Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I think I'm having a Lupulin Threshold shift. Yes, it's bitter and hoppy but not the palate wrecker i remember this being. almost pedestrian. Hopefully some Younger tomorrow will cure that.
*EDIT* upon finishing the bomber, I take it back. Bittering Palate wrecker.
Was at Whole Foods and this was being put on the shelves and I asked "Did you get this in today?" Answer "Yesterday and the case says it was bottled a week ago." OK!!! This is as fresh as a review is going to get regarding a bottle and justifies the spend. (I remember this beer costing $5.99 or $6.49...can't remember, for the record)
A - Blood Orange explains it best in my tulip. Decent head retention, lacing so-so but the color looks beautiful. Better head and lacing would have sealed a perfect 5 for me.
S - Pungent and hoppy, but for a beer that claims to be a "Triple Hoppy Ale" is doesn't smack me in the face like it should. Over-ripe oranges and pineapple and a solid malt backing this all up. The malts are almost as heavy as the hops in the nose.
T - Oranges, Pineapple and caramel blended together with bitter hops. Ruby Red Grapefruit nails the citrus component as I read from the Bro's. Caramel starts to take over as it warms. Bitter finish. I can see how the bitterness would be too much for some, even some claiming to be hop heads. The fruits in these hops don't taste juicy...they're almost musty I'd say, and I don't mean that in an offensive way. This is a big hoppy beer showcasing hops at the forefront but with tons of malt to back it up. Again...Bitter. 1/2 way into the bomber...yes, it's a palate wrecker.
M - Good but consistently gets more bitter the deeper you get into this bomber. For 9.2% it's not too heavy but will catch up to you.
D - Good. I'd rate this a 4.5 after the first 1/2 of the bomber but after finishing it, I've concluded it's a 3.5.
This beer is a Solid DIPA but in my opinion, the bitterness takes away from the Juicy qualities this beer has the potential to have showcased in a better light. Maybe that's what was intended from the Brewer. As fresh as this bottle was, my best experiences with this beer has been on tap from the source.
Final Conclusion - This beer is overpriced without question and had nothing to do with my rating and review.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2011 23:15:41 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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4.58/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured a nice copper color. Does have a strange smell (not bad, just unusual) Heavy on the bitter side with a hint of citrus/sweetness. Hops on hops on hops but still went down incredibly smooth. Very tasty. Would definitely recommend.
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Huntington Beach, CA
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2014 04:58:17 | More by dsservin
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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