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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
89
very good

742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% 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 Slyjoker87
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out in a muddied orangish with a moderate head. It's quite nice and inviting.

S - Smells of delicious hops with a slight hint of something carmel or floral. It's a warm, wonderful smell.

T - The hops in this don't become overbearing. It's got a great sweetness that pairs well with the slight bitterness introduced by the hops. The finish is also mellow and not over demanding of your senses.

M - You'll be surprised by the creaminess and smoothness, and you'll also be surprised by the ABV that stays hidden.

O - This beer is one to enjoy over time. I think pairing it with some sharp cheese would be amazing. It's highly drinkable, and doesn't demand that you pay attention to it too long after you've had a sip. It's simply amazing.

Slyjoker87, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of iwantmorehops
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Baconsausage for this bottle of tasty Wisconsin brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, decent head and nice lacing. Very mild citrus and floral hop aroma and a little caramel sweetness. Pretty lacking for something with the word hop in the name. Taste is the same as the nose, not hoppy enough, but overall very enjoyable though not even as bitter as the Sierra Nevada Pale that was in my glass before it. I'd buy it on occasion if it were available around here.

iwantmorehops, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head and a good lace. The aroma is nice & fruity with some mango and citrus with just a mild caramel hint. The flavor follows with some nice melon and citrus. There is some distinct bitterness in there as well, more bitterness than say your average citrusy fruity pale ale/IPA. There is a mild biscuit maltiness in there as well and not really any sweetness. This is very tasty and one I'd gladly have again from Wisconsin!

CuriousMonk, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $8 in Summer 2011.

Pours a semi-clear amber color with a rather thick head of off-white foam. Scent is heavy with hops, a scent of crisp apple, and bitter malts. Taste is smooth, clean, and crisp. Hops are well blended with some spice for a good taste and I'm getting a hint of apples as well. Ends with a dry after taste. Hits the taste buds well with flavor but is still light enough to be enjoyed at a cook-out etc. One of Ale Asylum's most popular brews!

Lemke10, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly cloudy golden orange color with a white head that fades very quickly.

Smells pretty floral and like citrus and pine. A little maltier than I expected.

Taste is only barely hoppy. A bready malt flavor takes the forefront.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of carbonation.

Overall is pretty good, not amazing though. Maybe a nice summer drink.

daveytheformer, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer is halfway between yellow and orange, and crystal clear (unfiltered? seriously?) once the overwhelming carbonation subsides. Respectable yellow-white head. Big cascadey-evergreen aroma. Can this 5.8% brew that claims to be an APA stand up to eleven separate hoppings of cascade?

Maybe. The most offensive thing about it is not intense, over the top, American-style IPA bitterness. No, the alpha acid levels are actually quite bitterness. But the beer has been gassed to all hell, and on top of that, there's relatively little grain to be found in this bottle (maybe that's how it can get away with being unfiltered), resulting in a way too light malt backbone and a thin body. That said, there's nothing else wrong with it. Still way more drinkable than many American IPAs. Hopalicious is a fine, if one-dimensional, profile of what cascade hops can do.

hreb, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of zachary80
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body is a hazy golden-orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Leave some lacing

Smell is citrusy hops with a fruity tang tang.

Hop flavor is somewhat weak and overtaken by a somewhat biscuity malt backbone. Mild bitterness and citrus. No flavors really linger

Mouthfeel is good - somewhat creamy. Carbonation is appropriate

Hopalicious is a decent beer overall but not really impressive in any aspect. The flavor is relatively mild and too laid-back to be much above average. Hopalicious is misleading

zachary80, May 28, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks EROCK75 for sending me this bottle of Ale Asylum Hopalicious to me as an extra. This is a great beer from a brewery I haven't tried a beer from yet.

The beer is a golden orange with just a wisp of pale foam that decorates the snifter with a thin ring. The beer smells very fruity like tangerines and of fresh toasty malts. The beer is delicious with just sweet citrus flavors, well rounded malts and just enough bitterness for balance. This is probably the best tasting APA I've every had. Often I feel like APA's are too bitter without the fresh hop flavors, but this beer hits all the notes and is just so juicy and sweet. Delicious.

Soonami, May 18, 2011
Photo of jerskine
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one after drinking a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

A: golden-orange hue that's typical of an APA; minimal amount of foam with not much lacing

S: this beer smells great, but it's definitely lacking on the hop aroma; a floral and sweet malty aroma are the main scents on this one

T: considering the name of this beer is "Hopalicious," I was somewhat disappointed; I don't know if it's just me, but this beer tastes like a Fat Tire that has just been hopped up; the malt in this really cuts into the hop flavor; the taste of this beer isn't terrible by any means, but it's more of a malty biscuit flavor with a hint of hops

M: lightly carbonated and very smooth

O: This beer shouldn't be named Hopalicous. I started with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and then moved on to this beer in hopes that the hoppiness would exceed the Sierra Nevada. If you take a closer look, you will see the description of this beer claims that its cascade hops give it a "bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness." I didn't expect this APA to be ridiculously hoppy, but the very subtle hop flavor in this was a real let down.

jerskine, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 6/20/10

Pours with about two fingers of head; very slight cloudiness and bright golden color.

Not much of a smell. A small amount of grapefruit hops and malt.

Taste is hoppy, but relatively mildy so; nice clean enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, disappears quickly off of the palate.

Very nice pale ale. Nothing particularly stands out, but a solid APA with high drinakability; would buy again.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pous a hazy golden color with a small lacing head. There i a nice floral aroma from the hops. There is a nice hoppy taste that is rather mellow but still present. There isnt that lingerng hoppy flavor, and could use more carbonation. Overall a reallly nice apa, very enjoyable.

vette2006c5r, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Madison.

Nice amber color, not too much head. Smell was full of hops as expected. I enjoyed this beer. Good flavor, not too heavy. Very refreshing. I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these in the near future.

richkrull, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden straw yellow, hue of amber. 1 finger head, creamy lacing engulfs inside of pint.

S: pine, citrus, earthy grains, nice mild refreshing scent.

T: a tad disappointing, the body seems a little watered down. the bitterness is rather muted.

M: light/medium body, little too much carbonation.

D: This is my 2nd Ale Asylum beer and bit let down. The aroma had me excited, but the flavor and mouthfeel was very weak and watery. Not an awful beer, but certainly much better beers available. Very sessionable, almost like a macro version of a American Pale Ale.

BeerLover99, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haha. Now theres a gay beer name. Poured a pretty golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is supper hoppy fresh. Taste was actually a little weak in the hop department, especially considering how this smelled. This was still pretty fresh and enjoyable though. Medium body, drinks pretty well.

kbnooshay, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Estocker
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow!

Pours a nice looking amber color with hues of gold.

Smells nice. Some soft floral notes are present, and maybe some citrus in the background.

Tastes better than it smells! This is an incredible APA. Perfectly balanced, a nice bouquet of floral and citrus hops that aren't too bitter. This is one of the best Pale Ales I've ever had. I would drink this every day if it was brewed locally. Unfortunately it isn't even available here :(

If you enjoy IPAs and Pale Ales, this is a MUST try.

Estocker, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Ale Asylum have been meaning to pick up some of their beer for a while now.

pours out a slightly hazy dark golden color with three fingers of head that will not quit. Really impressive lacing left behind. Amazing appearance here.

Smell is fresh grapefruit a hint of fresh cut wet grass. really vibrant fresh smell. Makes me feel like i have some very fresh hops going on here.

taste is again fresh grapefruit but not overwhelming. just enough nice bready spicy malt to balance. A real winner of an APA. and hey I'm a sucker for a well made beer with fresh cascades.

Mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation with just enough body to balance. Dry finish which I am partial to.

A bit of a blast to the palate being so dry and grapefruitey but I love these flavors so I could drink these brews a lot. Will be making the trip back to Wisconsin soon for more of these.

pdoran10, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of wgk
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, what an incredible accidental find this one was! At the grocery store liquor outlet on a hunt for something that stressed hops for the Fall. We love this beer! High quality and consistency from 6-pack to 6 pack so far, except wider price variations than others we have seen, perhaps. The only ding is that it is almost too good to interrupt a session and have to revert to anything less.

A - lighter than expected, but very appealing and inviting
S - exceptional -- Really! -- Heavy hops with smoooth hints of a caramel/floral bouquet that stays nice all the while you drink
T - Absolutely on the top of my list...Blends the hops deliciously (honest) and strongly without overpowering anything else
M - Again, top of the heap. Great carbonation balanced with smooth, creamy finish...the ABV is in there, but you don't know it.
D - without question your first will invite your second and likely more if you wish...did I see a review where someone sessioned 10 of these? (With a designated driver, maybe!) It is an EASY brew to pace, though, as the quality is "extra special" and you can get a TON of taste in a tiny splash.

Satisfies the soul!

It says enjoy it with passion on the label. Doubt you could do anything but enjoy this brew.

wgk, Nov 21, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Nov 16, 2010
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

sweemzander, Nov 01, 2010
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

soze47, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Chaney
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.

Chaney, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
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!

Onenote81, Oct 11, 2010
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.

weatherdog, Oct 05, 2010
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2010
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.

AgentZero, Sep 13, 2010
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.