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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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227 Reviews
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Reviews: 227
Hads: 965
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 29
Gots: 166 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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: 227 | Hads: 965
Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/02/12 notes. On tap in Madison, WI at some restaurant. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, light pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and bready malts. Lots of citrus and nice hops; quite good.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, biscuit, light pine hops. Nice but not quite as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No real bitterness and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice local pale ale. Nice hops and citrus in the nose, though it wasn't quite as strong in the taste. Easy to drink and would have it again, though I enjoyed some of their other stuff better that weekend.

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Photo of NealVsBeer
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale, golden color with a creamy white one-finger head and good retention

S - Heavy hop aroma with noticeable malts and citrus

T- This one is hoppy and smooth. Slightly sweet and citrusy. A bit of bitterness at the end but not overpowering like I would expect from a hop-heavy APA.

M - This goes down very smoothly. Medium-bodied, mildly carbonated and crisp.

D - Very drinkable APA. It's smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of shivtim
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Hazy copper/brown brew with a thin tan head. Lacing is excellent, leaving a nice trail as you drink. Looks very nice. Nose is hops and maybe a little pine. Taste is strong cascade hops, some balancing malts in the middle, and a bit of sour fruit. Like grapefruit and lemon, but not sweet at all. Mouthfeel is nice, it's not too thin and goes down smoothly, with some tingly carbonation. Drinkability is decent as well.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden honey cloudy murky, lots of carb bubbles traveling north. Minimal head medium retention no legs

S- A sweeter take on a pale. Bit of honey, medium hop profile sticking strictly to pine and malty profile.

T- A bit watery, but that is how I tend to like them. Some sweetness with the honey.

M- Medium carb and velvety smooth IMO

O- A well done pale. Thanks for the extra!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very nice IPA. I got a nice bitter hoppy taste. There was a fair amount of citrus and pine notes as well-maybe not as much as my favorite IPAs but enough to make this something I should try and purchase down the line. I am always partial to local breweries and this was a good version of a pale ale.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours an opaque golden color, half finger of white foam. Pretty good lacing and retention. Smell and taste are mostly floral, biscuity, with a tiny bit of sweetness. Almost no bitterness. I guess my only wish would be for a little more hop flavor; right now, it's tending toward thin. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. The carbonation seems a bit harsh? Overall, this is a good, easy drinking, floral pale ale.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no date code or markings, poured into pint glass
A- Hazy golden/orange in color with one finger head, thin layer stays around
S- Light aroma of citrus, hops, and a noticeable maltiness, nothing special
T- Starts right away with nice hop flavor, malt balance comes soon after with a little bit of pine, not bad at all
M- Nicely carbonated, piny oiliness helps the beers a lot
O- Overall a solid APA, nothing over-the-top, just a nice mix of citrus to pine and hops to malt balance

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Atwood Fest. So, certainly not optimal conditions. But I'm having this after Block Party. And I can't taste the hopalicious, at all. I'm kinda stunned at how much I no longer like this beer.

I didn't lovwit, to begin with. Bo. Actually, I did love it, four years ago.
What's to explain such radical shifts in palate?

It's certainly not a bad beer. But it is a letdown evey time I have it.

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Photo of LisaLisa73
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I absolutely do not like hops. However, I have heard so much about how awesome this beer is. The brewery is 28 miles away in a college town so I had to try it. It actually has a very smooth taste and has the perfect carbonation. I still don't like a hoppy beer, however, this beer has a very smooth taste and isn't all that bad!

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Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of westweasel
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a hazy straw color with a bright white head. The smell is full of pine, lemon, and grapefruit with a slight bready scent.

The taste is mostly all hop bitterness. Being a hop-head, I would usually like this - but the lingering bitter after-taste is a little bit harsh and one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is light to medium.

The drinkability is ok, but that lingering bitterness is not as pleasent as other IPAs. It's good but not great.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold with nice white head and lacing.

The smell is of citrus hops and a good biscuity malt backbone that someone equates to the smell of a cookie.

The taste is very balanced but a little more upfront with the hop flavor and a nice malty back.

Overall a good beer for sure.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively orange amber into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Aroma is alive with a hearty hops and smells dry as a bone. Taste is sharp and dry on the tongue rounding out to a very dry and bitter finish. Carbonation tries to wipe th etongue of the dryness but does not succeed.

This brew is pretty darn good though not a bit of residual sweetness, odd for a Pale Ale. I like this much but wish maybe a bit more balance.

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Photo of minterro
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was acquired in a trade with jegross2

A&S: Kinda a weak piney scent (like a weak hopslam) citrus notes in this one. Not very complex or balanced, but it still smells half way decent. Pours about 1 and ½ fingers of off white (almost yellow) fizzy head that turns pretty foamy after a minute or so. Clumpy foamy lacying. Murky orange colored beer. Bubbles slowly rising from the bottom.

T&M: Pretty darn bitter towards the end. A little bit spicy toward the end. This beer is pretty one sided, not much going on malty-wise. Well hopped for a pale. On the watery side of medium very close to being low bodied, medium to high amounts of carbonation. Its refreshing.

Overall: It’s pretty ordinary Pale, nothing really standing out, and nothing really special. I wouldn't recommend this beer for a good example of the style, nor a bad example.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy medium Amber with a thick creamy head, nice retention and good lacing.mild citrus aroma, all cascade. Nice flavor but I picked up a slight "burnt" note. Decent bitterness with a maltier nose.

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Photo of jtneal111
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Poured somewhat vigorously yielding two fingers of creamy beige head. Very nice retention with splattered lace. Color is a golden hued copper.

Aroma: Some pale malt with a lower level of hops. Some lemon citrus. Caramel and bready malts. Not a lot here.

Taste: A little better than the aroma, but still malty. Pale and bready malts. Some grassy earthy hops. Not bad, but I wish it was a bit hoppier and not so malty.

Mouthfeel: A bit bitter, but crisp as well. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry, a bit sticky with some grassy hops and bready malts.

Overall, not a bad pale ale, but nothing I want a lot of. Too malty for me. Drinkable, if I would want more. Not bad, but not good.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured rich honey-amber into Bordeaux glass and formed thin head that faded in about two minutes.

N-Floral hops w/hints of tangerine and lime, malt.

P-Strong bitter hoppy attack that transitions into smooth, somewhat malty and citrus-flavored mid-palate, and finishes with only a faint return to hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is extremely clean and dry.

M-I found this APA too light-bodied. I enjoyed the taste, but the accompanying texture and light carbonation left something to be desired.

D-Ale Asylum is one of my favorite local breweries in the Madison area, and I will buy this again, but not until late spring when it would better match the climate. The taste is enjoyable, and the body is not altogether lacking, but between the two there is some imbalance.

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Photo of tasteegood
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scooped a six-pack at a gas station in Wisconsin as my pops and I traveled to Green Bay territory to witness another Bears loss :(

From my recollection, this was about 7.49!!!

I had this on tap from Ale Sylum so my appearance rating may not be a fair rating (since I most recently just had it from the bottle).

S- Citrus, faint hops.
T- Definitley not as hoppy as other APA styles I've had. Not as harsh, almost zest like in flavor.
M-Easy on the palate, little carbonation.
O-If I am ever back in Wisonsin, I will seek this out again. Tasty and economical. It was great to have with chips and pizza.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.