Wet Hopsickle Triple India Pale Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Wet Hopsickle Triple India Pale AleWet Hopsickle Triple India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Double IPA aged in oak."

Added by younger35 on 01-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by kirkmichel:
Photo of kirkmichel
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful copper color and crystal clear. Nice off white foam that presents nice lace which clings to the glass.
S- Wow. Bananas, carmelized sugar, figs, plums, a waft of piney hops. I think I may need to pour another just to see what else comes out.
T- This may be my new favorite beer. Hops everywhere on the tongue, with a little of that carmelized sugar and piney finish. Takes you just to the edge of hops overwhelm, without actually overwhelming.
M- Hoppy oil gives it a nice, viscous feel.
D- I could drink this all day, but a little too much alchol present to turn this into more than a few.

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

Its great to see this in my local area,man Bestway rocks!Poured into a imperial nonic hazed burnt orange with a great one finger crown atop,it never completely settles just a healthy creamy froth is left behind.Not boozy in the nose wich is becoming to prevelent for the style,this is just fresh complex hop,pine,citrus,overripe pineapple,and apricot hop notes with a tinge of caramel malt to let ya know its there.Again on the palate its not "hot" just big fresh hops,somewhat resiny with citric and apricot note with just a little caramel-like sweetness in the finish.Great hop complexity and quaffable as all get out for the style,a new top ten for me

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

Here's what they told me..."Unfiltered Hopsickle racked onto fresh nugget hops from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Aged for 2 months in stainless steel 9.2%."

Growler poured into a 10oz tulip(thanks[for the glassware] harvester)yelded a hazy orange color with a great 2-finger head. Smell is off the charts! I think this stuff will peel the paint off your house and make you grow an orange afro! Really the smell is that strong...Taste is a more subdued hopsickle. I don't know why but I guess sitting around in hops for 2 months mellowed it somehow(someone BM me and explain plz!). All the flavors of the original are there, it just doesn't smack you in your grill the same way. Mouthfeel is thinner in the hops but thicker in the body. Drinkability is again: whatever your willing to get yourself into. It's hard for me to get arrested in my living room so as usual I'll be finishing the growler!

Overall: I got the growler without sampling it first because I love me some wet hops! But,for my taste; I like the thinner more "snappy" regular 'sickle. This is not bad at all...don't get me wrong, just a bit lacking from what I expect in my Hopsickle.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a sweet extra from raoulduke37.

I could not find any kind of date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass clear amber, with small off white head. Decent lacing.

Nose is faint; hard to detect... citrus, pine, a hint of granny smith apples, caramel.

Holy crap this beer is bitter! I appreciate candied pineapple, caramel, pine, and flowers. The bitterness is huge on the palate, but I still feel like caramel is the most prominent flavor. If you ever wondered what bitter caramel would taste like, try this beer. Although, the bitterness is intense, the malt backbone is strong enough to support it. Also, the complexity of flavors from the hops prevents the bitterness from overwhelming the palate. However, if this were my ideal DIPA, there would be a bit more complexity. Although, the hops flavors are a little hard to appreciate over the bitterness. Overall, the flavor is nice, and pretty close to what you would expect from something with the phrase "triple hoppy" on the label.

The mouthfeel is luxurious. On the thick end of the spectrum for the style; very smooth and soft. Good carbonation.

The bitterness hurts drinkability a bit, but it gets better as it warms. However, if you take the ABV into consideration, it's not bad... especially warm. Alcohol is really not noticeable at all.

This brew displays a welcomed originality. I would be interested to try other styles from this brewery.

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Photo of pandajuice22
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ATraurig
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer! It has a very deep, hoppy taste. I continued to taste the hops several seconds after drinking it. The smell is great- very strong hoppy scent. It has a very nice white, foamy head. Taste is slightly on the piney side but there is plenty of malty goodness. It doesn't leave as much of a bitter aftertaste that many other IPAs do. I highly recommend it!

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Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of nc41
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I loved it. A very much so over the top hop bomb of a beer. Ruination is a fraud by comparison, this brew will destroy taste buds. Pours beautifully, actually when you pop the top you get a punch in the nose. Drinking this one it's all hops, but it's surprisingly one sided yet tasty at the same time, probably no mean feat given the amount of hops they probably use in this brew. This one feels good in your mouth and slides down very nicely, a killer finish, When the hops die here you know it and feel it for 5 minutes after. Now the down side, drinkaibility = one bomber per person. I can't imagine drinking two. Second fault you cannot possibly switch brews after having one of these it would be impossible to taste anything. Drink this one last.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

This one pours a hazy orange with an aroma to match. The citrus is definitely there... I can smell it while pouring the bottle before I even lift the glass to my nose... but I get more orange than grapefruit. A great chewy hoppy assault on the tastebuds, but this is where is all falls apart. The hops are too much here and without balance, and the aftertaste is strikingly bitter and harsh. For me, this one left my mouth a little too tingly for me to completely enjoy the over-hopped experience.

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Photo of Keith238
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight amber/orange color with white head and tight lacing in the glass. Very pronounced pine and citrus notes in the smell and taste. Well balanced and highly drinkable. My first beer from Moylan's and I'm looking forward to another one. Reminds me a good bit of SN Torpedo.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is as you would expect: lots of citrus and piney hops, with some light malt as well.

T: Very hoppy, as you would expect. Like the nose, there is a lot of citrus and pine and bitterness.

M: This one has a fairly smooth mouthfeel to it that I wasn't expecting. Full carbonation leaves a tingling feeling on the tongue.

D: While I'm normally one for hop-bombs, this one just didn't necessarily seem all together.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 5th Annual West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Poured into a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Description reads as follows: "This barrel encapsulated the famous Girard Chardonnay for four years prior to its arrival at Moylan's. Fresh "Santa Rosa", organic handpicked wet hops from Lake County, California were used to brew and condition the unfiltered Hopsickle Imperial XXXIPA that was racked into this magnificent Sonoma County barrel."

A: Served a hazy golden tea color with a thin cream colored head that left patches of lacing.
S: Dank leafy tea/marijuana/tobacco notes fill my nose. Very fresh, green and leafy smelling. Potent would be a good word.
T: Follows the nose with an epically leafy green fresh hop taste that reminds me of walking into the hop room on a brewery tour. Notes of tobacco in the aftertaste. No malt to be found as expected, but unexpectedly there is no note of the chardonnay barrel that I can detect.
M: Alcohol is completely masked in the sticky medium-full body. This beer is exceptionally bitter and mouth numbing.
D: Overall I found this very similar to a fresh bottle of normal Hopsickle. Barrel didn't come through much, but it would be interesting to do a side by side with the original. This is one leafy and fresh tasting beer though, and a very drinkable DIPA.

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

Enjoyed in a tulip at Flanny's. This is Hopsickle that’s been brewed with wet hops and aged with oak.

Perfectly clear shiny copper. The light sand-colored head is thin, sticky, and leaves thin fingers of lace.

Nose is packed with bright citrus. I get tons of orange and grapefruit peel. Burnt sugar, sticky alcohol, a hint of toasted bread and just a bit of vinous oak are also noticeable.

Much more oak in the flavor. Pithy citrus peel washes the mouth in bitterness — it tastes like an orange grove. Some sweet caramel, burnt sugar and soft biscuits emerge. Mildly sweet finish, tons of bitterness. The toasted biscuit finish becomes.more noticeable as it warms.

Syrupy, sugary medium body. Moderate pinching carbonation breaks into a good bit of fizz. As stated before, there’s a burly amount of bitterness and a good bit of boozy heat.

Like the regular Hopsickle, this one’s a hop delivery engine. It’s like drinking juiced hops. So bitter, but so flavorful.

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

I picked this beer up in Winston-Salem after coming up just short of scoring some bottles of Sexual Chocolate. Lucky for me, City Beverage was right around the corner.

It pours a hazy amber, the color of clover honey with a great off-white, almost oatmeal colored head. The head is extremely frothy and mousselike, and eventually dissipates leaving easily a 1/2" head. When the glass was empty, there was a substantial amount of lacing.

There are tons of hops leading to a pungent yet citrusy aroma. I was thinking cascade, but not according to the label. The hops almost drown out all other characteristics in the bouquet.

What are the IBUs here? The taste buds are initially overwhelmed with hoppy bitterness. The is a citrusy rind bitterness, maybe unripened pink grapefruit. It tastes much maltier than I had expected, although I didn't find the malts distractingly sweet...just seemed to attempt at mellowing out the big hop bill.

Medium bodied and very smooth apart from the abundant bitterness. But what would you expect from a hop bomb named "hop sickle". I love the understated carbonation and tongue twisting cheek puckering bitter finish.

I could drink several of these tasty beers but my tastebuds would be shot after the initial pint. This truely is a hop bomb!!! Definitely not for the average palate. Needless to say, my nose was stuffy after having this beer.

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Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of reradford
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xsists
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt orange, dark amber-copperish. Great off-white head that lingers forever. Smoothly laced and looks as if its begging you to drink it.

S - Lots of citrusy grapefruit and slight piney smell up front. As the glass is taken away there is a faint yet sweet smell of chocolate/toffee.

T - Hops hops hops and lots of them. I taste a little grapefruit. A good amount of alcohol flavor/burn with the finish. Crispish finish as well.

M - Silkly smooth. High carbonation tingle on the tongue. The alcohol sensation lasts for quite some time after.

D - Its quite hoppy and the alcohol content is prevalent. I would drink again but this is definitely a one bottle per night brew.

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Photo of beereality
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour produces lots of little bubbles, a cloudy deep golden brew with a huge fluffy sticky white head. Smells of hops from 3 feet away. I mean a big hop smell that is stronger than most DIPA's. Wow! big bitter first mouthful, just bursting with hops. Bitter, bitter, bitter. I love this beer. After warming a bit, it turns sweet on the front side with that wonderful bitter finish. I think one 22oz bottle is plenty (although I would try to drink two) with the high ABV. Big thanks go to Praveen for this special treat.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It poured a deep golden hue. It had a one finger head. Lite carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. As the head receded it left a very clingy lacing on the sides of the glass.

A nice blend of floral and bitter hops. It was very fragrant but not overbearing.

It had a great blend of hops on the front end. It finished dry and slightly bitter. There was a punch of alcohol in the finish. It had a heavy body, but it was not foamy or gut bloating.

This is a great Imperial. I thoroughly enjoyed how the floral characteristics came out even more as it warmed.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour from a bomber into a shaped pint. Moderately thick, quickly dissipating head that leaves a bunch of lacing. Spray-tan colored with little carbonation. I can smell this bad chicken from about 2 feet away! Huge pine and bitter citrus notes, smells thick and super sweet. This is indeed triple hoppy, wicked harsh pine on the front that does not stop until long after you swallow. This starts to fade as it warms, then the minor malts emerge a bit. Carmel notes and some minor sweetness hidden underneath the massive hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is full of bitter-fruity hops and overpowering bitter grapefruit pith. Not as syrupy as I expected, the mouthfeel is nice. Drinkability is almost at floor level, I'm a hop head but this sucker needs to mellow out. I got mine super fresh, as it warms the drinkability increases a bit but a bomber will end my night.

This sucker will strip the chrome off a trailer hitch.

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Photo of mortarit
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told that this beer won out as the most hopped beer in the line up. Well it's hoppy for sure. As it warms up you can appreciate the flavors it offers.

Can't wait for the quad. Where is going to end. Doesn't the avg. human as a limit on the IBU's it can detect?

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 1/26/08, taken from notes.

A buddy and I stopped by Moylan's on our way up to Russian River and Bear Republic. I had the regular Hopsickle the night before and swore it was the last one I'd drink since my taste buds would probably explode. Well low and behold they wet hop it (Warrior hops) and age it on Cahill Winery chardonnay barrels, damnit, now I have to try it. Drank from a snifter.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear amber orange with a tiny white head that recedes quickly and leaves zero cap and zero collar. No lacing what-so-ever is left (obviously, there's no head!).
Smell- Has a very hoppy nose just like its predecessor but this one is a bit more subdued. Earthy fresh pine and bits of grapefruit, pineapple and sour green apples are present. This one has a bit more sweetness in the nose than the regular Hopsickle, something resembling cotton candy.
Taste- Again, like the nose, this version is a bit tamer in the hop department than the original. Starts with a sweet rush of toffee and caramel before the hops kicks in. A pineapple and cotton candy fruitiness ushers in a subtle bitterness. Pine and a tingly mint give it a sort of earthy hop profile but are still dominated by the citrus. Slightly woody with something reminiscent of light cherries. The alcohol is still in full force but very bearable considering the ABV.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and watery with a slick, oily feel and very little carbonation.
Drinkability- I think this version of this brew is much better than the original. The nose is a little nicer in the original but the taste in this one is much better. The hops are toned down to a bearable level and a nice subtle woodiness is present. I'd drink again but no way could I have two in one sitting.

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Wet Hopsickle Triple India Pale Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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