Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

1,655 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LongBeachHopHead on 08-11-2005

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Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at TDR in Exton in a pint glass

Pours a coppery color with some amber interludes. A thick white head.

Lots of citrus hops in this (no surprise) - orange and tangerine notes. Some sweet maltiness in the nose as well.

Wow - lots going on in this one- the sweet caramely malt, the citrus hops, a hint of lemon, bitter and sweet and creamy all at once.

Very well-balanced - the citrus hops and the malts play very well together, neither dominate.

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

Had on tap at Brickstore on 6/6/09. Poured a copper/amber color. Good-sized head and plenty of lacing on the glass. Smell was hoppy, slightly citrusy, and floral. Taste starts off with the hop essence - citrusy, bitter and hoppy. It ends with the strong malt backbone and is very bready. Still slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Glad this available in Georgia now.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip

A-Deep amber very nice color. Lace runs around the side of the glass but does not really stick down the glass

S-Hops grassy, piney and sweet all notes that come from the hops. Alochol notes are subtle with some citrus as well

T-Just like the nose all the flavors come thru in a suprsingly complex was. As big of a hop bomb as this is the compexity is astounding citris and piny notes blend very well with the diffrent hops

M-Full medium body very smooth on the palate.

D-I'm so glad we have access to something like this loacal now it gives me a nice thing to look forward to in between when I can get Ruination.

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Photo of naterock
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip with one finger head and a slight lacing. Deep copper with a slight reddish hue.

Smells of a super hop bouque. Some malt sweetness but an amazing display of hop aroma.

Taste is quite bitter at first but soon simmers down to a sweetness and a pleasant hop finish. no real words to describe. Also a bit of vanilla.

Oily bastard, medium carbonation. Drinks great, slow but easily. really one of the best DIPAs available and I'm glad we can get this locally now.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear amber/orange with a somewhat thin offwhite head that is clinging to the sides.

Bursting sweet smell of pine and grapefruit.

Bold hoppy taste that has a significant amount of malt, but certainly not balanced. Taste is better than I expected; I thought it would be more bitter, but they found great ways to accentuate the hop taste.

Very full, creamy mouthfeel and the drinkability is better than I expected. Great beer that carries a strong reputation did not let me down.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fiery amber color with a nice sized white head, that has great retention and leaves lots of lace. Aroma is dominated with citrusy hops, loads of them, and a touch of caramel.

This beer packs a lot hop flavor. Loads of grapefruit. Lots of welcomed bitterness. Plenty of malt in here helps balance it out a touch, though the hops still dominate. Sweet caramel and raw sugar are noticeable in the background. A very good beer if you enjoy the hops.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey orange color with a finger of head. Lacing is playing at the top of the glass. As the pour sits in the tulip glass for a few minutes it becomes more clear.

Smell: A whiff of hops. The caramel malt does not make its appearance for me, not that I really expected that from this Triple IPA. The hops present themselves as fruity, spicy, and earthy.

Taste: Bitter as the beer hits the tongue. Citrus notes make their appearance first with a nice splash of grapefruit and orange peel. Following the citrus flavor, the earthy notes come to play. A nice blend of grass and pine. The aftertaste brings the citrus hops back out for another round, with a nice grapefruit finish. The alcohol did not make an appearance during any drinking of this beer.

Mouthfeel: A full bodied beer. Carbonation seems fine, but it still doesn't go down all that easy.

Drinkability: There is no way I could have two of these in a single evening. After my first tulip glass I had to take a break to move onto the second pour. This beer definitely destroys the palate for the night. An enjoyable beer, worth trying, but I doubt I'll pick this one up again until I feel like destroying my taste buds.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 5/10/09

pours deep orange and copper with light head and light retention. appears to have an oil presence. amazing

giant floral and sweet citrus scents. as soon as i opened the bottle i was hit in the face.

BITTER as hell. light citrus and very light floral flavors. this is all bitter and some decent malts holding it together. there is really nothing else but bitterness.

very full and very resiny. light carbonation with light bite. a little thin but pretty damn good.

not sure if i could possibly drink 2 bombers because i would have no taste buds left. but you do not buy this for drinkability.

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

The nose on the beer is quite fruity with a tad bit of malt sweetness. The fruitiness comes directly from the hops. A slight spiciness is there as well; sometimes in hoppy beers, I get a green tea type flavour, which isn't my thing, and hopsickle has that nose. The colour of the beer is a nice rich copper with a incredibly fluffy white head. Decent head retention on this bad boy, but it looks quite nice.

Whoa, the flavour of this beer is incredibly different than the nose. It's rich with caramel malts with a very aggressive bitterness, which is to style. The hop flavour is that green tea type flavour (which isn't an accurate description because it's a mixture of many different types of fruits. I think it's the Anthanum hops because I love Chinook and Tomahawk hops). This beer is quite complex with all of it's flavours. This beer is slight old for a double IPA, unfortionately, but the remnants of the beer are quite good. I'm sure if I were to get a fresh pint of this at the brewery, I'd be blown away. Quite tasty, but just not enough hops for a double/imperial IPA.

Nice full bodied mouthfeel. The drinkability of this beer is alright, because there isn't any strong alcohol flavours, but it's just not a beer I'd like to have a bunch of in a night.

It's really a pity that Moylan's does not put a date on their beer, so I can't judge if this is fresh or not. I'll definitely purchase this beer again, and hope it's a bit fresher.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloaked, clouded no nonsense whatsoever appearance, very little head, mildly viscous with an approximate apple cider color. That's what the contents of my glass looks like, folks.

I pick up fruity smells of mango, papaya, and pear, and a sinister prickly thistle.

All I can really tell you about, taste-wise, is the full out hop fueled tastebud assault. It is simply and utterly brutal. A wrecking ball. In the end, there is a hop gooiness that sticks around, coats my teeth, envelops my soul and won't let go. The bitterness intensity is that of the stalk of a dandelion flower, for those who have tasted that. But this bitter brutality is addictive just the same. The resonating feeling I keep having is of Stone Ruination. It's of that same spirit. Hops beating the tastebuds into submission. If that's not what you want to experience, then to imbibe here would be folly.

The one bit of mercy is that it's not high in the CO2 department. It's got enough, but some more could make this even higher rung of an ass kicker. Which really is not necessary. That would be like Chuck Norris shooting 'roids. Pointless.

In summing up: Holy shit. The name Hopsicle is really all you need to know.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saved this one for last, good idea. Falling Rock has this on tap in Denver. I wanted to try the Rebellion from Bear Republic, but they were out. Step right up Hopsickle.
And no sh*t, this is a hop sickle. Semi amber body, a bit hazed, topped with a very nice, chunky, creamy head. Pine, leather, citrus, coriander, and some bread jumped out in the nose. Strong scents.
Taste is very nice as well. Very bitter and sharp. Citrus and buttery feel to it. Hops all around. Some malt to pull this back from being undrinkable. Hop bomb, to be sure.
ABV is semi-hidden, but it got me good a lit. One's enough...for now.

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

Served up at the recent Moylan's release at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark amber body showing nice clarity and layered with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Pleasingly fragrant, slightly sweet-scented hop aroma conveys large, deep notes of pine, citrus fruit, and flowers. Distant, lesser notes of malt as well.

Taste: Pale malts with a supposed crystal malt sweetness deliver an impression of caramel candy. A sharp, aggressive taste of pine resin, lemon wedges, and white grapefruit bears down on the tongue and unleashes a substantial amount of hop bitterness. The latter half is marked by a now continuous stream of hop bitterness, more caustic pith qualities, and some warming alcohol heat. Some hints of orange blossom develop late. Finishes expectantly dry with a long, bristling bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Lusciously smooth, downright creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pungent, intense brew, but a good one. If you're in the market for a mouth crammed full of hops then give this beer a try.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Tangerine pour with a nice white head. Good

S: Crisp hoppy aroma of citrus with undertones
of floral hops.

T: Like biting into a grapefruit, the huge hop
nose is awesome! Cant't really get a sense
of much else past the mmm mmm citrus.

M: Finishes clean and begins crisp with a good
consistency and smooth texture.

D: All Day Long

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a dense white head that left a nice film of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of nice juicy hops, good citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange and a bit of a honey malt. The taste is like the aroma, juicy grapefruit hops, tropical fruit all of which is supported by a sweet honey malt and finishes with a piney bitterness. The feel is fairly thick but has prickly carbonation which prevents the brew from becoming slick. Definitely a bit sticky and sweet from the malt, finishes bitter. I like the juicy hop flavor but could do without the sticky feel and bitter finish. A very good brew but DIPAs don't really do it for me, I find that a hoppy amber ale can handle the high IPU's without being too sticky and sweet.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-cider color. The head has a soft tan complexion and is dense and creamy. Retention is very good, with some thick, winding lacing.

S: Wow, quite a nose here. Tart orange juice, pink grapefruit, fresh pineapple, and hints of papaya. A hint of sappy pine lurks in the background, along with some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Surprisingly malty - brown sugar and caramel malt fights gamely considering the massive hop bill. Quite sappy and citric - oily pine flavors along with orange rind and grapefruit pith. The bitterness begins with focused snap and then gradually burns into a bracing, riding bite. Some hints of pineapple sweetness, but it's quickly overwhelmed. A bit of alcohol is evident.

M: Full bodied. Sticky and oily, with lightish carbonation.

D: A very impressive, aggressive brew. Other reviewers have drawn parallels to American Barleywines, and I can echo those sentiments. Bracingly bitter and extremely hoppy, but with a considerable malt backbone. A definite sipper, and the bitterness keeps it from being easy to drink, but isn't that the point anyway?

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Hopsickle Imperial IPA pours a dark orangey gold with a thick three-finger head that leaves thick rings of lace with every sip.

The smell and taste are earthy and grassy. The feel is aggressive, thick, and bitter. It's a wonderful wake-up call to the palate. The only negative feature is the high alcohol content, which makes it difficult to drink as quickly and frequently as the palate demands.

Hopsickle Imperial IPA takes me to my deck after work on Friday. It's the perfect way to kick off the weekend.

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

This was my first DIPA (or TIPA), and the beer that got me into hops 3 years ago. It's been over a year since I've had it, and I've had the big boys since then (PtY, PtE, Racer X, Dreadnaught, HopSlam etc). Should be fun to see what I think of it these days.

Appearance- No freshness date, and a giant waste of paper for a label on the bottle(please go back to screen printing!). Poured into my Duvel tulip, a 2 finger luscious head arises and laces well as it lingers for a very long time. The body is a glowing burnt orange and is accompanied by great lacing all the way down. It's weird that others didn't seem to be getting the head that I did. I don't know how much this beer could improve looks wise. I want to give it a 5, but maybe it's the Duvel...screw that, it's spot on.

Smell- Very fragrant grassy and citrus hops atop spicy pine and a hint of alcohol. Not sure how fresh this bottle is, but I have to think it's not terribly old because the nose is still bringing the hops hard.

Taste- Wow, the bitterness is certainly ass-thumping like you'd expect from the nose, but there's also this biscuity/bready, almost rye like malt backing to the flavor (not sweet). It tastes like chewing on a blend of grapefruit zest, pine needles, and rye toast. What hop or malt is giving off this rye-ish flavor? Anyways, pretty damn intense hop bitterness. I don't enjoy the straight biterness as much these days, but to be honest, I'm still more impressed by these dry, hop bazookas than really drinkable DIPA's.

MF- The hops dry out your tongue like you'd expect, and probably want out of something claiming to be a triple IPA. Nice, full body with a good, medium level of carbonation that tries to keep these hop oils/resin from completely coating your tongue.

Drinkability- Let's be honest, you aren't going to drink a few bombers of this, but the brave could stomach two. This borders on Pliny the Younger bitterness. This is still a damn impressive beer in my book, and if it had the same price tag it did back when I first tried it, I'd make it a regular in my line-up.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Nimbleprop for hooking me up with this tasty treat.

-Pours dark copper burnt orange with minimal head. Looks thick and chewy.

-Smell is wonderful. Hops, hops and more hops with a nice malt undertone.

-Lacing on the glass is thick and pasty.

-Taste is almost spicy but has a burnt toast malty undertone. Alchohol is noticable but not overpowering. As it got closer to room temp it became even more drinkable. Malt comes through nicely on the backslide. Slight alcohol warming in the throat as it goes down. Surprised to see it's only 9.2%.

Overall a monster of a DIPA. Very drinkable. A hop lovers dream.

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Photo of frothyhead
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crisp, clear amber/orange into a snifter with a one-finger off-white head.

Nose is massive pine mixed with grapefruit. Pure hops. A bit of alcohol warmth as it warms but not much else to speak of.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Silky and oily throughout.

Taste is big, bitter, piney hops. I'm reviewing this on the second half of the bomber and I'm not sure my obliterated taste buds can even find anything else of note. This is a big hop bomb. A little bit of caramel malt trying meagerly to balance things out and being beaten back by the hop monster.

Drinkability is fine for what it is, but I wouldn't want to have anything I expected to enjoy after this. This one finishes off the night so my tongue can attempt to get a full night's rest and recover.

Overall this is just a balls-to-the-wall extreme American IIPA. I'm enjoying this one bomber for what it is, but wouldn't come back for more of this on a regular basis. This will probably stick in the memory for a while as the most bitter, face-sucking, tongue-destroying hop bomb I've ever had. I'm going to have a hard time rating this, because I do love me some hops and it IS a very interesting appendage to the "extreme" beer movement, but when it comes right down to it, it's a tough one to enjoy.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of sticky caramel malts and pine hops. The taste is a nice amount of sticky bitter pine hops with enough caramel malt to provide a nice back-up but still let the hops do their thing. The beer is medium bodied with the alcohol quite well hidden. This one is very enjoyable, not quite as good as it is from the bottle, but close!

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Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber... seems like Moylans just cranked out a Triple load of this as I see people unleashing their thoughts of it all over... a little competition for Lagunitas? This is a strong Hop Ale...

- Dark new copper penny color... some red/amber... caramel gone crazy... minimal white head... light stringy lacing...

- Smell is like a hop stoopid (no offense) very creamy citrusy like the orange and vanilla dixie cups... bit of sweet caramel malt...

- Roasty caramel maly... toasted with a hop sweetness minus a super bitter twinge... orange and lemon zest only in the outer aroma... wow... citrus summer delight... crazy the aura of zest... but I couldnt tell where it came from... interesting...

- Not at all dry or chewy... very aromatic in citrus and fruit.. hides the strength well.. warm..

- Wow... very drinkable and a great new mega-bottled addition to Moylans already decent line of brews... this one brings it a step above their already deserving good line of brews....

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Photo of wofat
2.87/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This brew pours a beautiful deep gold with hints of orange. The aroma hits you from a distance. Yes, there are a lot of hops in there, with a bit of a spicy / peppery characteristic underneath all of that citrus and pine tar.

Unfortunately, you then have to taste the beer. If ever there was an unfortunately, majorly overhopped beer... this would have to be it. I am a lupomaniac, but even I can't tolerate these majorly muddy hop waters. The flavor is so abstract and overdone. There hops are massively overpowering, but with no specific characteristic that can be enjoyed. Just one big ball of hop mud. Very dissapointing after smelling this beauty. A decent malt backbone tries to tame this brew, but is quickly on it's way home with its tail between its legs.

Great mouthfeel... this beer has a very tight, dense carbonation which eccentuates the flavors (as unfortunate as it is).

After reading all of the resounding reviews of this beer, I am left utterly mystified. This is similar to a homebrew hopbomb (of which I am well versed through many experiments), which created no more that a muddy hop blast followed by an alcohol warmth.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of alcstradamus
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A--Pours a gorgeous golden/copper color with about a finger of head using a standard pour into a pint glass. Good lacing is left behind.

S--I can smell this one from a few feet away as I begin to type these notes...moving closer, a huge mixed bag of hops becomes present. Mostly floral in nature but some pine and citrus mixed in as well. Almost a candy-like sweetness, smells like hop heaven. Nothing is messing with a west coast DIPA when it comes to the nose.

T--The hops are mostly pine/resiny on the tongue, this doesn't have that sharp citrus bite that I prefer but damn it feels like melting pine trees on the back of the tongue and throat. I mean that literally too, it is as though someone stuck a few hop buds on the back of my tongue and they dissolved there. Bitterness is very noticeable but kept at reasonable levels.

M--Medium bodied and very oily, which must be what it giving it this "melting" effect. This washes down a little too clean though, I like my DIPA's sticky

D--A very nice sipping beer, but a pint is even almost too much for me. A bigger citrus profile would have improved this greatly, but it is a damn good beer either way. Buy this!

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,655 ratings.
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