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 Tone
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach body. Thin white head. Kind of glows. Lacing is quite full. Really nice aroma of sweet caramel/toffee malts blended with plump juicy cascades. 10 additions of cascades. Nice. There's a lot of hop flavor in this beer without a lot of bitterness. Grapefruit pulp and orange. Some bright lime. Some underlying smoky, resinous tones. The malt base is solid with some sweet caramel tones providing a nice little blanket for the hops to rest on. This is really drinkable. Could drink a lot of this in a session. Nice beer. (522 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immediately one of my favorite APA's, only thing I can think of clearly better is the standard bearer for the industry, SNPA.

Good light amber/dark yellow approach, minimal head, thin stuff. Good bitter nose, fuller than the average pale, not so much dry hop feel though.

Just a great taste. Not amped up, great balance, all the right hop characteristics, bittering, flavor, slight dry hop balance to the beer. Remains consistent mouthfeel downward. Decent price.

Update: I'd say drink these fast, they degrade over the summer. They don't degrade to anything horrible, just not tiptop. (590 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery, poured into a great dane (whoops!) imperial pint glass

appearance: pours a golden peach-amber, quite hazy, big time beige-white head with good retention and great lacing...a real treat on the eyes

smell: wowsers, a HUGE hop aroma attacks the nose, very pungent, grapefruit-citrus invasion, big pine presence...quite pleasant to this hop head

taste: I hate to jockey off other's reviews and i especially dont like when DaPeculierDane fills my head with thoughts because he always seems to beat me to the review!, but he was right when he proclaimed this one lacks a finish... it hits the tongue with an onslaught of hops, big bubblegum presence, pungent grapefruit hops, other citrus flavours, pine resin. Then it just dies after the initial sting. There is very little follow through. I feel it wouldnt take much tweaking to make this an absolute essential

mouthfeel: big hop bitterness, tongue twister, medium body

drinkability: pretty good despite the bitterness (1,006 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Best Enjoyed By: blank.

A - The golden-orange body shines bright even with a light particle haze but the real show-stopper is a monstrous cream-colored thick and rich head. It's retention turned to a rocky surface is only matched in awesomeness by the incredibly thick and art-like lacing it leaves on the glass.

S - Hopalicious has a fantastically potent blend of fruity and floral hop aromas that's more akin to an IPA. Mandarin orange and nectarine create a nice fruity medley around light pine and a slight citrus tang. A crystal and light malt sweetness stands strong in the background comfortable letting the hops steal the show.

T - Neither the hops nor malts dominate the flavor the way they do in aroma, instead they work harmoniously. The flavor starts off smooth and malty with no real flavor definition but shifts seamlessly to the hop bitterness. The hops lack the big fruity punch but retain the floral aspects; flower pedals and light pine-needle mingle with a small squirt of citrus.

M - Hopalicious is well carbonated but without the serious throat-bite at the end; instead, this beer is a bit creamy and smooth. Bold hopping in this pale ale imparts a dry and bitter profile that finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth in the stomach.

O - Ale Asylum has struck gold with Hopalicious, a delicious and round-bodied pale with a great aroma and inviting appearance. The flavor lends itself very well to a (richer) hoppy session beer that has great drinkability! (1,547 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Enjoyed By 04/21/2014
L - hazy amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that holds good retention
S - fresh hoppy aroma with citrus and pine notes, fruity and caramely as well
T - bold cascade hops dominate the palate with a piny, citric, spicy bite. Caramel, bread, and toasted grain give a nice malt backbone, some fruitiness on the finish
F - creamy, medium body, mildly dry finish
4 O - really dig this APA. I'd get it again if the opportunity presented itself. (473 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off it should be pointed out this is an APA although it has the hop flavor of a good IPA...sure the body is a little thin when you think IPA but for an APA it is fine...perhaps a little on the light side but in the right area...

Hops are fantastic....awesome aroma and taste of pineapples, mandarin oranges, and tangelos...milder notes of pine trees,lemons, limes, and a fresh bouquet of flowers...pale malt is the backbone but it has some mild toasty qualities.

This is the type of beer I could drink every day...literally...if I had a kegerator this would be a great call....rivals the Mpls Rock Bottom Simcoe hopped pale ale I love so much (Itasca) but with a different hop featured...

The bottle says it all...a lot of great hop without crazy bitterness....totally on the mark...this is what good hop usage is all about.

Top notch brew!!! (852 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 AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy, yellowish-orange color with a two finger white head that stuck around for a little bit.

S - Floral hops with a little bit of citrus. Nice malt presence.

T - This is actually very good. It's a nicely hopped mostly floral pale ale, I thought it was an IPA when I opened it, but felt it tasted much more like a good hopped APA. Apparently I was correct. Nice sweetness, only the slightest bit of harsh phenol empty taste makes this not score higher.

M - Nice and crisp, lighter side of medium bodied.

D - Highly enjoyable and drinkable, could do this one all day. Really liked this beer. (603 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into Founders Snifter.

Appearance: slightly opaque, yet brilliant and glowing straw yellow bodied beer. 2 fingers of white head that some decent staying power and nice lacing.

Smell: Big oranges and oranges zest. Hints of lemon zest and juicy grapefruit. Little bit of bready malts.

Taste: Mild bitterness, with big citrus flavors! Oranges are everywhere in this beer. I am digging it. Just like in the nose... the lemon zest and grapefruit notes are in the supporting cast to the oranges. Nicely balanced beer with a biscuity malt profile. Oranges go from start to finish with this beer. Mild bitterness that does stick around very long and does not linger. It makes you want to drink this beer fast!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is very drinkable.

Overall: Really Nice APA. Drinkable and flavorful. Big "N" Bold hoppy oranges in this beer. This is an awesome local that more people need to discover. Ale Asylum really did this beer right! i did not even know what was sitting in the beer cooler, I have passed this beer by way too many times...not any more! Seriously underated WI local. (1,136 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a big, fluffy white head that really hangs on stubbornly and leaves some spotty lacing.

The smell is almost that of an IPA, with lots of light fruity hops, especially pineapple and lemon. It smells a lot like some of the dry-hopped IPAs I've had. A bit of a bready malt backbone as well.

The taste dials it back toward a typical APA with less hop presence and a little more of the biscuity malts than the aroma suggested.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and not quite as full as I would have liked.

This is a decent APA that has a pretty hopped up aroma and a more balanced malt-forward taste where the hops offer more of a supporting role. (757 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured in a shaker pint glass. It appears a dark gold color. Nice citrus flowery hop aroma, but with a good malt balance in the taste. medium bodied. (167 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 KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of pine and grapefruit with a hint of malt beneath it. The taste is full of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. The mouthfeel medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice pale ale that I could easily drink again. (372 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly smoky golden orange bodied with a thick and sticky whipped cream head.
Juicy Cascade aroma of lilac, orange juice, pineapple, pine resin, and lime zest. Maltiness plays second fiddle with unobtrusive dough notes. This has a hoppier depth than most (any?) Cascade pale ales; there's a juiciness here that makes me think of Amarillos. Had I not known otherwise, I'd guess that they were used.
Into the mouth, the pale maltiness strikes first with dough and floured dinner rolls. It turns ever-so-lightly toasty, preceding a sour-tinged yeast note. Hops hammer home the close, dripping with flower petals, pine sap, citric rinds, pineapple, and a certain bong resin smokiness. Again, with that profile, I'd swear something other than Cascades are in here. I'm assured they are not. Even with the drenching hop flavor, bitterness in minimal...just enough to rake the mouth clean, and propel additional quaffs.
Medium-light in body with a subtle- almost meager- carbonation. It has a cask-like feel to it, even in the bottle. It's daintier than brawny, but it's a workhorse session ale.
Some might clamor for more malt assertion, but that's not what this is about. It's like an IPA-Light, juicy as hell, but stripped of untoward bitterness, and showcasing boring-old Cascades in a new light. For those suffering burnout of said hop, this is a revitalizer...it was for me. (1,376 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Big citrusy hop nose, some light fruit and rich malt.
Brilliant amber under a moussey, 3" off-white head that slowly descends to a thick film but leaves thick lace.
On the palate the hops have more flavor - citrus and grapefruit - than bitterness and are well balanced by a rich malt backbone.
Creamy, medium body and medium carbonation. (338 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +2%
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 (441 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot orange color with a decent head that is tight and fluffy. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Huge citrusy hop scent with a bit of wheat.

Lots of hops but not very bitter. The hops are citrusy with a bit of grass. Wheaty malt taste to add some balance. Clean and crisp.

Smooth with soft carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Nice drinkability that makes this an awesome session beer. Very flavorful, but not overly bitter with the hops. A really nice beer that I wish I could buy at will. (516 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the opportunity to try this beer on a recent trip to Milwaukee.

Beer was Red/Amber in color with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a good while. Some nice lacing also remained in the glass after consuming the beer.

Real nice citrus aroma. Real fresh. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

Real nice balance to the flavor. The taste certainly leaned towards the hop side of the flavor profile but there was also a nice malt backbone.

Slight astringent finish but overall a nice medium light mouth feel and a very drinkable IPA.

Not a classic for the ages, but a nice IPA. (594 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 andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, thumb of pillowy head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, hints of pineapple, cotton candy and pine.

T - Sweet citrus blast, hints of pine, solid caramel malt backbone with a bitter citrus rind finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty IPA with loads of citrus hop flavour, easily sessioned and well worth picking up. I could take down a 6-er of this no problem. (452 characters)

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