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Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale by Moylan's Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA
9.20 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 11 15 3 7 0
Old Review
Review #450

22 oz bomber I finally saw at Hop City when I went on my stealth beer run this morning. I have heard a lot about this beer, good and bad, so I figured I would give it a go. Served up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Very nice on the pour. Got a nice dark orange color on the body, almost a nice amber in color. A little dark for a the style but I always dig that. Even if the color is slightly darker than normal, the body still remains very clear. Pristine actually. A steady amount of carbonation activity that gets lazier as the beer sits. The pour got me a big and very fluffy two fingers of head. The head is very white and creamy. Just pillowy an had a nice texture to it. The head is sticky and throws up some nice lace on the glass. This is what I want when I pick up a beer in this style. I guess the beer could have been hazy and that would have raised the score to a 5, but it is still awesome.

S: Smell is in one word: amazing. This beer is big hops and its not scared of being so. The cool part is that all the hops aromas meld wonderfully to make a cohesive aroma. First hops presence that comes out is a bitter but still sweet citrus presence. You get that puckering grapefruit type presence but it has a nice undercut of orange to chill that out. Then there is a nice pine resin coming across. Finally, I get some vibrant floral hops. Its got that bite but it still stays sweet and appetizing. Even with all this big time hops that are just so powerful, there is a damned good caramel malt presence rounding out the backend here. Damn this smell fantastic.

T: Well . . . this is in fact a triple IPA. Fuggin hell the hops are powerful. I only wish the flavors were as well rounded as the aroma is. It is a bit disappointing, but I imagine that Moylan's wasn't looking for subtlety when they brew this beer. Really intense and puckering grapefruit comes out right off the bat and gets all up in your face. Sadly, the orange doesn't come in to cut it down a bit. Then the pine resin that is insanely bitter. It just reall locks up the mouth at times. And sadly the floral hops don't come out as much as they did in the nose. That may have balanced what is going on in here. Sadly at times the flavors come together in an almost bile type flavor, but that only happens a couple of times. The caramel malt is slightly noticable in the very back but it doesn't really tone anything happen. It just pops up a bit in the burps.

M: Medium bodied brew here that has a pretty sticky icky quality. Very coating on the mouth for sure. The carbonation is a bit lighter than I expected, and this beer becomes creamier due to that. This beer is incredibly bitter and becomes incredibly dry. I mean really dry and almost astringent. ABV has a little bit of heat coming across on the throat. Aftertaste is all hops and sometimes that bile flavor.

D: Well it has its high points but the flavor is just a bit much to me. Its just too in your face and over the top in my opinion. With that said, the smell is amazing and the look is spot on. Still this beer is a bit to crazy for me and I don't see this being very drinkable, definitely below average in the area. Still it was a fun experience and this is in fact an extreme beer, its just too much for me. I only wish it tasted like it smells.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-01-2009 06:12:03

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 04/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 17 5 8 0
Not a bad beer, but like many that say they are extremely hopped (and it very well may be) but the malts totally overwhelm any hop experience one might have. Brew pours a dark golden amber from a 22oz. bottle and has a very hoppy bouquet. Unfortunately, for me, the hops do not follow through on the taste. Initial taste is all malt and nothing but the sweet malt. The mid palate is bitter and malt and the finish is all bitter, but despite the bitter, no real hops flavor. I fail to see why people continue to call these “malt monsters” hoppy – yes, they have lots of hops, but anyone who is a hop head will not taste them because the malts are so overwhelming – for the real “tasters,” you all know that malt in small quantities will completely overwhelm hops – hops are delicate flowers (well, maybe not that delicate!) meant to be left alone, not malted to death! This beer is reminiscent of the much publicized “Dreadnaught IPA” but, honestly, it’s much better (despite my Edgar Allan Poe ravings). But if you’re a hop head, don’t think you’ll like this one – if you only like hops for the bitterness they add – well, OK then – but if you want hops that give the brew a piney, resiny, grapefruity, flavorful taste, then this one’s not for you. If you like malt and a pseudo IPA, then this is it.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2009
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.

Reviewed: 10/19/07

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 16 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-14-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

This beer just won gold in the GABF, so let’s see how it holds up.

Pours an attractive amber color with a good inch of fluffy white foam. Little carbonation action after the head falls down to a thick ring but that ring remains well through the drink, with some good lacing as well.

Big aromas of grassy, pine, citrus, grapefruit hops. A good malt backbone as well, it also smells very sweet.

Taste is all about hop goodness, but there is also a robust malt presence that keeps this beer a little balanced. Hop profile is very similar to the aroma, grassy, citrus and pine flavors with a little biscuit and caramel malts upfront. The finish is dry and pleasantly bitter.

I still prefer the summer edition of Yulesmith but this Hopsickle is still a first class DIPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 18 4 10 2008
Nicely hued orangey amber color with a slightly jelloed glow to its body. Hugely immense topping of thick frothy foam builds up quickly and hardly moves from there once its poured. Which inspires lots of lacing in huge shelving sheets and sticky patches.

Unwholey awesome nose of sticky, sweaty, drippy, hop resins that screams orangesickles, fuzzy peach pops, lemon/lime sprinkles, and full hop cone scoops in a lightly toasted malt bowl of nose-a-rific goodness. Super duper fresh and amazingly sticky in sensation with a melange of mammothly mushed up citrus juices and pithy pulp and peels. Nice grassy touches and towering hop cone freshness. There needs to be a candle that smells like this one!

Taste is quite nice as well. Quite broad and lengthy with a firm toasty realm of malting while orangified crispness of citrusy things develope quickly over the top and open a array of pithy peels and juices. Peach, grapefruit, orange, lime, and lemon all make a mess of freshly brewed goo as tinges of grassy leaves and hop cone resins floralize the bittering goodness thats very delectable and easy to grasp as it finishes.

Firm medium body with a feathery hopped up dryness and slight pulpy juicy ascent of crispness and bitterness thats tamed well with a moderately toasted front and floating hoppy finish of citrusy fluff and flowers.

Super easy to drink and dangerously so as its higher ABV is hard to find or encapsulate in any of its character. Damn yummy stuff and dreamy "hopsickle" nose to boot!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 12 16 5 8 0
Originally reviewed 07/30/06

Poured from bottle into standard pint.

A - Nice thick one finget head. Bright white and creamy looking. Body is a orange/copper color.

S - West coast style hop bomb ahead here. Loads of citrus and pine hops. Can't wait.

T - No balance. Just hops, hops and more hops. Good thing I am a hop head. Some kind of balance would still do it wonders though.

M - Oily and resiny. Huge pine aftertaste.

D - Only the most severe hopheads would find this a drinkable beer. Good thing I am one. Maybe the most unbalanced hopbomb I have had.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/07/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 16 4 9 2008
Color is a deeper red than most other DIPAs I've had.

Smell is all hops. You get a sense of anticipation just from the smell.

Taste is again, all hops. Plenty of bitter. Plenty of pine resin. This one is somewhere between a GI Imperial IPA and a Dreadnaught. But closer to the Dreadnaught. Which is a good thing. A very good thing.

Feel is what you expect in a DIPA with an abundance of hops. It sticks around.

Overall, the hype is delivered in spades with this one. I had read plenty on this one before. And this is my second bottle of it. Just as good as the first one. As solid of a DIPA as any I can remember. Compares just a tad below Dreadnaught, if only because Dreadnaught adds a slightly more floral and citrus smell, feel and taste.

Oh yeah, I should mention the Floaties in this one, like Gator did. Holy Cow! Tons of floaties in this one. I like that.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/19/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 17 4 9 0
Awesome brewski.. FLOATIES!!!!111 Citrus hops all over the nose. Perfect pine scent, and not too overbearing. Definitionof hop bomb = this brew. Nice bitter, strong finish.

Served In: Pint Glass

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