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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92
outstanding

1,594 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 147
Gots: 105 | 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 barczar
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Way bitter for my liking.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one-finger white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, and big piney hops.

T - There is a citrus peel and piney hops right upfront. Once the citrus fades the bitterness kicks in. The bitterness is aggressive and lasts through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry mouthfeel.

O - This is one big bad DIPA. Lots of piney hops and aggressive bitterness.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Max's on 7/23/14 (from notes)

A: Lacing and copper colored.

S: Hops, all day.

T: Bitter as hell. Along with pine, that is the taste. I don't usually get this even with some of the other big IPAs out there.

M: Smooth with light carbonation.

O: Unbalanced but hoppy and bitter as hell.

Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearence very deep orange copper Thick very appetizing.

smell very multi with fresh deep hops but enough citrus adds sweetness in the smell

the taste is it exactly like the smell very smooth rich deep a bit creamy very tasty beer

very smooth mouth feel.

Overall a great beer

Photo of dsservin
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a nice copper color. Does have a strange smell (not bad, just unusual) Heavy on the bitter side with a hint of citrus/sweetness. Hops on hops on hops but still went down incredibly smooth. Very tasty. Would definitely recommend.

Thanks for reading!

David S.

Huntington Beach, CA

Photo of GregA135
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  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.

Photo of stephens101
3.79/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.51/5  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.

Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of zac16125
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Mikecap
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of TXBulldog
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of dakotaben
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy dark orange/amber. Lots of conditioning poured into the snifter. Foam looks fluffy. Has a taupe color to it with good lacing stickiness.

Lots of pine, resin, hemp oil, malty orange, toasty sweetness, and a spare citrus melange. Not picking up a lot of grapefruit just yet, but I'm sure it's there.

Peppery spiciness of hops and booze. Piney and woody, yet dank. Furnished with bitter, almost sour, orange and floral hops, too. Lots of sticky pine and toasty grain maltiness. Hints of rind and treacle. Big and tough.

Booze, it's got a lot of, but very withstanding. Body is medium. Carbonation loses steam throughout the drink, but it still a little sudsy after the opening onslaught.

A really good DIPA. Piney and prickly. Named almost perfectly.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopsickle pours a darker copper color with a nice lacing head. There is a strong hoppy and floral aroma. The taste is weaker, and rather balanced. Again weak feel, almost watery, some awkward harsh bitterness at the end. Overall its an okay IPA, the weak flavors make it more drinkable but its not the most enjoyable.

Photo of Oakenator
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an amber-orange-brown with ample head. Head disappates well to a thin layer on top of the glass. Spotted lacing present.

S: Piney, sweet, hoppy, but something holds it back from a higher score.

T: More pine and spicy hops. Plenty of malting present to offset the high bitterness. Stays bitter throughout where many Imperial IPAs have more of a sweet taste. Excellent.

M: Slightly larger carbonation disappates on the tongue quickly. Flavor lingers on the tongue and cheeks a bit.

O: Really great brew.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep golden in color, almost orange. Slightly hazy. Bone white head retains at a half inch. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Dank and resiny. Lots of bitter, pulpy ruby red grapefruit. Lighter notes of mango and tangerine. Estery scents add a touch of starfruit and pineapple. Spicy alcohol in the background. Toasted grain and bread, faint caramel. This smells like it'll be a beast.

T: Gargantuan wave of face-melting bitterness. Intensely bitter and spicy hops. Heavy resin, aggressive spicy herbal edge, ruby red grapefruit. Just a coarse, rough hop onslaught dialed up to 11. The bitterness never subsides, and it actually builds if you can believe it. Catty. Fleeting notes of tangerine and other tropical fruits pop out here and there. Toasty and biscuity malts barely make it through. Spicy spike of alcohol toward the back. Tongue clamping spicy and resiny bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. Hop astringency lays down a heavy enamel scraping feel. Alcohol warmth.

O: This beer is nuts. I've had a whole lot of IPAs and DIPAs in my time, but this one still takes the cake in terms of overall perceived bitterness and hop punch. This is the holy grail for all you hop junkies out there. You almost have to be a masochist to enjoy this. Pit it against the hottest wings or the most intense peppers you can find. It will hold its own.

Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, hazy. One finger orangish frape head. Good retention for abv. Nice lacing as well. Moderate carbonation. Tiny bubbles.

S: Dank. Lots of tangerine and grapefruit pulp and a ridiculous amount of caramel and spice from the malt.

T: Bitter. That's for sure. Begins with the same ripe citrus pulp combined with the malted sweetness is overloaded with hoppiness. Mid swig and it's on. Blast of floral hoppiness runs through until the finish, where it turns a bit astringent. Aftertaste of tangerine that lasts for minutes.

M: Medium bodied. I was worried with the 9.2 abv that this one would feel over the top. It is, but only the tiniest little bit. The slamming hop bitterness distracts from the somewhat round nature of this beer's mouthfeel.

O: Winner winner. Damn bitter. Damn good. Damn, it's $14 a bomber?! Still, it was worth trying.

Photo of Hatzilla
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A deep clear amber pour with a one inch foamy head which leaves minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts, honey, cantaloupe, grapefruit and more grapefruit.

T - Like the nose, tons of grapefruit with some honey and caramel malts, finishing with more grapefruit and a touch of aspirin. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Smooth and oily with a dry, bitter finish. The bitterness hangs around the tongue forever after the last sip. Carbonation is medium.

O - A tasty, bitter DIPA with a well-hidden 9.2 ABV. Give it a try if you love hop-bombs, otherwise avoid.

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.