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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 941
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 29
Gots: 158 | 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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Photo of alexgash
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misty copper apricot body below a finger of soft, plush, off-cream head. Fresh hop nose; mostly pine sap and ganja resins. Some powdered sugar. Nice. Taste is all about the hops as well. Bitter, pungeant hop resins throughout. Some candied fruit malt and light biscuit, but not enough to balance. Hop flavor in the finish is a tad stale, but plenty bitter. Light bodied APA with a lightly creamy feel. Puckeringly dry finish. Decent. (433 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Well hazed medium orange color. A little over one finger of creamy off-white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Bready malts and yeast. Citrusy hoppiness with plenty of orange and lesser amounts of mango and papaya. Also some sugariness. Not overpowering, but pleasant for an APA.

4.0 T: Moderate neutral malt sweetness with a touch of bready yeastiness, but clean overall. Mild, but superbly pleasant citrusy hoppiness. Perfect for an easy drinking APA.

4.0 M: Medium to slightly heavier body. Lower end of good carbonation, which works. There's some weight to this brew without it being either chewy or creamy. Quite nice.

4.5 D: This is so easy to drink. Mild, but sufficient hoppiness, super clean, and well balanced puts this one as a winner. (827 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle ~undated~ poured to a pint glass. Received a couple weeks ago from my brother in beerdom, Metalmonk, - thanks, Jeff!

Pushing the groan-inducing, eye-rolling limits for "made-up beer names that include the word 'hops'", Hopalicious' label features a Norse-looking serpent-dragon and a hop cone that looks oddly like a diamond-patterned egg. 'Fermented In Sanity'. Miller's boast of 'triple-hopping'? Fuck that. Ale Asylum's neck label brags of ELEVEN separate additions of Cascade hops. Nice.

A: Pretty color, a coppery-gold with a warmer butterscotch core. Steady carbonation, speedy and glass-filling. A modest head (not quite a finger) of creamy white - fades quickly and only leaves a scattering of lace. Demerit for a couple notable floaty bits hanging in suspension.

S: Fragrant, grassy and somewhat sweet. A light, desserty fruit - a lemon square or baked scone. Even a hint of 'tropical' fruit, pineapple maybe?

T: The lemony/flowery aroma is expressed well in the flavor, although there's more spice in the finish. A slightly brassy metal could be my taste buds way of trying to grasp a freshly-sawn pine woodiness. Sounds like a big hop-bomb, right? Wrong. Bitterness is nicely held in check. Enough biscuity malt and caramel comes through. Finishes a little on the dry side.

M: My first sip seemed a little thin as it crossed my tongue, then - hello! - big coating citrus zest and tingling spice. Carbonation is present, but isn't abrasive. The hop oils work a subtle magic, lingering and coaxing my saliva, beckoning for the next sip. In the end, medium body.

O: Went down oh-so-well. I was actually pissed that I drank this one so quickly. Blame it on today being the first workday of spring where it actually FELT like 'spring' (dry, mid 60s). Or blame it on this being a damn tasty beer. Whichever the case, I'd like more. (1,857 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (362 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.23/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: pours a murky peach on copper ale with a finger of soapy white foam which slowly falls to a thick sheet of the same. Sheeted lace.
S: Sweet malts with plenty of piny, citrusy cascade hops. The resin aspect is not so present, but I think the crystal malts are the primary tone here. A little sweet on the nose.
T: Oxidized malts give this a disservice. It's sweet and cardboarded. The hops don't really come through the way I would anticipate.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with high carb. Semi-slick finish.
O: Below average for an IPA for me. Malts too dominant without the hops to justify. Too sweet. Hops seem dead. (639 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clouded-over burnt orange sunset color promises much in the way of hop presence. There are even some floaters (presumably yeast) and I don't mind that. I know a lot of beer drinkers snub their nose at it, but I like it. The head is a creamy off-white beauty.

Big citrus notes in the nose, also some peach, red apple and a little pear. Slighter shades of pine. Caramel-like sweetness offers balance.

Definitely a hop-forward pale ale, one of those beers that tastes big without the big ABV. The only thing that keeps it from feeling total west coast is the generous malt layer, like caramel or toffee taffy, sweet and (thanks to the hops, surely) a bit salty. Herbal/pine notes linger, especially prominent in the finish. Slight medicinal twang going on too, but not annoyingly so, and it's the thing that pushes down an almost creamsicle-like overall personality. Maybe more baby aspirin than anything... seriously, think "baby aspirin" when you drink this. You'll see. (And hey, I dig baby aspirin...)

Texturally it's smooth and on the softer side, but carbonated enough to provide some energy.

Of all the great Hop pun beer names out there, Hopalicious is one of the least creative. But who cares? It's the quality of the beer itself that counts, and this one is excellent on all the levels that matter. Bottom line: super solid and super satisfying. (1,364 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, honey-color. Capping this is a creamy/bubbly, light tan head that leaves a fair amount of spotty lace in the glass.

S: Bold aromas of hops, juicy orange, spice, toasted malt, and a hint of aspirin.

T: See above. Very nice interplay between the juicy citrus hops, the dry spicy hops, and the slightly dry but slightly sweet malt.

M: Full and rounded at first sip, this quickly becomes peppery, dry, and spicy as the mouthfeel progresses. Finishes toasty, dry, and fruity.

D: This is a fantasticly easy drinking APA. It's got fruity hops and spicy hops, and sweet malt and toasted malt.I'd love to sample this on draught. (741 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with solid citrus esters and some sweet caramel malt. Hoppy upfront with citrus fruit esters of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Earthy, herbal, and floral hop hints with some pine and grass. Solid malt backing with hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. Very juicy smelling and hop forward. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy hop forward taste of citrus esters and earthy hops with some sweet caramel malt. Citrus hops upfront with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with some grass, pine spice, and floral and herbal notes. Bready malt background with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, cracker, and yeast. Hop forward and juicy taste but the bitterness is very tame. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily. very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid pale ale. Leans very much to the hoppy side with lots of citrus esters but doesn't have the bitter bite of an IPA. A nice lighter hoppy option. (1,386 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending me this brew as part of a fantastic Wisconsin monster box that he sent.

A: Pours a dark, yet glistening orange color, with a nice inch or so white head that kept it's retention throughout the session.

S: Soft pine and grapefruit with hint of a floral nature.

T: The name speaks for itself. The balance is fantastic and the citrus profile is nicely done without being too hoppy or bitter. I would rank the smooth refreshing aftertaste up there with some of the best APAs on the market!

M: Thick, without being too. The ABV is perfect for the style and the balance between the sweet and bitter elements is perfect.

D: I could drink this all day long.... if only I could click my heels together and end up in Wisconsin. (762 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, golden orange with about a fingers worth of head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves a good amout of lacing.

S- Smells of floral and citrus hops with a good backbone of caramelized malts.

T- A very nice balance between hops and malts. Overall, pretty citrusy in hops and bready malts.

M- Medium in body and carbonation nothing out of the ordinary here.

D- A little misleading by the name of this brew I expected more hops and it fell short. Not bad just expected more from this one. (514 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden straw yellow, hue of amber. 1 finger head, creamy lacing engulfs inside of pint.

S: pine, citrus, earthy grains, nice mild refreshing scent.

T: a tad disappointing, the body seems a little watered down. the bitterness is rather muted.

M: light/medium body, little too much carbonation.

D: This is my 2nd Ale Asylum beer and bit let down. The aroma had me excited, but the flavor and mouthfeel was very weak and watery. Not an awful beer, but certainly much better beers available. Very sessionable, almost like a macro version of a American Pale Ale. (567 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head and a good lace. The aroma is nice & fruity with some mango and citrus with just a mild caramel hint. The flavor follows with some nice melon and citrus. There is some distinct bitterness in there as well, more bitterness than say your average citrusy fruity pale ale/IPA. There is a mild biscuit maltiness in there as well and not really any sweetness. This is very tasty and one I'd gladly have again from Wisconsin! (510 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date 04-28-2014 printed on the label. My second beer from Ale Asylum, acquired a single bottle for $1.50 at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange with one finger of frothy white head. Look fluffy lacing, some active carbonation, and some fine sediment floating in the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty light and faint, but nice. Earthy / bready malt, some caramel, oak woodiness, grassy, oranges / lemon pith, and perhaps some herbal clove-like spicing. Slightly chalky. A good aroma, but it is of below average strength and intensity.

T - Taste is of sweetened bready / caramel / earthy malts, mild lemon / pine hoppiness, and a slight hint of rye / spicing present.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and creamy. Light-bodied & easy drinking with good carbonation.

Overall, a traditional style American pale ale, not overly bitter or hoppy, crisp, smooth, and easy drinking. I could definitely see it pairing well with a meal. Otherwise, it was nice to try it, but I wouldn't go back to it again. Not really fitting of the name Hopalicious either, being as tame as it is. Still, it is worth trying.

Ale Asylum Hopalicious ---3.5/5 (1,232 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my nonic tumbler, the ale appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of creamy off white head. Tastes and aromas are of resinous pine, grapefruit pith, grassy, bitter, caramelized malt, a touch of orange. About medium bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try. (315 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a orange-golden with a nice two finger near white head. Decent retention and a fair amount of lacing clings to the glass.
S- Smell is citrus, floral, and biscuit. Remembering that, despite the name, I am grading this as an APA, it does have a reasonably assertive hop aroma.
T- Biscuity sweetness hits the tongue, but the flash of orange and floral hops (faint hint of pineapple), asserts itself without falling into unbalanced territory.
M- The body and carbonation are fine and typical of style, maybe a bit fuller in the body than average. I would say the finish was rather abrupt.
O- It is a good beer and good when viewed as an APA. Worth finding. (662 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (674 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow this beer has 11 hop additions, that makes it almost 4 times better than Miller Lite being triple hopped right?

Poured light amber with almost no head, just a few tan bubbles and some swirling white at the top.

The smell was very balanced between hops and malts, maybe they use 11 malt additions to make this work out. Has a nice light bready backbone with some nice classic cascade notes with fresh citrus and a little pine.

Overall its a nicely balanced flavored pale, very light with some nice buiscuit and sourdough malt flavors, taste like it has a bit of English Dark Crystal in there, mixing evenly with the subdued citrus and cascade flavors. I thought it was balanced at first, but the more I drink it the more malt centric it becomes, it needs a 12th hop addition, the bittering addition. Just not quite bitter enough even for just a light APA.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of a syrupy finish.

Overall just an average APA. (946 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pous a hazy golden color with a small lacing head. There i a nice floral aroma from the hops. There is a nice hoppy taste that is rather mellow but still present. There isnt that lingerng hoppy flavor, and could use more carbonation. Overall a reallly nice apa, very enjoyable. (287 characters)

Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.