Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,025
Reviews:
239
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
213
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,025 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -11.5%
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 -0.5%
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 rsquared59
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bones10
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WiscoBoy8615
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of tyauch3
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy04
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 T_Hass
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JCastaBarry
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stadmo1
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CheeseMonger75
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 beagleyx2
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Webzombie
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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 CraigP83
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Little watery, but pine and floral. Typical cascade ipa

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Wookieboy1
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bammer21
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,025 ratings.
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