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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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1,514 Ratings

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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 GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

12/06/05- Purchased at Andronico's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottling date imprinted on the glass. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden pour with a bit of orange and a bit of light brown murkyness. Smaller 1/2 inch head at best with better than average lace.

Smell- Very nice floral, fruity and piney boquet. Kind of every good hop scent in here. Not too overpowering.

Taste- Pretty damn bitter with pine sap flavors combined with grapefruit and lemon. Malt is there, but doesn't have much in this brew. Wish it would come into play more. It does a bit as it warms though.

Mouthfeel- Bitter and drying mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Pliny it's not, but, it is very hoppy like it states. This would be more of a winner in my book if they threw some more malt in there to round it out. Otherwise it's still a good brew worth trying.

GClarkage, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

This bomber was traded to me by BA RedwoodGeorge along with its sister beer White Knuckle DIPA. This one was poured into a imperial pint glass for the purpose of the review, where it came of light copper in color, with a thick beige foam leaving gobs of lacing with each sip. Smell was subdued for a west coast breweries product, with more of an earthy English hop profile and some alcohol in the nose. Taste was bit too well balanced with the hops not quite having a knock back punch, and as a result sweet fruity malts being permitted to show off flavors of pear, pineapple, and mandarin orange. The hops that were present were more spicy and grassy than bitter. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than average, which might have been the result of the airy carbonation. Very drinkable and light DIPA had nothing particularly wrong with it, but I liked White Knuckle’s take no prisoners approach to the style a lot better.

rajendra82, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Mark
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

When I saw this Imperial IPA from Moylan's I snatched it up. Copper in color with a nice head that left moderate lacing. Aroma is top notch, like sticking your face in a bag of fresh hops. Taste profile was of course sharp hops but seemed to have good balance. Actually believe it or not I expected more of a over the top hoppiness. Thick as motor oil if one likes that. A bit too high in the ABV dept to score a high drinkability though it is damm good.

Mark, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

22oz bomber, Thanks to lou91

appearance: pours a cloudy dark copper/burnt orange, with a foamy white head and pretty fair lacing

smell: well, lets see...HOPS...quite floral, heavy on the citrus flavors (orange, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot), slight pine...some obvious maltiness down under, some nice herbal/earthy aromas

taste: definately a hop monster...hops are fruity and bittersweet, wet and juicy grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, orange. Nice malt structure to match the over the top hoppiness

mouthfeel: medium bodied, juicy and bittersweet hops

drinkability: about average, a little bitter

Thanks again lou91 for the apparently rare California DIPA...certainly worth trying if you see it

dirtylou, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

This poured to a nice amber color with a medium head that lasted well. There is some lace, but most of it slides back down.

The smell is very nice, bringing a full range of floral and pine from hops. Hops are assertive all the way through the taste. The mouthfeel is dominated by bitterness, and drinkability is pretty good.

This one is all about the hops, while Moylander had a better supporting cast.

watermelonman, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Well I walked into the Stuffed Sandwich, ordered myself a BLT, and quickly became at a loss with all of the beer choices. What was really appealing to me, well Marlene came to the rescue and said that they just got a shipment of something hoppy that i might like. She went to the back and pulled out a bottle of this here Hopsickle, a beer I have been wanting to try.

The aroma is quite raw and hoppy, I get notes of pine, light citrus and a nice floral note. The beer is served just cool, which is perfect. The beer pours with a frothy creamy light tan colored head and is a rich amber hue. The nose has notes of grapefruit and is just so pungent and hoppy. The taste is soft and creamy, yet still aggressively hoppy. There is some very nice malt here as well, though it is of course muted and in the background, but it helps to bring out fruity citrus hop notes of tangerine, grapefruit and orange. The finish is hot and bitter, but with in the boundaries for this lover of hops. In the end this beer is soft & smooth, yet biting & aggressive, wonderfully floral, aromatic and a nice citrus character.

Gueuzedude, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of lou91
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

The nose smelled like SN Bigfoot and for those who don’t know that means big hops. It smelled so good my mouth watered and I couldn’t wait to get a taste. The pour left a nice head, which quickly dissipated. There is lot going on - grapefruit, citrus, pine, caramel, buttered popcorn. The hops are a unique blend making for a very satisfying hop bath on your palate. As it warmed the aroma was just stuck in my chimay glass giving me a great blast of hops on every sip. This is a solid DIPA. Review #91!

lou91, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

Hopsickle delivers an absolute knockout aroma. This is what heaven smells like (and I may as well get it now in a bottle ‘cause this is as close as I’m likely to get in the afterlife.) Damn, that smells good. (You see, it’s language like that that’s gonna keep me out of heaven. Oh well, fuck it.)

Pours a warmly luminous garnet color trailing full sheets of lace on the glass. The body is also very full and holds a fair measure of fine, suspended particulate. Carbonation is modest but a smart sudsy head holds its own throughout a leisurely drinking.

This is hop candy to be certain. The green hop flavor is raw and profuse and saturates the flavor design of this imperial ale from start to finish. But there’s also enough malt balance here to appease the greater sensibilities and those hops rest securely on a lush malty sweetness. The finish is surprisingly abrupt and doesn’t scorch the palate, and the malts are never threatened with overpowering by excessive bittering. Some imperials are known to leave tire tracks on the palate from imprudent hop bombardment. Hopsickle avoids these pitfalls and achieves a strong ale that is seductively drinkable.

RedDiamond, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Appearance: 22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass. Golden orangish red color with a fluffy off white head. The head shows decent retention but not much lacing on the sides of the glass. Not a sticky head.

Smell: Strong pine scents, apple, pineapple, mint, herb garden spices, rosemary, and wild flowers. Not a bad lot of aromas to stuff into one beer. Very fragrant. The nose can be smelled as it is poured and without needing to get up close to the glass. That is commendable. I suspect most, if not all, of these scents come from the hops. Though sweet smelling, they are all backed with a generaly earthy scent.

Taste: Considering the nose, this was a disappointment. The flavor is not complex and inviting like the nose. There is a strong and lasting hop bitterness coupled with some honey sweetness and oily pine flavors. That is not the complexity that I was hoping for after smelling the beer. The flavor is just hops. That hardly qualifies as complex or well balanced in my book. No good malty flavor to back any of it up and get into. The 9.2% is well hidden, but that is about the only accolade I can give the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, smooth, but so smooth it almost goes unnoticed on my palate. Hop has some bite, but not much. I suspect any aging of this beer would castrate it completely and make it a pansy of a beer.

Drinkability: The nose really is the best part of this beer experience. Other beers should wish to smell this good. But the flavor is uneventful. Perhaps this one dimensional bottle of boredom will clue in brewers that a bottle of pure hop flavor does not qualify as a good an balanced beer with attractive flavor. Sure, as a one off it is ok, but one offs don't make a brewery.

BrewMaster, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%


Yep, this one's all about the hops - no pretense of balance here and that's all right because no balance was promised.

The pour is plenty attractive with a deep orange brew sporting a thick off-white head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing but considering the high ABV that's no surprise.

The smell is possibly the best part of this brew; it's nothing but pure, sweet hops. There's a strong citric component to the nose as well as a fresh cut lawn aroma. From the smell I'm surprised the beer isn't green.

Taste follows nose - hops, hops and again more hops. There's only the faintest trace of grain here and perhaps a wee bit of sweetness that's as likely to come from the alcohol as it is from the malt. The first, third, fifth and sixth tastes you'll experience are hops. The Cascade and Centennial notes are easy to pick out with plenty of grapefruit rind but there's one odd black pepper echo that I'm going to guess is due to the Tomahawk hops.

Mouthfeel is as you'd want from a bottle conditioned IPA - plenty of soft, velvety fuzz. The body is medium heavy and the carbonation is enough to clear the palate. There is, as you'd expect, a reasonably bitter aftertaste from the hops that lingers for quite a while.

All in all a drinkable brew but not something you'd put in your normal rotation. If you've been drinking malty porters for the past week and want to really hit the hop juice, this is certainly a good way to go. Being an Imperial (double) Pale Ale with an ABV in the stratosphere I can't imagine being very useful after a few of these. Hopsickle is a fitting tribute to the hop and certainly something I'd recommend you experience at least once...

RedwoodGeorge, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of KingSlender
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%

22 oz bomber picked up at La Bodega in Riverside. Neat all-green etched artwork on bottle gives tribute to the hop monster that lies ahead.

Glassware - Magic Hat Pint

Pours a magnificent dark orange with a light tan head that sits on top of the beer like silk.

The smell...wow...truely amazing. A pure hop explosion (centennial, cascade, and tomohawk) hits your nostrils like ammonia. This smells like one of my super-hopped homebrews.

The taste is big, juicy and surprisingly balanced. Blasts of grapefruit and pine hit up front with a sweet and smooth malt trailing behind. Goes down way to easy and at 9.2% could be a game ender!

This is one of the best Double IPAs that I've had in a while. I'm dreaming of trying a cask version of this down the road.

KingSlender, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
5/5  rDev +21.4%

This is the real thing, folks. Make no doubt about it. I'm honored to be only the 2nd reviewer of this gem. Sorry I don't have a picture of the bottle. It's a fern green colored painted on label that reads Moylan's 2005 Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale. On the back is written "In celebration of the hop...this is a hop tribute...worthy of a king..." It's every bit of that. It pours a subperb, thick frosty root beer-like head with lacing that lasts forever. The hops is a "blast" of Tomohawk, Cascade and Centennial. It's a perfect blend of malt and hops. It's the hop heads' dream. It weighs in at 9.2% alcohol by volume, so go easy. It reminds me a bit of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, but definitely of the bold, hoppy West Coast style. It's hops on steroids! Wow. I can't imagine anyone brewing a better West Coast-style Imperial IPA than this. Until now, I don't think I've ever given a beer a perfect score.

ChappyCubsFan, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of RootedFool
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%

Wow, a lovely attack of hops as soon as I uncapped the bottle. Pours solid, deep gold with a slow-rising head that barely pulls above half an inch and is ashy white (not as bad as it sounds) in color. Smell: deep and thick waft of hops: pine resin, grapefruit, lemon, fruit cake! some melon juice sweetness in there as well -- huge! Taste: wow, so sweet upfront, like biting into a fresh slice of honeydew; around each edge of my palate come two strong slugs of piercing hop love, followed by a third wave of bitterness straight up the center of my tongue and around the roof of my mouth, backed up nicely by a caramel malt sweetness. This is a monster. Mouthfeel is light, but just heavy enough. Plenty carbonated.

For such a beast, this is well-balanced.

I should note, yeah, I feel some alcohol heat going down, but it's so well masked under the killer onslaught of hops and that perfect malt backbone.

RootedFool, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

Moylan's Hopsickle (Imperial IPA)
Served at Mammoth Beer Festival 2005

Appearance: Dark Amber, A nice foamy head that diminishes to a small ring in short time but stays throughout.

Smell: Very pungent scent of sweet hops and citrus presence. This beer has taken some time to develop. It gives off a scent that opens the eyes because the flavor IS there.

Taste: Flavor is of sweet citrusy fresh hops. The beer has the similarities of something that has been run through a Randall. This beer goes down VERY smoothly and leaves no acidic aftertones. Very good!

Mouthfeel: Not overpowering but you can really taste the hops. To a hophead this beer is a great find.

Drinkabilliliillillity: For such a high alcohol content(9.2%), this beer is very drinkable and almost dangerous. The alcohol is very well hidden by Mr. Moylan and his crew. A must find in any hopheads journey.

At the Mammoth Beer Festival there was ONE bottle on the jockey box and the brewer informed me that this is being distributed. FIND IT!

LongBeachHopHead, Aug 11, 2005
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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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