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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,542 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,542
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 141
Gots: 81 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RootedFool on 08-14-2005)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hugely hazy titian that looks like equal parts orange juice and sweet apple cider. The edges are smoky orange in color, further evidence that there's a lot of *something* present. Here's hoping that something is hop flecks. Given the language on the silk-screened label ('super hoppy', 'in celebration of the hop', 'a hop tribute'), I'd say hops are a good bet. The head is pale caramel in color and is firmly creamy. A thick blanket of lace has already shown up, leading me to expect a glass coater.

Super hoppy is right! The nose screams HOPS with full-throated gusto. This American DIPA is absolutely bursting with sweet, juicy fruit: orange, grapefruit, pineapple and passionfruit at least. If the hop bill wasn't printed on the bottle (Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial), I would have bet the farm that Amarillo was in there somewhere. Pine sap is a welcome contributor as well.

Hopsickle has too much caramel malt for my tastes. The sweet caramel candy stickiness blunts the bright hoppiness to a significant extent. This Moylan's offering falls decidedly into the balanced DIPA camp (that is much closer to an American barleywine), not the souped-up, IPA-like DIPA camp. That makes it sweeter than most, with a brown sugar syrup quality that I'm enjoying.

As noted, the hop flavor has been rendered earthbound by gooey liquid caramel. Grapefruit peel is the dominant hop flavor, with the more tropical fruit qualities of the nose falling by the wayside. Bitterness is still substantial however. This is a major tongue ruffler, a quality that sneaks up on the drinker due to the smoothing, soothing character of all those malt sugars.

The mouthfeel is as expected. That is, full, heavy, syrupy, sticky, honeyish, etc. Since the ingredient that keeps me from loving the flavor profile is the same one responsible for the gargantuan body, I can't very well give it a perfect score, can I? I'd gladly trade a little mouthfeel for a more hop-dominant beer.

Hopsickle is a great name for a DIPA, but Hopsickle isn't a great DIPA. My preference should be obvious by now. Simply put, malt doesn't deserve to share the stage with hops in beer of this style. I still feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks lou91.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 02, 2005
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Smells of pine, earthy, woody, a little lemon. Strong malt and pine resin/spice flavor, rye. A little over powering on the hop resin which dominates the palate and aftertaste. Heavy body.

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,542 ratings.