Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale
Moylan's Brewery

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #434
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,270
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 11.33%
Reviews:
943
Ratings:
1,663
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Moylan's Brewery
 
California, United States
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Summer
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for sharing a bottle with me,poured a burnt orange/auburn color with a tight,sticky two finger white head,a real hop blast on the nose pine needles and intensly resiny no malt traits here all hops.Big,brash,and very raw hop flavors pine and more pine like in the nose intensely resiny will make the tongue curl,only a slight noticable sweeter malt base in the finish.Somewhat of a burn as went down,maybe the biggest DIPA I have had its reckless in the hops department but Iam not complaining. Whoo, a true hop heads beer here dont attempt to drink it if you dont worship American hops.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

**2005**

Presentation: Green screen printed Bomber. Has the words “Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale Supper Hoppy” on the front, lots of blurb on the back…

“In Celebration of the Hop.... This is a "Hop" tribute, worthy of a King's Imperial Court! Enjoy the blast of fresh Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial Hops as they stimulate the taste buds in a truly Imperial Fashion. Pucker Up!”

No strength or freshness date, like it needs the latter!

Appearance: Fiery crustaceous amber-golden body with a sugar-hazed deep orange torso. Stumbling pastel surface absorbs rather than reflects the light. The head is a dirty white color, thick and deep with some serious longevity, a high rise uneven rocky surface pushes up the middle like an Iceberg. A collapsing head litters the glass sides with a resilient large bubbled soapy lacing. A gentle swirl reveals a finely dissolved carbon dioxide and a firm stiff conditioning.

Nose: Deeply appealing with a LOT of Humulus Lupulus in the nasal cavity. Rich juicy and fruity to boot. Grassy with some grapefruit sharpness and a citric finish, orange more than lemon. I could whiff this one all night.

Taste: Oh my…..this is very hoppy, rich and juicy too. Hellishly hoppy with a fantastic mixture of hops, the Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial all interject and like three young Brothers fight for the upper hand. Finishes with a heated hop juice swish that washes down with some distilled orange laden grapefruit juice. Anyone seen malts!? Yeah they are there but like the constantly battered toothless Trailer Park Wife on Cops that always professing undying love for her ass-jack Husband no mattered how much she gets battered, they add unswerving support. Only the Hops flinch; green and grassy, spicy and peppery, juicy and thick, bitter and twisted. It’s all about the Hops.

Mouthfeel: Bottle-Conditioning really adds a lot to this brew in the feel, the carbonation is perfect for this brew, as hoppy as it is the softness of the conditioning does tend to balance the harsher hops.

Drinkability: I worked my way through the Bomber, and whilst it drinks reasonably well, at 9.2%, it is more of a high end hop-juice sipper than a session brew. It does have a beautifully appealing luscious feel though, but I couldn’t handle too many of these before the Hop Buzz kills me.

Overall: I think my piss may well be green tomorrow. This one tends to kick you in firmly and squarely in your hairy gonad plums right from the off, my love eggs are seriously bruised……but it was an enjoyable encounter nonetheless. My poor Tessies…..shame that this one is so hard to find, even in CA.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely auburn hue, thoroughly hazed, with a sturdy, creamy head, ...nice looking IPA.

Nose is a blistering blitz of hops, big, fat pine resin, slick, dripping citrus, grapefruit and mango, with orange and lemon and lime...rollicking in a pine forest with a cornucopia of fruit rolling through the leaves and the needles...yum...me likey...just the thing for me.

Fresh, and flush with flavor. Huge taste, floods the mouth, and stretches this hophead's lips into a mega-smile, yes, it does. Ample malt carries the thick delicious and bitter hop attack happily along the palate and delivers the drinker into bliss. Yum, again...

Big body, thick texture, long, hoppy, bitter, fruity finish. Non-stop hop attack.

Exactly what you want from a Double IPA. Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial. 9.2% abv. Dang, this is a great brew from a class act outfit. I would suck this up aplenty if I had easy access to it. You lucky West Coasterers! Damn you to Hell!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/06/05- Purchased at Andronico's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottling date imprinted on the glass. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden pour with a bit of orange and a bit of light brown murkyness. Smaller 1/2 inch head at best with better than average lace.

Smell- Very nice floral, fruity and piney boquet. Kind of every good hop scent in here. Not too overpowering.

Taste- Pretty damn bitter with pine sap flavors combined with grapefruit and lemon. Malt is there, but doesn't have much in this brew. Wish it would come into play more. It does a bit as it warms though.

Mouthfeel- Bitter and drying mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Pliny it's not, but, it is very hoppy like it states. This would be more of a winner in my book if they threw some more malt in there to round it out. Otherwise it's still a good brew worth trying.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bomber was traded to me by BA RedwoodGeorge along with its sister beer White Knuckle DIPA. This one was poured into a imperial pint glass for the purpose of the review, where it came of light copper in color, with a thick beige foam leaving gobs of lacing with each sip. Smell was subdued for a west coast breweries product, with more of an earthy English hop profile and some alcohol in the nose. Taste was bit too well balanced with the hops not quite having a knock back punch, and as a result sweet fruity malts being permitted to show off flavors of pear, pineapple, and mandarin orange. The hops that were present were more spicy and grassy than bitter. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than average, which might have been the result of the airy carbonation. Very drinkable and light DIPA had nothing particularly wrong with it, but I liked White Knuckle’s take no prisoners approach to the style a lot better.

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Photo of Mark
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

When I saw this Imperial IPA from Moylan's I snatched it up. Copper in color with a nice head that left moderate lacing. Aroma is top notch, like sticking your face in a bag of fresh hops. Taste profile was of course sharp hops but seemed to have good balance. Actually believe it or not I expected more of a over the top hoppiness. Thick as motor oil if one likes that. A bit too high in the ABV dept to score a high drinkability though it is damm good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hugely hazy titian that looks like equal parts orange juice and sweet apple cider. The edges are smoky orange in color, further evidence that there's a lot of *something* present. Here's hoping that something is hop flecks. Given the language on the silk-screened label ('super hoppy', 'in celebration of the hop', 'a hop tribute'), I'd say hops are a good bet. The head is pale caramel in color and is firmly creamy. A thick blanket of lace has already shown up, leading me to expect a glass coater.

Super hoppy is right! The nose screams HOPS with full-throated gusto. This American DIPA is absolutely bursting with sweet, juicy fruit: orange, grapefruit, pineapple and passionfruit at least. If the hop bill wasn't printed on the bottle (Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial), I would have bet the farm that Amarillo was in there somewhere. Pine sap is a welcome contributor as well.

Hopsickle has too much caramel malt for my tastes. The sweet caramel candy stickiness blunts the bright hoppiness to a significant extent. This Moylan's offering falls decidedly into the balanced DIPA camp (that is much closer to an American barleywine), not the souped-up, IPA-like DIPA camp. That makes it sweeter than most, with a brown sugar syrup quality that I'm enjoying.

As noted, the hop flavor has been rendered earthbound by gooey liquid caramel. Grapefruit peel is the dominant hop flavor, with the more tropical fruit qualities of the nose falling by the wayside. Bitterness is still substantial however. This is a major tongue ruffler, a quality that sneaks up on the drinker due to the smoothing, soothing character of all those malt sugars.

The mouthfeel is as expected. That is, full, heavy, syrupy, sticky, honeyish, etc. Since the ingredient that keeps me from loving the flavor profile is the same one responsible for the gargantuan body, I can't very well give it a perfect score, can I? I'd gladly trade a little mouthfeel for a more hop-dominant beer.

Hopsickle is a great name for a DIPA, but Hopsickle isn't a great DIPA. My preference should be obvious by now. Simply put, malt doesn't deserve to share the stage with hops in beer of this style. I still feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks lou91.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, Thanks to lou91

appearance: pours a cloudy dark copper/burnt orange, with a foamy white head and pretty fair lacing

smell: well, lets see...HOPS...quite floral, heavy on the citrus flavors (orange, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot), slight pine...some obvious maltiness down under, some nice herbal/earthy aromas

taste: definately a hop monster...hops are fruity and bittersweet, wet and juicy grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, orange. Nice malt structure to match the over the top hoppiness

mouthfeel: medium bodied, juicy and bittersweet hops

drinkability: about average, a little bitter

Thanks again lou91 for the apparently rare California DIPA...certainly worth trying if you see it

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Photo of watermelonman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice amber color with a medium head that lasted well. There is some lace, but most of it slides back down.

The smell is very nice, bringing a full range of floral and pine from hops. Hops are assertive all the way through the taste. The mouthfeel is dominated by bitterness, and drinkability is pretty good.

This one is all about the hops, while Moylander had a better supporting cast.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I walked into the Stuffed Sandwich, ordered myself a BLT, and quickly became at a loss with all of the beer choices. What was really appealing to me, well Marlene came to the rescue and said that they just got a shipment of something hoppy that i might like. She went to the back and pulled out a bottle of this here Hopsickle, a beer I have been wanting to try.

The aroma is quite raw and hoppy, I get notes of pine, light citrus and a nice floral note. The beer is served just cool, which is perfect. The beer pours with a frothy creamy light tan colored head and is a rich amber hue. The nose has notes of grapefruit and is just so pungent and hoppy. The taste is soft and creamy, yet still aggressively hoppy. There is some very nice malt here as well, though it is of course muted and in the background, but it helps to bring out fruity citrus hop notes of tangerine, grapefruit and orange. The finish is hot and bitter, but with in the boundaries for this lover of hops. In the end this beer is soft & smooth, yet biting & aggressive, wonderfully floral, aromatic and a nice citrus character.

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Photo of lou91
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose smelled like SN Bigfoot and for those who don’t know that means big hops. It smelled so good my mouth watered and I couldn’t wait to get a taste. The pour left a nice head, which quickly dissipated. There is lot going on - grapefruit, citrus, pine, caramel, buttered popcorn. The hops are a unique blend making for a very satisfying hop bath on your palate. As it warmed the aroma was just stuck in my chimay glass giving me a great blast of hops on every sip. This is a solid DIPA. Review #91!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopsickle delivers an absolute knockout aroma. This is what heaven smells like (and I may as well get it now in a bottle ‘cause this is as close as I’m likely to get in the afterlife.) Damn, that smells good. (You see, it’s language like that that’s gonna keep me out of heaven. Oh well, fuck it.)

Pours a warmly luminous garnet color trailing full sheets of lace on the glass. The body is also very full and holds a fair measure of fine, suspended particulate. Carbonation is modest but a smart sudsy head holds its own throughout a leisurely drinking.

This is hop candy to be certain. The green hop flavor is raw and profuse and saturates the flavor design of this imperial ale from start to finish. But there’s also enough malt balance here to appease the greater sensibilities and those hops rest securely on a lush malty sweetness. The finish is surprisingly abrupt and doesn’t scorch the palate, and the malts are never threatened with overpowering by excessive bittering. Some imperials are known to leave tire tracks on the palate from imprudent hop bombardment. Hopsickle avoids these pitfalls and achieves a strong ale that is seductively drinkable.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass. Golden orangish red color with a fluffy off white head. The head shows decent retention but not much lacing on the sides of the glass. Not a sticky head.

Smell: Strong pine scents, apple, pineapple, mint, herb garden spices, rosemary, and wild flowers. Not a bad lot of aromas to stuff into one beer. Very fragrant. The nose can be smelled as it is poured and without needing to get up close to the glass. That is commendable. I suspect most, if not all, of these scents come from the hops. Though sweet smelling, they are all backed with a generaly earthy scent.

Taste: Considering the nose, this was a disappointment. The flavor is not complex and inviting like the nose. There is a strong and lasting hop bitterness coupled with some honey sweetness and oily pine flavors. That is not the complexity that I was hoping for after smelling the beer. The flavor is just hops. That hardly qualifies as complex or well balanced in my book. No good malty flavor to back any of it up and get into. The 9.2% is well hidden, but that is about the only accolade I can give the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, smooth, but so smooth it almost goes unnoticed on my palate. Hop has some bite, but not much. I suspect any aging of this beer would castrate it completely and make it a pansy of a beer.

Drinkability: The nose really is the best part of this beer experience. Other beers should wish to smell this good. But the flavor is uneventful. Perhaps this one dimensional bottle of boredom will clue in brewers that a bottle of pure hop flavor does not qualify as a good an balanced beer with attractive flavor. Sure, as a one off it is ok, but one offs don't make a brewery.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...mmm....hops....

Yep, this one's all about the hops - no pretense of balance here and that's all right because no balance was promised.

The pour is plenty attractive with a deep orange brew sporting a thick off-white head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing but considering the high ABV that's no surprise.

The smell is possibly the best part of this brew; it's nothing but pure, sweet hops. There's a strong citric component to the nose as well as a fresh cut lawn aroma. From the smell I'm surprised the beer isn't green.

Taste follows nose - hops, hops and again more hops. There's only the faintest trace of grain here and perhaps a wee bit of sweetness that's as likely to come from the alcohol as it is from the malt. The first, third, fifth and sixth tastes you'll experience are hops. The Cascade and Centennial notes are easy to pick out with plenty of grapefruit rind but there's one odd black pepper echo that I'm going to guess is due to the Tomahawk hops.

Mouthfeel is as you'd want from a bottle conditioned IPA - plenty of soft, velvety fuzz. The body is medium heavy and the carbonation is enough to clear the palate. There is, as you'd expect, a reasonably bitter aftertaste from the hops that lingers for quite a while.

All in all a drinkable brew but not something you'd put in your normal rotation. If you've been drinking malty porters for the past week and want to really hit the hop juice, this is certainly a good way to go. Being an Imperial (double) Pale Ale with an ABV in the stratosphere I can't imagine being very useful after a few of these. Hopsickle is a fitting tribute to the hop and certainly something I'd recommend you experience at least once...

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Photo of KingSlender
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber picked up at La Bodega in Riverside. Neat all-green etched artwork on bottle gives tribute to the hop monster that lies ahead.

Glassware - Magic Hat Pint

Pours a magnificent dark orange with a light tan head that sits on top of the beer like silk.

The smell...wow...truely amazing. A pure hop explosion (centennial, cascade, and tomohawk) hits your nostrils like ammonia. This smells like one of my super-hopped homebrews.

The taste is big, juicy and surprisingly balanced. Blasts of grapefruit and pine hit up front with a sweet and smooth malt trailing behind. Goes down way to easy and at 9.2% could be a game ender!

This is one of the best Double IPAs that I've had in a while. I'm dreaming of trying a cask version of this down the road.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the real thing, folks. Make no doubt about it. I'm honored to be only the 2nd reviewer of this gem. Sorry I don't have a picture of the bottle. It's a fern green colored painted on label that reads Moylan's 2005 Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale. On the back is written "In celebration of the hop...this is a hop tribute...worthy of a king..." It's every bit of that. It pours a subperb, thick frosty root beer-like head with lacing that lasts forever. The hops is a "blast" of Tomohawk, Cascade and Centennial. It's a perfect blend of malt and hops. It's the hop heads' dream. It weighs in at 9.2% alcohol by volume, so go easy. It reminds me a bit of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, but definitely of the bold, hoppy West Coast style. It's hops on steroids! Wow. I can't imagine anyone brewing a better West Coast-style Imperial IPA than this. Until now, I don't think I've ever given a beer a perfect score.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, a lovely attack of hops as soon as I uncapped the bottle. Pours solid, deep gold with a slow-rising head that barely pulls above half an inch and is ashy white (not as bad as it sounds) in color. Smell: deep and thick waft of hops: pine resin, grapefruit, lemon, fruit cake! some melon juice sweetness in there as well -- huge! Taste: wow, so sweet upfront, like biting into a fresh slice of honeydew; around each edge of my palate come two strong slugs of piercing hop love, followed by a third wave of bitterness straight up the center of my tongue and around the roof of my mouth, backed up nicely by a caramel malt sweetness. This is a monster. Mouthfeel is light, but just heavy enough. Plenty carbonated.

For such a beast, this is well-balanced.

I should note, yeah, I feel some alcohol heat going down, but it's so well masked under the killer onslaught of hops and that perfect malt backbone.

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moylan's Hopsickle (Imperial IPA)
Served at Mammoth Beer Festival 2005

Appearance: Dark Amber, A nice foamy head that diminishes to a small ring in short time but stays throughout.

Smell: Very pungent scent of sweet hops and citrus presence. This beer has taken some time to develop. It gives off a scent that opens the eyes because the flavor IS there.

Taste: Flavor is of sweet citrusy fresh hops. The beer has the similarities of something that has been run through a Randall. This beer goes down VERY smoothly and leaves no acidic aftertones. Very good!

Mouthfeel: Not overpowering but you can really taste the hops. To a hophead this beer is a great find.

Drinkabilliliillillity: For such a high alcohol content(9.2%), this beer is very drinkable and almost dangerous. The alcohol is very well hidden by Mr. Moylan and his crew. A must find in any hopheads journey.

At the Mammoth Beer Festival there was ONE bottle on the jockey box and the brewer informed me that this is being distributed. FIND IT!

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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1663 ratings