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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 142
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 08-11-2005

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Photo of hunteraw
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!!!

Photo of Jason
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of instrumentality
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of UnionMade
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of uvascotto
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Photo of Oxymoron
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JMD71
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of rayjay
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!!

Photo of taez555
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cbreitro
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbl2
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber clear enough to see laces of carbonated bubbles coming to the top that leaves a thick white lace that is frothy and sticky. The smell is pine, citrus, lemon and lime, grapefruit, honey, and grass. The taste is extremely bitter upfront with a honey sweetness but it is far from balanced. This is a hop bomb fantasticly bitter, although one-sided still very enjoyable and finishes with a musty, grass, bitterness.

Photo of gonzo138
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

im going through a bit of an IPA phase right now, I work at a high end liquor store (Sun Devil Liquor, Mesa, Az) and asked one of my coworkers for a good IPA. I said I liked 'em real hoppy and thats exactly what I got. This is one of the most beautiful hop bombs ive ever had. The smell was enough to almost sting the nose a little, nice golden orange color, nice lite mouthfeel, with a knock you off your ass super hopped flavor, defintely will buy and drink much more of this beer.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

***Thanks to fellow BA IntriqKen for the bottle!***

Bottle label is different from the painted bottle on BA. This bomber is all mine! Pours out with a vitreous orange amber hue topped with a splotchy blotchy antique white head cap that leaves a residual lace pinted to the inside of the glass.

Stella aromatic perfection of brutal hops assaulting the olfactory. Deep woody pine sawdust resin and a grapefruit rind peel acidic tantalizing bouquet.

First swigs: Initial tongue lashing citrus sizzle of rude hops that march on and take names later. Dryness is intense. An immediate drying hits the instant that the flavor washes over. Middle is mostly a woody resiny double. Simcoe or Amarillo must be in there. Grapefruit peel and pulpy orange is brutal.

Thick rich body that leaves no tongue unpunished. Acidic sandpaper drinker. Dusty bone dry.

Last swigs: Hopsickle is a splendid treat! Superb double IPA. I would buy a case of this at any price any day! Truly a must seek beer!

Beer is good. Happy big BIG 2IPA beering.

Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz bottle a hazy, slightly turbid golden-orange color topped by an inch or so of stark white, creamy head. Aroma of pure, spicy, floral, piney hops, a whiff of grapefruit, and a significant amount of alcohol. Palate is overwhelmed by a ton of assertive, spicy, and bitter hops, offset very slightly by some mellow malt. Notes of pine, grapefruit, and strongly assertive alcohol. Finish leaves a lingering grassy-pine flavor. Body is nice and creamy, with a touch of stickiness. For such a strong ale, this is still pretty easy to drink. Watch yourself, though; at over 9%, it's an ass-kicker.

Photo of loren01
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from bomber a cloudy orangish/amber color. 2 finger frothy white head, good head retention.
S: This is probably the best smelling beer out of a bottle that I can remember. Hops, hops and more hops. Very citrusy. Smells like good weed.
T: Huge hop flavor, this beer tates very fresh. Nice citrusy/hop flavor, not too over the top bitter though.
M: Near perfect carbonation, slightly dry mouthfeel
D: This beer is nearly perfect in every way possible. I only wish that I could buy it up here in MT. One of the best beers I have ever had I do believe. Thanks to GClarkage for this awesome beer!!

Photo of lackenhauser
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice, amber to orange in color. Nice white head. Huge fresh mown grass aroma-this sucker just screams "fresh hops". I mean FRESH!!! Its like I just pulled them off my hop vines in the backyard-amazing. Out of this world hop flavor. Obviously VERY hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter. Just an extremely huge hop flavor. Citrusy and grassy. Nice mellow maltiness to balance the whole thing together. Its like sucking on a hop cone. Finish is a tad dry. Great body-not overly slick mouthfeel wise-I love that character in a beer but it's not here and that's ok with me. Very, very drinkable beer. Has to be the best US double IPA I have had. Thanks a million to beerrun13 for this treat after our trade was done. Whoa yeah!!!

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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