Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

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.

940 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 940
Hads: 1,639
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 154
Gots: 116 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States | website

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: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 940 | Hads: 1,639
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...

 462 characters

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.

 889 characters

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.

 617 characters

Photo of rangerred
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a very thin fleeting head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Really nothing in the way of lacing.

Aroma is all hops. A wonderful bouquet of citrus with some pine mixed in and very representative of a west coast IPA. There are hints of caramel and even chocolate underneath but I believe even these are aspects of the hops. Really awesome aroma.

The flavor is one of the best I have ever experienced in a IIPA. An incredible punch of pine and citrus but not so much as to completely numb the taste buds. There is apricot, orange, and grapefruit that quickly yields to other flavors. I can detect caramel along with a little bit of roast or chocolate character along with biscuit. Alcohol provides a noticeable warming but is not at all detectable in the flavor. Mouthfeel is surprisingly dry considering the abv only leaving a slight stickyness on the finish. This is a huge plus for me as I can't stand sticky/syrupy IIPA's.

Overall, up there with Hopslam as the best IIPA I have ever had. The depth of the hop aroma and flavor is incredible and is packaged together with a great mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for over 9%. I'm so glad this beer is readily available near me and I will go back to this time and time again.

 1,333 characters

Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper hue with a 1 inch steady head; lacing is good

S: Lots of tropical fruit aromas, especially tangerine and grapefruit; some subtle bready and boozy notes but mostly this is a simple tropical-fruit hop smelling beer

T: The tropical fruits are very present up front as are the hop bitterness; I wish enough malty sweetness balanced out the hop bitterness because it just doesn't finish like I wish it would, but don't get me wrong this is still a delicious beer and I love that the alcohol is very well masked (there is an ashy slightly burnt malt presence on the finish)

F: Great medium body with an oily almost thick residue from the hops--creamy and sticky, I love it

O: A wonderfully hopped DIPA and dangerous because of how well masked the beer is; enjoy this beer fresh of course, as this was awesome extremely fresh

 832 characters

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish amber with a huge, dense, foamy, off white head that has great retention

S - big sweet, bready malt; birthday cake; faint citrus

T - bready, faint toasted malt, grapefruit, pineapple, cookie dough, resinous

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an intense, enamel-peeling beer. The hops are flavorful and in your face. The malt is complementary and lends great balance. The abv is also nicely hidden. This is a really good beer for hop heads. I'll definitely buy it again.

 499 characters

Photo of alysmith4
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Max's Tavern in Baltimore. It was a good representation of its style, but leaned a little bit towards an APA, in my opinion. There was a bit more malt/breadiness than I would have liked in a DIPA. Moylan's makes some good beers though, and I think they've done okay with this one.

 304 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed copper color with a nice one finger white head. The head has great retention, but eventually fades slowly over time to give a wonderful level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is quite hoppy. The strongest is of a grapefruit hop, but other aromas of pine and an earthy nature are mixed in as well. Complementing the hop aroma is a nice sweet caramel smell that helps to balance the hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly sweeter caramel malt and bready base. Mixed with this is a pine hop flavor that tingles the tongue. As the taste advances the bready flavor remains while some of the sweetness is lost once a good wallop of a bitter citrus hop comes to the tongue in the middle of the taste. More toward the end a little bit of booziness comes to the tongue where when mixed with the bitter hop and bready malt leaves a somewhat burring bitter on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side while the carbonation is a touch below average. Both are great for the hoppy flavor profile and allow the tastes to really permeate the tongue.

Overall – A tasty double with a slightly sweeter start and more bitter finish.

 1,258 characters

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours clear and golden, with a small creamy head and a bit of lacing. A bit hazy.

S- citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit juice, cream sickle ice cream, a bit subdued compared to other Imperial's.

T- citrus hops kicks you in the mouth, grassy, earthy sweet malt, a dry and bitter finish with a bit of mint. long hop linger.

M- medium carbonation and body with a light frothy mouthfeel, quite drinkable.

O- citrus hop dominate with a long bitter linger. I was a little disappointed in the lack of aromas but that may differ from tap to bottle. Overall a hops kick and one that I could only drink one at a time. Would have liked a bit more of a malt backbone.

 665 characters

Photo of notchucknorris
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a big 1 1/2 finger tan head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Lots of carmel malt with a good amount of piney hops. Some tropical fruit hidden in the background.

T: A good amount of hops upfront. The sweeter malt presence really balances things out in the middle. The end has some big pine hop resin and some hints of mango. A solid DIPA, but nothing that really stands out.

 413 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass and also a tulip for examination! Arrived recently so should be good considering these guys never date their bottles.

A real nice off white and very creamy head, makes three fingers deep in the nonic and holds real well for retention. Supper crystal clear body, some slow rising carbonation but not much, and a real beautiful muted copper amber body.

Nose is a real interesting hop angle, one that I've never put into words before. It's mushed pine. Salty action and getting into beef jerky with almost spruce tips. Really impressive. Very unique, it makes my mouth water. It's like a big juicy forest in there. Buttery but not diacetyl laden at all.

On the palate though, things get a little less impressive but still worthy. Faint toasty and brown sugary malts hit first, carrying a good pine and thick resin. Aftertaste coats nicely of hop and oil, bringing that hinted mush character. Sweetness is very toned down if non existent, nearly dry but the body thickness brings much more coating character.

Overall this is quite a fun beer, and it smells really fantastic, the nose is the best part for me.

 1,155 characters

Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color, topped with an inch of creamy white head, nice retention, leaves good lacing.

S- Very hoppy aroma, grapefruit and orange peel, caramel sweetness.

T- Damn, this is a serious bruiser of a beer. Hops deliver a huge wave of bitterness immediately, hops have some nice depth to them, I'm getting a lot of pine sap and grass followed by a more subtle earthy, herbal hop flavor and some fruity citrus and tropical fruit. Caramel malt provides a bit of balance but can't really stand up to the hops, a nice amount of boozy warmth on the end but not too much for 9%.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, rich feel.

O- A monster of a DIPA, it delivers a serious barrage of hops that doesn't let up, definitely seek this out if you're into big, aggressively bitter beers.

 867 characters

Photo of pgfault
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a std tumbler pint with minimal head. Generally low carbonation throughout. Color is average for an IPA - about half way between straw and full amber. Scent is somewhat light given the hoppiness of the taste. First taste is very hoppy. Taste lingers a LONG time. This is a thoroughly enjoyable IPA. Kudos to Moylans for a very good IPA. Hop heads of the world, unite!

 378 characters

Photo of beesy
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures from a 22oz bottle into a North Coast chalice. No bottle date.

A - pours a somewhat hazy medium-light orange with a finger and a half head that is slightly tan in color. Lots of carbonation bubbles form but the head doesn't last very long.

S - hoppy but slightly oxidized. Boozy. Hops are alighly citrus and piney. I'm thinking it's lost some aroma from the greatness it once was.

T - very hop forward as expected and it hits with a high bitterness too. Has to be 100 +. Piney, slightly resin and some citrus notes in the hops. Some tropical notes of mango and pineapple late. No malts I can really distinguish except just a tad of caramel early on before the IBU assault on my tounge. A nice, slightly dirty hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Slightly boozy.

M - fairly thin and dry which I prefer in IPA and IIPA.

D - easy to let it sneak up on you. The booze and IBU keep it from being to easily drank, but the dryness almost balances the other two factors out.

Overall, I am enjoying this beer, I just wish I could have tried it maybe a weeks weeks younger. The IBU monster is very enjoyable and I think some of the aroma the dissiapted would have added to this one for me. I will be sure to try it again when I can be guaranteed it is fresh to see how it stacks up.

 1,288 characters

Photo of jmarsh123
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange with a moderate white sticky frothy head.

Smells strongly of onion, pine with a little bit of citrus.

Some grapefruit up front. Just a touch of malt, but hops overpower. Slight oniony flavor although not as much as the nose. Finishes piney and supremely dry.

Light-medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Very bitter and lives up to the name, but just middle of the road in terms of flavor and aroma. Enjoyable, but nothing special.

 458 characters

Photo of JWU
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- a hazy orange amber with a big, creamy khaki head. Nice lacing and some alcohol legs.

S- Grapefruit, garlic/onion, and tobacco with a sweet malt underneath.

T- Big hit of booze and grapefruit bitterness up front with a very sugary malt sweetness. In the middle the sweet oniony flavor makes a quick appearance, but the grapefruity bitterness comes back to override along with a tobacco note in the malt bill. Ends fairly dry, bitter, with a bit of candy sugar and tobacco.. The malt bill on this one is decidedly different that most Imperial IPA's.

M- spot on medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

O- certainly separates itself from the crowd of Impy IPA's. An excellent example, and certainly one to try just due to its uniqueness.

 791 characters

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness info on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with orange highlights and a 3 finger fluffy light cream head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, candied fruit, caramel malt and resinous hops. Much maltier and sweeter aroma than I expected.

Taste: This one features the biggest explosion of hops I've ever experienced. Piney hops up front followed by bitter citrus in the middle before ending with a touch of bready malts, a touch of alcohol and more palate wrecking hops at the finish. Aftertaste is dry, very bitter and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very sticky on the tongue. The mouth feels like it's coated with hop oils.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. Due to the nearly overwhelming bitterness, it's harder to finish an entire bomber by yourself.

Overall: Good beer overall. Moylan's seemingly set out to destroy palates with this one and I'd say they accomplished that goal. I would definitely recommend trying this one.

 1,058 characters

Photo of gregy55902
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on the bottle which is disappointing.

A - Pours a mahogany-tinted orange into my XL snifter.

S - Pretty standard combination of malt and hops. Almost malt-forward. Mostly piney hop profile.

T - Was expecting an explosion of fruity hops, but what I get is mainly bready malts with a standard arrangement of piney hops. It comes across as quite average for the style.

M - Decent carbonation, alc is masked fairly well.

O - I paid $11 for a 22 oz bomber, and this is the second brew from Moylans that I have had - both under-performed (other was the imperial stout). I think I'll stick with other California breweries.

ps: I dearly love my IIPAS but at this rate, I don't think I will ever find anything as good as Surly Abrasive. I know IPAs taste best fresh, so it may be that I have a bottle that is several months old.

 848 characters

Photo of BostonHops
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
no freshness info.

pours a burnished copper tone with a touch of haze; yields a foamy 1" head showing moderate retention, nice lacing. from the outset you know you're dealing with a full on hop monster with pungent citrus and pine hops jumping out of the glass. little malt presence.

as expected, an intense hops exposion rules the flavor. extremely bitter. primarily citric with secondary notes of floral and pine, and to an even lesser degree, malt. pretty tasty - i like it - but i prefer a tad more balance in my DIPAs. this one is more bitter than i typically look for. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i think this is a tasty beer. as mentioned i prefer the bitterness dialed back a bit; this is as close to sucking on hops as you're likely to come. definitely worth a try though, and not to be missed if you're a hophead.

(originally reviewed: 05-24-2011)

 924 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and malt. Taste is much the same with some earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a high level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but very bitter beer that lives up to it's triple IPA billing.

 570 characters

Photo of ThickNStout
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz pour. On tap at Taco Mac (Woodstock, GA). Served in a goblet. 

Arrives a clear golden amber with 1.5 finger white froth on top, leaving a nice lacing. 

A crisp inviting nose full of citrus and pine hops. 

Quite the bitter hop explosion with flavors of oange, pine and pepper. Long bittersweet aftertaste. Fairly strong cutting booze flavor all the way through. 

Medium bodied with zesty carbonation. 

I've tried this a few times in bottles to varying results but I think it's certainly better on tap. Still, it's a little too bitter and unbalanced for my tastes and could use some more malt for body and sweetning balance. I won't go searching for it but I also won't turn it away. 

 699 characters

Photo of lordofstarside
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from total wine 5/24/12 with no freshness date.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance- pours rich coppery amber with two fingers of yellow tinged head. Good retention, ten minutes now and the foam has kept much of its shape.

Smell- strong hops with mild floral notes. A bit of grapefruit and citrus, as well as a hint of malt that for the most part is almost completely masked by the hops.

Taste- Over whelming taste of toasted hops. Consistent with the smell, bits of citrus are present, however overpowered. The malt is better represented and goes well with the roasted taste

Mouthfeel- Very smooth. Little carbonation leaves the palate completely subject to the intense bitterness of the hops which run from the middle of your tongue to the tip, shoot straight to the roof, and leaves with a bitter roast after taste that settles in the back of the mouth

Overall- pretty solid ipa. The taste is really straight forward and due to its strength it masks much of the other tastes hidden in the beer. I’m not too into the roasted thing, but I found this very drinkable. Although I enjoyed it, however, I don’t think I’m going to pay another $10 for a bottle.

 1,197 characters

Photo of Bobheed
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, semi-dark orange with a tight eggshell white head, about one finger

S: Hops, hops, and there's also some hops detectable. Really kicks you in the face with tons of sticky pine notes. Smells like fresh pinecones dipped in hop resin. Citrus also detectable

T: Follows the nose quite well. Mostly aggressive pine flavors swirling around with some grapefruit. Packs an extreme punch, but balances the several flavors very well.

M: Literally rips the enamel from your teeth. I feel that the reason the Randall was created was to try to make beers taste like this. I couldn't imagine it through one. Medium carbonation and no alcohol heat

Overall this is one badass IPA. One of my go-to's if I want a nice punch in the mouth

 733 characters

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

On tap at Sidebar in West Chester, PA. 10oz serving.

A- Hopsickle looked the part with a light golden color with a sparce white head that seeped down to a skim on the surface. This left some decent lacing though.

S- Hops, and I mean hops. There really is no room for much else to come through as I'm sure this is brewed with a bunch of varieties. A lot of pine and citrus come through but the amount of hop aroma just bursts out the glass.

T- Hopsickle lives up to it's name, as soon as this touched my mouth it drowned out my taste senses. It held no mercy for me, and it was quite off putting. This a hop, that a hop, every type of hop hop, in other words a hop bomb.

M- This hopsickle killed my palette with only 2oz of liquid, it was just that aggressive. After 10 minutes or so I came back to it and it was easier to bear, probably cause I had no taste buds left. Medium bodied and bitter like a postal worker.

D- Glad I got a small pour because I was driving. I finished my small glass with ease. When I first had this beer on tap fresh about five years ago, it killed me, 5 years later, I am loving every drop. This tasted marvelous.

 1,145 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Liquor on Oxford in Sydney.

Pours a clear burnished amber hue, with a full-bodied and rather frothy head of yellowish-white, like a good DIPA should. Lacing is patchy and inconsistent, but forms tightly where it does. Body is actually surprisingly light. A good looking beer.

Nose is biting and curling with big resiny classic West Coast hop character bam! Citrus, grapefruit, sharpened pine needles, this has it all. It's just one great big gurgling bundle or those hops, but boy does it pack a punch. Good stuff.

Taste is similar, but perhaps with the oomph and raw aggressive grunt. In fact, here the malt comes a little more forward, giving some honeyed notes on the front, and cushioning the blow of that biting resiny hop bitterness on the back. It comes across as more balanced and caressing than I expected, while still maintaining the character of a good DIPA. Feel is, indeed, lighter than I expected, leaving most of the kinaesthetic element to the resin of the hops.

Overall, a really pleasantly aggressive beer, if there is such a thing. It's a really good example of a big American IPA, and I'm pleased as punch that it's a style we can now get with relative ease here in Australia.

 1,227 characters

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.