Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance: 22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass. Golden orangish red color with a fluffy off white head. The head shows decent retention but not much lacing on the sides of the glass. Not a sticky head.
Smell: Strong pine scents, apple, pineapple, mint, herb garden spices, rosemary, and wild flowers. Not a bad lot of aromas to stuff into one beer. Very fragrant. The nose can be smelled as it is poured and without needing to get up close to the glass. That is commendable. I suspect most, if not all, of these scents come from the hops. Though sweet smelling, they are all backed with a generaly earthy scent.
Taste: Considering the nose, this was a disappointment. The flavor is not complex and inviting like the nose. There is a strong and lasting hop bitterness coupled with some honey sweetness and oily pine flavors. That is not the complexity that I was hoping for after smelling the beer. The flavor is just hops. That hardly qualifies as complex or well balanced in my book. No good malty flavor to back any of it up and get into. The 9.2% is well hidden, but that is about the only accolade I can give the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Thin, smooth, but so smooth it almost goes unnoticed on my palate. Hop has some bite, but not much. I suspect any aging of this beer would castrate it completely and make it a pansy of a beer.
Drinkability: The nose really is the best part of this beer experience. Other beers should wish to smell this good. But the flavor is uneventful. Perhaps this one dimensional bottle of boredom will clue in brewers that a bottle of pure hop flavor does not qualify as a good an balanced beer with attractive flavor. Sure, as a one off it is ok, but one offs don't make a brewery.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2005 04:48:20 | More by BrewMaster
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 23:13:17 | More by Dan_McNeely
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.