Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From notes on 12/09/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.
A - One inch of creamy and fluffy off-white, slightly yellowish head; Cloudy, orange/brown colored amber appearance; Nice lacing all around the glass
S - Good balance here with a strong showing of both sweet, sugary caramel malts and piney and slightly tropical fruity hops
T - Lots of pine flavor up front that can be tasted well into the finish; Up next in the taste are sugary sweet and toasty caramel malts; For the finish, there is a bit of heat from the alcohol, as well as sharp bitterness and pineapple and grapefruit tropical fruits with just a touch of caramel; The bitterness is present throughout the taste, but really strengthens in the finish
M - Very good carbonation; Slightly above medium bodied; Subtle heat in the finish; Leaves the mouth bitter and very dry
O - Wow! You won't find many beers with hops to this level. The nose is very bold, but balanced with robust malts and hops. The taste is where this gets really intense, with a huge amount of bitterness and piney, tropical fruit flavors. I love huge, hoppy, bitter beers, but this was so overpowering that one bomber was more than enough to satisfy my fix. I wish I had some sharp cheddar cheese to pair with this beer just to see if it could even keep up. Overall, I really loved this beer, but it's not for the faint of heart. The next time my taste buds feel like going for a crazy ride, this is the beer I'll bring home.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2012 22:09:05 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured a nice orange/copper color
Smelled great! Citrus and grapefruit smell
It was delicious! Hops, Grapefruit, Orange, Hops and Bitterness
Medium carbonation. For me this went down smooth
Grabbed this beer at House of 1000 Beers, tasted amazing! It was smooth with a good amount of bitterness and hops! Definitely try this one!
Serving type: on-tap
04-12-2014 13:00:09 | More by GregA135
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
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...
T: Ohhh yeah, this is bitter as fuck. The bitterness is intense, but not flavorless - I taste plenty of grapefruit behind it. It's so hoppy, it almost seems metallic (but it really isn't). Sweet, almost biscuity malts gradually build up, providing just enough (and I do mean just enough) balance to squelch the bitterness...slightly. Some other flavors of pine, apricot, and flowers try to appear in spots. If I can fault this beer for anything, it's that its simplistic and poorly balanced. Who cares?! If I wanted complexity and balance, I'd drink a proper Belgian quad. This knows exactly what it's trying to be, without over-shooting to be anything else: it's a brutally bitter hop bomb. Period.
M: The bitterness is mainly front-loaded, but a lot of it also lasts right into the aftertaste, and then some. This is really damn dry thanks to all those resinous hops, too - for 9.2%, this one is brutally drinkable. It's actually pretty full bodied for the style, with the decent carbonation hiding slightly behind the oily hop resins and residual sugars.
O: This is NOT for beginners. I like to consider my palate very acclimated to raging bitterness, but this really taxed those limits to the breaking point. Having said that, it's definitely a great DIPA that satisfied my bitter tastebuds more than any other IPA I've had in a long time. Oily, resinous, biting, harsh - but in a good way! It's a hell of a beer, and a hell of an experience.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 00:39:38 | More by ThisWangsChung
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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