Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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4.55/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date. Lots of talk about hops on the label.
A- Crested off white lace clings well to the glass, good head retention. Hazed amber color ... proof of an over abundance of hops.
S- Citrusy, ruby red grapefruit, hemp seeds, tobacco, wild flowers ... a heavy hop aroma. Fruitiness from the alcohol and a mild sweet aroma from the malt peak out from the hops for a brief moment.
T&M- Bold bitterness with a juicy flavorful middle. Big herbal and tobacco flavors hit hard middle to end. The hop character is saturated to the point that the mouth puckers with every sip ... but the bitterness is not so overwhelming. Smooth and creamy mouth feel off of a full body. Alcohol is well hidden at first, about half way through the bottle there is some warmth and a peachy fruitiness.
D- An assault on the taste buds. Not enough for me to wave a white flag but enough to decimate my palate for the night ... not a bad thing because I love big hoppy beers like this. I always expect Double IPAs to bring it ... and this one brought it and then some more. Even the chunk of aged super sharp cheddar struggled against this beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2006 01:55:45 | More by Jason
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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