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Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum

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Ballistic IPABallistic IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 26
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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)
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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a cloudy, copper color with a quickly dissipating 1/2" off-white head. Recedes to a skim coat of bubbles and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Slight attempt at lacing.

S - Citrusy, spicy hops and a solid caramel malt aroma come through prominently, some breadiness too. Nice balance.

T - Citrusy hops, orange and strong grapefruity flavors - maybe a little lemon too. Sugary sweet malt has enough presence to balance and blends well with the bitterness of the hops. Bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Slightly thin, a little watery in feel. Light to medium carbonation tingles the tongue subtley - a little bit creamy feeling.

D - Goes down very easily. A very nice IPA that I could have another right now.

portia99, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received SUPER fresh from GbvDave, thanks Dave!! Reviewed from notes.

I had never heard of this brewery until Dave mentioned he was getting some and we were working on a trade anyway, so bonus. Glad he suggested it. The cloudy amber, nice puffy head and super glue lacing were inviting me to savor it's goodness. The aroma punched me between the eyes before I got close, GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGE, HOPS oh my! The fresh hop flavor bounced around in my mouth like a super-ball. Did someone slip a slice of invisible orange in my glass when I wasn't looking? I've had quite a few IPA's, but this one has something special I can't quite put my finger on. Is it the earthy-ness, the hop schedule, or just WI water? The clean finish left no residue or hop bitterness around to just "hang-out". This is a very drinkable IPA, bright flavors and a clean finish make it a winner. I didn't really want to finish it.

brokenleadedcask, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured a deep copper with a nice dense thick head. It's slightly off white. It's decently clear as well. The nose is a huge surprise. Tons of malty goodness that is very reminiscent of toast. There is a lot a hint of caramel, but no hops, which is a disappointment. The flavour is very hoppy though, I'm surprised it didn't come through in the nose. It's combination of hops and maltiness are quite unique. A bready/toasty flavour mixed with citrus/spice is quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is slightly watery which makes the beer pretty damn drinkable.

The more I sip on the beer the more the citrus/spicy hops come through, but the breadiness is still slightly there giving the beer a unique flavour for an IPA. I usually expect my IPAs to be much more hoppy, but this is still tasty.

swizzlenuts, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a finger of head. Lacing towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt (a very slightly toasted scent), a little alcohol, and a nice blend of fruits.

Taste: A nice blend of caramel malt and hops. The aftertaste has a nice blend of citrusy tones, including orange, grapefruit, and a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: A medium body, and very well carbonated. This goes down very easy.

Drinkability: Yet another winner from Ale Asylum. I still think the Hopalicious has a better flavor with it being a little more citrusy. Maybe I am just biased because I had the Hopalicious first. Regardless, I am a big Ale Asylum fan, and I like that they have three relatively hoppy beers.

Ek0nomik, May 30, 2009
Photo of eyncognito
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber bronze-distinct orange and red highlights with a 1 finger beige head-fades into a thick collar that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is pure amarillo, a hop that in the past I've been less than satisfied with, but lately between this all amarillo IPA and new glarus' crack'd wheat, I've becoming fast friends with this fickle hop. Wonderful citrus notes: orange and tangerine, lime and lemon zest with hints of Rose's lime juice, maybe a little grapefruit, notes of dank weed, brown sugary malt is only an after thought-hard to break through all the citrusy goodness. Surprising really for such a malty looking IPA.

Taste is wonderful. Big time citrus: oranges and lemon/lime zest-more on the lime side really, grapefruit asserts itself here more than in the nose, dank grass, even tangerine, soft pine. Malt flavor also asserts itself better than in the nose, caramel, toasty bread, even slightly nutty. Mouthfeel is really on the fence here. Carbonation is soft and pleasant-good for the style. It is medium bodied-a bit of a hermaphrodite, is it an IPA or a DIPA? Hard to say, I'd prefer one or the other really, scale the alcohol/malt back a bit or ramp it up slightly. The bitter dryness (moderately dry) of this is near perfect, balancing the malt sweetness. Incredibly clean bitter finish.

Easily, dangerously drinkable. The day it came out I downed a sixer with ease, only to realize in the morning that 3-4 would suffice. Alcohol is well masked, but does assert itself and is noticeably warming. For a brewery like Ale Asylum who have made such wonderful vehicles for hops-Hopaliscous and Ambergeddon, to have taken this long to produce an IPA was starting to bother me. Here's to hoping that they'll keep tinkering. Ballistic is a wonderful single hop IPA that showcases exactly how good amarillo can be, but could have its malt bill improved slightly (still good in a Midwest fashion) to make it damn near World Class.

eyncognito, May 19, 2009
Photo of blackie
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

blackie, May 18, 2009
Photo of TheBungyo
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with minimal head.

Nose: This one is a bit odd. At first I get lots of sweet malt but after some time I smell an odd chlorophyll smell ... it's almost like smelling grass stains on the knees of your jeans if you played on the lawn as a kid. There's also some pollen but no pine, grapefruit, or citrus like you find in so many great IPA's.

Taste: Yeah pretty nice despite the sweetness. The hop profile is very good but there's so much malt that in the finish it seems to have the malt of a double IPA and the hops of only a single. Maybe I'm biased due to the stellar IPA's here out west. I'd love to give this a more glowing review since I grew up in their hood but the malt is just too dominant.

Mouth: Pretty much spot on for the style. Maybe a bit rich for the style but I honestly like it. Well done.

Drink: This is good but I wont hurry back to it. Pretty good but not up to the standards of the upper echelon.

TheBungyo, May 12, 2009
Photo of gford217
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.

gford217, May 09, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
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!

GbVDave, May 03, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
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

DefenCorps, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

received a couple of 12oz bottles in a trade with kmadison. I really appreciate having been given the opportunity to try this fantastic IPA amigo!

Appearance: Definately quite red...almost like a peach iced tea or raspberry iced tea. Off white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and pine resin...mmmm pine resin!

Taste: loads of grapefruit, pine resin, and toasted malt. Not quite caramel which I'm happy about. More biscuity. Really tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy or sticky. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best because of the loads of citrus hops but still good.

koopa, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle featuring a woman's silhouette firing a monster hop from a gun. Solid.

Hazy orange pour leaves a nice lacing along my tulip.

Tangerine and lemon on the nose. Very fresh.

Tastes of lemon pulp and rind up front. Pleasant bitterness follows and lingers at the back of the throat, along with sweet tangerine.

Nicely carbonated, but a tad thin and watery in body.

Disappears very quickly, absolutely an easy drinking beer for the abv. A touch too malty for my liking.

BarrytheBear, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy honey-amber w/nice off-white head. Terrific retention and beautiful lacing.

S-Pine, floral, and citrus hops dominate w/notes of grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind. A nice under-layer of toasted malt offers some balance.

T-Bitter from the start with the hops taking over, but opening up midway to the slightly sweet malty backbone and orange/tangerine. The finish features pine resin and grapefruit, with hop oils carrying over into the aftertaste and retaining the grapefruit character.

M-Excellent mouthfeel with medium body, dominant hops, and enough malt to hold its own. Moderate carbonation level is perfect. Result is an in-your-face IPA that's still highly drinkable.

D-Highly quaffable. I'll be looking for it in bottles.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Frothy, huge off white head that ever so slowly fades to a well covered skim. Underneath is a dark amber, slightly cloudy liquid that leaves gobs of lacing. This looks more like a DIPA than an IPA.
S. Wow - citrus/lemon, pungent forest floor, pine - no doubt about it, this is loaded with hops.
T. I can see where the initial taste of this beer may set some people back - the hop profile is slightly pungent. A few sips later, this beer just starts to grow on me - lemon and pine hop flavors are balanced with bready malts.
M. Medium bodied, somewhat oily feel and nicely carbonated. Just the way I like an IPA.
D. I could drink one after another - the hops are so nicely balanced with malt that I just don't tire drinking this stuff. Another winner from Ale Asylum and something to keep around, especially with warmer weather just around the corner.

bound4er, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yea I fell for the fancy ass graphic arts disco fun label.

Twist off cap? Really? This is really that kind of any time any where beer.

First smell impression is of hop extract smell oozing out of the neck. Some light sediment in the bottle; just as the label has said it's unfiltered. Nice layer of foam & darker color than I expected. Good solid hop smell that is fresh and potent.

Tastes off, like sour green peppers. Vegetal, medicinal bitterness. Grapefruit segment peelings.
Posibly a middle aged bottle.
I wish they put when it was made on the label.
Maybe it would be better at cold refridgerator temps as I let it warm up a bit.

I'd like to try a draft of this in a Madison bar with some spicy indian buffalo wings.

Dotcubed, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
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.

Reagan1984, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of wryepicures
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at MSB.

Poured in a slightly hazy, golden amber with a medium fluffy head in a pint glass.

Great pine, and citrus scents, with other floral/herby accents.

Surprisingly balanced for an APA; good malt backbone that comes in like a bass-line after the initial hops/citrus taste. Clean, palate cleansing hoppy aftertaste that is not bitter. Medium mouthfeel, maybe not as effervescent as it could be but definetly not a cloyingly bitter tongue coating of hops like most other APAs. I heard from a reliable source that Amarillo hops were used which may account for my impressions. Sweet citrus with piney/floral balance continued as the pint was finished.

Not a big APA fan, but I found myself thinking about this one enough to buy a six.

wryepicures, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of fosterific
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer with that dark golden color and the slight bit of haze. Had about a 1/2 inch head, but that is all that was left in the pint glass.
Smell of citrus, American hops. Very nice smell.
GRAPEFRUIT...wow, this is fruity. I was thinking amarillo hops, when I asked the bar tender, he said cascade. Yeah but...others??? Who likes to argue with a guy that give you beer anyway. I only gave this a 4 on taste because the extra grapefruit taste is not my favorite for AIPAs, it was just a little over the top for me in that regard.
Good smooth, not runny feel. Liked it a lot.
Only had one. Would have it again though

fosterific, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Atron67
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er at steves wine this afternoon.

A- poured a darker amber color than normal, crystal clear, a solid head on top and a almost white head on top that lasted for a bit, but faded down to a thin lave by the end. the glass was left with a solid light lace throughout however.

s_ super strong american hops. delicious and intense by all acounts. definitely a mouthwatering effect for the hop head. grapfruit, a little bit of lemon, maybe a little something else as zest.

T- a definelty hoppy brew. this is hoppy throughout. not exactly a 'balanced beer' but not overtly overboard. definiely contains quite a bit of amarillo, and i would gather quite the heavy hand of some soriachi ace. the fruity ness on top screams amarillo, however there seems to be enough lemon to suggest that the latter had to have been used.

M- thick, but not quite syruppy. tasty treat all around.

d- a solid drink all around, maybe a little more bitter, but definetly a great compliment in their lineup. hopalicious and this work great together to give two very different but both very good hop centric brews.

Atron67, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint.

pours a light amber with a smallish cloud. Immense head leaves very ample lacing and legs around the glass. Very good looking beer.

Aroma is of the most floral hops I have ever smelled. There are rose hips in my nostrils with this beer. Geraniums and grassy, lewisite aromas. Honey peeks its head in and says hello. Wow, this is a piney, powerful aroma that is not JUST bitter, there is a depth here that is almost laboring. Malt is in the show and makes itself known, as it has a medium sweet, doughy aroma. Wet hops and grass on the finish, which just makes me think of freshness.

Flavor is off the chart amarillos, which is different. Not overly bitter, the hops give a toasty almost burnt flavor top the beer. Toasty malt lends itself well to the amarillos used. Burnt toast and over baked, burnt bread come through on the middle. There is a charred meat flavor sneaking in there, which most likely from the malt roast mixing it up with the hop variety. Absolutely no diacetyl flavor comes through in this brew. There is hardly any sweetness, this is as dry as they get. You think you've had piney??? Not yet my friend.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Slick and slightly oily...wow this is a refreshing beer.

Something different for the hop heads, it's not fruity like the Slam, but it has it's own characteristics that make it special.

I like it.

wheatyweiss, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of EliteDigger
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ale Asylum the night it was bottled and on tap again last night. Also purchased a couple of six-packs which is what I'm reviewing this from.
A-Beautiful amber-orange transparent color with just the slightest hint of cloudiness. A nice pale cream colored 1" head rises as it's poured. The head lasts a bit and then drops down to a light coating on the surface. Some foam laces the sides of the glass.
S-Is a heavenly mix of citrus, mainly orange with hints of grapefruit. Pine and tropical fruits like mango and light pineapple appear. Smells good!
T-A good zip of citrus zest and pine greet the tongue, then unfortunately I get this super faint hint of mustiness and wet dog. I did't notice it as much on tap and it gets a bit lighter as it warms, but it's still a mild distraction from the rest of the flavors. Some good malt sweetness provides a decent backbone. There's a hint of dryness as the taste fades.
M-Very nice. Not too thick, not too thin with a very pleasant soft carbonation that dances on your tongue.
D-This would be probably closer to a 5 if not for the slight off taste. If it was based off the smell, I could drink this all night...until I passed out that is... ;)
All in all a pretty decent beer from Ale Asylum. One of my favorite places to hang out and I'm glad to see them expanding their beer lines. I look forward to more exciting brews to come!

*Edit-My second six pack has not had the odd taste as much as the first and is much better tasting. May be a bottling thing (which I'm leaning towards, since I didn't get the off flavors on tap or second six pack), but either way it's an inconsistancy that shouldn't be there.

EliteDigger, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Mar 08, 2009
Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.