Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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4.56/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
According to Mitch Steele in "IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes, and the Evolution of IPA", "triple IPA" can be considered a distinct style and this beer proclaims itself "triple hopped". Its not an idle boast, this thing is a mammoth, but its a cultured and refined mammoth just the same: Powerful and ungodly yet not without ample character. Pours a dark amber to orange shade, appropriately dark bourbon orange as per the style, and with a lot of tan head that takes a while to tame. Aroma is redolent with mixed citrus, rich dark malts, fermented honey, and rock candy. Very inviting. Palate is a huge blast of candied Curacao orange peel, red grapefruit, tangerine, culinary herbs, and green leaf, all spearheading toffee malts that provide just the right degree of sweet balance. Less tropical and more citrus/floral, at least to my palate. I get a little green scallion but not too much, and a pronounced rose and iris floral perfume like an additional bitter flower water component that somehow manages to hold its own against the massive pine and pot resin assault in the finish, that grows and grows as you wade through the entire pint. Ahtanum hops are particularly floral apparently (Woodske, 2012) and the Chinook and CTZ provide the bitter backdrop. My lips and mouth are getting numb and the endorphin rush is taking over ... Big pine finish that somehow veers away from coarse despite the raw power. I rank this right up there with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in terms of bitter potency but with an added layer of flavor complexity. Careful, the alcohol is well-concealed and this thing is 9.2% ABV.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 03:39:37 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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