Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 921
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 28
Gots: 150 | 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 henrichsj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Lots of white head, nice cloudy orange color

S - Very hoppy, some citrus

T - Hops right out of the gate, citrus flavor, bitterness at times, very dry aftertaste

M - Crisp on the tongue, decent carbonation, very dry finish

O - Bought a 6-pack of this on our annual Fall trip to Wisconsin for apples. I love a lot of hop-forward beers but this one was a bit too dry for my tastes. Still not a bad beer. (408 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and numerous streams of bubbles rise in the column from the central area of the glass.

S: Mellow but papery display of hops, showing pine, mixed citrus, and tropical fruit. Malt is also present in similar intensity, with a quality that is bready turning to cracker. Some non-fat milk is also adherent to the malty half of the smell.

T: Begins dry, with bready pale malt and weak piney hop aromatics in the presence of initially mild acidity. Rye and a trace of peanut butter emerge in the middle, the latter somewhat out of place but not unwelcome. A bit of the early malt remains at the end, along with developing grapefruit peel that yields mild bitterness and carbonic acidity that sees a late surge.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer appears to have originated from what was a great plan on paper, but it shows either timidity or a low-grade inability in its execution. Its principal sensory qualities are well positioned but muted, allowing minor features such as carbonic acid and peanut butter to compete for attention and even interrupt at times. No failing derails it, instead just adding up to a list of misdemeanors that pile on to the forget-ability factor. (1,392 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, golden orange with about a fingers worth of head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves a good amout of lacing.

S- Smells of floral and citrus hops with a good backbone of caramelized malts.

T- A very nice balance between hops and malts. Overall, pretty citrusy in hops and bready malts.

M- Medium in body and carbonation nothing out of the ordinary here.

D- A little misleading by the name of this brew I expected more hops and it fell short. Not bad just expected more from this one. (514 characters)

Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy golden to almost brown color. Head formation is dirty white, well retained at 1mm. Seems well carbonated.

S - Hopalicious isn't overly hoppy on the nose. A light amount of caramel malts and just a hint of grapefruit hops. Overall a light scent.

T - Starts off with a light amount of caramel malts, toffee, some roast. Mid-stream gets more bitter, with just a bit of american hops coming through. Finishes with a pretty harsh bitter edge but not accompanied by much of a hop taste. IBUs are tongue gripping, but hop flavor seems missing.

M - Solid to slightly thin bodied. Carbonation maintains the body, not overly biting to the palette. Finishes with a oily hop resin on the tongue.

D - Pretty drinkable. ABV is manageable. Flavors don't generate fatigue, although the bitter finish does become somewhat bothersome without a balancing hop flavor.

I've had this on tap and I would swear it was much better then - could this be a freshness issue? This particular beer's target flavor seems susceptible to that. (1,062 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange in color with a nice white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Light pine and citrus.

Taste: Fairly hoppy, some citrus and a little bitter, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty good APA, but not my favorite. Would definitely try again. (424 characters)

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. (228 characters)

Photo of johnkale
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden straw color, maybe a finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves moderate lacing

S - carmel, biscuity malts, very floral (lilac maybe) and grassy with a touch of orange and mint

T - smooth maltiness, minimally bitter, orange zest and caramel are the two things you get most, finish is warm

M - lighter bodied with a good carbonation kick and just the slightest resiny coating on the tongue

O - a very solid APA, easy to drink with appealing flavors but not overly complex, got this six-pack free though, so I can't complain (544 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, foggy, orange hue with a nice, creamy 2 finger head after a vigorous pour.

S- Smells grassy with some generic wheaty tones.

T- Tastes starts off a little harsh, maybe a bit mettalic but moves into a nice strong wave of grassy hops and a long bitter finish for an APA. I know it's not too descriptive but it's very homebrewesque.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- This is a nice little APA which reminds me a lot of my homebrewed apa. Refreshing. (477 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this in an anonymous little Wisconsin town. Glad to find some Ale Asylum within driving distance, I picked up both varietals they carried. Poured into my stylin' Lost Abbey chalice, provided by the incomparable Cloudskipper.

Off the road we go. Looks suspiciously like an APA with a persistent head. Smell is pretty hoppy.

Taste is a little less so, almost a mix of a hefe & an IPA. There's a definite hop presence, but not nearly as aggressive as your typical IPA. Along for the gallop is a wheaty, grassy taste (how many of those who've used this word have actually eaten grass, I wonder?). This is something you could have a six of with buddies, beer geeks or not. Very accessible.

Not a fantastic beeer, but above average in all respects. A very nice pale. (785 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 6/20/10

Pours with about two fingers of head; very slight cloudiness and bright golden color.

Not much of a smell. A small amount of grapefruit hops and malt.

Taste is hoppy, but relatively mildy so; nice clean enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, disappears quickly off of the palate.

Very nice pale ale. Nothing particularly stands out, but a solid APA with high drinakability; would buy again. (422 characters)

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 (1,232 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a lighter to medium amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus (orange peels). Tastes of citrus, fruity and a trace of caramel and grass. Overall this wasn't a bad APA and did have a nice hoppiness to it.

Notes from 4/6/07 (303 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy, golden orange with about a finger's worth of head that retains rather nicely and leaves a nice cap on top. The head also leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nice strong hop presence with a bit of the malt back bone. There is also a little bit of orange in there and some pine that can be expected with an APA.

T- This has a nice hoppiness to it and what seems to be a grassiness to it to go along with the malt. Not a lot of pine in this one, pretty mellow.

M- A nice medium bodied brew that has good carbonation that works well. There is also a dry finish at the back of the throat. Not really any bite to it.

D- A pretty good offering from Ale Asylum. Pretty true to style and not as out there as some APA's. This is a good beer that you could sit back and enjoy a few of without having your taste buds being killed. (902 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled...

A) This brew settles in the glass a hazed orange. There was about a finger of foam, which bubbles about, before settling to a collar. Not much lacing.

S) Quite nice... Piney and a some grapefruit with a light sugar dusting.

T) The nose on this is a bit sweeter than the flavor that follows. This has a pleasant hop bitterness that is piney/grassy and features some citrus rind and zest. The malt balances this out well enough.

M) Fairly light, but not thin or watery by any means. The carbonation has some zip, and this stays crisp and refreshing. The citrus rind lingers a bit on the finish.

O) A nice APA right here. Definitely worth a try. Glad to recommend... (730 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather interesting and unique brew that suffers from one deep flaw – a complete lack of finish. Otherwise, Hopalisious stands on its own. Bright orange amber with a thin creamy white head, this brew looks just great. The aroma is strongly citric and obviously Cascade. Flavor is uniquely nectarine skins, subtlety bitter without any of the pine or juniper that sometimes comes with oodles of Cascade hops. This beer is nearly perfectly balanced. It has immense citric flavor without more than a slight bitterness and yet I am not entirely happy. This is because the front offers a perfect medley of citrus while the finish offers nil. This beer dies after the each sip and that is simply unforgivable in an APA. Strong potential and otherwise magnificent, but still lacking any finish. (788 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dense cloudy peachy colored IPA. A nice thick white head lasts quite awhile and bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass are relentless.

Very sweet malt aroma with a hint of floral hops with a touch of citrus. Very malt driven in the aroma.

A different IPA. Tasty nonetheless. Again the malt is sweet and bready and engulfs the mid palate. Hints of grassy floral hops with a nice hop bitterness on the finish that finishes sweet again. Not much going on otherwise but a easy drinker on a warm day. (509 characters)

Photo of iwantmorehops
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Baconsausage for this bottle of tasty Wisconsin brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, decent head and nice lacing. Very mild citrus and floral hop aroma and a little caramel sweetness. Pretty lacking for something with the word hop in the name. Taste is the same as the nose, not hoppy enough, but overall very enjoyable though not even as bitter as the Sierra Nevada Pale that was in my glass before it. I'd buy it on occasion if it were available around here. (478 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body is a hazy golden-orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Leave some lacing

Smell is citrusy hops with a fruity tang tang.

Hop flavor is somewhat weak and overtaken by a somewhat biscuity malt backbone. Mild bitterness and citrus. No flavors really linger

Mouthfeel is good - somewhat creamy. Carbonation is appropriate

Hopalicious is a decent beer overall but not really impressive in any aspect. The flavor is relatively mild and too laid-back to be much above average. Hopalicious is misleading (516 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy coppery gold, with a finger of brite-white froth. Thin yet creamy look stays rich when swirled, leaving a thick foamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is mostly herbal hops, with some peppery spice and resins floating throughout. A splash of bright smelling grapefruit & oranges, as well some toasted grains add some sweetness to the nose.

The taste is bitter with earthy and spicy hop character, leaving a dank and pithy feel behind in the mouth. A sweet tasty backbone of grapefruit and silky toasted malts do their best to pull some of the hop notes back. Dank spicy hops really linger long into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a moderate sharpness to the carbonation but this seems just a touch watery in spots as it slithers across the palate.

An all around decent Pale Ale here, that possessed a surprising amount of earthy hop dankness to it, which took a little getting used to. Definitely a more interesting use of American hops here. (1,022 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike. Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is cascade hops, all the way.

Beer is medium bodied with a nice bitterness at the back and some hop forward flavors. There is an earthiness to the midpalate and the beer finishes nicely without being too dry. The forward isn't sweetness just gives way to midpalate chewiness with the hop resins. Its the kind of beer that coats your mouth. its OK. (500 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the fatkid13 for this beer

A: Friendly light peach/apricot with a haze through it. Small amount of bubbles stream to the surface. A really minor head with a solid ring of off white bubbles surround the glass.

S: Nice smelling beer. Tangerine, caramel, grapefruit rind and sap.

T: Starts off with a lot of pinecone characteristics, fairly dry with an earthy hop profile. Really mild sweetness reminding me of honey covered yellow apple, dandelions with limestone moments to it. Bittering is along the grapefruit and lemon rind, again very dry. Finishes slightly dirty and somewhat metallic.

M: Medium body, sort of hard across the palate.

D: Too dry for my tastes. I think I would have liked some sweetness to balance out all the dryness. I thought with all the caramel in the nose it would have been a bit maltier. (839 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/18/13, just getting to this in time. Received in a recent BIF box. 12 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook tulip.

A: Pours a golden orange color with a thick and frothy put white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Floral notes with a dried grass backing. Toasted grains with some light citrus notes. Not a whole lot going on, but it's solid.

T: Same as the nose. Dried glass with a light floral aspect to it. The citrus notes are slightly sweet with a grainy sweetness on the finish as well. Very mild bitter aspect to it, but the finish is pretty is clean.

M: Light bodied with a nice medium carbonation level. Highly drinkable with a clean finish.

O: The flavors aren't going to knock your socks off, but it's nicely balanced and highly drinkable. This is like a "dumbed-down" Daisy Cutter. A solid brew that I could enjoy a few pints of on a hot day like today. (952 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops dominate anything else. In the taste, a small sticky sweet grapefruity hop, small but effective. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry grapefruity hop aftertaste. Nice bitter and hops, easy to drink. (284 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misty copper apricot body below a finger of soft, plush, off-cream head. Fresh hop nose; mostly pine sap and ganja resins. Some powdered sugar. Nice. Taste is all about the hops as well. Bitter, pungeant hop resins throughout. Some candied fruit malt and light biscuit, but not enough to balance. Hop flavor in the finish is a tad stale, but plenty bitter. Light bodied APA with a lightly creamy feel. Puckeringly dry finish. Decent. (433 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 10/21/08. Thanks to Deuane for securing a couple of these during a recent trip to Madison, WI.

A - Poured a slightly hazy light golden amber color with lots of active carbonation and one finger's width of soapy bright white head that retained well and left intricate swatches of lace around the glass.

S - Blend of tangy citrus and grass clippings, mild herbs, caramel malt, honey and orange peel. A scant amount of buttery diacetyl also creeps out, but is very faint overall.

T - Citrus and grassy hops with plenty of toasted grains and a mild buttery flavor. Slightly herbal, medicinal flavor emerges in the backend, with hints of peppery spice. Finish is quite grainy and bready with a mild honey sweetness and more citrus hop bitterness.

M - Slick, oily mouthfeel and pretty soft carbonation, resulting is a smooth texture. Residual hop oils coat the lips. Finishes with a mild sting of hop bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a nice little hoppy ale that is well-balanced and boasts a pretty complex blend of flavors and hops. (1,078 characters)

Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.