I recently tried this California behemoth - 9.2% - at the Long Room. Amazingly enough, a friend of mine who also ordered one, immediately, upon sipping it, recognized its similarity to an IPA from Marin Brewery, which, as we found out, is a brewery affiliated with Moylan's.
The Hopsickle is a major endeavor. It pours a modest head and does not leave substantial lacing. Mine was served in a snifter glass. It offers a nose revealing bright, orange hop notes. As for the taste, all I can say is that it's quite juicy. Each sip made my mouth salivate. It has a moist hop profile that does not bite but saturates the palate with hop oils. The finish coats the throat smoothly but with pronounced hoppiness. The entire drinking experience is a mellow one and I could session this but for the massive concentration of alcohol. Two of these was all I could manage, and I did not manage well.
PROS: A smooth, hoppy venture. Will make you want another.
CONS: If you plan on drinking more than two, expect yourself to be eating late night corn beef hash at the local diner.
VERDICT: Indulge yourself in this one. It's not as though Flo hasn't served your drunk ass eggs at two in the morning before.
* * * * 1/2 stars. Brilliantly brewed.