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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 942
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 29
Gots: 159 | 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 Athena
1.75/5  rDev -55.2%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.23/5  rDev -43%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of uncle8gil
2.23/5  rDev -43%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of RJUGA03
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (2,077 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden to light amber color - decent head. Nose is nice - burst of fruity hops - some citrus. The beer has a decent smooth entry - bittering hits pretty quickly. Nice flavor of hops - butter seems to takeover. A butterscotch flavor comes on pretty strong and the finish is of band-aid.

I've had this on tap at the brewery and really enjoyed. This bottled sample indicated a problem in bottling. I have heard similar reaction from Madtown Nut Brown from others. I had no problem with my bottle of Nut Brown - but this seemed a bit infected. Not horribly off - just that building butterscotch flavor that left the band-aid taste.

These guys are new - will give them time to work out the kinks. (711 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic, this was a clear orange-copper in color. nutty, flowery, and citric in the nose. a hint of something else as well, maybe honeyed, buttered biscuits is the best way i can describe it. taste is a light malt sweetness balanced by a lighter than expected hop bitterness. light, crisp mouthfeel that is a bit thin for the style. not sure about the abv but it must be in the 4-5% range. that, along with the interesting nose makes the drinkability just ok. (490 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Nov 2008.

Tried in 0.5 L Adambrau glass. Small very tight off white head. Cloudy golden caramel color. Aroma almost bursts from bottle but then quickly fades. Aroma of sweet fresh hops, almost buttery, citrus, caramel. Flavor is lighter than the smell, starts sweet and caramel becoming citrusy and slightly bitter. Finishes with a somewhat stale popcorn flavor. Medium body.

Expected more of a hop bite from this one. (444 characters)

Photo of MNJR
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that quickly slides back down into a collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of orange candy, Sunkist soda, ground table sugar, watered down caramel, hay, light grass, mild fruit, & yeast.
Taste of the mentioned aroma with the strongest highlight coming from the citrus and not a whole lot more of anything else.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, mildly sweet, yeasty, a bit tart of the citrus notes. (519 characters)

Photo of Zadok
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper with a one finger head and mild lacing.

Very piney hop aroma, slight floral tones.

Somewhat of an unusual light hop flavor not something you would expect from a beer called hopalicious. Still has a mildly decent flavor just expecting a little more.

Seems relatively light bodied with low carbonation and just a tinge of hop bite.

Not to much else to say, a very mellow APA to put it lightly no pun intended. Probably wouldn't buy again. (462 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear lookig yellowish gold color. The head was white and fizzy, with a good amount of bubbles rising to the glass. The lacing was minimal with just some scattered suds around the glass. The smell of the beer is a bit more earthy and malty than I expected. The taste of the beer is also more grainy than I originally thought it would be. The mouthfeel was clear and crisp, light bodied and had a sharp carbonation to it. Overall this beer sounded like it was going to be a bit more hoppy than it actually was. The beer itself isn't bad just not exactly what I was hoping for. (601 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer is halfway between yellow and orange, and crystal clear (unfiltered? seriously?) once the overwhelming carbonation subsides. Respectable yellow-white head. Big cascadey-evergreen aroma. Can this 5.8% brew that claims to be an APA stand up to eleven separate hoppings of cascade?

Maybe. The most offensive thing about it is not intense, over the top, American-style IPA bitterness. No, the alpha acid levels are actually quite bitterness. But the beer has been gassed to all hell, and on top of that, there's relatively little grain to be found in this bottle (maybe that's how it can get away with being unfiltered), resulting in a way too light malt backbone and a thin body. That said, there's nothing else wrong with it. Still way more drinkable than many American IPAs. Hopalicious is a fine, if one-dimensional, profile of what cascade hops can do. (900 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/23/12

A) Deep honey-amber with faded tobacco highlights. Billowy three finger head collapses slowly to a 1/4th inch layer. A crackling upper tier of lace leads down to thick swaths farther down.

S) Compact aroma of notes of orange peel, musty grass, earth, caramel and biscuit.

T) Mild pine greets the palate with a comparably mild bitterness. Pepperings of dank citrus here and there. Earthy finish. Toasted biscuit with a hint of caramel sweetness.

M) medium-light body made crisp by a dose of high carbonation. The feel is kind of coating in a dusty way.

D) Not a bad beer despite being too malty for my usual fancies. I drank it warmer than fridge temperature; probably would have liked it better if I had it colder. (762 characters)

Photo of marcpal
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from the fine man Maximum12. Poured into a Dogfish shaped pint glass and enjoyed on a night earlier this week.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Pretty run of the mill, shiny orange color with a thin lacing and mid level head.

S: Sure, you can smell the hops but not as much as name would lead you to believe. For some reason, I get something of a rye scent out of the nose.

T: Pretty standard pale ale with no real rye but some aspect of malted breadiness. It may be the expectation from the name, but I was pretty much not blown away as I was thinking I would or may be.

M: Fairly thick body for an APA that had a solid bready texture. If this makes sense, it has the mouthfeel of a homebrew or a small brewpub.

D: The hops are not one of those that will leave you wanting more, seems to be more of an APA that has bittering late stage hops than anything else. Not a bad pale ale by any means, just not unique or anything that sets it apart. (962 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haha. Now theres a gay beer name. Poured a pretty golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is supper hoppy fresh. Taste was actually a little weak in the hop department, especially considering how this smelled. This was still pretty fresh and enjoyable though. Medium body, drinks pretty well. (297 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden straw yellow, hue of amber. 1 finger head, creamy lacing engulfs inside of pint.

S: pine, citrus, earthy grains, nice mild refreshing scent.

T: a tad disappointing, the body seems a little watered down. the bitterness is rather muted.

M: light/medium body, little too much carbonation.

D: This is my 2nd Ale Asylum beer and bit let down. The aroma had me excited, but the flavor and mouthfeel was very weak and watery. Not an awful beer, but certainly much better beers available. Very sessionable, almost like a macro version of a American Pale Ale. (567 characters)

Photo of patrick16o
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-golden hue with a finger and a half of a eggshell white crown. Very few bubbles rising to the top of this beer and the crown is slowly diminishing. The aroma is exquisite, its soft yet strong with a blend of floral and citrus and a touch of malt underneath. As I let the beer warm up a little, the flavor becomes much more pronounces. There is a nice hoppyness to this beer but it fades a bit too quickly. The body is somewhat light and the finish is dry. Mouthfeel is less than average and drinkability is also average. This was my first Ale Asylum beer, was hoping for a bit more flavor than I got. Still a decent beer. (635 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Pours a beautiful orange yellow, iced tea sort of color with a 2 finger fluffy head with great retention. Aroma is on point with many IPA's out there and really doesnt smell like an APA. Huge hop aroma with some honey undertones and some cheerios cereal breadyness. Very attractive nose. Taste falls short of what i expected but still nice and balanced. has some sweet pineapple like sugary aftertaste that is appealing but throws me off from the lack of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice as its carbonated well and has a great lasting head. Drinkability is low for me as i would really pick a SNPA over this any day. worth a try but not going to seek this out anytime soon. (721 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Produced a big fluffy white head with great retention. Tons of sticky lacing all over the place.

(S)- Some nice damp pine with lemon and peach.

(T)- Some good citrus of lemon and peach with subtle pine. Even more subtle caramel sweetness behind all of that.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rather light in body. Rather smooth with good citrus. Minimal bitterness.

(D)- A lighter bodied IPA, but still tasty (527 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a hazy amber with half inch of head (quickly diminished)
scents of sweet grassy hops, caramel, slight citrus grapefruit.. heavy on the malt profile.
earthy hops up front followed by a sweet ruby red grapefruit flavor. a faint taste of the malt behind all the citrus/earthy hops.
medium body with almost no carbonation.
if this were more carbonated it would change the beer entirely. it is a unique hope flavor, definitely, but unfortunately that's all this beer has going for it. (479 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Homerbag for sending this local my way..

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Murky dark golden color with a fairly small quickly disappearing head.

Aroma of some musty hops and a little malt... I can't detect the Cascade in this..

Taste pretty much like it smells. Some piney hoppiness but the malts seem to dominate. A little prickly...

Nothing spectacular but a good solid brew. (399 characters)

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.