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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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Reviews: 937
Hads: 1,624
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 152
Gots: 111 | FT: 2
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

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Reviews: 937 | Hads: 1,624
Photo of Mikecap
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Chimes, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium copper amber with a nice frothy whitish head that fades pretty quickly, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell: Piney and earthy with some grass and great hoppiness. A bit of citrus but more hop forward, nice nonetheless.

Taste: Hoppy up front with a nice west coast pine character, some citrus fruit and more earthiness. Pretty bitter but real solid on the taste here. A bit of sweetness from the malt but not a syrupy malt bomb like some DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice crisp bitterness but good balance. Drinks very easily for its size as the alcohol is masked by great hoppiness.

Overall: This one impressed me. A nice bitter DIPA which is how I like 'em, not too malty. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of TXBulldog
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip glass.

A rich amber, almost shading to copper. Poured with a lovely foamy head that left behind some substantial lacing as it subsided.

Nose is hops, hops, and more hops. Nothing particularly floral or exotic. It's not actually that overwhelming, but there's not much else to get. It comes across as focused rather than one-note though, and this was one of my favorite things about this beer.

Bitter, bitter, bitter. This thing is a hop bomb all the way. Unlike the nose though, it comes out a little muddled . Not bad by any means, but a little disappointing.

Very nice and crisp from all those bittering hops.

Not the most complex of the super-hopped beers out there, but there's something to be said for being straightforward. Not something I would have regularly, but I can see myself being in the mood to pick this up again.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slightly caramelly golden hue with a half finger tan head. Light lace left like hop shrapnel down the glass as I drink.

S - Hops. It really did not seem that aromatic to me, but what I did get out of it was hops.

T - Holy hops and bitter. Pine and lemon Rhine. Even the after taste leaves a strong hop. Decent taste of alcohol.

M - Fairly thick with low-moderate carbonation.

Overall - Whew... I guess I didn't know what to expect, but this was hoppy. Imperially so. Tripple hoppy, in fact. I feel that some hoppy beers maintain a balance and this does NOT do that. This is even less balanced than the US budget.

A little too much for me to drink often, but would drink again AND recommend to hop heads. Also, a nice strong, heavy beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy dark orange/amber. Lots of conditioning poured into the snifter. Foam looks fluffy. Has a taupe color to it with good lacing stickiness.

Lots of pine, resin, hemp oil, malty orange, toasty sweetness, and a spare citrus melange. Not picking up a lot of grapefruit just yet, but I'm sure it's there.

Peppery spiciness of hops and booze. Piney and woody, yet dank. Furnished with bitter, almost sour, orange and floral hops, too. Lots of sticky pine and toasty grain maltiness. Hints of rind and treacle. Big and tough.

Booze, it's got a lot of, but very withstanding. Body is medium. Carbonation loses steam throughout the drink, but it still a little sudsy after the opening onslaught.

A really good DIPA. Piney and prickly. Named almost perfectly.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopsickle pours a darker copper color with a nice lacing head. There is a strong hoppy and floral aroma. The taste is weaker, and rather balanced. Again weak feel, almost watery, some awkward harsh bitterness at the end. Overall its an okay IPA, the weak flavors make it more drinkable but its not the most enjoyable.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an amber-orange-brown with ample head. Head disappates well to a thin layer on top of the glass. Spotted lacing present.

S: Piney, sweet, hoppy, but something holds it back from a higher score.

T: More pine and spicy hops. Plenty of malting present to offset the high bitterness. Stays bitter throughout where many Imperial IPAs have more of a sweet taste. Excellent.

M: Slightly larger carbonation disappates on the tongue quickly. Flavor lingers on the tongue and cheeks a bit.

O: Really great brew.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep golden in color, almost orange. Slightly hazy. Bone white head retains at a half inch. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Dank and resiny. Lots of bitter, pulpy ruby red grapefruit. Lighter notes of mango and tangerine. Estery scents add a touch of starfruit and pineapple. Spicy alcohol in the background. Toasted grain and bread, faint caramel. This smells like it'll be a beast.

T: Gargantuan wave of face-melting bitterness. Intensely bitter and spicy hops. Heavy resin, aggressive spicy herbal edge, ruby red grapefruit. Just a coarse, rough hop onslaught dialed up to 11. The bitterness never subsides, and it actually builds if you can believe it. Catty. Fleeting notes of tangerine and other tropical fruits pop out here and there. Toasty and biscuity malts barely make it through. Spicy spike of alcohol toward the back. Tongue clamping spicy and resiny bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. Hop astringency lays down a heavy enamel scraping feel. Alcohol warmth.

O: This beer is nuts. I've had a whole lot of IPAs and DIPAs in my time, but this one still takes the cake in terms of overall perceived bitterness and hop punch. This is the holy grail for all you hop junkies out there. You almost have to be a masochist to enjoy this. Pit it against the hottest wings or the most intense peppers you can find. It will hold its own.

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Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, hazy. One finger orangish frape head. Good retention for abv. Nice lacing as well. Moderate carbonation. Tiny bubbles.

S: Dank. Lots of tangerine and grapefruit pulp and a ridiculous amount of caramel and spice from the malt.

T: Bitter. That's for sure. Begins with the same ripe citrus pulp combined with the malted sweetness is overloaded with hoppiness. Mid swig and it's on. Blast of floral hoppiness runs through until the finish, where it turns a bit astringent. Aftertaste of tangerine that lasts for minutes.

M: Medium bodied. I was worried with the 9.2 abv that this one would feel over the top. It is, but only the tiniest little bit. The slamming hop bitterness distracts from the somewhat round nature of this beer's mouthfeel.

O: Winner winner. Damn bitter. Damn good. Damn, it's $14 a bomber?! Still, it was worth trying.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A deep clear amber pour with a one inch foamy head which leaves minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts, honey, cantaloupe, grapefruit and more grapefruit.

T - Like the nose, tons of grapefruit with some honey and caramel malts, finishing with more grapefruit and a touch of aspirin. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Smooth and oily with a dry, bitter finish. The bitterness hangs around the tongue forever after the last sip. Carbonation is medium.

O - A tasty, bitter DIPA with a well-hidden 9.2 ABV. Give it a try if you love hop-bombs, otherwise avoid.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows big citrus fruit with orange marmalade and tangerine alongside soft pine and resinous hops. Also some clean malt and soft booze.
Very aggressive flavours. Massive pine and grapefruit with just a little malt underneath. Very sharp bitterness in the finish mixing with the booze. Almost harsh.
Nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's Brewery - Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

Look - Pours a copper amber tinged with a glorious soapy head. Full sticky lacing. A little rambunctious in the carbonation.

Smell - Bitter citrus grapefruit/lemony hops with rich malt underneath. Mouth-watering.

Taste - Malts get overridden by a wave of blasty hops. It seems like it's about to fade out but it comes back in like the tide, getting more and more potent over time. Holy moly!

Mouthfeel - Even with the hop assault and high ABV this is quite drinkable. Sticky smooth malts, only slightly boozy but it stays quite smooth.

Overall - Solid hop blast. Hops heads will thoroughly enjoy. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We pour a dark brew of burnt sienna, with lighter hues of orange let through around the top. It holds a one and a half finger head of toffee colored bubbles, showing decent retention into a massive aggregate of soapy bubbles. This is easily reproducible. Thick, geographic patterns of lacing are left all around the glass. Clarity is low, as a thick, cidery haze permeates the beer, with flecks of tiny sediment found here and there. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose is very malt forward, with deep toffee, roasty caramels, and salty molasses. These notes are, however, met by big hoppy qualities of pine and raw grassiness, with a nice amount of mineral and earthiness to them as well. Otherwise the aroma is fleshed out with browned apple sweetness, light maple sugars, warmed cinnamon, clove, vinyl plastics, iced tea tannins, and soft lemony citrus. With warmth comes a cooled milkiness, with a bit more to the acidic side of the balance, along with more herbal spiciness of hops, and an interesting curry and turmeric heat. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more bitter than expected, with a surprising robustness to the hops that was hidden by the big malty aroma. As we sip, the taste begins with heavy caramel sugars that are quickly cut by impressively bittered soapy and citric hops. The booze is also immediately apparent, with additional dryness coming from that aromatic tannic quality and dried walnuts. The peak is the mildest moment of the sip, with mineral water wash, rock salt, cooled stone, and earthy hops. Pulling to the finish are further notes of bitterness through plastic phenols, herbal clove dust, bittered mineral, chalky yeast, fusel booze, and a surprising cooling smoothness of buttery diacetyls with warmth. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, yeast, bittered soapy, earthy, herbal, and somewhat piney hops, lemon rind, mineral, roasty coffee-like malts, and raw clove. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium, but soft. Each sip gives big slurpability, with nice cream and froth through the middle, and pleasant finishing pop and smack. The mouth is left bone dry and chalky following an initial syrupy coating and cooling. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is a quick sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma. With warmth it seemed that every time we sniffed it became a different beast. At first there was this seemingly impenetrable wall of caramel sugariness, with malts all day long. As it progressed the hops blossomed before your eyes, giving appropriate bitterness, fruit, and twang. Through the taste is where they pull the old switcheroo, with the hugely puckering, bittered hop onslaught of hops across the tongue to follow. This was definitely unexpected, and kind of threw us a bit. Otherwise the sip is soft and nicely contributory, and this is sipping, sharable beverage.

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Photo of Hendry
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The name itself invites hop hungry seekers, and I decided to break down and drop the ten spot. Upon opening the top, it doesn't blow you away with citrus notes, but when poured it exudes a pleasant nose, not one that is hop crazy as the moniker suggests.

It pours a slightly murky off orange with a small white head. The nose is hoppy, if underwhelming a bit. Bready and with some grapefruit rind in the backdrop: inviting enough but not mouthwatering as a $10 bomber should be.

Flavors are full, strongly bitter pine and bread dough, with an oily resinous feel that coats the palate and sticks around for an eternity. The flavor is robust and savory, a bit boozy, and the aftertaste is notably bitter. At 9.2 abv it kicks like a country mule,has an intense bitterness to the hops, but lacks the citrus qualities I lean towards.

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Photo of Premo88
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bomber poured into a large tulip glass

L: murky caramel; 1/2-inch head, off white that tans as it dissipates

S: citrusy hops; more orange than grapefruit; apricot?: definite piney hops but a bit sweeter than some

T: hoppy with a weird aftertaste I'm not placing, almost soapy; apricots or some such citrus note that's different; gets better as it goes down; weird sweetness to the hops; next to no balance ... ultimately a hop salad

F: good weight, carbonation

O: there's something different in this one that I can't place, which normally means I need to drink 2-3 over a 2-3 day run ... it's kind of soapy, but I can tell enough about it to say it's not a bad taste, just something I've not run into yet.

For me, it's not even in the same league as Stone's Enjoy By and not as good as Stone's IPA, *but* to say it's bad would be a lie. It's not my favorite after one bomber of it, but it's interesting enough that I might mix another in at some point.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another addition to the embarassment of riches here in VT.

A: Beautiful light orange color, slightly hazy. Thin head upon pouring that disappears immediately.

S: Floral and piney, with a little citrus and crystal malt. Maybe a hint of oxidation.

T: Nice orange-pine hop flavor with a substantial malt background.

M: Very nice; a little full. My only criticsm is that the hop bitterness is slightly harsh compared to some higher rated versions. Just a satisfying mouthfeel that makes you want to take another sip.

O: Very good, not quite great. Very well balanced, but could have more flair. This beer is pretty far from home, and newly distributed here, so that might handicap it a little.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

9.20% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Bottle was $9.00 USD at a local SoCal bottle shop. "Hopsickle Imperial Ale." Brewed with Tomahawk, Chinook, and Ahtanum. No bottled on or best before date. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Label is pretty uninspired and cheap looking.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger soft beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great (~6 minutes) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light thin lacing as the head slowly recedes. Nicely frothy. Typical of the style but well executed. It's not unique or special, but it's well done within traditional conventions. I see no overt flaws.

Sm: Delightful nectary and piney hop character, with pleasant hop oil. Little bitterness is detectable. Fragrant fresh floral hop character. Pale malts. A bit of grapefruit citrus zing. Some fruitiness. Resinous. A bit grassy. All around an appealing aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Pleasant, fresh, and well executed for the style. The hop choices seem good, and the lack of detectable bitterness is a great sign for the balance. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Pale malts form the foundation. Grapefruit zest is a bit overdone, giving in an unpleasant bitterness that undermines the otherwise decent balance. Good nectary character; I'd say there's honey here but I know better. A bit piney and oily. Hemp on the climax, where it mellows out a bit. Adequate sweetness. The crisp citrusy notes that aren't grapefruit are a highlight. I just wish the balance wasn't so problematic. Another case of a brewery dumping in hops with no eye for balance; having higher IBUs than another IPA does not make yours better. All around, it's a decent double IPA but it suffers the usual problems of American brewed examples of the style. The complexity is there, but there's little subtlety. To its credit, it hides its ABV well. No yeast character comes through. I like the grassy character of the body.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with buttery oily character as well from the piney hops. Carbonation is good, if a bit overdone. Pretty good palate presence. Not too sharp like many IPAs. It doesn't lack body. Suits the flavour profile fairly well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: All around a drinkable enjoyable brew, but its balance issues really hold it back. That bitterness needs to go. A decent offering from Moylan's but nothing to write home about; there's no lack of better offerings in this style here in California, and many are available at a better price point. Hides its ABV well. I might try it on-draught, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Many will love this, but I am not among them. Some of us value balance and subtlety.

High C+

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moylans has arrived in my corner of VT!

Pours a nice golden-copper with a one-finger head into my glass. There's a lot going on for the label. Colors are what I expect.

Pours a strong citrus with grapefruit sticking out with a good hint of bready malt underneath. Good start here.

Bold, bitter, bodacious. Chewy with a hop bite consisting of tomahawk, chinook and ahtanum hops.

Lingering hop bit takes up most of the palate. Not a bad thing! Very intimidating to the taste buds. Warm.

I love it! It's certainly like eating a hopsicle.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sudsy surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves small streaks behind.

S- The intense hop aroma is detected with the glass still sitting on the table. Very sharp, resiny and piney with some mild citrus notes. Grassy with just a hint of malt sweetness. Slightly musty

T- The hops seize the palate with bitterness and don't let go all the way through to the finish. Pretty one dimensional with just grassy hops that have a slight grapefruit note pounding away. Trace amounts of malt and a noticeable alcohol bite.

M- Sharp and dry with a lightish body and medium carbonation.

O- Yeah, this one's just too big of a hop bomb for me. A not-so-balanced brew that just won't let up with the alpha acids.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange/amber body with a big frothy off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Piney hop aroma with a sweet malt hop. Nice aroma, but not overwhelmingly hoppy.

T- Nice piney hops at the beginning and the end with a sweet malt backbone throughout. Very hoppy, but balanced.

M- Medium-full bodied, somewhat frothy with medium carbonation. Very good.

O- Very good IIPA, hops are pronounced in a good offering.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64 ounce growler into a St. Bernardus goblet. Filled at the brewery two nights ago.

A: Half a finger of head tops a clear, bronze beer with no effervescence.

S: Strong, dry, sticky, resinous, West coast hops. Touch of chive is mars the otherwise exceptional scent slightly.

T/M: Aside from the oniony hops, the subtle citrus, hefty pine, and potent alcohol form an imposing elixir. Supremely hoppy and bitterly dry. This is a West Coast IPA on steroids, with very little carbonation needed to keep things titillating.

O: One of the truly great DIPAs. Excellently balanced, sippable, crisp, refreshing, and moreish. Powerful, impressive, and highly recommendable. Sublime.

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Photo of tronester
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a medium, creamy off-white head. Intense freshly cut flower and citrus rind aromas. A hint of wood in the aroma as well. Taste begins with an orange rind flavor, followed by a touch of aspirin. Next is some candy sweetness, a hint of peppermint, and some grapefruit. Pine needles follow, finishing with an intensely herbal tongue coating resin flavor. Mouthfeel is good, lively carbonation. Overall a very good IIPA. The only negative I have towards it is the intense herbal aftertaste, everything else is perfect.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mari's 6 pack, reviewed from notes
Poured a golden color body with a small white head that dispates quickly. The smell was citrus, floral and with some pine notes also. The taste was like wow upfront hop blast in your mouth, very earthy pine and citrus flavors, stays strong through the whole taste, then closer to the end some grapefruit flavor hangs around for a bit. The mouthfeel is great, could be dangerous, goes down real nice and smooth. Overall this is one of better DIPA i have had.

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Photo of beergoot
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber body topped-off with a beautifully thick, white, creamy white head. Sticky sweet aroma; pine and spice; floral hops; hints of citrus scents. Bitter and malty; hop bitterness flows evenly throughout the taste; nice alcohol burn. Glass-smooth off-set with a delightful carbonation.

Smooth and delicious; packed with superb malt and hop flavors. Everything balances nicely. One of the best IPAs (overall) that I've had in a long time. A classic IPA...

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz brown bomber, picked up in Ponderay, ID. Pours out a slightly hazed bright copper hue, with a short, tight eggshell head that remains as a thick cap.

Fruity, floral, citrusy hops on the nose, clean grainy malt with some toasty and biscuit character.

Intense hops up front in the flavour with predominant grapefruit rind and pith, some herbal character as well as pine. Grains try to keep pace in the background but never quite step up front at any given time. Lingering grapefruit rind on finish and aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slick, almost soapy texture with moderate carbonation.

An approachable hop bomb, totally one-sided, and after a while remains pretty one-dimensional since all these hops have similar characteristics. I'm not complaining too loudly though, it hits the spot and delivers the goods, I know I have my hop fix in now after a bottle of this.

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Photo of WesM63
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a small whiskey style glass.

A: Pours a golden orange with a 1 finger white head. Minimal to no head, fair amounts of lacing.

S: Smells earthy, resinous and piney. A hint of malt sweetness peaks through.

T: Close to the nose. A tiny bit of sweetness on the tounge followed by earthy, resin and pine. Malt sweetness at the end. Some hope bitterness lingers.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, a different take on a west coast IPA. (Tomahawk, Chinook and Anthanum) It's very earthy and resin/piney, but delicious. Glad I picked this up and wouldn't hesitate buying it again.

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.