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 Atlas1
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's was relatively new to the area when I found a bottle at one of my local beer stores. Lucky me. I got it at Rodman's in DC, for $5.99 a bomber. I wasn't sure if this was a good price or not, but I bought it anyway. After trying it, I am convinced it was a great price.

The Hopsickle appears a clear pale apricot/orange color, with a yellowish tint and a big, bubbly white head that lasts. Maybe I was just so excited to try this beer (a gold medal winner at the GABF this year) that it seemed prettier than normal. No matter, it looked good. The nose was super fresh with hops bursting out all over the place. A strong piney grapefruit scent; such strong sweet citrus that it almost burns my nose. After it sits for a while the smell of strawberries begins to emerge. I think this may be the first beer I've ever given a 5.0 to for smell. Not bad. The taste is sweet up front with a caramel maltiness and an ever-present fruitiness, but it eventually fades to a dry, blunt bitterness in the end. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is dry but, as it warms up, also creamy. Leaves you smacking your lips and wanting more.

This beer is awesome. I liken it to an ESB on steroids, despite the fact that it's an imperial IPA. It's got five different kinds of hops, but I could really detect the Simcoe. At 9.2% ABV, it's a big beer, and the hop content should scare off the uninitiated. It's sure to be a huge hit for any serious hop fan. In short, a fabulous beer.

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Photo of thartman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap locally, served up in a tulip glass dark reddish orange with 1/2 inch frothy head. Wow, an explosion of hops everywhere, very bitter and hoppy from start to finish. I was drinking this while eating some spicy chicken wings, and it definitely stood up to the spiciness of the wings. Overall, this was a very hoppy and quite bitter brew. Very heavy bodied, and strong in the alcohol department. I will definitely look forward to trying another in the near future.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 22 oz bomber, this beer pours a chilled copper color with a rich, creamy head. Streaming carbonation retains the head throughout the beer's existence in my glass. Nice stratification of beer head left after each successive drink. Perfect aesthetic in my mind. Wonderful pine and citrus hop aroma. Very nice.

Taste is full on hop assault. Truly a thing of beauty with hop flavors ranging from tart grapefruit to citrus rind to pine to anything else you can think of. Pronounced hop bitterness more than overshadows any malt presence. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well integrated and does not impact drinkability, that is until you feel it hit your bloodstream. Overall this is definitively a hop bomb, but not so brash as to render it a chore to drink. I definitely wasn't expecting this level of craftsmanship when I bought this one. I'll be trying their other offerings for sure. Well worth a try.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Dilly Deli, poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Pours a dark hazy orange. 2 1/2 big fingers of eggshell head. Very fluffy with good retention, eventually leaving a tall island in the middle. Excellent lacing... defined rings and big chunks.

S: Floral, pine, and most of all, citrus. Oily grapefruit dominates with a good zing of pepper. Syrup sweet malt character that has a raw grain "texture" to it.

T/M: Huge bitterness. This has to top Ruination for the most bitter beer I've had... and this was released in the summer? Spicy grapefruit dominates again. Malts rush in with a nutty, buttery, toasted biscuit flavor. Finishes in a crisp lasting bitterness, dry as a desert. Body is medium with a thick creaminess as it warms.

D: Very tasty but 1 bomber will definitely be enough. Bitterness destroys the palate at the end.

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Photo of deathblosom
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a package full of hops!

This beer has the typical nose of an american ipa/iipa but a little more complexity with some earthy/mustiness there as well, makes for a very nice aroma.

The beer is a clear light orange color, and definitely holds a head, due to hops I'm sure. The late bitterness on the back of the tongue is chewy and nice but a little much to drink a lot of it. Not saying I wouldn't try!

Across the board Moylan's makes great beers and this is definitely a must try beer, even if you just want the label off the bottle for the name!

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Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish orange color with a nice big puffy head. Tons of tiny bubbles rush to the top keeping the head around for quite sometime. It does die down, but leaves behind beautiful layers of lacing.

S: Big and earthy aromas. Fresh picked hops, citrus, and leather. Has a kind of dirtiness to it in a good way.

T: Wow this one assaults the tongue. BIG hop flavors, but it's not your standard fare. A hint of citrus and pine are noted but this one tastes very green. If you were to pick some fresh hops off the vine and chew them up, I imagine that this beer is what they would taste like. Big, bitter, and earthy green. There are hints of tobacco in the middle with a hint of sweetness in the end but its hops all the way. No doubt about it this is one hell of a big brew.

M: Full bodied and thick.

D: It's a big beer and one bomber is enough. Sip my friends because this one will destroy the taste buds.

Overall: They set out to make a big beer and it was a success. The hop flavor and bitterness is off the scale. This beer absolutely assaults your mouth and tongue right from the start. I am a hop head and really enjoyed this one. The taste is so much different, so green and earthy. I really enjoyed it!

The bottle indicates that it is a hop tribute and I have to agree, it combines several varieties and showcases them nicely. Gulp it down, but be prepared to pucker up, because this is quite possibly the most hopilicious brew known to man.

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

Poured a bright cloudy orange with a thick fluffy off white head, great lacing and good retention.

Smell was full of big fresh hoppy goodness, with hints of grapefruit, juniper, and mint.

Taste is very, very, very hoppy, but as it warms some nice bit of bready and biscuit malt backbone starts to creap through nicely. The hop profile is very bitter citrus with some nice pine and mint flavors as well, very fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel has a nice thick oily hop residue feeling to it.

Easy to drink for being so big, alcohol is well hidden by the big hop assault, very nice for a good hop head fix.

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

Pours a clear dark orange amber color with a deep stiff creamy amber tinted head. Wonderful 3D Belgian lacing in it's wake. The smell is intense and piny grapefruit floral hops. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and smooth. The citrus aftertaste lingers appropriately. Full of flavor the taste matches the nose; primarily hoppy with a nicely balance sweet malty side. The 9.2% ABV is warming. A really nice drinker. One of the Best!

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Light orange/off-white head head that leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S: Wonderful, oily, resinous hops. Smells as if fresh green hops got stuck to the inside of my nose!

T: Tastes like someone squeezed a fresh-cut pine bough into my glass. Slight hints of caramel and toasted malt shine through as well as a tiny amount of citrus that pokes its' head out and has the door slammed shut on it.

M: Tiny, baby malt presence tries to compete withe the massive hoppiness...but it can't. Oily, juicy, and incredibly sticky with a slightly sweet balance to the finish.

D: Fantastic. Alcohol content feels non-existant. An homage to American hops!!!

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Photo of awall422
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark gold with about an inch head, with good retention. Grapefruit aroma leaps up at you, along with some resinous tones as well. Taste is pure and simply bitter. Felt like sandpaper on the tongue. Big and bold, but a little over the top for me couldn't see myself getting it again.

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Photo of albern
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is all hop, all the time, and very correctly labeled as a hop tribute. The beer pours a deep amber with a nice head that retains throughout. The lacing is very good too. This is a medium bodied beer, a bit syrupy, and decently carbonated. The smell? All hop, hoppy esters, hop juices, hop nectar, and throw in some pungent grape fruit juice as well. The taste is over the top hoppy and this beer will definitely flash pastuerize your taste buds so beware. There is some discernible sweet malts, but this come through right at the beginning of the experience before the hops take over everything else. As the beer settles, or as your taste buds become more accustomed to the hop assault, you will find some more interesting flavors popping through, mostly tart, acerbic citrus, grainy, and difficult to pin down. The mouthfeel is sharp and the aftertaste will linger longer than you want it to. This beer is worth seeking out, but know what you're getting yourself into. Lastly, the high ABV is fairly well disguised by the strong hops. I couldn't imagine getting seconds after the one 750 ml bottle, but that's just me. L'Chaim.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brought back to Chicago from central IL, where it was available for a couple months before it also showed up in Chicago.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color, spindly webs of lace that become concentric rings and full-on sheets of lacing as the glass is emptied. Foam has a almost resiny stickiness that echoes the big hop profile.

Aromas of resiny cannabis, grapefruit, with a swift punch of earthy hops.

Juicy grapefruit flavors, a ton of pale malt, and a ton of IBUs that give it a long bitter finish. As the hops take their sweet time to fade, there is a distinct numbing tingle on the palate. Velvety feeling with a nice fullness.

Not too big, you could still take a gulp of this if you really wanted to, sadist. ABV is well hidden, however the high IBU level would keep me from attempting a session.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit/hops. Flavor has a good sweet malt that changes to a hoppy finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. The high ABV is hidden. $7.20 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with fair head retention and decent lacing. There is a huge hop presence in the nose, consisting of an incredible blend of cherry and orange citrus, with plenty of pine resin. This beer smells like just what it is, a huge beast of a DIPA. On the palate the hops are completely over the top. While it's not the hoppiest beer I've ever tasted, it's right on up there. There is huge bitterness from the hops on palate. The malt counters it somewhat, and there is some malty sweetness, but ultimately it's just overwhelmed by hopppy bitterness, leading to a dry, mouth-puckering finish. The beer is medium bodied and while the abv. is pretty well disguised, it catches up with you after a while. There is no way I could drink more then a single glass of this bad boy.

This is an in your face, for hop lovers only, DIPA. Very well done.

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

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Bottle marked: N21 01 07.

Glowing, full copper with good clarity. Pillowy, foamy whtie head with great durability; very porous. Spotted lacing around the snifter with good strength.

Tropical fruit: melon, pineapple; very bright with rum-like alcohol whaffs. Semi-sweet candied sugar. A touch of floral hops and medicinal notes in addition to a fragrantly bright pine nose.

Notes of tropical fruit and vanilla subdued by a cognac-like alcohol presence, and even moreso by dark, earthen flavors: burnt floral hops, tobacco. A light sweetness that lingers throughout cut by a dark pine character. Raspberry-like esters in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; sweet creaminess met with an abrupt, rough and earthen mouthfeel. A decent balance in textures.

A big Double IPA with some pleasant, assertive flavors; not all of which are in complete balance. Good but not the upper tier for the style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium amber colour, with a small/medium white head, great lacing though, the bubbles just stick to the glass.

S: Heavy pine scent, very dry, a slight amount of malt and sugar comes out as the beer warms, but this beer is clearly hop driven.

T: Extremely bitter, only Pliny the Elder could hope to compare, this might be even more bitter than Pliny. Heavy pine and white grapefruit dominate the flavour, which rocks the tastebuds into submission. This is one hell of a flavourful, hoppy beer.

M: Resin and hop oils dominate the tongue, puckering bitterness lingers on the palate for a long time after the beer is drunk, almost a sticky feel to the hops.

D: This is a beer that will rip your tongue out with its extreme hop bitterness. Every sip is an experience of the power of the hop, but a very enjoyable one. This is a beer that it is important to find fresh, so all its power is intact. This is a very fun beer to drink, but challenging, however, so be warned, but every fan of the hops should try this beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopsickle, with apparently a new label.

Nice pour with a burnt amber orange body. Semi-hazy, yet transparent. Small shades of brown on the outer edges. Thick head with lots of trails already on the glass.

Aroma is excellent, and has a deep level of hop complexity to it. The Tomahawk hops go well with the nice caramel malt backing. Cascade pops out a bit, with some piney resinous tones. The Centennial round out things, with a slight floral covering.

The taste is superb. Very clean and crisp hopping. Heavy IBU's. Loads of deep resinous piney hop bursts. Floral and herbacous dank hop bursts. Citric and fruit derived hop bursts. It's all there, everything a hop head needs. All in one killer package. Malt backing is right on. Finishes with a slight medicinal hop flavored cough syrup flavor which drops the score a bit. Mouthfeel is right on, and drinkability is decent.

A solid beer, and definitely one hop heads can enjoy.
Thanks a bunch Ryan for letting me have the chance to try this one.

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

Appears a glowing copper orange amber hue with a large bubbled off white beige head, head sticks around with great retention and really clings to the glass with every sip. Particles of sediment and possible hop chunks float freely in a suspension state these beer is quite the slurry. Aroma has big barleywine like accents raw west coast hops a flowing with citrus grapefruit and Cali kind bud herbaceous tones as well. Really pungent flow with a blend of tart semi sweet caramel malts, paired with alcohol that is most definitely not hidden in the nose. Flavors clash with green hops full of grapefruit peels, blended herbaceous botanicals, and fresh cut grass along with a funky pine character as well. Basically many hop varieties were harmed in the brewing of this beer, the rush of alcoholic malt components sits heavy with big near burnt caramelized sugars and mild syrup notes. As the palate adjusts to the pure bitterness this brew has, and more of the slurry custard yeast sediment reaches my glass the creamier the malt sweetness becomes. Reminds me of the triple hopped Devil Dancer but definitely with much more finesse. Mouthfeel for the hopsickle is much like that of a thick hop flavored milkshake full bodied resinous hop oils flood the palate and the carbonation is somehow smooth and creamy crazy. Alcohol is more hidden with the full bottle blending in my glass or my taste buds have been desensitized by the madness known as Moylan's Hopsickle. Drinkability is way too easy to drain this once the yeast sediment blends in I'm loving the fact that this brew looks like there's yeast chunks floating in it along with other gelatinous proteins quite a treat one original beer that I will always keep in mind.

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

Departing the 22 ounce bottle, the beer shows a slightly muzzy gold with a hint of copper, the gargantuan, creamy white head towers over the body, after its eminent demise, the lace seals the glass with a fine coating. The aroma of hops permeates the nose; sweet malt takes a rumble seat to the spiciness, lime like crispness, a hop lover’s nose for sure. Front has a pleasing malt profile, sweet with the hops providing a lip smacking tartness, just a tad bit of alcohol finds its way into the mix, top is medium in feel to the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity, the hops “Blows The Doors Off The Taste Buds”, and the arid aftertaste glues itself to the palate, another good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange/amber hue with good clarity. Patchy lacing. Great start.

Aroma - orange, grapefruit. Caramel malt underneath, smells good.

Taste - a layer of sweetness and light biscuit, vaporized quickly by a slew of piny bitterness. The swallow turns very dry, medicinal, and a bit biscuity. Lose some of the medicinal part and I'm on board.

Mouthfeel - moderate feel and carbonation, an element of slickness does the beer good.

Drinkability - not for me. Big but too much medicine.

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

Service Temperature, 50 degrees F. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Pours a dark red blush that is clear along with an off-white mild foamy head that leaves behind a near transparent lace.
The nose detects floral, some pine, slight spices, and a faint amount of brown sugar.
As I consume this I detect a nice fresh hop, with some slight spice, some floral, mild evergreen pine, and a mild citrus. Mouthfeel weight is a little heavy but not thick.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moylan's- Hopsickle

A- Golden orange brown with a thick, heavy lacing head.
S- Big strong grapefruit and pine. Oily green hops.
T- Huge bitter grapefruit and pine sap/ oil. Slight alc burn and metallic twang in the end.
M- Big bitterness throughout with a slightly burning/ metallic finish.

Overall- I think its just a tad TOO hoppy. I love IPA's and DIPA's but this is just a bit too much for me!?

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Photo of Trueant1
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle looks different from the one pictured above. I hope this is the same beer. My bottle says Moylan's hopsickle imperial ale.. triple hoppy. There is no freshness date but a 2006 award.

This beer pours a cloudy apricot color with a white head. The lacing on the side of the glass earns a "5".

The beer smells of hops. Some of the hops remind me of fresh green hemp. This beer smells sweet of summer temperate climate fruits like plumbs, apricots , and apples.

Tastes of oil laden hops. Hops so intense, that it is past hop bitterness. This will satisify all hopheads. Sweet like the smell too!

Moutfeel is semi thick with sweetness and bitter. a long lasting pine resin bite. And I mean bite. Not so much a bad thing as long as you are in a "hoppy" mood . :^)

This beer is just a bit over the top for my personal tastes. Over hopped. But that is what I expected!

A great Dipa...or TIPA..tripple IPA?

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Photo of joe1510
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

Recieved from the great trader known as errantnight, thanks. Hopsickle pours clear copper with a mild chill haze. A two finger eggshell off-white head formed on the pour and fell to a half finger cap that does not disappear. A few streams of carbonation keep the head going.

Wow! This beer is dripping with resinous hops. There's not much malt coming through in the aroma but what's there is caramel and way in the back. This beer smells of straight up pine sap and resins. A few drops of grapefruit juice are mingled in there as well.

Damn this beer is a hop bomb! Exactly like the aroma with caramel in the back and a mouthful of pine needles and resinous hops. The sheer amount of hops in this beer will ruthlessly stomp on your tongue without mercy. Just the way I like things.

Body is on the heavier side of medium but has a nice creamy airyness on the tip of the tongue. Gets slightly heavier toward the backend and leaves a thick layer of bitterness all over the tongue and down the throat.

This beer is very easy to drink. My only reservation is the beating my tastebuds are taking. I'd hate to break open another bomber of this stuff and hardly be able to taste it.

Moylan's makes a hell of a IIPA, two of them actually. I sampled the Moylander in the past and from what I remember this is somewhat similiar in the hop profile. This may have a hanful more hops in the kettle but the flavors are similiar and both very good.

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

I never had this when i lived in Cali and am trying it now thaks to Monsone.

A-Pours a cloudy orange/brown. There are tons of particles floating about almost like a snow globe. the fluffy off white head has some serious staying power. the head is like an ice cream soda. Really nice looking. The only thing preventing a 5 is the fact that I have never seen so many things floating about and i am not sure how I feel about it.

S-Very 2xIPA. Citric hops dominate with tangerine and grapefruit coming to the forefront. There is a good malt backbone with caramel coming through.

T-A total hop bomb with balance. Similar to the smell, tangerine and grapefruit hops dominate first sip. Then you get some resinous pine and caramel/toffee style malt. The aftertaste gives the hop lover a blast of bitter and rich hops.

M-Sticky, thick and resinous. The head which is a fluffy beyod compare gives a wonderful opening upon each sip.

D-This is damned good. Thanks again for this beer in the 7-8-9-10 BIF. I wish this were available here on the right coast

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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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