Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

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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

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Reviews:
236
Ratings:
1,021
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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32
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209
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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color; the cap retains nicely and leaves some dots behind

Smell: Hoppy aromatics, with tropical fruit and grapefruit buttressed by a touch of toffee

Taste: Hops dominate the front end, with tropical fruit, citrus and grapefruit all commanding attention; some toffee lingers underneath, but the hops continue to power through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was surprised to find that Cascade hops were the sole hops used in this beer, albeit they have been added in eleven separate additions; I was expecting something different, given the interesting tropical fruit tones; in any event, quite a good pale ale and a solid flagship beer for this brewery

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Big citrusy hop nose, some light fruit and rich malt.
Brilliant amber under a moussey, 3" off-white head that slowly descends to a thick film but leaves thick lace.
On the palate the hops have more flavor - citrus and grapefruit - than bitterness and are well balanced by a rich malt backbone.
Creamy, medium body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smorbrod
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

One of my favorite beers, nice and fragrant with decent bite but not overly fruity so I, at lease, can session this beer. This beer is one of the main reasons Ale Asylum grew so fast.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +2%

From notes on 11/9/13

Brownish yellow color. White head. Slight flowery smell. Nice balance of hops and malt. This is the original beer that got me into hops.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really pleasant, almost classic pale ale that reminds me of Sierra Nevada in its heyday. There's a really strong grapefruit and orange scent that is mirrored in the taste. The malts aren't strong but balance out the citrus well. This and the light but slightly oily mouthfeel make it an easy drinking but really flavorful APA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Hopilicious is a solid IPA. The beer poured a clear orange with white head that left a nice lace all the way down the glass. The scent carried fresh hops that leans towards pine and citrus. The taste follows the nose quite well. It does have a more bitter than balance. The mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and could be sessioned.

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Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amongst the myriad of IPAs that I've come across, Hopalicious ranks as one of the finest. The IPA style in general has become so over-saturated of late that's it is always refreshing to find an IPA that stands above the crowd.

As the name suggests, Hopalicious is rich with complex hops. It is quite bitter in such a pleasant and drinkable way that the could only come from Ale Asylum's expert-treatment of their cascade hops. It's very floral and citrusy, which is balanced perfectly by its strong bitterness.

Among IPAs, it's very sweet at heart, although I wouldn't call it a sweet beer per se (sweet as in sugar and caramel). The sweetness in Hopalicious is used as more of a balancing mechanism.

This really is a pinnacle of American IPAs and I hope that Ale Asylum—with their spectacular new facilities—are able to expand their micro-brewed gem to a larger crowd.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 5/12/2014. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 3/24/2014.

App- Hazy light copper-orange body, one finger white head with good retention and thick, sticky lacing. Looks the part of a good American Pale Ale.

Smell- Dank, floral, grassy hops, a bit of citrus as well. Not much in way of a malt backbone. A little bit of caramel sweetness and that's about it. Hop-forward nose.

Flavour- True to the name, this is a hop-centric pale ale. Floral, dank hops dominate, supplemented by a little bit of citrus grapefruit. The pale malt backbone brings a bit of caramel and a musty graininess. Finish is a bit of citrus bitterness mixed in with some grassiness.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied, on the verge of watery. But easy to drink, bitter enough but not overwhelmingly bitter that it gets in the way of my enjoyment as a "just-got-home-from-work" beer. Resinous, dank and appropriately dry.

Overall- Good drinking, nice and hoppy APA. Not mindblowingly good, but a solid buy for an everyday drinking APA.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy glowing orange/straw color with a great two fingers of dense white clumpy head.

An intense aroma of bright, juicy, dank and resiny hops.

The taste has a more earthy and bitter slant with some grapefruit rind. Some medicinal taste in the finish and a bit of resinous pine. No fruity hops as in the nose.

The mouthfeel was a wee bit watery and the carbonation is low/med.

The look and smell was very appealing and the hops shine for a pale ale. It is a good west coast type pale ale.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden honey cloudy murky, lots of carb bubbles traveling north. Minimal head medium retention no legs

S- A sweeter take on a pale. Bit of honey, medium hop profile sticking strictly to pine and malty profile.

T- A bit watery, but that is how I tend to like them. Some sweetness with the honey.

M- Medium carb and velvety smooth IMO

O- A well done pale. Thanks for the extra!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date 04-28-2014 printed on the label. My second beer from Ale Asylum, acquired a single bottle for $1.50 at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange with one finger of frothy white head. Look fluffy lacing, some active carbonation, and some fine sediment floating in the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty light and faint, but nice. Earthy / bready malt, some caramel, oak woodiness, grassy, oranges / lemon pith, and perhaps some herbal clove-like spicing. Slightly chalky. A good aroma, but it is of below average strength and intensity.

T - Taste is of sweetened bready / caramel / earthy malts, mild lemon / pine hoppiness, and a slight hint of rye / spicing present.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and creamy. Light-bodied & easy drinking with good carbonation.

Overall, a traditional style American pale ale, not overly bitter or hoppy, crisp, smooth, and easy drinking. I could definitely see it pairing well with a meal. Otherwise, it was nice to try it, but I wouldn't go back to it again. Not really fitting of the name Hopalicious either, being as tame as it is. Still, it is worth trying.

Ale Asylum Hopalicious ---3.5/5

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice piney hop flavor that really stands out in the initial taste and aroma. Golden straw color with a light head. Very well balanced flavor with hops up front and malt at the end.

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Photo of matjack85
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshmess date of 2/28/2014 on it and today is 2/27, so I guess I ought to get to drinking this.

The beer poured a cloudy gold color with a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in under 30 seconds, but left lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

Big pine and orange smell. Very hoppy.

The goal of this beer, according to the company web site, was to create a big hopopy beer without the big bitterness that usually goes along with it. They succeeded. Pine, tangerine, and orange hop flavors dominate, but there is plenty of sweet caramel malt for balance. Bitterness is present, but mild. It's delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

They've found a way to keep the citrus flavor of the cascade hops while limiting the bitterness. The result is a delicious, hoppy brew. I can't say enough good things about this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Enjoyed By 04/21/2014
L - hazy amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that holds good retention
S - fresh hoppy aroma with citrus and pine notes, fruity and caramely as well
T - bold cascade hops dominate the palate with a piny, citric, spicy bite. Caramel, bread, and toasted grain give a nice malt backbone, some fruitiness on the finish
F - creamy, medium body, mildly dry finish
4 O - really dig this APA. I'd get it again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of LisaLisa73
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I absolutely do not like hops. However, I have heard so much about how awesome this beer is. The brewery is 28 miles away in a college town so I had to try it. It actually has a very smooth taste and has the perfect carbonation. I still don't like a hoppy beer, however, this beer has a very smooth taste and isn't all that bad!

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty orange/yellow in appearance and slightly cloudy. Very bright.

Smells like orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit.

Grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange flavors blended perfectly with a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel is an invitation to the next sip. Very light, but the abundance of hops makes this a palate pleaser.

Overall this is an excellent pale that I recommend to any citrusy hop fan.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a FW teku glass. BB 2/17/14 on side

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice head and great lacing. The smell is very big on cascade hops and if i smelled this side by side with ZD theyd be very close in aroma. Taste isnt quite as hoppy but the hops are very prevalent ...lots of citrus and almost no bitterness. Definitely a pale and not an IPA. Mild bodied with mild carbonation. Extremely easy to drink...bordering on criminally easy!

Overall just a superb pale that is actually a pale and not an IPA. recommended!

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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 jwc215
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin off-white head that slowly becomes wispy, leaving some strands of lacing.

The smell is of citrus with cracker-like bread in the back.

The taste is of bitter tea-like herbs and citrus fruits - grapefruit and pineapple most notably. A cracker-like pale malt is in the background, with a growing sweetness that balances the bitterness, while allowing the Cascade hop flavor forward.

It has medium carbonation with a medium body. It has some chewiness and a long finish.

This is a solid example of an American Pale Ale that uses Cascade hops! Very enjoyable and easy to drink!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/23/12

A) Deep honey-amber with faded tobacco highlights. Billowy three finger head collapses slowly to a 1/4th inch layer. A crackling upper tier of lace leads down to thick swaths farther down.

S) Compact aroma of notes of orange peel, musty grass, earth, caramel and biscuit.

T) Mild pine greets the palate with a comparably mild bitterness. Pepperings of dank citrus here and there. Earthy finish. Toasted biscuit with a hint of caramel sweetness.

M) medium-light body made crisp by a dose of high carbonation. The feel is kind of coating in a dusty way.

D) Not a bad beer despite being too malty for my usual fancies. I drank it warmer than fridge temperature; probably would have liked it better if I had it colder.

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Photo of henrichsj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Lots of white head, nice cloudy orange color

S - Very hoppy, some citrus

T - Hops right out of the gate, citrus flavor, bitterness at times, very dry aftertaste

M - Crisp on the tongue, decent carbonation, very dry finish

O - Bought a 6-pack of this on our annual Fall trip to Wisconsin for apples. I love a lot of hop-forward beers but this one was a bit too dry for my tastes. Still not a bad beer.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How have I not reviewed this already!?

Pours a huge, dense, white head seeping in resin that collapses into a fluffy puff. Radiant, bright citrus-pine aroma. Hazy, straw-amber color. Starts with a nice, bright, grapefruit hoppiness. Builds into a medium bitterness. Takes on a more citrus rind bitterness as the malt shows through a touch. Finish is lingering citrus rind hop bitterness. A bit on the thin side of mouthfeel.

Overall, I love buying this by the box of 12, and I've been doing so for years. A great, all-around bier; hoppy, but not too bitter, a touch of malt. An absolute go-to.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date purchased at trader joes in madison. ive had this before and it blew up on me, opening careful this time.

look is a dark orange color, cloudy, unfiltered, small head. smell is lemon grass hops, pleasant smelling. good malt presence but mostly hops: honey sweetness balanced out by a sour musky hoppiness.

tasty overly hopped pale

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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 andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, thumb of pillowy head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, hints of pineapple, cotton candy and pine.

T - Sweet citrus blast, hints of pine, solid caramel malt backbone with a bitter citrus rind finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty IPA with loads of citrus hop flavour, easily sessioned and well worth picking up. I could take down a 6-er of this no problem.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,021 ratings.
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