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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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674 Ratings
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Ratings: 674
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:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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Lothore

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, foggy, orange hue with a nice, creamy 2 finger head after a vigorous pour.

S- Smells grassy with some generic wheaty tones.

T- Tastes starts off a little harsh, maybe a bit mettalic but moves into a nice strong wave of grassy hops and a long bitter finish for an APA. I know it's not too descriptive but it's very homebrewesque.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- This is a nice little APA which reminds me a lot of my homebrewed apa. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:31:06 | More by Lothore
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alcstradamus

Washington

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

A--Light copper color with about 1 finger of head using a standard pour into a pint glass. The head recedes quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S--Biscuity malts, citrus and floral hops. Orange peels, white grapes, grapefruit. Smells yummy!

T--I was almost sure that the hop taste of this was going to be too subdued, I don't know why I pre-judged it but I'm glad I proved myself wrong. This is about perfect as far as APA's go, IMO. Its not a style that I usually praise because I prefer huge DIPA hop bombs, but Ale Asylum got it right here. VERY well balanced with a noticeable malt sweetness that is pleasantly overshadowed by a crisp citrus hop flavor that is damn good.

M--Medium bodied with a soft pillow of carbonation and not much aftertaste

D--Great session beer here, perfectly drinkable and this would be good during any season and with any meal.

Overall, I have to say I love this beer. Its tough for me to rate beers like this because it becomes a struggle between rating it on its own merit vs. rating it versus the style. I would say that as far as the style goes this is an A+, but I must also take into account that it is not a style known for huge flavor (which I love), and therefore does not stack up against the other beers I consider to be the best. In the end, I will settle with the score I gave it and give Ale Asylum themselves an A+ for doing a great job with this beer

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 22:22:01 | More by alcstradamus
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Picked up a six of this in an anonymous little Wisconsin town. Glad to find some Ale Asylum within driving distance, I picked up both varietals they carried. Poured into my stylin' Lost Abbey chalice, provided by the incomparable Cloudskipper.

Off the road we go. Looks suspiciously like an APA with a persistent head. Smell is pretty hoppy.

Taste is a little less so, almost a mix of a hefe & an IPA. There's a definite hop presence, but not nearly as aggressive as your typical IPA. Along for the gallop is a wheaty, grassy taste (how many of those who've used this word have actually eaten grass, I wonder?). This is something you could have a six of with buddies, beer geeks or not. Very accessible.

Not a fantastic beeer, but above average in all respects. A very nice pale.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:19:43 | More by maximum12
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gford217

Georgia

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

Bottle courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a big, fluffy white head that really hangs on stubbornly and leaves some spotty lacing.

The smell is almost that of an IPA, with lots of light fruity hops, especially pineapple and lemon. It smells a lot like some of the dry-hopped IPAs I've had. A bit of a bready malt backbone as well.

The taste dials it back toward a typical APA with less hop presence and a little more of the biscuity malts than the aroma suggested.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and not quite as full as I would have liked.

This is a decent APA that has a pretty hopped up aroma and a more balanced malt-forward taste where the hops offer more of a supporting role.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 23:58:11 | More by gford217
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was apricot in color and a little hazy. The head was eggshell white and moderate in size. It left thin sheets of lace and a cap of foam.

Smell was a bit detergent-like. Earthy, piney. Wheat bread dough. Nice.

Taste was of light bitterness and lots of fruity/citrus flavors. Enough sweetness to counterbalance but never overshadow the star -- hops.

Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected but adequate.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 02:39:07 | More by Cresant
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to try something from the midwest,I dont get enought midwestern wares anymore.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed medium golden with a bit of dark orange tintAromas a a little light mainly a mix of caramel/biscuit malt and citric hop.Well rounded flavors with the hops winning out by a nudge,starting out with a pretty firm lightly sweet caramel base,melding nicely into a nice prsh citrus/hop finish that lingers.A solid APA borderline IPA,quaffable and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 18:48:56 | More by oberon
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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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