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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

1,514 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 133
Gots: 75 | 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 jmz62565
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clear orange/red rust color with a giant white foamy head. The smell is a strong citrus hop aroma with some "bisquity" scents. The taste is crisp with a ton of hops. The first sip is all citrus hops,tangerine?, then as the beer moves down the tongue a sweet malt and carmel flavor is present and finally the hop bitterness ends the sip. This is thinner than other Doubles,but the taste is great and worth trying out. A real treat for someone on the East coast. Good job Moylan"s.

jmz62565, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

22 oz bottle, "triple IPA" posted on the front label. Nice amber/copper in color, very hazy with a good amount of sediment. Fluffy white and very sticky head tops it off. Lots of lacing, great retention.
Deeply pungent hops up front, hints oily and citrusy hops, theres a deep earthy aroma that covers all the citrus and more hidden pine notes in the nose. There is an undertone of vanilla, wood, and a big sweetness is present in the smell as well.
A big wallop of hops to the tongue mainly consisting of orange, pine, medicinal hop notes with a pretty big sweet malty backdrop. Theres almost an oaky wood taste throughout this beer that I found in the beer's aroma too.
The mouthfeel is sticky and full and allows every bittering hop note to find a taste bud.
In spite of the high abv and the massive hop flavor this is one of those beers you dont want to stop drinking, its too tasty to stop. The hop profile is delicious and incredibly defined. This is one of the most unique tasting big IPA's I've ever drank. An awesome beer!

Matthew, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Thanks to Westsidethreat on the trade. Pours a cloudy golden amber color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tan head, lots of lacing/islands afterwards. Scents of hops, sweet malts, citrus, and some spices. The taste is absolutely delicious, very hoppy with a nice sweet malty/hoppy dry finish. Medium body, well balanced between the hops/malts. Very drinkable, this is an excellent DIPA, way to go Moylan's.

Wasatch, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Hazy autumnal orange/rusty golden. Two finger head that is very tightly bubbled. There's some thin lacing decorating the glass after drinking the beer.

Big fruity hop smell but very piney at the same time. Almost comparable to a pine tree which bears citrus fruit. There's a subtle hint of booze in the nose.

Juicy hops delight the tongue with lots of fruity flavors. Cirtrus like mango, lemon, lime, orange. The taste is nicely balanced not only by a roasted caramel malt flavor but also a big piney hops. This one finishs very dry and bitter.

Delightful beer. Many thanks go out to lou91 for this fine example.

timtheenchanta, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of freed
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%

A little disappointed to learn that I'd already tried this, especially since I rationalized the $5.50 beer by not having had it.

Looks hazy & bright copper, rich foam head with heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a confusion of hops, hops, malt and alcohol. Rich citrus and floral - a robust humulone stench and an ornery malt compliment.

Taste is aggressively sweet, possibly overshadowing the strong citrus, grass and piney hop bitterness. Residual sweetness gives it a very extract-brewed mouth-feel, like maybe balancing the malt went a little too far. It's a decent brew, but $5.50 was a bit steep.

freed, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

22 oz bomber. 11 oz sample. This one pours a very nice and brilliant copper color with a 2 finger head that falls to a finger of froth over top. There is a moderate bit of haze, with a solid carbonation working out of solution and up the sides of my glass. The aroma on this is outstanding. I find resinous piney hop hitting me upfront, with a nice sweeter citrusy hop playing behind that. There is a really solid caramel malt that adds to the sweetness and balances the pine notes. There is a ton of aroma in this brew. The flavor hits with a massive piney hop, that moves to a more subtle sweet grapefruity citrus and caramel maltyness that really balances the flavors out. There is a light kick of alcohol right after swallowing the beer. Then a mild to strong bitterness hits, but way on the back of my tongue, and is rounded out really well with the sweetness. The bitterness really does not hang on long, but just enough to draw me back in. The mouthfeel is thick, with a very light carbonation. It is very smooth and easy to drink. Overall, I find this to be a really damn good beer. It has really good balance with sweetness and nice piney hop. It has enough alcohol presence to let me know I am drinking a big beer, but it is not in the way at all. Good beer.

kmpitz2, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of nicefix
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

A- Medium cloudy amber with a chunky off white good sized head. Expectedly, the lace is clinging nicely.

S- The hops are strong, very pungent. It's a very pleasant scent. It took me a while to place it, but I think I have a comparison. Prunes or raisons marinated in hop oil. The alcohol is also evident in the nose.

T,M,&D- Man the hops are huge and the malt is there but has a tough time balancing out. It finishes with strong bitterness that lingers and stays with the palate for some time. There is so much flavor in this beer. It's very strong in flavor, and at first it's a bit much to handle. But half way through the bomber, I really began to respect the intensity. Other people have told me that the hops are too intense, but I don't think that's the case. It's a beer I would sip and wouldn't expect to be able to drink this all night, nor would I want to.

Definitely a must try for the hop head.

nicefix, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of far333
4.45/5  rDev +8%

Semi-opaque apricot colored with a half inch rim of foam that looks like it would support a quarter. Head retention is amazing, it's barely moving. Uneven bubbles dot the top of the foam and rise up along the edges.

Aroma of sweet tangerine rises up to meet my nose. Drawing it nearer brings out a faint bit of sweet malt.

Flavor is sharp and intense upfront with sweet tangerine and citrus peel hops, some piney bitter, flowers and ripe fruit, and a firm and slightly grainy malt backbone riding beneath. A grapefruit bitter lingers. ABV is well hidden except for the warming of the throat and stomach. Interesting mixture of sweet citrus hops upfront that morph to piney and citrus peel bitter. As it warms a light brown sugary malt comes more to the forefront, becomes more chewy and more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is fantastic - full and creamy, fills up and satisfies the mouth but also finishes with a slight carbonation tingle.

This is a sipping beer, but I can't help taking quicker and larger sips each time. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. Many thanks to BeerRun13 for sending this one my way.

far333, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

A- light copper in color with ornage/auburn hues, 1/4" off white bubbly head, decent retent and lacing.

S- citrus, sweet, grapefruit, pine, floral, oranges, malt sweetness as well

T- crazy crazy hop flavor, grassy, very bitter throughout, alcohol can be tasted as brew warms but never becomes overpowering, spicy, malt sweetness in background, piney and warm spicy citrus finish.

M- good medium body, bit dry throughout, warming sensation, hops tend to numb the palate

D- This is a palate crusher, crazy hop flavors but has a nice malty backing. Good brew, but forgetable. I'll have this brew again, but i'd pass on it if a better brew were there (like Moylan's cask Kilifter)

tonistruth, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from a 2006 sample, has the label rather than the screen printed bottle. Appearance is a nice honey amber with a creamy white head which leaves a good amount of lacing. Aromas of floral grapefruit like hops explode from the bottle. Mouthfeel is super malty with a super dry finish. Drinkability is pretty high for a 9+% beer, a single bomber is a good after work drink .

WeymouthMike, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Orange amber color, off-white head that reduces to a quarter inch and leaves very thick lacing.

Smells strongly of fresh citrusy hops - grapefruit. Sweet caramel malt, too.

Grapefruit hop flavor, fairly sweet maltiness, nice hop bitterness. Very long finish, the bitterness and hop flavor linger forever and have a pleasing drying effect. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is tasty. Not very complex, but deep and serious nonetheless. Very well balanced.

Good creamy carbonation, mouthfeel never goes fizzy nor watery. Dangerously, damnably drinkable. Great beer.

Beerzebub, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to intriqken for sending me this one in a trade.

Appearance: A very nice looking beer, the color is a peach-tinted orange, clear, with a nice head and lacing.

Smell: As soon as the first drop hits the bottom of the glass, the aroma permeates the room. Lots of citrusy hops characfter in this one (the label cites Cascade and Centennial), but there's also an underlying DIPA malt sweetness.

Taste: Hop character isn't *quite* as strong as I anticipated it to be, given the aroma, but still very tasty. The middle is sweet and juicy, exactly the kind of malt profile you expect in a DIPA. Didn't improve with warming up in my hand. The sweetness was a little much, but the nice finish makes up for it.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Slightly syrupy, good carbonation. Drinkability is good, but not exceptional.

hunteraw, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

This Double IPA has to be one of to be one of the biggest ones in terms of aroma made in the country. Very large amount of Columbus type hop aroma. It has a good amount of hop bitterness also. Sadly the hop flavor doesn't match the level of aroma. Beer is a nice light golden/amber color. Not much head but that is probably due to the amount of outrageous hops they use. After one of them you will be hard pressed to be able to taste anything else.

bigbelcher, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

New bottle design (multi-color), sampled summer 2006. Slightly hazy amber, very slight. Generous lacey head that lasts forever.

Nose is quite assertive with pleasant metal/steel, pine, and chalk.

On the palate is a big, chewy malt sweetness with a beautiful balancing hop tang. Wow, this one tugs and pulls in each direction so nicely. Complex. Inspiring.

Finish is softer than expected but leaves a pleasant dry marshmallowy sweetness and hop tartness. Very appetizing for the next sip.

yemenmocha, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a cloudy, copper with a moderate, white head. Decent retention, with intricate lacings throughout.

Aroma is sweet malt, orange, pine and a plethora of hops

Semi-sweet malt taste up front that is quickly balanced with orange and grapefruit. A pleasing amount of hops, creates a bitter aftertaste that is not too dry. This is a very smooth DIPA and the high alcohol percentage is very well masked.

Light/medium bodied with moderate, fizzy carbonation, this brew has an excellent mouthfeel. The smooth taste, along with the masked alcohol render this a highly drinkable beer.

Excellent DIPA!!!

Estarrio, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date. Lots of talk about hops on the label.

A- Crested off white lace clings well to the glass, good head retention. Hazed amber color ... proof of an over abundance of hops.

S- Citrusy, ruby red grapefruit, hemp seeds, tobacco, wild flowers ... a heavy hop aroma. Fruitiness from the alcohol and a mild sweet aroma from the malt peak out from the hops for a brief moment.

T&M- Bold bitterness with a juicy flavorful middle. Big herbal and tobacco flavors hit hard middle to end. The hop character is saturated to the point that the mouth puckers with every sip ... but the bitterness is not so overwhelming. Smooth and creamy mouth feel off of a full body. Alcohol is well hidden at first, about half way through the bottle there is some warmth and a peachy fruitiness.

D- An assault on the taste buds. Not enough for me to wave a white flag but enough to decimate my palate for the night ... not a bad thing because I love big hoppy beers like this. I always expect Double IPAs to bring it ... and this one brought it and then some more. Even the chunk of aged super sharp cheddar struggled against this beer.

Jason, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%

I have been reading how this beer is one of the hoppiest beers in the world, etc etc etc. So, I decided to try it on myself. Poured an extremely murky brownish orangey color. Good two-fingered off white head, with very good lacing. Attractive beer just by looking at it. The smell was of piney hops, citrusy, and...burnt barbeque? Kind of like the burnt chips you pick up off the bottom of the toaster oven, weird. Taste is of extreme pine, grassy hops, light malt back, but very metallic. Also, that burnt grassy taste. Almost like licking the forest floor. Very sharp taste. Very unappealing in my opinion and not balanced well at all. Maybe it's just because I finished a bomber of Yulesmith a little while ago and this doesnt stand up well to it, but the metallic, burnt taste is hard to ignore. I am very dissapointed with this brew to be honest. I have read nothing but praise and feel let down. The mouthfeel is pretty good anyway. Medium bodied, very smooth, hides the alcohol extremely well. Not very drinkable. I'm gonna have to try another batch of this and give it another chance but my initial reaction isn't up to par with the major consensus. We shall see next time.

Doomcifer, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

This brew served as my introduction to the Moylan's family. Experiencing this beer was a sensory roller coaster, at times highly enjoyable and at other times, barely palatable.

Poured into an oversized wine glass, I found myself staring at a dark amber liquid capped with a moderate tan head that settled to a murky lace.

The odor was an unmistakable torrent of hoppy grapefruit, perhaps the most intensely sour citrusy aroma I have yet experienced in an IPA/dIPA. Oddly, though, as much as I hate the taste of actual grapefruit, in this form, it's actually quite appealing.

The first sip followed logically from the smell; a very bitter, intense hoppy grapefruit with an almost equally intense presence of alcohol. The flavor was most intense right out of the refrigerator, and made for an overly sour mouthfeel coupled with significant carbonation.

An increase in temperature was just what this beer needed. The grapefruit became more palatable, the alcohol less intense, and a piney hoppiness began to take form and balance out the other flavors. Over time, the beer became surprisingly drinkable given the intensity of the flavors and the ABV.

Even at its best, this dIPA was still too heavy on the grapefruit to be truly refreshing, but I believe I prefer this sourness to the more tangerine-like sweetness of some other dIPAs.

I'd like to try another one out of my wine fridge, where the temperature is more controlled and I don't have to wait to begin to appreciate the balance this beer is capable of presenting.

instrumentality, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

I'm pretty amped to see Moylan's bombers in MA.
Hazed orange brown, topped with a puffy, creamy white froth. Great lacing and head retention. I couldn't ask for more. Hugely hoppy aroma, like literally sticking your head into a bucket of american hops. Oily and rindy, full of citrus peel and pine sap. Monstrous. The flavor start and finishes with hops, hops and yet more hops. What a behemoth. Completely out of balance, but that's what you're drinking this for, right? Starts with floral and citrusy hop juice, mousy pale malts sneaking in and stealing a crumb here and there. Pretty clean, or everything is drowned in hop oil. Very bitter finish, thick with pine sap and resiny hops. Vague alcoholic heat in the end. Great, but I'd imagine a full bottle would be tough to polish off on my own. My tongue already feels kinda tingly and numb only halfway through the glass.
Probably one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, if not the hoppiest. I'd just followed a bottle of Stone's Ruination with this, so that's saying a lot.

UnionMade, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

another bottle i grabbed at yankee spirits

lots of foam and lace, amber-colored

wow, huge-ass fresh hop aroma. grassy, slightly-citrusy. very clean, though...and with a fair amount of caramel, too

the caramel melds very nicely with the hops—both flavor and bitterness—but that's not what this guy is about. tomahawk, cascade, centennial are the three foci here. and yummily. delicious hop burps, too

i have mixed feelings about these beers. yes they are delicious, and i love hops less than few. however, i'm conflicted about how drinkable a brew like this is. in other words, i love drinking it; would i love drinking four?
the answer is most likely yes, but i haven't had the opportunity to try

bruachan, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Gotta love the name! This was poured from a 22 oz'er into a pint glass.

Looks Deep-reddish amber with a thin white yet, frothy head that dissipated to some minor lacing.

HOPPY nose! The "green-leafy" type hop nose. Smells like fresh-picked hops with a slight maltyness.

Super dry hopped taste, Not overly bitter, the IBU's must be 100 + but it's not as bitter as some. 3X the green hop dominates the taste. The Alcohol content is pretty evident in the flavor too.

Feels crisp and slightly smooth, major hops makes this feel clean and earthy.

9.2 % ABV is not an "easy drinker" or a good "session" beer, this one os meant to be enyoyed SLOWLY. Anothr good Hop-monster.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of uvascotto
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Reddish bronze with considerable head at first. Lace rings early on but subsiding after the first few minutes.

S - Extremely complex with many different layers. Like nothing I've ever smelled before and very promising.

T - Hops is right--truly overpowering at first. The second blow is one of a mild sweetness that makes the taste linger in your mouth long after the beer is gone.

M - Full, rich and genuinely stimulating.

D - Everyone who appreciates a good IPA should have this at least once. It's not one of the more hyped and well-known amongst the deluge of California IPAs but it's easily one of the best.

Anyone know if Moylan distributes kegs to San Diego or as far was as Arizona? I'm headed to SD in a few weeks to visit a friend and would love to find a place that we could get this one on tap. Many thanks in advance, fellow BAs.

uvascotto, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -24%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head isn't going anywhere fast, with plenty of dwelling lacing. Aroma is pungent fresh hops, a ton of them. Taste is upfront sweet malts, but just for a second before the hops come in and stomp all over everything. This is take your breath away hops, and even after the swallow there's lupalin lying around everywhere in your mouth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty limited in my mind, not very enjoyable until you've deadened your mouth some. What's the fun in that?

ppoitras, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%

Sampled at Moylan’s but under the named Hopsickle Tripple IPA. A percentage above the double but what’s in a name. The pour was a cloudy amber color with ruby hues when held to the light. The head and the lace both were very good.

The smell is crazy hoppy. A noticeable Centennial aroma. The hops really dominate everything and the name makes so much sense now. The taste is supper hoppy as well. The hop balance is done really well with good bit up front and a nice orangey citrus finish.

Even though hops are the star here, there is a good malty background that is sweet and balances the bitterness out. The body is good with a mid to full body feel. Good carbonation. This is one of the best IPA’s and a good example of a California IPA. Hopsickle is a great name.

Oxymoron, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of JMD71
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Deep gold, copper color. Thin, rocky head which lingers. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Wonderful hoppy aroma with a solid malty background. Citrus, pine noted.

Taste: Very hoppy! I see why it is noted as 'Triple Hoppy'. Strong citrus peel flavor with pine needes. Typical of American hop bill Very strong & bitter. Malt profile solid & gives good body to support the strong hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, Thick & slightly viscous. A bit cloying from the strong citrus peel flavor. The puckering crispness of the citrusy hops leave the mouth tart & bitter.

Drinkability: A slow sipper. The hoppiness makes it a slow-goer. Very flavorful & you want to be able to savor it slowly.

Comments: Very tasty IIPA. Lovely deep maltiness offset by mouth puckering hops. Slightly more citrusy than I favor, but delicious for the style.

JMD71, Aug 03, 2006
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.