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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
89
very good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%


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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alexgash

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 01:38:32 | More by alexgash
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a orange-golden with a nice two finger near white head. Decent retention and a fair amount of lacing clings to the glass.
S- Smell is citrus, floral, and biscuit. Remembering that, despite the name, I am grading this as an APA, it does have a reasonably assertive hop aroma.
T- Biscuity sweetness hits the tongue, but the flash of orange and floral hops (faint hint of pineapple), asserts itself without falling into unbalanced territory.
M- The body and carbonation are fine and typical of style, maybe a bit fuller in the body than average. I would say the finish was rather abrupt.
O- It is a good beer and good when viewed as an APA. Worth finding.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 04:27:21 | More by jsprain1
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/02/12 notes. On tap in Madison, WI at some restaurant. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, light pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and bready malts. Lots of citrus and nice hops; quite good.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, biscuit, light pine hops. Nice but not quite as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No real bitterness and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice local pale ale. Nice hops and citrus in the nose, though it wasn't quite as strong in the taste. Easy to drink and would have it again, though I enjoyed some of their other stuff better that weekend.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 21:01:44 | More by mdfb79
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap at brewery into pint shaker glass.

A - A light, hazy orange with a 1 finger white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S - Citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapple and pine with a decent malt balance of bread and caramel.

T - Follows the nose with citrus and tropical fruit. Good amount of pineapple and some pine. Malt backbone holds up well with bread and caramel. Finish is more pine bitter, but not too strong.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. Somewhat dry and bitter.

O - Great APA and one of my favorite offerings in WI.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 00:30:10 | More by Ri0
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very nice IPA. I got a nice bitter hoppy taste. There was a fair amount of citrus and pine notes as well-maybe not as much as my favorite IPAs but enough to make this something I should try and purchase down the line. I am always partial to local breweries and this was a good version of a pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 04:06:17 | More by mjpolzin
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Kbogac

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Big foam that slowly became a thick film. Nice amber color, slightly cloudy. Wonderful hop scent. Bright and citrusy. Easy drinking mild taste. Hops, citrus, light bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, not to light. Overall a good beer. I could easy drink several.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 19:24:19 | More by Kbogac
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pous a hazy golden color with a small lacing head. There i a nice floral aroma from the hops. There is a nice hoppy taste that is rather mellow but still present. There isnt that lingerng hoppy flavor, and could use more carbonation. Overall a reallly nice apa, very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 23:19:06 | More by vette2006c5r
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Madison.

Nice amber color, not too much head. Smell was full of hops as expected. I enjoyed this beer. Good flavor, not too heavy. Very refreshing. I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 19:47:10 | More by richkrull
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had several of these when I was in Madison in mid-October. I used the 33 Beers tasting book to review, so I'll include those ratings in the body of this review, and do my best to translate into BA numbers above.

Aroma Notes: On the nose, you get a lot of hops. Piney first, then citrus second. I get a little bit of caramel malt, but not a lot. Definitely leads with the hops.

Taste Notes: Hoppy for sure, but the malt plays a big role in the flavor. It accentuates the flavors, not the bitterness, of the hops to make a very tasty drink.

Other notes: This is a highly drinkable, medium bodied beer. It is refreshing and flavorful, but not light in any way.

Flavor Wheel (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 2
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (Pine): 5
Floral: 3
Spicy: 1
Herbal: 2
Malty: 3
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 2
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 1
Body: 3
Linger: 2.5
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 12:53:36 | More by soze47
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hawks the other night.

I've seen Ale Asylum all over the liquor stores around here, and heard people talk about it on the forums -- figured I'd better dive in for myself.

Pours a citrusy looking lemon-orange color, with a nice, frothy finger-high head. Lace leaves sheets down the glass.

Smell is wonderfully hoppy, not terribly fruity, nor bitter. Which is good because that's what it advertises on the bottle. Smells hopalicious.

The taste is quite good, which impresses me because I typically don't care for pale ales. However, the hoppy/not-too-bitter character makes this a delight.
Additionally, the mouthfeel isn't too light, and that makes this a very quaffable beer.

Great first offering to have from Ale Asylum. Just picked up a 6er of the Contorter Porter today.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 21:39:49 | More by AmberMan22
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a cloudy grapefruit color with a thin white head. Aroma is of citrus hops. Medium bodied with a sweet caramel flavor to balance the hops that linger long into the finish. Very good pale ale. I will be having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 20:44:12 | More by blackearth
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DeeMented

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Ale Asylum.

The beer was a hazy, golden yellow, with a thick, creamy head. The head faded quickly, and left only a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very citrusy and tangy, with a hint of sweetness. A very summery aroma.

The mouthfeel was well carbonated, and creamy.

The hops were present throughout the whole experience, but the taste actually started with a grapefruit flavor, and had some very mild malt that didn't really start to come through until it warmed up a bit. It finished with a hops bite that wasn't overly bitter, but very pleasing.

This wasn't an in-your-face hops bomb, like some other pale ales, but a very enjoyable beer that wasn't overwhelmingly bitter.

This is Ale Asylum's most popular brew for a reason.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 21:38:21 | More by DeeMented
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden amber in color with an average cap of white carbonation

s: pale malt body with a citrusy, somewhat tropical hop nose that reaches towards resinous and pulpy

m: moderate carbonation and a light-medium body

t: moderately sweet pale malt base carries flavors of citrus hops, great balance, a big bitterness move in for the finish

d: just fine, shared in a few pitchers

standard pint at Dotty's followed by pitchers at the Terrace

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 16:25:53 | More by blackie
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kgs

California

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a yummy, very food-friendly IPA with a lovely marigold color. It is assertively hoppy but well-balanced, with subdued grapefruit and orange flavors that complement strong food flavors such as blue cheese and bacon. The mouthfeel is crisp but not thin, which again plays into this beer's food-friendliness -- the optimal texture for sipping between bites of food. It was particularly good after ten minutes or so, when it was not quite so cold and the malt flavor came forward. The carbonation is just enough to scrub the palate between bites without distracting the mouth with too much effervescence.

I had this on tap with a bacon cheeseburger (medium-rare, Maytag blue cheese) and will think of it often after leaving Madison this week.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 15:22:06 | More by kgs
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells strongly of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a good bitterness level. Tastes of strong hops up front and throughout, slight hint of fruit, sweet malt, toffee, sand slight pine. Overall, a really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 05:00:24 | More by Tone
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden to almost orange color, with a creamy white colored head, that sticks around for awhile leaving a hint of bubbly lace all the way down the glass.

Has a strong floral, citrus hop aroma up front followed by a thick, resiny pine smell, that has just a minor hint of caramel and sweet malts.

The flavor of this beer is full of freshly cut grass freshness, some delectable grapefruit, citrus and floral notes with an almost black pepper spiciness as well, and a very nice, yet subdued sweet malt background that balances out bitterness quite well, leaving you with a delicious sugared grapefruit aftertaste.

A very good light-bodied APA that still manages to feel creamy in the mouth, and retain a nice refreshing carbonation factor. I have had this out of a bottle and would give that about a B, however on tap at Ale Asylum is where this beer really shines, undoubtedly due to the freshness which really makes the hop profile "pop."

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 15:37:09 | More by Soneast
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Eleven separate additions of Cascade hops give this APA it's lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness"

Ok, that little blurb convinced me this beer is hop forward. Lets taste it and find out.

Smell, lovely citrus hop flavors wafting throughout. With a little bit of malt sweetness.

Taste, Follows then nose. This one is really well balanced, with huge hop flavors but a great malt body to back it up.

Overall, simply Awesome APA. One of the best I've ever had, bar none.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 15:51:31 | More by leftmindedrighty
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5.8% abv.

Sampled at the brewery & a few pints enjoyed in Madison.

A: Amber-bronze; off-white head; good retention; great lacing.

S: Big Grapefruit aroma with candied fruit.

T: Plenty of grapefruit, a little grassy, light biscuity malt, good bitterness. The cascade hides all... you wouldn't think it was this strong.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slight hop acidity, but it's still very smooth (almost creamy).

D: Very drinkable/sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 02:04:44 | More by Derek
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is just great beer!! Poured with a nice frothy foamy head and some lace. Hazy amber color. Very hoppy aroma with some malt and caramel in there. I don't pick up on the citrus; but, I do get a real dry chewiness. Great mouth. Satisfying with a clean pleasant finish. Superb session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2008 19:34:34 | More by drpimento
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ohmybock

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last week while in Madison, WI, but I also bought the bottled version up there. This rating is based on the tap version, but to be honest, the bottled version I had is pretty much just as good.

My introduction to microbrewed beers back in the late 80's started with the pale ale style with beers like Sierra Nevada PA and Anchor Liberty. I liked them back then, but through the years, they seem to have become milder and milder tasting to my palate. Heck, with all the aggressive IPAs as well as DIPAs on the market now, no wonder a "simple" pale ale seems so mild now. With that being said, Hopalicious is certainly one of the better American-style pale ales I've had in a while. The bitterness is decent, but not too strong, and there's plentiful hop aroma and flavor. It's a clean-tasting brew which goes down easily. It's probably not a a true session-beer in the "English sense", but it's about as sessionable a beer as you'll find in most pubs in the States. Given the choice, I would pick this brew over almost any other standard American pale ale on the market. This beer has such great hop character without being high in alcohol. I could go for more micros which are modest in alcohol, yet are bursting with an extremely fresh dry-hopped flavor/aroma character found in this very clean-tasting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 02:29:08 | More by ohmybock
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler this beer has a wonderful orange almost glow about it. There was a little less carbonation as the growler was filled on Saturday, but still had a slight 1/4 inch off white head. Very good lacing (with all the AA brews).

This beer has a wonderful aroma of orange and spice, that is in harmony of the wonderful hops that make up this beer. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a great aftertaste of hopiness.

This is a good brew. I am very satisfied with the flavor and the balance. As with buying in a growler the beer needs to be drank sooner rather than later...I feel I lost some of the crispness this beer had to offer waiting 2 days to review after my first pint.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2008 00:49:42 | More by WJVII
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kdog630

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Angelic in Madison.
Light golden color. I guess I was expecting something a little bit darker. A decent head with fine lacing. Aroma was maltier than I thought it would be, but there was a definite hop presence.

Great flavor and mouthfeel. The malt fills your mouth and is replaced by an excellent hop finish. Very well balanced.

This beer should satisfy any hophead. Went and purchased a six of bottles the next day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2007 01:47:16 | More by kdog630
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Angelic here in Madison.

Pour: crystal clear medium amber, 1/4" tan head fades to a soapy film with some spotty lacing.

Nose: leafy/pine hops, sturdy, grassy malt backbone, fruity finish.

Taste: leafy/pine APA hops profile, husky/grainy malts, apricot and a slightly metallic finish.

Feel: medium-light bodied, fizzy/crisp carbonation and a smooth finish.

Drinkability/Overall: a less robust version of their Ambergeddon with less aggressive hops and less malt complexity and more grassy lightness. Remains quite tasty and thoroughly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 19:57:42 | More by Golden2wenty1
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shivtim

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Hazy copper/brown brew with a thin tan head. Lacing is excellent, leaving a nice trail as you drink. Looks very nice. Nose is hops and maybe a little pine. Taste is strong cascade hops, some balancing malts in the middle, and a bit of sour fruit. Like grapefruit and lemon, but not sweet at all. Mouthfeel is nice, it's not too thin and goes down smoothly, with some tingly carbonation. Drinkability is decent as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2006 01:15:31 | More by shivtim
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.