Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
88
very good

890 Ratings
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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 29
Gots: 139 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006

Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.
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Ratings: 890 | Reviews: 226
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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach body. Thin white head. Kind of glows. Lacing is quite full. Really nice aroma of sweet caramel/toffee malts blended with plump juicy cascades. 10 additions of cascades. Nice. There's a lot of hop flavor in this beer without a lot of bitterness. Grapefruit pulp and orange. Some bright lime. Some underlying smoky, resinous tones. The malt base is solid with some sweet caramel tones providing a nice little blanket for the hops to rest on. This is really drinkable. Could drink a lot of this in a session. Nice beer.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

whiffs of alcohol. opaqueish yellow. Not very bitter, mostly in aftertaste. Honey sweetness. a little womens fruity perfume.light to medium bodied oily after. More booze than is suggested by abv. some banana in the nose as well.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to try something from the midwest,I dont get enought midwestern wares anymore.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed medium golden with a bit of dark orange tintAromas a a little light mainly a mix of caramel/biscuit malt and citric hop.Well rounded flavors with the hops winning out by a nudge,starting out with a pretty firm lightly sweet caramel base,melding nicely into a nice prsh citrus/hop finish that lingers.A solid APA borderline IPA,quaffable and flavorful.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather interesting and unique brew that suffers from one deep flaw – a complete lack of finish. Otherwise, Hopalisious stands on its own. Bright orange amber with a thin creamy white head, this brew looks just great. The aroma is strongly citric and obviously Cascade. Flavor is uniquely nectarine skins, subtlety bitter without any of the pine or juniper that sometimes comes with oodles of Cascade hops. This beer is nearly perfectly balanced. It has immense citric flavor without more than a slight bitterness and yet I am not entirely happy. This is because the front offers a perfect medley of citrus while the finish offers nil. This beer dies after the each sip and that is simply unforgivable in an APA. Strong potential and otherwise magnificent, but still lacking any finish.

Photo of weatherdog
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

It pours a amber gold with just the slightest haze. A generous white head adorns the beer and leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

A medium level of orange and grassy hops are prominent in the nose. A bit of malt in the back preventing this from being a huge hop bomb

A sharp bitterness begins the taste and then a nice fairly bright orange hop flavor. Then a bit of biscuity malt flavor shows up. As an APA goes it pretty standard, big American hop flavor, a bit of malt and a pretty dry finish making it for a decent drinkability.

Photo of blackearth
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a cloudy grapefruit color with a thin white head. Aroma is of citrus hops. Medium bodied with a sweet caramel flavor to balance the hops that linger long into the finish. Very good pale ale. I will be having this again.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle of Hopalicious picked up in Wisconsin. Good to see Ale Asylum bottling! Pours into my glass a slightly hazy goldenrod hue with a healthy inch of creamy white head and lots of active carbonation. Nice! Aromas start off with lots of floral, citric hop tones. This is a bold blast of Cascade hops fresh off the vine. Lemon zest and touch of herbal resin are there as well. A light pale, toasty malt lies underneath with a touch of caramel.

First sip brings a big rush of floral hops with a touch of lemon zest coming through as well. A light pale malt flows in the background, a touch toasty with a kiss of caramel sweetness. It flows down with a mellow herbal hop bitterness. Really nice hop bomb here for an APA and a pretty tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a good blast of bubbles. Goes down easy and is quite refreshing as a good APA should be. I enjoyed this brew and could easily have a few more. A tasty Cascade bomb of an APA that also does a good job of packing in the hops without much bitterness. Maybe just needs a little more in the malt department though. Check this one out!

Photo of warnerry
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 6/20/10

Pours with about two fingers of head; very slight cloudiness and bright golden color.

Not much of a smell. A small amount of grapefruit hops and malt.

Taste is hoppy, but relatively mildy so; nice clean enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, disappears quickly off of the palate.

Very nice pale ale. Nothing particularly stands out, but a solid APA with high drinakability; would buy again.

Photo of LisaLisa73
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I absolutely do not like hops. However, I have heard so much about how awesome this beer is. The brewery is 28 miles away in a college town so I had to try it. It actually has a very smooth taste and has the perfect carbonation. I still don't like a hoppy beer, however, this beer has a very smooth taste and isn't all that bad!

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Big citrusy hop nose, some light fruit and rich malt.
Brilliant amber under a moussey, 3" off-white head that slowly descends to a thick film but leaves thick lace.
On the palate the hops have more flavor - citrus and grapefruit - than bitterness and are well balanced by a rich malt backbone.
Creamy, medium body and medium carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with solid citrus esters and some sweet caramel malt. Hoppy upfront with citrus fruit esters of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Earthy, herbal, and floral hop hints with some pine and grass. Solid malt backing with hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. Very juicy smelling and hop forward. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy hop forward taste of citrus esters and earthy hops with some sweet caramel malt. Citrus hops upfront with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with some grass, pine spice, and floral and herbal notes. Bready malt background with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, cracker, and yeast. Hop forward and juicy taste but the bitterness is very tame. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily. very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid pale ale. Leans very much to the hoppy side with lots of citrus esters but doesn't have the bitter bite of an IPA. A nice lighter hoppy option.

Photo of ohmybock
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last week while in Madison, WI, but I also bought the bottled version up there. This rating is based on the tap version, but to be honest, the bottled version I had is pretty much just as good.

My introduction to microbrewed beers back in the late 80's started with the pale ale style with beers like Sierra Nevada PA and Anchor Liberty. I liked them back then, but through the years, they seem to have become milder and milder tasting to my palate. Heck, with all the aggressive IPAs as well as DIPAs on the market now, no wonder a "simple" pale ale seems so mild now. With that being said, Hopalicious is certainly one of the better American-style pale ales I've had in a while. The bitterness is decent, but not too strong, and there's plentiful hop aroma and flavor. It's a clean-tasting brew which goes down easily. It's probably not a a true session-beer in the "English sense", but it's about as sessionable a beer as you'll find in most pubs in the States. Given the choice, I would pick this brew over almost any other standard American pale ale on the market. This beer has such great hop character without being high in alcohol. I could go for more micros which are modest in alcohol, yet are bursting with an extremely fresh dry-hopped flavor/aroma character found in this very clean-tasting brew.

Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks EROCK75 for sending me this bottle of Ale Asylum Hopalicious to me as an extra. This is a great beer from a brewery I haven't tried a beer from yet.

The beer is a golden orange with just a wisp of pale foam that decorates the snifter with a thin ring. The beer smells very fruity like tangerines and of fresh toasty malts. The beer is delicious with just sweet citrus flavors, well rounded malts and just enough bitterness for balance. This is probably the best tasting APA I've every had. Often I feel like APA's are too bitter without the fresh hop flavors, but this beer hits all the notes and is just so juicy and sweet. Delicious.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immediately one of my favorite APA's, only thing I can think of clearly better is the standard bearer for the industry, SNPA.

Good light amber/dark yellow approach, minimal head, thin stuff. Good bitter nose, fuller than the average pale, not so much dry hop feel though.

Just a great taste. Not amped up, great balance, all the right hop characteristics, bittering, flavor, slight dry hop balance to the beer. Remains consistent mouthfeel downward. Decent price.

Update: I'd say drink these fast, they degrade over the summer. They don't degrade to anything horrible, just not tiptop.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly cloudy golden orange color with a white head that fades very quickly.

Smells pretty floral and like citrus and pine. A little maltier than I expected.

Taste is only barely hoppy. A bready malt flavor takes the forefront.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of carbonation.

Overall is pretty good, not amazing though. Maybe a nice summer drink.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer had a light tan head sitting on a orange hazy body with a carbonation of tiny bubbles. I can tell this beer is still alive.

S- The smell of pine and grapefruit hop smells had a spicy to them that was dry ginger. The ginger was blended very nicely with the hops and was not over powering. There was a faint wet dog note in the hops that was actually quite pleasant.

T- This beer has a big grapefruit hop flavor with notes of pine and dry spice in the finish. The spice has a faint note of almost cinnamon and more so of ginger that makes it snappy. There is a faint pale malt note that comes through more as it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery note in the finish.

D- This beer has big juicy hops and the ginger is a perfect amount to give the hops a twist but not being a ginger dominated beer. Whenever I am in Madtown again this will be the first beer I seek out.

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Madison.

Nice amber color, not too much head. Smell was full of hops as expected. I enjoyed this beer. Good flavor, not too heavy. Very refreshing. I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these in the near future.

Photo of shreddy
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - strong American hop presence.

Taste - mild malt background followed up by a very strong but welcome hop flavor. The beer was not overly bitter for being so hoppy. The hops were mostly late addition to effect the aroma and taste.

Drinkability - a mild abv and a strong hop flavor makes this beer very drinkable. I would even say its session worthy if you can handle the hops.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clouded-over burnt orange sunset color promises much in the way of hop presence. There are even some floaters (presumably yeast) and I don't mind that. I know a lot of beer drinkers snub their nose at it, but I like it. The head is a creamy off-white beauty.

Big citrus notes in the nose, also some peach, red apple and a little pear. Slighter shades of pine. Caramel-like sweetness offers balance.

Definitely a hop-forward pale ale, one of those beers that tastes big without the big ABV. The only thing that keeps it from feeling total west coast is the generous malt layer, like caramel or toffee taffy, sweet and (thanks to the hops, surely) a bit salty. Herbal/pine notes linger, especially prominent in the finish. Slight medicinal twang going on too, but not annoyingly so, and it's the thing that pushes down an almost creamsicle-like overall personality. Maybe more baby aspirin than anything... seriously, think "baby aspirin" when you drink this. You'll see. (And hey, I dig baby aspirin...)

Texturally it's smooth and on the softer side, but carbonated enough to provide some energy.

Of all the great Hop pun beer names out there, Hopalicious is one of the least creative. But who cares? It's the quality of the beer itself that counts, and this one is excellent on all the levels that matter. Bottom line: super solid and super satisfying.

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly smoky golden orange bodied with a thick and sticky whipped cream head.
Juicy Cascade aroma of lilac, orange juice, pineapple, pine resin, and lime zest. Maltiness plays second fiddle with unobtrusive dough notes. This has a hoppier depth than most (any?) Cascade pale ales; there's a juiciness here that makes me think of Amarillos. Had I not known otherwise, I'd guess that they were used.
Into the mouth, the pale maltiness strikes first with dough and floured dinner rolls. It turns ever-so-lightly toasty, preceding a sour-tinged yeast note. Hops hammer home the close, dripping with flower petals, pine sap, citric rinds, pineapple, and a certain bong resin smokiness. Again, with that profile, I'd swear something other than Cascades are in here. I'm assured they are not. Even with the drenching hop flavor, bitterness in minimal...just enough to rake the mouth clean, and propel additional quaffs.
Medium-light in body with a subtle- almost meager- carbonation. It has a cask-like feel to it, even in the bottle. It's daintier than brawny, but it's a workhorse session ale.
Some might clamor for more malt assertion, but that's not what this is about. It's like an IPA-Light, juicy as hell, but stripped of untoward bitterness, and showcasing boring-old Cascades in a new light. For those suffering burnout of said hop, this is a revitalizer...it was for me.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure grapefruit body with fluffy white head, gorgeous. Herbal hop aroma. Some grapefruit and some pineapple in the taste. Creamy mouthfeel with bitterness in the finish. High alpha. Very drinkable, and grows on me. The palate is somewhat stunned afterward, its a shredder.
Third time I have had it 9October 2011) and its very good each time.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Angelic here in Madison.

Pour: crystal clear medium amber, 1/4" tan head fades to a soapy film with some spotty lacing.

Nose: leafy/pine hops, sturdy, grassy malt backbone, fruity finish.

Taste: leafy/pine APA hops profile, husky/grainy malts, apricot and a slightly metallic finish.

Feel: medium-light bodied, fizzy/crisp carbonation and a smooth finish.

Drinkability/Overall: a less robust version of their Ambergeddon with less aggressive hops and less malt complexity and more grassy lightness. Remains quite tasty and thoroughly drinkable.

Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer is halfway between yellow and orange, and crystal clear (unfiltered? seriously?) once the overwhelming carbonation subsides. Respectable yellow-white head. Big cascadey-evergreen aroma. Can this 5.8% brew that claims to be an APA stand up to eleven separate hoppings of cascade?

Maybe. The most offensive thing about it is not intense, over the top, American-style IPA bitterness. No, the alpha acid levels are actually quite bitterness. But the beer has been gassed to all hell, and on top of that, there's relatively little grain to be found in this bottle (maybe that's how it can get away with being unfiltered), resulting in a way too light malt backbone and a thin body. That said, there's nothing else wrong with it. Still way more drinkable than many American IPAs. Hopalicious is a fine, if one-dimensional, profile of what cascade hops can do.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like opening a bag of fresh, whole leaf flower Cascades, Hopalicious delivers a bright, resinous and citrusy hop nose!!! The body is a hazy golden-amber, beneath a creamy white head that holds well and leaves patchy "walls" of spotty lace in its wake. The Cascade hops continue into the flavor with resinous notes of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) and pine over a lightly caramelish and just slighty biscuity malt base. The bitterness is well balanced, and it finishes dry and subtly acidic with some lingering notes of piney and grassy hops. Quite nice! An impressive APA that takes the hop flavor and aroma of an IPA, and jams it into a standard strength ale. Very west coast! Remarkably drinkable despite the intense hop charge. Very well done!

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery, poured into a great dane (whoops!) imperial pint glass

appearance: pours a golden peach-amber, quite hazy, big time beige-white head with good retention and great lacing...a real treat on the eyes

smell: wowsers, a HUGE hop aroma attacks the nose, very pungent, grapefruit-citrus invasion, big pine presence...quite pleasant to this hop head

taste: I hate to jockey off other's reviews and i especially dont like when DaPeculierDane fills my head with thoughts because he always seems to beat me to the review!, but he was right when he proclaimed this one lacks a finish... it hits the tongue with an onslaught of hops, big bubblegum presence, pungent grapefruit hops, other citrus flavours, pine resin. Then it just dies after the initial sting. There is very little follow through. I feel it wouldnt take much tweaking to make this an absolute essential

mouthfeel: big hop bitterness, tongue twister, medium body

drinkability: pretty good despite the bitterness

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.