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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,475 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 131
Gots: 66 | 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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Lldeegan

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours burnt orange amber, with an off-white head that has good retention. Strong grapefruit notes with some earthy pine on the back create mouthwatering citrus and resin aromas that give me no hesitation to take my first sip, which is extremely bitter at first, flowing into a sweet caramel malt flavor that comes through with a hint of pepper on the finish. There is more pine than grapefruit on the palate, contrary to the aroma. There is a great floral/herbal hop taste delivered and extreme bitterness that you either love to hate or hate to love. Either way, it's a ton of great flavors.
It is full bodied, creamy and the massive hop profile finds an excellent balance in the malt backbone which is something I have grown to love in Double IPAs and has helped make them a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 08:10:38 | More by Lldeegan
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TheJollyHop

California

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown with two fingers of off white head. Large bubbles with nice retention; great lacing.

Tropical fruit, pine, and citrus hops (grapefruit and oranges) come to mind. Sweet grain and caramel play a supporting role.

Wow, hops completely dominate. Strong pine flavor, an unidentified herbal/tobacco flavor is present as well. Bitterness hits early on and stays with you well past the swallow. Rich caramel and sweet grain malt backbones adds balance and makes this beer very drinkable. Creamy, medium bodied and medium carbonated No harshness from the bitterness and the alcohol is very well masked.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 15:36:06 | More by TheJollyHop
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Dignan123

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They finally picked this one up in 22 Oz. Bombers at my local liquor store, Jubilation. I've only found it at a few bars in town, but I picked one up tonight to inhale the hophead's wet dream once more.

Appearance-poured with a creamy head that dissipated quickly, sinking into the depths below. Dark brown in color, literally so thick you could tell by looking.

Smell-this is what really sets the Hopsickle apart. The aroma is potent and pungent, it literally feels like you've vaporized a grapefruit and it suddenly came back together in your sinuses. It lingers, even when you smell it from a distance.

Taste-For a hophead like myself, it's quite exceptional. This one literally lights the mouth up and sucks up every last ounce of feeling on your tongue, leaving a decimated bitter heaven to linger for hours.

Mouthfeel--thick and wonderful... even if it's not the body, it could be just the hops doing their job.

Drinkability-not for the faint of heart. One bomber is good for the night, really. For me this is heaven, but I could see the overwhelming nature of the hops turning off quite a few people.

Definitely worth checking out at least once if you like your hops

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:39:18 | More by Dignan123
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque medium/dark orange with a thin, creamy white head across the top that subsides very quickly with a nice even, frothy lacing on top.

Smells of sweet malt, strong peppery grapefruit, pine, and spice with some hints of honey.

Taste is dominated with brutally bitter hops throughout the entire sip, for a hop head like myself, it's totally euphoric. Has mild sweet malt characteristic with a medium amount of floral hoppiness, and a bold bitter citrus hoppiness that absolutely dominates throughout. There's hint of lemon pepper in the taste and finishes dry that literally sucks the spit off your tongue. The citric bitterness lingers for a long time after the sip.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with little to no carbonation prickliness on the tongue.

Drinkability runs a little on the medium side because even for hop lovers like myself, you eventually reach a point where your mouth starts to pucker. I could handle two of these, no more. The ABV becomes more apparent as you work your way through the bottle. Overall, this is my favorite offering from Moylan's.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:01:19 | More by jzeilinger
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hopsickle pours a cloudy copper color. It's topped by a creamy, off-white head that retains well, and leaves good lace. The aroma is intensely hoppy with notes of citrus, juicy fruit, apricots, a bit of pine, and slight, bready malts.

Sweet notes of caramel and raw sugar upfront are quickly met by a strong, hop bitterness in the center, which moves into a resiny finish that leaves a lingering bitterness. This Double IPA is medium-bodied, oily, and has a nice, prickly carbonation.

The hop aromas, bitterness, and flavors in this beer are insane.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 03:53:01 | More by EPICAC
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pnkHoody

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After recently sampling Ruination, Unearthly and Green Flash IPA, I thought I'd done some hardcore hops. This Moylan's brew turns it up to 11. I've seen this on the shelf hundreds of times, but its $9 ticket put me off. Tonight I rewarded myself after a long drive into Vancouver and picked one up. Balls! it is hella-hoppy. To be honest, I had found the mid-range ABV IPAs like Ruination and Red Racer to be more bitter than the heavier imperial brews, which seem to have a sweetness and richness that counters the IBU. But this Moylan's one is sheer asbestos. My mouth feels like a camel's ring-piece.

The smell is a funky honey-hop astringency. It is a cloudy orange-yellow with a thin, unremarkable head. It's very fresh and zingy for an imperial -- which are usually like nectar. The taste really is pure hops, with a bit of melon in the aftermath. You feel the booze in your stomach, but your tastebuds have other problems to deal with, so you hardly notice. It's a lot of fun. But I gotta say I prefer the Unearthly Imperial IPA as it has a sweetness and complexity. But in terms of hops, this is definitely the bitterest beer I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:36:15 | More by pnkHoody
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark gold with about an inch head, with good retention. Citrus and some hops jump out but not as hoppy as ya think it would be. Taste is pure hops and simply bitter. Big and bold, but a little over the top for me couldn't see myself getting it again. Caramel malt. To much bitterness and the hops were plentiful but this beer was just not balanced, it was not very good and just to much bitterness on end to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 22:12:02 | More by barleywinefiend
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tbizzle0

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a bomber.

Wow, never had this before but it clowns on the Hop Stoopid, Hop Juice, Ruination, etc as far as bitterness (only other hoppy beers I've had). This is definitely a gnarly beer.

Great beer, definitely pick up a lot of grapefruit and citrus hops, with a nice pine presence in there.

Then you get hit with tonnnnssss of hops with the first sip. Great beer imo, now I'm on the quest for something even stronger. Any ideas? ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 07:53:12 | More by tbizzle0
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My opinion of this beer on draft is about the same as in bottles: too hoppy, out of balance, but lots of fun. Somehow it's even more fun, however, in draft. My local in New York City had this and I was so excited. Great color, excellent hop aroma, unbelievable bitterness (literally has to be scraped off the tongue). A great, fun beer that I will order as long as it's available. In fact I'm headed over there soon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 18:46:25 | More by david18
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jeffjeff1

California

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- golden amber color, thin head

Smell- hops and nothing else

Taste- HOPS!!! That's it. Just hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- WARNING: Not for the faint of heart lol, Excellent beer, Only for serious hopheads I loved it

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 03:07:05 | More by jeffjeff1
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gellmeister

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will not go into details, suffice to say that this is the biggest hopped brew I have ever tasted. It is not for amateurs, nor even for pale ale drinkers. The only people that will enjoy this ale are hopheads, and it will rapture them into hophead heaven.

I don't know how many of these I could drink though, after two pints I had had enough.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 23:34:05 | More by gellmeister
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightle hazy. No head. Brown colored. Kinda un-appealing.

Aroma: best aroma of any IIPA I've had. Awesome hops with slight malt aroma.

Taste: hop forawrd beer with citrusy/watermelon notes. Slight sweetness that balances well

Mouthfeel: heavy but fits style.

Drinkability: this beer is heavenly. One of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:07:57 | More by Squelch
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a muted orange color with some copper hues. Very attractive 1 inch head that is dense and off-white. Very strong head that recedes slowly and seems sticky.

S - Sweet piney hints followed by sweet grapefruit and some citric hints. Very attractive hop nose. Some mild caramel/candy malt hints as well.

T - Delicious! Hop's dominate the palate with grapefruit citrus hints and sweetness as well as the piney hints form the nose. The hop character is also very prevalent with the bitterness showing up early and covering the palate quickly. There appears to be some nice caramel malt flavors and some grain character but that is quickly overwhelmed by the hop aspect of the beer. Definitely for the hop lovers.

M - Medium bodied complexity. Nice oily feel. Not the most balanced DIPA I've had though. The hops are definitely in control. For Hop lovers.

D - Lower because of the high hop character but the ABV is not that high.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:23:08 | More by JoEBoBpr
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BigBigPickle

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a taster at Rattle n' Hum.

A: Cloudy golden ale with no head and moderate lacing. Looks very inviting.

S: Sweet and yeasty. Hops, obviously.

T: BRUISING! Hope everywhere and nothing else.

M: Um, bitter.

D: Insanity in a glass. Too much for a regular but a great one-time treat. They truly went above and beyond with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 20:17:51 | More by BigBigPickle
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tuckevalastin

Delaware

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with a decent sized white head

S: Strong piney hop smell with citrus hints

T: The piney hops dominate but the citrus flavors become much more noticable. There is a very small sweet malt favor that works quite well.

M: It's smooth and well carbonated. Not much heat comes through and the beers feels quite light.

D: If you like hops it's very drinkable. If you don't like hops it's a sipper.

Overall this is a great example of a big hop beer. Shy away if you aren't a hop fan though, this one doesn't try to hide it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:30:05 | More by tuckevalastin
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baggio

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle@home

A: Amber color with a small white head and lots of lacing.

S: Caramel, Wet grass, Fruit, Citric notes.

T: Caramel, Hops, Citric notes, Exotic fruit, Grass, Pine.

M: Hops overload with a nice sweetness in the middle. Ends bitter++.

Wow, this was really bitter. Personally i prefer a bit more malt sweetness to along with the hops but this is still very good. One for the hopheads! Don't bother having anything after this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 22:18:45 | More by baggio
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am tickled to death to finally open a bottle of this famed Hopsickle. It's one of those beers that I wish I could tie a feed bag strap around the glass and walk around with the glass firmly planted to my nose. The aroma is that good!

Sticky resiny hops give a mouth-watering sensation from the orange rind aroma to the scent of ruby red grapefruits, pine, and fresh-cut grass. This beer is all about the hops.

Big flavors of graham cracker, barley malt, caramel, and syrup provide the sturdy backbone to support the onslaught of hop flavor and bitterness. The taste of hops are as bold as that of the nose and with identical character. Bitterness is very bold and easily cuts through the malts.

Lightly sweet and sticky up front, the beer allows the hops to take over at mid palate and never looks back. Though the beer finishes with alcohol dryness (a little bitter- paint thinner), hop dryness, and a light bitter astringency; the beer holds on to a bit too much unresolved sugars to compete with better (drier) Double IPA's. Still, this beer is way above the frey.

Notes on appearance include a standard protein-rich hoppy look of thick and froathy head of off-white foam; great lacing, and moderate haze (dry-hopping). Amber in color eludes to the sun-kissed barley toastiness (toffee).

Thanks natelocc787!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:01:06 | More by BEERchitect
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is hazy, light copper with a 2-finger off-white head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is strong of piney hops at first, but then the grapefruit citrusy hops come through. Taste is extremely bitter pine, grapefruit & earthy hops. This mellows towards the end to allow a bit of caramel to come through, but the hops are definitely strong throughout. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable brew despite the 9.2 percent ABV. Hopsickle is not for the faint of heart; it's an assault on the senses. The bitter hoppiness is not rounded out by sweet citrus like PTE, but this is still a superior Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 02:56:01 | More by theghost3
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augustgarage

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my 22oz Dogfish Head snifter.

Liquid is an oily kaleidoscopic gradient ranging from amber to tangerine. Very cloudy from most angles, but almost clear when peering down into the glass from above once the off-white foam subsides to a slick in the center and a frothy collar (retention is good). Shimmering legs drag down the school of lacing.

At this point the aroma hits you square in the face: very pungent pine notes, followed by a bit of hemp, earth, and citrus. Just a touch "catty" (maybe due to excessive use of Chinook?).

A big puckering monster of a flavor profile suggesting grapefruit pith, dandelion greens, and bitter melon. Pepper, peat moss, mint, and a floral note comes through as well. Pale malt offsets the bitterness just slightly - but not much.

A bit creamy and oily, almost medium bodied, well carbonated, puckering, and a bit warming.

Hop-heads only need apply. This cements my preference thus far for flavorful single IPAs over "extreme" double/triple/etc IPAs, which are usually more about the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:47:31 | More by augustgarage
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)

A: Hazy orange with a small white head that drops very quickly leaving no lace.
S: Citrus and pine hops along with some caramel sweetness.
T: Overwhelming bitterness, a ridiculous amount of hops must have been used here. The citrus is very present. There is a hint of caramel in the background, but it is completely dominated by the hops.
M: A high level of carbonation keeps this from feeling syrupy. I like this a lot better than the average DIPA, a little easier to drink vs some that approach a barleywine.
D: There is no hint of balance here, this is all hops. I would never say that this goes down easy, it feels like my tongue is being punished :) I would not say this is a great beer, but it is a very good one. All hopheads should seek this out, it is an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 22:38:31 | More by wspscott
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Light orange body with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Pretty much all grass and pine. Just a hint of citrus.

T: Absolutely unrelenting bitterness. Grassy aftertaste. Malt flavor is virtually nonexistent. Some alcohol burn. Diasppointingly unbalanced.

M: Surprisingly smooth. Not at all thick or syrupy.

D: Too much hop bitterness, not enough hop flavor. This is one of the few IPAs I think could benefit from aging to let the hops mellow out and allow the malt to come more to the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 10:47:08 | More by BarrelO
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey-golden with a decent barely-off-white head - very appetizing. Aroma is quite hoppy and has just a hint of citrus. Flavor is quite hoppy and subtly bitter, and has a whisper of sweetness that complements the bitterness. Texture is quite smooth and fairly tingly and fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 03:31:44 | More by Cyberkedi
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz glass.

Pours a nice amber with a thin white head, very little bubbles. Nose is very sweet and hoppy, similar to Pliny the Elder. Very nice.

Wow, very well balanced for a "Triple IPA". Better than their double. Got a lot of bitterness that lingers for a long time but not too sweet. Surprisingly easy to drink for the higher booze and tons of hops. great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 01:50:55 | More by kingcrowing
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4000qtrap

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Piney, grapefruit, brown sugar, and a little herbal and grassy.

Taste: Huge hop bitterness that is adequately balanced by sweet malts, brown sugar and caramel. This beer is a real delight. Finish is dry, oily, resinous, grassy.

Notes: This beer is wonderful, not crushingly bitter, full of flavor, and remarkable drinkable. No sign of the alcohol at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 07:05:21 | More by 4000qtrap
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small off white head that soon fades to a small ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

The hops come in nicely in the aroma with a lot of orange, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste closely resembles the smell with notes of citrus and other tropical fruits again cleanly evident throughout along with notes of pine upfront and a finish that is a little more on the sweet side. Very hoppy and seems nicely done at first but as time goes on I'm concerned that maybe it was just a little too much.

Medium body with just the right carbonation. Hard to complain about this one. At first glance, it is just about perfect...looks and smells absolutely amazing. The only negative for me is the taste doesn't quite live up to the expectations I had based on the aroma. The first few sips were great but by the time I was halfway through the glass, it started to wear off a little. Overall still a great DIPA and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 04:41:48 | More by Vengeance526
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.