1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

Not Rated.
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,571 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,571
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 143
Gots: 94 | 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:
Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 08-11-2005

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,571 | Reviews: 934 | Display Reviews Only:
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!!!

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours out an unremarkable cloudy orange with obscure hints of oversized, sheer bubbles rising with speed. eggy, airy foam sits atop the brew and leaves lace cakes to be reckoned with. shows some visual strength.

beautiful aroma.. brown sugar double malt presence works well with an herbal tea odor. throw in some sun-baked grass clippings and sugar-sprinkled grapefruit and here you have it. this is one rambunctiously green smellin' ipa.

whoah there soldier.. this beer isn't quit as easy to drink as i imagined. it has a nice, super-sweet molasses start, which quickly jumps into an oily hop bitterness.. thankfully low on the chalk factor. maybe i should have poured this into a snifter and not an imperial pint...warmth brings out some funk which distracts from the pleasant sweetness, kind of like the super extreme hop profile has disintegrated slightly into a mildy-super extreme, leaving behind some faint aluminum foil and rotten orange peels. still, the predominant thing here is loads of fresh hops, and moylan's doesn't disappoint in that.

look for fresh bottles, but either way, highly recommended.

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

Hop aroma erupted from the bottle like few others. It's akin to sticking your nose in a bag of hops. Chewy, sweet caramel malt and alcohol stand up well against the sack of hops. Flavorfull floral hop taste up front followed by the malty alcohol, and it all wraps up in a solid chunk of grapefruit. I'm not sure any of the other aspects matter with this hop monster, but I'll take a stab. Glowing apricot colored beer is hazy, which is no surprise with this level of hopping. Poured a small off-white head that never amounted to much, but left some speckles of lace as I drank the beer. Somehow both the aroma and mouthfeel are thick and chewy; go figure. I'm loving it right now, but I'm going to wait until I finish the bottle to count on drinkability. In the mean time I'll check to make sure I have the word "hop" in every sentence.... It's still looking pretty good. Flavors intensify as it warms. The only thing I could see getting in the way of drinkability is the intensely bitter finish. If you're looking for an IIPA this is it.

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

The beer poured an amber golden with a minimal head that quickly faded. You could tell that this beer was so saturated with hop oils that it suppressed any chances of a big head.

The aroma was absolutely unreal and wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated so it wasn't smackingly sweet like, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in IPAs and DIPAs. Many brewers out there bottle condition their DIPAs, but in my opinion, the yeast cake zaps much of the intended potency of the beer after a few months. When it comes to DIPAs, I'm in favor of enough time for flavors to meld, but not mellow.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. As I mentioned the beer was well attenuated and considering it was 9.2%, it was in no way too heavy and very drinkable. If you're lucky enough to find it on the shelves, buy as many as you can.

Photo of pjwilson
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: a very hazy deep red color, with nice head. I'm think the whole imperial Red thing is just brewer preference. you could call this an imperial Red, because it is red. but so was the moylan's ipa and regular dipa, which i wasn't the biggest fan of. only in california can a a brewer have a "regular" DIPA and then also come out with a special one. uh yeah, very, very hazy...(hops!)

smell: mmm hops. and malt. very similar to the other moylan's ipas, somehow i like this more. i like what Bear Republic does better, but sorry that's off subject. you can smell a nice caramal blending in with the cascades.

taste: the first taste is a blast of stingy hoppiness, followed by a hoppy middle. also in the middle are some nice smooth caramal malts that hold the whole thing together. no alcohol in the taste. pretty darn good. not really bitter at all. perhaps under-bittered.

mouthfeel: nice oiliness. like drinking hop resin. one should expect that when the beer is called hopsickle and has little hop pictures all over it.

drinkability: a nice drinkable DIPA. If you need hops injected into your bloodstream stat, , this is your beer. truthfully, this won't become a staple for me. to borrow from another reviewer, this is truly a one-dimensionial bottle of boredom.

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

Pours a gorgeous orange-yellow with a half finger head that melts to a lasting, sticky lacing.
Aroma is pure fresh leafy green hops.
Taste is immediately fresh green hops, then citrus bite hops, then more hops. This beer is definately all about the hops. I find no malt (although a sweet hop taste) and no alcohol (although it comes in at over 9 %)
Aftertaste of...uh...uh....uh....citrus hops!
If you are a hop lover, this is heaven in a bottle. I have never smelled nor tastes hops so fresh except maybe while I was brewing and just opened a brand new package of leaf hops.
Geeze...I love this beer. I think they went after something and nailed it right on.

Photo of yelterdow
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at just above fridge temperature in a large tasting glass. Thanks to Ego for the bottle, time for some hops!

Appearance- Pours a fantastic burning orange, like a summer sunset, with a wicked three finger head that looks amazing. Craggy, massive lacing drags behind.

Smell- A superb blend of citrusy, oily hops combined with your pine cone aromas attack the nose immediately, with enough finesse to showcase the malt too. A faint note of the ABV lingers inside the glass... this is nice.

Taste- An intense, tongue-gripping bitterness takes hold and dumps hop juice everywhere... this is a hopbomb like goes where few others would dare. As strong as this beer is, I wouldn't call it a mess by any means... it's just a bit one-sided with no malt backbone for balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Wow... what a surprisingly thin mouthfeel, after a bold-as-balls display in the sight and aroma departments! What little carbonation there is in the beginning crackles away fast into a quick, light finish that seems inappropriate for the style. The alcohol kick begins its descent in the belly and extremities, but I am not sipping and savoring like I might with a 90-minute. All in all, a pretty beer with a great smell and decent taste that was not all that easy to get through.

Photo of karst
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Marc77 for sending me this treasure.

A famous gourmet cook stated " We first eat (drink) with our eyes" but the extreme aroma of Hopsickle closes your eyes and brings back the memories of a 100 brew sessions when you hovered over the boil just after adding a load of hops. Aroma 5.0!! This alone makes this a must try IIPA.

My 4.0 L New Belgium tulip glass off gassed these amazing aromatics from a burn orange brew with "hop turbidity" and a finger of creamy head from a rough pour - both head and lace were persistant.

Hops aside the miracle of Hopsickle IIPA is a balance of its massive IBUs and hop flavors with out going over the line on unfermentables. It never becomes cloying Piney-grapefruit rind bitterness and alcohol dry the palate and finally anestisize the taste buds putting out impulses of hop pleasure/pain! The second miracle is that the 9.2% abv is so well disquised.

Hopsickle is so intense that it takes a hit on drinkability. I shared my bomber with my brew partner and have based some of my rating on his reactions.

Photo of WesWes
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a solid malt scent that is complimented with a large bitter hop aroma. It's powerful and quite floral; very nice. The taste is great. It has a smooth taste that is bitter and full of hops all the way through. The malts help balance the flavor, but the hops dominate. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's got everything and lots of it; a hop lovers delight.

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,571 ratings.