Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 920
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 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! (931 characters)

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. (827 characters)

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. (719 characters)

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. (601 characters)

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. (440 characters)

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. (1,099 characters)

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. (1,857 characters)

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. (1,364 characters)

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. (547 characters)

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. (1,187 characters)

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. (850 characters)

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. (440 characters)

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. (607 characters)

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. (301 characters)

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. (509 characters)

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. (593 characters)

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! (637 characters)

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. (285 characters)

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. (946 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and numerous streams of bubbles rise in the column from the central area of the glass.

S: Mellow but papery display of hops, showing pine, mixed citrus, and tropical fruit. Malt is also present in similar intensity, with a quality that is bready turning to cracker. Some non-fat milk is also adherent to the malty half of the smell.

T: Begins dry, with bready pale malt and weak piney hop aromatics in the presence of initially mild acidity. Rye and a trace of peanut butter emerge in the middle, the latter somewhat out of place but not unwelcome. A bit of the early malt remains at the end, along with developing grapefruit peel that yields mild bitterness and carbonic acidity that sees a late surge.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer appears to have originated from what was a great plan on paper, but it shows either timidity or a low-grade inability in its execution. Its principal sensory qualities are well positioned but muted, allowing minor features such as carbonic acid and peanut butter to compete for attention and even interrupt at times. No failing derails it, instead just adding up to a list of misdemeanors that pile on to the forget-ability factor. (1,392 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.23/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: pours a murky peach on copper ale with a finger of soapy white foam which slowly falls to a thick sheet of the same. Sheeted lace.
S: Sweet malts with plenty of piny, citrusy cascade hops. The resin aspect is not so present, but I think the crystal malts are the primary tone here. A little sweet on the nose.
T: Oxidized malts give this a disservice. It's sweet and cardboarded. The hops don't really come through the way I would anticipate.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with high carb. Semi-slick finish.
O: Below average for an IPA for me. Malts too dominant without the hops to justify. Too sweet. Hops seem dead. (639 characters)

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

Pours a gold with nice white head and lacing.

The smell is of citrus hops and a good biscuity malt backbone that someone equates to the smell of a cookie.

The taste is very balanced but a little more upfront with the hop flavor and a nice malty back.

Overall a good beer for sure. (284 characters)

Photo of normalbeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Beer is light orange in color with a finger widths amount of head.

Smell is hoppy and slightly fruity.

Taste is hoppy and fruity with a slight bitterness that fades somewhat quicker than anticipated and balanced well by a smooth malt presence.

Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation that lasts through the entire pint.

I wish I had easy access to this beer as it would be in my regular rotation. Very good APA. It's only second to NG's Moon Man for me when it comes to WI APA's. (537 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a translucent, orange color with one finger of frothy, off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Starts mostly with pine, but then sweet bread and peach join in.

T: Light, powdery pine up front, then a bit of creamy sweetness. Very mellow, gentle peach on the finish.

M: Light and smooth, a bit soda-like, hint of oil.

O: From the name, I was expecting an IPA, but it's definitely an APA, and a good one. Mellow, well executed, nicely done. Wish they were available locally, would but it often if I could. (572 characters)

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

1 finger soft-white head atop a murky orange body. I poured gently enough, but I don't mind a few beasties in my brew.

Big cascade bomb; thick, resinous grapefruit and orange hop aroma with a light sweetness in the back. It is easy to imagine a whole bouquet of citrus and stone fruit when smelling this one.

The top label was right, "Eleven seperate hop additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush floral aromas and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness." Couldn't have put it better myself. I expected a sticky mess, but instead you get a nice and round sweet and bready malt profile with a kiss of hops. Actually, I would say that this one could be even slightly more bitter, which is a rare thing to say nowadays.

Very smooth. For being bottle conditioned not very carbonated, though the taste and feel is very clean.

This is an odd beer; smells like a DIPA yet drinks like the best of the session beers. If this were on tap I could easily park myself and drink this beer for several rounds. (1,022 characters)

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