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Friday, September 23, 2011

Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial IPA

Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial IPA, an imperial offering from Moylan’s Brewery, poured a cloudy apple juice color into my pint glass with a creamy off-white head capping the mild carbonation.  The nose was huge and fruity, with orange, grapefruit, and loads of tropical flavors easily detectable. 

Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial IPA opened with a sweet, caramel malt that surprisingly led before the hops could come through.  When the hops did come through, grapefruit and citrus rind dominated, with lesser notes of mango and passion fruit barely detectable.  Hopsickle ended with a thick, sticky sweet fade with an underlying bitterness.

Moylan’s Hopsickle is, as other have noted, closer to an American-style barleywine than a true Imperial IPA with its huge malt profile matching and, at least at the start, overcoming the copious hopping.  It’s a great ale though, if a little heavier in body than one would expect.

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