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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Hopalicious
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BA SCORE
89
very good

829 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 29
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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:
Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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Photo of Athena
1.73/5  rDev -56.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  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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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.