Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006

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233
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1,002
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.21%
 
 
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Photo of Soneast
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden to almost orange color, with a creamy white colored head, that sticks around for awhile leaving a hint of bubbly lace all the way down the glass.

Has a strong floral, citrus hop aroma up front followed by a thick, resiny pine smell, that has just a minor hint of caramel and sweet malts.

The flavor of this beer is full of freshly cut grass freshness, some delectable grapefruit, citrus and floral notes with an almost black pepper spiciness as well, and a very nice, yet subdued sweet malt background that balances out bitterness quite well, leaving you with a delicious sugared grapefruit aftertaste.

A very good light-bodied APA that still manages to feel creamy in the mouth, and retain a nice refreshing carbonation factor. I have had this out of a bottle and would give that about a B, however on tap at Ale Asylum is where this beer really shines, undoubtedly due to the freshness which really makes the hop profile "pop."

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with a finger of head. Not much, but a little lacing going from the top to the middle of the glass.

Smell: A noticeable caramel malt, but a little bit of citrus here as well.

Taste: Initial flavor is bitter with the caramel malts making their appearance. Following the initial flavor of malt is a very pleasant mixture of grapefruit and orange peel. I need a six pack of this in my fridge at all times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and well carbonated. Goes down quite easily. A little hop oil coats itself throughout my mouth. A nice crisp beer.

Drinkability: I think this could fall into the IPA category instead of an APA, but regardless I find this very enjoyable. Most of the APA's I have had have not had this much hop flavor to them, but I find it very pleasant. One of my favorite beers, and it's nice living only a few miles away from the brewery. The ABV is hidden quite well, and this could definitely be a session beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date is blank. Tasted 15 April 2013.

Pours medium orange with one finger of white head. Some small particulates scattered throughout. Besides that, it's hazy, only see-through enough to make out the thick column of bubbles in the center. Decent retention, okay lacing.

Smell is light sweet citrusy hops. Oranges, a bit of tropical fruit. Delightful.

Taste is, well, not exactly bland; more like thin. I like what's there, though I do wish there was more of it. It's light, slightly grainy, and crisp. A faint dry bitterness. I'm actually liking it a lot, the more I drink it. Not potent, but composed and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and pleasantly dry in the finish. Sizzly carbonation, fizzing and flaming throughout. A great fit with the rest of the beer.

This is a really nice, really drinkable pale ale. Great hop aromas, clean taste and mouthfeel. I see more of this in my future.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a orange-golden with a nice two finger near white head. Decent retention and a fair amount of lacing clings to the glass.
S- Smell is citrus, floral, and biscuit. Remembering that, despite the name, I am grading this as an APA, it does have a reasonably assertive hop aroma.
T- Biscuity sweetness hits the tongue, but the flash of orange and floral hops (faint hint of pineapple), asserts itself without falling into unbalanced territory.
M- The body and carbonation are fine and typical of style, maybe a bit fuller in the body than average. I would say the finish was rather abrupt.
O- It is a good beer and good when viewed as an APA. Worth finding.

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Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had several of these when I was in Madison in mid-October. I used the 33 Beers tasting book to review, so I'll include those ratings in the body of this review, and do my best to translate into BA numbers above.

Aroma Notes: On the nose, you get a lot of hops. Piney first, then citrus second. I get a little bit of caramel malt, but not a lot. Definitely leads with the hops.

Taste Notes: Hoppy for sure, but the malt plays a big role in the flavor. It accentuates the flavors, not the bitterness, of the hops to make a very tasty drink.

Other notes: This is a highly drinkable, medium bodied beer. It is refreshing and flavorful, but not light in any way.

Flavor Wheel (1 low to 5 high):
Dark Fruits: 2
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (Pine): 5
Floral: 3
Spicy: 1
Herbal: 2
Malty: 3
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 2
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 1
Body: 3
Linger: 2.5
Alcohol/Solvent: 2

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Photo of BasementBer
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale

A: straw yellow with a slight reddish hue. good lacing but required a long pour to get head to build.

S: great citrus hop aroma, lemons.

T: solid bitter from start to finish. a slight english malt taste at the front but far more about the hops.

M: a bit thin in the body, bu thats the profile of a pale ale. washes lightly and refreshingly makes your pockets want more.

O: a good pale ale for those tart bitter hankerins.

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Photo of Ace1490
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The smell is very bland but at least it doesn't smell like dirty water like some. Good mix of hops and an ale overall. I think they got what they were going for on the label

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Photo of DrBrewDay
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle at ~45F

Appearance- Murkry straw yellow with thin white head

Aroma- citrus citrus and more citrus. Some bread

Flavor- a great platform for the cascade hop. There is little malt flavors detected. Slightly watery

Mouthfeel- medium light to medium. Carbonation seems acceptable

Overall- of all of the ale asylum beers that I have tried (Ambergeddon, Contorter, Madtown, Satisfaction Jacksin) this is my favorite

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly smoky golden orange bodied with a thick and sticky whipped cream head.
Juicy Cascade aroma of lilac, orange juice, pineapple, pine resin, and lime zest. Maltiness plays second fiddle with unobtrusive dough notes. This has a hoppier depth than most (any?) Cascade pale ales; there's a juiciness here that makes me think of Amarillos. Had I not known otherwise, I'd guess that they were used.
Into the mouth, the pale maltiness strikes first with dough and floured dinner rolls. It turns ever-so-lightly toasty, preceding a sour-tinged yeast note. Hops hammer home the close, dripping with flower petals, pine sap, citric rinds, pineapple, and a certain bong resin smokiness. Again, with that profile, I'd swear something other than Cascades are in here. I'm assured they are not. Even with the drenching hop flavor, bitterness in minimal...just enough to rake the mouth clean, and propel additional quaffs.
Medium-light in body with a subtle- almost meager- carbonation. It has a cask-like feel to it, even in the bottle. It's daintier than brawny, but it's a workhorse session ale.
Some might clamor for more malt assertion, but that's not what this is about. It's like an IPA-Light, juicy as hell, but stripped of untoward bitterness, and showcasing boring-old Cascades in a new light. For those suffering burnout of said hop, this is a revitalizer...it was for me.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach body. Thin white head. Kind of glows. Lacing is quite full. Really nice aroma of sweet caramel/toffee malts blended with plump juicy cascades. 10 additions of cascades. Nice. There's a lot of hop flavor in this beer without a lot of bitterness. Grapefruit pulp and orange. Some bright lime. Some underlying smoky, resinous tones. The malt base is solid with some sweet caramel tones providing a nice little blanket for the hops to rest on. This is really drinkable. Could drink a lot of this in a session. Nice beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale peachy coloring, fairly hazing...a good 1/2" layer of snowy foam atop.

Aroma: Cascade all the way, fresh grapefruit, peach, & pine...lime twist and orange peel. I like it!

Tastin' it: Lightly hoppy, good bitter blitz on the tongue, then all is mellow...smooth, and tasty. Sweet malt ballast, solid backbone, good balance...hops take center stage.

"Hopalicious" seems very much like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or a less hoppy Alpha King or something...great stuff here, sol-ID!
Sweet, toasty, hoppy, and excellently drinkable...I could be fond of this. Glad I grabbed a 6-pack...

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hawks the other night.

I've seen Ale Asylum all over the liquor stores around here, and heard people talk about it on the forums -- figured I'd better dive in for myself.

Pours a citrusy looking lemon-orange color, with a nice, frothy finger-high head. Lace leaves sheets down the glass.

Smell is wonderfully hoppy, not terribly fruity, nor bitter. Which is good because that's what it advertises on the bottle. Smells hopalicious.

The taste is quite good, which impresses me because I typically don't care for pale ales. However, the hoppy/not-too-bitter character makes this a delight.
Additionally, the mouthfeel isn't too light, and that makes this a very quaffable beer.

Great first offering to have from Ale Asylum. Just picked up a 6er of the Contorter Porter today.

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Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap at brewery into pint shaker glass.

A - A light, hazy orange with a 1 finger white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S - Citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapple and pine with a decent malt balance of bread and caramel.

T - Follows the nose with citrus and tropical fruit. Good amount of pineapple and some pine. Malt backbone holds up well with bread and caramel. Finish is more pine bitter, but not too strong.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. Somewhat dry and bitter.

O - Great APA and one of my favorite offerings in WI.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy, yellowish-orange color with a two finger white head that stuck around for a little bit.

S - Floral hops with a little bit of citrus. Nice malt presence.

T - This is actually very good. It's a nicely hopped mostly floral pale ale, I thought it was an IPA when I opened it, but felt it tasted much more like a good hopped APA. Apparently I was correct. Nice sweetness, only the slightest bit of harsh phenol empty taste makes this not score higher.

M - Nice and crisp, lighter side of medium bodied.

D - Highly enjoyable and drinkable, could do this one all day. Really liked this beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into Founders Snifter.

Appearance: slightly opaque, yet brilliant and glowing straw yellow bodied beer. 2 fingers of white head that some decent staying power and nice lacing.

Smell: Big oranges and oranges zest. Hints of lemon zest and juicy grapefruit. Little bit of bready malts.

Taste: Mild bitterness, with big citrus flavors! Oranges are everywhere in this beer. I am digging it. Just like in the nose... the lemon zest and grapefruit notes are in the supporting cast to the oranges. Nicely balanced beer with a biscuity malt profile. Oranges go from start to finish with this beer. Mild bitterness that does stick around very long and does not linger. It makes you want to drink this beer fast!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is very drinkable.

Overall: Really Nice APA. Drinkable and flavorful. Big "N" Bold hoppy oranges in this beer. This is an awesome local that more people need to discover. Ale Asylum really did this beer right! i did not even know what was sitting in the beer cooler, I have passed this beer by way too many times...not any more! Seriously underated WI local.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clouded-over burnt orange sunset color promises much in the way of hop presence. There are even some floaters (presumably yeast) and I don't mind that. I know a lot of beer drinkers snub their nose at it, but I like it. The head is a creamy off-white beauty.

Big citrus notes in the nose, also some peach, red apple and a little pear. Slighter shades of pine. Caramel-like sweetness offers balance.

Definitely a hop-forward pale ale, one of those beers that tastes big without the big ABV. The only thing that keeps it from feeling total west coast is the generous malt layer, like caramel or toffee taffy, sweet and (thanks to the hops, surely) a bit salty. Herbal/pine notes linger, especially prominent in the finish. Slight medicinal twang going on too, but not annoyingly so, and it's the thing that pushes down an almost creamsicle-like overall personality. Maybe more baby aspirin than anything... seriously, think "baby aspirin" when you drink this. You'll see. (And hey, I dig baby aspirin...)

Texturally it's smooth and on the softer side, but carbonated enough to provide some energy.

Of all the great Hop pun beer names out there, Hopalicious is one of the least creative. But who cares? It's the quality of the beer itself that counts, and this one is excellent on all the levels that matter. Bottom line: super solid and super satisfying.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells strongly of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a good bitterness level. Tastes of strong hops up front and throughout, slight hint of fruit, sweet malt, toffee, sand slight pine. Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap and thought it was my new favorite beer. The fresh from the tap taste was excellent, combined with a very cool atmosphere. I was a little let down with the canned option I recently tried. Still a very good beer (one of my favorites), but it seemed a little dull compared to the tap version.

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Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for snagging this for me in Wisconsin, much appreciated.

Light amber with blonde highlights when backlit and a creamy bone colored cap that leaves beautiful lace on the glass. Some suspended micro floaties make me worry that this bottle might be past it's prime. Hopalicious is a good name for the aroma, I love the smell of Cascade hops even if everyone says it has too harsh a bitterness and is an "outdated" hop flavor. The nose is pure, fresh Cascade hops and smells like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops, candied grapefruit and pine sap with light malt. I love this beer for it's simplicity, the glory of Cascade and a pretty light malt base to let it shine without being really bitter. Medium bodied and slightly chalky. I dig this brew.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with some fine sediment throughout. Pours with a one finger frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving just a ring and a tiny little bit of lacing.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. Tons of fruity hops, maybe a bit of pineapple and orange. A bit of sweet malt can be detected, maybe a small amount of candy and caramel.

Taste - You lose a lot of the fruit in the taste but there is still some good citrus in the form of mild grapefruit, some very floral hoppiness and a nice bitter bite. The bite is not bad but rounds it out nicely. The malt is there and but very pale, just a tiny bit comes through.

Mouthfeel - Feels a bit thin and watery, could use a little more weight. Carbonation could be a little better. Nice crisp bite on the tongue, very crisp and refreshing otherwise with a nice smooth quality.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night, when in Madison I consumed 10 bottles in one session. This beer screams drinkability. I wish I could get it all the time.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra received in a trade, I think it was from DRINKNDRIVE.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is very light golden, straw colored. It's effervescent with a signature gigantic foamy Saison head. It recedes slowly leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is peppery phenols with some light citrus in the form of apples, lemons, and oranges. A low level of floral hops is evident. The malt is pretty light beneath the other aromas and the alcohol is hidden.

The flavor is peppery with orange and lemon. The malt character is soft beneath the fruit. The hops are low but noticeable, imparting earthiness to the flavor. There's a hint of tartness. The finish is spicy, fruity, and dry. The alcohol is well masked throughout.

The beer is light bodied with high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured an orange gold color with a 1.5" off-white foamy head. The head retained for a very long time and eventually settled to a dense cap. Huge amounts of sticky sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Lots of Cascade hops here - grapefruit with a hint of pine all day long. Some mild malty sweetness in there too.

T= Similar to the aroma, the flavor of this hoppy pale ale was full of a solid grapefruity and piney freshness. Pale and caramel malts took a backseat to the hops but hung in there enough to provide a nice balance.

MF= Medium bodied with a nice carbonation crispness.

D= A damn drinkable and very enjoyable APA here. Would drink this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with solid citrus esters and some sweet caramel malt. Hoppy upfront with citrus fruit esters of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Earthy, herbal, and floral hop hints with some pine and grass. Solid malt backing with hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. Very juicy smelling and hop forward. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy hop forward taste of citrus esters and earthy hops with some sweet caramel malt. Citrus hops upfront with notes of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with some grass, pine spice, and floral and herbal notes. Bready malt background with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, cracker, and yeast. Hop forward and juicy taste but the bitterness is very tame. Very solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily. very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid pale ale. Leans very much to the hoppy side with lots of citrus esters but doesn't have the bitter bite of an IPA. A nice lighter hoppy option.

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Photo of Strix
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw, good initial head, great lacing.

Nice pine scent, fairy faint nose though.

Bready malt, subtle pine , grapefruit, and lemon blend, very nicely balanced. Flavorful but not palate-obliterating.

Mouthfeel crisp, well carbonated.

A very nicely done APA. Well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This APA pours a cloudy golden in to my mug with a frothy white head that lingers nicely and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is very high Cascade hops. There is absolutely no mistaking what is in the beer, an in your face citrusy Cascade bonanza. Any malt aroma is very low, maybe a hint of sweetness. The flavor is through the roof with hop flavor. Very fresh, grapefruit-like citrus hop flavor, but the hop bitterness is nicely done at a moderately to moderately-high bitterness. The bitterness is rather clean and as advertised strikingly less than what the smell would lead on. The finish leaves just enough hop flavor on the palate, but not to the point where it is overwhelming. The carbonation is medium, as is the body, and the drinkability, despite the intensity of the hop flavor and aroma is rather high. Overall I enjoyed this beer very much. I think the aroma and flavor of the hops are in your face without lingering to the point where it is over done. The lower hop bitterness than one might expect I think keeps the beer from being out of control. I would highly recommend this beer if you enjoy a fresh American citrusy hop flavor and aroma

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.
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