Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
moylans.com

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 eyncognito
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received bottle in trade with: bring, thanks barry
22oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
Amber color, thin head with wonderful lacing. Piney aroma, with some citrus-lots of orange in the nose, only a hint a caramel malt smell in the background. This beer is hops all the way.

First drink the hops hit the front of the tongue, tasting of pineapple-perhaps even grilled or candied pineapple, hints of caramel. By the time the taste reaches the back of the mouth grapefruit, slightly pithy bitterness takes over and lingers. The malt is well balanced for this off-balance of a hopbomb, nice smooth caramel flavor is featured, but isn't too sweet as can be the case when trying to balance out the hops.

Medium bodied, but not too oily, which was my one worry before drinking this beer. Incredibly drinkable and highly recommended to hopheads.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a warm amber with a thin, sticky, light tan head

S - Sharp, hoppy, piney.

T - Well, if you are drinking this chances are you are a hophead and like it bitter. Well, you've got it here. I'm not than big of an IPA guy, but I don't discriminate with beer. In fact, I celebrate the whole catalog. This is a sticky, bitter, crisp beer with a green pine aftertaste that packs as much hoppy bite as humanly possible into a beer.

M - Sticky, sticky, sticky, medium to thick bodied.

D - For me the bitterness of the finish and the heaviness of the beer (certainly not as thick as a Guinness, but still a formidable level of heavy) keep this from being as drinkable as some others.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just came to SC. Very fresh.

Pours a golden/amber color. Darker than yellow but not quite red, my favorite look for a IIPA. Looks pretty clear, and has a giant head, that lasts throughout the entire drink. Laces the side of the glass every time I raise it for a drink. The smell is a bit piney and citrusy, with some fruity, spicy, earthy notes in the background. You get a bit of the alcohol off and on while you drink. The taste is great. A bit of citrus peel with some bitter piney tastes. From all that I heard about the bitterness, I expected this to be unbearable, but I think it is amazing. As it warms, you get a bit more alcohol sweetness, but it definitely is not overpowering. The hoppiness is really great, you get some of the mouth-puckering bitterness and it finishes. Eventually, you start to feel like you're just swallowing hops, which is definitely not a bad thing in my opinion. I was surprised at how easily I could drink this beer. Honestly, the alcohol got to me quicker than I expected, but I finished it and wished I could keep up the hoppy taste.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Nice amber hue. Good clarity but not entirely clear. Splotchy off white head very thin but with good retention.

S: A huge Cali. aroma of fresh cut grass and a bed of pine needles. Some booze. Carmel malt base lingers in the back seat. Despite strong pine aroma I would not define this as resiny.

T: Pine like hops with striking bitterness that carries throughout w/ long lingering aftertaste. Surprisingly no booze taste. Malt base is there with some caramel but does not really stand up to hop assault. Dryness is a little much.

MF: Lightly carbonated. Medium body. Dry - very dry. So dry it kind of gets in the way of drinkability. Alcohol warming.

D, notes: This is clearly a sipping beer. Bitterness and more significantly dryness gets int eh way of drinkabiliyt. A great aroma though.

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Photo of yossarian14
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Potheads love their stinky sticky buds just as Hopheads love their stinky sticky brews. Just sticking your nose into one of these DIPAs is an assault on the senses.But thats what your looking for, right? I know I love it. Thats right, no need to discuss balance with an overpowering hopbomb like this. The big malt backbone is there, but its the hops we're after and the Hopsickle delivers. Lots of grapefruit/citrus/floral aroma. Tastes the same with some earthy and piney notes. I drank this bomber for a while. You don't rush into the next sip, making this bomber easy to savor. The full-bodied creamy smooth feel doesn't blend as well for me with the bitter assault and aftertaste.

This is a great beer to get as a 22oz and take your time with. Enjoy!

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really a good beer. Pours to a deep copper color with thick off-white head that lasts thru mid-beer and leaves very good lacing on the glass. Strong grapefruit citrusy hops hits you as soon as the bottle is opened, and is sustained throughout. The initial mouthfeel is very bitter, and enjoyable, but as the beers warms, this is offset nicely by malty sweetness. Flavor is more of the citrusy grapefruit, all leading to a finish that is pleasantly bittersweet. By beer's end, the 9.2% ABV also made itself well known in both the taste and the after-effects.

I savored this beer for close to an hour, and it got better as I went along. My only complaint is that I cannot get this in GA, and had to bring this back from my home visit to Illinois.

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

Purchased a 22oz bottle at my local beer mart. Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a hazy, dark golden color. Thick foamy head that leaves all kinds of lcaing on the glass. It's got a real strong hoppy aroma, just like a good DIPA should. Also smells of citrus and pine. The taste is a real hop bomb and I like it. It's got a nice hoppy bite, and the citrus and pine comes though once the hops settle. It's got a good DIPA bitterness to it as well. Medium bodied, and leaves a fair amount of stickiness in the mouth. It drinks really well and is overall a mighty tasty imperial IPA.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber-orangish color. It is slightly see through with a nice biege head, good retention, and good lacing. The nose is bursting with floral hops and has a hint of orange, citrus, and some sweet malt. It has some bad ass strong bitter hop flavors. There is some nice citrus and also kind of a piney/earthy taste as well. It has a pretty nice medium body and has a very smooth feel. Unfortunately it is not too drinkable as it is an assault to the taste buds and decimates the palate.

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Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with two inches of white head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface during consumption.

Big hoppy aroma. I smell pineapple, pine, sweet malt, along with a little soapiness and alcohol.

Hop Bomb! But that is what I expected. Pine and citrus hop flavors, sweet malt, and a little alcohol warming on finish. The alcohol is the only counter to the hop bitterness. The bitterness still lingers for a very long time and with a citrus aftertaste. The malt is apparent in this ale but it just gets blown away all to quickly. I would like something resembling balance in my DIPA.

Moderate body with low carbonation. Nothing really stands out about it because your busy dealing with the bitterness.

This beer features the hops very well. Nice to try once but I do not need to punish my tastebuds often. Big ABV as well. No point in drinking anything else after this as I am not sure I would be able to taste it.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As SurlySober said after we both took a sip from the bottle he brought to my house, "Moylan's knows SOMETHING about hops that other brewers don't." He'd had this beer before; I had not. I think his opinion is dead-on - this is (to my taste) what hops are meant to do and this beer is a tremendous showcase for those who like hoppy bitterness and an example of what hops can be.

Color is a rich, golden amber with a head of tiny bubbles that quickly fades to a scummy lily-pad appearance. Aroma is a sweet sweat hop smell with plenty of hoppy citrus notes of pineapple (delicious). Flavor is extremely hoppy with hop notes that I perceived as citrus-y, piney, and grassy. Wonderful hoppiness is balanced with a significant malt presence. Mouthfeel is crisp and extremely dry.

This is an excellent beer. It is around $10/bottle at my local liquor store, but this is one beer that might be worth that price.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Greggy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange amber color with no sediment. The head is 2 fingers in height, super fluffy and thick, has great retention, and leaves some nice clinging lace.

S- Very nice big hoppy aroma on the nose. Notes of grapefruit, apple, pine, and peach.

T- Starts out with a very hoppy note (big dry pine and grapefruit), and some great maltiness (almost pineapple) to back it up. After the maltiness subsides, I get notes of grassy and piney hops with and great dryness in the palette that has an amazing staying-power.

M- A nice medium, but not to heavy mouthfeel. A nice balance over-all erring on the side of hoppiness.

D- 9.2% makes it a sipper, but If I didn't know that ABV I could put away this bomber rather quickly. If you're a hop-head, give this a shot.

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

Many thanks to jamal32 for a very thoughtful extra.

Appearance: It's very clear, at least initially, and a nice looking bronze color. I suspect there's haze awaiting me in the second half of the bottle. We shall see. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that's easily two fingers deep. It receded relatively quickly and left a spotty lacing on the glass. Perhaps too much abv for it live a long, full life.

Smell: The nose is impressive. Hops waste no time attacking the nose. There's a load of hops in here. The hop bill is obviously west coast all the way. It's very citric and a features some strong grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Not to worry, plenty of pine awaits as well. The downside is that it smells like there's a substantial amount of malt. Time will tell how much impact they have on the hops. There's a slight whiff of alcohol, but it's impressive considering the high abv.

Taste: It is indeed very hop intensive. Very bitter (in a good way). The hop bill is very citric and features very strong grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors. It is piney, but citrus flavors are stronger. My suspicions about the malt presence have come to pass. Caramel malts have been added with abundance. They're sweet, but negate quite a bit of the hop attack. It's just too balanced. It remains bitter, but not quite as much as it could be. There's a light dark fruit flavor that emerges late. Alcohol is noted and has a bit of a warming effect. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This has a really nice feel. It's thick and very smooth. Carbonation is a little light and helps in that regard. Drinkability is good, but a little limited by the high abv and the strong caramel malt presence. I'm good with a bomber.

Hopsickle's a good DIPA, but could be a little better. It doesn't exactly need more hops, just less malt. I believe the label indicated Triple IPA status. Suffice it to say that this is a DIPA that embodies a number of barleywine characteristics. All in all, it's a nice beer, but could be improved a little.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a hazy orange/gold color with a thin white head, very little retention.

S: hops, peppery, citrusy as well, really not much else, this is hop-tacular!

T: spicy and bitter, lots of hop flavor here, and a heavy underlying malt sweetness. it almost tastes like chewing on hop leaves. some definite tobacco notes in there as well. woody resiny tastes coat the tongue. as it warms, the malt notes really pop out. but this is definitely the definition of a hop bomb.

M: burny? is that a word? but the bitterness sits on the tongue forever, its almost as if you don't actually swallow it. To some extent it gets slightly annoying, almost like soap in the mouth kinda feeling. this has absolutely decimated my palate. even when i burp i feel and taste hop resins.

D: one bomber is more than enough of this. with the alcohol, the hops, and everything else in excess on this beer its huge. i really don't think i could drink more than one.

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Photo of Buebie
2.62/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a brown bomber with ne freshness date into a brandy snifter.
This has been cellard for 3 months in the fridge at 45 degrees.

Color is brilliant golden yellow with a copper hue. Hazy with no site lines through the glass.
2 finger fluffy white head. Retention is terrific with an assortment of bubbles just chillin in the fluff. Good amount of sticky white lace.

Juicy grapefruity hops, resinie earthy grass hops, hay, oranges, pine, sweet bread.

Overwhelming flavor of dry pine. No sweetness, like the nose would suggest. No malt balance, just pine hops and dryness, nothing else. Some hop pellet flavor, like I'm chewing on hop pellets. I like hops, but this is awkward.
Watery mouthfeel with an abundance of carbonations. Strange minerally aftertaste.

Everything was going great until I took a sip.

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

Opened this Nov 2, 08 after 'cellaring' in my fridge for about 7 months.

Open bottle...yummy

A - dark amber, rather opaque and sexy. finger worth of froth that hung around for a while. not so much with the lacing though...

S - ooo. biscuty? floral...obviously from insane amount of hops. can sense the layers. a bit piney. others that i cant pinpoint

T - an verbal, oh wow. you can taste the complexities fly through your mouth. malt up front as usual and looong finish of bitter fruity hops. i did notice on the first couple of sips that there were tastes that i do not pick up later on...prob from the hops taking over a bunch. so yes, very long hop linger, but with flavor. i am lacking words to describe so i appologize

M - buttery and fills the mouth well. you know you're drinking a beer. very nice

D - well. debatable. it's very strong 9.2, but that isnt noticable so much on the pallete. the pure overwhelming hops may make this hard to get past 2 unless you're already numb from drinking these on a regular basis :-P

note: as this was cellared for a while and there is no freshness date i would be interested in trying it fresh and with a longer cellar. although after talking with davecooks he prefers all ipa's very very fresh as to get the most hop flavor. different convo all together

drink it if you see it.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"LIVE ALE! - KEEP REFRIGERATED" Nice.

Nose is seductively hoppy - citric, floral, a little spicy - with a good bit of malt to boot. Some ripe fruit, not quite mango but in that fruit ballpark. By smell alone, it could pass for a nice Barleywine (kind of has that tight Bigfoot balance).

Pours an opaque muddy dark yellow to light gold color - kind of honey-like, not hazy as far as I can see into it, minimal head. Not much of a yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle; given the live ale warning I expected some funk down there.

First sip shows of an impressive hop spectrum full in flavor and sensation. Lots of tartness, bitterness, oiliness, and dry leafiness. Viscous body reacts sluggishly to my oral sloshing. Very floral, then citric, then spicy, then kind of fruity. A high degree of freshness. A righteous tongue-lashing. Moderate sweetness can be found hiding beneath the malt; it works backstage and is rarely part of the action. Mild malt, same as the sweetness. This definitely does not taste like a Barleywine. The mildest of alcohol heat. Nice creaminess in both flavor and mouthfeel; maybe it's the name Hopsickle, but I'm getting hints of vanilla. Notes of tobacco, or maybe just pungent hop. At this point I think it's safe to say that the sensing abilities of my tongue and palate have been compromised from hop abuse. There is so much hop: resinous, slightly pungent a little herbal, very leafy-fresh and green. I have an ulcer from taking an ill-timed chomp on my lip two days ago and it is crying. Still, it's drinkable as candy to the hop-toothed. Mmm.

A refined and proper Imperial IPA, Hopsickle is a jewel. Decidedly over-the-top levels of hop never come across as too strong or unpleasant. The balance is just hellishly hoppy without being lost in a hop field.

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Photo of popery
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice looking DIPA, dark copper with a pretty good head. I would prefer for a little bit more of that head to stick to the glass, but alas. The beer smells just great. It's mostly sweet caramel, but it works better than most caramels. There's pine, bitter grapefruit and floral hop tones also strong in the nose and flavor. This great big hop flavor is welcome to me, but I could understand someone thinking otherwise. The feel gets a little sticky but there's a good aftertaste. Alcohol is perhaps not masked as well as some DIPAs, but otherwise it's pretty drinkable for a relatively big beer.
Edit 1/10/09: It's on the bitter grapefruit end of things and more bitter for a DIPA than I thought previously. There are a lot of hops, but the mouthfeel is on the thin side. I would like the malt to be bigger and sweeter to coax out more of the flavors of the hops. The hop profile is interesting and quite good, but the beer isn't balanced enough to pull it off as well as it could. Also, Moylan's raised their prices substantially (and I heard might do so again soon), so I feel a bit less enthusiastic about this beer's drinkability. At $10 a bottle at some stores, I won't be buying this one again for awhile, particularly when it's sitting next to a $4 bottle of Pliny the Elder.

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

This beer pours a nice amber with a 2 fingered white head with some lacing. The smell is of grapefruit. The taste has a very nice hop side to it, but I feel its certainly lacking malts. A nice beer don't get me wrong, but compared to other dipa's I have had this ones hop flavor is top notch and its malt base its below average. I always feel for these huge hop flavors you need that great malt base to balance. I am being critical, but don't get me wrong this is a very good beer. The mouthfeel leaves a dry aftertaste in my mouth and the carbonation level seems nice. A fairly easy drinking beer for a 9%'er but not the easiest, I will have no problem finishing off this bottle.

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Photo of charlesw
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well. There you have it, then. Third night in a row with an I2PA... And it just keeps getting better. Still on the pale side for color, but at least this one has head that lasts and great lacing. Smells a bit grassy and hints of caramel malts. Tastes. Well. There you go. It has a complicated hop flavor to it. Grassy, flowery, hints of pine, hints of citrus, big lasting bitterness. All but the last bit of bitterness is balanced by the sweeter mouth. The sweeter mouth comes with a heavier body. Just what it needs to balance out all of the hops, eh? Hear that, fellows? Balance. I'd be happier with a little more color and a touch less bittering hops but, hey, this is pretty darned good stuff.

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Photo of ericj551
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Moylan;s Hopsickle Imperial pours a cloudy, hazy light amber with a thin head that leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is piney and citrusy. Piney, grapefruity hops dominate the flavor, with some sweetness from the malt. The finish is brutally bitter, almost harsh. This one is a hop kick in the teeth for sure, but a lot of emphasis on the bitterness, taking away a bit from the drinkability.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amberish color with a thick tan head. The nose is not quite as in your face hoppy as I expected. More subtle or earthy with a nice malty back. The taste is similar. Not an explosion of bitter hops, but a nice herbal brew well balanced by the sweet malts. Medium body is well carbonated. Good brew, but I think I like their other DIPA a little more.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Very nice copper gold color, high clarity and a nice fluffy white head with nice lacing

S-Big bright grassy, citrus, sweet orange aroma

T-Wow, big bitter back that lingers for quite a long time, a really long time... Big bitter, caramel-like malt balances pretty well considering the high IBU's. Not going to lie to you, this is not really my DIPA despite being one of my favorite styles: however it is a must try if you are big on the style. Fairly complex, just a hint of the malt complexities come out from under the vast load of bittering hops.

M- Really nice, viscus and smooth yet pretty light.

D-Overall a full on onslaught on the palate, you will have to mow your teeth after this one. A 12oz serving is about right as a nightcap, too much more is more than this wimp can take.

I hate that my review was a B+ for this beer, it deserves more. This is a great representation of how far the envelope can be pushed and still make a great beer. When it comes to DIPA's I like the super malty kind that mutes the bittering hops like 90min from DFH, or Avery's Maharajah. This beer shows what the Yakima valley has to offer in high IBU super-powered hops. It is great beer, if you are into Green Flash or think Pliny the Elder needs to kick it up in the IBU department this is your brew.

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Photo of riored4v
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5/20/08

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Clear, copper body. Beautiful rocky, off-white head that holds through the entire serving. Great lacing as well.

Smell...mmm hops and more hops. Seems to be good amounts of dry-hopping. Strong smell of citrus and grapefruit. Some nice piney notes. Mild sweetness.

Taste has a very strong, TIPA, aftertaste. Great amount of bitterness w/strong and lots of grapefruit. Simcoe and Chinook shine well in this beer. You can feel the hop resin cling to your throat. Very mild malt presence as well.

Mouthfeel is medium body, very oily, good carbonation with a slight stickiness.

Drinkability for me was great. Even with 9.2%, it hides it very well.

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Photo of torchednoodle
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great hop bomb from Moylan's. I saw this one in BevMo about 6 weeks ago and picked up two bottles along with 2 bottles of their DIPA (also very good, but more easily found than this one). I wish I had picked up more of this.

Monster bitterness. Oustanding pine and cedar aroma. As I drink this, the bitterness taste bud region in my tongue goes haywire. Not sure what the IBU's are on this, but it has to be over 100. Lingering bitterness. I still can pick up on the malt backbone though. If I see this one again in the future I will buy a bunch up, I dig it.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint (split with a friend)

Pours an amber/copper color with a fluffy, cream-colored head that rose about two fingers. Good retention and scattered spider web lacing left hanging around.

Holy hops. Ruby red grapfruit juice concentrate. Oily hop resin, slightly floral undertone. Sweet malt.

Pine cones and grapefruit dipped in beer. Big, bitter uppercuts with every sip. One of the most bitter DIPA I have ever laid my lips on.

Slick, oily mouthfeel with a medium body. This is a taste bud killer.

From a hop lover, this was a little troublesome. About as bitter and sweet as you can get and a definite sipper. I absolutely loved it, but it just about pushed my limits.

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,656 ratings.
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