Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 142
Gots: 89 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RootedFool on 08-14-2005)
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Photo of hedonistjive
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopsickle in a bottle and on draft is probably my current "favorite beer in the world" - which is why I was so disappointed when I had it on tap from a cask at the Moylan's brewpub itself. Seems like serving it this way sucked the life and the balance out of it, and perhaps that carbonation is what keeps everything working so beautifully in the "normal" version. Believe me, it was fairly shocking. On any other day - non-cask - this is among the world's great 21st-century beers.

Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a hazy medium amber with a large white head and good lacing. The smell is a stong floral scent along with grapefruit or other citrusy hops. The taste is not so strongly hoppy but with a slightly sweet malt and a bitter bite. A very nice medium chewy mouthfeel and drinkability is OK but 1of this beer is enough for me with the ABV.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber in color with deep orange hues. Fluffy off white head is two fingers thick and maintains good retention. Nice sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Juicy wet hops. Citrus. Pine resin. Wet grass. Bread. Alcohol.

T: Huge juicy wet citric and pine hops blast your tongue into submission with a nice bitter tingle. Earth or herbal taste is taken over by a sweet malt passing. The sweetness of mango or peach come to the forefront and are beaten back by the warming sensation of alcohol.

M: Smooth and creamy. Slightly slick on the tongue. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Huge juicy citric flavors dominate this brew. This could be a stellar beer with alittle more malt balance. Higher ABV and sweetness limit the amount sampled in one evening.

Photo of Talisker
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a serious beer that lives up to its name.

A deep orange, tons of yeast floating even in a gentle pour. Not much head, almost no lacing. Aroma is pure, unadulterated, over-the-top American hops - grapefruit, orange, some pine.

Bitter citrus follows the nose. Puckering hops, balanced by a relatively small amount of malt (but massive compared to any normal beer).

This is often incorrectly described as a Triple IPA - even if such a style existed, it would have more malt than this. Hopsickle is more like the proportions of an American Pale Ale, but with everything amped to 11. Medium finish dries out with bitterness. There's no way to load up this much hops without a huge amount of malt, but still, Hopsickle maintains a delightfully and relatively dry texture. Such a delight to avoid the syrupy sweetnes of other over-the-top beers (e.g., Stone). No alcohol aroma or bite, even though it's more than 9%.

Moylan's is a spectacular brewery - always a nice antidote to the viscosity of the usual extreme California beer.

Hopsickle's hard to classify as a style. It's like nothing else out there. Too much hops for me personally - I like something that leaves my palate intact for the next beer. But if you want to confront hops and more hops, with enough malt to keep things going, then this is a beer worth trying.

Photo of rgrace99
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet. Good thick head with moderate lacing. Color was a burnt orange with a decent mild citrusy hop aroma. It's in the taste that this one really stands out. Great citrusy taste finishing with some sweetness. For an ale with such a high ABV this one is dangerously drinkable, I was very disappointed when the bottle was empty.

Photo of pdrizzle
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a great pour, starting off with a decent head and leaving some pretty good lace. The color is great, and it has a nice hop aroma. It doesn't have the best hop finish ever, a little sour, characteristic of classic IPAs instead of the more citrusy, piney, and even pot tasting Northwest IPAs I have come to love. It could also be a little more carbonated, that is larger, more explosive bubbles as opposed to a smaller more diffuse carbonation that explodes less initially. Regardless, this is still a beer that I could enjoy regularly without complaint, but it ain't no Pliny.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a buoyant head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Strong caramel base with a nice dry hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a serious dose of piney bitterness with plenty of pineapple developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel flavors build, followed by a return to the hoppy bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warming effect

Drinkability: This is one I have been wanting to taste for some time and it doesn't let me down; nice hoppy DIPA, or TIPA as they call it

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy and cloudy orange with a huge, billowing, pillow like head two inches tall. The head just would not give up any ground, very slow fade. Left behind enormous amounts of gooey sticky lace. Fantastic lookng, perfect double IPA look. Smell could have been a bit stronger and that was really the oly downside to the thing. Major contributer here was the citrus hops. Very strong grapefruit and pineapple came through from the start, as well as some of the alcohol, which at 9.4%abv, should come as no suprise. As it warmed, more of a piney, resin type smell started to xome through. Taste was very smooth, not alot of carbonation here, but not really needed. Very strong and very bitter citrus hops in this one. The grapefruit alone will make you take a step back. Hints of pineapple as well, big alcohol taste that seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed. Big dry finish, left you wanting some more. This was a very smooth, very drinkable, and overall really good DIPA. It was a pleasure to try this and I look forward to getting some more!

Photo of cproioi
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a copper body that is crowned with a white head that left nice lacing. Also present in the body was a constent stream of carbonation bubbles. The aroma of it was a huge hit of red grapefruit and pine needles. Slight hints of malts present but the nose really highlighted the hops. The taste was a huge hop bomb with the same good American hops present that where in the aroma. Also like the aroma there where slight malts trying to break through but was beaten back by the hops. It was a big beer with warming alcohol that left with a lingering dry finish. Lovely slow drinking beer.

Photo of quasimoto
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light amber color with a big fluffy head to it. Laces and the stream of carbonation bubbles trickle to the top. Seems like your average Double IPA in the tanks. The aroma is no let down either. But it is not the best Ive ever smelled. It has a strong soapy floral aroma to it. There is almost a slight salt note to it. very odd I know but that is the only way I can describe it. The aromas transfer to the taste and once again make this a complete hop bomb there is no malt to be found in this thing any where. There might be as it warms up (elapse time 15 min) nope. Still a strong hop base that is very floral and resiny. Not a lot of balance to this one. The mouth feel is kind of big on the palette. But nothing out of the norm for this style. Once again another double IPA has come and gone out of my life. Very drinkable for the style, and very easy to drink a lot of.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy burnt orange color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with floral hops along with citrus sweetness and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is extremely well-balanced. The intense floral hops bitterness, fruity sweetness and caramelized maltiness all hit you at the same time and compliment each other very nicely. The sweetness fades after a bit and leaves a major hops bite that strengthens as the beer warms. The after-taste is mostly hops bitterness with just a touch of residual sweetness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy especially if you're a hophead, not very filling, nice kick, excellent representation of style. As much as I liked this beer, I'll confess that I didn't drink it down as quickly as other beers in the style. However, it's a very good beer and a good one to grab if you want good hoppy shot in the mouth.

Photo of uberabr
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew on tap up at Moylans over the weekend. Poured into a tulip-style glass. Color was a deep golden amber, clear, with some red hues. Good white head and excellent carbonation and moderate lacing. This beer tastes great. A wonderfully complex dance of hop flavors in my mouth. The high abv affords this beer a level of complexity that most beers can't have and the Hopsickle capitalizes on this perfectly: maximizing the rich but subtle juicy malts, balancing them with an excuisite hop bill, and masking the booze taste completely. Crisp, piney, juicy fruits and sugary citrus. Drinkability and mouthfeel were superb. This is definitely on par if not better than Pliny the Elder, and in the same realm as two of my other fav's: FFF's Dreadnaught and Ballast Point's Dorado.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a deep murky amber color with an inch of dense off white foam. Moderate amounts of lacing are left on the glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells of resinous pine and grassy hops. Tastes of bitter citrus peels, namely lemon, and more bitter hops. My tongue is puckering from the bitterness. The malt comes through nicely to counter the bitter hops, but in the end, the hops win. Full bodied mouthfeel with medium to moderate carbonation. A delicious DIPA, but both the high alcohol and the hoppy bitterness keep me from enjoying more than a bomber at a time.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at about 35F from a 22 oz amber bottle into a nonick pint.

Aroma at the bottle was all hops, like sniffing a jar of west coast hops.

Poured thickly and very hazy with a dark straw color, generating a big rocky head that left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was all about the west coast hops.

Flavor was big on hops, too. Expected more bitterness, but this brew is slanted towards flavor and aroma. The bitterness is balanced or maybe even slightly low for the maltiness and alcohol content.

The pour was so full bodied, as well as the mouthfeel, I couldn't resist the temptation to check the F.G. which was 1.020.

Overall, this is really an exceptional beer. I think I like Moylander (their other DIPA) a bit better, because Moylander is better balanced. But for a hop exhibition, this is a fabulous example.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz. bottle poured to a standard pint glass.

A: Deep, auburn pour with a 1-1/2 finger creamy off-white head. A few hesitant streams of carbonation lazily making their way to the top.

S: Definitely one of the most hop-filled heads I've inhaled - according to the label this is a "blast of fresh Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial Hops". Though it's full of piney and juicy-citrus hops, this has a notably malty backing that gives the smell a nicely complex balance.

T: Flavorful and amazing. This is so unbalanced towards that the hops I almost can't describe the hoppiness...so bitter, soapy, medicinal that, yes, I am actually puckering. I can feel my cheeks and lips drawing inward as I savor this hop-bomb. Unbelievably hoppy...whew...

M: Thick, full, almost syrupy, this clings to every part of your mouth. A full-flavored, full-bodied hop overload. Warm, clinging, unnaturally good.

D: OK, as much as I like this beer, it is not one I'd want to have every day. Even occasionally, I think this is over the top in the 'hops' category. It is bitter yet wonderful, a gem in the DIPA (or is it Triple IPA...or Quadrupel IPA.. or...?). Recommended, with some degree of caution...tastebuds be forewarned...and that potent ABV can put on a hurtin', too...

Photo of beerphan
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber -> goblet
no date

Pours a cantly hazed deep amber with a small thick creamy blanket of suds. The modest head leaves rings of oily lace, that eventually cover the glass with a chalky white haze.

Nose: Piney oily hop tar, grapefruit,

Taste: The piney somewhat fruity hops dominate any malt presense that my be present. As it warms some sweet caramel pokes up. Finishes bitter and extremely dry. Hopsickle is no misnomer.

Mouth is super syrupy thick and DRY.

One is most likely enough. Brew was stored at basement temperature, which is quite cold this time of year. As the beer warmed the malts jumped up to add a balance that was missing initially. Being that the label advises to 'keep refrigerated', i advice some warming time.

Photo of OStrungT
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very slightly cloudy golden color with a brown tint. It boasts a thick fluffy off white head that fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

A very strong grassy hop aroma is present. Wow, it smells good. Some piney and floral hops mix in also. The hop aroma dominates and masks any possable malty aroma. Very hoppy.

Wow, this beer tastes good. It tastes exactly like it smells. Very hoppy. Grassy mostly, but some pine and floral hops are present also. It has a citrus flavor also. As with the aroma, no malt is present.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a strong grassy aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer is not a session beer. It is very aggressive, and it is high in alcohol.

Overall: When I say this beer at Hollingshead's, I was so excited to finally get to try it. I was not at all let down. This beer is great. I hope to find it again in the future.

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very cloudy, slightly dark amber. The head starts nicely but dies quickly. A touch of lace on the glass.

The aroma is overpower...I smelled the fresh hop when I opened the bottle. No malt here.

This is an extreme beer. This might be the bitterest beer I've ever had. If you wish to push the envelope, this is a great one to try. Full bodied with expected carbonation.

This would never be a regular beer. Yet, it is special and well worth trying against other extreme beers.

Photo of 1whiskey
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first Triple IPA...I've looking forward to this.

22 oz bomber poured into a globe glass. Deep amber color is topped with a huge, billowing head (yeah hop proteins!)

Smells somewhat bitterweet. Great floral aromas with caramel sweetness and fruitiness are undercut with a muted wormwood bitterness. I'm eager to taste...

Taste is...a little one dimesional. Sharp hop bitterness is balanced by....nothing. It's not balanced. Now I like my hoppy beers, mind you, but I also like a strong malt base to support it. It's all grapefruit and a little pine and nothing else. All that hoppy goodness and no malt to match. What a shame. I'm not going to slam this, as any hophead will enjoy it, but I am certainly disappointed as I was really looking forward to trying this. I blame Stone's 10th Anniversary ale. It may have ruined Imperial IPA's for me. Nothing else compares well :)

Mouthfeel is actually pretty dry, and the body is suprisingly light. Which goes to my point about needing more malt. Decent carbonation. As for drinkability, it would be tough to handle more than one of these.

Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice, darkish caramel color - looks nice and thick. Great white/tan head that lasts for a good while, especially considering the alcohol.

S: Man, that's one hoppy beer. Hops are in your face as soon as you smell it.

T: Bracing bitterness. Love it. Hops all around. There's some pretty strong malt presence back there, you just can't taste it. The hops overpower any malt flavor. And that is ok by me in this case. Want yourself a bitter, hoppy double ipa, you've got it. Yeah, it's got the floral hops and all, but the real point here is the bitterness. Mmmm. Delicious. It actually reminds me of Bigfoot a little bit - that same bracing quality as fresh Bigfoot.

M: Nice and thick, a little sticky too. Very enveloping and very welcome. Good for a cold night by the fire eating some really spicy food.

D: Actually, quite drinkable for me. It shouldn't really be that drinkable - it's thick, very bitter, and higher alcohol - yet I could drink this all day. And man did that bomber go fast. The great taste of the beer helps keep it drinkable in its own way.

I must say, I love this beer. If I want something really bitter - like when having a good spicy chorizo burrito or the like, there are two beers I would reach for. Bigfoot, and this. Want something to truly ruin your palate? Pick this up.

Photo of Maestro
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange with a big, frothy head.

Smell: Moss, leaves, tea, grapefruit, oranges, toast

Taste: Spicy and smoky, lots of strong, leafy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is great! By far, my favorite product from Moylan's. The hops seem to be a unique combination. I really appreciate the way this beer was taken to another level.

Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden with a nice fluffy white head. Nice lacing as well. Smell jumps out of the bottle and is nothing but hops. Citrus at first then some floral and grassy notes.
Tastes true to the smell, big citrus hops up front, slight malt sweetness in the middle and a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick and slightly thin.
Very nice brew. I like it a lot, but at $6 a bomber there are other hop monsters I can buy cheaper and taste just as good.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9.2% ABV. The label indicates Tomahawk, Cascade, and Centennial hops. Poured a very nice copper color, and pretty clear too. Thick tan fluffy head, which holds together very well. A blast of hop aroma can be sensed from across the room, no maybe the whole house. No mistaking the style here. Huge floral, dominant citrusy, and pine hop aroma. There is a decent malt background, which seem slightly toasty, but are no match for what is about to happen. Piney, floral and citrusy in the front, but then the hops seem to fade into a perfume like quality. As it is drank, grat patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass. Overly bitter, with not much sweetness to put up a fight. A bit thin. More sweetness could make this one spectacular. Finishes so dry, which hurts the drinkability a bit for me. Alcohol is somewhat restrained, but will sneak up at the end. Enjoyable.

Photo of mcallister
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy shade of amber. thick and full white head has terrific retention and leaves a thick lace behind.

Full of lush layers of hop goodness. Grapefruit slaps you in the face and is followed with other citrusy aromas as well as some piney aspects that are drowned out by the citursy-ness. Other flowery aromas as well as the most minute bit of malt.

Rich with hops obviously, hell very hoppy yet very good. Only complaint is it is a little thin but nothing that deters me from wanting more. The rich citrusy hops, leave you wanting another drink to quench your thirst they are so drying, it's basically a no win situation. Flowery, grapefruity, peach goodness. Mid palate is lacking roundness but otherwise delicious.

Because of the immense amount of hops it would be hard to drink many of these.

Photo of
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber.

Hazy, amber in color. Medium size, light tan head. "Pucker Up" according to the bottle.

Smell is grapefruit and pine resin, I think you could strip paint with this, but I mean that in a good way. Some fruit scent as well, maybe peach.

Hops are what this is all about, and you get a grapefruit mashed right in your face. A biscuity note for about a 1/4 second when the hops let it peek through. Just a bit of sweet, again peach, as the beer warms a bit. Tiniest hint of alcohol, otherwise, very well hidden. Make no mistake, this beer is not about balance.

Medium + in body. Carbonation seems medium. Dry in finish, with quite a bit of alcohol warming along the way.

Hell of an IPA/DIPA/TIPA, whatever it is. All about the hops which is fine by me. It will absolutely ruin your palate for later, so watch out.

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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