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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:
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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 gford217
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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 enelson
4/5  rDev +1.3%

enelson, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Jwale73, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 blackie
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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 Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

akang, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Florida9, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

williamjbauer, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

msubulldog25, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

crobinso, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

jera1350, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 koopa
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

TX-Badger, Dec 16, 2012
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 beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Homer review coming as I used to live about 5 minutes away from this brewery (which is a very chill place to visit, by the way).

Pours a translucent dark golden, light brown color with medium head. Definitely one of the darkest IPAs i have poured. Smells of citrusy hops, identified as Amarillo on the label. Had to give it a little work to coax that smell out, though the beer might be a bit too cold to be fair. Taste is a bit different than expected. The hops primarily hit the finish, leaving some of the bitterness that sits on the back middle of the tongue. Interestingly, this is not the entirety of the hoppy finish I come to expect from an IPA, like they have removed one of two ingredients that leave hops on the tongue. Anyway, the front of the flavor is a bit limited, definitely shining as it makes it's way down. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an IPA, but then again, this is almost a DIPA. Certainly appropriate for 7.5%. Extremely drinkable with an enjoyable half-lingering of bitterness as discussed above.

This is one of the better IPA offerings out of WI, which might not be saying a whole lot, but ballistic is very enjoyable.

seeswo, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.3%

BeerLover99, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Canada_Dan, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of CrellMoset
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

CrellMoset, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +1.3%

richkrull, Feb 09, 2012
Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.