Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

HopaliciousHopalicious
BA SCORE
77.3%
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3.92 w/ 1,031 ratings
HopaliciousHopalicious
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
Ranking:
#5,903
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
1,031
Liked:
797
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
11.22%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
216
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,031 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure grapefruit body with fluffy white head, gorgeous. Herbal hop aroma. Some grapefruit and some pineapple in the taste. Creamy mouthfeel with bitterness in the finish. High alpha. Very drinkable, and grows on me. The palate is somewhat stunned afterward, its a shredder.
Third time I have had it 9October 2011) and its very good each time.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear lookig yellowish gold color. The head was white and fizzy, with a good amount of bubbles rising to the glass. The lacing was minimal with just some scattered suds around the glass. The smell of the beer is a bit more earthy and malty than I expected. The taste of the beer is also more grainy than I originally thought it would be. The mouthfeel was clear and crisp, light bodied and had a sharp carbonation to it. Overall this beer sounded like it was going to be a bit more hoppy than it actually was. The beer itself isn't bad just not exactly what I was hoping for.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%

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 kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this dozens of times and never bothered to review it. Thanks Wayne for this one!
Bottleneck printed "212001", whatever that means.

Into a pint glass it pours a brightly saturated orange, on closer inspection it's hazed with a veil of micro-sediment hanging in suspension. Ample head of foam, receding to a thin skim after a few sips, leaving behind plenty of residual lacing in the glass.

Softly sweet caramel and pale malts, citrusy orange peel. When fresh the hoppiness is really satisfying.

Light mellow feel, extremely drinkable with grassy green hop notes and sustained bitter orange peel in the aftertaste. Easygoing malt character that isn't overly sweet thankfully. The composition is seamless, and its just an effortless APA to drink. Definitely a gateway craft beer for those hop-averse but craft-curious beer drinkers out there.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with a small, tan head that left no lace.

S - It smelled very floral with notes of orange peel and some roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted of sharp, burnt toast malt with a sweet citrus zip.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty tasty APA. The Cascade hops really give it a floral touch.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Poured somewhat vigorously yielding two fingers of creamy beige head. Very nice retention with splattered lace. Color is a golden hued copper.

Aroma: Some pale malt with a lower level of hops. Some lemon citrus. Caramel and bready malts. Not a lot here.

Taste: A little better than the aroma, but still malty. Pale and bready malts. Some grassy earthy hops. Not bad, but I wish it was a bit hoppier and not so malty.

Mouthfeel: A bit bitter, but crisp as well. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry, a bit sticky with some grassy hops and bready malts.

Overall, not a bad pale ale, but nothing I want a lot of. Too malty for me. Drinkable, if I would want more. Not bad, but not good.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like opening a bag of fresh, whole leaf flower Cascades, Hopalicious delivers a bright, resinous and citrusy hop nose!!! The body is a hazy golden-amber, beneath a creamy white head that holds well and leaves patchy "walls" of spotty lace in its wake. The Cascade hops continue into the flavor with resinous notes of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) and pine over a lightly caramelish and just slighty biscuity malt base. The bitterness is well balanced, and it finishes dry and subtly acidic with some lingering notes of piney and grassy hops. Quite nice! An impressive APA that takes the hop flavor and aroma of an IPA, and jams it into a standard strength ale. Very west coast! Remarkably drinkable despite the intense hop charge. Very well done!

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to try something from the midwest,I dont get enought midwestern wares anymore.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed medium golden with a bit of dark orange tintAromas a a little light mainly a mix of caramel/biscuit malt and citric hop.Well rounded flavors with the hops winning out by a nudge,starting out with a pretty firm lightly sweet caramel base,melding nicely into a nice prsh citrus/hop finish that lingers.A solid APA borderline IPA,quaffable and flavorful.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately-dark yellow with a several finger white head that quickly recedes withot leaving too much lacing behind. Nose has a good amount of citrus hops. Taste is fairly one dimensional with citrus hops as well. Not bad to be one dimensional in this regard, but if that's the case It'd prefer that flavor to be a bit stronger. Good light to medium body and drinks quite well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus sweetness with a good background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with a strong burst of hops bitterness up front along with a nice citrus sweetness that isn’t too intense. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but provides plenty of substance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely a great beer to drink for a whole evening. I think I could drink quite a few of these and not look for anything else. This is one of the best APA's that I've had.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy coppery gold, with a finger of brite-white froth. Thin yet creamy look stays rich when swirled, leaving a thick foamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is mostly herbal hops, with some peppery spice and resins floating throughout. A splash of bright smelling grapefruit & oranges, as well some toasted grains add some sweetness to the nose.

The taste is bitter with earthy and spicy hop character, leaving a dank and pithy feel behind in the mouth. A sweet tasty backbone of grapefruit and silky toasted malts do their best to pull some of the hop notes back. Dank spicy hops really linger long into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a moderate sharpness to the carbonation but this seems just a touch watery in spots as it slithers across the palate.

An all around decent Pale Ale here, that possessed a surprising amount of earthy hop dankness to it, which took a little getting used to. Definitely a more interesting use of American hops here.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resplendent gold with a splash or two of orange juice. I like the beer, but I like the cap even more. It's aged ivory in color, with a melted scoop of mousse look as it melts. It also leaves a wide swath of lace-like lace around the upper portion of the pint glass. This is one classy looking APA.

Who doesn't love the smell of pure, unadulterated Cascade hops? I, for one, will never tire of their aroma, no matter how many times I encounter it. Hopalicious is a perfect name for a beer this bright and citrusy. Pineapple and pink grapefruit envelop my nose with every sip and have already begun to make my mouth water for what's to come.

Hopalicious is good beer that falls just short of the magnificence of it's magnificent nose. The neck label does not lie. Each sip delivers plenty of 'bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness'. Even though I definitely like what I'm drinking, the hop flavor tastes a wee bit artificial to me, like an ounce of Tang added to a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Not literally, since the beer isn't orange-like, but you know what I mean.

Thankfully, there isn't even a hint of anything darker than pale malt (caramel for instance) to get in the way of the hop appreciation. I'm okay with the amount of malt used since it allows some bitterness to soak into my taste buds. The dominant flavor, by far, is the tropical fruitier aspects of the Cascade hop. Again, pineapple and pink grapefruit; possibly lemon zest as well.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where it ought to be for an APA. I find myself wishing for more girth, but then I'd be penalizing the beer for not being IPA-like when it was never meant to be. This brewery seems to have mouthfeel nailed down well enough.

I was pleasantly surprised by Mad Town Nut Brown and I'm also pleased with Hopalicious. These guys better be careful or they'll start being mentioned in the same breath with Lake Louie, New Glarus, Tyranena and Capital. If you're looking for a well-brewed Cascade pale ale, Ale Asylum will be only too happy to oblige.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade about a month or so ago. Had been sitting in the fridge waiting and I decided to descend upon it last night. Served cold, right out of the fridge, this one was poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/09/2008.

The pour was very nice with a reddish tinted amber leading the way. Nice clarity here with a good amount of carbonation being visible streaking up towards the surface. A nice layer of two inches came up over the top and stayed around for a good while, making a nice rocky, cratered head to it. Some decent side glass lace was also noted.

The aroma was very fresh, highly citric hops as I would have expected. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit in this one. Not soo much as pungent and sticky, more of a lighter note to it all with a good bit of bright smelling hops. The character overall was nice and light, with a small grain base in the flavor, but mostly just a nice hop aroma. Big notes here of grapefruit just tearing apart the palate as soon as you took a sip. Light though and not nearly as big as an IPA, this was a nice hopped up, light APA. Smooth bready middle and a long drawn out bitter finish that just did not quit. Nice carbonation really lended itself to a light palate and easy drinkability that kept you coming back for more.

Overall I had to say this was an ice little APA. I could have easily had another, and another after that, but alas only the one was to be found. Nice structure with nothing over the top or outrageous in any way. Overall great little beer here that I would not turn away.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 77.3% out of 100 with 1,031 ratings
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