Iron Moylan VS Screeching Owl

Iron Moylan

Our next contenders are in seemingly different weight categories. Unfortunately, standard ArkansasBeerBlog IPA Beer Brawl procedure calls for a random match up. Moylan’s has many fighters in this battle, but none seem to dazzle as much as Hopsickle. Some call him Iron Moylan. He’s the type of fighter that gets all the press, all the merchandise deals, and all the attention – and rightfully so – because this kid has one heck of a hop punch. He’s facing another international fighter who innocently wondered into our tournament; a “Japanese Classic Ale” from Japan, which is categorized as an English India Pale Ale (IPA). So just to recap, we have a Japanese English India Pale Ale in an Arkansas IPA beer brawl. We’ve already seen an upset with the stereotypically weak (but highly quaffable) English IPAs – but will we see another one? Let’s find out!

Hello little owl, guess who is behind you!


In the green corner, weighing in at an impressive 9.2% abv and staggering 100+ IBUs, from Novato, California, we have Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial IPA. In the red corner, hailing from Kounosu, Naka-machi Japan, weighing in at a respectable 7% abv and 41 IBUs, we have Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale. Side note: it may be worth saying that once little Hitachino Nest saw the size of Hopsickle, he tried to flee the ring.

1st Round: Appearance – Hopsickle carefully bounces around his opponent. He seems to be as surprised as we were with the size and weight mismatch. Hopsickle pours cloudy golden amber color with a beautifully thick head. Hitachino Nest Japenese Classic Ale pours a light hazy orange with little head retention. It seems Hitachino Nest is doing all it can to avoid any contact with Hopsickle. Seriously, all they did was bounce around – and anytime Hopsickle came near Japanese Classic Ale, he bounced to the other corner. Hopsickle wins this round 10-9.

I eat owls for breakfast.

2nd Round: Smell – Hopsickle decides to step up his game and go after the Japenese Classic Ale. Though Japanese Classic Ale puts up a good defense with a wonderful fresh biscuit smell paired with grape like sweetness, Hopsickle finally lands a blow to his body – big sticky malts with an even bigger mix of tropical fruit, herbaceous and floral hop notes. This pineapple and pine resin heavy blow to Japenese Classic Ale’s body sent him straight to the mat. Ouch. DING DING. Hopsickle wins this round, and it seems the Japenese Classic Ale was saved by the bell.

3rd Round: Taste – Some folks reported hearing Hitachino Nest Japenese Classic Ale saying “Cut me Goose! Just do it!” While others thought they heard “Cut me loose! Screw it!” The bell sounds and Hopsickle goes straight for Japanese Classic Ale. Though his bready, sooth, slight sweetness with a slighter noble hop like balance is admirable, this round resembled a blow up doll being torn apart by a 600lb Silverback Gorilla. Hopsickle’s wonderful west coast green hops flow with citrus, grapefruit, pine and pungent herbaceous flavors and complimentary semi sweet caramel malts. It’s a TKO.

Decision: If any fight may illustrate the colorful canvas of IPAs, and how they can cover so many parts of the beer spectrum, this fight may be the one. You can have a very friendly, light, crisp and flavorful beer that is subtle, and on the other hand you can have a heavyweight badass who demands your attention. Hitachino Nest Japenese Classic Ale is a great beer to share with a friend who is new to hops and may be afraid of hop bitterness. Moylan’s Hopsickle, however, is the beer you bring out to impress your hop head friends.

You can find these wonderful beers here:

Booze Bros – Eureka Springs
Arka Valley Liquor – Atkins
Ace Liquor Store – Cabot
Colonial Wine & Spirits – Little Rock
Crossover Liquor – Fayetteville
Eastside Liqour – Elkins
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
Macadoodles – Springdale
Marina Liqour – Hot Springs
Pat’s Beverage Shop – North Little Rock
Premier Wine & Spirits – Fayetteville
Spirits Shop – Fayetteville
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
Sullivant’s Liqour – Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville
The Wine Rack – Hot Springs
Town & Country – Fayetteville
In Good Spirits – Fort Smith
Liquor Mart – Fort Smith
Lake Liquor – Maumelle

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale
Colonial Wine & Spirits – Little Rock
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
Macadoodles – Springdale
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville


2 thoughts on “Iron Moylan VS Screeching Owl

  1. arbeergeek says:

    I agree, Rex, but beer tournaments are a very dangerous game by nature. All of these competitors were aware of the “Open Forum” and they all signed the proper paperwork prior to the start of the event. Arkansas Beer Blog Inc. is fully safeguarded in the event of an in-ring catastrophe with our iron-clad “we ain’t paying for ****” contract. So far, we’ve only had a few slight concussions and several bruised egos.

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