Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

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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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +10.2%
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 +14.8%
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 -6.6%
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 -5.6%
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 +4.6%
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 +2.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +2%
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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Photo of 98green
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I like my APA to be a bit more hop forward and juicy than this one. There is some hop flavor initially but it faded quickly and I was left with a watery aftertaste. There's a little malt to backfill the taste but not much. I was underwhelmed.

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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 scaliasux
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Medium dark orangish-yellow. Opaque. Short but persistent white head.
S - Bright citrusy hops. A little bit of pale malt. Comes across as fairly sweet.
T - Hoppy, but not excessively bitter. Orange peel. Some light bready sweetness. I like the balance in this one.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy medium Amber with a thick creamy head, nice retention and good lacing.mild citrus aroma, all cascade. Nice flavor but I picked up a slight "burnt" note. Decent bitterness with a maltier nose.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at my local Shell station. The best by date indicates it's still optimal for over two months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a light golden amber with about an inch of eggshell head that dissipates after a while into a healthy film and leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Just the slightest bit hazy with ultra fine particulate and with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit and orange citrus hop notes lead the way in this moderately assertive bouquet. There are some cracker malts underneath and a slight bit of earthiness.

T: Cracker malts up front with a healthy dose of grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavor. The middle brings out more of the orange hop flavor, along with a bit of cracked pepper and some earthy notes. With all the hop flavor in the front and middle, this one leaves surprisingly little bitter at the close. There's still some bitter grapefruit rind at the back, along with more of the malts, which seem to impart a bit of sweetness here.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Smooth and creamy in the front and middle, with a touch of tart and bitter at the close. This one finishes quite cleanly, without much in the way of stick. If anything, this one could be a bit thicker on the palate.

O: This is a very tasty APA from Ale Asylum. The label asserts there are eleven separate hop additions that go into this one, and it really come through with some bright citrus notes. If you're way into bitter with your pale ales, this one might not please: it's brewed to minimize the bitter as much as possible. Very drinkable. I definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

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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 jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured in a shaker pint glass. It appears a dark gold color. Nice citrus flowery hop aroma, but with a good malt balance in the taste. medium bodied.

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Photo of MNJR
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit thin and one dimensional. Not a "bad" pale ale, but many easily available others in the category are better. This is claiming 11 separate additions of cascade hops, but they must be really small additions, since this stuff is actually fairly light. It needs something other than the single hop flavor, though I did like the slightly smoky finish. If I got it as others say for $13 a twelve pack, I would like it better than paying $10 for a sixer like I did. Anchor Liberty for example is $8 and much better.

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Photo of ARoman
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is initially a dry pine with secondary notes of bread and is followed by the addition of juicy grapefruit and orange. It pours clear with an amber hue and a white soap head that has ok retention and moderate lace. The taste is a medium bitter front supported by a medium sweet tail. The oily beer is fuzzy with a medium body containing notes of pine, grapefruit, and bread crust. The finish is crisp pine with a bready character that then turns sweet tangerine. It's clean with an aftertaste that has a bit of a cloying waxiness, but mostly pine notes.

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Photo of bound4er
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can

Pours to a cloudy, faint orange to amber appearance with a one finger white head. Laces quite well. Smells of grain, hay, pine and scorched earth. Taste isn't as complex as the nose - some bready malt, pine, spice and that signature AA charcoal infused finish. Feel is what you'd expect from a pale ale - light in body with nice carbonation. Overall this is a well crafted ale that has nice drinkability. The addition of 12 pack cans for around $13 is nice to see in a world of ever rising beer prices.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for this!
12 oz bottle poured into dogfish Head glass.
A: pours a nice golden color, 2 finger head with frothy foam, heavy stringy lacing
S: tropical fruits, sweet malt, some pine resin, biscuit
M: medium creamy body, slight carbonation
T: slight citrus but heavier on pine resin and earthy notes, biscuit, cracker, some white pepper, and mild smooth finish
O: kinda a cross between west coast ipa and English ipa that is really smooth. Hop heads will enjoy!

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Photo of cambabeer
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

whiffs of alcohol. opaqueish yellow. Not very bitter, mostly in aftertaste. Honey sweetness. a little womens fruity perfume.light to medium bodied oily after. More booze than is suggested by abv. some banana in the nose as well.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sent to me by my Wisconsin Nephew (NFC Championship 2015 bet... GO HAWKS!) I liked this beer so much it inspired me to sign up and start rating beers ... Here I go;
Look; Yellowish with a white head.
Smell; Not overly prominent... but citrus is there
Taste: this is where it took off for me. The citrus was more orange like (as opposed to grapefruit like) The hops were there.. and then they were gone... only to come back at the finish.
Mouth feel; For this beer, it seemed like the perfect amount of carbonation(my first 5 on the rating scale)
Overall; Very interesting beer wish I had a few more of em !

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Photo of pweis909
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High clarity, color on the citrine side of amber. Strong foam on the pour the recedes to lace the glass. Initially, I smell and taste the hops. Citrusy, with a bit of astringency. In a sip or two, I am accustomed to hops and the malt begins to shine. There is some sweetness and toastiness, and as I drain the glass, toasty recedes and something like chocolate takes its place. Did they use a bit of chocolate malt to increase color?

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Photo of martyl1000
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Atwood Fest. So, certainly not optimal conditions. But I'm having this after Block Party. And I can't taste the hopalicious, at all. I'm kinda stunned at how much I no longer like this beer.

I didn't lovwit, to begin with. Bo. Actually, I did love it, four years ago.
What's to explain such radical shifts in palate?

It's certainly not a bad beer. But it is a letdown evey time I have it.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Herbal, grassy aroma, with a touch of citrus, and resiny tones. Flavor is fairly bitter and resiny, a little overwhelmingly so, for my palate. Would prefer more flavoring hops.

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