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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,444 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1444
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%


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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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloaked, clouded no nonsense whatsoever appearance, very little head, mildly viscous with an approximate apple cider color. That's what the contents of my glass looks like, folks.

I pick up fruity smells of mango, papaya, and pear, and a sinister prickly thistle.

All I can really tell you about, taste-wise, is the full out hop fueled tastebud assault. It is simply and utterly brutal. A wrecking ball. In the end, there is a hop gooiness that sticks around, coats my teeth, envelops my soul and won't let go. The bitterness intensity is that of the stalk of a dandelion flower, for those who have tasted that. But this bitter brutality is addictive just the same. The resonating feeling I keep having is of Stone Ruination. It's of that same spirit. Hops beating the tastebuds into submission. If that's not what you want to experience, then to imbibe here would be folly.

The one bit of mercy is that it's not high in the CO2 department. It's got enough, but some more could make this even higher rung of an ass kicker. Which really is not necessary. That would be like Chuck Norris shooting 'roids. Pointless.

In summing up: Holy shit. The name Hopsicle is really all you need to know.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 22:35:27 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color. The head is two fingers high, and ever so slightly off-white in shade. Good retention and a frothy texture betray its hoppy nature, leaving webbed lacing down the glass.

S: Quite grapefruity, almost pungently so. A more piny characteristic appears after opening up slightly. Some of the caramel-laden malts come through, suggesting this isn't the freshest bottle. Still, the hops have held up well. This is going to be exactly what I anticipate it to be...

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,444 ratings.