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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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1,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 132
Gots: 73 | 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 kmpitz2


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

10-18-2006 02:21:47 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of nicefix


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

10-18-2006 01:02:44 | More by nicefix
Photo of far333


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

10-05-2006 00:42:40 | More by far333
Photo of tonistruth


4.15/5  rDev +1%

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)

10-02-2006 22:59:07 | More by tonistruth
Photo of WeymouthMike


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%

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 .

10-02-2006 21:26:10 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of Beerzebub


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

09-29-2006 06:14:11 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of hunteraw


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-26-2006 13:44:04 | More by hunteraw
Photo of bigbelcher


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

09-11-2006 15:11:46 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of yemenmocha


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

09-11-2006 04:08:32 | More by yemenmocha
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

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!!!

09-07-2006 05:37:00 | More by Estarrio
Photo of Jason


4.55/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-30-2006 01:55:45 | More by Jason
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

08-28-2006 22:33:59 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of instrumentality


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

08-22-2006 03:00:54 | More by instrumentality
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

08-19-2006 03:32:11 | More by UnionMade
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

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

08-17-2006 03:30:01 | More by bruachan
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

08-12-2006 16:45:16 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

08-11-2006 05:36:24 | More by uvascotto
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3.13/5  rDev -23.8%

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?

08-08-2006 01:38:16 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Oxymoron


4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

08-07-2006 03:16:09 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of JMD71


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

08-03-2006 15:15:48 | More by JMD71
Photo of rayjay


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

Wow this is some hoppy shtuff. Pretty head that goes down fast but lingers on the top, and beautiful lacing, with nice carbonation, just perfect for the style.

Spicy piney resiny hops that just smell up the room. It literally smells like I'm in the walk-in with 100 lbs of hops in front of me.

Malts are light and really let the bitter hops shine through in a major way, and are sweet and coat your mouth. The hops are spicy on my palate too. The alcohol warmth going down my throat adds to the drama. If this weren't beer, it would be hot sauce.

It's just like chewing on hop gum. Actually it's just like chewing on hops. I would drink this even if it had no alcohol.

Dare I say, the hoppiest beer I've ever had????...screw IBU's, I'm talking about what my mouth feels. An outstanding beer. Hoppy as hell and underbalanced, my favorite style!!!

07-27-2006 02:02:40 | More by rayjay
Photo of taez555


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

This beer poured a slightly opaque orange body with a small, but decent, white head.

Nose is super fresh mix of bright, orangey, citrus hops. Sweet sugary caramel and again just a huge huge attack of bright citrus fruit hops. It's not a biting pepper hop, it's really very fruity. Fantastic nose.

Body is medium to full bodied leaning a lot more to the full body. An interesting flow in that it starts big and in your face and just proceeds to climb the hill higher and higher and higher with an astringent hop bitterness in that the finish is light years away from the first sip. Hops are pure citrus peel with a huge attack of fresh flowers. Almost like a celestial seasonings type tea quality even. Little to no malt taste as the hops are soooo overpoweringing. Huge hop bitterness that overpowers any malt taste from beginning to end.

A hop monster that is just over the top. It's decent, but it almost crosses the line in terms of hops, and I'm a huge hophead. Good beer, I wouldn't mind having it again.

07-21-2006 23:41:34 | More by taez555
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4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

Tried this beer at Sunset Grill, after trying another one of Moylan's offerings. The Hopsicle was outstanding. Seemed like you could smell the hops five feet away, and what a bouquet. They use several kinds of hops.

The beer is very strong, both in ABV and hoppiness, but neither is overpowrering. The hops are not too bitter, but rather have a tinge of sweetness. The alcohol taste is minimal. This is one of my favorite double IPAs.

It is a strong but drinkable beer, but watch out or you might drink yourself under the table.

07-14-2006 20:56:02 | More by cbreitro
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

22 oz. bottle. No best by date.


Pours a deep copper hue topped by over an inch of off-white tight foam that settles ridiculously slowly, leaving behind a fine lace.


Imagine a pine forest that grew grapefruits, and you get an inkling as to what this beer smells like. A touch of maple-resin thrown in for good measure.


Fantastic! This is everything their Double IPA is, and then some. Intensely hoppy with a lovely ripe grapefruit sensation, but superbly balanced by a richly sweet malt backbone, which was lacking in the Double. Alcohol is more noticeable in this one, than their double, but tempered more as well by the malt sweetness. An excellent brew. Glad I stumbled upon 4 brews from this brewery today!

07-11-2006 20:19:15 | More by cbl2
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Looks like really cloudy apricot juice. Nice frothy off white head is doing some serious damage to the sides of the glass.

S: Very citrusy. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lime zest. Lots of caramel and a bit of pine.

T: Pure hop juice. Very resiny with loads of grapefruit, begins very malty/alcohol sweet...remind me of orange juice. This transitions to piney hops with a massive bittering wash...almost becomes sour at this point. The bitterness stays with the palate for quite some time.

M: Full bodied and thick.

D: This is the most bitter beer I've had. I really can't drink it that often. For the over the top hop heads, this is a must find.

07-10-2006 01:28:47 | More by Westsidethreat
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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