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Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum

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Ballistic IPABallistic IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

247 Ratings
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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)
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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 hurricanelars
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a nice copper brown with a finger of head

Smell - A nice fruity, citrusy, hoppy smell

Taste - Hoppy with a bit of a lingering finish. The finish of this beer just lasts for too long

Mouthfeel - The beer tastes good to the tongue, but takes too long while it's going down

Drinkability - A thick feel make this one and done, on to the next one

Serving: Bottle

hurricanelars, May 02, 2010
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Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.