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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 1443
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RootedFool on 08-14-2005)
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Photo of AgentMunky


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64 ounce growler into a St. Bernardus goblet. Filled at the brewery two nights ago.

A: Half a finger of head tops a clear, bronze beer with no effervescence.

S: Strong, dry, sticky, resinous, West coast hops. Touch of chive is mars the otherwise exceptional scent slightly.

T/M: Aside from the oniony hops, the subtle citrus, hefty pine, and potent alcohol form an imposing elixir. Supremely hoppy and bitterly dry. This is a West Coast IPA on steroids, with very little carbonation needed to keep things titillating.

O: One of the truly great DIPAs. Excellently balanced, sippable, crisp, refreshing, and moreish. Powerful, impressive, and highly recommendable. Sublime.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2012 04:34:11 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of beerman21


4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A-copper deep red. Thin lace head dissipated rather quickly.
S-grapefruit, pomegranate,lemon grass,lime juice.
T/O/M-explosive grapefruit, lemon zest soaked in alcohol. The bitterness is endless. It's deep and lengthy soar show over coated with a floral explosion. All the same as a exciting is this brew is. It's a slow and satisfying night cap all the same.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2012 02:41:15 | More by beerman21
Photo of roodie


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a Great Divide Goblet. 1st growler review.

A: pours an orange/amber with 1 finger of head, nice lacing, low head retention (as I expected)

S: mango and papaya, this is one of the best smelling IPA/DIPAs I've had in a while. Tangy and citrusy, no real sweetness.

T: bitter, tea like as I said in my other review, no real sweet character that I got from the bottled version

M: bitterness lingers and coats the palate, like it should

O: smells better this time around, maybe this keg is fresher than the bottle I had. I like this beer, but it's a wierd IIPA, not malty like I would have expected.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2011 20:42:08 | More by roodie
Photo of crossovert


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this fresh from a growler form Whole foods.

This one is amazing fresh. It had a big piney grapefruit bitterness and an orangey underlying that mixes with the malt. There is definitely alot of malt here but the bitterness is what makes this beer shine.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2011 19:01:49 | More by crossovert
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into an oversized snifter. Glowing dark orange body with a creamy off-white head that retains surprisingly well and leaves a fair amount of crackly lacing.

The incredibly pungent hop aromas are off-the-scale intense. Same goes for the flavor. A tidal wave of pine/grapefruit/weed. Potent, pungent and raw hop power. There actually IS some malt in there of course, but it manifests itself mainly as a touch of sweetness in the swallow. At that point, things dry out dramatically and the finish is almost painfully sticky and gritty. Booze is certainly present, but never comes close to dominating.

Overall impression: The reigning heavyweight champ of raw, agressive beers. Also, the only >9% DIPA that doesn't suffer from excessive sweetness and booziness. If you haven't tried it, man up and do so. (Note: I'd stick to tap or growler only unless Moylan's starts dating their bottles.)

Serving type: growler

01-30-2011 15:43:26 | More by PDXHops
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC. It is only about 3-4 weeks after kegging... I can't wait!

A: Cloudy orange amber color with a good off-white head and haevy, fluffy lacing that clings solidly all over the glass. It takes the bubbles about 5-6 seconds to reach the top of the glass from the bottom. Is it thick, or what?

S: Citrus and heavy pine with some earthy undertones. Mild caramel sweet smell is also present.

T&M: BALANCED! Hops galore, but well-balanced. Mild hemp tasting. Bold hop bitterness with a juicy flavorful middle and semi-dry, dry, dry, dry finish. Herbal, citrus and piney all rolled into one!

This is a great beer if you love hops. This is so well balanced for a 'heavy hop' lover though. It isn't too sweet from the malts and just malty enough to let those hop tastes bust out without ripping your mouth dry like the Sahara. Much better fresh as opposed to the bottle that is rough as all get up and go. This is incredibly SMOOTH!

Serving type: growler

10-19-2010 01:24:18 | More by cdizinno
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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1L growler into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark amber with a three finger offwhite head. Lacing is absolutely beautiful.

S- sweet citric hops...aroma is actually pretty weak for me. Rather disappointing.

T- slightly bitter, mostly citric. Pretty interesting flavor combination...its not nearly as bitter as a Hop Rod Rye, but its not also as sweet as a 2XIPA. The bitterness actually starts to fade away the little as I drink more...I'm getting more citrusy hops, maybe some more orange coming through, and maybe a little honey? Pretty damn good

M- its very thick, almost syrupy. It *feels* like you're drinking some simple syrup with some fruit juice mixed in there...yeah. Not too appealing

D- I don't think I've ever had thoughts this varied on a beer. I love the taste, don't like the body...looks nice, but the smell is weak. What gives? I guess I'll just split the difference and say its rather drinkable...but just one bomber in a night between 2 people would be fine. This growler could be an issue.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2010 22:55:14 | More by bigfnjoe
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South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is definitely the most bitter and hoppy beer I have ever had. This blows ruination away, achieving new levels of blatant hoppiness. Hoppy Halloween to me.

The lightly copper colored brew sits beneath a healthy head that sticks and lasts.

Hop explosion in both the nose and the mouth, citrus, pine, mint, bitter, bitter, bitter. Excellent. Definitely hop-forward, but the malt back is almost strong enough to hold this shit in...at 9.2 that just seems crazy to me. Hoppy.

Mouth is bitter, commandingly so, puckering like a good sour, but backed with a citrus and pine blast. Medium body, surprisingly dry finish. Nice.

Excellent, a bit expensive, but worth every penny. Excellent beer, highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2009 01:21:29 | More by grayburn
Photo of jbhuxley

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly filled growler, into a snifter.

Pours hazy copper orange in color with one inch of pillowy head. Incredible gooey lacing.

The most dominant smell is pineapple, which is backed up by a nice malty sweetness. As it warms, both pine and grapefruit start to emerge, eventually saturating the aroma with the scent of pink grapefruit. It smells incredibly sweet.

First sip; incredibly piney and bitter. It is a bit less sweet than I would have expected from the smell. There is a slight presence of sweetness, but the sweetness is totally muted by the lasting bitterness. A strong pine flavor is present, but it is completely trumped by the grapefruit.

Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. I'm don't think I can say that this beer is balanced, but I was in search of a HopBomb, and that is just what I got. However, it is not too off balance to affect the drinkability.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2009 03:21:56 | More by jbhuxley
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a dense white head that left a nice film of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of nice juicy hops, good citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange and a bit of a honey malt. The taste is like the aroma, juicy grapefruit hops, tropical fruit all of which is supported by a sweet honey malt and finishes with a piney bitterness. The feel is fairly thick but has prickly carbonation which prevents the brew from becoming slick. Definitely a bit sticky and sweet from the malt, finishes bitter. I like the juicy hop flavor but could do without the sticky feel and bitter finish. A very good brew but DIPAs don't really do it for me, I find that a hoppy amber ale can handle the high IPU's without being too sticky and sweet.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2009 01:46:06 | More by Gmann
Photo of ironlung


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery @ least once a week LOL

A: Medium copper hue with no head, but leaves a great lacing?!?

S: Like they put hops in a garlic press. Just juicy piney dank hops (harvester calls this one a pine cone beer lol)

T: Tastes like you made a beer out of the skunk buds from high school!

M: Pucker-up! (label says so). If you like this style you found the tip of the spear. Stands up to all the big-dogs!

D: Depends on how much of the day/night you'd like to recall!!!

Serving type: growler

10-14-2008 22:43:09 | More by ironlung
Photo of GregA135


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
Photo of ThisWangsChung


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
Photo of stephens101


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

"By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing… kill yourself.

No, no, no it’s just a little thought. I’m just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, they’ll take root – I don’t know. You try, you do what you can. Kill yourself.

Seriously though, if you are, do." - Bill Hicks

Hopsickle pours with a furious carbonation into two-fingers of quilted tan head. Color is a dirty brown with ruddy hues.

An aggressive hop aroma is checked quickly by strong notes of caramel, peach, and vanilla.

Long hoppy notes to the tongue, with the sweetness taking a timorous role compared to the aroma. Light fruits are noticed in the middle. An annoying chalky character lingers.

Medium to heavy in body and drier than expected. Alcohol is only noticeable as an afterthought.

Damn good example of a DIPA, but still don't know what the hell "triple" has to do with anything. I guess that's something I'll just have to live with.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:35:26 | More by stephens101
Photo of psoriasaurus


4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber. Poured into pint glass. SRM ~14, Generous, fluffy, cream-coloured head. On the nose, it definitely smells what I would expect a hopsickle to smell like! Aroma is pretty much all hop, and very complex. Fruity, spicy, and earthy notes combined. Robust mouthfeel. As for the taste, it is what is expected from the nose. Very complex, very bitter, all hop. This an outstanding example of an Imperial IPA!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:33:46 | More by psoriasaurus
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Hazy orange with a tall white head.

S- Massively hopped. A vewry astringent hop. A cat piss like aroma(in a good way). onion,orange and bold citrus.

T- A strong hop bomb, sticky sweet and hugely bitter. The flavor hits strongly with hints of pinapple, onion, A very astringent hop profile. An all too bold alcohol flavor. The malt is very plain. A bitter DIPA with a washed out hop profile.

M- Bitter, but fairly easy to drink considering.

O- Somewhat disappointing which I think can be blamed on the lack of bottling dates. Disregard my review if you got a fresh bottle because I think it made all the difference for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:22:17 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of BierJager89


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sneakishly dark orange (notes from roughly a year ago, which means they're likely accurate, but I have no idea why I said Sneakishly) with a creamy tan head.

S: Orange, pineapple, sweet nectary mango, in an amazing nose.

T: Pleasantly bitter citrus peel, orange, lemon.

M: Medium bodied, not overly carbonated.

O: Probably the best beer they make. I wish the flavor was more akin to the nose, but it's still a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:07:02 | More by BierJager89
Photo of hillvt4me


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

South Carolina

4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle

A: dark orange/yellow hue. Head rather dense and good lacing.

S: citrus, orange and hops/pine

T: interest bitterness, pine and citrus. Orange and malt balance out the bitterness.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, etoh taste is present.

O: Solid hop filled DIPA beer

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:00:50 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates

A: Pours a darker apricot orange with 2 fingers width of tan colored head. Head is dense, and has good retention before dissipating down. Leaves lots of lacing.

S: Citrus rind, citrus flesh- like tangerine, sweet malts, juniper, a bit of resinous pine.

T: Huge bitterness right from the first sip. Lots of piney and citrus rind bitterness. Orange and tangerine, lemon zest. Malt backbone to balance out the huge hop characters. Just a huge degree of bitterness, probably the most bitter beer Ive ever had (which may go without saying, but is a good thing).

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier side, ABV very well masked. The huge bitterness decreases the drinkability, probably want to share this bomber.

O: Overall, what beer. As I said, probably the most bitter IPA/DIPA Ive ever had. Very well done. A must try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:59:54 | More by zac16125
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a copper/dark gold with an off-white head that leaves some nice lacing

S-Citrus hops, hint of alcohol, hint of tropical fruits

T-Citrus hops at the forefront at the beginning with a super long lasting and bitter aftertaste. Most of the flavor seems to come in at the end and it consists primarily of raw hops. One of the more bitter versions of the style. The alcohol is well hidden. It is not as complex as other versions of the style but is one of the most bitter and hop forward I've drank.

M-Thick and syrupy

D-the bitterness and high alcohol content make this a sipper-it destroys your palate

Overall, this is a good version of the style and it is unique in that it is just straight forward hop power.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:47:53 | More by thegodfather2701
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Alberta (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

According to Mitch Steele in "IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes, and the Evolution of IPA", "triple IPA" can be considered a distinct style and this beer proclaims itself "triple hopped". Its not an idle boast, this thing is a mammoth, but its a cultured and refined mammoth just the same: Powerful and ungodly yet not without ample character. Pours a dark amber to orange shade, appropriately dark bourbon orange as per the style, and with a lot of tan head that takes a while to tame. Aroma is redolent with mixed citrus, rich dark malts, fermented honey, and rock candy. Very inviting. Palate is a huge blast of candied Curacao orange peel, red grapefruit, tangerine, culinary herbs, and green leaf, all spearheading toffee malts that provide just the right degree of sweet balance. Less tropical and more citrus/floral, at least to my palate. I get a little green scallion but not too much, and a pronounced rose and iris floral perfume like an additional bitter flower water component that somehow manages to hold its own against the massive pine and pot resin assault in the finish, that grows and grows as you wade through the entire pint. Ahtanum hops are particularly floral apparently (Woodske, 2012) and the Chinook and CTZ provide the bitter backdrop. My lips and mouth are getting numb and the endorphin rush is taking over ... Big pine finish that somehow veers away from coarse despite the raw power. I rank this right up there with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in terms of bitter potency but with an added layer of flavor complexity. Careful, the alcohol is well-concealed and this thing is 9.2% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:39:37 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours an orange/copper color. Huge friggin head. It's nearly solid too. Retains in a near obnoxious fashion. Can't get to the beer because of the damn foam wall sitting atop it.

S-The aroma is big but not as big as anticipated. It doesn't jump out of the glass but when you take a concentrated sniff you are greeted by a heavy aroma of rich grapefruit. Pine and rich caramel. Bits of booze.

T-I know this to be arguably the King Of Bitter. The first sip hits and after the gulp I'm initially unimpressed. Then about 3 seconds later, a nearly puckering powerbomb of bitterness sets in. It's long and unrelenting. Grapefruit infused with a chemically engineered bitterness. Lots of pine too. Huge 1,2 punch there. There is a fat caramel malt base that only serves as a boat where the bitterness floats in a predatory fashion.

M-Lives up to the hype. My molar just fell out. Boozy punch. Very resinous. Severed the buds off my tongue.

O/D-This one has evaded me for some time. It's as bitter as advertised. In terms of raw power, it's up there. It doesn't bring much complexity however. Sometimes you do just need a brew like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 00:40:20 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Mikecap


4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Chimes, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium copper amber with a nice frothy whitish head that fades pretty quickly, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell: Piney and earthy with some grass and great hoppiness. A bit of citrus but more hop forward, nice nonetheless.

Taste: Hoppy up front with a nice west coast pine character, some citrus fruit and more earthiness. Pretty bitter but real solid on the taste here. A bit of sweetness from the malt but not a syrupy malt bomb like some DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice crisp bitterness but good balance. Drinks very easily for its size as the alcohol is masked by great hoppiness.

Overall: This one impressed me. A nice bitter DIPA which is how I like 'em, not too malty. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 15:12:16 | More by Mikecap
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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip glass.

A rich amber, almost shading to copper. Poured with a lovely foamy head that left behind some substantial lacing as it subsided.

Nose is hops, hops, and more hops. Nothing particularly floral or exotic. It's not actually that overwhelming, but there's not much else to get. It comes across as focused rather than one-note though, and this was one of my favorite things about this beer.

Bitter, bitter, bitter. This thing is a hop bomb all the way. Unlike the nose though, it comes out a little muddled . Not bad by any means, but a little disappointing.

Very nice and crisp from all those bittering hops.

Not the most complex of the super-hopped beers out there, but there's something to be said for being straightforward. Not something I would have regularly, but I can see myself being in the mood to pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:20:47 | More by TXBulldog
Photo of dakotaben

North Dakota

3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slightly caramelly golden hue with a half finger tan head. Light lace left like hop shrapnel down the glass as I drink.

S - Hops. It really did not seem that aromatic to me, but what I did get out of it was hops.

T - Holy hops and bitter. Pine and lemon Rhine. Even the after taste leaves a strong hop. Decent taste of alcohol.

M - Fairly thick with low-moderate carbonation.

Overall - Whew... I guess I didn't know what to expect, but this was hoppy. Imperially so. Tripple hoppy, in fact. I feel that some hoppy beers maintain a balance and this does NOT do that. This is even less balanced than the US budget.

A little too much for me to drink often, but would drink again AND recommend to hop heads. Also, a nice strong, heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:42:11 | More by dakotaben
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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.