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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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89
very good

582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%


Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
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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EnJeiBee

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a transparent golden amber with a thin white head that disappates fairly quickly

S - Fruity, citrusy hops upfront balenced fairly well by a mild, but sweet, malt backbone

T - A great balence of pine and citrus hit you up front and quickly fade into a semi-sweet finish

M - Light bodied and refreshing. Very clean light hop finish and moderate carbonation.

O - It's a pretty enjoyable APA to me. Everyone consistently looks to have their taste buds blown off by the latest and greatest IIPA, so brews like this go unappreciated. When looking for a carefully done APA, I think you should give this a serious consideration!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:05:00 | More by EnJeiBee
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caresville

New Jersey

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

split bottle with PaulMPap, bottle courtesy of adfenton. poured into standard size pint glass.

A- pours a murky amber to orange with a tiny off white head and tons of bubbles and a little bit of lacing.

S- burned grapefruit, sugar, freshly sliced pears.

T&M- no surprise here, hoppy and bitter. easy drinking brew, with lots of carbonation.

D- very very drinkable, could easily drink this all the time. wish it was available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 06:14:24 | More by caresville
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

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

A - A deep gold color, a little hazy - medium carbonation. Nice film of lace that went the distance.

S - A big hop blast in the nose - nice citrus note (oranges), a little pine - cascading flavors of cascade hops!

T - Citrus flavors continue in the taste also a nice grassy flavor, some pale malt, light bread flavors as it warms. Not a lot of bitterness or aftertaste.

M - Good medium body.

D - I had this in a blind tasting with Liberty and Sierra Nevada. Hopalicious was my favorite. The hop blast is awesome and the lack of bitterness in the finish makes it very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

If you are in the Madison area, you need to stop by Ale Asylum and sample this beer - very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 01:47:50 | More by SafeAtFirst
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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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johnkale

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden straw color, maybe a finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves moderate lacing

S - carmel, biscuity malts, very floral (lilac maybe) and grassy with a touch of orange and mint

T - smooth maltiness, minimally bitter, orange zest and caramel are the two things you get most, finish is warm

M - lighter bodied with a good carbonation kick and just the slightest resiny coating on the tongue

O - a very solid APA, easy to drink with appealing flavors but not overly complex, got this six-pack free though, so I can't complain

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:26:36 | More by johnkale
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BasterdInABasket

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 04:58:12 | More by BasterdInABasket
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rhodeska

Indiana

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

Nice pour, a really nice white/creme colored head thatlingers for a while. Dark and cloudy orange color for the beer.

Well, the primary smell i nthe beer is hops (big surprise by the name, right?) but there is some citrus in the background that comes out if you really get your nose in there.

The taste is actually kind of tame (figured it be super hoppy based on the name) There is a hop taste and a little orange in the background, but i can mostly just taste hops.

The beer doesn't really linger in the mouth, but the top of the throat retains some feeling and taste of the beer.

Really solid hops beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 22:05:39 | More by rhodeska
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patrick16o

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-golden hue with a finger and a half of a eggshell white crown. Very few bubbles rising to the top of this beer and the crown is slowly diminishing. The aroma is exquisite, its soft yet strong with a blend of floral and citrus and a touch of malt underneath. As I let the beer warm up a little, the flavor becomes much more pronounces. There is a nice hoppyness to this beer but it fades a bit too quickly. The body is somewhat light and the finish is dry. Mouthfeel is less than average and drinkability is also average. This was my first Ale Asylum beer, was hoping for a bit more flavor than I got. Still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 23:56:57 | More by patrick16o
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Estocker

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 03:49:01 | More by Estocker
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eallured

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 03:24:16 | More by eallured
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DeeMented

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Ale Asylum.

The beer was a hazy, golden yellow, with a thick, creamy head. The head faded quickly, and left only a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very citrusy and tangy, with a hint of sweetness. A very summery aroma.

The mouthfeel was well carbonated, and creamy.

The hops were present throughout the whole experience, but the taste actually started with a grapefruit flavor, and had some very mild malt that didn't really start to come through until it warmed up a bit. It finished with a hops bite that wasn't overly bitter, but very pleasing.

This wasn't an in-your-face hops bomb, like some other pale ales, but a very enjoyable beer that wasn't overwhelmingly bitter.

This is Ale Asylum's most popular brew for a reason.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 21:38:21 | More by DeeMented
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Slyjoker87

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 19:15:47 | More by Slyjoker87
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tasteegood

Illinois

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 06:17:48 | More by tasteegood
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NealVsBeer

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 20:09:12 | More by NealVsBeer
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jerskine

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:17:14 | More by jerskine
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wgk

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 20:09:11 | More by wgk
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henrichsj

Iowa

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

A - Lots of white head, nice cloudy orange color

S - Very hoppy, some citrus

T - Hops right out of the gate, citrus flavor, bitterness at times, very dry aftertaste

M - Crisp on the tongue, decent carbonation, very dry finish

O - Bought a 6-pack of this on our annual Fall trip to Wisconsin for apples. I love a lot of hop-forward beers but this one was a bit too dry for my tastes. Still not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 02:30:28 | More by henrichsj
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kgs

California

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a yummy, very food-friendly IPA with a lovely marigold color. It is assertively hoppy but well-balanced, with subdued grapefruit and orange flavors that complement strong food flavors such as blue cheese and bacon. The mouthfeel is crisp but not thin, which again plays into this beer's food-friendliness -- the optimal texture for sipping between bites of food. It was particularly good after ten minutes or so, when it was not quite so cold and the malt flavor came forward. The carbonation is just enough to scrub the palate between bites without distracting the mouth with too much effervescence.

I had this on tap with a bacon cheeseburger (medium-rare, Maytag blue cheese) and will think of it often after leaving Madison this week.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 15:22:06 | More by kgs
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iwantmorehops

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 21:31:08 | More by iwantmorehops
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uncle8gil

Wisconsin

2.17/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well, friends, typically I am far more excited to experience a brew from Wisconsin but this one left me very, very disappointed. It poured a golden amber, with plenty of bubbles dancing, though the white head was minimal. I was undaunted and decided to jump right in.

The body was thin and watery, and the beer only went downhill from there (something to do with gravity, I think). There was no carbonation to note, but the watery thin feel of the beer was by far the biggest disappointment. The taste was a bit sweet, and a bit flowery, with no bitter kick whatsoever, and other than that, no taste at all from the middle to the finish. I was left staring at the empty bottle wondering if I'd drank a beer or not. It was watery: so, so watery.

Overall, this beer was a letdown (I hesitate to use stronger language), and was just another in a line of beers trying to be hoppy for the simple sake of being hoppy, with nothing else to offer. Fellow IPA, APA, DIPA drinkers, avoid this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:44:27 | More by uncle8gil
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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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DuaneSCarr

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:12:57 | More by DuaneSCarr
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normalbeerguy

Minnesota

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Beer is light orange in color with a finger widths amount of head.

Smell is hoppy and slightly fruity.

Taste is hoppy and fruity with a slight bitterness that fades somewhat quicker than anticipated and balanced well by a smooth malt presence.

Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation that lasts through the entire pint.

I wish I had easy access to this beer as it would be in my regular rotation. Very good APA. It's only second to NG's Moon Man for me when it comes to WI APA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:55:20 | More by normalbeerguy
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DrBrewDay


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

Served from a bottle at ~45F

Appearance- Murkry straw yellow with thin white head

Aroma- citrus citrus and more citrus. Some bread

Flavor- a great platform for the cascade hop. There is little malt flavors detected. Slightly watery

Mouthfeel- medium light to medium. Carbonation seems acceptable

Overall- of all of the ale asylum beers that I have tried (Ambergeddon, Contorter, Madtown, Satisfaction Jacksin) this is my favorite

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 16:26:15 | More by DrBrewDay
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shreddy

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - strong American hop presence.

Taste - mild malt background followed up by a very strong but welcome hop flavor. The beer was not overly bitter for being so hoppy. The hops were mostly late addition to effect the aroma and taste.

Drinkability - a mild abv and a strong hop flavor makes this beer very drinkable. I would even say its session worthy if you can handle the hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 16:37:13 | More by shreddy
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
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