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Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum

Ballistic IPABallistic IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rockwell on 03-07-2009)
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mgo737

Iowa

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If this beer was on the west coast, it would be rated up there with all the best IPAs, whether from Russian River or Ballast Point. Blasphemy, I know... Here in Wisconsin, Ballistic is kind of like when Marty McFly plays Johnny B. Goode and says, "I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it."

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:07:01 | More by mgo737
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes Jan 15 2012

Pours a hazy amber, looks very nice in the glass.

Smells of armerreto, faint tropical fruit, and a little pine.

Taste is bitter grapefruit up front, earthy, bready malt backbone, ends on more bitter grapefruit dryness.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy for me.

A decent IPA, just not my favorite. If you like Armarillo hops then this is you IPA. But I found it to be a bit different and odd.

Re-review - Feb 2013

I have had to change my review because having re visited I have discovered that I love this beer, Fresh Citrus just burst from every sip, the smell and taste are so fresh. It finishes remarkabely clean with not an off flavor in sight!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:39:39 | More by nickapalooza86
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received SUPER fresh from GbvDave, thanks Dave!! Reviewed from notes.

I had never heard of this brewery until Dave mentioned he was getting some and we were working on a trade anyway, so bonus. Glad he suggested it. The cloudy amber, nice puffy head and super glue lacing were inviting me to savor it's goodness. The aroma punched me between the eyes before I got close, GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGE, HOPS oh my! The fresh hop flavor bounced around in my mouth like a super-ball. Did someone slip a slice of invisible orange in my glass when I wasn't looking? I've had quite a few IPA's, but this one has something special I can't quite put my finger on. Is it the earthy-ness, the hop schedule, or just WI water? The clean finish left no residue or hop bitterness around to just "hang-out". This is a very drinkable IPA, bright flavors and a clean finish make it a winner. I didn't really want to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:34:47 | More by brokenleadedcask
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours an interesting mix of hazy ruby-red and tarnished copper. Very creamy light-tan head that's chock full of bubbles and lace leaving abilities.

S: This absolutely REEKS of Amarillo hops! I love Amarillo hops. Tons of citrus, spice, and toasted malt, as well.

T: Boatloads of citrus (grapefruit and orange) with fresh-cut pine bough, toasted malt, pineapple, and a touch of mint in the finish.

M: Very sticky and juicy. Awesome hoppy bitterness with touches of sweet caramel and dry spice.

D: Very, very impressive. This, and Tyranena's Bitter Woman IPA would so be my everyday IPA's if I lived in the WI!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:15:58 | More by GbVDave
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque copper/honey color with an off-white half finger head..

The smell is floral, pineapple, grapefruit, and of course pine. I also get the sweetness from the malts on the nose as well.

The taste follows the nose, citrus and pine... very bitter... but with the sweetness from the malts this is very well balanced. I love that this is not over the top... perfect!

I love how rich and full-bodied this is..Ale Asylum always impresses me with their well crafted beers. I have yet to be disappointed with any of their offerings. A+

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:15:01 | More by Tuey13
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Estarrio for providing this as an extra in a recent trade. Excellent trader.

A foamy 2 finger white head rises above the beer and then slowly begins to fade away. A deep copper/amber color with excellent clarity.. (decanted and left sediment in the bottle) Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Aroma is fantastic, fresh and bold. Big perfume, floral hops. Some deep pine aromas..

Wow, a great IPA. Balance and depth.. Starts with some nice malt/cracker tones and some nice fruits take center stage. A slight touch of caramel, but not really sweet... or is it a touch of nutty flavor?? Light citrus and smooth pine flavors from the hops at the end.

Smooth mouth feel and medium light body.

Wonderfully drinkable. Man, I wish I had another bottle of this stuff.

Excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 18:24:59 | More by Reagan1984
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint.

pours a light amber with a smallish cloud. Immense head leaves very ample lacing and legs around the glass. Very good looking beer.

Aroma is of the most floral hops I have ever smelled. There are rose hips in my nostrils with this beer. Geraniums and grassy, lewisite aromas. Honey peeks its head in and says hello. Wow, this is a piney, powerful aroma that is not JUST bitter, there is a depth here that is almost laboring. Malt is in the show and makes itself known, as it has a medium sweet, doughy aroma. Wet hops and grass on the finish, which just makes me think of freshness.

Flavor is off the chart amarillos, which is different. Not overly bitter, the hops give a toasty almost burnt flavor top the beer. Toasty malt lends itself well to the amarillos used. Burnt toast and over baked, burnt bread come through on the middle. There is a charred meat flavor sneaking in there, which most likely from the malt roast mixing it up with the hop variety. Absolutely no diacetyl flavor comes through in this brew. There is hardly any sweetness, this is as dry as they get. You think you've had piney??? Not yet my friend.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Slick and slightly oily...wow this is a refreshing beer.

Something different for the hop heads, it's not fruity like the Slam, but it has it's own characteristics that make it special.

I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 00:28:41 | More by wheatyweiss
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - A haze gives this beer a dirty apricot orange-amber look while the moderate pour only gives up a two-finger, soft-white cream head. Good retention and awesome lace collars are left on the glass.

S - That's one refreshing crisp and hoppy nose! A perfect marriage of malt (including a bit of caramel), and American hops. Bold citrus zest and resin aroma I can't get enough of.

T - Again, the marriage of hops and malts are stellar! Undertones of sweet caramel and pils malts blend superbly with light fruity, citrusy, resin-filled hops.

M - A bitter and dry finish compliments the beer as well as the rest of it having a pretty strong malt sweetness. Soft and smooth with a mild carbonation finish.

D - A very good beer with a cool James Bond-like label, this IPA is a great brew I wish I had picked up a 6er of. Well-balanced and delicious, it makes for an awesome sessioner!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 23:27:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy copper/amber color with a nice eggshell 2 finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Nice floral citrus smell. Orange, Pineapple, Grapefruit. Touch of nice sweet malt.

T - I really enjoy the taste of this. Slight pine bitter flavor is complemented by juicy fruit and citrus. This is how I want IPA's to taste. The bitterness gives way to some malt sweetness and finishes with the pine bitter.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Sticky and oily hops left in the mouth.

O - A very nice balance between hops and malt for an IPA. This one is best under 2 months old and the fresher the better the experience will be.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 00:13:35 | More by Ri0
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dirtylou

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 6pack for $9.99 at Steve's

its about freaking time ale aslyum spit out a bona-fide IPA...hopalicious and ambergeddon stretch their respective lines but ballistic is what all the previous efforts were leading up to

appearance: pretty cheesy label and 6pack branding, but ale asylum has always been a little on the cheesy side...poured into an imperial pint, pretty bright-orange amber body with a healthy wave of frothy white goodness atop, nice retention

smell: a nice bouquet of hops - grapefruit-citrus and fresh pine are abundant, pungent orange zest and tangerine

taste: if this beer became available in the same wavelength as ambergeddon and hopalicious (ie: every bar worth entering in the madison area) then we are in for some good times...this one delivers big time in the hops department (amarillo spilling out of the glass). its full bodied (7.5% will do that) with a strong malt backbone but the grapefruit/orange play a dominant role, bitterness levels are moderate and ballistic delivers big time as probably the best IPA produced within the borders (less maybe hopwhore?)

mouthfeel: full bodied, medium bitterness, lovely hop profile

drinkability: hindered by the power, but very nice

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 05:57:57 | More by dirtylou
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Frothy, huge off white head that ever so slowly fades to a well covered skim. Underneath is a dark amber, slightly cloudy liquid that leaves gobs of lacing. This looks more like a DIPA than an IPA.
S. Wow - citrus/lemon, pungent forest floor, pine - no doubt about it, this is loaded with hops.
T. I can see where the initial taste of this beer may set some people back - the hop profile is slightly pungent. A few sips later, this beer just starts to grow on me - lemon and pine hop flavors are balanced with bready malts.
M. Medium bodied, somewhat oily feel and nicely carbonated. Just the way I like an IPA.
D. I could drink one after another - the hops are so nicely balanced with malt that I just don't tire drinking this stuff. Another winner from Ale Asylum and something to keep around, especially with warmer weather just around the corner.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 01:18:20 | More by bound4er
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koopa

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

received a couple of 12oz bottles in a trade with kmadison. I really appreciate having been given the opportunity to try this fantastic IPA amigo!

Appearance: Definately quite red...almost like a peach iced tea or raspberry iced tea. Off white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and pine resin...mmmm pine resin!

Taste: loads of grapefruit, pine resin, and toasted malt. Not quite caramel which I'm happy about. More biscuity. Really tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy or sticky. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best because of the loads of citrus hops but still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 23:59:41 | More by koopa
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INTENSEdan

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it tonight!

Nice pour; deep gold/amber, nice one inch head that lasted.

Aroma is floral and piney with very bright and zippy citrus.

Mouth is excellent; easy drinking with perfect carbonation, nice weight.

It's all in the mouth: grapefruit, not sweet screams out first, nice pine and floral notes again and well-malted. This one is definitely a pounder... super easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 02:58:56 | More by INTENSEdan
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er at steves wine this afternoon.

A- poured a darker amber color than normal, crystal clear, a solid head on top and a almost white head on top that lasted for a bit, but faded down to a thin lave by the end. the glass was left with a solid light lace throughout however.

s_ super strong american hops. delicious and intense by all acounts. definitely a mouthwatering effect for the hop head. grapfruit, a little bit of lemon, maybe a little something else as zest.

T- a definelty hoppy brew. this is hoppy throughout. not exactly a 'balanced beer' but not overtly overboard. definiely contains quite a bit of amarillo, and i would gather quite the heavy hand of some soriachi ace. the fruity ness on top screams amarillo, however there seems to be enough lemon to suggest that the latter had to have been used.

M- thick, but not quite syruppy. tasty treat all around.

d- a solid drink all around, maybe a little more bitter, but definetly a great compliment in their lineup. hopalicious and this work great together to give two very different but both very good hop centric brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 00:02:42 | More by Atron67
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eyncognito

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber bronze-distinct orange and red highlights with a 1 finger beige head-fades into a thick collar that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is pure amarillo, a hop that in the past I've been less than satisfied with, but lately between this all amarillo IPA and new glarus' crack'd wheat, I've becoming fast friends with this fickle hop. Wonderful citrus notes: orange and tangerine, lime and lemon zest with hints of Rose's lime juice, maybe a little grapefruit, notes of dank weed, brown sugary malt is only an after thought-hard to break through all the citrusy goodness. Surprising really for such a malty looking IPA.

Taste is wonderful. Big time citrus: oranges and lemon/lime zest-more on the lime side really, grapefruit asserts itself here more than in the nose, dank grass, even tangerine, soft pine. Malt flavor also asserts itself better than in the nose, caramel, toasty bread, even slightly nutty. Mouthfeel is really on the fence here. Carbonation is soft and pleasant-good for the style. It is medium bodied-a bit of a hermaphrodite, is it an IPA or a DIPA? Hard to say, I'd prefer one or the other really, scale the alcohol/malt back a bit or ramp it up slightly. The bitter dryness (moderately dry) of this is near perfect, balancing the malt sweetness. Incredibly clean bitter finish.

Easily, dangerously drinkable. The day it came out I downed a sixer with ease, only to realize in the morning that 3-4 would suffice. Alcohol is well masked, but does assert itself and is noticeably warming. For a brewery like Ale Asylum who have made such wonderful vehicles for hops-Hopaliscous and Ambergeddon, to have taken this long to produce an IPA was starting to bother me. Here's to hoping that they'll keep tinkering. Ballistic is a wonderful single hop IPA that showcases exactly how good amarillo can be, but could have its malt bill improved slightly (still good in a Midwest fashion) to make it damn near World Class.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 21:26:39 | More by eyncognito
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bigbeard

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The hop aroma and flavor of this brew are a great example of a well-hopped American-IPA. What I enjoy most about the brew is that Ale Asylum brews it with only one hop variety (Amarillo I believe) so one can really appreciate and understand what that hop has to offer. Hopalicious and Satisfaction Jacksin are the same way, but with different hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 08:18:49 | More by bigbeard
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a finger of head. Lacing towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt (a very slightly toasted scent), a little alcohol, and a nice blend of fruits.

Taste: A nice blend of caramel malt and hops. The aftertaste has a nice blend of citrusy tones, including orange, grapefruit, and a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: A medium body, and very well carbonated. This goes down very easy.

Drinkability: Yet another winner from Ale Asylum. I still think the Hopalicious has a better flavor with it being a little more citrusy. Maybe I am just biased because I had the Hopalicious first. Regardless, I am a big Ale Asylum fan, and I like that they have three relatively hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 03:08:37 | More by Ek0nomik
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gford217

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of rlcnmeyer poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep amber that looks brownish amber in the glass. The head is big and beige and shows great retention and sticks to glass completely on the way down.

The aroma is really nice and dominated by citrus fruits, especially oranges and grapefruits. There is enough malt to be noticed and has a sweetness that balances the slight astringent burn of the hops.

The taste isn't quite as nice as the aroma and has a milder, sweeter citrus hop presence than the aroma with juicy tropical fruits coming through, maybe pineapples in addition to a less prominant grapefruit presence. The malts lend a solid sweet backbone and the finish is not overly bitter.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and not as astringent as the hop profile might suggest. It's medium to fullish for an regular IPA.

This is an impressive IPA from Ale Asylum and extremely drinkable as the hops are present but not overpoweringly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 19:49:06 | More by gford217
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of a great BA from a recent trade - cheers! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours an absolutely turgid burgundy, full of yeast and hop haze and all sorts of other floating goodies. One thing of note - this one slides out of the bottle with so much ease it was difficult to get a vigorous enough pour to yield any sort of substantial head, but half a finger of creamy taupe foam does manage to form even with my weakass dump. Retention is nice, forming a quasi-caldera with a thick, milky rim and a uniform, dense surface layer. The lacing on the sides of the glass is fantastic - incredibly fine, thin, delicate, soapy, forming a nice thin haze all over the sides of the cervoise. If the brewers could find a way to improve the clarity and color of the body on this one while maintaining the quality of the head and lace, we'd really be on to something here.

Aroma: Pure, resinous hops, wave upon wave, thick, spicy, fruity, and juicy. Amazingly, there are very few acidic astringencies here - the aroma of this one reminds me a lot of SN Torpedo, actually, as if the hops have been purified and softened prior to making this one.

Taste: Big, bold, and flavorful. The malts on this one are toasty, wholesome, chewy, full of caramel and dark toffee, glassy, very bready. Very roasty, and tending towards the sweet side of things, and with the small amount of hop astringencies present there's plenty of opportunity for that to come through. The hops are only minimally bitter, and the real star is the quantity of flavor - tons of leafy, spicy, spritzy mint, estery flowers, earthy, dirty tobacco, and a boatload of citrus, from lightly tart lemon to chewy, pithy, juicy grapefruit. A very fully flavored and enjoyable tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: A thick, chewy body with a good amount of carbonation for a really creamy, slick, oily body. Surprisingly even, a result of the not-excessive amount of effervescence and the viscosity of the body, I imagine.

Drinkability: A surprisingly well made ale, incredibly flavorful. Most remarkable is how smooth it is. In retrospect, I'll comment that this is perhaps in some ways a detriment, as the lack of bitterness and hop astringencies (which many of us have grown very fond of after having consumed as many IPAs as so many of us have) reveals the "nasty underbelly" of excessive hopping (that soapy, chemically note), though this is something it did take me a while to notice and actually think about enough to put in to words, so it's obviously not that large a detriment. At 7.5%, though, this beer is pretty high for an IPA - borderline DIPA, I'd say. Regardless, it's definitely one to seek out, and is every bit of deserving of its high average. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:58:35 | More by CrellMoset
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deereless

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown to copper in color, thin layer of head, minute amounts of sediment, a small amount of lacing along the interior of the glass - 4.00, S: An magnificent blast of Amarillo hops on the nose providing a strong citrus aroma - particularly orange and some grapefruit, some subtle tangerine sweetness is evident, there's also some nuts and slight caramel - 4.50, T: Strong orange rind and grapefruit along with some herbal and floral characteristics, sharp hop bite, the taste is very good but doesn't quite live up to the nose, alcohol is present but not disruptive - 4.00, M: Medium mouth feel with an every so slight stickiness - 4.00, D: The aroma is pure American IPA and a highlight of the beer, Ballistic would easily be on my shopping list if I had access to it, if you are a hop head I would encourage you to seek out this beer - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:13:14 | More by deereless
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Florida9

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, dull brown in color with a little bit of fine yeast sediment on the bottom. A smallish off whit head head reduces to a surface coating. A little lacing.

S: Full of hoppy goodness. Predominantly citrus, sweet orange, with a little bit of pine. Very aromatic.

T: Sweet malt on the front followed by a moderate bitterness, and then a good dose of citrus hop flavor. However, the flavor washes out quickly, leaving a watery feeling in the mouth.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. A bit of spice on the tongue along with the aforementioned watery residue.

D: A mighty tasty, hop-centric IPA that could be easily loved by most any hop head. However, the malt is a little sweet for my tastes, but this is a personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:49:16 | More by Florida9
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass, sent recently by Madison-based BA BarrytheBear. Bottle stored in the cellar; it's a milder day in late February (low 50s), so let's call this 'cask temperature'.

Label: "This American-style IPA has a mountain of Amarillo hops for explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with a clean, robust finish. Ballistic brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way".

Label design is varying shades of green, image a Bond-like silhouette of a woman firing a round - a single hop cone. 'Best Enjoyed By' rectangle at the lower left is a blank white space, so I'm left to wonder...

A: Gorgeous beer! Deep semi-cloudy, 'bread crust' orange-amber pour - thick, alluring, dangerous in appearance. Head is tall and sturdy, almost 2 fingers of dense ivory foam, steadily ebbing but never coming close to dissolving. Excellent lace, too - garter bands of dense cobwebs with more foam than glass showing through. Minimal carbonation showing, but that's a forgivable 'flaw'.

S: Pleasing hoppy aroma, green grass and pungent herbs/bitters. I don't get so much 'citrus' from this more pithy rinds and dank, almost decaying, leafy wetness. Strength is modest, not as 'explosive' as promised...

T: Very nice balance... whatever juicy 'citrus' I could NOT smell showcases vibrantly across the tongue. Lots of orange, a little tangy grapefruit pulp and a brash bitterness that comes across as dry and chalky in the finish. And just when I think the finish is all dry, a glimmer of sugary sweetness appears - very clever, Ale Asylum.

M: Medium body, borderline thick... that juicy hoppiness and a grain-rich alcohol sneakily catches up while oils stealthily coat my tongue. Maybe a bit TOO gummy/sticky after awhile - a minor thing that may just be my personal taste.

O: Very nice IPA, this would play pretty well here in the Northwest. Although I have other local IPAs I prefer as 'go-to's, this is among the best new ones I've tried in a while. Glad to have received a bottle; thanks again, Barry!
Drink again? Of course!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:13:26 | More by msubulldog25
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wryepicures

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at MSB.

Poured in a slightly hazy, golden amber with a medium fluffy head in a pint glass.

Great pine, and citrus scents, with other floral/herby accents.

Surprisingly balanced for an APA; good malt backbone that comes in like a bass-line after the initial hops/citrus taste. Clean, palate cleansing hoppy aftertaste that is not bitter. Medium mouthfeel, maybe not as effervescent as it could be but definetly not a cloyingly bitter tongue coating of hops like most other APAs. I heard from a reliable source that Amarillo hops were used which may account for my impressions. Sweet citrus with piney/floral balance continued as the pint was finished.

Not a big APA fan, but I found myself thinking about this one enough to buy a six.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2009 20:39:45 | More by wryepicures
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy honey-amber w/nice off-white head. Terrific retention and beautiful lacing.

S-Pine, floral, and citrus hops dominate w/notes of grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind. A nice under-layer of toasted malt offers some balance.

T-Bitter from the start with the hops taking over, but opening up midway to the slightly sweet malty backbone and orange/tangerine. The finish features pine resin and grapefruit, with hop oils carrying over into the aftertaste and retaining the grapefruit character.

M-Excellent mouthfeel with medium body, dominant hops, and enough malt to hold its own. Moderate carbonation level is perfect. Result is an in-your-face IPA that's still highly drinkable.

D-Highly quaffable. I'll be looking for it in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 19:37:22 | More by BoitSansSoif
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a distinctly red-orange, it's head has a poofy soufflé cap that was raised in the center, like a 1950's flying saucer. Very fresh hop aroma, herbal and green, a note of citrus too. Sticky and resiny. The malt is noticeable underneath, with almost a spicy component. Dry bitter grassy finish is preceded by a juicy citrus burst. It felt light enough, but with a decent amount of malt heft to balance. The six pack virtually disappeared...Ballistic is a perfect warm-weather session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.