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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2-25-11
Reviewed cold from a growler to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, nice head retention, and clear copper color. Carbonation is present

S - Hoppy, citrus, not over powering, don't pick out much malt aroma just hops

T/M - Lighter bodied brew, taste orange peel and some malt but not much. Crisp flavored but smoothed over well

D - Very easy drinker. Would have this brew again and would recommend it!

Serving type: growler

03-18-2011 20:06:06 | More by FreshmanPour77
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful pour into a tulip glass. A rusty, murky orange, with a khaki head and prodigious lacing.

Oh, my, what a sweet aroma. Ripe navel orange and bubblegum. Some malt stiffening the piney twinge.

The flavor in the mouth doesn't follow the aroma. There's almost no sweetness. It's a pleasing bitterness, both citric and floral. Finishes dry and clean. But disappointing that there's none of the juicy sweetness or malt promised in the aroma.

Smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation that makes it quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:59:57 | More by martyl1000
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium caramel almost brown. There is a small off-white head on this.

The aroma has some sweet melon. There is a hint of mint noted.

This has some mild malt sweetness that leads to a grassy, slightly melony hop finish. There is a nice balance here.

This has a nice medium to full body, with sharp carbonation. This is decent enough; not the type of IPA I seek out but one that I do enjoy from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:03:51 | More by andrewinski1
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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy copper color with a white head on top. The retention is pretty solid on this as well as the lacing that sticks to the glass. It's a nice looking beer for the most part. The smell of the beer has a good balance of hops and malt sweetness. The taste of the beer is malty upfront, the hops come in much later, it's not a dominant hoppy IPA. The mouthfeel is decent, it's drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a decent IPA. Nothing too crazy or exciting but still a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:43:08 | More by Knapp85
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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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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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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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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Hazy light amber color to it. The light tan head was small even from a vigorous pour.

S - Citrus hops right away but with a flowery smell to it. Slight touch of biscuity malt floats in the background.

T - Malt holds up well and is found throughout the whole flavor. Hops come in midway with a prickly piney flavor. Bitterness is mellow and rounded avoiding sharpness. Finishes pretty dry with hops lasting for a short while into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry to dry.

O - The beer has a nice balance between hops and malt for an IPA. Head was a little disappointing. Smell lacked a little bit of pop to it, but a pleasant hoppy flavor to it. I would definitely drink this beer again but not necessarily seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:21:13 | More by Jparker37
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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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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 06:17:52 | More by Zachtheporter
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Ballistic IPA in a nonic pint.

Appearance- This higher alcohol IPA has a hazy, amber body with some copper highlights and many particulates floating in the beer.

The head is pretty forgettable, gets to about a finger's width of dense and white foam.

Smell- This has a sweet citrus nose with a little spice thrown in. I imagine pineapple, grapefruit, and some pepper thrown in would describe it pretty well.

Taste- The flavor starts slightly citrus with a piney back end. This one is very bitter and really holds on for the duration of the drink. Instead of pineapples I am mainly getting lemon and a little grapefruit. There is too much pine here and not enough citrus.

Mouth feel- A medium to light body that slides over the tongue. IPA's are always better suited when they have a little more lift and body, making for a much creamier beer.

Overall- This is a decent IPA that loses some of it's better characteristics on the palate to a bitter bomb and piney notes. The feel could also help out by having a bigger and creamier body.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:19:49 | More by Pintofbrown
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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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soze47

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with some orange tones, a little frothy.

Aroma: Sweet and a bit musty, unctuous and floral hops. I'm not getting as much citrus on this as other reviewers, but it is still quite nice.

Taste: Floral and bright off the bat, then a nice rush of malt sweetness kicks in second. A pretty grassy bite kicks in on the linger that I like a lot.

Mouthfeel: This one is slick. Definitely on the heavy side of medium bodied, this guy goes down very easy. It allows for a quick drink.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. I love that Ale Asylum is getting such wide play in Madison. They are getting market saturation, meaning that almost any bar carries them. This IPA would be a great brew to turn to anytime it is offered up.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:48:57 | More by soze47
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:15:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mobius387

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a founders pint glass

appearance: a golden honey colored, almost completely opaque which is pretty unusual for an ipa, 1" white foamy head

aroma: nice nose, typical pines and citrus

palate: fairly smooth for an ipa, lacks a bit of the classic kick, medium to full body tho, which makes it feel like a big beer

taste: a little light on flavor and no strong hop base to it, but the flavor it has tastes good. i get mostly grapefruit and some hints of pine

overall: a very nice IPA in a state that lacks quality in this category. i am new to this brew, and i really like it. one of my favorite ipas from this state. right up there with snake hollow, hop hearty and the rest of them. definitely a pick up if its in your area and you like ipas!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:30:21 | More by mobius387
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knepper

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a copper/amber with a pale head that leaves decent lacing along the glass. Hints of orange highlight a slightly hazy body.

Smell: Not gigantic. A bit of grapefruit, tart orange, and toasted sugars. Pineapple and pine round it out.

Taste: Smooth. I like the carbonation level. Alcohol is not evident. Low perceived IBUs compliment a solidly malty backbone which isn't too sweet. Lemon, grapefruit, and fir tips sit atop a fairly dry body that is reminiscent of toasted marshmallow and grilled sourdough.

In comparison to Satisfaction, this one seems a bit drier and a bit more bitter with less aroma and hop flavor (not in a bad way). A bit more drinkable as well due to those attributes.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:50:20 | More by knepper
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for this. Stamped 110?11, where ? is a 1 or 3 or something. 12oz bottle to wine glass.

Pours mostly clear, light amber/gold with some off-white head; minimal lacing and okay retention. Smells nice, mostly citrus (clementine, orange). Taste is similar, with a lot of juicy citrus character and almost no bitterness. Pretty dry. The taste is subdued, so you get nice hop flavor without thickness/body; at the same time, though, if you're looking for something with punch, this isn't it. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, this is a solid citrus-y IPA that I'd be happy to have regular access to.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 00:38:50 | More by pmarlowe
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adman08

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy dark amber with a good amount of fluffy off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass.
S-Slightly grassy aroma along with a fairly strong citrus hop aroma and a slight malt sweetness but overall a fairly light aroma.
T-Strong citrus and herbal hop flavor but not a harsh biting bitterness and not at all overpowering. Good malt balance. The alcohol is there but not very strong.
M-Medium bodied, starts with a slight sweetness and finishes slightly dry. Good carbonation.
Overall, an easy drinking, refreshing IPA. There's a good balance between malt and hops and the citrus hop flavors are pretty tasty. I could go for a stronger hop aroma and there's something about the malt body of the beer that I feel is lacking. The way I'd sum it up is it could use just a hint more of everything, aroma, malt body/flavor and hop flavor but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 18:15:08 | More by adman08
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, alcohol, malts, caramel,

taste: pine, grass, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not my favorite ipa that's for sure. but glad I got to try it. enjoy trying different breweries beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 02:51:02 | More by THECPJ
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 06:05:46 | More by chocosushi
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in a trade with MilwaukeeCrusher. Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Ale Asylum touts their Ballistic IPA as 'unfiltered' on the label, but the clarity on the burnt amber body suggests otherwise. Still, it's attractive and the custard-colored head heaps on the lace as the beer level drops. Might be a little past its prime, but this IPA still kicks with minty hops and boatloads of tropical fruit from the Amarillo. Malts are sweet and rich with caramel and amber notes. Very enticing so far.

The front of the sip is sweet with cotton candy and amber malt, but quickly turns to the hops as a restrained bitterness and tangy, tropical hop flavor hits mid-sip. Finish is a bit lackluster for me, however, with a stale bitterness and malt profile. Again, not sure how long this bottle has been on the shelves... Mouthfeel is chewy and medium-thin in consistency with a mild carbonation level. Somewhat listless on the palate. Not a bad IPA, but with a name like "Ballistic" and touting a "mountain of Amarillo", I was expecting a bit more from Ale Asylum.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:17:44 | More by wagenvolks
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sendsilk

Florida

2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 05:28:09 | More by sendsilk
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored some of these when I was in Milwaukee before DLD 10. Poured a little darker than expected for an ipa, came almost brown, slight off white head to it, citrus aroma, not pungent.

Taste was nice fresh, the rest of the 6 pack aged quickly though. Came off with a little more sugar to it than most ipas. The sweetness is more reminiscient of a double, seems like a lot of the new ones like to push it right up to 7.5% to let the sweet and bitter make up for the expense of dry hopping moreso.

So many great ipas out there, this one is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:19:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:13:06 | More by EgadBananas
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Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.