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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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1,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 132
Gots: 69 | 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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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in tulip

clear, amber-tinted brown. decent head, fades to thin layer. pretty good lacing.

hoppy pine and citrus nose, obvious from the moment the bottle is opened. maybe some caramel and peach makes it through, with hint of yeastiness. but the hops come back and take over.

palate-wise, somewhere in the beginning, there is some sweetness (malt?), but soon the piney, resiny hops overwhelm. is this good? or bad? depends on your POV, i think. not too alcoholic, but it's there, along with some cognac and wood notes.

the bitterness will hit you outright, and finishes puckeringly dry.

that said, there is some nice, sweet contrast brought back to the fore when you pair this with some strong blue cheese. more of a hop sweetness rather than from the malt however...

the feel is smooth, with some silky quality, but alcohol comes in for a brief little burn. moderate carbonation gives substance.

i dunno... i like hoppy beers. i really do. but this one just seems like a waste of hops, especially given the current global supply shortage. there is little to no malt character that is perceivable, even with the aforementioned cheese pairing. i prefer my DIPA's slightly LESS unbalanced. in fact, i soon had a stone ruination after a rest of my tastebuds, and was reminded of how much more i enjoyed that beer instead...

i'm glad i got to try this, but if as i've heard that this will have to be reformulated in light of the global hop shortage, perhaps that's for the better...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 08:57:05 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's time to pull out the third of six beers here in the Second Unorganized Invitational, a very hoppy beer from Moylan's. I've had their Double IPA before, but this one is triple the hops instead of double, so I'm embracing for a palate smackdown. On to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, this beer shines cough syrup orange weaved with amber waves. The head is a bit low for a DIPA, and the head retention could be a little better to. Major tropical fruit aroma and an abundance of hops galore, and not overly bitter. There's some dried pineapple there too. Shall we taste it?

There is no doubt this is very hoppy, but it's quite smooth. Big and syrupy up front, then the hoppiness atarts to get intense and leaves lots of bitterness on the palate. Bitter citrus and a push of passionfruit seem to provide the "balance" to this beer. The bitterness starts to fade as it warms, which allows for sweeter flavors to emerge. (On second thought, it's still pretty darn bitter.)

Simply put, this is one crazy bitter ale, and not for the weak. This is not meant for drinking alone, this is for sipping with a food pairing. In comparison with their regular DIPA, both beers are very similar, though this one is just a little more bitter and intense.

We're halfway done with the Second Unorganized Invite, so stay tuned as we continue on tomorrow night.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:48:30 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mynie


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a ghetto pint glass all cloudy dark amber with a really wonderful, retentive white head. It's hard to get a good head on a beer this strong without it being overcarbonated. This looks juuuust right.

Smells freaking wonderful! Wow it's been a while since I came across a complex hop profile that was so well designed. The label says that this is a 5 hop (!) blend, and really I had to count that out twice because the hops all complicated each other so well I figured we were dealing with three, tops. The malt comes through as it warms as serves as a solid, bready backbone, but the real star of the show here is that otherworldy hop blend. Wow. Seriously.

(Here I must note that my beerhound cat, Vida, ran all the way from my bedroom to my computer desk in order to sample this beer. Please don't cry out about animal cruelty--I tried for years to get her to stop drinking beer but she just refuses and I've never once forced alcohol upon her. Anyways, what I'm getting at is that this hop smell was so strong that it was enough to rouse her out of a deep cat slumber and RUN two rooms in order to beg for a drink. It's that good.)

Tastes great, though not quite so great as it smells. Big hop profile starts out lightly spicy and moves into a greencitrus middle, segues into a grapefruit node, and then ends with the stabbingly bitter smokiness of the Chinook. The malt only pops up at the very end, cutting into the aftertaste.

Three Cheers to Moylans! I bought this at a Binny's for under four bucks! Comparable bombers from other brewers averaged 7 bucks each and some cost as much as 13.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 07:43:50 | More by mynie
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with bluemoonswoon, thanks Mark!

22oz bottle, served cold in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazy, orange/copper color with a huge off-white head of foam that fell some, but remained as a 1/2 inch head the entire glass, leaving loads of sticky, sweet lacing.

S - holy hophead Batman, this is one hoppy mo' fo'. Citrus and floral hop aromas fill the nose.

T - wonderful hoppy flavors tingle the tastebuds beyond belief. My mouth is numb!

F - medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D - enjoyable brew, a hophead's delight.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 01:38:31 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of david131


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super creamy looking with a cloudy, golden liquid and a beautiful white head.

S- Uber hoppy with a lot of pine and a little bit of vegetablly hops. Just reeks of hops.

T- So hoppy and bitter. Lots of pine, citrus, and vegetable. Also has a decent malt backing to keep this from becoming painful or annoying.

M- Very dry and clean on he palate. I swear I could feel the enamel coming off of my teeth.

D- Very bitter and hardcore. For the ABV this was a little on the intense side... but it was what was advertised.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 05:35:05 | More by david131
Photo of dbalsock


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a good dipa... It sits clearly and beautifully in the glass, with the excellent bottle conditioned head sitting fluffly on top. The smell is an abundance of hoppage, which carries over to the taste. I personally found simcoe standing out more than the others. The mouthfeel is very intense, and it left my palate quivering through out the night. That doesn't stop it from being very drinkable, as it quenches the bitterness and increases the bitterness with each sip. A great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 22:50:07 | More by dbalsock
Photo of Pencible


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy copper with light tan head. It smelled like orange and floral hops, along with creamy vanilla malt. It tasted like sweet oranges and cream with very bitter floral hops and some hops for slight balance. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a very strong and lasting bitter aftertaste. overall this beer had great flavor and body, and was very drinkable and enjoyable, although it could have used a bit more depth (perhaps through aging?).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:33:00 | More by Pencible
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, bright straw color with slight orange hue. Sticky white lacing. Aroma is all tropical fruit and ripe citrus, with strong sweetness. Starts off with a blast of ripe citrus and hop bitterness, but all wrapped in a sticky, sweet caramel malt body. Hops are less citrus pith and pine than ripe oranges and tropical fruits; nice hop flavors are reminiscent of the Plineys, but juicier. Unfortunately the malt sweetness is just too much, and it causes the body to be sticky and cloying in the finish. I'd like this much better if the malt profile were dried out a bit for a snappier finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 18:12:57 | More by bcm119
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to live in Novato in the late 1990's and went to Moylan's often. One of my many introduction to great craft beer. I'm excited to rate my first. Pours dark amber with a frothy white head that fades into a ring. Huge aroma of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Hops really dominate the taste. It presents REALLY bitter all the way through. Certainly a beer that will please hopheads, but I would have appreciated a bit more balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 01:33:03 | More by RomanW70
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 17:31:11 | More by russpowell
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to grab a few bottles of the highly touted Hopsickle during a recent visit to Moylan's. This was my first chance to taste it and my friend has been telling me it is something to be had as far as hops go. I can't wait to enjoy it.

A: Single finger thick, white head lies flat across an amber/golden pour into my favorite pint glass. The head presentation fades in a matter of a few minutes.
S: Strong aroma of hops abound at first nose. Thick citrus notes are present and mild notes of hay or dust are noticed.
T: Sticky, chewy hops! A strong piney hop character rest heavily on my palate. The citrus carries over from the nose to the mouth.
M: Body almost presents as chewy. The strong hop character doesn't lend to as much bitterness as what would be expected.
D: A hoppy and impressive IPA. Definately different from your usual IIPA with bitterness taking a back seat to strong hop presence. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:56:07 | More by d0ggnate
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber
Bottle also says triple hoppy

A: Poured into a snifter. Color is a dark, rich orange with tons of sediment floating around. The head is off-white and retains rather well, which leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: I can literally smell this beer a good two feet away. So much hop aroma. The Tomahawak, Cascade, and Centennial hop aromas are wonderful. Citrus, pine and other earthy tones. Tons of flower aromas as well.

T: Strong hoppy bitters are in this from start to finish. Some hints of iced tea, but a strong citrus, almost like biting into the rind, is present. Very green tasting if that makes sense, with a fair amount of citrus.

M: Mouthfeel is a little dry, but the high alpha acid hops will do it. Rather smooth for the style, and very palate pleasing.

D: I would say this is for true hopheads only. It is one hell of a beer and very delicious. A great double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:28:36 | More by paulthebeerguru
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy, golden orange, like raw honey. A finger of fizzy manila head slips to fuzzy islets. Veils of lacing valance the inside of the glass.

The aroma is all about the hops, at least initially, with orange, softer lemon, broader dry citrus, and light pine spice. The malt is mildly caramel and berry. Alcohol blinks on and off quickly, just registering.

Upon tasting, the hops again strike first, with very crisp, pulpy grapefruit, redolent with the five present hop suspects. The malt is credibly sweet, nicely caramel, and generally fruity, and is soon nosed out by a lupulin relapse of resiny pine. Alcohol is in residence but camouflaged well. A nibble of biscuit and bread is soon bested by bittering hops, resulting in a dry, almost dusty crisp finish. It's big, brassy, and hop-beasty.

Medium bodied, it has a healthy presence, but it flows well and sinuously, just a bit sticky and clingy.

It's about the hops, and not at all embarrassed by the fact. Sure, there's a measure of malt, but it's there to give the hops something to lean on after their oily exertion. The ABV is well-cloaked and sneaky, but it's well worth the hearty and heart-warming effect. Balance be damned, if hops be your heroes, look no further, for there be heroes aplenty here.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 21:36:07 | More by Foxman
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We have had three bombers of this at two locations. There was a wide variation in appearance among the three: one was extremely hazy, almost opaque, like someone with a liver complaint, whereas the other two were quite clear. The color, pale orange amber, was consistent among them. Appearance variation did not seem to compromise smell or taste which are superb. Floral, piney citrus hops, exquisitely powerful, deep long-lasting, plenty of citrus and pine and lingering bitterness. Definitely a sipping beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:32:04 | More by AylwinForbes
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2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - 1 finger, thick, creamy white head. Lacing. Golden and hazy.

S - Nose is of citrus hops and alcohol. Grapefruit, orange rind, and that's about it.

T - A hop onslaught. I've never experienced a hop bomb of this magnitude. All hops, tons of bittering hops, no malt balance even attempted, which is what they're going for. Starts great and finishes with the most bitter hop oil I've ever run into. Marijuana and grapefruit. Dare I say, too bitter.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

D - This is a true "one is enough". I can see trying it to try it, but it's not worth a second shot except for novelty, or to "out hop" your friends. There are much better, tastier, and easier drinking DIPA's out there.

Notes: This self-proclaimed hophead just hopped off the train. A genuine case of too much of a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:15:35 | More by SaucyA
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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey wheat color like a grahm cracker, kaki colored head leaves some good lacing as it fades to about 1 finger that looks solid

Herbal hop sweetness and citrus blend in this beautiful scent even a little apricot

Sweetness bits of caramel followed up with a hop resin smackdown tremendous give and take of sweetness and bitterness

good carbonation a good heft to the beer, a little syrupy, but good

easy drink, abv is well hidden very drinkable for it's complexity

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:01:08 | More by mully
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey Sloejams, thanks
L:Little off white one finger head. Cloudy burnt orange with just a tiny brown tinge to it.
S:Sweet candied blood orange right away. What follows is just a tiny tiny pine needle hoppiness. Thick cakey brown malt.
T:Nice caramel sweet up front. That deliscious candiedsweet blood orange follows up. On the back you also start picking up what I think is a wheaty caked malt.
M: A syrupy consistency with a thick warm feeling.
D:Once again a great DIPA baby. Classic in your face. I FRICKIN LOVE EM!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 05:10:33 | More by Scoobydank
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful dark honey, nice thick head slow to leave, clumpy and sticky with lots of nice lace.

S - Big grapefruit and pine dominate the sweet malt. Damn. Big ass IPA, fer sure.

T- Hot damn! Sweet caramel quickly destroyed by the bitter, side of the tongue destroying hops. Almost an ouch. It hurts so good.

M - Medium to full, good carb, very coating.

D - Big ABV, but that wouldn't stop me if I had a few of these on hand.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 04:08:50 | More by srandycarter
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I continue to explore the hop head realm, this one was a fun little stop. The complexity of the aroma scared me at first. There was some grassy pine ick ick smell lurking in the background. It was okay. The taste is as complex as the smell. The pine was there, but it didn't stand out. Big grapefruit finish rescued me from a bitter bite. Whoa! This one bitch slapped me and I sort of liked it.

A bit sticky but enjoyable. As a guilty pleasure, I could drink this and learn to drink it well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 04:28:01 | More by LittleBreeze
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New York

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

Bomber into a Thomas Hardy's snifter (which is becoming my new favorite glass for whatever reason). Really busy label, with a lot of information, cartoony hops, the awards it's won, a description, brewer signatures, a map to the brewery, and an email address. If I wanted people to pick up my beers over the rest, I would do the same thing, so kudos to Moylan's, and here's to my first of their brews.

Appearance: A hazy orange and copper colored brew with plenty of ferocious head retention, oily lacing, and nice things to see every time a pour happens.

Smell: An insane amount of bitter hops from the many varieties used is of course as the forefront, bombastically. Aromas of tobacco, dirt and grass, pine, flowers, citrus, and with deep whiffs and warming sour cherries and strawberry starts to come through. Powerful, tireless, and inviting.

Taste: Raucous and cacophonous hop oils all over the place, brimming with earthy rootiness and bitterness. Make no mistake: this is a beer for the hop head, and it makes itself apparent in such a way. What I like about this is the citrus and pine and acrid-ness from the hop oils later give way to a hugely lingering finish, where some fruit notes and sourness comes through, somewhere between grapefruit rind and sour cherries. Leafy, fresh tobacco comes through a bit also as it warms, with some spice and some vanilla, and overall greatly rich and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, very sticky, which is welcoming and expected from the hops all over the place, and a nice burst of carbonation at the end, fading nicely to contribute to the lingering finish.

Drinkability: I'm pretty sure I can put this in one of my new favorites for the style, and one that I would keep going back to if I could find it. 6 or 4-packs would also be great. For my first Moylan's brew, I'm more than impressed, and will be trying whatever I can find by them from now on.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 21:30:39 | More by asabreed
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3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours with a big sticky head that leaves webbing down the sides as it fades. A deep dark orange, uniform in color throughout.

Smell is a beautiful hop bouquet, rich and diverse. Heavy on the citrus, especially apricots. Pine is evident as well. Slightly sweet malt peeks through at times. Heavenly.

Taste is less the sweet hops fest I was expecting, and hoping for, and much more bitter and dry. Resinous, with a brutally bitter finish. "Pucker Up!" says the bottle. I see why. Would have preferred more nuanced hop flavor, and not an overwhelming bitterness beatdown. Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, matches the taste well, appropriate carbonation.

I love the style but find this pretty one-dimensional, compared to even DFH 90 minute. Would like to try it on tap. Smells great, taste can't follow through.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 20:06:37 | More by semihobo
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

orange amber with a white head that holls fairly well and leaves good lace. nose doesn't let me know about the boozy finish, but great fruit flavors abound. grapefruit, passion and the one that surprised me... pineapple. creamy, velvety, medium full. strong as hell. great nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 18:07:11 | More by timtim
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber with a label, not screen printed. Couldn't find any information on when this particular bottle was brewed.

Poured an orangish amber hue, with a slight amount of hazy but mostly clear. Small off white head that disappears rather quickly but leaves a ring of bubbles. Delicate lacing remains.

The nose on this beer was amazing. It definately lives up to its name. An all hop nose with grass, citrus and floral notes blending together.

Taste was my favorite part. Piney and grapefruit flavors are the most dominate. Very dry, crisp finish. The taste lingers in your mouth and beckons you to take another drink.

A very good beer. Definately something that I am going to pick up over and over. Drinkability is good, but the alcohol is definately there, and makes its presence known. Its a very hoppy beer but what else are you gonna expect with a name like Hopsickle...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 06:48:41 | More by snpub540
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber(hop bomber would be appropriate in this case), which warns the consumer to pucker up. A little hazy with an ample white head which leaves lacing down the glass.
Pine hops dominate the aroma until the beer warms up a little when grapefruit rind enters the scene as well. The aromas promise nothing but hops, hops, and more hops.
Flavors deliver on that promise in a big way. Bitter hops in the front, middle and finish of this one. Sweet malts attempt to assert themselves in the middle, but the hops beat them back down and totally shred the palate. This is an extreme beer for sure, exceptional hop character, serious nirvana for hopheads, almost too much for me and I love hops.
Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, but not unpleasant.
I had to work hard to finish this one. Alcohol and hops combine to knock the drinkability factor down a bit.
I don't know how many IBU's there are in this beer, but it's probably one hell of a lot. If you worship at the altar of the hop, you will love this beer. Everyone else, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 18:08:19 | More by kwakwhore
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very nice IPA! poured a nice light yeller color. with a nice head, carbonation and left nice lace in the glass. this is another beer that reminds me why IPA and DIPA beers are my favorite. nice rich hop aroma and taste. if my retailer had more i would get it more often.

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 13:01:09 | More by giblet
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.