Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial IPA

After I left Asbury, I somehow ended up in Newtown, PA. My girlfriend asked me to come out and see her and she was hungry. I knew that there was a good beer bar there that I hadn’t hit up in a few months. Needless to say, that was my suggestion for places to eat. After looking at the draft list and not having access to the bottle list, I went with another DIPA. I’ve never had a beer from Moylan’s, so what better time than the present?

ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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!”

Random: I’m surprised that this is ranked as an A+ on BeerAdvocate. It’s definitely not on the level of some of the other DIPAs I’ve had that are in the A+ category.

The brew poured a deep chestnut-brown color with a one finger white head that dissipated leaving some lacing on the tulip glass. It looked really pretty. The body was clear but due to lighting, I couldn’t see any visible carbonation. On the nose, I got lots of sticky pine with a hint of sweetness. Well, this definitely smelled like a DIPA that would be right up my alley. But, on the first sip, I was definitely disappointed. This was definitely a hop bomb and there was a lot of bitter hops initially, which I expected. But that was it. There was no real balance to the brew, although at the end there was a hint of sweetness that attempted to balance it, but completely fell flat. The body was also thinner than I expected. The finish was sticky hops and pine. Given how many wonderful DIPAs there are out there, this one just didn’t do it for me. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s just not great. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0