Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Hugely hazy titian that looks like equal parts orange juice and sweet apple cider. The edges are smoky orange in color, further evidence that there's a lot of *something* present. Here's hoping that something is hop flecks. Given the language on the silk-screened label ('super hoppy', 'in celebration of the hop', 'a hop tribute'), I'd say hops are a good bet. The head is pale caramel in color and is firmly creamy. A thick blanket of lace has already shown up, leading me to expect a glass coater.
Super hoppy is right! The nose screams HOPS with full-throated gusto. This American DIPA is absolutely bursting with sweet, juicy fruit: orange, grapefruit, pineapple and passionfruit at least. If the hop bill wasn't printed on the bottle (Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial), I would have bet the farm that Amarillo was in there somewhere. Pine sap is a welcome contributor as well.
Hopsickle has too much caramel malt for my tastes. The sweet caramel candy stickiness blunts the bright hoppiness to a significant extent. This Moylan's offering falls decidedly into the balanced DIPA camp (that is much closer to an American barleywine), not the souped-up, IPA-like DIPA camp. That makes it sweeter than most, with a brown sugar syrup quality that I'm enjoying.
As noted, the hop flavor has been rendered earthbound by gooey liquid caramel. Grapefruit peel is the dominant hop flavor, with the more tropical fruit qualities of the nose falling by the wayside. Bitterness is still substantial however. This is a major tongue ruffler, a quality that sneaks up on the drinker due to the smoothing, soothing character of all those malt sugars.
The mouthfeel is as expected. That is, full, heavy, syrupy, sticky, honeyish, etc. Since the ingredient that keeps me from loving the flavor profile is the same one responsible for the gargantuan body, I can't very well give it a perfect score, can I? I'd gladly trade a little mouthfeel for a more hop-dominant beer.
Hopsickle is a great name for a DIPA, but Hopsickle isn't a great DIPA. My preference should be obvious by now. Simply put, malt doesn't deserve to share the stage with hops in beer of this style. I still feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks lou91.
11-02-2005 23:05:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to hoppedup for sharing a bottle with me,poured a burnt orange/auburn color with a tight,sticky two finger white head,a real hop blast on the nose pine needles and intensly resiny no malt traits here all hops.Big,brash,and very raw hop flavors pine and more pine like in the nose intensely resiny will make the tongue curl,only a slight noticable sweeter malt base in the finish.Somewhat of a burn as went down,maybe the biggest DIPA I have had its reckless in the hops department but Iam not complaining. Whoo, a true hop heads beer here dont attempt to drink it if you dont worship American hops.
01-16-2006 02:05:42 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance The big, easy head was gorgeous to see and fell gently atop a beautiful brownish-orange liquid.
Smell This nose was thick and heavy and loaded with pine resin and lots of citrusy notes. The malt base added to the hops giving this one a big, full bouquet.
Taste The hops here are so big theyre almost crunchy. They came over rightly from the nose and just about drowned out the malt supporting cast.
Mouthfeel This was medium-bodied and very bitter but not over the top. The hops were slick in the mouth and stuck to your teeth like a wad of taffy.
Drinkability This is a big, hoppy, flavorful DIPA well worthy of the Moylans name. A big thumbs up to Kim for sharing this with me.
04-29-2006 00:42:44 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Clear amber color with a nice glowing glare. Cream-colored head, rather small but it leaves plenty of lacings.
S: The smell is dominated by hops. Plenty of grapefruit, some mango. Notes of mint and pine-needles. Sweet caramel and fudge. A good smell, but the hops are not as clear-cut as I would have liked them to be.
T: Well what do you know, the taste is also dominated by hops. An obvious emphasis on grapfruit up front. More exotic fruit (pineapple, kwi) with a subtle tart-like character. Plenty of sweetness with a slightly too prominent flavor of caramel taking the lead. Some fudge and low-quality bread. The finish really bitter, but the bitterness enters with a good timing and seems to fit great with the aromas. Plenty of malts in the finish actually, but even more so pine-needles, hop resins and faint spices. Some alcohol. The finish gets slightly perfumy.
M: Medium body, decent amount of stickiness in the mouthfeel.
D: This is a good beer, but perhaps not as good as I had hoped for. The hops could have been more precise in their character and the sweet taste of caramel could have been a little more restrained. (It should be noted that I don't know how fresh this bottle was, perhaps it had some months on it.) But still, a very good beer.
06-12-2009 20:03:57 | More by ricke
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
Reviewed from notes on 7-8-10.
A: Pours murky golden-orange, bordering on sewage brown. It is much more attractive when held to the light, but overall it is not the most attractive color. A clumpy, one-finger head of an off-white/beige tone recedes to leave a thick ring around the edge of the glass and one bubbly clump on top. The lacing is sticky and triggers memories of Northern California foothills.
S: Big floral, grassy, and earthy hop notes compete with an equally large and sweet caramel malt presence. Some sweet citrus slips into my olfactory in the form of tangerine and orange. I also smell a hearty sourdough presence from the yeast.
T: This beer is really engaging my mind. The caramel-ly malts drop kick the front and middle of my tongue at the beginning of the sip, while the floral, grassy hops engage the sides of my palate a microsecond after the malts pronounce their presence. Somewhere before the end of the sip, the sourdough yeasty-ness boosts the body of the beer and enters the flavor fray, then the bitter grass hops destroy my palate at the end of the sip. This is a flavor symphony, but I almost wish the overall impression on my palate delivered a more unified front, as opposed to the flavor breakers the I sense.
M: Crazy and intriguing. In each sip this beer runs my palate from a ride of full, sweet malts to a drying, grassy hop finish. A MF rollercoaster, to be sure.
D: If you buy a bomber of this, I would share it with another human. It is a wild and cray guy with a high a.b.v. and is definitely a palate destroyer. Don't drink this and then review a meeker beer-fellow. That said, it is a beer that I will revisity for its complexities and brain-engaging flavors.
07-14-2010 23:39:47 | More by TCHopCraver
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
A: Tangerine pour with a nice white head. Good
S: Crisp hoppy aroma of citrus with undertones
of floral hops.
T: Like biting into a grapefruit, the huge hop
nose is awesome! Cant't really get a sense
of much else past the mmm mmm citrus.
M: Finishes clean and begins crisp with a good
consistency and smooth texture.
D: All Day Long
05-19-2009 20:19:15 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance: Deep gold, copper color. Thin, rocky head which lingers. Slightly cloudy.
Aroma: Wonderful hoppy aroma with a solid malty background. Citrus, pine noted.
Taste: Very hoppy! I see why it is noted as 'Triple Hoppy'. Strong citrus peel flavor with pine needes. Typical of American hop bill Very strong & bitter. Malt profile solid & gives good body to support the strong hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, Thick & slightly viscous. A bit cloying from the strong citrus peel flavor. The puckering crispness of the citrusy hops leave the mouth tart & bitter.
Drinkability: A slow sipper. The hoppiness makes it a slow-goer. Very flavorful & you want to be able to savor it slowly.
Comments: Very tasty IIPA. Lovely deep maltiness offset by mouth puckering hops. Slightly more citrusy than I favor, but delicious for the style.
08-03-2006 15:15:48 | More by JMD71
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Deep amber with a decent sized white head
S: Strong piney hop smell with citrus hints
T: The piney hops dominate but the citrus flavors become much more noticable. There is a very small sweet malt favor that works quite well.
M: It's smooth and well carbonated. Not much heat comes through and the beers feels quite light.
D: If you like hops it's very drinkable. If you don't like hops it's a sipper.
Overall this is a great example of a big hop beer. Shy away if you aren't a hop fan though, this one doesn't try to hide it.
01-24-2010 03:30:05 | More by tuckevalastin
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
22oz bottle. I've been wanting to try this for a long time, glad to see it in the Chicago area. Pours into my glass a slightly hazy reddish orange that's bright and vibrant. A creamy white head forms on top and lingers. Aromas blast out of the glass with hoppy goodness. Great tropical and citrus aromas with notes of peach and pineapple mesh flawlessly with pine scents and green, herbal hop oils. Caramel, slightly bready malt in the background is noticeable, but the hops own the show here.
First sip brings a caramel, biscuity malt upfront that is fiercely overtaken by a wall of hops. Big citric, grapefruit and pine resin flavors roll across the palate. Tropical fruit flavors mix in as well. Dense oils that bring to mind fresh plump green hop cones. It flows down with a bracing, strong bitterness that lingers on after each sip. This is a big, intense double IPA that doesn't hold back on the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a punchy carbonation. Goes down smooth and each sip makes me want to come back for more. A bomber is a perfect size for this brew. Overall, this brew is a great value and damn fine bitter, hop bomb. If you love double IPA's I suggest you seek this one out immediately.
01-17-2008 00:50:51 | More by orbitalr0x
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
Received in BIF 46...this had been on my wants list for a while, right after I had their Moylander DIPA.
Orange, amber, caramel or something like that. Has a touch of chill haze. Head is between off-white and light tan. Only a finger thick on the pour. Reduced to a skim layer of bubbles with scattered bubble pockets on top. Forms a thin, bubble-dense layer on the glass as it recedes.
Aroma is amazingly strong. I can smell it from quite a distance away. Loaded with citrus, floral and pine hops, lots of sweet malts and hops, but hops take the stage here. This is super inviting.
Hops, hops, and more hops. A bit unbalanced but that is somewhat expected. Lots of citrus again, grapefruit mainly, especially in the finish. Malts are quite subdued and working their ass off to keep up with the hops. Finish is pretty bitter but has some metallic notes to it. No hints of alcohol which might prove dangerous later on.
Mouthfeel is thinner than I was expecting. Has a bit of carbonation bite to it right after the swallow, but finishes dry, even though my mouth still feels wet.
Good drinkability if you love hops, but a little unbalanced for me. This sits a bit heavy on my stomach for some reason. Definately a good beer if you want that dry, biting hop presence.
12-01-2006 03:03:02 | More by blitz134
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Hazy amber color. Very thick, off-white head. A ton of lace.
Sweet and malty. A lot of citrus hops. Rather peppery.
Great taste. Grapefruit, orange. Sweet biscuit. Late piney resin.
Wonderful beer. Great hops taste, very well-balanced.
Hope to have more of these during my visit to ABQ.
08-28-2011 11:34:09 | More by lordofthewiens
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with two fingers of light tan head. Head has good retention and leaves lots of lacing.
S - Huge grapefruit aroma, and a bit grassy. Malt presence is faint but noticeable.
T - Serious hop bitterness, again mostly grapefruit, but some grass, and some florals. Malt gives a bit of balance, but this is a bracingly bitter beer. Very enjoyable. Alcohol presence is very faint.
M - Medium mouthfeel is very dry and bitter, but not really oily and only modestly resinous.
O - I tend to prefer DIPAs with only a modest malt presence, and this one fits the bill nicely. A real showcase for hops. Very nice.
03-03-2012 22:58:27 | More by warnerry
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
22 oz. bomber bottle from the cooler at Glenville Beverage. Pours golden-amber with a white head that stays around forEVER. Aroma is like hop jelly on toast - citrus, slight lily-like floral notes, and a solid toasty malt underneath.
The nose don't lie on this one - toasted malt with a firm citric bitterness (hello, Tomahawk, pleased to meet you!) that flows across the palate like Bennie Moore paint. The bitter/toasty/citrus flavors are amazingly consistent throughout the sip, with a faint warming surge o' alcohol coming in to play near the end. Finishes bitter, toasty, with a tongue-sucking citrus Kung Fu grip. Chewy and all the better for it. I could do a couple of these, fall over, and go boom - more than two might be too much for the tongue, let alone the alcohol.
Very solid big IPA.
05-14-2006 01:56:00 | More by sponberg
3.03/5 rDev -26.3%
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smallish creamy white head that laces the glass some.
The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some melon, piney hops and alcohol.
The flavor is hops, hops and more hops. There's a little sweet malt and maybe a touch of fruit initially. That is quickly taken over by harsh, resiny, charred hop bitterness that lingers throughout the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and slightly syrupy.
Overall, this is the biggest hop bomb I've ever had. It's completely unbalanced towards the hops. Unfortunately, I didn't really care for the flavor profile. It seems like overall bitterness was targeted and it's not that great to me - just a charred bitterness with none of the fruits or pine that I normally like.
08-19-2008 03:22:55 | More by Beaver13
3.25/5 rDev -20.9%
Pours amber orange into my allagash tulip.
A big lace forms imediatly and is sticky white with a mix of fine and large bubbles. The beer is surprisingly transparent.
The aroma is hops earthy grassy and sligh spice. I'm actually how subdued the hops are for a triple ...
The carbonation on the tongue is very lite..the flavor is surprisngly malty to start. The hop flavor come through earthy and finishes bitter
I'm not sure what I think of this beer. With a name like hopscikle id expect something different.
11-06-2011 01:34:20 | More by bishopdc0
3.18/5 rDev -22.6%
I have been reading how this beer is one of the hoppiest beers in the world, etc etc etc. So, I decided to try it on myself. Poured an extremely murky brownish orangey color. Good two-fingered off white head, with very good lacing. Attractive beer just by looking at it. The smell was of piney hops, citrusy, and...burnt barbeque? Kind of like the burnt chips you pick up off the bottom of the toaster oven, weird. Taste is of extreme pine, grassy hops, light malt back, but very metallic. Also, that burnt grassy taste. Almost like licking the forest floor. Very sharp taste. Very unappealing in my opinion and not balanced well at all. Maybe it's just because I finished a bomber of Yulesmith a little while ago and this doesnt stand up well to it, but the metallic, burnt taste is hard to ignore. I am very dissapointed with this brew to be honest. I have read nothing but praise and feel let down. The mouthfeel is pretty good anyway. Medium bodied, very smooth, hides the alcohol extremely well. Not very drinkable. I'm gonna have to try another batch of this and give it another chance but my initial reaction isn't up to par with the major consensus. We shall see next time.
08-28-2006 22:33:59 | More by Doomcifer
3.43/5 rDev -16.5%
I hate to be the party pooper here, but...
Pours a hazy orange with a nice rocky head and active carbonation. Aroma is exceptional, with a great sweet citrus smell that bursts from the bottle and makes you want to take a huge gulp. Taste is a quick hit of pine and citrus and then the beer begins to tear the tastebuds off of your tounge with harsh bitterness. The bitterness lingers for at least a minute after a *sip* let alone a gulp. This isn't a horrible beer, and if you love bitterness, you should love it. I personally found it to be undrinkable and let about half the bomber go down the drain.
07-03-2007 13:15:46 | More by Duster72
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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