9.2% ABV from a bomber
So after Jay at Hedonist Beer Jive proposed we make our first cross-continental trade, one of the first beers I knew I would ask for from him would be Moylan’s Hopsickle. The great-named imperial IPA, never available in New York, and long a mainstay on Jay’s all-time top 75, this was a beer I had long wanted to try. Of course, and this sounds like a joke, literally the same week Jay’s massive beer package arrives–thanks man!–I notice that Manhattan bars and bottle shops are now stocked with Moylan’s. Uh yeah…guess The Empire State finally got a distribution deal. Alas.
Hopsickle just smells fantastic, absolutely excreting delicious grapefruit fumes. The taste is dry and bitter, very herbal, with a nice little tinge of sweet grapefruit. Packed with Tomahawk, Chinook, and Anthanum hops, this beer is incredibly fresh and earthy tasting. Massively drinkable for the ABV with no bite whatsoever. Just a terrific example of the west coast style.
A few days later I got to try Moylan’s “standard” Moylander DIPA on tap at Rattle ‘n’ Hum. Everything great about Hopsickle, Moylander simply lacked. While it was bitter too, it was quite simple. No real body and despite the 8.5% ABV a quite thinnish mouthfeel. The smell was solid but the taste simply didn’t match up. Decent if this is the only Moylan’s around, but Hopsickle easily tops it as the brewery’s best DIPA.
Nevertheless, I greatly look forward to trying more Moylan’s offerings as I come upon them.