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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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222 Reviews
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Reviews: 222
Hads: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 29
Gots: 158 | 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 westweasel
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a hazy straw color with a bright white head. The smell is full of pine, lemon, and grapefruit with a slight bready scent.

The taste is mostly all hop bitterness. Being a hop-head, I would usually like this - but the lingering bitter after-taste is a little bit harsh and one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is light to medium.

The drinkability is ok, but that lingering bitterness is not as pleasent as other IPAs. It's good but not great. (455 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 abents
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a great cloudy golden amber with nice bright white head. Smells like a spring prairie, flowers, spiciness, with a hint of orange. Cascade all the way baby, this is one nice smelling brew. Taste is very refreshing, and hoppy. Big lemon, grapefruit, and orange being thrown in your face, with a nice bittnerness in the middle that follows into a pretty sweet finish that leaves you wanting more. A hoppy pale ale for sure, but still a very nice drinking fallback beer anytime I can find it on tap. Good brew. (516 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy glowing orange/straw color with a great two fingers of dense white clumpy head.

An intense aroma of bright, juicy, dank and resiny hops.

The taste has a more earthy and bitter slant with some grapefruit rind. Some medicinal taste in the finish and a bit of resinous pine. No fruity hops as in the nose.

The mouthfeel was a wee bit watery and the carbonation is low/med.

The look and smell was very appealing and the hops shine for a pale ale. It is a good west coast type pale ale. (499 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 cvaypai
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with some fine sediment throughout. Pours with a one finger frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving just a ring and a tiny little bit of lacing.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. Tons of fruity hops, maybe a bit of pineapple and orange. A bit of sweet malt can be detected, maybe a small amount of candy and caramel.

Taste - You lose a lot of the fruit in the taste but there is still some good citrus in the form of mild grapefruit, some very floral hoppiness and a nice bitter bite. The bite is not bad but rounds it out nicely. The malt is there and but very pale, just a tiny bit comes through.

Mouthfeel - Feels a bit thin and watery, could use a little more weight. Carbonation could be a little better. Nice crisp bite on the tongue, very crisp and refreshing otherwise with a nice smooth quality.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night, when in Madison I consumed 10 bottles in one session. This beer screams drinkability. I wish I could get it all the time. (1,067 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep gold color, a little hazy - medium carbonation. Nice film of lace that went the distance.

S - A big hop blast in the nose - nice citrus note (oranges), a little pine - cascading flavors of cascade hops!

T - Citrus flavors continue in the taste also a nice grassy flavor, some pale malt, light bread flavors as it warms. Not a lot of bitterness or aftertaste.

M - Good medium body.

D - I had this in a blind tasting with Liberty and Sierra Nevada. Hopalicious was my favorite. The hop blast is awesome and the lack of bitterness in the finish makes it very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

If you are in the Madison area, you need to stop by Ale Asylum and sample this beer - very good. (701 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale

A: straw yellow with a slight reddish hue. good lacing but required a long pour to get head to build.

S: great citrus hop aroma, lemons.

T: solid bitter from start to finish. a slight english malt taste at the front but far more about the hops.

M: a bit thin in the body, bu thats the profile of a pale ale. washes lightly and refreshingly makes your pockets want more.

O: a good pale ale for those tart bitter hankerins. (440 characters)

Photo of THORN
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Hazy golden brown. Pours half inch frothy head and retains thin layer. Fairly large particles are suspended around the bottom of the pint.
S: Bright grapefruit, lemon peel, and floral aroma.
T: Hops-foward that deliver a nice kick. Grapefruit and floral aspects of hops quickly drop. Body is full of pale malts. Slight resin lingers into nothing.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. Crisp and dry.
D: Refreshing and well-balanced. (493 characters)

Photo of ohmybock
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,329 characters)

Photo of grandq
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks brdc for this intro to Ale Asylum. Pours a hazy golden-straw with a pillowy, nearly three finger white head. Mild floral scent with a splash of pineapple. Similar tones to the taste - pretty single-mindedly Cascade dominated. Sweet pineapple, a bit of orange rind, flowery herbaceousness, and resinous pine-sap - all very mild and muted. A slightly soapy flavor as the sweetness recedes. In addition to the gentle but dominant hop flavors, a biscuity malt backbone shows itself in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly creamy. As with a simcoe-only IPA i just brewed, I get a bit tired of the soap and sap as the hops fade off the tongue, knocking the drinkability down just a touch. A rather nice APA and a good Cascade showcase. (757 characters)

Photo of Kbogac
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of iwantmorehops
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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 kdog630
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (431 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 EnJeiBee
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a transparent golden amber with a thin white head that disappates fairly quickly

S - Fruity, citrusy hops upfront balenced fairly well by a mild, but sweet, malt backbone

T - A great balence of pine and citrus hit you up front and quickly fade into a semi-sweet finish

M - Light bodied and refreshing. Very clean light hop finish and moderate carbonation.

O - It's a pretty enjoyable APA to me. Everyone consistently looks to have their taste buds blown off by the latest and greatest IIPA, so brews like this go unappreciated. When looking for a carefully done APA, I think you should give this a serious consideration! (637 characters)

Photo of caresville
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split bottle with PaulMPap, bottle courtesy of adfenton. poured into standard size pint glass.

A- pours a murky amber to orange with a tiny off white head and tons of bubbles and a little bit of lacing.

S- burned grapefruit, sugar, freshly sliced pears.

T&M- no surprise here, hoppy and bitter. easy drinking brew, with lots of carbonation.

D- very very drinkable, could easily drink this all the time. wish it was available in my area. (440 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy medium Amber with a thick creamy head, nice retention and good lacing.mild citrus aroma, all cascade. Nice flavor but I picked up a slight "burnt" note. Decent bitterness with a maltier nose. (198 characters)

Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no date code or markings, poured into pint glass
A- Hazy golden/orange in color with one finger head, thin layer stays around
S- Light aroma of citrus, hops, and a noticeable maltiness, nothing special
T- Starts right away with nice hop flavor, malt balance comes soon after with a little bit of pine, not bad at all
M- Nicely carbonated, piny oiliness helps the beers a lot
O- Overall a solid APA, nothing over-the-top, just a nice mix of citrus to pine and hops to malt balance (494 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sent to me by my Wisconsin Nephew (NFC Championship 2015 bet... GO HAWKS!) I liked this beer so much it inspired me to sign up and start rating beers ... Here I go;
Look; Yellowish with a white head.
Smell; Not overly prominent... but citrus is there
Taste: this is where it took off for me. The citrus was more orange like (as opposed to grapefruit like) The hops were there.. and then they were gone... only to come back at the finish.
Mouth feel; For this beer, it seemed like the perfect amount of carbonation(my first 5 on the rating scale)
Overall; Very interesting beer wish I had a few more of em ! (607 characters)

Photo of eyncognito
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with copperish tint, one finger of white head-decent retention and moderate lacing. Hop aroma is a mixture of citrus and grass with a mellow caramel malt scent in the mix. Taste follows the aroma-big hit of pithy grapefruit before the hops mellow, pleasant cascade finish. Light bodied, perfect for an APA. this has been one of my go-to APAs since i moved to madison and i haven't looked back. easily meets the snpa lithmus test for quality APA. (456 characters)

Photo of johnkale
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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 ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amongst the myriad of IPAs that I've come across, Hopalicious ranks as one of the finest. The IPA style in general has become so over-saturated of late that's it is always refreshing to find an IPA that stands above the crowd.

As the name suggests, Hopalicious is rich with complex hops. It is quite bitter in such a pleasant and drinkable way that the could only come from Ale Asylum's expert-treatment of their cascade hops. It's very floral and citrusy, which is balanced perfectly by its strong bitterness.

Among IPAs, it's very sweet at heart, although I wouldn't call it a sweet beer per se (sweet as in sugar and caramel). The sweetness in Hopalicious is used as more of a balancing mechanism.

This really is a pinnacle of American IPAs and I hope that Ale Asylum—with their spectacular new facilities—are able to expand their micro-brewed gem to a larger crowd. (878 characters)

Photo of rhodeska
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour, a really nice white/creme colored head thatlingers for a while. Dark and cloudy orange color for the beer.

Well, the primary smell i nthe beer is hops (big surprise by the name, right?) but there is some citrus in the background that comes out if you really get your nose in there.

The taste is actually kind of tame (figured it be super hoppy based on the name) There is a hop taste and a little orange in the background, but i can mostly just taste hops.

The beer doesn't really linger in the mouth, but the top of the throat retains some feeling and taste of the beer.

Really solid hops beer! (611 characters)

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