Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by LongBeachHopHead on 08-11-2005

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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up recently at Olivers in Albany. Hop bomb of delivery of Cascade, Simcoe, Columbus, Ahtanum, and Chinook Hops. Some malting. This is a feeding of hops. The appearance with a golden colour and white head, the aroma-hops. Just too much bitterness one-dimensional. Have enjoyed more balance in this style.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark honey with a pleasing and assertive orange and lemon peel nose.

Huge orange and grapefruit flavors with a nice and long lasting hop bitter finish. Big flavors and character in a big creamy mouth of lemon mousse with a back palate of orange rind.

The thick and creamy mouthfeel combined with the pure and clean lemon and orange flavors really adds a wonderful dimension and character to this big and flavorful IPA.

Drinks cleanly and has a genuine "quality" character to it. Nice effort and it will stand up to lots of big food flavors.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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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 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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

22oz bomber, from a visit to Belmont Station in Portland earlier this summer. What better offering to kick off Saturday's 'Hoppy Hour'?

This beer pours a hazy bright medium orange amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, marshmallowy, and silky pale beige head, which leaves some bleeding, drooping lace curtains around the glass in its stead as it slowly fades to nil.

It smells strongly of big oily pine resin, acrid citrus peel, and creamy caramel malt, with a small whiff of cold-suppressed booze. The taste is more of the same (thankfully, he said, with an air of joyous melancholy) - very bitter pine and grapefruit citrus hops, with a hint of green herbaceousness sneaking in, a somehow up for the job bready caramel malt, a touch of toffee, with a soft boozy wooden character rounding things out.

The carbonation is on the low side, just mildly frothy, the body a pretty stocky medium-full weight, pleasantly smooth, and perhaps a tad sticky. It finishes still locked in a battle of titans - Hopman vs. Maltboy.

Well the hype lives up to itself in this one. Hoppy, bitter, costume-bulging boozy, and with a decent, faithful, supportive, but still knows who the real star is, malt. Tasty, so drink up, up, and away!

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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
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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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brought back to Chicago from central IL, where it was available for a couple months before it also showed up in Chicago.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color, spindly webs of lace that become concentric rings and full-on sheets of lacing as the glass is emptied. Foam has a almost resiny stickiness that echoes the big hop profile.

Aromas of resiny cannabis, grapefruit, with a swift punch of earthy hops.

Juicy grapefruit flavors, a ton of pale malt, and a ton of IBUs that give it a long bitter finish. As the hops take their sweet time to fade, there is a distinct numbing tingle on the palate. Velvety feeling with a nice fullness.

Not too big, you could still take a gulp of this if you really wanted to, sadist. ABV is well hidden, however the high IBU level would keep me from attempting a session.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a buoyant head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Strong caramel base with a nice dry hop aroma

Taste: Starts out with a serious dose of piney bitterness with plenty of pineapple developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel flavors build, followed by a return to the hoppy bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warming effect

Drinkability: This is one I have been wanting to taste for some time and it doesn't let me down; nice hoppy DIPA, or TIPA as they call it

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

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a small, foamy, white head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled peppery at first. It had a nice pine and citrus aroma.

T - It tasted peppery and spicy with a nice burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good DIPA. Nice balance with a peppery spiciness.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is quite intense. Taste is a mix between a dry caramel malt bases with some intense bitter and citrus hops. Full body with good carbonation. This is really a one-dimensional beer but still well done and great version of a West Coast hop beast.

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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours deep bright orange color with a dense 1 finger khaki head with great retention that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts. Some thick lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine resin, caramel, grapefruit, orange, and spices. Some very malty aromas here, I have a feeling this is a bit old. Taste of big pine resin, caramel, breadiness, orange, and spices. Big bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pine, orange, and spiciness. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Overall a solid DIPA, but I feel a bit let down with all of the rave reviews. All breweries need to date bottles.

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