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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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 23:18:11 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 22:03:18 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 12:22:01 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:04:05 | More by TMoney2591
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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

04-18-2009 02:01:07 | More by emerge077
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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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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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HopHead84

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 05:31:21 | More by HopHead84
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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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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 22:53:54 | More by DefenCorps
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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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cokes

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 08:05:14 | More by cokes
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 04:22:26 | More by blackie
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 22:02:05 | More by Jwale73
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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crossovert

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date.

Pours a dark brown cider color with a nice foamy off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

For a standard American IPA this one smells above average. It smells very sweet but like hop candy. The hops have an acidic, grassy, raw tone to them.

I like my IPAs hoppier than this but it is a decent beer taste-wsie.
Their hop selection is good, but it needs more of it. And Amarillo isn't particularity the best of the hop varieties, it would be nice if thy accented it. The malts kinda fall short here, they are up front in the taste but aren't complementary to the hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin on carbonation, too little carbonation for the style, though the drinkability is higher.

Overall it is a middle of the road ipa with a good scent to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 21:42:05 | More by crossovert
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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