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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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very good

227 Reviews
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Reviews: 227
Hads: 965
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 29
Gots: 166 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 227 | Hads: 965
Photo of patrick16o
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-golden hue with a finger and a half of a eggshell white crown. Very few bubbles rising to the top of this beer and the crown is slowly diminishing. The aroma is exquisite, its soft yet strong with a blend of floral and citrus and a touch of malt underneath. As I let the beer warm up a little, the flavor becomes much more pronounces. There is a nice hoppyness to this beer but it fades a bit too quickly. The body is somewhat light and the finish is dry. Mouthfeel is less than average and drinkability is also average. This was my first Ale Asylum beer, was hoping for a bit more flavor than I got. Still a decent beer.

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Photo of uncle8gil
2.23/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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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.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively orange amber into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Aroma is alive with a hearty hops and smells dry as a bone. Taste is sharp and dry on the tongue rounding out to a very dry and bitter finish. Carbonation tries to wipe th etongue of the dryness but does not succeed.

This brew is pretty darn good though not a bit of residual sweetness, odd for a Pale Ale. I like this much but wish maybe a bit more balance.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus sweetness with a good background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with a strong burst of hops bitterness up front along with a nice citrus sweetness that isn’t too intense. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but provides plenty of substance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely a great beer to drink for a whole evening. I think I could drink quite a few of these and not look for anything else. This is one of the best APA's that I've had.

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Photo of kdog630
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle of Hopalicious picked up in Wisconsin. Good to see Ale Asylum bottling! Pours into my glass a slightly hazy goldenrod hue with a healthy inch of creamy white head and lots of active carbonation. Nice! Aromas start off with lots of floral, citric hop tones. This is a bold blast of Cascade hops fresh off the vine. Lemon zest and touch of herbal resin are there as well. A light pale, toasty malt lies underneath with a touch of caramel.

First sip brings a big rush of floral hops with a touch of lemon zest coming through as well. A light pale malt flows in the background, a touch toasty with a kiss of caramel sweetness. It flows down with a mellow herbal hop bitterness. Really nice hop bomb here for an APA and a pretty tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a good blast of bubbles. Goes down easy and is quite refreshing as a good APA should be. I enjoyed this brew and could easily have a few more. A tasty Cascade bomb of an APA that also does a good job of packing in the hops without much bitterness. Maybe just needs a little more in the malt department though. Check this one out!

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of westweasel
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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

This golden ale is very solid, though maybe a little light colored for an APA, but has a big,clean head that lingers on top. Hoppy nose with big citrus but a little bit grassy underneath. Light, sweet body with the IPA level hops. I think a real hop head beer. Hops, for me, are a bit overboard for the base of the beer, but truly accent the hops and lives up to the name. If it 's what you want and love--drink up. I enjoyed the three I drank over the course of my fantasy football draft.

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Photo of Atron67
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

short stubby bottle with a twist off cap

A- light copper color, with a big head that lasted a little while, but left decent lacing as well

S- Nice solid grapefruity and zesty hop aromas, a little malt underneath but the hops are what give you the flavor

t- a solid pale ale, the strong grapefruity flavors roll over the tongue well giving a solid bitterness. the malts a pretty light in their role, but they are present, and giving a decent backbone

M- light body strong carbonation and nothing wrong with that

D- solid pale ale, enjoyable.

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

Pale peachy coloring, fairly hazing...a good 1/2" layer of snowy foam atop.

Aroma: Cascade all the way, fresh grapefruit, peach, & pine...lime twist and orange peel. I like it!

Tastin' it: Lightly hoppy, good bitter blitz on the tongue, then all is mellow...smooth, and tasty. Sweet malt ballast, solid backbone, good balance...hops take center stage.

"Hopalicious" seems very much like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or a less hoppy Alpha King or something...great stuff here, sol-ID!
Sweet, toasty, hoppy, and excellently drinkable...I could be fond of this. Glad I grabbed a 6-pack...

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic, this was a clear orange-copper in color. nutty, flowery, and citric in the nose. a hint of something else as well, maybe honeyed, buttered biscuits is the best way i can describe it. taste is a light malt sweetness balanced by a lighter than expected hop bitterness. light, crisp mouthfeel that is a bit thin for the style. not sure about the abv but it must be in the 4-5% range. that, along with the interesting nose makes the drinkability just ok.

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Photo of sweethome
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden to light amber color - decent head. Nose is nice - burst of fruity hops - some citrus. The beer has a decent smooth entry - bittering hits pretty quickly. Nice flavor of hops - butter seems to takeover. A butterscotch flavor comes on pretty strong and the finish is of band-aid.

I've had this on tap at the brewery and really enjoyed. This bottled sample indicated a problem in bottling. I have heard similar reaction from Madtown Nut Brown from others. I had no problem with my bottle of Nut Brown - but this seemed a bit infected. Not horribly off - just that building butterscotch flavor that left the band-aid taste.

These guys are new - will give them time to work out the kinks.

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Photo of Realale
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-gold. Extremely fine off white head settles to a complete cap leaving some lacing.

Citric earthy hops lead the nose, with a very nice bready, slightly crackery malty base underneath. Really solid APA here.

Thin side of medium in the mouth with nice balance between the hops and malt. Palate veers most toward juicy, orangish hops, and bready malt. Decent length, though a bit diffuse in the mid-palate. Finish is mostly orange marmalade hop notes.

Very fine mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation that accentuates the malt that is there. Lovely session APA that I'd love to have available to me regularly. Bottle 6 of a six pack.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resplendent gold with a splash or two of orange juice. I like the beer, but I like the cap even more. It's aged ivory in color, with a melted scoop of mousse look as it melts. It also leaves a wide swath of lace-like lace around the upper portion of the pint glass. This is one classy looking APA.

Who doesn't love the smell of pure, unadulterated Cascade hops? I, for one, will never tire of their aroma, no matter how many times I encounter it. Hopalicious is a perfect name for a beer this bright and citrusy. Pineapple and pink grapefruit envelop my nose with every sip and have already begun to make my mouth water for what's to come.

Hopalicious is good beer that falls just short of the magnificence of it's magnificent nose. The neck label does not lie. Each sip delivers plenty of 'bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness'. Even though I definitely like what I'm drinking, the hop flavor tastes a wee bit artificial to me, like an ounce of Tang added to a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Not literally, since the beer isn't orange-like, but you know what I mean.

Thankfully, there isn't even a hint of anything darker than pale malt (caramel for instance) to get in the way of the hop appreciation. I'm okay with the amount of malt used since it allows some bitterness to soak into my taste buds. The dominant flavor, by far, is the tropical fruitier aspects of the Cascade hop. Again, pineapple and pink grapefruit; possibly lemon zest as well.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where it ought to be for an APA. I find myself wishing for more girth, but then I'd be penalizing the beer for not being IPA-like when it was never meant to be. This brewery seems to have mouthfeel nailed down well enough.

I was pleasantly surprised by Mad Town Nut Brown and I'm also pleased with Hopalicious. These guys better be careful or they'll start being mentioned in the same breath with Lake Louie, New Glarus, Tyranena and Capital. If you're looking for a well-brewed Cascade pale ale, Ale Asylum will be only too happy to oblige.

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Photo of weeare138
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that quickly slides back down into a collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of orange candy, Sunkist soda, ground table sugar, watered down caramel, hay, light grass, mild fruit, & yeast.
Taste of the mentioned aroma with the strongest highlight coming from the citrus and not a whole lot more of anything else.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, mildly sweet, yeasty, a bit tart of the citrus notes.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've not yet pursued a beer run to Madison, and this beer is astrong argument for taking such a trip. It is a very intensely fruity APA.

Appearance is a hazy pineapple juice color, with minimal head that clung to the side of my glass. Aroma was very fruity; it smelled like peaches to me. Taste was also very fruity; I got more peach and apricot. It was very good. Mouthfeel was quite smooth, with very fine carbonation. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This APA pours a cloudy golden in to my mug with a frothy white head that lingers nicely and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is very high Cascade hops. There is absolutely no mistaking what is in the beer, an in your face citrusy Cascade bonanza. Any malt aroma is very low, maybe a hint of sweetness. The flavor is through the roof with hop flavor. Very fresh, grapefruit-like citrus hop flavor, but the hop bitterness is nicely done at a moderately to moderately-high bitterness. The bitterness is rather clean and as advertised strikingly less than what the smell would lead on. The finish leaves just enough hop flavor on the palate, but not to the point where it is overwhelming. The carbonation is medium, as is the body, and the drinkability, despite the intensity of the hop flavor and aroma is rather high. Overall I enjoyed this beer very much. I think the aroma and flavor of the hops are in your face without lingering to the point where it is over done. The lower hop bitterness than one might expect I think keeps the beer from being out of control. I would highly recommend this beer if you enjoy a fresh American citrusy hop flavor and aroma

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like opening a bag of fresh, whole leaf flower Cascades, Hopalicious delivers a bright, resinous and citrusy hop nose!!! The body is a hazy golden-amber, beneath a creamy white head that holds well and leaves patchy "walls" of spotty lace in its wake. The Cascade hops continue into the flavor with resinous notes of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) and pine over a lightly caramelish and just slighty biscuity malt base. The bitterness is well balanced, and it finishes dry and subtly acidic with some lingering notes of piney and grassy hops. Quite nice! An impressive APA that takes the hop flavor and aroma of an IPA, and jams it into a standard strength ale. Very west coast! Remarkably drinkable despite the intense hop charge. Very well done!

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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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer had a light tan head sitting on a orange hazy body with a carbonation of tiny bubbles. I can tell this beer is still alive.

S- The smell of pine and grapefruit hop smells had a spicy to them that was dry ginger. The ginger was blended very nicely with the hops and was not over powering. There was a faint wet dog note in the hops that was actually quite pleasant.

T- This beer has a big grapefruit hop flavor with notes of pine and dry spice in the finish. The spice has a faint note of almost cinnamon and more so of ginger that makes it snappy. There is a faint pale malt note that comes through more as it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery note in the finish.

D- This beer has big juicy hops and the ginger is a perfect amount to give the hops a twist but not being a ginger dominated beer. Whenever I am in Madtown again this will be the first beer I seek out.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.