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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 224
Hads: 953
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 29
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
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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 scaliasux
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Medium dark orangish-yellow. Opaque. Short but persistent white head.
S - Bright citrusy hops. A little bit of pale malt. Comes across as fairly sweet.
T - Hoppy, but not excessively bitter. Orange peel. Some light bready sweetness. I like the balance in this one.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy medium Amber with a thick creamy head, nice retention and good lacing.mild citrus aroma, all cascade. Nice flavor but I picked up a slight "burnt" note. Decent bitterness with a maltier nose.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at my local Shell station. The best by date indicates it's still optimal for over two months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a light golden amber with about an inch of eggshell head that dissipates after a while into a healthy film and leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Just the slightest bit hazy with ultra fine particulate and with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit and orange citrus hop notes lead the way in this moderately assertive bouquet. There are some cracker malts underneath and a slight bit of earthiness.

T: Cracker malts up front with a healthy dose of grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavor. The middle brings out more of the orange hop flavor, along with a bit of cracked pepper and some earthy notes. With all the hop flavor in the front and middle, this one leaves surprisingly little bitter at the close. There's still some bitter grapefruit rind at the back, along with more of the malts, which seem to impart a bit of sweetness here.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Smooth and creamy in the front and middle, with a touch of tart and bitter at the close. This one finishes quite cleanly, without much in the way of stick. If anything, this one could be a bit thicker on the palate.

O: This is a very tasty APA from Ale Asylum. The label asserts there are eleven separate hop additions that go into this one, and it really come through with some bright citrus notes. If you're way into bitter with your pale ales, this one might not please: it's brewed to minimize the bitter as much as possible. Very drinkable. I definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

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Photo of Ace1490
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The smell is very bland but at least it doesn't smell like dirty water like some. Good mix of hops and an ale overall. I think they got what they were going for on the label

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured in a shaker pint glass. It appears a dark gold color. Nice citrus flowery hop aroma, but with a good malt balance in the taste. medium bodied.

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Photo of MNJR
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit thin and one dimensional. Not a "bad" pale ale, but many easily available others in the category are better. This is claiming 11 separate additions of cascade hops, but they must be really small additions, since this stuff is actually fairly light. It needs something other than the single hop flavor, though I did like the slightly smoky finish. If I got it as others say for $13 a twelve pack, I would like it better than paying $10 for a sixer like I did. Anchor Liberty for example is $8 and much better.

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Photo of ARoman
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is initially a dry pine with secondary notes of bread and is followed by the addition of juicy grapefruit and orange. It pours clear with an amber hue and a white soap head that has ok retention and moderate lace. The taste is a medium bitter front supported by a medium sweet tail. The oily beer is fuzzy with a medium body containing notes of pine, grapefruit, and bread crust. The finish is crisp pine with a bready character that then turns sweet tangerine. It's clean with an aftertaste that has a bit of a cloying waxiness, but mostly pine notes.

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Photo of bound4er
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can

Pours to a cloudy, faint orange to amber appearance with a one finger white head. Laces quite well. Smells of grain, hay, pine and scorched earth. Taste isn't as complex as the nose - some bready malt, pine, spice and that signature AA charcoal infused finish. Feel is what you'd expect from a pale ale - light in body with nice carbonation. Overall this is a well crafted ale that has nice drinkability. The addition of 12 pack cans for around $13 is nice to see in a world of ever rising beer prices.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for this!
12 oz bottle poured into dogfish Head glass.
A: pours a nice golden color, 2 finger head with frothy foam, heavy stringy lacing
S: tropical fruits, sweet malt, some pine resin, biscuit
M: medium creamy body, slight carbonation
T: slight citrus but heavier on pine resin and earthy notes, biscuit, cracker, some white pepper, and mild smooth finish
O: kinda a cross between west coast ipa and English ipa that is really smooth. Hop heads will enjoy!

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Photo of cambabeer
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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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 pweis909
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High clarity, color on the citrine side of amber. Strong foam on the pour the recedes to lace the glass. Initially, I smell and taste the hops. Citrusy, with a bit of astringency. In a sip or two, I am accustomed to hops and the malt begins to shine. There is some sweetness and toastiness, and as I drain the glass, toasty recedes and something like chocolate takes its place. Did they use a bit of chocolate malt to increase color?

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Photo of martyl1000
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Atwood Fest. So, certainly not optimal conditions. But I'm having this after Block Party. And I can't taste the hopalicious, at all. I'm kinda stunned at how much I no longer like this beer.

I didn't lovwit, to begin with. Bo. Actually, I did love it, four years ago.
What's to explain such radical shifts in palate?

It's certainly not a bad beer. But it is a letdown evey time I have it.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Herbal, grassy aroma, with a touch of citrus, and resiny tones. Flavor is fairly bitter and resiny, a little overwhelmingly so, for my palate. Would prefer more flavoring hops.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color; the cap retains nicely and leaves some dots behind

Smell: Hoppy aromatics, with tropical fruit and grapefruit buttressed by a touch of toffee

Taste: Hops dominate the front end, with tropical fruit, citrus and grapefruit all commanding attention; some toffee lingers underneath, but the hops continue to power through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was surprised to find that Cascade hops were the sole hops used in this beer, albeit they have been added in eleven separate additions; I was expecting something different, given the interesting tropical fruit tones; in any event, quite a good pale ale and a solid flagship beer for this brewery

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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 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 kkleu357
4/5  rDev +2%

From notes on 11/9/13

Brownish yellow color. White head. Slight flowery smell. Nice balance of hops and malt. This is the original beer that got me into hops.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really pleasant, almost classic pale ale that reminds me of Sierra Nevada in its heyday. There's a really strong grapefruit and orange scent that is mirrored in the taste. The malts aren't strong but balance out the citrus well. This and the light but slightly oily mouthfeel make it an easy drinking but really flavorful APA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Hopilicious is a solid IPA. The beer poured a clear orange with white head that left a nice lace all the way down the glass. The scent carried fresh hops that leans towards pine and citrus. The taste follows the nose quite well. It does have a more bitter than balance. The mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and could be sessioned.

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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 Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 5/12/2014. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 3/24/2014.

App- Hazy light copper-orange body, one finger white head with good retention and thick, sticky lacing. Looks the part of a good American Pale Ale.

Smell- Dank, floral, grassy hops, a bit of citrus as well. Not much in way of a malt backbone. A little bit of caramel sweetness and that's about it. Hop-forward nose.

Flavour- True to the name, this is a hop-centric pale ale. Floral, dank hops dominate, supplemented by a little bit of citrus grapefruit. The pale malt backbone brings a bit of caramel and a musty graininess. Finish is a bit of citrus bitterness mixed in with some grassiness.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied, on the verge of watery. But easy to drink, bitter enough but not overwhelmingly bitter that it gets in the way of my enjoyment as a "just-got-home-from-work" beer. Resinous, dank and appropriately dry.

Overall- Good drinking, nice and hoppy APA. Not mindblowingly good, but a solid buy for an everyday drinking APA.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy glowing orange/straw color with a great two fingers of dense white clumpy head.

An intense aroma of bright, juicy, dank and resiny hops.

The taste has a more earthy and bitter slant with some grapefruit rind. Some medicinal taste in the finish and a bit of resinous pine. No fruity hops as in the nose.

The mouthfeel was a wee bit watery and the carbonation is low/med.

The look and smell was very appealing and the hops shine for a pale ale. It is a good west coast type pale ale.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden honey cloudy murky, lots of carb bubbles traveling north. Minimal head medium retention no legs

S- A sweeter take on a pale. Bit of honey, medium hop profile sticking strictly to pine and malty profile.

T- A bit watery, but that is how I tend to like them. Some sweetness with the honey.

M- Medium carb and velvety smooth IMO

O- A well done pale. Thanks for the extra!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date 04-28-2014 printed on the label. My second beer from Ale Asylum, acquired a single bottle for $1.50 at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange with one finger of frothy white head. Look fluffy lacing, some active carbonation, and some fine sediment floating in the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty light and faint, but nice. Earthy / bready malt, some caramel, oak woodiness, grassy, oranges / lemon pith, and perhaps some herbal clove-like spicing. Slightly chalky. A good aroma, but it is of below average strength and intensity.

T - Taste is of sweetened bready / caramel / earthy malts, mild lemon / pine hoppiness, and a slight hint of rye / spicing present.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and creamy. Light-bodied & easy drinking with good carbonation.

Overall, a traditional style American pale ale, not overly bitter or hoppy, crisp, smooth, and easy drinking. I could definitely see it pairing well with a meal. Otherwise, it was nice to try it, but I wouldn't go back to it again. Not really fitting of the name Hopalicious either, being as tame as it is. Still, it is worth trying.

Ale Asylum Hopalicious ---3.5/5

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.