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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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227 Reviews
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Reviews: 227
Hads: 965
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 29
Gots: 166 | 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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Photo of wmumba
5/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amongst the myriad of IPAs that I've come across, Hopalicious ranks as one of the finest. The IPA style in general has become so over-saturated of late that's it is always refreshing to find an IPA that stands above the crowd.

As the name suggests, Hopalicious is rich with complex hops. It is quite bitter in such a pleasant and drinkable way that the could only come from Ale Asylum's expert-treatment of their cascade hops. It's very floral and citrusy, which is balanced perfectly by its strong bitterness.

Among IPAs, it's very sweet at heart, although I wouldn't call it a sweet beer per se (sweet as in sugar and caramel). The sweetness in Hopalicious is used as more of a balancing mechanism.

This really is a pinnacle of American IPAs and I hope that Ale Asylum—with their spectacular new facilities—are able to expand their micro-brewed gem to a larger crowd.

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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off it should be pointed out this is an APA although it has the hop flavor of a good IPA...sure the body is a little thin when you think IPA but for an APA it is fine...perhaps a little on the light side but in the right area...

Hops are fantastic....awesome aroma and taste of pineapples, mandarin oranges, and tangelos...milder notes of pine trees,lemons, limes, and a fresh bouquet of flowers...pale malt is the backbone but it has some mild toasty qualities.

This is the type of beer I could drink every day...literally...if I had a kegerator this would be a great call....rivals the Mpls Rock Bottom Simcoe hopped pale ale I love so much (Itasca) but with a different hop featured...

The bottle says it all...a lot of great hop without crazy bitterness....totally on the mark...this is what good hop usage is all about.

Top notch brew!!!

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Photo of wgk
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, what an incredible accidental find this one was! At the grocery store liquor outlet on a hunt for something that stressed hops for the Fall. We love this beer! High quality and consistency from 6-pack to 6 pack so far, except wider price variations than others we have seen, perhaps. The only ding is that it is almost too good to interrupt a session and have to revert to anything less.

A - lighter than expected, but very appealing and inviting
S - exceptional -- Really! -- Heavy hops with smoooth hints of a caramel/floral bouquet that stays nice all the while you drink
T - Absolutely on the top of my list...Blends the hops deliciously (honest) and strongly without overpowering anything else
M - Again, top of the heap. Great carbonation balanced with smooth, creamy finish...the ABV is in there, but you don't know it.
D - without question your first will invite your second and likely more if you wish...did I see a review where someone sessioned 10 of these? (With a designated driver, maybe!) It is an EASY brew to pace, though, as the quality is "extra special" and you can get a TON of taste in a tiny splash.

Satisfies the soul!

It says enjoy it with passion on the label. Doubt you could do anything but enjoy this brew.

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Photo of smorbrod
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

One of my favorite beers, nice and fragrant with decent bite but not overly fruity so I, at lease, can session this beer. This beer is one of the main reasons Ale Asylum grew so fast.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice yellow, with a good haze and a nice half finger of white head, decent lacing

Smell is all citrus at first, lemons, orange, limes and grapefruit aromas are all present

Taste is more of the same citrus charachters followed by a nice sweet malt precense, finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light medium, pretty standard for a APA

This is a beer I pick up to switch it up every once and while from NG Moon Man, I really like this one, I have had a couple of bad 12s and 6ers though.... Once they get that under control I will be picking this up more and more... Glad this 6 was good, the last was not, neither was the 12 before it.

One other thing, I do not really understand why have a blank white spot with best buy written above it.... Why not put the best by there instead of leaving it blank.

All in all I will base my score off of this beer, I do not review beer from bad batches or that is infected as it is not fair to the overall score.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus sweetness with a good background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with a strong burst of hops bitterness up front along with a nice citrus sweetness that isn’t too intense. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but provides plenty of substance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely a great beer to drink for a whole evening. I think I could drink quite a few of these and not look for anything else. This is one of the best APA's that I've had.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Best Enjoyed By: blank.

A - The golden-orange body shines bright even with a light particle haze but the real show-stopper is a monstrous cream-colored thick and rich head. It's retention turned to a rocky surface is only matched in awesomeness by the incredibly thick and art-like lacing it leaves on the glass.

S - Hopalicious has a fantastically potent blend of fruity and floral hop aromas that's more akin to an IPA. Mandarin orange and nectarine create a nice fruity medley around light pine and a slight citrus tang. A crystal and light malt sweetness stands strong in the background comfortable letting the hops steal the show.

T - Neither the hops nor malts dominate the flavor the way they do in aroma, instead they work harmoniously. The flavor starts off smooth and malty with no real flavor definition but shifts seamlessly to the hop bitterness. The hops lack the big fruity punch but retain the floral aspects; flower pedals and light pine-needle mingle with a small squirt of citrus.

M - Hopalicious is well carbonated but without the serious throat-bite at the end; instead, this beer is a bit creamy and smooth. Bold hopping in this pale ale imparts a dry and bitter profile that finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth in the stomach.

O - Ale Asylum has struck gold with Hopalicious, a delicious and round-bodied pale with a great aroma and inviting appearance. The flavor lends itself very well to a (richer) hoppy session beer that has great drinkability!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rusty orange/yellow in appearance and slightly cloudy. Very bright.

Smells like orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit.

Grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange flavors blended perfectly with a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel is an invitation to the next sip. Very light, but the abundance of hops makes this a palate pleaser.

Overall this is an excellent pale that I recommend to any citrusy hop fan.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $8 in Summer 2011.

Pours a semi-clear amber color with a rather thick head of off-white foam. Scent is heavy with hops, a scent of crisp apple, and bitter malts. Taste is smooth, clean, and crisp. Hops are well blended with some spice for a good taste and I'm getting a hint of apples as well. Ends with a dry after taste. Hits the taste buds well with flavor but is still light enough to be enjoyed at a cook-out etc. One of Ale Asylum's most popular brews!

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Photo of pianoguy
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sent to me by my Wisconsin Nephew (NFC Championship 2015 bet... GO HAWKS!) I liked this beer so much it inspired me to sign up and start rating beers ... Here I go;
Look; Yellowish with a white head.
Smell; Not overly prominent... but citrus is there
Taste: this is where it took off for me. The citrus was more orange like (as opposed to grapefruit like) The hops were there.. and then they were gone... only to come back at the finish.
Mouth feel; For this beer, it seemed like the perfect amount of carbonation(my first 5 on the rating scale)
Overall; Very interesting beer wish I had a few more of em !

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep gold color, a little hazy - medium carbonation. Nice film of lace that went the distance.

S - A big hop blast in the nose - nice citrus note (oranges), a little pine - cascading flavors of cascade hops!

T - Citrus flavors continue in the taste also a nice grassy flavor, some pale malt, light bread flavors as it warms. Not a lot of bitterness or aftertaste.

M - Good medium body.

D - I had this in a blind tasting with Liberty and Sierra Nevada. Hopalicious was my favorite. The hop blast is awesome and the lack of bitterness in the finish makes it very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

If you are in the Madison area, you need to stop by Ale Asylum and sample this beer - very good.

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending me this brew as part of a fantastic Wisconsin monster box that he sent.

A: Pours a dark, yet glistening orange color, with a nice inch or so white head that kept it's retention throughout the session.

S: Soft pine and grapefruit with hint of a floral nature.

T: The name speaks for itself. The balance is fantastic and the citrus profile is nicely done without being too hoppy or bitter. I would rank the smooth refreshing aftertaste up there with some of the best APAs on the market!

M: Thick, without being too. The ABV is perfect for the style and the balance between the sweet and bitter elements is perfect.

D: I could drink this all day long.... if only I could click my heels together and end up in Wisconsin.

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Photo of deereless
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Resiny head along the edges of the glass, slightly opaque, color of a dark peach juice - 4.00, S: Nicely hopped aroma, lots of citrus and pineapple, possibly even some mild bubblegum, balanced with some biscuity malt - 4.50, T: Lots of bitter bite in this brew, hops play the primary role, I detect Cascade, there is the faintest hint of some other grain in this beer - maybe a rye - 4.25, M: Medium bodied - 4.00, D: Though identified as an Pale Ale this one borders on the line of an IPA, I would happily purchase this beer again - 4.50

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Light copper color with about 1 finger of head using a standard pour into a pint glass. The head recedes quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S--Biscuity malts, citrus and floral hops. Orange peels, white grapes, grapefruit. Smells yummy!

T--I was almost sure that the hop taste of this was going to be too subdued, I don't know why I pre-judged it but I'm glad I proved myself wrong. This is about perfect as far as APA's go, IMO. Its not a style that I usually praise because I prefer huge DIPA hop bombs, but Ale Asylum got it right here. VERY well balanced with a noticeable malt sweetness that is pleasantly overshadowed by a crisp citrus hop flavor that is damn good.

M--Medium bodied with a soft pillow of carbonation and not much aftertaste

D--Great session beer here, perfectly drinkable and this would be good during any season and with any meal.

Overall, I have to say I love this beer. Its tough for me to rate beers like this because it becomes a struggle between rating it on its own merit vs. rating it versus the style. I would say that as far as the style goes this is an A+, but I must also take into account that it is not a style known for huge flavor (which I love), and therefore does not stack up against the other beers I consider to be the best. In the end, I will settle with the score I gave it and give Ale Asylum themselves an A+ for doing a great job with this beer

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange amber with a creamy, one-finger, off-white head. Generously sticky lacing.

Floral, hoppy nose with notes of citrus and caramelized malt.

Nicely balanced profile of hops to malts. Cascade hops and citrus upfront yield to caramelized malt and hints of toasted toffee. Moderately bitter. Finishes dry.

Smooth and medium-bodied with active carbonation on the middle of the tongue. Yum, this is one drinkable ale.

Eureka! Hopalicious is an American Pale Ale with the soul of an IPA. You'll find all the bold and spicy hop flavor you crave, without crazy bitterness.

If you're an IPA drinker who has all but given up on APAs, try Hopalicious. It's hopariffic!

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Photo of Estocker
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Pours a nice looking amber color with hues of gold.

Smells nice. Some soft floral notes are present, and maybe some citrus in the background.

Tastes better than it smells! This is an incredible APA. Perfectly balanced, a nice bouquet of floral and citrus hops that aren't too bitter. This is one of the best Pale Ales I've ever had. I would drink this every day if it was brewed locally. Unfortunately it isn't even available here :(

If you enjoy IPAs and Pale Ales, this is a MUST try.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Ale Asylum have been meaning to pick up some of their beer for a while now.

pours out a slightly hazy dark golden color with three fingers of head that will not quit. Really impressive lacing left behind. Amazing appearance here.

Smell is fresh grapefruit a hint of fresh cut wet grass. really vibrant fresh smell. Makes me feel like i have some very fresh hops going on here.

taste is again fresh grapefruit but not overwhelming. just enough nice bready spicy malt to balance. A real winner of an APA. and hey I'm a sucker for a well made beer with fresh cascades.

Mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation with just enough body to balance. Dry finish which I am partial to.

A bit of a blast to the palate being so dry and grapefruitey but I love these flavors so I could drink these brews a lot. Will be making the trip back to Wisconsin soon for more of these.

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Photo of blackearth
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of shreddy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +11%

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is just great beer!! Poured with a nice frothy foamy head and some lace. Hazy amber color. Very hoppy aroma with some malt and caramel in there. I don't pick up on the citrus; but, I do get a real dry chewiness. Great mouth. Satisfying with a clean pleasant finish. Superb session beer.

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Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.