Hopalicious - Ale Asylum
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4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Pale peachy coloring, fairly hazing...a good 1/2" layer of snowy foam atop.
Aroma: Cascade all the way, fresh grapefruit, peach, & pine...lime twist and orange peel. I like it!
Tastin' it: Lightly hoppy, good bitter blitz on the tongue, then all is mellow...smooth, and tasty. Sweet malt ballast, solid backbone, good balance...hops take center stage.
"Hopalicious" seems very much like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or a less hoppy Alpha King or something...great stuff here, sol-ID!
Sweet, toasty, hoppy, and excellently drinkable...I could be fond of this. Glad I grabbed a 6-pack...
08-13-2007 21:33:31 | More by feloniousmonk
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
Had this on tap at Hawks the other night.
I've seen Ale Asylum all over the liquor stores around here, and heard people talk about it on the forums -- figured I'd better dive in for myself.
Pours a citrusy looking lemon-orange color, with a nice, frothy finger-high head. Lace leaves sheets down the glass.
Smell is wonderfully hoppy, not terribly fruity, nor bitter. Which is good because that's what it advertises on the bottle. Smells hopalicious.
The taste is quite good, which impresses me because I typically don't care for pale ales. However, the hoppy/not-too-bitter character makes this a delight.
Additionally, the mouthfeel isn't too light, and that makes this a very quaffable beer.
Great first offering to have from Ale Asylum. Just picked up a 6er of the Contorter Porter today.
02-03-2010 21:39:49 | More by AmberMan22
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
This APA pours a cloudy golden in to my mug with a frothy white head that lingers nicely and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is very high Cascade hops. There is absolutely no mistaking what is in the beer, an in your face citrusy Cascade bonanza. Any malt aroma is very low, maybe a hint of sweetness. The flavor is through the roof with hop flavor. Very fresh, grapefruit-like citrus hop flavor, but the hop bitterness is nicely done at a moderately to moderately-high bitterness. The bitterness is rather clean and as advertised strikingly less than what the smell would lead on. The finish leaves just enough hop flavor on the palate, but not to the point where it is overwhelming. The carbonation is medium, as is the body, and the drinkability, despite the intensity of the hop flavor and aroma is rather high. Overall I enjoyed this beer very much. I think the aroma and flavor of the hops are in your face without lingering to the point where it is over done. The lower hop bitterness than one might expect I think keeps the beer from being out of control. I would highly recommend this beer if you enjoy a fresh American citrusy hop flavor and aroma
02-17-2007 04:02:51 | More by uwmgdman
4.21/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
08-06-2013 07:16:13 | More by MattyG85
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
Thanks to sonoma01 for the bottle.
Pours a cloudy bright deep gold with a faint head leaving little retention.
Smells of light citrus/lemon hops with a touch of pine and malt.
The lemon comes through a lot more in the flavor. Lemon and orange hop sweetness comes off right off the bat. Not a ton of malt to this one and has a nice bitterness for an APA.
Fairly juicy hop presence and medium carbonation levels.
I was pleasantly surprised by the hop profile and this beer in general. A very good easy drinking beer I'd be happy to have again.
02-11-2012 19:05:31 | More by jmarsh123
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
12oz brown bottle with a freshmess date of 2/28/2014 on it and today is 2/27, so I guess I ought to get to drinking this.
The beer poured a cloudy gold color with a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in under 30 seconds, but left lots of spotty lacing on the glass.
Big pine and orange smell. Very hoppy.
The goal of this beer, according to the company web site, was to create a big hopopy beer without the big bitterness that usually goes along with it. They succeeded. Pine, tangerine, and orange hop flavors dominate, but there is plenty of sweet caramel malt for balance. Bitterness is present, but mild. It's delicious.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
They've found a way to keep the citrus flavor of the cascade hops while limiting the bitterness. The result is a delicious, hoppy brew. I can't say enough good things about this beer. Highly recommended.
02-28-2014 10:28:35 | More by matjack85
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
Thanks to Joe for snagging this for me in Wisconsin, much appreciated.
Light amber with blonde highlights when backlit and a creamy bone colored cap that leaves beautiful lace on the glass. Some suspended micro floaties make me worry that this bottle might be past it's prime. Hopalicious is a good name for the aroma, I love the smell of Cascade hops even if everyone says it has too harsh a bitterness and is an "outdated" hop flavor. The nose is pure, fresh Cascade hops and smells like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops, candied grapefruit and pine sap with light malt. I love this beer for it's simplicity, the glory of Cascade and a pretty light malt base to let it shine without being really bitter. Medium bodied and slightly chalky. I dig this brew.
08-24-2011 03:08:18 | More by biggred1
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
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