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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

1,486 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 132
Gots: 69 | 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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BrewMaster

California

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
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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.