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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,510 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 132
Gots: 73 | 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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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Very nice copper gold color, high clarity and a nice fluffy white head with nice lacing

S-Big bright grassy, citrus, sweet orange aroma

T-Wow, big bitter back that lingers for quite a long time, a really long time... Big bitter, caramel-like malt balances pretty well considering the high IBU's. Not going to lie to you, this is not really my DIPA despite being one of my favorite styles: however it is a must try if you are big on the style. Fairly complex, just a hint of the malt complexities come out from under the vast load of bittering hops.

M- Really nice, viscus and smooth yet pretty light.

D-Overall a full on onslaught on the palate, you will have to mow your teeth after this one. A 12oz serving is about right as a nightcap, too much more is more than this wimp can take.

I hate that my review was a B+ for this beer, it deserves more. This is a great representation of how far the envelope can be pushed and still make a great beer. When it comes to DIPA's I like the super malty kind that mutes the bittering hops like 90min from DFH, or Avery's Maharajah. This beer shows what the Yakima valley has to offer in high IBU super-powered hops. It is great beer, if you are into Green Flash or think Pliny the Elder needs to kick it up in the IBU department this is your brew.

10-22-2008 03:07:28 | More by MinorThreat
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riored4v

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Reviewed on 5/20/08

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Clear, copper body. Beautiful rocky, off-white head that holds through the entire serving. Great lacing as well.

Smell...mmm hops and more hops. Seems to be good amounts of dry-hopping. Strong smell of citrus and grapefruit. Some nice piney notes. Mild sweetness.

Taste has a very strong, TIPA, aftertaste. Great amount of bitterness w/strong and lots of grapefruit. Simcoe and Chinook shine well in this beer. You can feel the hop resin cling to your throat. Very mild malt presence as well.

Mouthfeel is medium body, very oily, good carbonation with a slight stickiness.

Drinkability for me was great. Even with 9.2%, it hides it very well.

10-21-2008 18:07:11 | More by riored4v
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torchednoodle

California

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

A great hop bomb from Moylan's. I saw this one in BevMo about 6 weeks ago and picked up two bottles along with 2 bottles of their DIPA (also very good, but more easily found than this one). I wish I had picked up more of this.

Monster bitterness. Oustanding pine and cedar aroma. As I drink this, the bitterness taste bud region in my tongue goes haywire. Not sure what the IBU's are on this, but it has to be over 100. Lingering bitterness. I still can pick up on the malt backbone though. If I see this one again in the future I will buy a bunch up, I dig it.

10-19-2008 19:01:42 | More by torchednoodle
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

22oz bomber poured into a pint (split with a friend)

Pours an amber/copper color with a fluffy, cream-colored head that rose about two fingers. Good retention and scattered spider web lacing left hanging around.

Holy hops. Ruby red grapfruit juice concentrate. Oily hop resin, slightly floral undertone. Sweet malt.

Pine cones and grapefruit dipped in beer. Big, bitter uppercuts with every sip. One of the most bitter DIPA I have ever laid my lips on.

Slick, oily mouthfeel with a medium body. This is a taste bud killer.

From a hop lover, this was a little troublesome. About as bitter and sweet as you can get and a definite sipper. I absolutely loved it, but it just about pushed my limits.

10-18-2008 23:10:18 | More by ColForbinBC
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erikm25

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Poured my 50th review from bomber into tulip glass. Color is a medium fire copper with amber tinting. Head is a massive and bestial creamy two plus fingers. Retention and sheets of off white lacing were equally huge.

S: Strong complex hops and citrus with dripping resin that plunders the nose. The bottle says tomahawk, chinook, and anthanum hops. I could have sworn some cannabis may have been thrown in for good measure. The aroma is both bitter and piney with a nice sweet floral undertone. No hint of malt.

T: Huge bitter pine cone hops taste that delivers what the predatory aromas were preparing the mouth for. This one really is massive and stabs the taste buds with sharp little hop knives. Despite the puckering hops there is a sweet kind bud quality that makes this fun to drink especially if if you like the style.

M: Medium body with slick oily hops coating the tongue. When the taste buds awake from this anesthesizing stupor they are clearly groggy.

D: I had been waiting to try this one and I was beyond impressed. They clearly are not trying to pull any punches with this beer. It maybe almost novelty quality for anyone who does not enjoy a lot of hops but I will pick this one up quite a few more times in the future.

10-16-2008 00:56:35 | More by erikm25
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ironlung

California

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

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!!!

10-14-2008 22:43:09 | More by ironlung
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humanawho

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%

A - nice golden color and ok head retention and lacing

S - good sweet, floral hoppy aroma

T - solid hoppyness but a little rough on the backend, there is a nice sweet maltyness but it doesn't seem to blend as well with the hoppyness as i would like

A - fairly think mouthfeel which is nice

D - about what i would expect for this type of beer, one is enough for me

10-12-2008 18:09:19 | More by humanawho
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kenito799

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

22oz bomber poured into a pint mug. Thanks to tizzod for acquiring this insane brew.

The beer is a clear medium amber with little head or lacing.

There really aren't enough superlatives to describe this remarkable concoction. The aroma that leaps out of the glass is like having a bushel of fresh pine needles torn from their sticky, sappy boughs and pulverized in your nostrils, while 100 grapefruit skins are twisted simultaneously, showering you with citrus oil. Overwhelming. On so many levels this is just wrong...yet this beer needs to exist, just to demonstrate exactly how much flavor can be crammed into a brew. The mouthpuckering insanity assaults your palate, wrenching maximum simulation of tartness and bitterness from your poor tastebuds, coating your entire mouth with sticky hop oils, the effect lingering for full minutes, leaving your tongue gasping and exhausted. That's one sip. The next feels like a reprieve, as the malty and flavorful liquid seems to wash the palate off, only to leave your taste buds in even worse shape after the swallow. Yet you find yourself drawn to returning for more, sip after sip, making this beer remarkably drinkable, in some alternate-universe definition of the term, the same way you are drawn to chowing down wing after atomic-hot wing, eyes tearing, mouth burning. The European brewmasters of past centuries roll in their graves as we enjoy this atrocity. I may be a weak, pathetic excuse for a beer drinker, but I will have to recover from this experience for many moons before I try it again. Under no circumstances should one attempt to taste anything else after drinking this monster.

10-12-2008 01:15:03 | More by kenito799
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Color is golden-amber with nice thick head and good lacing and retention. Smell, as you'd guess, is pure hops. The smell I thought had a very spruce like hop smell to it. Taste is good, better than other Moylans I've had. Very hoppy with more of a citric taste to it but still some piney/sprucy taste to it. A modest malt background but here people all you're getting are hops. Mouthfeel was medium and prety smooth, slightly creamy. Overall a good beer. I have to say after the first 12 oz's my mouth was numb from bitterness. That, coupled with the high ABV, led me to a slightly slower drinkability score but overall for a Double it was pretty pleasant.

10-11-2008 03:29:43 | More by bunnyhustle
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Edit... Just had fresh bottle sent from Cali. MUch better!!!! (scores upgreaded)

Head was thick creamy and showed great retention. Lacing was moderate and patchy. Color was light amber with orange tones and very clear. Slight carbonation visible with very tiny bubbles.

Aroma was big and bold. Floral and of pine.

Flavor was a hop bomb like I've never encountered. As a hop head I have to admit this might be the boldest hop flavor I've ever encountered. The resin or oils are coat your tongue and to not let go. Starts hoppy, with slight sweetness behind. Then you get a sense of fruitiness but again the hops take center stage. The bitterness of grapefruit and a lot of pine notes.. Then it lingers with you for about a minute after you put the glass down.

Mouth feel is bold, big and thick. Sticky and oily. Drinkability is o.k., but this becomes a slow drinker as you savor the hop lingering effect.

Certainly an interesting beer and a must stop on every Hop Head's journey.

10-10-2008 00:10:43 | More by Reagan1984
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%

My review somehow was lost on this one. I have a few reviews on a word document. I don't have one of the other ones, but oh well.

This beer pours a nice 1 finger head with good retention.

Huge grapefruit, citrusy hop bitterness. There is a huge whiff of hops on the nose. This one should be a hop bomb.

Taste is a little bit of a let down compared to the nose. The beer is overly boozy and the malts get in the way of the intense hoppiness.

The alcohol astringency of this beer is too much.

I will buy this beer again and maybe age it a bit.

10-07-2008 03:38:21 | More by jasonjlewis
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%

Thanks to bitterbill for including this in a trade!

The smell is of pine sap with citrus (grapefruit and orange).

The taste is piney, sappy, citric - a heaping of hops with rounding toffeeish maltiness that is just enough to keep the puckering from hanging around too long, and to allow hop flavor to show off. Alcohol gives a slight warmth, but is well-integrated and not too sharp. As hoppy as this is, there is still balance to it. Finishes bitter and dry, but rounded.

Full-bodied, but not thick, it is both chewy and creamy. Too easily drinkable.

Super-hoppy, but so well-done as the "imbalance" is not only tolerable, but welcomed. A true hoppy work of art. A hop-head's delight!

10-07-2008 03:18:26 | More by jwc215
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mjryan

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Moylans is a great brewery. This is their other IIPA. Nice hazy amber colour with a big head. Good retention and tons of freakin lace. My glass still had huge chunks of lace on it this morning. Im talking 3D lace! Aroma is big piney hops and leather. Yeah leather. Flavour is pretty much the same. There is some nice sweet malts for balance and the bitterness is assertive without being violent (unlike their other IIPA). Good medium body and carbonation. The leather like flavour was just a little off puting, but not enough for me to really care. Actually it adds a level of complexity that is getting harder to find in IIPAs these days. A very nice beer.

10-06-2008 22:55:54 | More by mjryan
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

Amazing IPA from Moylan's. Nice amber appearance with a thin white head and a powerful floral hop scent. Respectable malt profile with an a$$-kick hop punch. Very floral, citrus hints and slight cut grass notes. Good carbonation - very nice to drink except the ABV and bottle size stop this from being a sessionable IPA.

10-03-2008 06:45:10 | More by BDTyre
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bifrostguard

California

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%

Bottle straight from the brewery...

A - Dark amber in the shadows, but when held up to the light becomes bright golden in hue. A nice, thick off white head that leaves prominent sticky lacing all the way down the glass is ever present. One of the most interesting IPA's to look at bar none.

S - Just the way I think a west coast IPA should smell. Floral and pine hops with citrus undertones. A musty, biscuity malt scent follows that adds to the complexity. One of a kind.

T - Fantastic is about all I can say. Imbalanced towards the floral, piny, bitter end with just enough citrus and malt flavors to hold it together. Quite resiny and pungent. Spicy, biscuity malts are overshadowed but still quite notable. When fresh, probably the most bitter beer I have ever had and a delicious one at that.

M - Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Dry and bitter inducing an almost uncontrollable tongue smacking effect. They should make meds to keep this side effect in check.

D - Bitter and perfect. I could drink this forever. My only wish is that this was a lower ABV so that I may drink more of it. It would also be cool if this was available in a can so that I could more easily take this into the back country with me on long hiking trips. Bottom line: Effing great!

10-03-2008 02:49:54 | More by bifrostguard
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

Please call the morgue, my taste buds have been murdered.

I've seen a lot of IIPAs called "hop bombs" without reason, IMHO. This, on the other hand, is less a hop bomb than a hop thermonuclear device (or thermo-nukleer...). My first taste left my mouth spinning with the bitterness. By the time I'd drained the glass it didn't taste so different than Furious or Masala Mama, indicating that my palate had been completely fried by the onslaught of six-figure IBUs. May as well dig into the Bud Lime Ice Light after this.

Fortunately, I love hops, but this was over the top even for me. Enjoyed it because of the wild uniqueness of the assault on my mouth, but one glass was enough to keep me in beer for the evening. Recommended for the experience!

10-01-2008 02:30:43 | More by maximum12
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Durge

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

This shows a clear amber color with a fair off white head that settles quickly with very nice lacing. The aroma is grapefruit hops and just a hint of maltiness, but this has very clear citrus dominance. The taste is a wholesome blend of grapefruit and brandy-like malt. Very smooth, very little evidence of alcohol, lots of bready malt goodness, some bubblegum and plenty of citrus bitterness. Quite drinkable but too good to guzzle. Not disappointing.

10-01-2008 00:59:56 | More by Durge
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +1%

a: yellow/orange body with a creamy head.

s: orange and grapefruit own this huge hop centered nose.

t: A bold and bitter brew, hops overrun this offering. This beer will pucker the mouth of even the most hardened hop heads. Damn, that is some hoppy shit! Juicy citrus hops rule the day. The only reason my taste grade isn't higher is the total lack of balance.

m: Full, resiny, sticky body.

d: the bitterness knock down the drinkability on this one. Seems like an example of the current bitterness arms race, each brewery trying to out hop the other. As overbearing, and unbalanced as it may be, I am still impressed by the amount of hop flavor they crammed into this bottle.

09-30-2008 00:38:44 | More by BradLikesBrew
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koopa

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

22oz Bomber purchased from Bottle Trek.

Appearance: Solid looking DIPA with an orange to copper appearance and a good amount of white frothy head. Some head retention and lacing.

Smell: Oh mama this one is a nice balanced blend of caramel malt with a ton of fresh floral hops. Both are prominently displayed yet the blend seamlessly producing a wonderful beer in the synergy.

Taste: Centennial Hops and Tomahawk hops take the main stage along with that caramel malt presence. To a certain degree, cascade hops might play a small backup role. While I'm usually not a fan of much malt profile in a DIPA but this example does it correctly for me. Just enough malt to counterbalance the hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit full for the style and definitely sticky. The beer is sufficiently carbonated which helps.

Drinkability: Standard for a DIPA in my honest opinion.

This is a well balanced DIPA that is not a 1 dimensional example of hops or of malts like some other DIPA's. Definitely worth a try although if any malt presence turns you off from a DIPA you will not like it.

09-28-2008 14:40:31 | More by koopa
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a tulip glass, an amber orange color with light foam and some average lacing. Aroma of strong, citrusy hops, and a very nice sugar-cookie malt background. Very floral, slightly piney. A lot of citrus in the nose on this one. Taste follows suit. Big hop punch in the front, hints of bitter orange peel, grapefruit, wonderfully bitter, a decent sugary malt, almost caramel like, but nothing can take away from this hop explosion. Very nicely balanced, considering hte enormous amount of hops. This is the way I like my DIPAs. Smooth, pretty drinkable for the bitterness and high ABV. I think I prefer this one to Moylander, as it's a little more refined, IMO.

09-27-2008 03:14:44 | More by KeefD
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%

this beer poured a murky orange with about a finger of nice thick rocky bubbles that stuck around leaving bits clinging to the side of the glass.

the hops seem to be very citrusy and piney at the same time. the beer also smells like it's going to have a nice malt backbone. i have high expectations. alcohol is detectable in the nose.

the taste is quite bitter at this time. straight pine tree and lemon zest. the alcohol is present in the taste as well. picking up grapefruit as the beer warms. the balance might be a little off for me on this one.

the mouthfeel is lush and full. expected for a west coast dipa.

overall, this is a very nice brew. it's a hopheads dream for sure.

09-21-2008 01:27:06 | More by deepsouth
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%

A slightly murky, amber colored beer with a thick, creamy head with some large bubbles in the head.

Smell is hoppy and resinous with strong tangerine notes and some woody notes. The malt is very present and has a sweet scent. A hefty, US Triple IPA smell.

Taste is immensely bitter with citric hoppy notes which taste like orange zest, lemon and tangerine. Wow, this is bitter. The sweet malt is trying to fight this bitterness, but it fails to do so and is only being sticky sweet.
A crazy, over the top beer which is hardly drinkable because of it's bitterness.
Thanks to northyorksammy for this beer.

09-17-2008 20:01:52 | More by Absumaster
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stumac

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%

this brew pours a murky orange color with a white head. the nose is very sweet, grapefruit, floral hops. the taste is the same as the nose, some other light fruits, very bitter finish, full bodied brew. I can dig it....

Is it just me or do most IPAs just kinda blend together when you've had over 100 different IPAs? Now I know there are awesome, ok, and bad IPAs out there but you know what I mean...

09-10-2008 16:39:50 | More by stumac
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

22oz. bomber into new Sam Adams glass on 5/13/08. Recovered from my notebook!

A - Slightly hazy orange/amber body with one finger of frothy off-white head that left ornate lacing around the glass.

S - Huge hoppy nose with juicy citrus fruit as well as hints of pine and flowers. Aside from the aggressive hop aroma, a waft of alcohol emerges as well as some sweet caramel malt.

T - Tasty hop bomb with grapefruit, pineapple and some floral hops balanced by a hefty caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body with an exceptionally creamy texture and soft carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter. The beefy alcohol presence emits a warm burning sensation on the palate.

D - Well, the name is certainly fitting here! Moylans packed an insane amount of hops into this brew, yet it still retains a nice malt balance overall.

09-10-2008 02:05:48 | More by ffejherb
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PatronWizard

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%

Triple hoppy she says. Lets do it!! Bomber to glass...

Semi-clear orange marmalade. Frothy white head. Looks nummy. Settles like whip cream in hot cocoa.

Smells like hops and ... oranges? Or some other fruit I haven't had in years.

Taste hoppy as hell alright. Flavor is OK, but not as enjoyable as other IPAs I've had. Big Ruination fan here. This beer has some kind of sweetness to it that I'm not digging. Which I believe is more in the nose than in the mouth.

Actually thats it.... when I go for a sip, the scent hits me as unpleasant, then a good taste follows. That's my review and I'm sticking to it.

Overall: the bad smell/good taste battle will keep me from getting another, but I imagine many, many people will see it differently.

09-08-2008 19:24:15 | More by PatronWizard
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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