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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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668 Ratings
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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The APA has a golden orange glow that is dulled by a general haziness. The haziness adds a darker color. A small head, barely worth mentioning, didn't do anything.

S: The ale, even when cold, has a crisp cascade hop aroma. A toasted caramel grain dryness matches the hops.

T: The ale is malt-centric at first, grainy with toasted bread flavors. The hop bitterness is stronger than I would have thought, covering up the malts with a pleasant bitterness. Citrus flavors, slightly medicinal, are vibrant, well-balanced against the malts. A nice pale ale.

M: The breadiness of the malt sets the stage for the abundant hop profile. An APA that doesn't bore the palate.

D: With a name like Hopalicious, I was expecting a lupulin bomb. Instead I got a well-balanced pale ale with an assertive hop profile. A welcome surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:49:04 | More by akorsak
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

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

Poured from a 12 ounce shorty into a pint.

Pours a nice dark honwy with a rocky two finger head that has staying power and leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is of medicinal, but slightly floral hops with a little malt backbone, but not huge.

Flavor is fresh hops with a nice malty roll. Unfortunately the hops take on a more bitter piney, earthy character than the fresh grapefruit flavors I remember from the tap version. I think this bottle may have some months on it unfortunately. The malt is more pronounced here, which further leads me to believe that this beer mellows quite a bit in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium but lush, the carbonation is spot on.

Of course like every beer I like the fresh, draft version better, but this is still a good ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 00:23:04 | More by wheatyweiss
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abents

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a great cloudy golden amber with nice bright white head. Smells like a spring prairie, flowers, spiciness, with a hint of orange. Cascade all the way baby, this is one nice smelling brew. Taste is very refreshing, and hoppy. Big lemon, grapefruit, and orange being thrown in your face, with a nice bittnerness in the middle that follows into a pretty sweet finish that leaves you wanting more. A hoppy pale ale for sure, but still a very nice drinking fallback beer anytime I can find it on tap. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:08:07 | More by abents
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zeff80

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with a small, tan head that left no lace.

S - It smelled very floral with notes of orange peel and some roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted of sharp, burnt toast malt with a sweet citrus zip.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty tasty APA. The Cascade hops really give it a floral touch.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:13:25 | More by zeff80
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Nov 2008.

Tried in 0.5 L Adambrau glass. Small very tight off white head. Cloudy golden caramel color. Aroma almost bursts from bottle but then quickly fades. Aroma of sweet fresh hops, almost buttery, citrus, caramel. Flavor is lighter than the smell, starts sweet and caramel becoming citrusy and slightly bitter. Finishes with a somewhat stale popcorn flavor. Medium body.

Expected more of a hop bite from this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:58:29 | More by htomsirveaux
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off it should be pointed out this is an APA although it has the hop flavor of a good IPA...sure the body is a little thin when you think IPA but for an APA it is fine...perhaps a little on the light side but in the right area...

Hops are fantastic....awesome aroma and taste of pineapples, mandarin oranges, and tangelos...milder notes of pine trees,lemons, limes, and a fresh bouquet of flowers...pale malt is the backbone but it has some mild toasty qualities.

This is the type of beer I could drink every day...literally...if I had a kegerator this would be a great call....rivals the Mpls Rock Bottom Simcoe hopped pale ale I love so much (Itasca) but with a different hop featured...

The bottle says it all...a lot of great hop without crazy bitterness....totally on the mark...this is what good hop usage is all about.

Top notch brew!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 01:40:53 | More by ZAP
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Bright golden honey with a touch of copper in the back. Head is soft and fluffy, 3/4" and super sticky. Beer pours nice and clear.

S. Very citrusy like peeled oranges and also a slight pine scent adding to the freshness of this one.

T. Pleasantly bitter and a little bit perfumy in the mouth. Very dry and sharp. Could be a little more balanced with the malt.

M. Light and lacking a little bit in the texture due to the lack of malt backing. Carbonation is nice.

D. Its OK. Not my favorite of the style but I could drink this while brewing or working outside. I like hops, so it does the trick.

Special thanks to asmokingoat for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 13:44:05 | More by MMAJYK
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Soneast

Wisconsin

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

Pours a nice deep golden to almost orange color, with a creamy white colored head, that sticks around for awhile leaving a hint of bubbly lace all the way down the glass.

Has a strong floral, citrus hop aroma up front followed by a thick, resiny pine smell, that has just a minor hint of caramel and sweet malts.

The flavor of this beer is full of freshly cut grass freshness, some delectable grapefruit, citrus and floral notes with an almost black pepper spiciness as well, and a very nice, yet subdued sweet malt background that balances out bitterness quite well, leaving you with a delicious sugared grapefruit aftertaste.

A very good light-bodied APA that still manages to feel creamy in the mouth, and retain a nice refreshing carbonation factor. I have had this out of a bottle and would give that about a B, however on tap at Ale Asylum is where this beer really shines, undoubtedly due to the freshness which really makes the hop profile "pop."

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 15:37:09 | More by Soneast
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deereless

Colorado

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

A: Resiny head along the edges of the glass, slightly opaque, color of a dark peach juice - 4.00, S: Nicely hopped aroma, lots of citrus and pineapple, possibly even some mild bubblegum, balanced with some biscuity malt - 4.50, T: Lots of bitter bite in this brew, hops play the primary role, I detect Cascade, there is the faintest hint of some other grain in this beer - maybe a rye - 4.25, M: Medium bodied - 4.00, D: Though identified as an Pale Ale this one borders on the line of an IPA, I would happily purchase this beer again - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:40:42 | More by deereless
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eyncognito

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with copperish tint, one finger of white head-decent retention and moderate lacing. Hop aroma is a mixture of citrus and grass with a mellow caramel malt scent in the mix. Taste follows the aroma-big hit of pithy grapefruit before the hops mellow, pleasant cascade finish. Light bodied, perfect for an APA. this has been one of my go-to APAs since i moved to madison and i haven't looked back. easily meets the snpa lithmus test for quality APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 01:01:48 | More by eyncognito
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach body. Thin white head. Kind of glows. Lacing is quite full. Really nice aroma of sweet caramel/toffee malts blended with plump juicy cascades. 10 additions of cascades. Nice. There's a lot of hop flavor in this beer without a lot of bitterness. Grapefruit pulp and orange. Some bright lime. Some underlying smoky, resinous tones. The malt base is solid with some sweet caramel tones providing a nice little blanket for the hops to rest on. This is really drinkable. Could drink a lot of this in a session. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 04:41:41 | More by Bighuge
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a lighter to medium amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus (orange peels). Tastes of citrus, fruity and a trace of caramel and grass. Overall this wasn't a bad APA and did have a nice hoppiness to it.

Notes from 4/6/07

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 01:51:02 | More by hopdog
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 10/21/08. Thanks to Deuane for securing a couple of these during a recent trip to Madison, WI.

A - Poured a slightly hazy light golden amber color with lots of active carbonation and one finger's width of soapy bright white head that retained well and left intricate swatches of lace around the glass.

S - Blend of tangy citrus and grass clippings, mild herbs, caramel malt, honey and orange peel. A scant amount of buttery diacetyl also creeps out, but is very faint overall.

T - Citrus and grassy hops with plenty of toasted grains and a mild buttery flavor. Slightly herbal, medicinal flavor emerges in the backend, with hints of peppery spice. Finish is quite grainy and bready with a mild honey sweetness and more citrus hop bitterness.

M - Slick, oily mouthfeel and pretty soft carbonation, resulting is a smooth texture. Residual hop oils coat the lips. Finishes with a mild sting of hop bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a nice little hoppy ale that is well-balanced and boasts a pretty complex blend of flavors and hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 00:02:20 | More by ffejherb
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grandq

New York

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

Thanks brdc for this intro to Ale Asylum. Pours a hazy golden-straw with a pillowy, nearly three finger white head. Mild floral scent with a splash of pineapple. Similar tones to the taste - pretty single-mindedly Cascade dominated. Sweet pineapple, a bit of orange rind, flowery herbaceousness, and resinous pine-sap - all very mild and muted. A slightly soapy flavor as the sweetness recedes. In addition to the gentle but dominant hop flavors, a biscuity malt backbone shows itself in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly creamy. As with a simcoe-only IPA i just brewed, I get a bit tired of the soap and sap as the hops fade off the tongue, knocking the drinkability down just a touch. A rather nice APA and a good Cascade showcase.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 17:07:27 | More by grandq
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Zadok

Kansas

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

Poured a light copper with a one finger head and mild lacing.

Very piney hop aroma, slight floral tones.

Somewhat of an unusual light hop flavor not something you would expect from a beer called hopalicious. Still has a mildly decent flavor just expecting a little more.

Seems relatively light bodied with low carbonation and just a tinge of hop bite.

Not to much else to say, a very mellow APA to put it lightly no pun intended. Probably wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 20:12:47 | More by Zadok
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright lime hops and an nice white head atop a clear light orange look, very good. As the bottle descibes, lush hop aroma without big bitterness. Very nice for the style. The malt backbone is a bit weak for me, but ok. But I love the Cascade hop flavor up front, followed by a decent backbone and a nice dry finish. Very refreshing, nice summer drinker.

No complaints here, I can't think of an APA I like better, but I can't get this one in IL so I'll have to wait til I go back to Wisconsin for more. On the other hand, I did have a Three Floyds Alpha King on tap recently, and this stands up to it well.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 21:04:04 | More by robbyc1
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of pine and grapefruit with a hint of malt beneath it. The taste is full of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. The mouthfeel medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice pale ale that I could easily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 01:43:29 | More by KarlHungus
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade about a month or so ago. Had been sitting in the fridge waiting and I decided to descend upon it last night. Served cold, right out of the fridge, this one was poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/09/2008.

The pour was very nice with a reddish tinted amber leading the way. Nice clarity here with a good amount of carbonation being visible streaking up towards the surface. A nice layer of two inches came up over the top and stayed around for a good while, making a nice rocky, cratered head to it. Some decent side glass lace was also noted.

The aroma was very fresh, highly citric hops as I would have expected. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit in this one. Not soo much as pungent and sticky, more of a lighter note to it all with a good bit of bright smelling hops. The character overall was nice and light, with a small grain base in the flavor, but mostly just a nice hop aroma. Big notes here of grapefruit just tearing apart the palate as soon as you took a sip. Light though and not nearly as big as an IPA, this was a nice hopped up, light APA. Smooth bready middle and a long drawn out bitter finish that just did not quit. Nice carbonation really lended itself to a light palate and easy drinkability that kept you coming back for more.

Overall I had to say this was an ice little APA. I could have easily had another, and another after that, but alas only the one was to be found. Nice structure with nothing over the top or outrageous in any way. Overall great little beer here that I would not turn away.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 11:37:38 | More by mikesgroove
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the opportunity to try this beer on a recent trip to Milwaukee.

Beer was Red/Amber in color with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a good while. Some nice lacing also remained in the glass after consuming the beer.

Real nice citrus aroma. Real fresh. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

Real nice balance to the flavor. The taste certainly leaned towards the hop side of the flavor profile but there was also a nice malt backbone.

Slight astringent finish but overall a nice medium light mouth feel and a very drinkable IPA.

Not a classic for the ages, but a nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 16:12:32 | More by Reagan1984
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

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

Picked up from Steve's Licker in Madison, WI on 08/04/08. No best by date stamped on bottle.
Hazy, bright orange with a very nice 2 fingers of white head. Aroma of fragrant navel oranges. Bitter and malty on the front end, with a super citric hop taste thereafter. Clean and balanced nicely. Long lasting hop flavor in the mouth. Damned good APA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 21:51:51 | More by RustyDiamond
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice thick 2 finger head that really doesn't recede to much, but when it does slightly recede, it leaves some nice lacing. The body is a nice amber color with some very evenly distributed fine sediment throughout.

S- Big cascade aroma here giving some light pine notes and grapefruit. Very deep down I gather some toasty grains that are reminiscent of chocolate or mocha. They are so far down, however, it doesn't seem odd.

T- Very nice balanced hoppiness and malt in this beer. One second the beer is hoppy with notes of light grapefruit and as in the nose, slight toasted grains, then the taste totally disappears but returns shortly after with a light but long mineral/hop oil finish. Interesting.

M- Medium carbonation works well with the beer and the finish is pretty good and not at all cloying.

D- I don't think this is high in alcohol but who knows. I could see this being sessionable as it isn't at all cloying or harsh on the palette in the way some hoppier brews can be.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:54:56 | More by Greggy
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mcallister

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dense cloudy peachy colored IPA. A nice thick white head lasts quite awhile and bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass are relentless.

Very sweet malt aroma with a hint of floral hops with a touch of citrus. Very malt driven in the aroma.

A different IPA. Tasty nonetheless. Again the malt is sweet and bready and engulfs the mid palate. Hints of grassy floral hops with a nice hop bitterness on the finish that finishes sweet again. Not much going on otherwise but a easy drinker on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 22:03:52 | More by mcallister
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jtneal111

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours yellow-amber with an offwhite head and decent lacing.

S: Fairly mellow given the claim of 11 cascade additions. Very slight grassy, citrusy aroma

T: Exceedingly mellow for an all-cascade APA. Hops are present, but far from overwhelming. A slight cardboardy oxidation flavor in this bottle. Still, not bad.

M: Medium-low carbonation, mild hop slickness.

D: Exceptional. This is a very drinkable APA, probably due to the subdued hop character.

All in all, a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 04:39:09 | More by jtneal111
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

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

"Eleven separate additions of Cascade hops give this APA it's lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness"

Ok, that little blurb convinced me this beer is hop forward. Lets taste it and find out.

Smell, lovely citrus hop flavors wafting throughout. With a little bit of malt sweetness.

Taste, Follows then nose. This one is really well balanced, with huge hop flavors but a great malt body to back it up.

Overall, simply Awesome APA. One of the best I've ever had, bar none.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 15:51:31 | More by leftmindedrighty
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Homerbag for sending this local my way..

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Murky dark golden color with a fairly small quickly disappearing head.

Aroma of some musty hops and a little malt... I can't detect the Cascade in this..

Taste pretty much like it smells. Some piney hoppiness but the malts seem to dominate. A little prickly...

Nothing spectacular but a good solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 23:19:49 | More by Tilley4
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
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