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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 935
Hads: 1,613
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 148
Gots: 109 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 08-11-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up recently at Olivers in Albany. Hop bomb of delivery of Cascade, Simcoe, Columbus, Ahtanum, and Chinook Hops. Some malting. This is a feeding of hops. The appearance with a golden colour and white head, the aroma-hops. Just too much bitterness one-dimensional. Have enjoyed more balance in this style. (310 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and malt. Taste is much the same with some earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a high level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but very bitter beer that lives up to it's triple IPA billing. (570 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark honey with a pleasing and assertive orange and lemon peel nose.

Huge orange and grapefruit flavors with a nice and long lasting hop bitter finish. Big flavors and character in a big creamy mouth of lemon mousse with a back palate of orange rind.

The thick and creamy mouthfeel combined with the pure and clean lemon and orange flavors really adds a wonderful dimension and character to this big and flavorful IPA.

Drinks cleanly and has a genuine "quality" character to it. Nice effort and it will stand up to lots of big food flavors. (558 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice copper-orange color with a fairly-nice white head and a good amount of clingy lacing. Slightly hazy. The nose is quite strong with a load of citrus hops. A lot of orange rind as well as a pine of pine. A touch of alcohol as well.

The taste is quite bitter with a really resinous mouthfeel. The flavor ends up getting a bit jumbled between all the bitterness and a good dose of alcohol, but there are definitely some citrus notes. Good medium body with a nice bitterness. A solid DIPA, but not one of the best. (569 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a buoyant head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Strong caramel base with a nice dry hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a serious dose of piney bitterness with plenty of pineapple developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel flavors build, followed by a return to the hoppy bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warming effect

Drinkability: This is one I have been wanting to taste for some time and it doesn't let me down; nice hoppy DIPA, or TIPA as they call it (573 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that a brewery can be proud of. This beer really hits some hoppy high notes through aroma and with it's taste.

A- Is a fairly nice deep amber kinda brownish depending on lighting in the room.

S- Is wonderful. It's got one of the purest hop aromas I've ever smelled. A very stunning noseful of excellent hops.

T- Is of very hoppy. It's got an incredible tingle of bitterness that is the cure for any hophead that's getting thirsty.

M- Has some stinging sensations but for the most part it's pretty smooth.

D- It's a sipper, I don't know why anyone would even want to try and chug something like this. It's very good if you just sit back and enjoy the chaos on your tongue. (691 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am tickled to death to finally open a bottle of this famed Hopsickle. It's one of those beers that I wish I could tie a feed bag strap around the glass and walk around with the glass firmly planted to my nose. The aroma is that good!

Sticky resiny hops give a mouth-watering sensation from the orange rind aroma to the scent of ruby red grapefruits, pine, and fresh-cut grass. This beer is all about the hops.

Big flavors of graham cracker, barley malt, caramel, and syrup provide the sturdy backbone to support the onslaught of hop flavor and bitterness. The taste of hops are as bold as that of the nose and with identical character. Bitterness is very bold and easily cuts through the malts.

Lightly sweet and sticky up front, the beer allows the hops to take over at mid palate and never looks back. Though the beer finishes with alcohol dryness (a little bitter- paint thinner), hop dryness, and a light bitter astringency; the beer holds on to a bit too much unresolved sugars to compete with better (drier) Double IPA's. Still, this beer is way above the frey.

Notes on appearance include a standard protein-rich hoppy look of thick and froathy head of off-white foam; great lacing, and moderate haze (dry-hopping). Amber in color eludes to the sun-kissed barley toastiness (toffee).

Thanks natelocc787! (1,317 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite intense. Taste is a mix between a dry caramel malt bases with some intense bitter and citrus hops. Full body with good carbonation. This is really a one-dimensional beer but still well done and great version of a West Coast hop beast. (378 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Hazy amber with a thick ivory crown of foam.

Smell and taste: An intensely sharp hop aroma, a bit grainy and citric. Very full and rich. Brief notes of grapefruit and tobacco appear before the incredibly strong hop flavor hits the back of your tongue. Herbal, thick and oily but not at all astringent as some strong IPAs can be. The bitterness lingers on long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating, lively carbonation. Quite thick for a pale beer - I've had Imperial Stouts that were less heavy.

Drinkability: Delicious but extremely potent, 1 bottle is enough to decimate your palate. (614 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, from a visit to Belmont Station in Portland earlier this summer. What better offering to kick off Saturday's 'Hoppy Hour'?

This beer pours a hazy bright medium orange amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, marshmallowy, and silky pale beige head, which leaves some bleeding, drooping lace curtains around the glass in its stead as it slowly fades to nil.

It smells strongly of big oily pine resin, acrid citrus peel, and creamy caramel malt, with a small whiff of cold-suppressed booze. The taste is more of the same (thankfully, he said, with an air of joyous melancholy) - very bitter pine and grapefruit citrus hops, with a hint of green herbaceousness sneaking in, a somehow up for the job bready caramel malt, a touch of toffee, with a soft boozy wooden character rounding things out.

The carbonation is on the low side, just mildly frothy, the body a pretty stocky medium-full weight, pleasantly smooth, and perhaps a tad sticky. It finishes still locked in a battle of titans - Hopman vs. Maltboy.

Well the hype lives up to itself in this one. Hoppy, bitter, costume-bulging boozy, and with a decent, faithful, supportive, but still knows who the real star is, malt. Tasty, so drink up, up, and away! (1,232 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brought back to Chicago from central IL, where it was available for a couple months before it also showed up in Chicago.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color, spindly webs of lace that become concentric rings and full-on sheets of lacing as the glass is emptied. Foam has a almost resiny stickiness that echoes the big hop profile.

Aromas of resiny cannabis, grapefruit, with a swift punch of earthy hops.

Juicy grapefruit flavors, a ton of pale malt, and a ton of IBUs that give it a long bitter finish. As the hops take their sweet time to fade, there is a distinct numbing tingle on the palate. Velvety feeling with a nice fullness.

Not too big, you could still take a gulp of this if you really wanted to, sadist. ABV is well hidden, however the high IBU level would keep me from attempting a session. (827 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (2,251 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a small, foamy, white head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled peppery at first. It had a nice pine and citrus aroma.

T - It tasted peppery and spicy with a nice burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good DIPA. Nice balance with a peppery spiciness. (408 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy and cloudy orange with a huge, billowing, pillow like head two inches tall. The head just would not give up any ground, very slow fade. Left behind enormous amounts of gooey sticky lace. Fantastic lookng, perfect double IPA look. Smell could have been a bit stronger and that was really the oly downside to the thing. Major contributer here was the citrus hops. Very strong grapefruit and pineapple came through from the start, as well as some of the alcohol, which at 9.4%abv, should come as no suprise. As it warmed, more of a piney, resin type smell started to xome through. Taste was very smooth, not alot of carbonation here, but not really needed. Very strong and very bitter citrus hops in this one. The grapefruit alone will make you take a step back. Hints of pineapple as well, big alcohol taste that seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed. Big dry finish, left you wanting some more. This was a very smooth, very drinkable, and overall really good DIPA. It was a pleasure to try this and I look forward to getting some more! (1,046 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (605 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up at the recent Moylan's release at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark amber body showing nice clarity and layered with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Pleasingly fragrant, slightly sweet-scented hop aroma conveys large, deep notes of pine, citrus fruit, and flowers. Distant, lesser notes of malt as well.

Taste: Pale malts with a supposed crystal malt sweetness deliver an impression of caramel candy. A sharp, aggressive taste of pine resin, lemon wedges, and white grapefruit bears down on the tongue and unleashes a substantial amount of hop bitterness. The latter half is marked by a now continuous stream of hop bitterness, more caustic pith qualities, and some warming alcohol heat. Some hints of orange blossom develop late. Finishes expectantly dry with a long, bristling bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Lusciously smooth, downright creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pungent, intense brew, but a good one. If you're in the market for a mouth crammed full of hops then give this beer a try. (1,064 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of fluffy, off-white foam that settles quickly to a rocky layer on top of the very clear, amber colored body. Thick, sticky lace.

S - Pungent hops, lots of pine with some grapefruit and lemon. Some notes of basil and cedar as well. The hops dominate the aroma, but there is a strong malt backbone with caramel and a lot of toast.

T - Strong hop flavor and bitterness up front. Perfume like hop notes; basil and lemon with the sharp bitterness emphasizing grapefruit and juniper flavors. Rich caramel and toffee malt makes a valiant attempt to balance the hops, but ultimately fails as more floral hops and profound bitterness wash over the palate in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, chalky but not astringent finish.

D - Wow, hopsickle is right. I imagine this is what it would be like to eat the powder that is left at the bottom of a bag of hops. The hop flavor is very strong and the bitterness is even more pronounced, but somehow it is not astringent or harsh. The quality of the bitterness is exceptional, possibly because of the huge caramel malt backbone that it is utterly crushing. Not at all a subtle beer, but surprisingly drinkable and close to balanced for a sociopathically hopped, west-coast DIPA. (1,276 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9-28-2009, while tasting:

Hopsickle pours a cloudy dark-amber body beneath a frothy head of ivory that holds remarkably well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. It's initially a bit sparse as the head settles to a creamy cap, but beyond that it leaves creamy rings that meld together to make a solid curtain! Very nice.

The aroma is decidedly hoppy, offering grassy and herbal notes, followed by glistening pine, and then citrusy, berry, and tropical fruits (tangerine, strawberry, pineapple, papaya). A sweet, caramelish and sweetly bready malt base accompanies the hops, or at least tries to tag along.

In the mouth it's full bodied, and very dextrinous. It's pretty much like wort. And it's smooth as well, with a very fine bubbled median carbonation (thanks to bottle-conditioning). The hop acidity and alcohol, however, do affect the tongue, leaving a sharp zest that livens it.

The flavor is bold and brash, delivering piney hops and spicy alcohol right upfront. It becomes herbal and earthy, almost tobacco-like, and then Grassy notes emerge along with some fruitiness (tangerine, peach, papaya) that widens as you head into the swallow. Fortunately they all fall back onto the massively soft pillow of malt that makes it possible to get all of those hops there in the first place! Still, the finish is sharply bitter and rocky, splashed with alcohol and notes of bristly pine. It lingers hotly, and extremely dry. For a beer that's only labeled at 9.2% by volume, that's really hot! And to be honest, I don't quite believe it. It's got to be higher than that. But OK...

... as to drinkability, we have at least four facets to look at.
#1 is volume... How many servings can you enjoy in one sitting?
#2 is overall enjoyment, as in "how many servings would you like to enjoy in one sitting, if you could?"
#3 is, how many servings can you enjoy before you lose your sense of taste? And...
#4 is how many servings can you enjoy before you pass out from the strength?

I don't know. In a way, after having a lot of hops and malt and heat thrown my way I kind of like the almost vodka-like heat of it. But I've only had 12 ounces and I've already passed beyond the ability to properly taste, so I guess that makes sense. And, it's made me a little tipsy. So what now? Well, like many strong beers, I just sip it. But the flavors are lost. So at this point, why not just drink vodka? The start was great, a big freakin' explosion of hops and malt and alcohol - but like most explosions, it was powerful but short.

I've thrown the numbers in as I see them, all 4's. The appearance almost clocked a 4.5, but it wasn't quite there with all of that haze and just not enough lacing to match. And the aroma was very good, but not great. I've had lesser flavored IPA's that have put forth a much more aggressive aroma. And the flavor is solid, but choked. It comes out in segments, rather than delivering as a rounded whole with spotlights on different elements of it. And although it is kind of balanced, the alcohol is quite hot, which is never good. So for drinkability I give it a 4, and I even question that. "Dis" me if you may, but I've had better double IPA's. (3,188 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy burnt orange color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with floral hops along with citrus sweetness and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is extremely well-balanced. The intense floral hops bitterness, fruity sweetness and caramelized maltiness all hit you at the same time and compliment each other very nicely. The sweetness fades after a bit and leaves a major hops bite that strengthens as the beer warms. The after-taste is mostly hops bitterness with just a touch of residual sweetness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy especially if you're a hophead, not very filling, nice kick, excellent representation of style. As much as I liked this beer, I'll confess that I didn't drink it down as quickly as other beers in the style. However, it's a very good beer and a good one to grab if you want good hoppy shot in the mouth. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,160 characters)

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly fogged amber with a nice crème head that falls fairly quickly. Nose is very nice. Tangerines, and a distinct citrus hop edge are there. Flavor is thick citrus hops with a strong bitter tone. Salty edge is there as well. Feel is sticky on liquid with a lower carbonation. Overall this is okay. For what it is, there is a decent enough balance there. More of a novelty beer than one to really sit and enjoy. (428 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in AZ at Plaza Liquors (Based on notes)

Pours amber with 3 fingers of ceam colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Pineyness & grapefruit

T: Piney hops & a bit of doughyness hiding up front. Much piney bitterness & some traces of honey malt when warm. Finishes with some caramel & tons of grapefruit

MF: Chewy, but I need more malt backbone to cut this hops onslaught. Fairly low carbonation

Drinkability was bit of struggle for me. Hopheads will love this but, I tire of the grapefruit taste sooner rather than latter. One bomber was enough to waste my tastebuds. One to seek out if you like in your face hoppyness (641 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

My notes are unfortunately unclear as to where I first had this. Poured a slightly hazy amber-brown, with a nice finger of white head that retains rather well. Big piney hops in the nose, with lots of citrus fruits going on. Nice, hoppy taste with an explosion of citrusy fruit salad, and just enough smooth malts to give some balance while still letting the hops take control. Medium mouthfeel, dry finish, and very drinkable. (451 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

9.20% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Bottle was $9.00 USD at a local SoCal bottle shop. "Hopsickle Imperial Ale." Brewed with Tomahawk, Chinook, and Ahtanum. No bottled on or best before date. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Label is pretty uninspired and cheap looking.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger soft beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great (~6 minutes) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light thin lacing as the head slowly recedes. Nicely frothy. Typical of the style but well executed. It's not unique or special, but it's well done within traditional conventions. I see no overt flaws.

Sm: Delightful nectary and piney hop character, with pleasant hop oil. Little bitterness is detectable. Fragrant fresh floral hop character. Pale malts. A bit of grapefruit citrus zing. Some fruitiness. Resinous. A bit grassy. All around an appealing aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Pleasant, fresh, and well executed for the style. The hop choices seem good, and the lack of detectable bitterness is a great sign for the balance. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Pale malts form the foundation. Grapefruit zest is a bit overdone, giving in an unpleasant bitterness that undermines the otherwise decent balance. Good nectary character; I'd say there's honey here but I know better. A bit piney and oily. Hemp on the climax, where it mellows out a bit. Adequate sweetness. The crisp citrusy notes that aren't grapefruit are a highlight. I just wish the balance wasn't so problematic. Another case of a brewery dumping in hops with no eye for balance; having higher IBUs than another IPA does not make yours better. All around, it's a decent double IPA but it suffers the usual problems of American brewed examples of the style. The complexity is there, but there's little subtlety. To its credit, it hides its ABV well. No yeast character comes through. I like the grassy character of the body.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with buttery oily character as well from the piney hops. Carbonation is good, if a bit overdone. Pretty good palate presence. Not too sharp like many IPAs. It doesn't lack body. Suits the flavour profile fairly well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: All around a drinkable enjoyable brew, but its balance issues really hold it back. That bitterness needs to go. A decent offering from Moylan's but nothing to write home about; there's no lack of better offerings in this style here in California, and many are available at a better price point. Hides its ABV well. I might try it on-draught, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Many will love this, but I am not among them. Some of us value balance and subtlety.

High C+ (3,097 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing copper orange amber hue with a large bubbled off white beige head, head sticks around with great retention and really clings to the glass with every sip. Particles of sediment and possible hop chunks float freely in a suspension state these beer is quite the slurry. Aroma has big barleywine like accents raw west coast hops a flowing with citrus grapefruit and Cali kind bud herbaceous tones as well. Really pungent flow with a blend of tart semi sweet caramel malts, paired with alcohol that is most definitely not hidden in the nose. Flavors clash with green hops full of grapefruit peels, blended herbaceous botanicals, and fresh cut grass along with a funky pine character as well. Basically many hop varieties were harmed in the brewing of this beer, the rush of alcoholic malt components sits heavy with big near burnt caramelized sugars and mild syrup notes. As the palate adjusts to the pure bitterness this brew has, and more of the slurry custard yeast sediment reaches my glass the creamier the malt sweetness becomes. Reminds me of the triple hopped Devil Dancer but definitely with much more finesse. Mouthfeel for the hopsickle is much like that of a thick hop flavored milkshake full bodied resinous hop oils flood the palate and the carbonation is somehow smooth and creamy crazy. Alcohol is more hidden with the full bottle blending in my glass or my taste buds have been desensitized by the madness known as Moylan's Hopsickle. Drinkability is way too easy to drain this once the yeast sediment blends in I'm loving the fact that this brew looks like there's yeast chunks floating in it along with other gelatinous proteins quite a treat one original beer that I will always keep in mind. (1,725 characters)

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.