Hopalicious - Ale Asylum
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1.73/5 rDev -56.2%
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.
05-20-2012 16:38:00 | More by Athena
2.17/5 rDev -45.1%
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.
11-18-2007 02:44:27 | More by uncle8gil
2.2/5 rDev -44.3%
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.
10-18-2011 05:18:04 | More by harrymel
2.78/5 rDev -29.6%
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.
08-21-2009 07:07:11 | More by RJUGA03
2.95/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
07-06-2009 01:28:53 | More by taylorhamrick
3/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
05-29-2012 19:20:37 | More by TWStandley
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.