Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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Reviews by basica:
4.4/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Pours a hazy orange amber into my snifter glass unleashing a one-and-a-half finger thick milky white head with good retention (4.5)
S - Hoppy nose with suggestions of pine, fresh citrus and huge fruitiness, primarily grapefruits, pleasantly blended with caramel sweetness amidst a slightly phenolic background. It's noteworthy that aromas improve significantly with a swirl and as the beer warms. (4.5)
T - Sweet caramel malts upfront with hoppiness and intense fruitiness dominating the middle; fruity suggestions include grapefruit, passion fruit and perhaps even some apricots which lasts well into the finish and after taste. Substantial hop bitterness kicks in after the middle, again lasting and lingering; on the whole this is a very well balanced DIPA despite the level of bitterness (4.5)
M - Full-bodied thickness with a slightly sticky and syrupy feel as well as a milky smooth texture; goes down extremely smooth and easy with just a slight bite from the moderate carbonation and maybe the alcohol (4.5)
D - Definitely an extreme DIPA with delectable flavors; outstanding factors in the taste come from the huge fruitiness and the caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick and solid to stack things up. The 9.2% alcohol shows very slightly and the 90+ IBU is perhaps a little on the high as well taking this a off the really drinkable and sessionable selections (4)
This is #4 of 5 in my horizontal IPA tasting journey and undoubtedly the best so far; it is huge on the fruits and the caramel sweetness which are elements I simply love so this worked for me. Others may prefer a purer hop character; the hops in the Hopsickle is admittedly slightly subdued by the strong caramel sweetness and fruitiness. Bitterness is still on the high though it is clearly lower than the Stone Ruination IPA. High bitterness and the alcohol (as well as the perceived "weight", perhaps) makes this brew not something very sessionable.
In terms of appearance, taste and mouthfeel, the Hopsickle trumps the earlier 3 DIPAs (Ruination, DFH 90 and 2XIPA). The Ruination probably has a slightly better nose and DFH 90 is definitely highest on drinkability/sessionability amongst the 4 DIPAs for now. My final DIPA would be the much revered Pliny the Elder, let's see how it compares.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2011 15:05:58 | More by basica
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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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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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