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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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89
very good

666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 21
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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OGunner77

Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -68.4%

11-16-2013 21:53:29 | More by OGunner77
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Athena


1.73/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A presumptuously-named disappointment.

I’d never heard of Ale Asylum brewery, or Hopalicious, but picked up a 6-pack yesterday while visiting Wisconsin, as I love trying new pale ales. Intrigued (Provoked?) by the beer's boastful name and promise of "lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor," I selected Hopalicious over reliable standby Sierra Nevada and was ready to be wowed by the former's "eleven separate additions of Cascade hops," or at least appreciate their presence.

A mistake, I realized, on my first watery sip. This is not a hoppy beer. I tasted hops, faintly, but they were so diluted that I wouldn't classify Hopalicious a pale ale at all without the disclaimer that it is a particularly watery one, with the corn-forward sweetness of a macro-lager. The beer's citrus character, on the other hand, was present, but generic. Not the complex peel oil hints you find in a well-hopped (or at least interesting) APA like Half Acre's Daisy Cutter or SixPoint's Bengali Tiger--think lemonade.

Overall, a disappointment that brought to mind an unfortunate shandy made from MGD and Sprite.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 16:38:00 | More by Athena
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -49.5%

11-18-2011 16:12:42 | More by mariposafan
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deuceduce

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -49.5%

09-22-2012 18:33:44 | More by deuceduce
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uncle8gil

Wisconsin

2.17/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well, friends, typically I am far more excited to experience a brew from Wisconsin but this one left me very, very disappointed. It poured a golden amber, with plenty of bubbles dancing, though the white head was minimal. I was undaunted and decided to jump right in.

The body was thin and watery, and the beer only went downhill from there (something to do with gravity, I think). There was no carbonation to note, but the watery thin feel of the beer was by far the biggest disappointment. The taste was a bit sweet, and a bit flowery, with no bitter kick whatsoever, and other than that, no taste at all from the middle to the finish. I was left staring at the empty bottle wondering if I'd drank a beer or not. It was watery: so, so watery.

Overall, this beer was a letdown (I hesitate to use stronger language), and was just another in a line of beers trying to be hoppy for the simple sake of being hoppy, with nothing else to offer. Fellow IPA, APA, DIPA drinkers, avoid this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:44:27 | More by uncle8gil
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harrymel

Washington

2.2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: pours a murky peach on copper ale with a finger of soapy white foam which slowly falls to a thick sheet of the same. Sheeted lace.
S: Sweet malts with plenty of piny, citrusy cascade hops. The resin aspect is not so present, but I think the crystal malts are the primary tone here. A little sweet on the nose.
T: Oxidized malts give this a disservice. It's sweet and cardboarded. The hops don't really come through the way I would anticipate.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with high carb. Semi-slick finish.
O: Below average for an IPA for me. Malts too dominant without the hops to justify. Too sweet. Hops seem dead.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 05:18:04 | More by harrymel
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One

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

03-21-2013 16:49:24 | More by One
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panders07

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

04-10-2014 22:38:55 | More by panders07
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

06-23-2014 13:50:23 | More by Beerlover
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RJUGA03

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- It is a amber/ yellow cloudy holding a 1" head with slightl glass lacing.

S-Malty and noticable hops.

T-A flavorful tongue stinging begining with a smooth but bitter aftertaste.

M- Very heavy with a syrupish consistancy and slight carbonated feel.

D- It isn't an everyday beer and overall this isn't a very satisfying ipa rather a mediocre one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 07:07:11 | More by RJUGA03
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

on tap @ the Ale Asylum

A light straw color, very clear, moving towards copper in the very center and thanks to a moderate haze on this one. A 1-2 cm head forms on top, leaving some sticky lacing. This one looks nice at the start. The smell is kind of normal, just a moderate citrus hop presence comes to the nose, mixed in with a light powdery maltiness. The taste comes out first with a light lemon-lime flavor. There's also sort of a hop tea flavor, kind of herbal, leafy, floral - but actually hop tea light might be better. The idea sort of comes because of the lack of malt presence here (but to be honest, the hop presence isn't impressive or overwhelming either). This one is very, very dry - which may also detract from the maltiness I desire, at best I can taste a bit of milled/crushed barley, but without the sweetness. No bread, no caramel. This one really tastes like the average American Pale Ale if I had to say so. The mouthfeel was really thin, very watery. The hoppiness is really the only thing in the body that would help me distinguish this from water - in terms of body alone. This one is very easy to drink - thanks to the wateriness. But it really is not that enjoyable I guess. Actually, the best way to describe it is that it is stuck somewhere bteween what I expect. If you have time, I have a little side note I'd like to go into: with APAs, there seem to be two schools of thought: (i) make the beer malty, kind of bready - a bit more body, but still light in color compared to other styles, add some hops, enough that you notice the flavor and aroma, not a lot of bitterness, but a good citrus presence - not too resinous though, (ii) make it light in color and light in body and light in alcohol, pump it up with hops, especially dry hops, to really show off one particular variety, you let the hoppy flavors carry the mouthfeel and the flavor and everything. Now back to the beer - this one is stuck between the two of these, it had the hop profile of type i but the body of type ii, which is not exactly the best combination to my taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 01:28:53 | More by taylorhamrick
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Tulip.

Poured a golden color with a 2 finger white head.

Smelled of faint hops, nothing too enticing about the smell.

Taste was average - certainly a hop presence but a beer called "Hopalicious" needs to have much more to offer in the hop arena. Remarkably boring.

Mouthfeel was average.

Overall a very average APA. Wish there was some more complexity and flavor to it. Tastes a bit watered down and is not very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 19:20:37 | More by TWStandley
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Wiscodrinker

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -24.2%

03-16-2014 19:26:45 | More by Wiscodrinker
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kdwruck

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -24.2%

07-12-2013 00:41:43 | More by kdwruck
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.2%

03-08-2014 14:24:20 | More by tbone64
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MistyMountainHops

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-03-2014 04:24:15 | More by MistyMountainHops
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KCM

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-11-2012 04:00:27 | More by KCM
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KillaB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-24-2014 23:33:09 | More by KillaB
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SheboyganJake


3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-15-2012 23:37:27 | More by SheboyganJake
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NicholasOfMKE

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-17-2014 04:05:23 | More by NicholasOfMKE
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amalahow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.2%

06-04-2013 18:48:39 | More by amalahow
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Kevinpitts

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.2%

06-28-2014 04:45:24 | More by Kevinpitts
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sharpski

Oregon

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-15-2012 22:48:39 | More by sharpski
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NIckIPA


3/5  rDev -24.2%

05-01-2012 01:52:43 | More by NIckIPA
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bashiba

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow this beer has 11 hop additions, that makes it almost 4 times better than Miller Lite being triple hopped right?

Poured light amber with almost no head, just a few tan bubbles and some swirling white at the top.

The smell was very balanced between hops and malts, maybe they use 11 malt additions to make this work out. Has a nice light bready backbone with some nice classic cascade notes with fresh citrus and a little pine.

Overall its a nicely balanced flavored pale, very light with some nice buiscuit and sourdough malt flavors, taste like it has a bit of English Dark Crystal in there, mixing evenly with the subdued citrus and cascade flavors. I thought it was balanced at first, but the more I drink it the more malt centric it becomes, it needs a 12th hop addition, the bittering addition. Just not quite bitter enough even for just a light APA.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of a syrupy finish.

Overall just an average APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:51:19 | More by bashiba
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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.