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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 132
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RootedFool on 08-14-2005)
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Photo of thain709


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright, golden, amber body with some carbonation bubbles...a white head forms and shows a little retention...decent lacing

S - A very hop dominated nose...lots of citrus and pine resin...a slight sweet, caramel malt backbone

T - The hops are the star of this beer...they completely dominate from start to finish...they are rather sweet in the forefront mostly with the citrus...then they turn and become bitter and finish with that pine resin...not much alcohol presence or malt presence

M - Medium bodied...bitter and dry

D - I like IPA's and IIPA's but this is my first IIIPA and I was a little taken back...holy bitter!...the bitterness really got to me...but I must say that the 9% ABV is well hidden

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 23:04:02 | More by thain709
Photo of Knapp85


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that a brewery can be proud of. This beer really hits some hoppy high notes through aroma and with it's taste.

A- Is a fairly nice deep amber kinda brownish depending on lighting in the room.

S- Is wonderful. It's got one of the purest hop aromas I've ever smelled. A very stunning noseful of excellent hops.

T- Is of very hoppy. It's got an incredible tingle of bitterness that is the cure for any hophead that's getting thirsty.

M- Has some stinging sensations but for the most part it's pretty smooth.

D- It's a sipper, I don't know why anyone would even want to try and chug something like this. It's very good if you just sit back and enjoy the chaos on your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 18:05:15 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Mistofminn


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh 2010 bottle and needed a hop fix.

Pours a hazy amber golden color, with a nice, overflowing creamy off-white colored head sitting on top. Retention is good and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma starts out strong with fresh citrus and piney hops. Starts out very strong with citrus notes, but as it warms piney notes come out more and more. A sizeable sweet malt (caramel?) backbone comes through in the end.

Taste is same as the nose, big piney hops and sweet heavy malts. This is heavier than I thought, and is almost like a well hopped barleywine.

Heavy in body, with a smooth feel and lingering bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability, as the ABV goes completely unnoticed.

Overall, when I was drinking this, I had it pegged for a B+ rating, pretty much across the board. But now that I'm actually sitting down, I don't feel that any single category deserves less than a 4. Maybe that's a testament to the amount of good IPA's I've had recently, or maybe it's just the way the cookie crumbles. Either way, this is a decent beer. For $10, I don't think I'd buy another bomber anytime soon, however.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 22:27:59 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Neskimo


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly reddish semi transparent body with a very close to pure white head. The head is decently frothy and dissipates to a small but well retained height. Lacing is immense and forms large frothy walls down the inside of the glass wherever the beer touches.

S - Smell is quite mild and well balanced. A mild caramel malt is surrounded by the aroma of the hops. Quite citrusy and piney but rather excellently these aromas don't assault you as with some iipas. The alcohol is very well melded with the other aromas. Overall a very balanced and tame preview of the taste, quite refreshing and inspiring.

T - This is where the hops truly show themselves. A spicy citrus is most prominitent with a more subdued pineyness. The spice of the caramel malt is definitely present beneath the hops. This is up there with the best of them as an imperial ipa but retains quite astonishing balance compared to most extraordinarily hoppy ales.

M - Quite a quality mouthfeel with mild to medium carbonation and mid-range crispness. The mouthfeel is definitely very suitable to the style and makes the experience even more refreshing and delicious.

D - Certainly one of the more drinkable imperial ipas. The various flavors are balanced to the favor of drinkability and the intense hoppyness still definitely present.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:22:41 | More by Neskimo
Photo of BMoney575


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

Sampled on 3-31-10

Pours a hazy golden amber color, with a thin but nice looking white head, and big, thick lacing.

Smell is all resiny hops, sweet, spicy, lots of citrus and pine. The alcohol is there, but in a good way. Very refreshing and well balanced sweetness.

Taste is huge bitterness, tons of thick, piney hops. The booze is subtle, but adds a nice heat to the sweetness. Very good, but I wish the malt had a bit more presence.

Mouthfeel is very good, thickness to add to the hops and tart carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good, a hop bomb, but easy if you're a fan.

Overall, one of the better DIPA's I've had. Too bad it's so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 23:54:00 | More by BMoney575
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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange copper color with slight straw haze. Small head disapates slowly.
Big malt profile with sweet apple notes. Some citrus shows up too.
Taste mimics the nose profile closly. Tons of sweet malts followed by apple juice flavors. Very unique and pleasant. Rounds out with some citrus flavors. Finishes with a little orange peel and some dryness and biscut flavors.
Mildly thick, not too heavy in the mouthfeel. Solid body without being too chewy.
Real unique beer heer. Very distinct apple hop profile that mixes nicely with a traditional citrus flavor. Breaks away a bit from the traditional flavor profile of a Imperial IPA, but its a good thing. 9.2 ABV hidden nicley. Yet another winner from the West coast.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 22:44:07 | More by FishGetter
Photo of sweemzander


3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel color that produced a nice foamy white head that clung to the sides of the glass leaving a cascade of lacing around the entire inside.

(S)- Tons of resin-like citrus & pine. Rather woody. Citrus of lemon, lime, grapefruit, & mango.

(T)- Extremely bitter. So bitter in fact, that it almost completely dominates all other tastes from your palate. There is some good citrus & malt, but is totally lost behind how scalding the bitterness is.

(M)- A good carbonation level. I am all for a big bittering hoppy DIPA, but this is ridiculous. It totally kills off all the good flavors this could offer. I feel like this was made just to see how high the IBUs could possibly be.

(D)- I love a good DIPA, but I am not a fan of this one. Its just plain bitter; almost to the point of tasting burnt. A disappointing beer that could be so much better if not so focused on the IBUs. . . If you let it age for a year or two maybe it would smooth out, but I like my DIPAs fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 18:11:28 | More by sweemzander
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a slight cloudy slight amber more copper color with a white head. on a hardy pour i didn't get alot of foam. medium lacing.

S- just smell the chinook very piney slightly citrus hops.

T- well the caramel malt comes in at the end. alcohol is noticable just slightly. the bitterness smacks you as soon as you get a grip on this brew. very very piney.

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- i could drink two of these 22's and be fine.

Overall- this is an awesome imperial ipa if you're lookin for an imperial with more of a piney hop kick then the citrusy hop taste. to me i prefer the citrus but this brew is a must try. for $9.99 a 22oz i know its steep but grab one. two will get the job done with 9.2abv. i guess you just have to think you're paying the same for a 6 of hopslam or ruination ipa from stone.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 07:15:00 | More by claminat420
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft a few times and finally got a bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber copper color with one and a half fingers of head. Color lets a moderate amount of light creep through. Head lingers and chunky lacing develops.

T: Amazing citrus, tropical, and piney hops. The hop presence here smacks you in the face. A few sweet caramel malts finish the nose.

T: Hops, and nothing but hops. Probably the most bitter beer I've had and will ever had. Sweet pine, floral, and a hint of citrus hops all make the taste. I love hoppy beer, but think I might have met my match. A challenge to the palette for sure.

M: Sticky, resinous bitter hops linger long after you've had a sip of this beer. Moderate carbonation.

D: Love this beer and would drink it anytime I have the chance. But one or two is enough bitterness for a whole drinking session of regular IPAs. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. But because of the sheer character of this beer its drinkability goes down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 00:28:01 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of pagoda2112


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. The color is a golden amber with an off white head. It smells of nice sweet malt, almost a toffee smell, and grapefruit/piney hops. Definitely a piney bitter taste to to it. A nice mild, sweet, and pleasant malt up front, but immediately gives way to the pine/bittering hops that linger long after the sip is through.

A good Imperial IPA, but you must love your bitter hops if are going to enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:41:47 | More by pagoda2112
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bomber bottle pours a dark golden orange with a little bit of haze to it. Decent amount of foam lacing the Duvel glass. The taste is bitter up front with a nice hop bite through the finish. Pretty smooth overall and easy to drink for the higher abv %. Not a bad beer overall, but this isn't anything amazing either. Still, a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 05:13:51 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of timholio


3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too hoppy for me. Its like a 'bomb' almost as if someone added something to your beer...like paint thinner. Its decent enough but just over the top. I like hoppy beers but this one is a few hops too far. Also the ABV is too high, I just can't handle this beer for some reason but other heavily hooped beers I really like such as Green Flash Imperial IPA. Also Rogue Brutal Bitter is much more well balanced and drinkable and very hoppy IMO.

This beer is named appropriately!! Drink this to find out your hop limits.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 19:07:01 | More by timholio
Photo of dwilson01


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this bad boy from a bomber into a my arrogant bastard pint glass. Solid amount of creamy off white head, dissipates down pretty quickly but leaves a thin layer at the top that sticks around.

Right off the bat just by looking at it you can tell this thing is a monster IPA. It's as hazy as they come, I mean this thing is not even just the typical orange color of an ipa, it's tending towards a reddish brown.

On the nose this has two well blended smells intertwining in my head, a piney bitter hop smell, and a fruity citrus, not sweet though, the more acidic kind. Gauging by the smell the first thought it brings to me is that it's pretty much ready to explode some real live hops out of it when I actually taste...

...And the taste delivers in full, I was not let down an ounce, and in truth I haven't had an IPA this good in quite some time. When I thought explosion of hops in my mouth from the smell...well quite literally the flavoring in this beer is more dense than the core of the earth! The actual flavors don't disappoint either, citrus is there although a bit more mild than in the head, I get BITTER hops all over the place and an aftertaste consisting of straight up woody pine.

Mouthfeel isn't anything to brag about to be honest, but it's got sufficient malt to smooth it out and bring the flavors of the beer to the forefront of the palate. Ipa's aren't huge on the mouthfeel in my book anyhow so it's not something I really look for.

But drinkability...Hell Yes its got that for sure, why do you think I'm getting more and more ecstatic as this review goes on?

Bottom line, I love big hop west coast ipa's and this is one fits the bill extremely well. I would throw it in to a category containing both the stone ruination and the bear republic racer 5. It's got the look of the racer, and solid drinkability of it as well, and then the hop punch in the face of the ruination in the background always there ready to give you some more. I love it for sure, definitely recommend it to anyone who loves IPA's!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 08:34:12 | More by dwilson01
Photo of Lunch


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capones in Norristown, PA into a Weyerbacher tulip glass at the appropriate temperature (02/28/10).

A: Pours a glowing golden, amber with a slight orange hue capped with one finger of a sticky, off-white head. Excellent lace is left on the inside of the glass and really coats it nicely.

S: Bouquet of sticky hop resin with notes of citrus and pine.

T: The palate is assaulted by this hop bomb with layers of sticky and sweet hop resin with notes of citrus and pine. Really a nice blend of hop flavors with great depth with more complexity added by the semi-sweet caramel malt with some sticky toffee.

M: Full-bodied with a great degree of thickness with low and creamy carbonation. Rather sticky as it coats the entire palate.

D: Drinkability is fairly good, but the stickiness of this beer can be rather intense.

Overall this beer is wonderful fresh and this was a great example of it. Moylan's has crafted an intense DIPA with complex flavor and a great use of hops. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 21:32:27 | More by Lunch
Photo of sophisticated


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmm I've been looking forward to this one. Thanks JosephLondon!

A) Totally hazy orange-amber, nice thick off-white head and tons of lace

S) Strong sharp pine needles tingling the throat, also sweet, sweet citrus - oranges, lemons, pineapple, grapefruits

T) Like it smells! Sweet apple and pineapple turn into mouth puckering bitter pines. Some spice and sweet malts too. The bitterness gets a little soapy after a while. Totallly delicious hoppiness.

MF) medium to thick and kinda oily

D) Great! If you like big hops, and I do, this is fantastic. I felt like I'd be tasting hops forever. In fact, I'm writing this a few hours later and my tongue still feels a bit slaughtered. This is not bad at all! Awesome imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:19:06 | More by sophisticated
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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
Photo of TheJollyHop


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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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
Photo of jzeilinger


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
Photo of EPICAC


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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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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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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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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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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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
Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.