Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum
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3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
10-01-2010 12:22:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
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
06-19-2010 22:03:18 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
07-09-2010 23:18:11 | More by mikesgroove
3.84/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
02-17-2013 05:43:08 | More by Knapp85
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-13-2011 18:04:05 | More by TMoney2591
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-18-2009 02:01:07 | More by emerge077
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!
08-17-2014 14:30:30 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-07-2014 23:59:10 | More by Stinkypuss
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-16-2011 02:19:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-16-2009 05:31:21 | More by HopHead84
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
07-07-2011 02:51:02 | More by THECPJ
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
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
03-08-2009 05:57:57 | More by dirtylou
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
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!
02-03-2010 23:27:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
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
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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
04-23-2009 22:53:54 | More by DefenCorps
3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
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!
01-28-2011 22:56:20 | More by Duff27
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
05-09-2009 19:49:06 | More by gford217
Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.