Moylan’s – Hopsickle Imperial

Tasting: July 1, 2011
Style: Double IPA

I’ve been writing this blog since November of 2010. At the onset, I set a goal that in one year I would like to have blogged my opinion on one hundred different beers. One hundred different beers would represent a healthy cross section of brewers and styles. This double IPA from Moylan’s will be my one hundredth review and it only took me eight months to complete this plateau.

Looking at my list, I think I’ve accomplished some of the diversity I set out to accomplish – but two things jump out at me – first, my list is heavy in IPA/DIPA category and second, my average opinion is 84 points. It’s easy to see that the majority of “craft beer” shelves are dominated by IPA/DIPA. You just don’t see Stone, Sierra Nevada or Founders coming out with six different types of pilsners. As far as my 84 point average – my point criteria would call that good. Admittedly, I didn’t seek out the Coors Light or Miller Genuine Drafts, so I would expect an above average score.

This brew pours a cloudy rust color with a creamy head — excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma screams grapefruit/lemon hops with a wee bit of malt tucked in the background. Beautiful mouthfeel — like nectar — no/little carbonation (quick ABV check – 9.2%). The flavors are beautifully harmonious assault on your palate. Waves of oak with a touch of honey followed by some warmth from the alcohol and then an intense hop punch in the form of a strong pine that really lingers on and on. I’m about a minute since my last sip and my tongue feels like I’ve just eaten something spicy. I’ve checked the label for an IBU — but nothing. If I had to guess, I’d put it in the 95 – 100 range.

I picked a real dandy for my 100th — I’ll give this one an easy 95 points.

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