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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale AleHopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale

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 gopens44
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear dark copper with great lacing with a fairly quickly dissipating foamy head.

S - Piney hops wrapped around a fairly floral undercurrent.

T - Pine here too! Very well balanced hop bitterness with honey sweetness. Alcohol content was nearly nonexistent on the tongue.

M - Not a ton of carbonation, and very viscously smooth. Aftertaste was dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

O - Very nicely done! The balance and texture of this really sets it apart as a well rounded DIPA.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before appearance, wow, this smells delicious. Fresh hoppy pine smell with some tropical fruity notes and citrus. Caramel also a bit.

Appearance is orange amber color with a off white to tan finger head that has great retention. Left pretty good amount of lace all the way down glass.

This is bitter piney hops at a high level. Huge bitter finish. During the sip starts with a nice hop spice leading to some caramel notes. Then the finish has some alcohol spice to it. After the smell I was expecting a bit more, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Good carbonation, medium mouth.

This is good hops. It is like a bitter hopsickle definitely. Enjoyable. Aroma is very pleasant here.

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

From notes:
22oz bottle shared with a friend.

Talk about a hop explosion in my mouth! This super hoppy triple IPA is over the top on hops, and I imagine that's the point!

Piney hops overwhelm the aroma. Taste leans a little towards the malty side. Slight burn from the high ABV. Overall I'd say it's a beer to try once for sure, and then again when you're looking for a blast of hops to your face!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a massive thick head. Tons of lacing. Big nose of hops. Pine is probably most prevelant with some citrusy tangerine in the background, but this baby is just a pure whiff of hoppy goodness. Taste is an uber bitter piney hop flavor, which is no surprise since this one is marketed as a" Triple IPA". Great hoppy flavor. This beer is not unlike Devil Dancer and Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi, which I both loved. Mouthfeel is creamy and oily. This is one outstanding Hop Bomb for sure. My palate is done. Overall, I love this beer.

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Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out a dark amber with some brown in it. started out with a good head on it that quickly faded and left no lacing. smell and taste pretty much followed one another, at first i got lots of caramel malts followed with a good mixture of pine and citrus hops, then comes the warming of the alochol and finishes slightly dry and bitter. overall a good beer, thanks to matt the clerk for recommending it.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan's Hopsickle is an aggressively hoppy double IPA. Hopheads will love it.

A: Dark orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4.5

S: Very hoppy smell. I wouldn't say it was especially piney or citrus, but very nice. 4.5

T: Bitter, intense orange flavour with some piney sharpness. This is an intense IPA. 4

M: Foamy.

O: Very hoppy and bitter. Perhaps overdone in that sense.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It forms a 1/4 inch off-white head that slowly reduces. It appears a clear copper and has no sediment with visible carbonation.

The aroma starts as an orange citrus sweetness with a caramel malt backbone, as well as some booziness.

The taste again starts with an up front orange citrus sweet and malty backbone. The alcohol is definitely present in this one, perhaps too much.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy and smooth palate pleaser, lightly carbonated and dry at the finish.

Overall, this is tasty and smooth but difficult to have more than one because of ABV and intensity of flavor that takes out your palate.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical medium amber for a DIPA. Fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S: Pretty much pure piney hops with a bit of a herbal scent mixed in.

T: Pure pine hoppiness. Huge hop bite and the piney bitterness stays with you for a while. Surprising malt base but it's the only reason this is palatable to be honest, otherwise it would undrinkable with the incredible over-the-top hop flavor.

M: Midlevel body. Hoppy bitterness creates a sort of tingly mouthful and lasts for a long time.

O: Huge hop bomb for the dedicated hop head. It says "Triple Hoppy" on the bottle and I believe it. If you're the type that wants a hop IV directly to your veins, this is the beer for you.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden red-orange, hazy as hell, with about a finger and half of off-white fluffy head.

S: Hops hops and hops. Smells like I just opened a bag of hops. A lot of herbal and floral hop notes with a touch of citrus. Has a sweet caramel aroma.

T: Did they jam a pound of hops in each bottle? Holy hell, hopsickle is right! It's like drinking hop extract. Primarily herbal and somewhat dank hops smack the palate with floral notes, a touch of citrus, and plenty of mouth-numbing pine behind it. The surprise is the huge malt base. This is almost an amber ale. Good bit of caramel malt and lots of toasted grains give this a big juicy body. Finish isn't quite sweet, nor dry, but the alcohol does give a little of the drying effect and of course there is a ton of bitter pine resin that lingers long into the aftertaste. I imagine I could go brush my teeth and I'd still have the hop resin taste. The name says all you need to know about what's in the bottle. Hops with a side of malt, water, and yeast.

M: Medium to slightly full body, as thick and chew as it get for a DIPA. Moderate to light carbonation. Very resinous with the longest bitter aftertaste imaginable.

O: If you ever want to know what it would be like to drink hops in liquid form, try this. I'm seriously shocked how much hop resin they were able to jam in this bottle. That said, it isn't my favorite type of DIPA. I'm partial to the citrus/pine/floral bomb, this is more of the herbal and dank variety. Still, I'm stunned. It's almost TOO hoppy (I couldn't have just said that, could I?). I never thought that would be possible...

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
no freshness info.

pours a burnished copper tone with a touch of haze; yields a foamy 1" head showing moderate retention, nice lacing.

from the nose you know at once you have a hop monster on your hands. a few whiffs and a a bit of caramel maltiness makes it self know, but it's evident from this bouquet hops are going to dominate.

as expected, an intense hops exposion rules the flavor. extremely bitter. primarily citric with secondary notes of floral and pine. pretty tasty - i like it - but i prefer a tad more balance in my DIPAs.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i think this is a tasty beer. as mentioned i'd like a little more balance; would definite recomment, especially to hopheads.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

My notes are unfortunately unclear as to where I first had this. Poured a slightly hazy amber-brown, with a nice finger of white head that retains rather well. Big piney hops in the nose, with lots of citrus fruits going on. Nice, hoppy taste with an explosion of citrusy fruit salad, and just enough smooth malts to give some balance while still letting the hops take control. Medium mouthfeel, dry finish, and very drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of creamy slightly light tan batter-like top... Decent retention for the style... Once receded the lacing is faint and splotchy... A beautiful lightly bronzed copper color... Some moderate carbonation...

S - The smell is surprisingly subdued... Some moderate hop forward aromas... Some faint bready malts... Perhaps even a touch of slight spiciness... Not much else...

T - Hops, hops, and more hops... They take on a floral earthy character, with slight piney undertones... Just the slightest subtle additions off malt that are an after thought that add little or no balance...

M - Medium bodied... Resiny... Sturdy... Crisp... Moderate carbonation... A bit sticky and syrupy...

D - This one leaves you used and abused... Mostly a one tricky pony with an over abundance of hops and little balance to speak of... Still tasty, but one of these is the limit and is far from top of the class in terms of style...

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

Much thanks to chugalug06 for this one!

A-Pours a very hazy golden/amber with a one finger head that has good retention and leaves rings of lace as you drink.

S-Very nice! Citrusy, piney, resinous hop glory here with floral hints. Hops clearly dominate, but there is also a subtle, slightly sweet malt back. Pungent, but in a good way.

T-Bitter from start to finish. Blasts of pine & citrus hops obliterate the palate. Hop Bomb is the perfect way to describe this one. But it also, like the nose, has a subtle, slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. I can't say its terribly complex, but it is absolutely delicious.

M-Medium body and carbonation, juicy, slightly slick and oily, yet seems to be dry on finish while still leaving a slightly slick coating on the tongue.

O-One of the best DIPAs I've ever had. If you're a hophead, grab this one and enjoy!

Thanks once more to chugalug06 for this outstanding beer

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

This is not the first time I have had this beer. It is one of my all-time favorite beers of the style.

Color is dark honey and the head is ample and light tan.

I enjoy the full malty nose and the pine that accompanies. I also really like the grapefruit and malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and lingering. In fact if there is anything I don't like it is the lingering tastes. I really prefer a clean finish. This one is dry but there is a lingering hoppieness that I could do without.

The high alcohol content (9.2% ABV) is noticeable but the sweetness and huge hop additions mask it quite well and make the beer very drinkable.

I liken this to Decadent from Ska but about 10% bigger and not from Colorado. One for and one against.

All told this is a fine, fine ale. Big as the day and lingering as the night that follows. It has everything I want in a beer and just a bit more, perfect minus a mark or two.

I say get some.


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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

A: The triple IPA is a hazed golden color, the haze lending a few extra shades of darkness to the ale. A white cap of foam can along for the first quarter of the glass.

S: Bold citrus and pine, bitterly pungent, with equal amounts of caramel malt. The nose is quite big and unwieldy. Dare I say it, too bold for me.

T: Plenty of caramel and hops. The two together, taken to this extreme are too syrupy and thick, almost like a barleywine. The hops rarely stand out on their own, intermingled as they are with the malts. This DIPA skips over nuance and goes straight for all-out palate scorching.

M: I've enjoyed Hopsickle in a bottle, probably more than the Double IPA. On tap, though, the combination of syrupy malts and thick resiny hops is a little too much. A good ale but not my preference.

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Photo of t420o
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured slightly aggressive produced a 2-1/2 finger head that receded rather quickly. Some decent lacing. Beer is a golden- bronze color

S- Spicy hops. Hops and white pepper with a light malty background. Slightly sweet also

T- Followed the smell somewhat. The hops seem like the don't "pop" enough. Seem subdued by a slight spicy taste. The malt is good but may add to the subdued hops. I saw "triple hoppy" on the label so I expected it to be a hophead's dream and it wasn't. The bitterness is there but not the hop flavors, they just don't stick out enough

M- Pretty good. Carbonation level is nice and it's just the right feel of not too thick and not too thin.

Overall- A good beer but not a great beer

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-tan in color, a bit hazy, with a pretty good head and excellent lacing.

Smell is a major malt and hop bomb from hell. Floral grasses and fresh fields come to mind as well.

Taste is a hop bomb from HELL. So damn hoppy it'll make you think you're sucking straight on a hops bud. Malts are heavy too, along with some vague fruitiness.

Feel is heavy on the body, with a smooth and creamy carbonation and a heavily bitter aftertaste.

Overall it's a novelty that's interesting, but would be a bit overblown to be an everyday drinker.

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Photo of chickenm
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a off-white head what leaves plenty of lacing. Really nice intense aroma with piney hops, citrus, sweet malts, and brown sugar. Taste has a blast of hops that is balanced with caramel malts. This could almost be considered a barleywine. Full-bodied and leaves an extremely bitter aftertaste. A very flavorful beer, though drinkability is somewhat limited by the ABV and powerful bitterness.

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

Got a bomber of this as a gift, heard a lot of great things about this brew so I had really high hopes for this one.

Pours a light amber with a creamy looking head, insanely nice lacing and waw did this beer smell great! Very hoppy and floral, which makes the taste somewhat of a let down. Hops all over (great!) with an almost warming hit of alchohol and bitterness, loads and loads of it. I expected something more floral. Overal far from bad, but somehow a little too bitter for me. I'd have it again though!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy burnt orange color with a small 1/8"ish head that was made of small off white bubbles and fell back into the beer pretty quickly. Only a small ring of foam remains. There are little islands of lace left after drinking the beer, and the small ring of foam never seems to completely go away.

Aroma: I am glad to say that the aroma isn't oily in nature like some over-hopped beers are, so the name is a bit mis-leading in that respect. There are lots of hops in here, but you can tell already that there is a solid malt backbone that the hops are standing on, so it doesn't seem out of balance...just hoppy, which is a good thing so far. They didn't go over the top and make it stupidly hoppy, though the name may imply. Hop Wallop is stupidly hoppy, this is not.

Taste: The flavor is also dominated by hops, as you would expect, but there are some toasty malts with bread crusts and some sweet caramel actually making their way through at some point in the profile. They are taken down in the end by the high bitterness, but they showed up, which is also testament is not just an unbalanced beast. The water seems to be mild enough to support such an aggressive beer, so this comes across as a well crafted beer. The body is medium to full with the alcohol staying very well hidden the whole time and not really even the warming is challenging the hops or finishing mouthfeel.

Opinion: I have been impressed with this beer in that it really isn't the unbalanced hoppy monster that you would expect from the name. Instead, it is a very highly hopped drinkable beer that I will enjoy this glass of. This beer has the qualities that I personally like to see in a DIPA, and that is over-the-top well-blended hops in the flavor and aroma, but enough malt to challenge the bittering hops in the finish. I think that when your IBUs get higher than your OG, you may be going over the top. They may be pushing it here with around 100 IBUs, but the beer started out at at least a 1.090, so they didn't exceed this ratio by much if at all. This is a good beer and I am glad that I tried it. I can definitely see myself buying a few more bottles of this to share with friends. You should try it and share it too.

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Photo of raszputini
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a healthy off-white head that dissolves and leaves decent lacing. Very lively nose, with a blend of floral and citrus character hops. Taste is ALL hops - there are identifiable simcoe, cascade and chinook in there. Very bitter finish. The elevated ABV is completely buried.

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

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded orange with golden hues, a smaller layer of white head fades slowly, leaving tons of lacing all over the glass.

Strong, pungent scents of bitter hops, grapefruit, and some pine resin. Slight malted sweetness, hints of alcohol as well.

Crazy bitterness right up front with a complete bashing of grapefruit and stiff hoppiness. Some pith and rind with more citrus tones. Breaded malts with a slightly sweet caramel note, quickly wrapped up by more hops. Finishes bitter and dry with some alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, dry, bitter, and lingering on the tongue. I really like the way this beer just assaults the palate, exploding with an insane amount of hops which are only slightly tempered by malt sweetness. I won't buy bottles due to the lack of freshness dates, but on tap this is a pure winner.

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

solid orange color with a white head. the smell is of floral hops and some pine notes. taste is sweet with a strong hop presence similar to the description of the smell although some more fruit comes in than was there in the smell. slight alcohol burn and medium-bodied. This was a very good beer. Had this slightly after having an Ephraim and figured every beer I'd have after that would fall short, but this one did not. Very nice controlled bitterness with a smooth finish.

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

A: pours a deep gold hue with a white head which recedes to a small pool
S: Smells sweet with some piney and herbaceous hop notes. A bit of tropical fruit as well which is most likely from the alcohol.
T: Hops dominate with plenty of herbal flavor with a hint of pine. Malts provide just a hint of sweetness to balance. bitter herbal aftertaste lingers for some time
M: Carbonation makes itself known but isn't prickly. Smooth and silky.
O: very well done. I'll enjoy finishing this bomber

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived in a great box from the ever generous Arbitrator. Thanks Mihir!

Undated bomber poured into my DFH tulip.

A hard pour results in an inch and a half of off-white foam. As the head recedes it leaves a thin ring and a small coaster of bubbles atop the very appealing amber hued beer. The nose is citrus and biscuity malt, with a hint of pine. The taste follows the nose, with big orange, tangerine, mango and pineapple notes. A wonderful blast of bitter, hoppy goodness assaults my tastebuds. I like it! The finish is a very plesant lingering bitterness, which I savor between quaffs. Mouthfeel is not quite as viscous as I'd expect from a beer of this gravity, but it dosen't detract from the overall experience. Overall, this is a very enjoyable Imperial IPA. The hop profile is over the top and quite excellent.

Arbitrator has sent bottles of this in previous boxes, and I'm always glad when he does. Bombers from the Bay Area are undoubtedly fresher than the Moylan's offerings on my local shelves, and this is a DIPA that is a joy to drink fresh.

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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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