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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

1,516 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,516
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 133
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of KeefD
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

KeefD, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

deepsouth, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Absumaster, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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...

stumac, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ffejherb, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PatronWizard, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Nice dark golden color with a foamy white head. Head trails soap bubble lacing down the glass. As expected the smell is mostly hops. Hops takes on a piney note with some tobacco. Taste matches the smell with very little noticable malt. There must be some there but it really dosn't show itself. Some alcohol shows itself. Hoppy oily mouthfeel. Not what I would call drinakable in a beer but certainly one I would go to if I was looking for a hop bobm. Nice name too.

beermanbrian, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok I admit my bottle sat in my cellar for a month but I was surprised how drinkable this beer was for a feared hopmonster. The nose was very hoppy but I really enjoyed the malt backbone that anchored down the oily hoppiness on the finish. In fact as the beer warmed up it tasted more and more like a barley wine. Very nice beer that was not a one note wonder.

canucklehead, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear medium gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Above average head retention and average lacing.

The smell is another massive hop permeating sensation. Lots of grapefruit and grass, not much fruit at all to speak of, and no malt presence at all. Something describing itself as a triple IPA...no surprise there but I hope the taste does indeed have some indication that malt was used. Oh yeah, some booze hits my nosebuds but not much.

The taste..ok..this one is bitter and I *do* mean bitter. Grapefruit at its most bitter, some grass, I want to say there's some other fruit here but I'm finding it hard to find it. The malt? I *know* it's there some where but I'll be danged if I can taste any sign of it. Bitter, bitter, BITTER!

Ok, I'll settle down now. Mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is very brisk, it finishes..you've guessed it..BITTER! This is a real palate killer and I won't have another brew tonight after finishing this bomber, not because the abv is overpowering as I think it's hidden well. I don't think my tastebuds can taste anything after this monster of an Ale. And that's a shoot.

Bottom line: I'm glad I drank this after trying some other brews. I think it goes over the top for the style when it comes to a hoppy brew. When I finish this bottle, it will be my last encounter with Hopsickle.

Bitterbill, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head and carbonation.

Smell: Sweet grapefruit aroma, pretty strong.

Taste: Gives a nice sweetness before the bitter grapefruit kicks in. Good stuff.

Drinkability: Goes down easier than a 9.2% should.

I had the other Moylan's DIPA years ago but I like this one better. More sweetness and nowhere near the astringent quality of the Moylander. A good DIPA.

Mdog, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely hued orangey amber color with a slightly jelloed glow to its body. Hugely immense topping of thick frothy foam builds up quickly and hardly moves from there once its poured. Which inspires lots of lacing in huge shelving sheets and sticky patches.

Unwholey awesome nose of sticky, sweaty, drippy, hop resins that screams orangesickles, fuzzy peach pops, lemon/lime sprinkles, and full hop cone scoops in a lightly toasted malt bowl of nose-a-rific goodness. Super duper fresh and amazingly sticky in sensation with a melange of mammothly mushed up citrus juices and pithy pulp and peels. Nice grassy touches and towering hop cone freshness. There needs to be a candle that smells like this one!

Taste is quite nice as well. Quite broad and lengthy with a firm toasty realm of malting while orangified crispness of citrusy things develope quickly over the top and open a array of pithy peels and juices. Peach, grapefruit, orange, lime, and lemon all make a mess of freshly brewed goo as tinges of grassy leaves and hop cone resins floralize the bittering goodness thats very delectable and easy to grasp as it finishes.

Firm medium body with a feathery hopped up dryness and slight pulpy juicy ascent of crispness and bitterness thats tamed well with a moderately toasted front and floating hoppy finish of citrusy fluff and flowers.

Super easy to drink and dangerously so as its higher ABV is hard to find or encapsulate in any of its character. Damn yummy stuff and dreamy "hopsickle" nose to boot!

tavernjef, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours an amber hue with three fingers worth of head on it. It left great lacing on my pint glass. The nose is pretty potent on this beer with the the hop cone being the sole focus. There is plenty of citrus fruit, grapefruit peel, earthiness, and sticky pine as well. I am not getting much in the nose in the way of malt though. My first sips of this beer is a fairly intense rush of bitterness followed by a slight bit of syrupy sweetness as well. The hop bitterness is hard to pin down and is all over the place. I get quite a bit of oily hops, citrus fruit, tobacco, pink grapefruit, and lots of sweet caramel trying to balance the flavors out. This beer is just all over the place, and after about eight ounces really became to much for me. I couldn't really pin down any of the flavors and the malt sweetness was completely separate from the over the top hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was slick and oily that was medium bodied with the alcohol quite present. The drinkability is only good for me for about six ounces of this beer, and after that fell off quite quickly.

I think of myself as a hop-head, but this was one of the most unbalanced and unpleasurable DIPA's I've had.

TheodorHerzl, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear tangerine body. Thin yet bubbly stained white cap. Lacing is slight but comes in frequent thin rings. This IIPA smells fantastic. All that oily resiny goodness of the hop cone concentrated into vapors of goodness. The nose has got some of the prerequisite citric grapefruit like aromas. But it has more of the pungent, pot-like, resiny oiliness...and I actually like those a little more. First sip brings all that greasy hop goodness to the palate. Bitter and pungent and grassy and oily. This one is right up my alley. The bitterness isn't too abrasive, but you damn well know it's around. It scathes the tongue a little. And the hop flavors aren't all delicate and pussy foot fruity. They're down and dirty and grimy and greasy. This is hop nectar of the gods. Best name for a DIPA as well. Great great stuff.

Bighuge, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smallish creamy white head that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some melon, piney hops and alcohol.

The flavor is hops, hops and more hops. There's a little sweet malt and maybe a touch of fruit initially. That is quickly taken over by harsh, resiny, charred hop bitterness that lingers throughout the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and slightly syrupy.

Overall, this is the biggest hop bomb I've ever had. It's completely unbalanced towards the hops. Unfortunately, I didn't really care for the flavor profile. It seems like overall bitterness was targeted and it's not that great to me - just a charred bitterness with none of the fruits or pine that I normally like.

Beaver13, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a really good looking amber color with a sticky off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma features a lot of hops that is not surprising from a West-coast DIPA, with a solid malt presence in the background as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the hops, with a length bitterness in the aftertaste. There is also a good amount of malt in the backbone to help balance things out a bit. However, there is no question that the hops steal the spotlight in this one.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very solid IPA, but I don't think I would want to drink more than a bottle of this in a sitting.

Overall, Moylan's Hopsickle is another great example of what a West Coast DIPA is all about. Hops, hops and more hops. Recommended.

cjgator3, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of gpcollen1
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bugger into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Head jumps a bit but settles to a skim. Aroma is rich and sweet with just a musty hop presence.

Taste hits much harder - Resiny and obnoxiously sweet yet balanced enough to keep you wanting more. The sweetness gets shopped off by a very dry and bitter hops.

This one is a bit thick and creamy and with it's dryness, really coats the tongue and eventually leaves you wanting more. Alcohol pops in here and there but the brew seems to carry you through it.

gpcollen1, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with friends. This is a good DIPA, but the bar is high in this style and it can't match the hops flavor depth of the great ones. There just isn't as much on the palate. Yes, the spicy citrus hops are nice, but I want more. I'd also say that there's a bit too much syrupy malt character, which overbalances the bittness. I will say, however, this beer does at least have a good tongue-coating bitterness that lasts and lasts.

tempest, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer on my wish list for a long time. Picked this up today at Hollingshead's Delicatessen - The color has a great amber/orange glow with a four finger head with some good lacing. The nose has a pleasant perfume and wet flower aroma and a hint of pine.
The taste burst with fresh orange & Bannana fruit then quickly takes a dry hop sting of citrus and white pepper. The mouthfeel is balanced fairly well with sweet caramel and a slight toffee flavor. The brew ends in a dry lime fade that last for some time.

athensbeermaster, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shard 22 oz bottle with two friends- poured into a snifter. Pours a very hazy orange with a good size white head. Very floral aroma with a good deal of citrus too. Pretty heavy on the nose.
Tastes similar- lots of hop bite up front- grapefruit mostly and some grassy flavor too. Nice finish - sweet with a bit of candy flavor malt to finish. Very fgood DIPA- which I have had a bunch of lately. I like the aroma and the fact it is not too malty- yet not just a hop bomb either.

DrDogbeer, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Tolann
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange in color. white foam that leaves some lace. Rather clear and not a lot of bubbles.

S - Lots of hops! Kind of citrus, but I think there's some floral/grassy hops in there too. Can something smell sticky? All I'm getting is sticky hops, not that that's a bad thing

T - Big sticky grapefruit hops. Oh wonderful hops! Nothing more in this world is needed

M - A little dry at the end. It mildly sits at the back of your throat. Not too harsh of a hops bite, but still not balanced. Medium mouthfeel

D - This is leaving my glass all too quickly. Even the 9.2% abv doesn't slow you down. Really good, hoppy beer

Tolann, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly orange in color, mostly clear in the body. White head is very nice and bouncy, jumps almost out of the glass at first. The head doesn't retain much in volume but it's there the whole time. Some nice looking, spotty lacing.

Tons of hops in the nose, mostly fruity but enough pine to keep things interesting. Lots of malt in there as well: this smells like a big ass beer.

Very sticky and sweet with caramel and Crystal-like malt. The hoppiness is powerfully bitter, mostly grapefruit along with less intrusive forms of tropical fruit. The pine seems to have fallen away.

Almost syrupy this beer is so thick. Tons of mouthfeel, really large body. This is a very balanced and thoroughly big beer, but I thought the brewer's hand was a touch heavy with malts.

BretSikkink, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of opwog
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A - orangey-amber, nothing really special in the appearance. Head was a mix of large and small bubbles.
S - The aroma on this is excellent! It bounces between fruit sweetness and herbal textures.
T - It lives up to its name with each sip feeling as if it was hoped just for you.
M - medium body and even a little light for the alchohol. The hops have such a presence in this beer that they not only deserve recognition in the smell and taste, but in the mouth.
D - The first one ends leaving you wanting more.

opwog, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewerB in a trade - thanks!! Poured (the whole thing!) into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: This glass really does this beer justice - it's a clear, bubbly copper penny-colored beer with a foamy, light tan head, but it seems to have an internal light all of its own. Tons of orange and red hues mix and intermingle, and dozens of rivulets of pinpoint bubbles stream forth from the base of the glass, arc up around the edges, and finally come up to rest beneath the head, joining the others to form honeycomb-like formations along the edge of the glass. Lacing's great too - both streaky and foamy, moist and runny-looking while still holding its shape. Wow.

Aroma: Like getting punched in the face by the sweet, sticky, oily lovechild of a grapefruit and a pineapple. A few lighter floral and herbal notes - the first beer I'm going to venture to suggest I smell tobacco in - and, what's that? Caramel malts? Weird. A Centennial/Cascade lovefest if I've ever stuck my nose into one.

Taste: A persistent, biting, puckering bitterness throughout - though it's particularly prominent mid-to-end sip - and a few lightly toasted and sweet malts. Now that I've gotten THAT out of the way ... it seems there are some hop notes here. Wait ... yes, definitely a few hop notes. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon are prominent, but as it warms up (which it did - remember, I poured the whole 22 oz. bottle out into this snifter), the leafy, sticky, juicy tobacco and other slightly spicy and bitter, piney herbal notes rear their delicious heads. The bitterness and flavor peaks seem to hit at the same time you'd expect alcohol heat/harshness to hit, so ... where's the alcohol!?!

Mouthfeel: Sticky yet slick and oily, fluffy and rocky yet smooth and even. Very well done.

Drinkability: Again, where's the alcohol!?! This is one tasty and hoppy beer, tons of sharp, biting bitterness, and although I know it's up there, it's crafted well enough to cover that 9.2% up fairly well. Highly recommended.

CrellMoset, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange with a rocky, beautiful off-orange head. Fantastic lacing that reveals rings with easch sip. Splendid.

S - Hoppy with earthy citrus. Nothing spectacular.

T - A hop bomb. Dominated by pine but with mild grapefruit and a nice caramel sweetness and Scotch-like peat that's in check. Yum.

M - Modest carbonation with an almost dense sweetness. That slick hop oil coats every cell of one's tongue.

D - At 9.2% this ale can settle scores. Not recommended with food but would pair nicely for a warm afternoon on the deck.

pinotboy007, Aug 03, 2008
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,516 ratings.