Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

1,656 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:
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Added by LongBeachHopHead on 08-11-2005

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Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a small head and good lacing. Strong smell of bitter hops.

Tastes very good. Strong bitter hops up front, some mild caramel sweetness in the middle like a Barleywine and a good harsh hoppy finish that pricks the tongue. A hopheads delight.

Mouthfeel is rich....the maltiness middle of the sandwich makes it very rich and smooth. Drinkability is good. Hops hit you over the head but are not harsh. No taste of alcohol. This one goes down very easy.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy. Amber / honey color. Moderate head + carbonation.

S: Floral hop scent. Hibiscus, rose + possibly a hint of pine.

T: Floral hop flowers are dominant here. Lots of sugar and honey malts follow mid-mouth, with a clean bitter aftertaste.

M: Gorgeous texture. Very fine carbonation, medium body, and all-around exactly how a DIPA should be.

D: Incredibly drinkable for a DIPA. Not too bitter at all. The high ABV is relatively well hidden by the excellent texture + sweetness.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

finally decided to spend the money on this one. 22oz bottle with no freshness date, but it hasnt been on the shelves here that long.

A- clear darkish orange color with a small, sticky, white colored head. more of a crown really.

S- massive blast of hops right off the bat. piny, fruity, citrusy, and floral. this one has it all. i can pick up on a small amount of caramel malt. it smells very unbalanced, but this was picked up to be a hop fix.

T- brutally hoppy. loads of citrus, pine, and floral hops. very bitter and lingering. no trace of the alcohol.

M- medium bodied and a little too fizzy. leaves my mouth feeling extremely dry, even for the style. slight warming from the alcohol as it makes its way into my belly.

D- one of these to myself is plenty, and more than enough to decimate my palate for quite some time. something i might be willing to pick up again, but with cheaper, arguably better, year round DIPAs like hop 15 sitting around, it wont be that often.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a 24 oz wine glass.

Dark reddish orange. Hazy. Small creamy head.

Smells fantastic. Pineapple and pine. Sweet-smelling.

Tastes sweet up front. Nice subtle malt followed by huge pineapple hops and some alcohol. I really like this. Really balanced, although the malt taste is pretty nondescript. But the malt isn't the focus here.

Pretty thick silky smooth feel. Carbonation feels right though it might be on the low side.

Drinkability is good. Not as good a beer as Hopslam, but much better than Double Simcoe.

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Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so a very good DIPA and my first from Moylan's. Appearance is very good- deeper copper color than expected- slightly cloudy with decent head and retention. Smell is nice, but not as hoppy as expected. Lots of citrus comes through with a decent floral hop backend.
Taste is much better, a firm blast of hops right away. Some sweeter malt and candy sugar- much more than expected. Also slightly spicy on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and oily, moves around nicely. Drink ability is pretty good.

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Photo of Florida9
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Very thin layer of creamy head that never really disappeared. Color is dark amber to light brown. Hazy.

S: a good dose of yeast on the first whiff. But then citrusy, piney hoppiness.

T: overwhelming bitterness right off the bat mixed with a noticeable maltiness. Finishes with a distinct pepper flavor.

M: Bitter.

D: A great beer, but this is my preferred style. Bitterness is quite overwhelming at times; this beer makes its presence known.

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Photo of BZero007
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer from a local shop off the shelf, even though it states sadly on the bottle to refrigerate due to live hops. The bottle i believed stated a bottling date of December, so if I can find more recent bottle I will update my review. Pours a nice amber color in to a DFH Snifter. Head was minimal and lacing did not last long. The Aroma was great and gave off some great hops and fruit smells. Tasting the beer was a pleasure for me as I felt the unearthly was more of a malty taste this particular beer I felt was more balanced of hops and malt. You taste the Hops and malt together and neither is over powering but each prominent in their own. In the background sweet fruits slightly come threw and help the complexity a bit. Body was a medium carbonation with a bit of bitterness due to hops, but that is an added bonus and was not over done. Alcohol was pretty well hidden and was a great beer to drink.

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Photo of JamesP123
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at the Brewery, served in a 10oz. snifter.

A. Beautiful dark amber color. Very thin off white head with good lacing to the very end.

S. This is what a hop bomb smells like, strong floral and citrus hops coming through. Followed by a strong malt backbone.

T. This is a taste bud killer, even my blackened chicken srtips could not hold up after a few sips. And I mean that in a good way. They must use a big mix of hops, tasted spicy, perfumey with hints of grapefruit and citrus.

M. Mildly carbonated, resiny feel due to the supreme amounts of Hops.

D. Very drinkable for those who love a west coast triple IPA. Not for the faint of heart. Bitter, but not over the top. Goes down smooth, but with the alcohol at 9% be sure to consume wisely. Highly reccomend this beer to any IPA lover

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.29.

A: Deep burnt orange hue with thick 2-3 finger off-white head with exceptional retention and good lacing.

S: One of the best smelling DIPAs out there. Hugely complex hops nose with spice, tropical fruit, floral, and grassy character all there. Malt is plentiful but are in the background.

T: Compared to previous versions of Hopsickle, I think their recipe has changed for the better and the harsher from a hoppiness angle. Spicy, floral, and fruity with a substantial but still supporting caramel and pale malt backing.

M: Thick, coating, and low carbonation with strong hops aftertate.

D: An exceptional DIPA that firmly places itself in the upper tier of the style with serious maltiness and top-notch hoppiness to create a complete beer.

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

a: into my piraat snifter, one-finger off-white head tops an amber beer the color of prehistoric pine sap, good retention and spotty lace left behind

s: fragrant tropical fruit and floral hops ride a caramel barley body with moderate sugar levels, honeylike at times, minimal depth to the grain character, but the hops are enticingly aromatic and are expected to be the showcase ingredient, full of fresh resiny goodness

m: carbonation delicate, moderate presence, with a full medium body

t: a malty caramel grain body plays support for the pulpy tropical fruit hop flavor, malt candy, formidable but not overdone, turns a touch citric in the finish before a well implemented bitterness politely nudges in at first but shows a definite accumulative effect over the course of the bottle, to eventually reach the level of "enamel stripping", would like the malt and hop flavors a bit more distinct, but the bitter-bomb nature of the beer takes over rapidly (and yes, I enjoy this, but it doesn't make for a 4.5)

d: a good dipa and a great value beer, no problem killing this one off

bomber from Whole Foods, Reston, VA

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 received as an extra in an already very cool and huge trade with Bobby91w.. Thanks Bobby.. I'm being a BA and sharing this with a buddy who is on the cusp of enjoying big beers... My share is a nice pour into a big red wine glass.

3/4" bubbly head.. only the tiniest spots of lace... hazy deep orange...

Nose is enormous.. piney.. citrus.. some caramel.. spicy.. way more pine than anything else..

Flavor is huge as expected.. gargantuan bitterness .. with just enough maltiness to balance.. maybe even some caramel .. grapefruit pith hoppiness from front to back.. citric hops are just soooo big... nice fruitiness could be from the yeast.. but it is so far on the background it is a very minor player... the finish lasts forever with lingering zesty hoppiness that plays for minutes after a sip.

surprisingly medium body with more than adequate carbonation..

I wish I could do a better review on this one.. but Marc is hanging out with Brenda... and I gotta go... Thanks Bobby!!

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

Appearance: Brilliantly clear deep amber with sturdy white head that leaves lacing. For an ultra-hopped beer this is incredibly clear, must be filtering.

Aroma: Explosion of grapefruit, resins, floral with a strong malt backbone, reminiscent of an american barleywine. In fact I think the maltiness pushes this closer to a barleywine than a IIPA like Pliny. Medium fruity esters but no diacetyl. Light alcoholic sweetness.

Flavor: Very firm bitterness dominates (even numbs a little) with juicy hop character of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and pine qualities. Has a profound malty sweetness that balances the big hop qualities, but finishes a little heavy. Some caramel notes trying to peek through the hops ... but fails.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with a medium carbonation level. Alcohol is very evident, but not harsh. A little too full on the body for a IIPA, impacts drinkability. More like a barleywine.

Overall a delicious hop tribute that straddles the IIPA/Barleywine fence.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this 22 oz. bomber from the brewery and though I haven't had it in awhile, I knew what to expect.

Pours a nice caramal color with a nice white foamy head. There is MAJOR lacing throughout the entire brew experience. Carbonation is also nicely present.

I love the smell. If you want hoppy goodness, this is it. Fruity, piney, sticky sweet candy smell.

Major hop explosion on the sip. A nice change from the sweeter Imperial IPA's. It's almost too hoppy at times, but as it warms, the smoothness shines through. There is also a major aftertaste that may not be for everyone's liking.

If you're looking for a major hop sensation, look no further than this fine brew. Though at the moment it is a little pricey, the brew and the experience is well worth it.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased from City Beverage in Winston Salem, NC when I was there for the Sexual Chocolate release. Poured into my 22oz Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a hazy brownish orange color with a nice but minimal head. The small amount of bubbles gets lower and lower since it leaves friends behind with each swallow. A very unique color for an IPA.

S: The hop aroma punches you right in the face when you put your nose near the glass. A beautiful citrus hop aroma with just a hint of pine along for the ride. One of the best hop aromas I can recall.

T: I am bit surprised by the taste. I have heard many stories of this one being up there with Mean Manalishi in terms of bitterness. It has an awful lot of caramel malt flavor that helps minimize the effective bitterness. However, for me that is a good thing. It proves that a DIPA can be both super hoppy without it feeling like its eating the enamel off of your teeth (see Mean Manalishi).

M: This is a thick brew. It is almost syrup like. The carbonation in mouth is a little too aggressive for my preference. I would prefer it be a bit more smooth and creamy.

D: For a very high hopped beer, the balance with the malt makes this much easier to drink than I expected. The aggressive carbonation hinders the drinkability more for me than the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear amber hue, looks just like honey. The head is very thick, about three fingers tall at the initial pour then quiets down to a tall two fingers. Eventually it settles to a thin cap with mounds of bubbles, and a solid wall of lacing at the top of the glass.

The malts are there, well hidden, but add a little bit of a bread-like background. The hops are loud and sharp with plenty of pine and citrus.

The hops are certainly up there, giving plenty of grapefruit-like citrus. A bit of tea like flavor is in the background. The hops carry a bit of spiciness as well. The malts are definitely buried under the hops, giving a little bit of a malty base. It's hard to describe the malts just because the hops distract me so much. That should say something about the amount of hops in this one. Full bodied.

It goes without saying that this is one hoppy beer. The malts go without even being noticed. Even with all the bitterness, this is still a very drinkable DIPA (or TIPA as the bottle suggests). Recommended.

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Photo of douggoodavage
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22oz bottle poured hard into a large mug at 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Dark amber orange with thick sticky lace. Holds a nice 3/8" - 1/2" frothy ivory head for a long time. Very decent looking brew.

Smell: Honey, orange, ruby red grapefruit, & pine. Also nice floral scents that add to the almost hypnotic experiance. A hop lovers dream come true!

Taste: Super hop dryness with sweet malt under tones. Grapefruit peel with crisp pine flavors. The superb hop bitterness smacks you taste buds clear out of your mouth. A world class DIPA!

Mouthfeel: Medium - thick, creamy, with gentle carbonation and tangy refreshing crispness.

Drinkability: Its solid ABV of 9.2% and world class flavor make it a very enjoyable sipper not a guzzler.

This fine brew is one of the best DIPA's that I have had the pleasure to enjoy! Cheers my Hop loving brothers!

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Photo of gabe23
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Murky dark orange color with a tan head. Nice retention and tons of lacing.

S - Bold aroma of citrus hops with some piney undertones. There is a bit of earthy, sweet malt underneath, but it struggles to make it to your nose.

T - Wow. Grapefruit, pine sap, grass - the hops smack your tastebuds with a 2 by 4. There is a slight grainy sweetness, but this isn't a balanced DIPA by any means. Your mouth will be numb by the time you're done with this one.

M - Very full, clinging body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Not the most drinkable DIPA in my opinion. The hops are overpowering and you really feel the alcohol by the time you finish a bomber. If copious hops bitterness is what you seek, this is a beer for you.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange that was transparent with two-finger soapy white head that died slow and left some lacings. An unbelievable hop smell - soapy, sticky, floral, earthy, grassy...however you want to say it is an intense hop burst in the nose with the malts buried. The taste is more of the same as my tongue, while this beer is medium-bodied and smooth with pinches of sweet malts and fruit tastes, is assaulted by the amount of hops (in a good way). It is one of those "I-can't-stop-drinking-this-but-my-mouth-feels-like-I-just-ate-sand" type of dryness at some points; pure hopheads dream. The backend is actually balanced with the sweet malts and fruit flavors taking over - great balance. This is a GREAT beer for any IPA/DIPA lover to have.

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Photo of nick76
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very hoppy with pine, grass, and citrus as well as caramel malt. The appearance is copper with a very large head. The flavor is like caramel with lots of bitter elements like those in the aroma. The palate is typical for the style. Overall it's too astringent.

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Photo of MacDomer
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Googzoid10 for throwing this one in as an extra in a recent trade. I've been excited for this one since I got it, and with recent forum threads suggesting this is THE hoppiest beer out there, I'm up for the challenge. My palate is ready - let's see what this one holds!

With a hard pour I get about a one finger off white frothy head with gobs of stickiness sitting atop a nice burnt orange with straw highlighted beauty of a beer. Lacing is just fantastic.

The nose on this is less hoppy than expected, actually. Of course it has tons of citrusy, grassy hops, but I'm also getting some sticky honey scents and a slight whiff of alcohol.

I take my first sip and just say wow. Yep, it's freakin' hoppy. Orange and citrus, with some herbal qualities, then alcohol warmth on the back end. It's not hot by any stretch, just not as well integrated as some other high abv hop bombs I've had. There's much less lingering bitterness than I would have expected here.

Feels medium full - it's gooey as all heck and really coats your mouth. Every nook and cranny is just covered with yummy hop goodness. Carbonation is there - I don't notice it being anything other than pleasant.

Drinkability. Haha. Even within style, this probably isn't the most drinkable due to palate fatigue. I will seek out again, especially when I want share a huge hop explosion with friends or just need a big hop jolt myself.

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Photo of jsp2
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a rich gold amber with a dense compact foam one would expect from a heavily hopped beer.

Smells strongly of herbal, grapefruit and grass hops. There are also floral components and slight hint of sweetness. Excellent.

A kick of carbonation is followed by INTENSE hop bitterness balanced with a malty sweetness. Great balance. The aftertaste is sour, dry, and appropriate. Feels like I've been chewing on a hop vine!

Somewhat light feeling compared to other versions of DIPA that are this intense. The carbonation is somewhat highish but not inappropriate for this one.

This is a beer you could spend a long time sipping and enjoying.

What an incredible hop experience. Balanced enough to be sane, but you really get the intense aroma and flavor of hops more than other versions of this style. Not as sweet as some versions which makes things interesting. Excellent all around.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Nice amber color, slightly hazed. The head is impressive, white and frothy. It reminds me of steamed milk. The head is extremely thick and hangs around forever with fantastic lacing on the glass.

The smell is prominent citrus hops. There is a a slight spicy scent that follows. Note to self- not a hint of malt.

This tastes like I just bit into a red grapefruit, it's overpowering bitterness. The spiced flavor is present but brief, and tastes almost like a Connecticut leaf cigar. There is no malt balance as I expected, but I don't mind.

Medium to full body with bitter aftertaste. As soon as I swallow my mouth puckers and eyes squint. I now understand when people say this is one of the "hoppiest" beers out there. I agree it's definitely up there in the discussion.

The high abv is well hidden, and for that I say this is above average in drinkability for it's class. However, I think the sheer bitterness and beating my palate just took is enough for me to conclude that I couldn't drink more than a bomber in one sitting.

Overall, this is a find offering and one I'd say I'd try again, but likely one bomber per season is enough to let my tastebuds know who's boss.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mashmaster for this monster..

Pours out a super hazy golden with a thick creamy head on top...this is super looking...

Huge pungent aromas of citrusy hops come rolling out of the glass as soon as I pour it...this is extremely pungent... Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, maybe a hint of pine... One of the hoppiest smelling brews I can remember..

Well, it delivers in the taste dept too... This is probably the hoppiest brew I've ever had... Its loaded with tongue sizzling citrus hops that keep pounding away the whole time..unbalanced as heck but that's what I was expecing... Its a hop monster that's unrelenting..

This is the pinnacle of pure hopiness so far...its brutal without being overly bitter...

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Photo of Redwood21
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: i had to work hard to get good head out of this beast...yea yea laugh later you crazy bastards.... at any rate the head is lovey once you rough her up enough to show up. the body is a clear red ruby color

S: hop city, the alpha acid is insane i am really not sure how to describe this but its hop insanity

T: this beer is very hoppy i mean fuck its a triple ipa according toits label so one would hope so. but the acid and tart bitter hopness overpowers this beer like crazy.


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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of of strong, sweet, juicy hops, citrus, grapefruit, spices, and some honey. There is a nice focus of hops here, well rounded with the strong hoppiness.

Taste of strong spicy hops, honey, grapefruit, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. An excellent IIPA, strong hoppiness, but balanced very well with a nice complex hop flavor. The hops satisfy my hop craving and do not overpower.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bite from the carbonation.

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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