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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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227 Reviews
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Reviews: 227
Hads: 965
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 29
Gots: 167 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
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 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Photo of DuaneSCarr
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful APA. I have never heard of this beer.brewery before a friend from Wisconsin - who makes a yearly New Glarus beer run for me when he goes home - brought back a bottle. I coaxed it out of him - I am glad that I did!*S*

Appearence - poured into a DFH logo snifter - pours an orange/brown with a medium head and very nice lacing. A very pretty looking brew.

Smell - I could smell the hops when i cracked open the bottle! Always a plus! Smell in the glass not as intense. Still can pick up a nice subtle flavor.

Taste - Nice hop taste with a subtle malt background.

Mouthfeel - smooth - I have to remind myself this beer is an APA and not a DIPA. Very drinkable.

Overall - a very nice, hoppy APA. I now know when my friend returns to Wisconsin, I will be requesting more of this beer and I will look to see if it has a cousin of the "Imperial" style?
The people of Madison and the great Dairy State are a lucky bunch!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Well hazed medium orange color. A little over one finger of creamy off-white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Bready malts and yeast. Citrusy hoppiness with plenty of orange and lesser amounts of mango and papaya. Also some sugariness. Not overpowering, but pleasant for an APA.

4.0 T: Moderate neutral malt sweetness with a touch of bready yeastiness, but clean overall. Mild, but superbly pleasant citrusy hoppiness. Perfect for an easy drinking APA.

4.0 M: Medium to slightly heavier body. Lower end of good carbonation, which works. There's some weight to this brew without it being either chewy or creamy. Quite nice.

4.5 D: This is so easy to drink. Mild, but sufficient hoppiness, super clean, and well balanced puts this one as a winner.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not yet it Best Buy Date.
First of several WI beers as i just returned from a family gig there.
Label hints at loads of cascade and if this is what that smells like - yum and well done. Summer clear fresh flowery citrus slight grass and a hint of oil. Very nice.
One of the slower developing heads I've come across but it's thick and dense and covers a dark gold slighty cloudy body.
First notice a slightly light body with a bit of a aqueous quality. The bottle description is correct with a ample hop flavor but a low level of bitterness. The hop flavors pretty much match the aroma, just balanced a bit differently. A slight grainy quality to the malt.
A real nice drinking beer. Soft feel overall and very inviting.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear lookig yellowish gold color. The head was white and fizzy, with a good amount of bubbles rising to the glass. The lacing was minimal with just some scattered suds around the glass. The smell of the beer is a bit more earthy and malty than I expected. The taste of the beer is also more grainy than I originally thought it would be. The mouthfeel was clear and crisp, light bodied and had a sharp carbonation to it. Overall this beer sounded like it was going to be a bit more hoppy than it actually was. The beer itself isn't bad just not exactly what I was hoping for.

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Photo of TWStandley
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Tulip.

Poured a golden color with a 2 finger white head.

Smelled of faint hops, nothing too enticing about the smell.

Taste was average - certainly a hop presence but a beer called "Hopalicious" needs to have much more to offer in the hop arena. Remarkably boring.

Mouthfeel was average.

Overall a very average APA. Wish there was some more complexity and flavor to it. Tastes a bit watered down and is not very exciting.

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Photo of Athena
1.75/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A presumptuously-named disappointment.

I’d never heard of Ale Asylum brewery, or Hopalicious, but picked up a 6-pack yesterday while visiting Wisconsin, as I love trying new pale ales. Intrigued (Provoked?) by the beer's boastful name and promise of "lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor," I selected Hopalicious over reliable standby Sierra Nevada and was ready to be wowed by the former's "eleven separate additions of Cascade hops," or at least appreciate their presence.

A mistake, I realized, on my first watery sip. This is not a hoppy beer. I tasted hops, faintly, but they were so diluted that I wouldn't classify Hopalicious a pale ale at all without the disclaimer that it is a particularly watery one, with the corn-forward sweetness of a macro-lager. The beer's citrus character, on the other hand, was present, but generic. Not the complex peel oil hints you find in a well-hopped (or at least interesting) APA like Half Acre's Daisy Cutter or SixPoint's Bengali Tiger--think lemonade.

Overall, a disappointment that brought to mind an unfortunate shandy made from MGD and Sprite.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle ~undated~ poured to a pint glass. Received a couple weeks ago from my brother in beerdom, Metalmonk, - thanks, Jeff!

Pushing the groan-inducing, eye-rolling limits for "made-up beer names that include the word 'hops'", Hopalicious' label features a Norse-looking serpent-dragon and a hop cone that looks oddly like a diamond-patterned egg. 'Fermented In Sanity'. Miller's boast of 'triple-hopping'? Fuck that. Ale Asylum's neck label brags of ELEVEN separate additions of Cascade hops. Nice.

A: Pretty color, a coppery-gold with a warmer butterscotch core. Steady carbonation, speedy and glass-filling. A modest head (not quite a finger) of creamy white - fades quickly and only leaves a scattering of lace. Demerit for a couple notable floaty bits hanging in suspension.

S: Fragrant, grassy and somewhat sweet. A light, desserty fruit - a lemon square or baked scone. Even a hint of 'tropical' fruit, pineapple maybe?

T: The lemony/flowery aroma is expressed well in the flavor, although there's more spice in the finish. A slightly brassy metal could be my taste buds way of trying to grasp a freshly-sawn pine woodiness. Sounds like a big hop-bomb, right? Wrong. Bitterness is nicely held in check. Enough biscuity malt and caramel comes through. Finishes a little on the dry side.

M: My first sip seemed a little thin as it crossed my tongue, then - hello! - big coating citrus zest and tingling spice. Carbonation is present, but isn't abrasive. The hop oils work a subtle magic, lingering and coaxing my saliva, beckoning for the next sip. In the end, medium body.

O: Went down oh-so-well. I was actually pissed that I drank this one so quickly. Blame it on today being the first workday of spring where it actually FELT like 'spring' (dry, mid 60s). Or blame it on this being a damn tasty beer. Whichever the case, I'd like more.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clouded-over burnt orange sunset color promises much in the way of hop presence. There are even some floaters (presumably yeast) and I don't mind that. I know a lot of beer drinkers snub their nose at it, but I like it. The head is a creamy off-white beauty.

Big citrus notes in the nose, also some peach, red apple and a little pear. Slighter shades of pine. Caramel-like sweetness offers balance.

Definitely a hop-forward pale ale, one of those beers that tastes big without the big ABV. The only thing that keeps it from feeling total west coast is the generous malt layer, like caramel or toffee taffy, sweet and (thanks to the hops, surely) a bit salty. Herbal/pine notes linger, especially prominent in the finish. Slight medicinal twang going on too, but not annoyingly so, and it's the thing that pushes down an almost creamsicle-like overall personality. Maybe more baby aspirin than anything... seriously, think "baby aspirin" when you drink this. You'll see. (And hey, I dig baby aspirin...)

Texturally it's smooth and on the softer side, but carbonated enough to provide some energy.

Of all the great Hop pun beer names out there, Hopalicious is one of the least creative. But who cares? It's the quality of the beer itself that counts, and this one is excellent on all the levels that matter. Bottom line: super solid and super satisfying.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonoma01 for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy bright deep gold with a faint head leaving little retention.

Smells of light citrus/lemon hops with a touch of pine and malt.

The lemon comes through a lot more in the flavor. Lemon and orange hop sweetness comes off right off the bat. Not a ton of malt to this one and has a nice bitterness for an APA.

Fairly juicy hop presence and medium carbonation levels.

I was pleasantly surprised by the hop profile and this beer in general. A very good easy drinking beer I'd be happy to have again.

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

I got HOPALICIOUS with a nonic pint. A very big thank you to Geneseohawk!

Appearance- The foam is bright white and gets to two fingers in width with a craggy lid. The foam is puffy and creamy and looks wet.

The body is a hazy amber-gold with no visible carbonation.

Smell- The nose is a little hoppy with a citrus and piney note. The citrus is most like lemon. There is also musty quality here.

Taste- The malt is pretty sweet and does a nice job of making this drink smooth. The biscuit malt is the first thing on the palate, and is quickly followed by the not over the top flavor hops.

They are peppery, a little piney, and have a hint of grassiness. Not as much citrus here as I picked up on the nose. It instead has that fresh grass flavor. The finish has barely any bitterness, but just enough, and introduces an earthy note.

Mouth feel- Very creamy and easy to drink, there is not much more you could ask for in this nice medium bodied beer.

Overall- This beer has just enough flavor hops and a solid malt backbone to be a wonderfully balanced pale ale. The hops could be even more pulled out and explored in my opinion, especially if you are going to call it Hopalicious.

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Photo of minterro
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was acquired in a trade with jegross2

A&S: Kinda a weak piney scent (like a weak hopslam) citrus notes in this one. Not very complex or balanced, but it still smells half way decent. Pours about 1 and ½ fingers of off white (almost yellow) fizzy head that turns pretty foamy after a minute or so. Clumpy foamy lacying. Murky orange colored beer. Bubbles slowly rising from the bottom.

T&M: Pretty darn bitter towards the end. A little bit spicy toward the end. This beer is pretty one sided, not much going on malty-wise. Well hopped for a pale. On the watery side of medium very close to being low bodied, medium to high amounts of carbonation. Its refreshing.

Overall: It’s pretty ordinary Pale, nothing really standing out, and nothing really special. I wouldn't recommend this beer for a good example of the style, nor a bad example.

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Photo of BasementBer
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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

Scooped a six-pack at a gas station in Wisconsin as my pops and I traveled to Green Bay territory to witness another Bears loss :(

From my recollection, this was about 7.49!!!

I had this on tap from Ale Sylum so my appearance rating may not be a fair rating (since I most recently just had it from the bottle).

S- Citrus, faint hops.
T- Definitley not as hoppy as other APA styles I've had. Not as harsh, almost zest like in flavor.
M-Easy on the palate, little carbonation.
O-If I am ever back in Wisonsin, I will seek this out again. Tasty and economical. It was great to have with chips and pizza.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from friends from Wisconsin, thanks!

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that reduces to an 1/8" foam lid.

Has a nice, light citrusy aroma, with hints of orange blossom honey and malt.

Begins with caramel sweet, mild pepper spice and orange citrus, before finishing bright and hoppy.

Medium bodied, this is a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to have had this brew, but am sad this is my final beer of the six pack.

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

A - Pours a hazy orange, 1 finger white head forms a retaining collar with a few speck of lacing.

S - Dank grapefruit citrus aroma, bready yeast, light caramel and pale malts. Has a bit of a cotton candy aroma.

T - Creamy orange citrus, doughy bread, some lemon and pine come out with the slightly fruity malt and the breadyness turns slightly toasted. Finishes dry with some bitterness.

M - Soft carbonation, full body for the style.

Cascade is the star but doesn't outshine a simple but tasty malt base. Very nice creamy feel with great carbonation. Wish this was available where I live.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of Kbogac
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow this beer has 11 hop additions, that makes it almost 4 times better than Miller Lite being triple hopped right?

Poured light amber with almost no head, just a few tan bubbles and some swirling white at the top.

The smell was very balanced between hops and malts, maybe they use 11 malt additions to make this work out. Has a nice light bready backbone with some nice classic cascade notes with fresh citrus and a little pine.

Overall its a nicely balanced flavored pale, very light with some nice buiscuit and sourdough malt flavors, taste like it has a bit of English Dark Crystal in there, mixing evenly with the subdued citrus and cascade flavors. I thought it was balanced at first, but the more I drink it the more malt centric it becomes, it needs a 12th hop addition, the bittering addition. Just not quite bitter enough even for just a light APA.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of a syrupy finish.

Overall just an average APA.

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