Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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221 Reviews
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Reviews: 221
Hads: 925
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 28
Gots: 152 | 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 larryarms847
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rusty orange/yellow in appearance and slightly cloudy. Very bright.

Smells like orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit.

Grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange flavors blended perfectly with a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel is an invitation to the next sip. Very light, but the abundance of hops makes this a palate pleaser.

Overall this is an excellent pale that I recommend to any citrusy hop fan. (395 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. BB 2/17/14 on side

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice head and great lacing. The smell is very big on cascade hops and if i smelled this side by side with ZD theyd be very close in aroma. Taste isnt quite as hoppy but the hops are very prevalent ...lots of citrus and almost no bitterness. Definitely a pale and not an IPA. Mild bodied with mild carbonation. Extremely easy to drink...bordering on criminally easy!

Overall just a superb pale that is actually a pale and not an IPA. recommended! (534 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin off-white head that slowly becomes wispy, leaving some strands of lacing.

The smell is of citrus with cracker-like bread in the back.

The taste is of bitter tea-like herbs and citrus fruits - grapefruit and pineapple most notably. A cracker-like pale malt is in the background, with a growing sweetness that balances the bitterness, while allowing the Cascade hop flavor forward.

It has medium carbonation with a medium body. It has some chewiness and a long finish.

This is a solid example of an American Pale Ale that uses Cascade hops! Very enjoyable and easy to drink! (616 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/23/12

A) Deep honey-amber with faded tobacco highlights. Billowy three finger head collapses slowly to a 1/4th inch layer. A crackling upper tier of lace leads down to thick swaths farther down.

S) Compact aroma of notes of orange peel, musty grass, earth, caramel and biscuit.

T) Mild pine greets the palate with a comparably mild bitterness. Pepperings of dank citrus here and there. Earthy finish. Toasted biscuit with a hint of caramel sweetness.

M) medium-light body made crisp by a dose of high carbonation. The feel is kind of coating in a dusty way.

D) Not a bad beer despite being too malty for my usual fancies. I drank it warmer than fridge temperature; probably would have liked it better if I had it colder. (762 characters)

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 TheSSG
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How have I not reviewed this already!?

Pours a huge, dense, white head seeping in resin that collapses into a fluffy puff. Radiant, bright citrus-pine aroma. Hazy, straw-amber color. Starts with a nice, bright, grapefruit hoppiness. Builds into a medium bitterness. Takes on a more citrus rind bitterness as the malt shows through a touch. Finish is lingering citrus rind hop bitterness. A bit on the thin side of mouthfeel.

Overall, I love buying this by the box of 12, and I've been doing so for years. A great, all-around bier; hoppy, but not too bitter, a touch of malt. An absolute go-to. (595 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date purchased at trader joes in madison. ive had this before and it blew up on me, opening careful this time.

look is a dark orange color, cloudy, unfiltered, small head. smell is lemon grass hops, pleasant smelling. good malt presence but mostly hops: honey sweetness balanced out by a sour musky hoppiness.

tasty overly hopped pale (357 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with solid citrus esters and some sweet caramel malt. Hoppy upfront with citrus fruit esters of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Earthy, herbal, and floral hop hints with some pine and grass. Solid malt backing with hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. Very juicy smelling and hop forward. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy hop forward taste of citrus esters and earthy hops with some sweet caramel malt. Citrus hops upfront with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with some grass, pine spice, and floral and herbal notes. Bready malt background with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, cracker, and yeast. Hop forward and juicy taste but the bitterness is very tame. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily. very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid pale ale. Leans very much to the hoppy side with lots of citrus esters but doesn't have the bitter bite of an IPA. A nice lighter hoppy option. (1,386 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)

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 zeledonia
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date is blank. Tasted 15 April 2013.

Pours medium orange with one finger of white head. Some small particulates scattered throughout. Besides that, it's hazy, only see-through enough to make out the thick column of bubbles in the center. Decent retention, okay lacing.

Smell is light sweet citrusy hops. Oranges, a bit of tropical fruit. Delightful.

Taste is, well, not exactly bland; more like thin. I like what's there, though I do wish there was more of it. It's light, slightly grainy, and crisp. A faint dry bitterness. I'm actually liking it a lot, the more I drink it. Not potent, but composed and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and pleasantly dry in the finish. Sizzly carbonation, fizzing and flaming throughout. A great fit with the rest of the beer.

This is a really nice, really drinkable pale ale. Great hop aromas, clean taste and mouthfeel. I see more of this in my future. (909 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light copper color. Low amount of carbonation on the pour and throughout drinking the brew. Some lacing on the glass but in random areas.

Smell: Sweet bubble gum smelling hops. Solid backbone of malt, pine, and straw. Accents syrup, buttered popcorn, and molasses which do not take over the brew, only provide some unique depth. Very light and refreshing aroma which kept me coming back for more.

Taste: Hops on the front. A very sweet body gets quickly interrupted by some nice hop bitterness. The sweetness returns to the palette on the aftertaste and sticks around for a while. This beer has a lot of character which makes it very high quality.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, gummy, very drinkable.

Overall: Happy with this brew. Nice depth and good flavor. Will have to try some other products from Asylum. (816 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 wmumba
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is very hoppy and tastes great.

It has a nice yellow color toward brownish. It has a nice head when poured into a pint glass. They recently moved the brewery to a larger facility and have switched from the stubby bottle to long necks. The quality is still A-1. (271 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice yellow, with a good haze and a nice half finger of white head, decent lacing

Smell is all citrus at first, lemons, orange, limes and grapefruit aromas are all present

Taste is more of the same citrus charachters followed by a nice sweet malt precense, finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light medium, pretty standard for a APA

This is a beer I pick up to switch it up every once and while from NG Moon Man, I really like this one, I have had a couple of bad 12s and 6ers though.... Once they get that under control I will be picking this up more and more... Glad this 6 was good, the last was not, neither was the 12 before it.

One other thing, I do not really understand why have a blank white spot with best buy written above it.... Why not put the best by there instead of leaving it blank.

All in all I will base my score off of this beer, I do not review beer from bad batches or that is infected as it is not fair to the overall score. (969 characters)

Photo of DrBrewDay
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle at ~45F

Appearance- Murkry straw yellow with thin white head

Aroma- citrus citrus and more citrus. Some bread

Flavor- a great platform for the cascade hop. There is little malt flavors detected. Slightly watery

Mouthfeel- medium light to medium. Carbonation seems acceptable

Overall- of all of the ale asylum beers that I have tried (Ambergeddon, Contorter, Madtown, Satisfaction Jacksin) this is my favorite (434 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this dozens of times and never bothered to review it. Thanks Wayne for this one!
Bottleneck printed "212001", whatever that means.

Into a pint glass it pours a brightly saturated orange, on closer inspection it's hazed with a veil of micro-sediment hanging in suspension. Ample head of foam, receding to a thin skim after a few sips, leaving behind plenty of residual lacing in the glass.

Softly sweet caramel and pale malts, citrusy orange peel. When fresh the hoppiness is really satisfying.

Light mellow feel, extremely drinkable with grassy green hop notes and sustained bitter orange peel in the aftertaste. Easygoing malt character that isn't overly sweet thankfully. The composition is seamless, and its just an effortless APA to drink. Definitely a gateway craft beer for those hop-averse but craft-curious beer drinkers out there. (850 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a hazy amber with half inch of head (quickly diminished)
scents of sweet grassy hops, caramel, slight citrus grapefruit.. heavy on the malt profile.
earthy hops up front followed by a sweet ruby red grapefruit flavor. a faint taste of the malt behind all the citrus/earthy hops.
medium body with almost no carbonation.
if this were more carbonated it would change the beer entirely. it is a unique hope flavor, definitely, but unfortunately that's all this beer has going for it. (479 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (760 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 BasterdInABasket
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (547 characters)

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

Pours a clear straw, good initial head, great lacing.

Nice pine scent, fairy faint nose though.

Bready malt, subtle pine , grapefruit, and lemon blend, very nicely balanced. Flavorful but not palate-obliterating.

Mouthfeel crisp, well carbonated.

A very nicely done APA. Well balanced and flavorful. (304 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)

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