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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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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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Photo of zeff80
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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Photo of alcstradamus
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this with ThePeskyDingo

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a very hazy burnt peach. 1/2 finger of head. Thins down to a small layer. Leaves some lace rings alongside with some splattered lace. Good retention.

Aroma: Hops! Floral and earthy hops. Honeydew. Kind of musky. Not much else.

Taste: floral, floral, and more floral hops. Alcohol. It tastes like an alcoholic flower (what ever that is). Some slight notes of honey.

Mouthfeel is very bitter from all the hops. Alcohol heavy. Medium-bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall this is a hopping frickin beer. It doesn't have have too many distinctive flavors which kind of bothered me. I normally love DIPAs, but this one, I just can't see myself having another.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from a fresh batch (I assume... it just arrived in store but has no bottling date). Pours a just-barely-cloudy burnt orange with a good finger of rocky head fed by bubbles that keep a solid lacing down the glass. Beautiful.

I was expecting the smell to assault me with hops but it didn't come. Not to say that the nose is not all piney, resiny hops (it is) but I just expected more of a full out invasion over the more planned out attack I got.

Turns out the smell is just the decoy - it was a sneak attack! The taste is HOPS. A big rush of bittering hops mixed with liberal doses of piney resin (you seriously burp a pine tree), hints of grapefruit in the finish and a malt background that, while there, never manages to get to the fore. Consider me defeated.

This is a serious hop brew. The bitterness kicks your ass again and again every sip. For seconds you wonder if it's too much and then the roundness kicks in and you glory in the hops. After the last sip, I'm ready for another. Wow.

Edit: New stickers on the bottle that have a typo on the back, "Enjoy the blast of fresh Tomahawk, Chinook and Anthanum hops as they stimulate the taste buds in a truly Imerial (sic) fashion."

Edit: Had a DFH 90min after and it tasted like a light, slightly sweet stout - all I was tasting was the malt bill. The Hopsickle shames the 90min hops.

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Photo of amneziak
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a small amount of off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. After the head has disappeared you are left with a small tiny ring around the inside of the glass. There is a moderate amount of lacing, and what sticks to the glass appears to leave a crystal-like effect.

Smell: Beautiful aroma right out of the glass. There is loads of pineapple and mango, which I am very fond of in Imperial IPAs. There is also a bit of the pungency you get from some of the bigger IPA with touches of caramel from the malt and similar colored fruits like apricots. In the background there is also a very nice bit of roasty yeast. Really love the nose on this one...

Taste: Boy this is a bitter one. The bittering hops used here almost mask the flavor of any aromatic hops that would have been added at the end of the process. Although there is unquestionably a ton of hops in this bottle, I much prefer the nose on this to the taste. To be fair I opened this bottle a little colder than I normally would, however there is a lot of taste in here.

Mouthfeel: Well as I stated with the taste, this one is a touch bitter to be considered a stellar IPA. The flavors linger for quite some time, which is good, but the brightness I'd hoped for does not translate well to the palate. There is, however, a good amount of carbonation on the tongue that doesn't go flat very quickly and that helps bring some nice aftertaste to this beer.

Overall: Hopsickle is definitely a keeper. It's not on the same level as Hop Stoopid, Dreadnaught, and Hopslam in terms of brightness and beauty, but it's definitely got some talent. If you like your IPAs a bit more pungent and bitter, then you will be all over this one. I'm definitely excited that these will be making their way to Missouri in the not to distant future.

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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Slightly hazy copper with a thick, creamy white head. Head held on fairly well and left copious sticky lace.

S-Simply outstanding! A massive punch of pine, spice and citrus hops come together in a concert of heavy metal bitterness. This beer is like the Slayer or Pantera of hops! A touch of calming sweet caramel malt cautiously peeks it's head out in an attempt to moderate the mosh pit of hops!

T-Truly phenomenal. One of the most over the top, hoppy, bitter hop bombs I have ever had the pleasure of imbibing! This brew is a hop kick in the teeth! I don't know how they make it work but they do.

M-Medium bodied with a good amount of hop stickiness and of course LONG lasting hop bitterness.

D-Bring it on! I can take whatever you want to dish out Moylan's! I am a hop head and this even straddles the line of being "too bitter" for me! Close to being as sadomasochistic as a beer can get....oh, please, may I have another!

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Photo of SidVicious619
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the name and lives up to it. Poured from a bomber into snifter. Pours an orange/amber with off white head with about a one finger lacing. Smooth mouthfeel with rough finish that quenches. The smell is amazing with grassy pine forest and grapefruit. Took a sip and BOOM!!! Alcohol smacked me right in the face with hops of cascade, tomahawk and centennial that made me beg for mercy. This is ridiculously big and hoppy...loved every minute of it!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Delerium Tremens snifter

A - Dark amber with two fingers of head

S - HOPS! The smell smacks you in the face, pine forest. After taking a sip, the hops clear my sinuses.

T - The taste is a full-on assault of your mouth. This beer is attacking your taste bud and taking no prisoners. Completely unbalanced, but man, are those hops tasty!

M - My whole mouth is numbed by the bitterness. Strangely, the bitterness lingers in the roof of my mouth.

D - If you are craving a hop bomb, this is the beer for you. You certainly have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy this beer. Despite being so over the top hoppy, this is really an enjoyable beer.

This is a very good hop-bomb, but I prefer the (slightly) more balanced taste of Nugget Nectar. Nevertheless, I did really enjoy this and would recommend it to any hophead.

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Photo of treyrab
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for recommending this one pre- Beer Wars last night at Shady's.

A: Poured into a 12oz snifter. Color is hazy bronze copper that yielded a magnificent one and a half finger creamy, sticky, resiny white head. Very chill-haze look to it.

S: Smell was fantastic. This bludgeoned the Steamworks that I had before it. Smell is very piny, very hoppy, very bitter. Some citrus creeps in, but it is mostly grassy, piney hops. Some nice sweet caramel scents come through as well as pineapple and orange.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Very bitter grassy and pine hops that are matched with some light fruits and end with a sweet, caramel back. This one is extremely hoppy and bitter, but it is done incredibly well.

Overall, this was one extraordinary beer. Not for the faint of heart, but one that I will definitely be seeking out again.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, almost opaque, brown-orange, with one finger of head that just sits there. After the head eventually subsides, nice layers of lacing.

Smell: Hops. Hops. More hops. Grass, pine, hints of citrus. Maybe some malt in the background, but I think it's more of the citrus notes from the hops. Awesome smelling.

Taste: One of, if not the, most bitter IPAs I have ever tasted. A pure bitterness that coats the entire mouth, and lingers for a long, long time. Flavors of grass, pine, tobacco. There is no balance to this one whatsoever - it's a pure, straightforward, hop bomb...and it tastes great. The alcohol is noticeable, intermixed with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, good thickness. The thick feel helps the beer to stand up to the intense hop flavors.

Drinkability: Outstanding beer. It is a one dimensional hopbomb, so if you like balanced DIPAs, this one's not for you. But if you love pure, mouth-puckering, hop bitterness...this is just about perfect.

Edit: This one does change as it warms, as more and more of the malt begins to come through...it almost becomes an entirely different beer. Best enjoyed cold for the pure hop flavor.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the tap at Moylan's on April 4th, 2009.

A - Dark copper with a fat 2 finger head. Very good lacing throughout.

S - Straight up hops. And more hops. Reminiscent from my earlier days I actually smell Jungle juice. So many fruits, the heaviest being the grapefruit as with most DIPAs.

T - Tastes like a christmas tree, or maybe pinecone butter. It's absolutely delicious. The grapefruit rind hits the mouth first, followed by the hop bitterness. I get some buttery bread in there followed by a big bitterness and finally a sweet little finish. Great.

M - Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. Each sip coats the mouth and leaves it quite ready for another sip.

D - Very drinkable, if only I didn't live 10 hours away from Moylan's. I shall settle for the bottle.

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Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orangish honey, nice swirls of foam, small patches on the glass, this one overflowed upon opening - 4.25, S: Pure hops juice, pine, some citrusy fruits, if stickiness has a smell then I'm smelling it, solidly balanced with some heavy malt, alcohol is upfront- 4.5, T: As the nose (and name) might lead one to believe, this one is packed with hops, very piney and lingering, loads of bitterness, lots of thick caramel sweetness - 4.5, M: Nice mouthfeel, heavy and hearty - 4.25, D: This is one powerhouse among hoppy beers, right up my alley, as I look at the label I see a whopping 9.2% ABV, one I'd gladly drink again, just don't start a tasting session with this beer or your palate is trashed - 4.5

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Photo of FallinDeck
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange fizzy, Tang like.
Smell: Hoppy with a hint of liquorish, almost sterile like.
Taste: Slight hint of a little spice, with a heavy liquorish and some Hops. Very bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Frothy feel but very chewable.
Drinkability: I little too much liquorish taste and alcohol content a little too high to drink beer after beer.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. fresh bottle into the Duvel tulip

P: Hopsickle shines in the glass like a penny in the sun, an orange-tinged copper color beer sporting a uniform crown that sits high and tight atop the surface. The texture is thick, creamy, and smoothly whipped to perfection, showing really good retention before settling to form a chunky halo on top. This baby looks great!

A: Not quite sure if it lives up to the "triple hoppy" tag on the bottle, but it is damn hoppy for sure. Great aromatics that smell like a big ol' bowl of fruit jambalaya. I get pineapples, peaches, oranges, grapefruit, and a squeeze of lemon. Malt is there if you concentrate on it, but they take a backseat to the fireworks show put on by the hops.

T: This was almost like two beers in one. When it's cold, each sip delivers a hop explosion of monumental proportions that packs one of the best flavor profiles around. Bright, vibrant, juicy, and a bit resinous, they bombard the palate from start to finish. The profile pretty much matches the nose, consisting of bold citrusy fruits with a nice and sweet tropical twist on top, and an oily pineyness underneath. The malts are always there, but they tend to stay in the background, just there in a supporting role. Definitely well over the 100 IBU's mark is what I would guess.

When it gets warm, it almost seems to transform into an American Barleywine. Thick and chewy toasted bready malts seem to invade on the hops' turf way too much. They jump out from behind the curtain with an overly sweet candied caramel accomplice and steal the spotlight away from my beautiful hops. I love the bitterness that this beer delivers when it's cold. But the warmer the beer gets, the more that caramel seems to smother it out.

M: With the obviously heavy-handed addition of malt, it's also pretty obvious that this is one full-bodied beer, that's for damn sure. It's thick, heavy, ultra-creamy, rich, and smooth as can be. But once again, this is the kind of mouthfeel I would expect from a Barleywine, not a DIPA. I hate to nitpick here, but it's just a notch or two above the "sweet spot" in which I prefer my hops to shine, thickness wise.

Notes: This is one that I will definitely buy again. However, this would fall into the "borderline barleywine" category of DIPA's in my book. Being the hopelessly hop-addicted dude that I am, I prefer the malts to stay in the backseat while the humulus lupulin steers the ship. It's just my preference to drink an insanely hop-heavy DIPA, instead of a balanced one. But make no mistake, this is good beer no matter what your preferences are! Highly recommended

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber on the way home from work.

A: A very light and almost hazy looking amber color. A nice white to just slightly off white foam head with a good amount of lacing.

S: Well the name is Hopsickle and it delivers. There are plenty of pine and citrus hops that automatically hit the nose. Very complex but well balanced.

T: A really strong amount of hops, mostly pine. There is very little malt background, but the pine hop presence is the most predominant taste.

M: Leaves a rather dry and bitter taste on the palate as would be expected from a DIPA. Decent carbonation.

D: For me not being a complete hop head...yet, the beer is excellent, but not one I could have multiple of in a sitting. But I enjoyed it a lot and will continue to explore DIPA as I am starting to really enjoy them.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A birthday present from a better friend than I realized. Really enjoyed this one, and I'll agree with a few of the other reviewers: it was a tough DIPA to pin down. At times it seemed like an absolutely hop bomb, and at others it was much more balanced, barleywine tasting. In either case, it was excellent. Main flavors I picked up were the huge grapefruit. Some alcohol once the beer has warmed up. Overall, very tasty, one that I'd get again.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip glass

Pours a rich hazy amber / copper color. Head is off white and frothy, nice lacing and decent retention.

Great aroma with piney hops, spicy and citrus notes.

Flavor is very hoppy with grapefruit, citrus notes at the end. Well balanced with a bitterness and touch of sweetness. Had some peppery notes. Alcohol seems to be well hidden at first, but sneaks up on you.

This is a little thick, but rather smooth. Carbonation is good.

I thought this was a very tasty IPA. It was a little too powerful towards the end, possibly too thick. Overall a great brew.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange and golden color with a beige head that billows up to two fingers before promptly sinking back to a quarter of an inch. Nice lacing all around the glass.

Smells of hops, pine, and some passion fruit and peach. Very inviting, with the hops not overpowering the other great scents.

Tastes like grapefruit, very spicy as well with the hoppiness making a heroic entrance at the end. Also hints of clove and possibly some coriander.

Bitterness is a bit much to handle at the end, leave a soapy consistency in your mouth.

However, this is a great beer overall, an interesting west coast IPA. I'd love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fluffy 2 finger pure white head. Color is a slightly hazy deep golden orange color. Carbonation is low in appearance. Small amounts of lacing coat the sides of my glass.

Smells Hoppy from the initial pour, settles hoppy as well. Citrus smells are also present in this beer.

Taste has a hoppy bitterness to it. I can taste the alcohol a little bit, but it adds to the experience. The bitter taste lingers for a long time in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with low carbonation. It has a clean finish to it. Very good.

Very drinkable beer. I will definitely be buying more of this when i get the chance

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Photo of smanders
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a nice bomber of this at Total in Chantilly. I think TotalDave has been putting in a lot of requests for new stuff!
Review was poured into a British pint glass.

Appearance: Light red color with a fluffy off-white head. Nice retention.

Smell: Big pine notes with almost a medicinal background. Very earthy and very fragrant.

Taste: Unfortunately it's all bitterness. I was expecting a lot of complex flavors because of the smell but it seems to be lacking in the balance department.

Mouthfeel: Very light considering the amount of hops.

Drinkability: There are much better IIPAs available that will balance all of the flavors you're hoping for in this style. With that said, Moylan's does hide the high ABV% well and that fact alone should invite testers nationwide.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color, nice head that fades quickly


T - HOPS. World class in displaying the style

M - Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel for an IIPA

D - If this beer were available to me I would drink it quite often. While you probably wouldn't want to session it, it's a masterful beer. It's just different then most IIPA's and makes for such a memorable experience.

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Photo of aglose45
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Near golden brown in appearance. Clear. Looks alive and invigorating. Off white/ivory head that was about an inch thick. retention was great, lasted a couple of minutes.

S: Floral notes with some citrus as well, but not much. From the smell of it this beer is loaded with Cascade hops.

T: Minimal Malty backbone. Floral hops are definitely present. Good bitterness at the end towards the back of the palate. I wish there was a more substantial sweetness up front to balance out that hoppiness. Although, the alcohol was well hidden in this brew.

M: Medium mouth-feel, smooth, but a bit watery. This beer may be a bit under-carbonated for my liking (keep in mind I do enjoy beers off of firkins).

D: The floral overload of hops is not my favorite. I enjoy more citrusy flavors such as grapefruit, pineapple and mango to name a few. Would I have another?..Well that depends on what else is available at the time.

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Photo of jslot38
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, new artwork, looking forward to this one.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass with a hazy light amber / orange body topped by an almost pure white cap. Head is clumpy and thick. Good lacing.

Aroma: Not very strong, but an interesting mix of citrus, with a hint of grapefruit and some grass.

Taste: Was expecting more citrus hop flavor, instead the primary taste is grass and earth-rich hops, herbalness... some grass. The citrus twang (mostly orange zest) follows but is subdued with a grainy bread like finish. A mild warming from the alcohol sits in the back.

Mouthfeel: Very well done. Carbonation level up front is near perfect followed by a nice slickness from the hop oils. Sits on the tongue well, and the taste sticks around for a long time.

Drinkability: I'll take down this bomber... and then go to bed.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy golden brown, with a white, millet-y head of many different different bubble sizes. Long lasting retention, settling to a spotty, creamy cap. Solid wall lacing.

Whoo, just opening the bottle and taking a whiff is like sticking my face into a pine tree. After pouring you get more herbal, floral hop notes, though not without some grapefruit.

Hmm. To my palate, the initial, light biscuit malt doesn't jibe with the huge onslaught of hops, which are, independently, quite nice. Things improve as the beer warms, with the flavors meshing better. Some caramel malts compliment the biscuit. Floral and pine hops - lots. Very bitter finish, resin-y but not sticky.

Despite there being little to no prickliness to the rather ample carbonation, the beer does not have a very creamy feel. Fairly thick, I'd go with medium bodied. Taste wise, the ABV is well hidden, evident only in the various facets of the feel and such that somewhat inherently befit the style.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber in to a snifter. Has a nice cloudy copper color with half a finger of white head. I noticed a lot of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Leaves a lot of foamy lacing down the glass.

Has a very pungent hop aroma, both grapefruit and pine. I was expecting an earthy aroma, but it is instead replaced with a sweet caramel smell. Toasted wheat bread in the aftertaste.

Wow this brew tastes excellent. The grapefruit and pine from the hops are strong up from, but it has a pleasant sweet taste to it as well, definitely caramel like I had detected in the nose.

Mouthfeel is very rich, slightly carbonated, and a bit syrupy. Sort of an unusual mouthfeel, but still really good.

This brew was a lot more balanced then I ever would have expected. This is already easily in my top three favorite DIPA's. I can easily see myself drinking this brew many times in the future. If it were a bit more affordable it would be even more often than that.

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,657 ratings
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