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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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Ratings: 1,578
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 142
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 08-11-2005

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Ratings: 1,578 | Reviews: 935
Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Tolann
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of opwog
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 22oz. bottle with a different label than pictured here. States that it's triple hoppy. It has a slightly hazy golden orange color with lots of rocky head.

Aroma is excellent. It's full of fresh hops, citrus and pine. Certainly a lot of dry hopping going on here.

Taste is more of the same. A tastebud killer of an IIPA. Tons of hoppy bitterness but then somehow (somewhat) balanced out with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but a good level of carbonation. Drinkability is what it can be when it's over 9%.

Overall a very well done imperial IPA. I'll be looking for this one again. Thanks to the kind lady who works at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO for recommending this one. She said her husband loved it and I can see why!

Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep amber with a bit of tan head and lacing.

S-Excellent hop aromas (lots of citrus and pine in about equal measure) and also lots of caramel malts.

T-Bursting with flavor, as is promised by the nose. Massive hop bitterness follows a sweet maltiness at the front, then finishes with a nice hop/malt balance.

M-Rich and resiny. Lots of hoppy bitterness lingers.

D-There is so much going on in the variety and depth of flavors that the brew can be a bit fatiguing by the end. Delicious, but I don't think I could appreciate more than one at a sitting. But I could have one at a lot of sittings.

A truly excellent DIPA, flavorful and balanced.


Photo of hwwty4
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I received this bottle in a wonderful trade from Hedonistjive.

Poured this 22oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Honestly I had some preconceived notions going into my drinking experience with this beer since I had been told by a respectable source that it was their favorite DIPA. On to the review. This beer poured deep orangey amber with a light, sparse head that faded away into nothingness, leaving not a trace of lacing behind with it. Wow, the aroma is like sticking your nose in a grass clippings bag, right after it had been cut. Oh yeah, and booze. Definitely notes of big alcohol on this one. The taste is exactly the same. There is really no balance whatsoever in the hops they use. Its really just grassy, piney hops. No balance in the hop styles, and definitely no perceivable malt presence. Oh yeah, and definitely booze. The mouthfeel is full and spicy. The alcohol spiciness really goes well with big hops. The problem is that I think its hard to drink. While, the bomber went down with ease (really don't 99% of beers do), I don't think I would be able to drink this on a daily, let alone weekly or monthly basis.

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

A: Pours a crystal-clear deep amber with a big foamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: A big, complex hop nose with all sorts of different hop aromas. A touch of alcohol.

T: This one doesn't disappoint - it's a total hop bomb. Mostly piney and vegetal flavors, but a bit of citrus sneaks in there to add another layer of depth.

M: Full-bodied and syrupy with light carbonation. Finishes with a Saharan dryness.

D: A bit difficult to drink because of the hop intensity, but a nice sipper.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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...

Photo of DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of david131
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of dbalsock
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.59/5  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?).

Photo of bcm119
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of RomanW70
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  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

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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