy frame and light-medium carbonation intimidates his smaller counterpart. Re Ale, still shaken from the 3rd round, stands tall and delivers high carbonation and clean presence as he tries to battle back. The two bounce around and spar, each showing impressive moves. The bell rings. The judges score this round 9-9, Re Ale.

Decision: This fight is left in the hand of the judges. The scorecard reads 38-37. A unanimous decision for  Moylander. Despite his well-balanced approached, Re Ale was upstaged by the hoppy power of Moylander.  While Re Ale is an amazingly interesting beer with Belgian notes, it’s no match for a heavyweight like Moylander in our Arkansas IPA Beer Battle.  Moylander flexes his muscles and throws up his fists – chanting “USA! IPA! USA!”  We shall see who he will be up against as the tournament fights continue….

You can find the beers at the following beer-loving establishments:

Re Ale – Retail – $13.94 for 25.4oz bottle
Colonial Wine & Spirits – Little Rock
Macadoodles – Springdale
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
It’s worth noting that this lovely beer is new to the scene, and therefore isn’t widely available… So that just means buy TWO when you purchase!

Moylander – Retail $7.37 for 22oz bottle
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Hillcrest Liquor – Little Rock
O’Looney’s – Little Rock
Sullivant’s Liquor – Little Rock
Colonial Wine & Spirits – Little Rock
Westrock Spirits & Wines – Little Rock
The Ridge Wine & Spirits – Little Rock
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs
Crossover Liquor – Fayetteville
Liquor Mart – Fayetteville
Premier Wine & Spirits – Fayetteville
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Macadoodles – Springdale
In Good Spirits – Fort Smith
Liquor Mart – Fort Smith
Shamrock Liquor – Fort Smith
Fianna Village Liquors – Fort Smith


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