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Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum

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Ballistic IPABallistic IPA

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88
very good

85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 273
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 34
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rockwell on 03-07-2009

Ballistic IPA is a fully loaded American-style IPA. The use of American Amarillo hops give it explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with a smooth finish.
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with an off white head and some clinch lace as it goes down the glass. Nose isn't overpowering in any way. Get a bit of piney and citrusy hops atop a good amount of malt. Taste is balanced overly in favor of the malt and brings a little bit of alcohol flavors. Mouthfeel ia a bit light but within the acceptable range. Drinks okay, but not something I'm clamoring to have again. (399 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with one finger head that splashes a bit of lacing here and there

Smell: Citrus pith and toffee malt

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt character that builds in toffee sweetness though joined by pithy hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops build with a bit of aspirin bitterness, though the toffee flavors ultimately come out on top

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too thick and a bit too sweet but otherwise a decent IPA (518 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  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. (508 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a distinctly red-orange, it's head has a poofy soufflĂ© 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. (492 characters)

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

Decided to open this one up with lunch on the fourth. I had been looking at it in the fridge for a while so it was time, lol. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

The pour was about what I would have expected, nice medium amber in color with loads of carbonation streaming up through the top to form a full head of white foam that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth. Rich aroma of piney hops warms the nose straight away. Smooth, dripping with resin it starts to turn towards the orange and tangerine aspects as it warms getting a bit of that buttery malts in there. Clean, crisp and quick hitting this is the kind of IPA you want doing the job for you. Lip smacking hops hit you right in the front as you take the first sip, drying out the palate and coming to a wonderful sense of fresh and clean. Smooth buttery malts come in behind it offering a great balance to the overall flavor before that last hit of citrus takes all the moisture out of your mouth for good.

Overall a very solid and very respectful IPA. Would hold it up against almost any as it is smooth, session able and does its job well. (1,184 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

I've never been shot with a hop cone before... The after-effects pour a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, lemon zest, light coriander, and a very light spritz of caramel. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit, green grapes, sweet caramel, and red apples. Good times here, nice and balanced without being "too" balanced. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, a rather nice IPA, plenty of hops without being overbearing. Good times. (590 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ale Asylum Ballistic I.P.A., Best Enjoyed by 12/31/13. India Pale Ale, Net Contents 12 fluid ounces, Ale Asylum, Madison, WI. No ABV given.

There's a sexy silhouette of a woman shooting a hop cone in our general direction. Sharp graphics, and design, as always.

Vastly clouded, deep amber hue, white head of froth, leaving a little lace.

Aroma: bright ,fresh and zesty. Pine needles and grapefruit. Just want you want in an IPA. Beautiful.

Taste: The citric hop assault really delivers on the tongue. Slips effortlessly over the palate, leaving trails of fruity bitterness in it's wake. Medium bodied, long, bitter finish. Not too heavy, not too light. I have to guess about the ABV, probably 6-ish or so. West-Coast-style with a Mid-West sensibility. Plenty of juicy malt holding it down. A session-er for the dyed-in-the-wool hophead.

Hey, I found some gobbledygook!
" This American-style IPA has a mountain of Amarillo hops for explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with a clean, robust finish. Ballistic is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way." (1,078 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours slightly hazed amber with a lasting creamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of a robust citric aroma from plenty of amarillo hops.

The taste is of bitter citrus and some peach balanced by a firm caramel malty sweetness. A bit of alcohol shows in the finish.

It is creamy and smooth despite a bitter, spicy bite.

This showcases the amarillo hops well while keeping enough balance to it to be smooth and very drinkable. Alcohol shows a bit, but is well-integrated. An excellent IPA! (497 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orangeish amber with a soapy white head. Very pleasing citrus aroma of orange and grapefruit along with a bit of alcohol. In the taste, more citrus and caramel notes. Grapefruit rind and ample bitterness. Well rounded ipa flavors of citrus and pine. Medium to full bodied ale, bitters and citrus in the finish. Overall, a solid drinkable hop-forward brew I would certainly have again. (397 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyncognito for my first beer from Ale Asylum. God damn it...I just ripped the cap off this. I meant to save that.

Poured into my pint glass. The beer is dark reddish orange with a frothy two finger, off white head. The head recedes in a minute, leaving some lacing on the glass.

I stick my nose up to the foam as it recedes and I'm greeted with the aroma of citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange accompany some pine resin. The aroma reveals a sweet toasted caramel malt backbone, which creates a well balanced aroma. No alcohol is noticeable.

The taste holds true to the aroma and is well balanced. The sweet caramel malt has toasted notes to it. The beer has a medium level of bitterness to it. The pine is more apparent in the taste than it was in the nose. Grapefruit is present, and the alcohol isn't shy. The finish is dry toasted malt and moderately bitter citrus with some alcohol. Pine and citrus linger for a while, as though

Medium bodied with good carbonation, and a dry, sticky, oily mouthfeel.

A good well balanced IPA that, due to its alcohol, borders on a Double IPA. It could stand to be bitterer, but it's definitely a solid IPA as is. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ale Asylum beers all seem to veer towards the sweet to very sweet. This is no exception. Big malt that the hops struggle to rise above. Well made, easy drinking, but nothing notable. (182 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber with great head retention and lacing.

S- Sweet hops. Citrus.

T- More sweet than hoppy. Amarillo hops. Very pleasant taste.

M- A tad on the thin side. Minor complaint.

D/O- Very drinkable IPA. Wouldn't guess 7.5%abv. "Sessionable" IPA. First visit to the brewpub...didn't plan on going, just kinda got in my way. Good Hot Turkey and Muenster sandwich too! (372 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 (323 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (1,217 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from the generous eyncognito. Thanks, man, I'm curious to try this beer I've never heard of!

A: This beer is anything but pale, a mildly hazy copper-amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and some lacing

S: Aggressive, citrus hops up front with some positively attractive juicy citrus - ripe and candied oranges. Some tropical fruit with papaya and a bit of pine. A mild malt sweetness is perceived, but the hops really shine

T: Opens up with plenty of bittering hops, mostly citrus in character with orange peel and some grapefruit. Pine is noticeable as well. Malt backbone is fairly light, with a mild sweetness that's noticeable, caramel in nature almost like a hop jam in a good way. Excellent use of hops to balance out sweetness. Finishes mostly dry, with some citrus bitterness.

M: A little bigger in body than I like my IPAs, but this has great carbonation and a solid feel. The hop nuance on the finish is noteworthy

D: At 7.5% ABV, it's far from sessionable, but heck, it's enjoyable and very drinkable (1,053 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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! (956 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, date stamped smudged a bit 10/08/2015 (?). I had this a few years ago and loved it. Great to see it available in my area now!
A - deep caramel colored body with a thinner ivory head that fades to a thin foam
S - sweet and malty nose with caramel and bready malt, juicy & piny hop
T - sweet and super juicy, loaded with caramel, orange and mango with some notes of bread crust, toasted grain, grapefruit, and pine; faint hop spiciness
M - medium body, modest carbonation, finishes fairly bitter with a residual caramely sweetness - toasty grain and pine linger
O - love the focus on the Amarillo hops! This is a great IPA. Glad I finally found it again aftet about 6 years since having it last. (706 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served at 53 degrees in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Pours a dull, burnt orange with a semi-hazy clarity and loose, half inch, off-white head that quickly settles and disperses towards the edges. Thin strands of lacing entwine the bowl of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus and malt (perhaps caramel) with a trace of bitterness. Taste follows, nose; however the malty backbone really overpowers the hops character and there's a slight metallic tinge that peaks out just prior to a mild, bitter finish. There's also a touch of cotton candy sweetness that presents towards the middle. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a slightly oily consistency and a crisp carbonation - slightly astringent, but not overly so. Decent, but perhaps past its prime. Some of the character reminds me slightly of a DIPA, particularly in the mouthfeel and the malty backbone. Falls a little short and not as refreshing as I would prefer (1,038 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours to a lightly smoky bronze color with bleached beige crown that whittles away somewhat quickly, leaving a patchwork of lace.
It's a juicy, resinous, Amarillo assault on the nose. Malt is caramel, and burnt brown sugar, and grape, but it's easy to over look, and not because it isn't there. Pine sap, lime juice, fat buds of Kush, white grapefruit, and pineapple.
The malt makes a nearly obligatory round, with toast, grape skins, caramel, and a few, mixed, roasted nuts. Hops take their star turn, and exude a variety of pine, ganja, grapefruit, and earthen traits. The nose is bright and vibrant, but it gets a bit darker in the mouth. In other words, the wall of tropical fruitiness from the nose is a bit more muddied here. There are some late tracers of alcohol, but nothing that really gets in the way.
For a beer as full of malt, hop, and alcohol flavors, the body gets a bit lazy at times. It's edging towards full bodied, but just seems to droop a bit, here and there.
I feel like I'm nitpicking. I'd absolutely recommend this to anyone. It seems to have aspirations in the IIPA realm, and it's pretty damn close anyway. This is a nice addition to the line-up, and is something I'm sure I'll drink a hell of a lot of going forward. (1,248 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange with a one finger head of tiny bubbles that make up the head. Leaves some sticky lacing too.

The nose is pretty faint. What I can pick up is some citrus and piney hops with a bit of caramel malt.

A well balanced IPA that has lots of hops and lots of malt. The malt is sweet and caramel like. The hops are bitter, but not overly so. There are hints of pine and citrus from the hops. Pretty big for an IPA.

This is one meaty and chewy IPA. Medium bodied, if not more. Soft carbonation that is smooth and creamy.

An interesting and pretty drinkable IPA. Based upon how big it is, I could only do a couple of these. A really nice IPA that I would have again. (685 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark copper-amber color topped with a low head, good retention

s: big citrus and tropical hop nose - grapefruit, clementine, passionfruit, mango - with a malt underbody lending just the right level of caramelized sugars and an interesting toasted note, the hops are quite nice - but the artful and balanced use of malt is what makes this one for me

m: carbonation just around medium, same for the body, smooth

t: the bight tropical aromas seem tempered here, becoming a bit muddled and pulpy, but still quite nice, adequate raw and caramelized sugar to balance with a bit of toast thrown in for complexity, tea in the finish, moderate bitterness, yum

d: just fine, a very solid ipa, hindered only by its strength

first in my most recent box from dirts (759 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (794 characters)

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Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.