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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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Photo of drabmuh


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike. Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is cascade hops, all the way.

Beer is medium bodied with a nice bitterness at the back and some hop forward flavors. There is an earthiness to the midpalate and the beer finishes nicely without being too dry. The forward isn't sweetness just gives way to midpalate chewiness with the hop resins. Its the kind of beer that coats your mouth. its OK.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:16:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of sweemzander


3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 17:26:46 | More by sweemzander
Photo of soze47


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had several of these when I was in Madison in mid-October. I used the 33 Beers tasting book to review, so I'll include those ratings in the body of this review, and do my best to translate into BA numbers above.

Aroma Notes: On the nose, you get a lot of hops. Piney first, then citrus second. I get a little bit of caramel malt, but not a lot. Definitely leads with the hops.

Taste Notes: Hoppy for sure, but the malt plays a big role in the flavor. It accentuates the flavors, not the bitterness, of the hops to make a very tasty drink.

Other notes: This is a highly drinkable, medium bodied beer. It is refreshing and flavorful, but not light in any way.

Flavor Wheel (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 2
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (Pine): 5
Floral: 3
Spicy: 1
Herbal: 2
Malty: 3
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 2
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 1
Body: 3
Linger: 2.5
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 12:53:36 | More by soze47
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending me this brew as part of a fantastic Wisconsin monster box that he sent.

A: Pours a dark, yet glistening orange color, with a nice inch or so white head that kept it's retention throughout the session.

S: Soft pine and grapefruit with hint of a floral nature.

T: The name speaks for itself. The balance is fantastic and the citrus profile is nicely done without being too hoppy or bitter. I would rank the smooth refreshing aftertaste up there with some of the best APAs on the market!

M: Thick, without being too. The ABV is perfect for the style and the balance between the sweet and bitter elements is perfect.

D: I could drink this all day long.... if only I could click my heels together and end up in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 21:06:33 | More by Chaney
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for this bottle in a surprise box that landed on my doorstep! I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark orange with a small off-white head on top. Light lace left behind. Big scents of pine needles, grapefruit juice, lemon, and a sweet floral tone. Very nice indeed.

Firm crisp mouth with decent carbonation. Not too filling. Starts out with a smooth mellow sweetness, then switches to crisp sharp hops. Great bitter bite there. Finish is bitter, but not scalding. Excellent hoppy beer. I would love to session this beer, and would if I had access to it locally. Thanks, Andy!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 13:10:40 | More by Onenote81
Photo of weatherdog


3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

It pours a amber gold with just the slightest haze. A generous white head adorns the beer and leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

A medium level of orange and grassy hops are prominent in the nose. A bit of malt in the back preventing this from being a huge hop bomb

A sharp bitterness begins the taste and then a nice fairly bright orange hop flavor. Then a bit of biscuity malt flavor shows up. As an APA goes it pretty standard, big American hop flavor, a bit of malt and a pretty dry finish making it for a decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:07:51 | More by weatherdog
Photo of Thorpe429


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately-dark yellow with a several finger white head that quickly recedes withot leaving too much lacing behind. Nose has a good amount of citrus hops. Taste is fairly one dimensional with citrus hops as well. Not bad to be one dimensional in this regard, but if that's the case It'd prefer that flavor to be a bit stronger. Good light to medium body and drinks quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 12:32:05 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of AgentZero


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 05:23:56 | More by AgentZero
Photo of thetomG


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish golden yellow pour. Decent head with spotty lacing left around the glass. Aroma is excellent - slightly fruity, slightly hoppy. Flavor follows the nose, but is more intense with just the slightest twinge of bitterness finishing things off nicely. Feels just a tad overcarbonated, but other than that is an easy drinker. Not too bitter considering the generous amounts of hops used, this is a beer I could easily have several of in a session.

Tasty, and something I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:23:53 | More by thetomG
Photo of rhodeska


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour, a really nice white/creme colored head thatlingers for a while. Dark and cloudy orange color for the beer.

Well, the primary smell i nthe beer is hops (big surprise by the name, right?) but there is some citrus in the background that comes out if you really get your nose in there.

The taste is actually kind of tame (figured it be super hoppy based on the name) There is a hop taste and a little orange in the background, but i can mostly just taste hops.

The beer doesn't really linger in the mouth, but the top of the throat retains some feeling and taste of the beer.

Really solid hops beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 22:05:39 | More by rhodeska
Photo of NealVsBeer


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale, golden color with a creamy white one-finger head and good retention

S - Heavy hop aroma with noticeable malts and citrus

T- This one is hoppy and smooth. Slightly sweet and citrusy. A bit of bitterness at the end but not overpowering like I would expect from a hop-heavy APA.

M - This goes down very smoothly. Medium-bodied, mildly carbonated and crisp.

D - Very drinkable APA. It's smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 20:09:12 | More by NealVsBeer
Photo of cvaypai


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with some fine sediment throughout. Pours with a one finger frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving just a ring and a tiny little bit of lacing.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. Tons of fruity hops, maybe a bit of pineapple and orange. A bit of sweet malt can be detected, maybe a small amount of candy and caramel.

Taste - You lose a lot of the fruit in the taste but there is still some good citrus in the form of mild grapefruit, some very floral hoppiness and a nice bitter bite. The bite is not bad but rounds it out nicely. The malt is there and but very pale, just a tiny bit comes through.

Mouthfeel - Feels a bit thin and watery, could use a little more weight. Carbonation could be a little better. Nice crisp bite on the tongue, very crisp and refreshing otherwise with a nice smooth quality.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night, when in Madison I consumed 10 bottles in one session. This beer screams drinkability. I wish I could get it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:11:52 | More by cvaypai
Photo of shreddy


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - strong American hop presence.

Taste - mild malt background followed up by a very strong but welcome hop flavor. The beer was not overly bitter for being so hoppy. The hops were mostly late addition to effect the aroma and taste.

Drinkability - a mild abv and a strong hop flavor makes this beer very drinkable. I would even say its session worthy if you can handle the hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 16:37:13 | More by shreddy
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Pours a beautiful orange yellow, iced tea sort of color with a 2 finger fluffy head with great retention. Aroma is on point with many IPA's out there and really doesnt smell like an APA. Huge hop aroma with some honey undertones and some cheerios cereal breadyness. Very attractive nose. Taste falls short of what i expected but still nice and balanced. has some sweet pineapple like sugary aftertaste that is appealing but throws me off from the lack of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice as its carbonated well and has a great lasting head. Drinkability is low for me as i would really pick a SNPA over this any day. worth a try but not going to seek this out anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 19:54:20 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of trevorjn06


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw/amber color with a thin head that dissipates to a wisp of foam on the surface.

Aroma is mildly hoppy (for what I'm used to: IPAs, it's got plenty of hop aroma for a pale ale) with a citrusy and grassy smell to it. There are some nice roasted and caramel malts present, as well as some light earthy and pungent notes.

Taste is well balanced and smooth, not as bitter as an IPA but very hop centered. There are mild caramel malts and light malt as well as some sweet and citrusy hop flavors. More bitterness shows towards the finish but it is restrained and doesn't really have any bite. The finish that lingers is lightly sweet malt and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with medium carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and smooth beer with some fresh and refreshing flavors. Easy to drink. I would drink this again but I cannot get it here in WA, my wife brought this back from WI for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:58:00 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 23:04:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Poured somewhat vigorously yielding two fingers of creamy beige head. Very nice retention with splattered lace. Color is a golden hued copper.

Aroma: Some pale malt with a lower level of hops. Some lemon citrus. Caramel and bready malts. Not a lot here.

Taste: A little better than the aroma, but still malty. Pale and bready malts. Some grassy earthy hops. Not bad, but I wish it was a bit hoppier and not so malty.

Mouthfeel: A bit bitter, but crisp as well. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry, a bit sticky with some grassy hops and bready malts.

Overall, not a bad pale ale, but nothing I want a lot of. Too malty for me. Drinkable, if I would want more. Not bad, but not good.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:13:43 | More by mothman
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden copper color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with alot of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, some citrus. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, a nice brew, surprised me, thanks Todd.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 23:41:08 | More by Wasatch
Photo of katan


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy golden to almost brown color. Head formation is dirty white, well retained at 1mm. Seems well carbonated.

S - Hopalicious isn't overly hoppy on the nose. A light amount of caramel malts and just a hint of grapefruit hops. Overall a light scent.

T - Starts off with a light amount of caramel malts, toffee, some roast. Mid-stream gets more bitter, with just a bit of american hops coming through. Finishes with a pretty harsh bitter edge but not accompanied by much of a hop taste. IBUs are tongue gripping, but hop flavor seems missing.

M - Solid to slightly thin bodied. Carbonation maintains the body, not overly biting to the palette. Finishes with a oily hop resin on the tongue.

D - Pretty drinkable. ABV is manageable. Flavors don't generate fatigue, although the bitter finish does become somewhat bothersome without a balancing hop flavor.

I've had this on tap and I would swear it was much better then - could this be a freshness issue? This particular beer's target flavor seems susceptible to that.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 03:43:09 | More by katan
Photo of jera1350


4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:28:42 | More by jera1350
Photo of daledeee


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A local Madison brewery. Bought a six pack.

Poured this into my favorite glass and found that this beer has lots of suspended particles. That is unusual for a pale ale; at least I have not seen that. The head was about 1 inch and left nice lacing til the end. Color was orange, but cloudy.

Nose is citrus and a little floral.

Taste is nice and crisp with mostly citrus and has a rather dry finish but the mouth feel is nice and carbonated. A very drinkable and good pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 02:01:54 | More by daledeee
Photo of THORN


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Hazy golden brown. Pours half inch frothy head and retains thin layer. Fairly large particles are suspended around the bottom of the pint.
S: Bright grapefruit, lemon peel, and floral aroma.
T: Hops-foward that deliver a nice kick. Grapefruit and floral aspects of hops quickly drop. Body is full of pale malts. Slight resin lingers into nothing.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. Crisp and dry.
D: Refreshing and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 01:12:23 | More by THORN
Photo of AmberMan22


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hawks the other night.

I've seen Ale Asylum all over the liquor stores around here, and heard people talk about it on the forums -- figured I'd better dive in for myself.

Pours a citrusy looking lemon-orange color, with a nice, frothy finger-high head. Lace leaves sheets down the glass.

Smell is wonderfully hoppy, not terribly fruity, nor bitter. Which is good because that's what it advertises on the bottle. Smells hopalicious.

The taste is quite good, which impresses me because I typically don't care for pale ales. However, the hoppy/not-too-bitter character makes this a delight.
Additionally, the mouthfeel isn't too light, and that makes this a very quaffable beer.

Great first offering to have from Ale Asylum. Just picked up a 6er of the Contorter Porter today.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 21:39:49 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of nrbw23


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, golden orange with about a fingers worth of head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves a good amout of lacing.

S- Smells of floral and citrus hops with a good backbone of caramelized malts.

T- A very nice balance between hops and malts. Overall, pretty citrusy in hops and bready malts.

M- Medium in body and carbonation nothing out of the ordinary here.

D- A little misleading by the name of this brew I expected more hops and it fell short. Not bad just expected more from this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 09:30:03 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure grapefruit body with fluffy white head, gorgeous. Herbal hop aroma. Some grapefruit and some pineapple in the taste. Creamy mouthfeel with bitterness in the finish. High alpha. Very drinkable, and grows on me. The palate is somewhat stunned afterward, its a shredder.
Third time I have had it 9October 2011) and its very good each time.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:51:48 | More by Sammy
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.