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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

1,505 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 131
Gots: 73 | 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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

11-02-2005 23:05:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BigJohnShow

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-21-2014 01:51:30 | More by BigJohnShow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-16-2014 01:01:33 | More by kylehay2004
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APBT91

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-14-2014 12:14:19 | More by APBT91
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mostfadedone

California

5/5  rDev +21.7%

08-11-2014 01:36:00 | More by mostfadedone
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-10-2014 07:27:30 | More by zestar
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JoshuaShort13

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-08-2014 23:09:00 | More by JoshuaShort13
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briandaube

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-08-2014 21:05:36 | More by briandaube
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one-finger white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, and big piney hops.

T - There is a citrus peel and piney hops right upfront. Once the citrus fades the bitterness kicks in. The bitterness is aggressive and lasts through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry mouthfeel.

O - This is one big bad DIPA. Lots of piney hops and aggressive bitterness.

08-08-2014 02:43:25 | More by TreyIsWilson
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ManWithNoName

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-06-2014 22:32:25 | More by ManWithNoName
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-06-2014 09:26:56 | More by shigg85
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-06-2014 05:50:12 | More by bobv
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MattSalisbury

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-01-2014 01:11:35 | More by MattSalisbury
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SalisburySteak

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-01-2014 01:10:39 | More by SalisburySteak
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2014 22:54:55 | More by Beervana
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SlightlyGrey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-31-2014 12:58:54 | More by SlightlyGrey
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%

Sample at Max's on 7/23/14 (from notes)

A: Lacing and copper colored.

S: Hops, all day.

T: Bitter as hell. Along with pine, that is the taste. I don't usually get this even with some of the other big IPAs out there.

M: Smooth with light carbonation.

O: Unbalanced but hoppy and bitter as hell.

07-30-2014 05:08:41 | More by gillagorilla
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banger7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-30-2014 02:11:04 | More by banger7
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Mike_Gentry

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-29-2014 04:15:13 | More by Mike_Gentry
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-28-2014 03:46:12 | More by DrBier
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-23-2014 02:27:53 | More by KAF
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Ashinpaugh

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-21-2014 16:53:20 | More by Ashinpaugh
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terpinsd

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-21-2014 02:52:35 | More by terpinsd
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-20-2014 16:21:14 | More by Howlader
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Dan_McNeely

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearence very deep orange copper Thick very appetizing.

smell very multi with fresh deep hops but enough citrus adds sweetness in the smell

the taste is it exactly like the smell very smooth rich deep a bit creamy very tasty beer

very smooth mouth feel.

Overall a great beer

07-19-2014 23:13:17 | More by Dan_McNeely
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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.