1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum

Not Rated.
Ballistic IPABallistic IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 247
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 23
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rockwell on 03-07-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 247 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of soze47
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

soze47, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mobius387
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

mobius387, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Mrpickles
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mrpickles, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of knepper
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

knepper, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Srabe
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Srabe, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

pmarlowe, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Natetoad
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Natetoad, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of adman08
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

adman08, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of wallrock
5/5  rDev +26.6%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Soneast, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

barnzy78, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +26.6%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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

THECPJ, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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

chocosushi, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

wagenvolks, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

sendsilk, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

EgadBananas, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

FreshmanPour77, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

kbutler1, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Onslow
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big resin and earthy floralness in the 2 holed face triangle .. . dark dark tan, the bill-dozer.. . really tough foam .. . but when you smell the goaline, they're only words; just words .. . quite sweet, light hoppy mouth .. pretty slick but lucks an assertiveness like ricky suggs .. . i really enjoyed this brew, for the hop sniffers and a nice sessionable ipa that scores a touchdown and gets carried in for the 2 point conversion and then lets the other team score a consolation touchdown and then stammers incoherently ...

Onslow, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darker golden color, and there wasnt in much for a head. Their was a more mellow smell for an IPA, but it was hoppy, and had grapfruit notes. The taste was hoppy, lots of grapefruit notes, but was very bitter; a very mellow flavor. Overall a pretty nice easy to drink IPA.

vette2006c5r, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 13, 2011
Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.