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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 224
Hads: 955
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 29
Gots: 164 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006

Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.
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Reviews: 224 | Hads: 955
Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. BB 2/17/14 on side

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice head and great lacing. The smell is very big on cascade hops and if i smelled this side by side with ZD theyd be very close in aroma. Taste isnt quite as hoppy but the hops are very prevalent ...lots of citrus and almost no bitterness. Definitely a pale and not an IPA. Mild bodied with mild carbonation. Extremely easy to drink...bordering on criminally easy!

Overall just a superb pale that is actually a pale and not an IPA. recommended!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5.8% abv.

Sampled at the brewery & a few pints enjoyed in Madison.

A: Amber-bronze; off-white head; good retention; great lacing.

S: Big Grapefruit aroma with candied fruit.

T: Plenty of grapefruit, a little grassy, light biscuity malt, good bitterness. The cascade hides all... you wouldn't think it was this strong.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slight hop acidity, but it's still very smooth (almost creamy).

D: Very drinkable/sessionable.

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Photo of DuaneSCarr
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful APA. I have never heard of this beer.brewery before a friend from Wisconsin - who makes a yearly New Glarus beer run for me when he goes home - brought back a bottle. I coaxed it out of him - I am glad that I did!*S*

Appearence - poured into a DFH logo snifter - pours an orange/brown with a medium head and very nice lacing. A very pretty looking brew.

Smell - I could smell the hops when i cracked open the bottle! Always a plus! Smell in the glass not as intense. Still can pick up a nice subtle flavor.

Taste - Nice hop taste with a subtle malt background.

Mouthfeel - smooth - I have to remind myself this beer is an APA and not a DIPA. Very drinkable.

Overall - a very nice, hoppy APA. I now know when my friend returns to Wisconsin, I will be requesting more of this beer and I will look to see if it has a cousin of the "Imperial" style?
The people of Madison and the great Dairy State are a lucky bunch!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonoma01 for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy bright deep gold with a faint head leaving little retention.

Smells of light citrus/lemon hops with a touch of pine and malt.

The lemon comes through a lot more in the flavor. Lemon and orange hop sweetness comes off right off the bat. Not a ton of malt to this one and has a nice bitterness for an APA.

Fairly juicy hop presence and medium carbonation levels.

I was pleasantly surprised by the hop profile and this beer in general. A very good easy drinking beer I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of matjack85
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshmess date of 2/28/2014 on it and today is 2/27, so I guess I ought to get to drinking this.

The beer poured a cloudy gold color with a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in under 30 seconds, but left lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

Big pine and orange smell. Very hoppy.

The goal of this beer, according to the company web site, was to create a big hopopy beer without the big bitterness that usually goes along with it. They succeeded. Pine, tangerine, and orange hop flavors dominate, but there is plenty of sweet caramel malt for balance. Bitterness is present, but mild. It's delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

They've found a way to keep the citrus flavor of the cascade hops while limiting the bitterness. The result is a delicious, hoppy brew. I can't say enough good things about this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of abents
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've not yet pursued a beer run to Madison, and this beer is astrong argument for taking such a trip. It is a very intensely fruity APA.

Appearance is a hazy pineapple juice color, with minimal head that clung to the side of my glass. Aroma was very fruity; it smelled like peaches to me. Taste was also very fruity; I got more peach and apricot. It was very good. Mouthfeel was quite smooth, with very fine carbonation. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange, 1 finger white head forms a retaining collar with a few speck of lacing.

S - Dank grapefruit citrus aroma, bready yeast, light caramel and pale malts. Has a bit of a cotton candy aroma.

T - Creamy orange citrus, doughy bread, some lemon and pine come out with the slightly fruity malt and the breadyness turns slightly toasted. Finishes dry with some bitterness.

M - Soft carbonation, full body for the style.

Cascade is the star but doesn't outshine a simple but tasty malt base. Very nice creamy feel with great carbonation. Wish this was available where I live.

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Enjoyed By 04/21/2014
L - hazy amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that holds good retention
S - fresh hoppy aroma with citrus and pine notes, fruity and caramely as well
T - bold cascade hops dominate the palate with a piny, citric, spicy bite. Caramel, bread, and toasted grain give a nice malt backbone, some fruitiness on the finish
F - creamy, medium body, mildly dry finish
4 O - really dig this APA. I'd get it again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of eallured
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich gold, a great color example of pale ale. A little hazy and moderate head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is wonderfully citrusy and floral Cascdes. A hint of carmel might be there too. Pleasant bittrness is light enough to let the lighter malt sweetness to come through. Taste is citrusy with a little grassyness. Very appropriate carbonation level and good finish, maybe a bit of residual sweetness and lots of residual hops. A nice and hoppy pale APA but lacking a bit in the malt backing. Overall quite drinkable.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip. Received in trade from Woodchopper.

A: Nice deep hazy orange color. Thick white heat with good retention.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma. I get a peach, mango scent.

T: Nice fruity hop flavor. Good malty flavor.

M: Nice smooth, medium bodied.

O: An excellent APA. Very flavorful. Fruity. Well balanced. I wish this was available in in my area.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not yet it Best Buy Date.
First of several WI beers as i just returned from a family gig there.
Label hints at loads of cascade and if this is what that smells like - yum and well done. Summer clear fresh flowery citrus slight grass and a hint of oil. Very nice.
One of the slower developing heads I've come across but it's thick and dense and covers a dark gold slighty cloudy body.
First notice a slightly light body with a bit of a aqueous quality. The bottle description is correct with a ample hop flavor but a low level of bitterness. The hop flavors pretty much match the aroma, just balanced a bit differently. A slight grainy quality to the malt.
A real nice drinking beer. Soft feel overall and very inviting.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date purchased at trader joes in madison. ive had this before and it blew up on me, opening careful this time.

look is a dark orange color, cloudy, unfiltered, small head. smell is lemon grass hops, pleasant smelling. good malt presence but mostly hops: honey sweetness balanced out by a sour musky hoppiness.

tasty overly hopped pale

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Photo of tapman
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 finger soft-white head atop a murky orange body. I poured gently enough, but I don't mind a few beasties in my brew.

Big cascade bomb; thick, resinous grapefruit and orange hop aroma with a light sweetness in the back. It is easy to imagine a whole bouquet of citrus and stone fruit when smelling this one.

The top label was right, "Eleven seperate hop additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush floral aromas and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness." Couldn't have put it better myself. I expected a sticky mess, but instead you get a nice and round sweet and bready malt profile with a kiss of hops. Actually, I would say that this one could be even slightly more bitter, which is a rare thing to say nowadays.

Very smooth. For being bottle conditioned not very carbonated, though the taste and feel is very clean.

This is an odd beer; smells like a DIPA yet drinks like the best of the session beers. If this were on tap I could easily park myself and drink this beer for several rounds.

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Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden bady, one finger head.

S- Loads of citrusy hops, but not overpowering.

T- The initial sweetness does not fade imediately as it does in some examples of the style. Rather it just falls back gradually as the hops become the driving force toward the end but don't take over entirely.

M- Smooth and crisp.

D- I'll be grabing more of this.

Some may find the hop character/bitterness lacking, regardless this is a truly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow-gold in color with a noticeable chill haze. Displays a very minimal head, really just barely enough to coat the surface.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, and pine with some sweetish malty background.

T: Grapefruit bitterness tempered by a mild malt sweetness. A little lemon and a nice lingering hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a higher carbonation level that leaves a spicy feeling in the mouth.

D: A very good APA. Light, flavorful with higher carbonation and a noticeable, but not over-the-top hop presence, lends this to being a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: dirty brown yellow body with an attractive 1 finger off white crown. The crown shows good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus hop goodness....strong pineapple component.

Taste: Grass, tea, touch of grapefruit, and a nice pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Too thin to satisfy.

Drinkability: Sessionable

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resplendent gold with a splash or two of orange juice. I like the beer, but I like the cap even more. It's aged ivory in color, with a melted scoop of mousse look as it melts. It also leaves a wide swath of lace-like lace around the upper portion of the pint glass. This is one classy looking APA.

Who doesn't love the smell of pure, unadulterated Cascade hops? I, for one, will never tire of their aroma, no matter how many times I encounter it. Hopalicious is a perfect name for a beer this bright and citrusy. Pineapple and pink grapefruit envelop my nose with every sip and have already begun to make my mouth water for what's to come.

Hopalicious is good beer that falls just short of the magnificence of it's magnificent nose. The neck label does not lie. Each sip delivers plenty of 'bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness'. Even though I definitely like what I'm drinking, the hop flavor tastes a wee bit artificial to me, like an ounce of Tang added to a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Not literally, since the beer isn't orange-like, but you know what I mean.

Thankfully, there isn't even a hint of anything darker than pale malt (caramel for instance) to get in the way of the hop appreciation. I'm okay with the amount of malt used since it allows some bitterness to soak into my taste buds. The dominant flavor, by far, is the tropical fruitier aspects of the Cascade hop. Again, pineapple and pink grapefruit; possibly lemon zest as well.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where it ought to be for an APA. I find myself wishing for more girth, but then I'd be penalizing the beer for not being IPA-like when it was never meant to be. This brewery seems to have mouthfeel nailed down well enough.

I was pleasantly surprised by Mad Town Nut Brown and I'm also pleased with Hopalicious. These guys better be careful or they'll start being mentioned in the same breath with Lake Louie, New Glarus, Tyranena and Capital. If you're looking for a well-brewed Cascade pale ale, Ale Asylum will be only too happy to oblige.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nflmvp for this via trade! I profess to not being a hophead, yet on occaison I do appreciate a solid hoppy beer. This proved to be one such hoppy beer!
A - nice slightly hazy golden-amber color with a solidy head. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle which I noticed before it got in the glass.
S - I hate to presume ingredients but this seems to be a solid Cascade hops brew. Grapefruite / pineapple citcric notes dominate.
T - an explosion of hops with a slightly supporting cast of caramel and biscuity malts. A little on the sweet side.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated hoppy to a high level but not bitter acrid or resiny.
D - drinks quite well. I had enough taste buds left after this to appreciate either another one or my dinner.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.