Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum
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2.42/5 rDev -38.7%
NOt too good. The bottle and label look good. Kind of a retro James Bond or Charlies Angels logo/bottle.
That's the best part of this beer. To be fair, maybe this is an old bottle but there is no bottling date that I can make out.
S- Not too much there.
T- Perhaps I should keep smelling it, seems better that the taste. The taste isn't selling me. The more time I try to give it to re-think my evaluation, the worse it gets. Serious syrup taste keeps getting more overwhelming. This shit is not good.
M- Great, if you like a mouthfull of fecal syrup.
O- See above as I start to re-gurgitate this concoction. Perhaps I can feed my baby penguins from daddies upchucking.
Pass on this one unless you KNOW it's fresh. Even then, proceed with caution.
06-04-2011 05:28:09 | More by sendsilk
3.03/5 rDev -23.3%
Never heard of Ale Asylum before. Thanks to greatfulbeerhead for a chance to try this.
A: Hazy for an IPA, lots of tiny little floaties. Mahogany core, gets lighter around the outside of the glass. Looks a bit like dirty water. Big three finger head as a result of an aggressive pour into a pint glass.
S: Hop presence is not far detached from the malt, nothing really jumps out at me. Aroma falls a bit flat.
T: Tastes pretty good, a bit muddled. The hops do not have many "bright" characteristics, not much bite. Piney, bitter, and a bit of citrus fall right in with caramel malt, which makes itself well known. Definitely some sweetness going on here. A tinge of alcohol on the finish, nothing boozy.
M: Has a body that rivals some DIPA's, carbonation is somewhat low. The flavor profile doesn't quite back it up, unfortunately.
D: Ballistic is big in body, but the flavor profile isn't completely palatable for me. Thus, drinkability must suffer.
05-20-2010 20:30:45 | More by zoolzoo
3.05/5 rDev -22.8%
Yea I fell for the fancy ass graphic arts disco fun label.
Twist off cap? Really? This is really that kind of any time any where beer.
First smell impression is of hop extract smell oozing out of the neck. Some light sediment in the bottle; just as the label has said it's unfiltered. Nice layer of foam & darker color than I expected. Good solid hop smell that is fresh and potent.
Tastes off, like sour green peppers. Vegetal, medicinal bitterness. Grapefruit segment peelings.
Posibly a middle aged bottle.
I wish they put when it was made on the label.
Maybe it would be better at cold refridgerator temps as I let it warm up a bit.
I'd like to try a draft of this in a Madison bar with some spicy indian buffalo wings.
03-31-2009 03:21:46 | More by Dotcubed
3.15/5 rDev -20.3%
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a slightly cloudy deep amber/orange color with a 2 finger head that slowly recedes, leaving lace as it goes down. Metallic aroma in the nose along with citrus rind and some tropical fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Opens with a slightly swet caramel flavor that quickly overtaken by a fruit hop characteristic. Ends with a slight bitterness. No real trace of the 7.5% alcohol. Decent enough but not a stand out either.
02-28-2011 20:42:26 | More by kbutler1
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Bottle form my friend in WI. Date 110311 - Nov 3, 2011??
Poured in to Duvel tulip.
A - Very deep orange. Murky with half a finger of cream coloured foam.
S - Grapefruit, pine and a big sweet caramel malt backbone.
T - Grapefruit, pine and some orange peel accompany a hop bitterness that is the dominant but there is a good balance in this beer. The malt backbone provides a sweet caramel balance to the bitter citrus hops.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. A little too much carbonation for my liking.
O - A good IPA but not a memorable one.
01-07-2012 01:15:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5 rDev -13.2%
Poured into a blue moon pint glass. Has a golden orange honey color that is almost an amber red. Very well carbonated Not to hoppy with a rich malty backbone that helps to bring it all together. The smell is more caramelly and malty than it is hoppy. Very crisp feeling. A very nice well balanced IPA.
02-27-2012 06:17:52 | More by Zachtheporter
3.43/5 rDev -13.2%
12oz bottle with NO DATE - Poured into a pint glass...
Pours a reddish dark copper, just a touch of haze with two fingers of cream colored head, lots of lacing left behind. Almost looks more like a DIPA...
Citrus and fruit hop aromas stand out in this one. They are significantly tempered by an abundance of toffee malt however. I remember this one having a more intense citrus blast last time I enjoyed it, is this because it should be fresher?! PLEASE DATE YOUR IPAS!!!
Piny, earthy bitter hops give this beer a bitter bite right off the bat. A bunch of caramel/sweet malt cuts the bitterness a bit, but this is pretty one sided throughout. The bitterness returns and lingers long past the finish, drying out your mouth. Not bad, but again, I remember this being better, skewed memories, or is this beer not fresh?? PLEASE DATE YOUR BEERS!!
Full bodied, this one drinks more like a DIPA. Resinous, bitter and drying. Malt cuts the bitterness a bit, but adds tons of body. Lower carbonation makes this one stick on your palette and linger...
Why can't breweries date their bottles? Have had this fresh on tap at the source multiple times, and have purchased six packs from the brewery where they could guarantee its freshness, but I have hesitated to buy this beer many times in stores because there is no date.
Ale Asylum, you are losing money from me, start dating!
Drinkability score suffers for this...
12-31-2010 00:50:23 | More by hawks10
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Cheers to seeswo for the INSANE hook up!
Nice dark amber colour, with a finger of offwhite head and a bit of spongy lacing.
Aroma is a bit hoppy, with some pine and flowery notes, but not too pronounced.
Taste has a nice woodsy, piny bite to it, with a nice backing malt structure. Balance is quite well.
The feel has a slick, juicy feel to it. It's medium in body with a decent carbonation. Crisper would make it grand.
Overall, definitely an above average IPA. I'd drink it often.
04-16-2011 02:13:06 | More by EgadBananas
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Second beer in a tasting
12oz -> PBR Glass
A ~ Copper Amber. Hazy, with Medium bubbles. Lacing's good.
S ~ Burnt grapefruit and Treesap
T ~ Wood, Biscuits, Sugared grapefruit, Candied lemon. Dry hops mostly. Bit of spice. Kinda malty.
M ~ Kinda thin. Pretty good.
D ~ Overall this isn't my style of IPA but it definitely is solid for what it is. ABV is decently hidden.
Thanks to Corey (MC) for this extra
06-25-2011 06:05:46 | More by chocosushi
Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.