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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Hopalicious
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BA SCORE
89
very good

829 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 29
Gots: 103 | 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:
Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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Reviews by wmumba:
Photo of wmumba
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is very hoppy and tastes great.

It has a nice yellow color toward brownish. It has a nice head when poured into a pint glass. They recently moved the brewery to a larger facility and have switched from the stubby bottle to long necks. The quality is still A-1.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -7.9%
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 MaxT
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of weatherdog
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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 dmheinz57
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of TimothyRBrady
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of blackearth
4.4/5  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 jose_alehouseSD
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Punchy_Munchie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Todd
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of flixmex
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JonBrand
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of LisaLisa73
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 SjConroy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Swonkie
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

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 bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 tyleeis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Soonami
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +1.5%
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.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.