Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale
1,657 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 rhinos00
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to give this one a try. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange with tints of brown mixed in. Solid one inch of white head that leaves great lacing as the beer is consumed.

S- Seemed a little one dimensional to me. Got a nice whiff of piney hops and thats about all.

T- Two things I noticed with this one. The first being, is let this warm up a bit, it allows other citrus flavors to come out. Second, if this didn't have a little bit of age on it, it may have been too much hops. The first few sips I had just completely destroyed every taste bud I had. However, after the beer warmed, malt and citrus sweetness came out due to the little age it had on it. Even then, I can see how this beer wants to push the limits.

M- Medium bodied, with a nice sticky sweetness.

D- Went down pretty smooth after the beer warmed. The abv can't really be noticed until the bottle is gone.

Overall, a nice triple IPA that was almost too much, even with some age on it. I can only imagine how this is fresh (too much). I can appreciate the concept behind pushing the limits to offer new tastes, but when is too much? Still a must try.

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

Nebulous orange with a super-sticky, creamy head. Sporadic lace. Smells like fresh oranges, pine needles, watermelon...deep and oily. Dankly hoppy flavor. Pine resin, sweetness, juicy citrus pulp. An intense bitterness floods the mouth. "Forest green" like taste. Nice and oily...full, solid body...slightly warming. Great DIPA. Love that piney freshness!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer appears to be a hazy orange auburn under a soapy foam orange tinted head. Retention is a nice dense 1/4" high - lace is spotty and scattered. Aroma is LOADED! with sugar coated grapefruit, fresh ripe oranges, lemon rind, tart apples, all piled onto a sea of maltiness. Taste is sweet, bitter, pointy with citrus, chewy, sticky, resinous....extra hoppy. I find myself drinking this extra fast as well.

I enjoy.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/27/2008 (bottle):

Pours a pretty clear darkish orange colored body, with a huge foamy off-white head, very lasting. Very hoppy grapefruity aroma, fresh citrus. Not piney or drying. Almost subtle, not too strong. Hoppy bitter taste with a dry bitter malty aftertaste. Sweet tasting. Very fresh tasting hops, very bitter.

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Photo of adamette
2.23/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber that I found at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, OH about 10 days ago. I was consious of drinking this one reasonably soon due to its hop profile (keep it fresh!). Poured into my clean, clear Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. After reading a recent thread on hoppy beers I saw this in the store and wanted to taste it. Consensus was that this is the most bitter hoppy beer out there.

A Nice generous head that I aggressively poured to get. It was about 2 inches and stuck around for several minutes and never did dissipate before I took my first sip. The body is a nice translucent orange with no observable cardonation rising up. I suppose the bubbles that formed the head have already rised up.

S Hops but there is a suprising sweetness (is that possible?). I do not smell alcohol but that might be because it is covered up by all of the hops.

T As advertised, a bunch of bitter hops. The stinging "essense of grapefruit" bitterness hits you in the front and stays with you way through to the aftertaste, some 3 minutes later I can draw a mental picture of a hop plant and I feel as if my mouth is full of a bunch of chunks of the most pungant grapefruit. Several minutes later it felt as if my eyeballs were afloat in a mxture of this beer and normal eye fluid. This is not an experience that I would like to repeat.

M Full with that biting, bitter hops taste.

D Not good as it is a one note beer.

Notes: I cannot imagine nor would I wish for any more hops taste or smell in a beer. I am glad to understand that (at least to those contributing to that thread I was reading recently) there is no more hopped up beer than this one. I am glad to have tried it, none the less. I enjoy trying extreme beers of which I think this is one.

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

Pours an clear orange/amber color with a biege head and soft carbonation. Strong aroma of pinesap, grapefruit, papaya and caramel malt. Flavor is juicy orange, grapefruit, and a sweet caramel pine. A bit acidic. Big creamy mouthfeel. Finish is spicy long bittery goodness.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant reddish-copper, producing a thick head that dies to a thin layer, but it sticks around for the duration. All kinds of lace strings and striations--a seductive looking beer.

The nose is a hop-head's dream. The perfect mingling of citrus and pine, with touches of spearmint, cannabis and dryer sheets. Pretty much everything one would want in a super-hoppy beer, and this one has it all front and center. Beautiful.

Moylan's calls this "triple hoppy," and man, they're not kidding. Apparently they weren't informed about the hop shortage. Hopsickle is intensely hoppy, even a bit coarse, but goddamn it's a load of fun and flavor for a hop lover. Leafy and rind-like, it's got just a little bit of malt running down the center, but the intense pine and citrus rind battle it out for domination. Trace of mint and butterscotch middle to end. Finishes resiny, sour and green, which I suppose is the only reason I'm not going to give this a perfect 5 for taste, but I do like its raw, elemental, stripped-bare sort of vibe, and that's certainly amplified in the finish. The finish is long and lingering, apparently eternal, because I can't get the intense hop flavor off my tongue. I'm not complaining.

Texturally not the creamiest DIPA ever, but it does have a syrupy quality, and its lively carbonation is not sharp, just tingly enough to pair well with the intensity of flavor.

This is one blaring beer: a tongue-ripper, a palate-killer, and aptly-named. Hopsickle indeed. A mere "3.5" for drinkability, because it's impossible to follow this with anything, and it's just plain intense. I love it, but a bomber is more than enough. It just flattens you with hops. Overkill? Sure...and why not?

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Photo of khiasmus
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A turbulent drain of the bottle yields a liquid gold with a rich layer of white foam, evenly divided by large, proud soap-bubbles and tight cotton-ball froth. A despondent army of small air pockets slowly curse their way to the surface through the sludge. Perfect clarity becomes this beast, this incredible hulk. And even the walls turn white as a sheet, trembling in fear and ecstasy...
And the hulk it is, destroying tanks and helicopters, roaring without words and the air is filledGREENGREENGREENGREEN! He rips through pine trees, he bleeds acid and the world trembles before his angerGREENGREEN! Mortars the size of grapefruits glance off his sides, he catches one and squeezes it in his hand until it explodes, Fire leaps up and drops of GREENbloodGREEN fall from his hands, reeking the acid blood of the ultimate Alpha...
He can balance, he can stand atop the tallest tower and fight off the MOAB, rip the raptors to shreds and the anger continues to force through his veins, heart burning with GREEN the acid blood dripping down the tower scalding all it touches and staining the eyes of the trespassers ingraining their mindsGREENGREENGREENGREENGREEN!

You will never forget, it will be forever impaled in your mind... the acid, the ripped-apart pine trees, the memory of the dripping fist with grapefruit-acid blood... This is THE HULK in a bottle.

For hopheads, both nirvana and the seventh circle of hell...

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Photo of jdklks
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional beer and is worthy of a very high rating.

WARNING: you must love hops to enjoy this beer!

A- an amber golden body with an off-white head that leaves a thick lacing all over the glass. absolutely beautiful.

S- HOPS! HOPS! HOPS! and more hops. smells also of green grapes, and a lot of citrus fruitiness.

T- This is, of course, a hop bomb. a beautifully made hop bomb. tons of citrus fruitiness that adds a pleasant sweetness to an almost overwhelming bitterness. there is still a hint of maltiness that attempts to make itself known, but it is over-powered by the awesomeness of pure hoppiness. unbalanced as fuck, the way a DIPA should be.

M- very full bodied and awesome. tons of oily hop resin all over the palate. you will know that you've sipped this beer long after you take the last drink. the bite on the back of your pallate lingers for a good amount of time.

D- fantastically drinkable as it is, its abv and price tag bring it down slightly. not to mention this is about as intense as it is possible to be for a DIPA.

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

Pours a nice light amber with a sudsy, sea-surf thick head that leaves lacing down the entire glass. This is one mighty thick brew. Lots of thick hop oils and pine needles with a brown sugary sweetness, orange rinds and a bit of a medicinal quality. Big-time bitter brew. Tylenol-like bitterness hits immediately followed by a citrusy taste; there is a bit of maltiness there, but the bitterness can overwhelm it at times.

A true hop-head sipping brew and another welcome edition to our shelves down here.

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Photo of Sandstone
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is like a shotgun blast of hops straight to the face.

Malt? What the hell is that? We don't need no stinkin' malt here!

Seriously, this is the perfect beer for hop heads like me who need to have their addiction fed. The taste and aroma are just full of big bitter pine and citrus notes. Perfection!

Mouthfeel and drinkability are about what you expect from a 9% hop bomb. Be warned: This beer is going to coat the inside of your mouth and the back of your throat. Even the next morning, I swear I could still taste the remnants of it in my mouth. But hey, that's the price you pay, right?

Bottom line: This beer is great, but is for extreme hop-heads only. If you've ever sipped a beer and thought it was too bitter or too hoppy, you can safely skip this one.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A whole lot of hoppy bidness going on here. You can tell there's a nice cocktail of them but it's very difficult to discern one from the other. It all blends together into a super tasty mix though, very citrusy and of course piney and smooth as velvet. Highly recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big, strong smell of hops and citrus. Noticable just after opening the bottle.

T: Like its cousin the Moylander Double IPA, the Hopsickle has a huge, hoppy character. This is combined with sweet grapefruit and a mild malt. Complex and powerful.

M: Highly carbonated with a fairly dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a well made, drinkable beer. Lots of character and taste.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.64/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 10/7/08. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small white, foamy head. Aroma of bitter grassy, garlicy hops and bitter grapefruit. Flavor is super bitter and a little too bitter for my tastes (even as a hop lover). The hop profile is a little off too. Not a fan of this one.
5/4/5/3/13 (3.0/5)

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Photo of marcpal
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Admittedly being a hophead, I trekked this back from San Fran and broke it open for the holiday season. There is aggressive and there is ridiculous.

Bomber poured into tulip glass.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10

A: Amber with a thin filmy head and lacing like termites ate through wood.

S: Pine, pine needles and pine tree.

T: Smack the bitch in the face bitter. The aftertaste is overbearing and unconscious. It doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't but this is truly like sucking on pine needles. There is literally no balance, I can't imagine a non-hop freak wanting to even smell this.

M: I actually liked the oily covering. Thick body to go with the motor oil pine resin viscocity.

D: This was a little silly in taking things too far. I found little to no enjoyment, appreciated the experience but nothing else going on. I would have loved at least some sweetness.

Only a woodchuck could bear more than a bomber of this.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice DIPA that bundles up the hops nicely and delivers a flavorful yet bitter hop feel.

A-Burnt orange colored...creamy head

S-Hop fragrant aroma of tangerine rinds, mandarin oranges, tobacco, and weed..has almost a wet hop feel to it on the aroma.

T-There is an english toffee malt backbone that is subtle yet evident on the finish...on the taste there is a citrus hop feel combined with an herbal tobacco/weed feel. Based on the hops listed on the bottle I expected more of a citrus feel but to be honest the tobacco and weed seem more prevalent...also some Pine notes on finish

M-9.2% but seems more medium bodied than full bodied....a good tight pine note on the finish.

D-Definitely a sipper and an amped up DIPA..sometimes beers in this style can come off almost sweetish but that is not the case here....this is hoppy and bitter and a good bitter....

Nice brew...would drink again...

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Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Sam's in Durham.

A - Golden with good clarity and a small white head.

S - A nice aroma of floral hops with some toasted malt in the background.

T - A big beer with lots of flavor led by a crisp grapefruity hop bitterness. This brew is about hops but the malt provides a nice backbone and the alcohol warms you as you go. The flavors linger nicely well after your mouth is empty.

M - A thick, almost oily consistency with a low carbonation that lets the flavors really stand out.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink; especially for a 9.2% beer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Monday of this week, I got a mysterious beermail from a character named "scjeff" informing me that "Cindirene's", my excellent local beer store, would be getting beers from Stoudt's, Moylan, Bear Republic, Boulder, and Ballast Point, and that they should be on the shelf in the afternoon. Hmmm. First off, I've never seen any of those beers at all in North Carolina, and second, Cindirene's is closed on Monday. My take? Sorry, "scjeff", you prickteasing bastard, but you are full of shit. Man do you need to get your facts straight....

... but today, Friday, I walked into Cindirene's, and Chuck, the proprietor told me with a chuckle that I had come "...at a bad time." Huh? As he began pointing out highlights of his new stock to me, I realized that he meant the "bad" part was going to be when he took all my payday money for all that wonderful beer! (It turns out that Scjeff is a new distrbutor, AND a prickteasing bastard, but is not, repeat NOT full of shit! HA! (sorry jeff!))

Near-giddy with evil glee, I grabbed a mega beer haul of mixed wonderfulness and two bombers of the infamous Hopsickle. I popped the first in the freezer to chill it for a moment, and now, friends, the desired temp is in sight and that last anxious moment is over. Mr. "scjeff", I'll never doubt you again; Mr. Hopsickle, your ass is on the block, and today is a good day to die!

The very-busy label of the 22-ounce bottle touts Tomahawk, Chinook, and Anthanum hops along with some Gaelic screed and images of various medals the beer has won in competitions hither and yon, with admonissions to "Drink Safely" and to "Recycle"-- and it even sports a map to the brewery! Wow!

Cracked open and poured into my trusty DFH shaped pint glass, Hopsickle is clear and bright golden-amber in color with a huge cap of creamy ivory foam. The lid is semisolid and sticky and deposits quite a bit of abstract 3-D lacing on the glass.

The smell is pungently hoppy with snipped evergreen, grated pineapple husks, fresh meadow grass and dense citrus drizzled with a almost burnt note of zesty herbs. A sizable sugary caramel backbone underlays the hop-bombery, providing depth and sweetness.

The taste is a sticky green hop-juice wing-ding-freeforall. A runaway freight train juggernaut of super-bold bitterness blithely fails to yield to oncoming citrus, smashing through caramel, splintering pine, systmatically highlighting, then steamrolling emergent fruity flavors, crushing and tongue-numbing its way to the gullet. The stinging bitterness is biting, lingering, snappy and wonderful, but as the drink progresses and my poor palate is uber-Ruinated, a mild, bready-syrup maltiness provides soothing relief, taking away a bit of hop-sting... but not much of it.

The drink is on the full side of medium-bodied with great carbonation. A little warming in the belly serves as the only indication of the sturdy ABV. Scjeff, sorry for doubting you man, and thanks for the heads up!

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Photo of KC8LTL
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Honey body with offwhite head and massive lacing.

S) Piney smell dominates, but there is some fruity hop background and even a slight sweetness from the malt in the background

T) Wow. Seems a bit less bitter than their double, but there are layers upon layers to this one. Pine predominates, and while I cannot tell what the other layers are, I can feel them fighting to be there, and then stomped on by the piney hops

M) Think and chewy. Just enough carbonation to keep it alive in the mouth

D) This is a sipping beer. An enjoyable sipping beer, but not something to throw back at all.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pour is a cloudy orange/brown with a thin cream colored head. The aroma is initially hoppy with some citrus notes. There is a malty caramel fragrance that is also noted. The taste is initially spicy hops, but a big rush of bitterness soon overwhelms. The mouthfeel is full and works well. This beer is really an assault on the palate. It is interesting, but could use a touch of malt in the flavor for balance.

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Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange. Inch or two of white foam head quickly settles down to some bubbling. Beer smells crazy hoppy. Like, insane citrus, pine, and grapefruit, with some light floral notes. Oh boy!

Flavor is ... insanely hoppy, but also surprisingly balanced. This is just a crazy strong tasting beer, period. There's a serious pine hop burn that's almost a physical assault, but there's definitely a bunch of syrupy caramel malt as well. What the heck did they put in this? The smell actually has a much more complex hop bouquet than the flavor, which is basically a shotgun blast of pine with a smidgen of grapefruit.

Is this drinkable? Well, I love hops, and strong tasting beers, so yes. On the other hand, objectively, I know that it isn't. Good thing reviews are subjective!

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Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a hophead, this is perfect. Orange-gold pour with a fluffy white head. Incredible aroma of hops, grapefruit, pine, and flowers. Huge taste and oily mouthfeel. Resin and citrus flavors blend perfectly. Big bitterness, very long taste, with a sweet finish. A great beer.

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

This beer pours a hazy bright orange color. The head is an solid inch in height, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of huge pine and citrus hops. It is a nice aroma, but very straight forward. The taste is like the aroma. Simple, straight forward, uninspiring, non-thought provoking. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, this is a decent DIPA at best. It does have big flavors, but no nuance or depth. I could drink this again, but I would pass it over for numerous other DIPAs.

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Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smudged brass colored, with quite a bit of haze, stacked with a wet and sticky and lacy beige dome.
Pungent nose full of cannabis, kilned tobacco, rusted iron, crushed flowers and herbs, and pine tar. Malt-derived caramel and dough are secondary (or, actually, septary).
Malt falls across the tongue in biscuity, lightly burnt caramelly waves. It turns doughier, then the hops vaporize it. Here on out, it's all resiny, pithy, sappy, bitter glory. Some DIPAs impress with tropical fruit hues. And I love a lot of them, but this one would punch those in the face and steal their women. Coarse and abrasive and tough, but not without a loveable side. Hugely resinous, with pot, and pot-pipe scraping, and pine sap, and burnt pineapple. A de-commissioned freighter's worth of rusted metal. A bitter tea of wild edibles and leafy tannins. A wavering, almost sweet, lilt of violets and moss. Then more reefer, more wrought iron, a discarded orange rind or two, and some juniper. It lingers with copper and blood, and a closure of dry cedar.
It's structured more along the lines of a barleywine, even though malt is beaten down, eventually. Wool-like, with a low-but-steady bead.
As punishing as it is, it remains thoroughly drinkable. Compulsively, even.
Brutish, and unrelenting, and almost arcane at times, but I love it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,657 ratings
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