Ale Asylum

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #371
Ranked #10,723
3.93 | pDev: 10.94%
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Notes: Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.
Reviews: 253 | Ratings: 1,077 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of chikinhammr
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma of honey, malt, biscuit and brown bread with hops a seemingly secondary concern despite the advertised “eleven additions of cascade hops” on the label. This American Pale Ale smells and tastes more like an English style pale ale than an APA. As an English style pale ale this would earn higher marks.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can....no useful dating info that I can find.

Pours a warm hued medium hazed typical almond amber. Leaving long lasting eggshell froth, sheeting and strands of lacing.

Soft ripe fruit on the nose with some melon coming forward.

Smooth, tasty and easy drinking brew....some sweet as well as citric notes. Nicely done....worth a try

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Photo of German-Helles
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This 12oz. bottle poured a nice yellow-orange, very hazy, but held up to the light I can watch the carbonation. There is a solid 2" of pure white foam that very slowly slips away to a nice layer with some lacing left behind.
The aroma is a solid citrus, this can be picked up as soon as the bottle is opened.
The taste follows the nose along with a pine flavor, a bitter finish, dry, but slightly sweet.
The feel leans toward creamy with nice carbonation.
Overall, this beer is a fine APA, sweet but tart, citrus and pine flavors.

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Photo of GStone899
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good apa if you haven't had that many before. Compared to others I've had its rather weak. Thin body. I have a feeling this would be much better on tap. Good starter apa but doesn't hold a candle to more quality ones.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with medium head and persistent lacing.
Smell is fresh citrus.
Taste is grapefruit up front with some lemon and orange finish.
Moderately hoppy.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy gold color with a large white head. The aroma is a nice blend of floral and citra hops. The taste has the immediate rush of the floral hops blended with toasted malt and some caramel.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great rich amber color with nice white head with smooth tight lacing. More floral than piney scent but very inviting. Easy hop flavor, quite smooth. Finish with clean dry finish. I’m by no means a hop head. I’ve read reviews saying too much malt. Nice compromise for me. I can see why this is Ale Asylum’s flagship beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: complex blend of hops, dry, floral, crisp citrus notes, not overly bitter malt backbone. Fresh mild hop and malt nose. Gold/Amber color, mostly clear, tall foamy head with some lace. Medium/full body.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-01-11 in Bolingbrook, IL from a 12oz bottle.

A - somewhat hazy with a short white head and light lace.

S - Mild tropical, biscuit and grassy-herbal spice

T - Biscuit, light caramel, honey, tropical. Mild-moderately bitter

M - Light-medium body and carbonation.

O - Pleasant.

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Photo of Arseel
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head over cloudy juice. Citrus aroma definitely dominates as advertised. Fine lacing. Taste echoed the citrus aroma and had surprising bitterness which was not bad. A good brew that I’ll come back to.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned 7/22/17. Kept ice cold.

Honey amber color with 80% opacity. The head is egg-foam yellow and is 3 fingers tall. The head recedes and destroys the glass with lace. Nice dome in the middle after receding.

Aroma is pretty fresh and juicy, with notes of pine, melon, hop resins, and orange peel. I also get some golden plum with agitation.

The flavor is a mixture of hop oils, grapefruit rind, grass, pine needle/pine bark, sweet garbage, and butter. There's a freshness there that keeps it from totally tanking in this category, but it has to be damn near ice cold or else it falls apart immediately.

Feel is moderately carbonated with a slight creaminess, but mostly oily with an alcohol dryness.

Overall, Ale Asylum has not impressed me much. Last year I brought back their Hefeweizen and this year their IPA. Both singles. Neither one of them have very good. This one is just gross.

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Photo of Roby923
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great mix of Cascade hops with a balanced malt backbone. Under 6% ABV so makes it impressively drinkable for a higher IBU IPA.

Bottled at the Silver Dollar in Madison WI.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Clear orange. Smells of grapefruit and caramel malt. Tastes of grapefruit and pine. Moderate caramel malt sweetness. Back end is very resiny with a moderate bitterness. Medium body. Pretty good.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice hazy orange to amber color with a decent transparency about it that let carbonation be seen rising. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated and left some light lacing here and there. The smell had a nice earthy herbal yet bitter hoppiness running in and out but combined. The taste was bittersweet all the way through with a nice herbal/earthy light citrusy aftertaste. The finish was somewhat dry. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there too as there was a decent harshness about it but nothing overbearing. Overall, I say this was a very nice APA well worthy of having again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super cloudy, nearly turbid golden orange body with a fluffy light tan head and a smattering of lace. There might be visible carbonation, but it's too opaque to tell. It smells a bit floral and herbal, as well as offering orange rind, tangerine, caramel malt, and the brewing area of a brewery: raw ingredients, sourdough, wet malt. The taste is less interesting but is still good with powerful, if monotone, citric hops, moderate bitterness, and mild toasty malt. The body is medium weight and delivers somewhat coarse carbonation, luckily not enough of it to jab the tongue too much.
While it didn't rock my socks off, it did satisfy with stout hop flavor and bitterness while offering some contrasting elements as well, and avoided the orange-hop/caramel-malt cliche. I think being unfiltered actually helped the nose and flavor, and so for the first time ever I'm a fan of it, even if the appearance score took a hit.

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Photo of LeRose
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a golden yellow color without very much head. What there was hung around a while, but seemed a little on the short side for an APA.

The smell is delicious - immediate citrus and in the lemon and orange realm versus the usual grapefruit. A nice sweet malt smell emerges once you get past the hops. Just when you think it is done, some floral and green grass smells show up. Very nice.

The taste more or less follows but opens with a little kick of bitterness. Definitely getting lemon and orange and just a bit of grapefruit, minimal on the pine resin flavors. There are some green notes floating over the top along with a floral component. For a 5.6% ABV, the alcohol seems quite noticeable and the taste stops short

The feel bothered me - it has a light burning feel that I will attribute to the alcohol even though that seems like it couldn't be true at 5.6%. Maybe because the citrus and malt components kind of fall off the alcohol emerges?

Overall it is a good beer, enjoyable enough to drink. I found the "burn" to be an annoyance, however. The flavors are good enough to weigh in heavily, but they do seem to fall off rather abruptly. I would recommend giving it a whirl.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into goblet
Bottled 11/26/16

A- pours a deep Amber color with a thin creamy white head that has great retention and lacing

S- bright citrus hop aroma with hints of pine and mint, clean malt

T- citrus rind, fresh herbs, mint, hint of lemongrass, toasted malt finish

O- nice citrus notes rough out without being super bitter, high drinkability

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Photo of beerguy04
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with a small white head. Smells of piney citrus hops. The taste is much like the smell. Piney and citrusy. But not to much. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, one of my favorite pale ales.

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Photo of CheeseMonger75
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the better APA's Wisconsin has to offer. Ale Asylum nails this one with some really citrusy hop flavors and the solid pallet feel. Mostly for the experienced "hop-heads" Hopalicious does not hide it's bold IPA roots.

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Photo of Webzombie
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a very good "drink a bunch of beer". Has a good hoppy flavor and goes down really easy. Not as big on flavor as other APAs or IPAs but one of my go to's at work functions were the other options are Miller Light, Spotted Cow and the other usuals. Great drinking beer just not a legendary crazy flavor beer which is fine.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a little bit darker than average pale ale, this has the light amber colors going for it, 1/3" head. Looks like the 11 stage hopping just used the bittering hop (Cascade) as the aroma hop as well. Decent, but not dropping big time aromas.

Taste was nice, balanced good mix of malt and Cascade hops, reminds one of SNPA. I did notice they go quickly in terms of quality and age. Drink 'em fast. Overall, an enjoyable pale ale in the 2nd tier of quality, which is to say it is definitely better than average, but not in the upper echelon of world class beers either.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy amber gold appearance with a nice lingering head.
Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, floral notes and resiny bitterness.
Tastes are pretty similar with an emphasis on the dankness.
Palate is medium with a good lingering finish.
Overall a really nice pale with a big bitterness.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Not a great scent, but a solid balance of (cascade?) hops with enough straightforward citrus to go around. Excellent aftertaste and mouthfeel. Would certainly buy again.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a couple bottles for a buck apiece on clearance at my local pharmacy. Smell is hops and citrus/pine. Taste is very hoppy and citrusy, not near as bitter as other IPAs. Very drinkable, not the most complex of IPAs but a nice example of a session IPA that goes down smooth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple grain bill that translates to caramel flavor and a dedicated hop taste to the Cascade variety gives Hoplicious its distinctive American taste and also its comfortable drinkability. Its a taste that put American craft beer on the map.

Ale Asylum's American pale ale is a medium copper hue and a moderately dense haze. Its creamy ecru froth retains and laces gracefully while its citrusy perfume has the classic scent of grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a back note of fragrant spruce tips. Its medium-strength caramel taste has a touch of grain, toast, nuttiness but ultimately is a caramelized charming and earthy sweetness.

Rolling over the palate, the beer trends slightly drier and bitter as the sweetness of malt relaxes and the bitterness from hops begin to grow. Slowly the taste morphs into a crisp pink grapefruit flavor with bright citronella oil and the herbal taste of fresh-cut grass and muddled pine needles. Bittered to balance late, the taste remains mostly even-keel but with a slight hop tilt.

Hints of ginger spice and graham cracker leave impressions as the end draws near. The medium-bodied pale ale is crisp and refreshing while holding onto the critical balance that makes American pale ale work with food, conversation or as a stand-along delight all to itself. Microbrewery drinkers thirty years ago would still find great favor with this ale as much do drinkers of today.

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