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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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1,516 Ratings

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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 Halcyondays
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium amber colour, with a small/medium white head, great lacing though, the bubbles just stick to the glass.

S: Heavy pine scent, very dry, a slight amount of malt and sugar comes out as the beer warms, but this beer is clearly hop driven.

T: Extremely bitter, only Pliny the Elder could hope to compare, this might be even more bitter than Pliny. Heavy pine and white grapefruit dominate the flavour, which rocks the tastebuds into submission. This is one hell of a flavourful, hoppy beer.

M: Resin and hop oils dominate the tongue, puckering bitterness lingers on the palate for a long time after the beer is drunk, almost a sticky feel to the hops.

D: This is a beer that will rip your tongue out with its extreme hop bitterness. Every sip is an experience of the power of the hop, but a very enjoyable one. This is a beer that it is important to find fresh, so all its power is intact. This is a very fun beer to drink, but challenging, however, so be warned, but every fan of the hops should try this beer.

Halcyondays, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopsickle, with apparently a new label.

Nice pour with a burnt amber orange body. Semi-hazy, yet transparent. Small shades of brown on the outer edges. Thick head with lots of trails already on the glass.

Aroma is excellent, and has a deep level of hop complexity to it. The Tomahawk hops go well with the nice caramel malt backing. Cascade pops out a bit, with some piney resinous tones. The Centennial round out things, with a slight floral covering.

The taste is superb. Very clean and crisp hopping. Heavy IBU's. Loads of deep resinous piney hop bursts. Floral and herbacous dank hop bursts. Citric and fruit derived hop bursts. It's all there, everything a hop head needs. All in one killer package. Malt backing is right on. Finishes with a slight medicinal hop flavored cough syrup flavor which drops the score a bit. Mouthfeel is right on, and drinkability is decent.

A solid beer, and definitely one hop heads can enjoy.
Thanks a bunch Ryan for letting me have the chance to try this one.

HoustonTX, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing copper orange amber hue with a large bubbled off white beige head, head sticks around with great retention and really clings to the glass with every sip. Particles of sediment and possible hop chunks float freely in a suspension state these beer is quite the slurry. Aroma has big barleywine like accents raw west coast hops a flowing with citrus grapefruit and Cali kind bud herbaceous tones as well. Really pungent flow with a blend of tart semi sweet caramel malts, paired with alcohol that is most definitely not hidden in the nose. Flavors clash with green hops full of grapefruit peels, blended herbaceous botanicals, and fresh cut grass along with a funky pine character as well. Basically many hop varieties were harmed in the brewing of this beer, the rush of alcoholic malt components sits heavy with big near burnt caramelized sugars and mild syrup notes. As the palate adjusts to the pure bitterness this brew has, and more of the slurry custard yeast sediment reaches my glass the creamier the malt sweetness becomes. Reminds me of the triple hopped Devil Dancer but definitely with much more finesse. Mouthfeel for the hopsickle is much like that of a thick hop flavored milkshake full bodied resinous hop oils flood the palate and the carbonation is somehow smooth and creamy crazy. Alcohol is more hidden with the full bottle blending in my glass or my taste buds have been desensitized by the madness known as Moylan's Hopsickle. Drinkability is way too easy to drain this once the yeast sediment blends in I'm loving the fact that this brew looks like there's yeast chunks floating in it along with other gelatinous proteins quite a treat one original beer that I will always keep in mind.

WVbeergeek, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Departing the 22 ounce bottle, the beer shows a slightly muzzy gold with a hint of copper, the gargantuan, creamy white head towers over the body, after its eminent demise, the lace seals the glass with a fine coating. The aroma of hops permeates the nose; sweet malt takes a rumble seat to the spiciness, lime like crispness, a hop lover’s nose for sure. Front has a pleasing malt profile, sweet with the hops providing a lip smacking tartness, just a tad bit of alcohol finds its way into the mix, top is medium in feel to the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity, the hops “Blows The Doors Off The Taste Buds”, and the arid aftertaste glues itself to the palate, another good beer from a great brewery.

Gusler, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange/amber hue with good clarity. Patchy lacing. Great start.

Aroma - orange, grapefruit. Caramel malt underneath, smells good.

Taste - a layer of sweetness and light biscuit, vaporized quickly by a slew of piny bitterness. The swallow turns very dry, medicinal, and a bit biscuity. Lose some of the medicinal part and I'm on board.

Mouthfeel - moderate feel and carbonation, an element of slickness does the beer good.

Drinkability - not for me. Big but too much medicine.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 23, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 50 degrees F. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Pours a dark red blush that is clear along with an off-white mild foamy head that leaves behind a near transparent lace.
The nose detects floral, some pine, slight spices, and a faint amount of brown sugar.
As I consume this I detect a nice fresh hop, with some slight spice, some floral, mild evergreen pine, and a mild citrus. Mouthfeel weight is a little heavy but not thick.


mnapier, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moylan's- Hopsickle

A- Golden orange brown with a thick, heavy lacing head.
S- Big strong grapefruit and pine. Oily green hops.
T- Huge bitter grapefruit and pine sap/ oil. Slight alc burn and metallic twang in the end.
M- Big bitterness throughout with a slightly burning/ metallic finish.

Overall- I think its just a tad TOO hoppy. I love IPA's and DIPA's but this is just a bit too much for me!?

NJpadreFan, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle looks different from the one pictured above. I hope this is the same beer. My bottle says Moylan's hopsickle imperial ale.. triple hoppy. There is no freshness date but a 2006 award.

This beer pours a cloudy apricot color with a white head. The lacing on the side of the glass earns a "5".

The beer smells of hops. Some of the hops remind me of fresh green hemp. This beer smells sweet of summer temperate climate fruits like plumbs, apricots , and apples.

Tastes of oil laden hops. Hops so intense, that it is past hop bitterness. This will satisify all hopheads. Sweet like the smell too!

Moutfeel is semi thick with sweetness and bitter. a long lasting pine resin bite. And I mean bite. Not so much a bad thing as long as you are in a "hoppy" mood . :^)

This beer is just a bit over the top for my personal tastes. Over hopped. But that is what I expected!

A great Dipa...or TIPA..tripple IPA?

Trueant1, Oct 20, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

Recieved from the great trader known as errantnight, thanks. Hopsickle pours clear copper with a mild chill haze. A two finger eggshell off-white head formed on the pour and fell to a half finger cap that does not disappear. A few streams of carbonation keep the head going.

Wow! This beer is dripping with resinous hops. There's not much malt coming through in the aroma but what's there is caramel and way in the back. This beer smells of straight up pine sap and resins. A few drops of grapefruit juice are mingled in there as well.

Damn this beer is a hop bomb! Exactly like the aroma with caramel in the back and a mouthful of pine needles and resinous hops. The sheer amount of hops in this beer will ruthlessly stomp on your tongue without mercy. Just the way I like things.

Body is on the heavier side of medium but has a nice creamy airyness on the tip of the tongue. Gets slightly heavier toward the backend and leaves a thick layer of bitterness all over the tongue and down the throat.

This beer is very easy to drink. My only reservation is the beating my tastebuds are taking. I'd hate to break open another bomber of this stuff and hardly be able to taste it.

Moylan's makes a hell of a IIPA, two of them actually. I sampled the Moylander in the past and from what I remember this is somewhat similiar in the hop profile. This may have a hanful more hops in the kettle but the flavors are similiar and both very good.

joe1510, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I never had this when i lived in Cali and am trying it now thaks to Monsone.

A-Pours a cloudy orange/brown. There are tons of particles floating about almost like a snow globe. the fluffy off white head has some serious staying power. the head is like an ice cream soda. Really nice looking. The only thing preventing a 5 is the fact that I have never seen so many things floating about and i am not sure how I feel about it.

S-Very 2xIPA. Citric hops dominate with tangerine and grapefruit coming to the forefront. There is a good malt backbone with caramel coming through.

T-A total hop bomb with balance. Similar to the smell, tangerine and grapefruit hops dominate first sip. Then you get some resinous pine and caramel/toffee style malt. The aftertaste gives the hop lover a blast of bitter and rich hops.

M-Sticky, thick and resinous. The head which is a fluffy beyod compare gives a wonderful opening upon each sip.

D-This is damned good. Thanks again for this beer in the 7-8-9-10 BIF. I wish this were available here on the right coast

sleazo, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber purchased for $4.59 from Cooke's Family Market and shared with my dad when visiting him this weekend

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a cloudy golden color and a 1/2 inch soapy white head

This was my one of my first Triple IPAs and it was simply amazing, right up my alley as far as hop preferences go

Smell was filled with grassy-like hops, some grapefruit, and a little lemon scent

Taste was super bitter, very good though, dry bite at first and at the end, some orange but mostly tons of hops, tasted like beer literally in sat in pine needles after being brewed, most bitter beer I have ever had along with Hop 15, still have not had Pliny the Younger from Russian River yet though, heard that one is brutally bitter

Best Moylan's beer I have ever had, gotta find this on tap somehwere soon, but probably will not because it is only released in the summer time

Could drink this until the alcohol eventually caught with me and forced me to hit my pillow, great taste that does not get old, and not too heavy for being nine percent ABV

Highly recommended, but you better like hops and dry bitter aftertastes, yummy!

Floydster, Oct 15, 2007
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer just won gold in the GABF, so let’s see how it holds up.

Pours an attractive amber color with a good inch of fluffy white foam. Little carbonation action after the head falls down to a thick ring but that ring remains well through the drink, with some good lacing as well.

Big aromas of grassy, pine, citrus, grapefruit hops. A good malt backbone as well, it also smells very sweet.

Taste is all about hop goodness, but there is also a robust malt presence that keeps this beer a little balanced. Hop profile is very similar to the aroma, grassy, citrus and pine flavors with a little biscuit and caramel malts upfront. The finish is dry and pleasantly bitter.

I still prefer the summer edition of Yulesmith but this Hopsickle is still a first class DIPA.

seaoflament, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours apricot orange. Head is thick and sticky, sheets of lacing.

Aroma is resinous piney hop. Fruity with grapefruit citrus, and candy sweet caramel malt.

Taste is a hop onslaught. At first piney citrus, then awash in pungent earthy hop. Overshadowed is the sweet maltiness with brown sugar. Finish has lingering hop bitterness and a leafy green hop character that stays awhile. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol, but is well hidden given the ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough hop oil slickness to coat your tongue.

Hop heads will love this brew. However, there isn't a great deal of balance so the uninitiated should beware. Dangerously easy to drink.

Blakaeris, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A second try of this beer... this one should be quite a bit fresher than the last, let's see.

Pours a nice clear amber color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are of citrus fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. There are some pine notes as well. Certainly a hop forward nose on this one.

Taste is really bitter. Mineral and aspirin like, with a somewhat creamy and sweety fruit like malt finish. There is a definite bitter hop bite on the tongue that lingers. Balance is ok, but this is certainly a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is good. This is thick, and long lasting on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is bit too strong and harsh for my tastes, but it's still a well crafted and interesting hop monster that is worth trying.

flexabull, Sep 30, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber brew with a monsterous frothy head with incredible retention. A ton of lacing all down the sides. Honestly, it isn't delicate like some beers with a denser head - but seriously, that is nitpicking.

S - Impressive hop aroma. Smells of hop resin mostly. Pine and grapefruit. A touch of floral (roses and other flowers) and a faint medicinal aroma if I look very hard. It is no Pliny, but it is nice.

T - Pine, grapefruit pith, biscuity. Aftertaste is a dry pithy bitterness. There is a medicinal character too - I can sort of taste it, but it doesn't bother me as it usually does in hoppy beers. Flavor is great - not a hint of the 9.2% makes an appearance.

M - Only drawback here. Thick and smooth, but it doesn't refresh - not because it is parching but because it gums up a bit in my throat and mouth. Still not bad though.

D - I have had an absurd amount of beers that are trying to pull off this beer. All of them come short. Apparantly, the medicinal aspect is a very line to walk. This beer succeeds where all others I have tried of the genre fail (not double IPA's in general, just double IPAs that have a flavor similar to this one). Considering how much of a pronounced flavor this has, it seems mild in that I could probably drink several of these (in regards to the flavor - the mouthfeel and the fact that it is 9.2% abv kind of hinder that . . . not to mention the fact that I bought a bomber). I have never had a Moylan's beer, but after tonight I shall definitely have more. I live close to them now too, maybe a visit will be in order.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 23, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fartingdog for sending this my way via BC2!
This one poured a hazy deep amber with a burnt orange hue topped by a solid cap of light beige foam. There was some sticky, chunky lacing and it showed good head retention. There were a few yeasty chunkies floating around too, even though it had been stored and chilled quite well after travel. Very fragrant aroma with pine needles, orange, and grapefruit dominating, plus a bit of caramel in the background. Solid, assertive bitterness was balanced by a big caramel maltiness. Lots of toffee, pine resin and grapefruit/rind with alcohol in the background throughout. The finish was alcohol warmth and piney hop bitterness. Full bodied with lowish carbonation and fine bubbles, which gave it quite a creamy texture. This is a big beer that's not overwhelming. It's got a good hop kick, yet maintains some semblance of balance. Tasty!

DrJay, Sep 18, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear orange-copper before the sludge at the bottom muddies the clarity. Super dense off-white three finger head shows outstanding retention leaving sheets of stubborn lacing.

Pine sap and citrus aromas are prominent, with grapefruit rind, grass clippings, peaches and high-grade reefer rounding out an intensely hoppy nose. Some background toasted malt and light caramel scent is perceivable, but the aroma is decidedly hop-centric.

The first sip is remarkably sweet with plenty of toasted and nutty malt character, followed by a mellow grain twang and assertive light caramel flavor. A burst of resinous hop flavor suddenly commands the palate with pine sap and citric notes again dominating and grapefruit and grassy tones filling out the hop flavor profile. The very smooth, low-cohumulone bitterness is non-abrasive and allows a formidable hop bitterness without overwhelming the taste but keeping the considerable malt sweetness in check.

The aftertaste retains much of the caramel and toasted malt as well as the aggressive american hop colidascope displayed upfront.

The body is thick and relies on a light-medium but adequate carbonation to break up the oily hop resins left on the tounge. The viscous mouthfeel borders on cloying towards the finish but seems appropriate within the style.

The final swigs are saturated with all the fruity, earthy, and vegetal nuances of american hops that is matched by a heavy caramel flavor, and a hearty toasted/nut malt character that creates a complex beer that leans toward American Barleywine. Moylan's Hopsicle may be the rare oxymoron in the world of extreme beer- a balanced hop-bomb.

PBRstreetgang, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is a chill-hazed orangey-amber in color, with a 1.5-finger ivory/cream-colred head that leaves behind lots of soapy lacing.

S: Wet, grapefruity, juicy, resiny hops dominate. Orange peels and a floral scent is present as well, and underneath it all I get a sense of something sugary-sweet -- brown sugar perhaps? If you like hops, you will love this nose.

T: Bitter hop bite dominates the first sip -- dry, resiny hops with a slightly lemony taste that lingers behind. Alcohol heat is felt right away at the end of the sip and down the gulley. No real malt foundation is evident whatsoever; this is all about the hops -- tooth enamel-rotting, hydration-sucking grapefruit juicy, resiny hops coat the mouth and basically destroy the taste buds. As it warms, however, a bit of grassy, maybe piney, flavors crash the juicy party.

M: At first blush, this is lighter in heft than expected, but still I call it medium-bodied. There is a real gritty feel on the mouth from the overwhelming presence of hop oils that seem to coat the teeth and not let go. As it warms, however, it becomes smoother and creamier. Not sure if it's me -- i.e., my mouth has become numb to(or just gotten used to) the hops -- or if the beer smooths out a bit as the temperature rises. But it definitely feels better later, and so I bumped up the mouthfeel score from an original 3.5.

D: Too one-dimensional hoppy to go down easily, especially as your taste buds try to get accustomed to that hop assault, and the alcohol is just a little bit too prevalent. It took me almost an hour and a half to finish this bomber, and that includes the fact that I was able to pick up the pace a bit when it got to be pretty warm.

Notes: First, I'm not sure how old this bottle is (some "freshness dating" would be nice). I'm guessing it's been in my cellar for a few months, which would lead me to believe this could be the 2006 rather than 2007, but I'm really not sure. If this is a year old, I shudder to think what those hops are like when fresh. . . . Second, I gave my wife a sip about 2/3 of the way down the bomber. She made a face and said "That's NASTY!" while adding the caveat "and I like beer" (Stone IPA is her favorite). That's not an altogether unreasonable response to this hop monster. . . . Ultimately I liked the Hopsickle, but I have to admit it is a bit of an acquired taste, even for someone who likes hoppy beers. Personally I prefer a little more balance in my DIPAs than I was getting from this. . . .

Kendo, Sep 15, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thick dense light tan head on a clear copper body.
S- Huge pine hop aroma, light spice hops, orange, and some light grass.
T- Follows the aroma. Has a caramel malt body. Big dry pine bitterness in aftertaste with a light warming from alcohol. Some orange is also found in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth going down besides the hops sticking to the mouth.
D- I think it is pretty tasty. I would pick up another bottle but not one I HAVE to have.

BlindPig, Sep 09, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big cream colored head that stays around for a long while leaving behind a ton of lace on the glass. Beer is a nice amber color and slightly hazy.

Smell is hops all over the place. Big citrus, pine, grapefruit and floral hop aromas. Not much else manages to break through.

Taste is big hops. Oily pine hop flavor with the expected citrus flavors also. Not a lot of malt breaking through, but just enough to keep this beer drinkable. The bitterness is on the edge of being overwhelming, but not quite. As the beer warmed the malt flavors showed up to up more a fight against all those hops.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily/sticky. Pretty decent.

Drinkability is decent for the style. You expect your palate to be trashed after a DIPA. That said I have had other beers that balance the bitter with the sweet malt better.

Overall a great DIPA. If you love the big hoppy DIPAs then run out and get this beer.

Monsone, Aug 23, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm certain people saying this beer isn't hoppy enough have either had an old or otherwise improperly-kempt bottle. This is one of the hoppiest beers I've had.

Appearance - Beautiful, reddish amber appearance. Clear (for the first pint anyway), with a 1-inch, off-white head.

Smell - Hops. That's about all you really smell. Pine-ish hops. I don't know what else you could expect from a self-proclaimed triple IPA, though.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Again, hops. The taste is pretty much overpowering. You better not plan on drinking anything else after this beer, because you certainly won't be able to taste it. This is one of the most brutal beers I've had, hop-wise. Then again, it never proclaims to be anything else. You should know what you're getting into when you open up a bomber of this, and if you don't, well... condolences, I guess. And like other people said, don't try to drink a bomber of this, unless you can really hold your beer. At 9.2% abv and with a hop presence as strong as this, you'll probably be pretty drunk by the time you finish the bottle.

Drinkability - This isn't exactly a very drinkable beer, unless you plan on hating hops and hoppy beers for a few days/weeks. Drink too much of this beer and you'll have a pretty serious case of hop-mouth the next morning, even if you brush your teeth (trust me, I tried that.) One bomber of this should be enough for two people and more than enough for one person.

I can't see myself drinking this too often, but then again, I'm also slightly masochistic. I keep telling myself that I won't buy this beer very often, but whenever I see it (which isnt that often, admittedly) I always snatch a bottle or two to make myself suffer. Chances are, if you like hops in your beer you'll really enjoy this. Just make sure you purchase it from a place that actually keeps it refridgerated, like the bottle recommends. If you don't, I'll probably be seeing you whining on this page about how this beer has an "odd taste" or it's not hoppy enough for you or something and I'll want to punch you.

smekermann, Aug 22, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burned orange with the most rediculous amount of sediment floating around. Big head that dies and laces. Smells of huge hops, pine, citrus, malt, yeast?, something funky. Lots of flavors hit the palate. Yeast, hops, fruit and hops but not the blistering hops I hoped for and expected. The alcohol is not evident at all. Mild carbonation and full in the mouth. Drinkability is okay. To be honest this wasnt what I expected out of a supposed hop bomb. Ive had doubles and singles that delighted my hop fix much more. Worth a try though.

franksnbeans, Aug 17, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A copper-toned beautiful baby. Head is less than stellar, however. Smell is lovely, sweet candy and summery hops. Taste is phenomenal, as the tip of the tongue luxuriates in sweetness, and the rest is saturated, and ultimately abused by hops. Citrus, and pine dance together in a malt profile worthy of a fine dessert. The mouthfeel is addictive, thick luscious malt cools the mouth, before eventually being wiped away by aggressive hop bitterness. Drinkability is fine, but this could get a little exhausting.

jeffjfindley, Aug 15, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got thus sucker via darrenc thru City Beer in SF. Beautiful orange creamy color with off-white head. Sweet aroma with a citrus hoppy cousin. Slimy hop pow taste, coated piney on the roof. Whoa...almost bigfoot-esque. Multi-stage hop flavor with a killer hop finish. Don't drink a bomber by yourself.

RustyDiamond, Aug 01, 2007
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3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle of unmarked vintage. Label is printed rather than painted.

Beautifully clear, dark amber with a light foamy head and a few streaks of lace.

Smell is entirely hops, on the tart citrus side. Sweet malts underly. Astringent first, fruity second, floral last.

Body is very alpha-bitter. Hops have been boiled for a while. Sweet on the tongue at first, but it's a fast-fading, dextrin sweetness that yields to the sheer force of the acids.

Reasonably smooth for a triple IPA. Not as sticky as most other imperial IPAs, but the acid balances it towards something more normal.

A little too bitter to really consider drinkable, but certainly savorable.

All in all, not the hoppiest beer out there, nor the most balanced. Still, for the price, it's a great hop-head treat.

ojiikun, Jul 28, 2007
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,516 ratings.