Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.96/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
We pour a dark brew of burnt sienna, with lighter hues of orange let through around the top. It holds a one and a half finger head of toffee colored bubbles, showing decent retention into a massive aggregate of soapy bubbles. This is easily reproducible. Thick, geographic patterns of lacing are left all around the glass. Clarity is low, as a thick, cidery haze permeates the beer, with flecks of tiny sediment found here and there. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose is very malt forward, with deep toffee, roasty caramels, and salty molasses. These notes are, however, met by big hoppy qualities of pine and raw grassiness, with a nice amount of mineral and earthiness to them as well. Otherwise the aroma is fleshed out with browned apple sweetness, light maple sugars, warmed cinnamon, clove, vinyl plastics, iced tea tannins, and soft lemony citrus. With warmth comes a cooled milkiness, with a bit more to the acidic side of the balance, along with more herbal spiciness of hops, and an interesting curry and turmeric heat. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more bitter than expected, with a surprising robustness to the hops that was hidden by the big malty aroma. As we sip, the taste begins with heavy caramel sugars that are quickly cut by impressively bittered soapy and citric hops. The booze is also immediately apparent, with additional dryness coming from that aromatic tannic quality and dried walnuts. The peak is the mildest moment of the sip, with mineral water wash, rock salt, cooled stone, and earthy hops. Pulling to the finish are further notes of bitterness through plastic phenols, herbal clove dust, bittered mineral, chalky yeast, fusel booze, and a surprising cooling smoothness of buttery diacetyls with warmth. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, yeast, bittered soapy, earthy, herbal, and somewhat piney hops, lemon rind, mineral, roasty coffee-like malts, and raw clove. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium, but soft. Each sip gives big slurpability, with nice cream and froth through the middle, and pleasant finishing pop and smack. The mouth is left bone dry and chalky following an initial syrupy coating and cooling. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is a quick sipper.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma. With warmth it seemed that every time we sniffed it became a different beast. At first there was this seemingly impenetrable wall of caramel sugariness, with malts all day long. As it progressed the hops blossomed before your eyes, giving appropriate bitterness, fruit, and twang. Through the taste is where they pull the old switcheroo, with the hugely puckering, bittered hop onslaught of hops across the tongue to follow. This was definitely unexpected, and kind of threw us a bit. Otherwise the sip is soft and nicely contributory, and this is sipping, sharable beverage.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2013 22:47:31 | More by TheBrewo
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4.41/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearence very deep orange copper Thick very appetizing.
smell very multi with fresh deep hops but enough citrus adds sweetness in the smell
the taste is it exactly like the smell very smooth rich deep a bit creamy very tasty beer
very smooth mouth feel.
Overall a great beer
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 23:13:17 | More by Dan_McNeely
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.