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Ballistic IPA - Ale Asylum

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Ballistic IPABallistic IPA

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very good

86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 285
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 35
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rockwell on 03-07-2009

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.
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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 285
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange-amber IPA that is all about the Amarillo hops. Honeyish, tangerine aroma. Leaves some nice bits of lace with each sip. I'm sort of tired of Amarillo hops (bought this for the wife) but this beer is growing on me. The flavor is actually quite complex, with honey, biscuit, tangerine and marzipan sweetness. The hop bitterness is laid back and very smooth. Hop bursting?

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Photo of Atron67
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of mobius387
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle rec'd as an extra from ROBORB. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper/orange color with minimal head.

Smell: Hoppy nose with grapefruit and mango hints. Followed by a nicely balanced sugary malt nose.

Taste: Grapefruit, passion fruit, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and really smooth (i.e. goes down way too fast).

Drinkability: Definitely would drink more of this if readily available near me. A nice surprise for sure.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.49/5  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.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a murky deep copper with a two finger head. The head leaves a nice cap on the beer and some great lacing all the way down the side of the glass.

S- Some piney hops and a little bit of citrus in there as well. A small amount of malt and a good biscuit backbone.

T- A big dose of piney hops and a little bit of sweetness. The malt is barely present and is overshadowed by a lingering biscuit presence. Also a little bit of caramel in there as well.

M- Medium bodied that is a touch thick. Bitter on the tongue but gets smoother the more drinks I take. Almost creamy.

D- Reminds me more of a double than anything. I could have more than one of these and not have my palate busted.

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Photo of Onslow
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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 ...

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Photo of bound4er
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes Jan 15 2012

Pours a hazy amber, looks very nice in the glass.

Smells of armerreto, faint tropical fruit, and a little pine.

Taste is bitter grapefruit up front, earthy, bready malt backbone, ends on more bitter grapefruit dryness.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy for me.

A decent IPA, just not my favorite. If you like Armarillo hops then this is you IPA. But I found it to be a bit different and odd.

Re-review - Feb 2013

I have had to change my review because having re visited I have discovered that I love this beer, Fresh Citrus just burst from every sip, the smell and taste are so fresh. It finishes remarkabely clean with not an off flavor in sight!

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of hawks10
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with NO DATE - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a reddish dark copper, just a touch of haze with two fingers of cream colored head, lots of lacing left behind. Almost looks more like a DIPA...

Citrus and fruit hop aromas stand out in this one. They are significantly tempered by an abundance of toffee malt however. I remember this one having a more intense citrus blast last time I enjoyed it, is this because it should be fresher?! PLEASE DATE YOUR IPAS!!!

Piny, earthy bitter hops give this beer a bitter bite right off the bat. A bunch of caramel/sweet malt cuts the bitterness a bit, but this is pretty one sided throughout. The bitterness returns and lingers long past the finish, drying out your mouth. Not bad, but again, I remember this being better, skewed memories, or is this beer not fresh?? PLEASE DATE YOUR BEERS!!

Full bodied, this one drinks more like a DIPA. Resinous, bitter and drying. Malt cuts the bitterness a bit, but adds tons of body. Lower carbonation makes this one stick on your palette and linger...

Why can't breweries date their bottles? Have had this fresh on tap at the source multiple times, and have purchased six packs from the brewery where they could guarantee its freshness, but I have hesitated to buy this beer many times in stores because there is no date.

Ale Asylum, you are losing money from me, start dating!

Drinkability score suffers for this...

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Never heard of Ale Asylum before. Thanks to greatfulbeerhead for a chance to try this.

A: Hazy for an IPA, lots of tiny little floaties. Mahogany core, gets lighter around the outside of the glass. Looks a bit like dirty water. Big three finger head as a result of an aggressive pour into a pint glass.

S: Hop presence is not far detached from the malt, nothing really jumps out at me. Aroma falls a bit flat.

T: Tastes pretty good, a bit muddled. The hops do not have many "bright" characteristics, not much bite. Piney, bitter, and a bit of citrus fall right in with caramel malt, which makes itself well known. Definitely some sweetness going on here. A tinge of alcohol on the finish, nothing boozy.

M: Has a body that rivals some DIPA's, carbonation is somewhat low. The flavor profile doesn't quite back it up, unfortunately.

D: Ballistic is big in body, but the flavor profile isn't completely palatable for me. Thus, drinkability must suffer.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack at Stein's Liquor in Rhinelander. The bottling date states it's still good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a vibrant copper, crystal clear, with about two inches of off-white head that sticks around for a while, falls to a healthy film, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation present.

S: Citrus--blood orange and grapefruit--and pine hop notes are the most prominent. There's definitely a bread-like and slightly sweet malt presence. There's also a bit of tropical fruit and earthiness coming through. A pleasant but not especially assertive nose.

T: Sweet bready malts with a touch of earthiness right up front. On top of these come some nice citrus and tropical fruit--most clearly pineapple--hop notes. Just a bit astringent at the outset, the hop flavor mellows a bit throughout the course of the taste. The middle brings in some cracked pepper and a bit of a grassy quality to go along with the aforementioned earthiness and fruity hop notes. The malts maintain a healthy presence throughout the taste, affording a well-rounded flavor. The back end brings some nice hop bitter that has both a citrus zest and pine quality to it. No substantial lingering aftertaste to this one--just a bit of that citrus/pine hop bitter.

F: This one is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. As mentioned, it has an astringent quality at the front, and this is then followed by some nice creaminess from a very solid level of carbonation. The back end brings a little bitter, but this one finishes quite cleanly. Very little in the way of stick.

O: I enjoy Ale Asylum's Hopalicious, but I really think Ballistic stands head and shoulders above it. Some have commented on the overly sweet quality of this beer and what they perceive as too strong a malt presence, but I didn't find that to be the case. I enjoyed the malt flavors and found they complimented the hops quite well. If you're looking for big bitter from your IPA, you might be a bit disappointed. But this one has great flavor, complexity, and balance. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Hazy light amber color to it. The light tan head was small even from a vigorous pour.

S - Citrus hops right away but with a flowery smell to it. Slight touch of biscuity malt floats in the background.

T - Malt holds up well and is found throughout the whole flavor. Hops come in midway with a prickly piney flavor. Bitterness is mellow and rounded avoiding sharpness. Finishes pretty dry with hops lasting for a short while into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry to dry.

O - The beer has a nice balance between hops and malt for an IPA. Head was a little disappointing. Smell lacked a little bit of pop to it, but a pleasant hoppy flavor to it. I would definitely drink this beer again but not necessarily seek it out.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at Brickhouse BBQ.

Pours a clear amber color with an ivory head. Good retention, stains the glass with lacing during sipping.

Smell is quite fierce. In-your-face hops, along with pine, grapefruit, a hint of hop spiciness.

Taste is solid, especially because there's a decent pale malt backbone to guide the hop attack. All the aforementioned smells make it to the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel felt confusing...like it wanted to be a heavy bodied, but just couldn't quite do it. Solid medium body (almost a watery heavy-body if that makes any sense).

Another delicious offering from Ale Asylum. Great spring beer.

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Photo of stouts4me
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

At Ale Asylum new taproom/brewery, served in a pint glass.

Has a real unique nose,real malty/rye nose, not sure.

Taste is slightly sweet,malty, can taste the strength.

Glad I tried it, but not a favorite.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of adman08
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like Ale Asylum beers and find them very recognizable -- the round mouth feel, deep honey color, bready mango smell -- all of which is the case for Ballistic. It's almost as if they a single color on a scale -- Velveteen Habit - Bedlam - Ballistic, dark to light. Well, not quite, but all from the same hue. Maybe they should mix it up a bit more, but in any case, this is a very nice beer -- perhaps my favorite from Ale Asylum. Well integrated, though the flavor progresses from sweet and malty in the front and then straightens out and lightens up to a nice, citrusy hop, a hint of alcohol, clean. Will get again.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque copper/honey color with an off-white half finger head..

The smell is floral, pineapple, grapefruit, and of course pine. I also get the sweetness from the malts on the nose as well.

The taste follows the nose, citrus and pine... very bitter... but with the sweetness from the malts this is very well balanced. I love that this is not over the top... perfect!

I love how rich and full-bodied this is..Ale Asylum always impresses me with their well crafted beers. I have yet to be disappointed with any of their offerings. A+

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Photo of knepper
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.