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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 132
Gots: 68 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RootedFool on 08-14-2005)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 01:40:26 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-08-2012 17:50:10 | More by t0rin0
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 05:28:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

02-28-2013 22:13:10 | More by djrn2
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 13:28:22 | More by Thorpe429
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 23:05:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 00:56:26 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 01:47:47 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-28-2011 23:11:30 | More by nmann08
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Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 17:51:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.33/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:01:06 | More by BEERchitect
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-02-2011 15:24:09 | More by kjkinsey
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 23:21:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-24-2013 23:02:01 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-26-2012 09:03:38 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-09-2013 23:24:43 | More by spycow
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North Carolina

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 02:05:42 | More by oberon
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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 18:05:15 | More by Knapp85
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 19:23:18 | More by GRG1313
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 15:45:30 | More by emerge077
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:44:33 | More by zeff80
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 22:14:18 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:40:21 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:37:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-11-2013 00:36:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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