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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

1,531 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,531
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 138
Gots: 78 | 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 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?).

Pencible, May 09, 2008
Photo of bcm119
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.

bcm119, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
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.

RomanW70, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of d0ggnate
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!

d0ggnate, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
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.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Foxman
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.

Foxman, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of AylwinForbes
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.

AylwinForbes, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
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.

SaucyA, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of mully
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

mully, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
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!!!

Scoobydank, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
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.

srandycarter, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
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.

LittleBreeze, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of asabreed
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.

asabreed, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of semihobo
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.

semihobo, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of timtim
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.

timtim, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of snpub540
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...

snpub540, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
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.

kwakwhore, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of giblet
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!

giblet

giblet, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now that the weather is warming up a bit, it's time to bust out the IPA's again. Not that I ever stopped busting them out. Whatever.

A: The color on this is a fairly dark oragne/amber, clear throughout. Massive thick head, white. Two fingers. Outstanding retention, basically lasted as long as it took me to drink the beer, which was a little while.

S: Plenty of sugary malt and then a wallop of hops, mostly citrus but some floral and pine as well. I can smell the alcohol, sweet and strong, reminds me a bit of Stone 10.

T: Nice opening with strong malty sweetness, but it's basically blown away by the hops almost immediately. This is a freaking hop atomic bomb. Huge pine, but also grapefruit, floral, and some downright plain bitter hops. Damn is this bitter.

MF: Decent amount of carbonation. It actually feels more carbonated than it is because of the super biting bitter aftertaste and also fairly dry finish. Alcohol is noticable but not overdone. It's almost sickeningly dry. Each sip makes you want more, but that just makes you more thirst. The bitter aftertaste literally burns my mouth.

D: This is only for true hop heads. I think it was taken a little too far even. The balance is not that good, but more because the hops are just too strong than the sweetness not being there. That's not to say I don't enjoy it, but it's not nearly as good as something like Pliny or Racer X or Hop 15. However, if you want to try a beer that's too hoppy (and yes, apparently that is possible) this would be the one.
All that being said, I do recommend giving it a try, but just be warned.

rxdrewthejew, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a hazey and deep rusty copper. Very sluugish makin there way through the bitter hop syrup. Just a little head after the first pour, followed a little lacing stuck on the sideof the glass and a filmy foam. The aoma is a complex hop bouqet. Flowery, citus zest from lemons, nectarines, and grapefruits. Givs you a great idea of whatsto come with the first sip. Th first sip is a no-nonsense front of hops. Lots of grapefruit rinds, then syrupy orange zest, herbal flowers. Very little malt is noticedwith this hop bomb.The paate is a bitter explosion of hops. Strong upfront, then very slowly,from the middle to the back. Recedes to a mild bitterness that mixes with the warm alcohol at the very back of the palate.

scruffwhor, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A gorgeous crystal amber pour with a nice, sticky white head.

S: Heavy pine aromas on the nose, following through, allowing some citrus rind aromas to follow through on the finish. Pretty huge,

T: Pine resin, similar to the aroma. Almost like chewing on pine needles in an attempt to squeeze juices out of them. Big flavour, as suggested by the scent, almost strong enough to start tasting by approaching the mouth. There's a TINY almost caramel maltiness that peeks through, but otherwise, this is huge hops from start to finish.

M: Rather oily and slick... though I'd expect that much. Full, with a nice lingering aftertaste going on.

D: This one mellows out nicely as it sits for a while, but it's still a pretty big flavour with a big ABV to go with it. Taking it slow here, but the bigger hopheads may feel a bit more tempted to indulge more!

Proteus93, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy white head stays around for a awhile and sits atop a slightly hazy amber-golden liquid. Sheets of lace coat the sides of the glass.

Ok - this is one hoppy smelling beer. Loads of citrus (ruby red grapefruit),pine, herbs, and wild flowers. A vague fruitiness abd mild malt sweetness aroma peak out for a moment. Other than that, it's all mouth watering hops.

With the first sip you know this is a beer for the masochist in you. Big and bold bitterness with a juicy middle. Hops kick it off and stay throughout. There is grapefruit flavor in a beer, and there is this beer thats starts is grapefruit juice. Floral, piney, herbal and faint tobacco flavors come next. Pure mouth puckering hoppiness in every sip. There is a nice maltiness, just like a fresh baked French baguette, that steps in and attempts to balance the hops. The most it can do is slow the pain. Finishes with lingering spice. Alcohol is well hidden at first, then kicks in half way through the bottle adding warmth and fruit.

This beer is an assault on the taste buds. Medium in body and smooth, but very tingly on the tongue. Thinner than expected. I've heard of beers decimating the palate, and now I've had the pleasure. I really like this beer and it drinks too easy between all the hops and alcohol, but I don't think I'd ever pop open another bottle.

Hail the biggest and baddest pure hop bomb I've had to date. No disrespect to Stone, but I'm not sure if I'm worthy.

Lupe, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, consumed on 01/31/08.

Pours a slightly cloudy hue of golden honey. Nice off-white head a finger thick. Massive aroma of grapefruit hops. Mouthfeel: a little thicker than water. Surprisingly malty with a buttery character, though the hops burst into the mouth immediately with a bitter piney splash and stick around forever and a day. Fairly well-balanced, considering the style.

If you like hops, this is the beer for you.

charlzm, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Beercub
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cognac clear color with a nice sticky persisting lace. Hops are right up front in the nose, not unlike many other hop bombs. The taste continues with the hops, but quickly merges with a hard thick complex malt flavor. It took a few sips before I could reconcile the combination of these flavors, but eventually as the beer warmed a little, it seemed to work. Reminded me of a DFH 90 minute with an infusion of NW hops (DFH 90 mixed with Ruination?). The mouthfeel improved as the beer warmed and the carbonation continued to help mix the different flavors in the palate. The drinkability is not great because of the strength and weight of the liquid. It is certainly a sipper. I would buy it again.

Beercub, Mar 02, 2008
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.