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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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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 1,004
Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy golden to almost brown color. Head formation is dirty white, well retained at 1mm. Seems well carbonated.

S - Hopalicious isn't overly hoppy on the nose. A light amount of caramel malts and just a hint of grapefruit hops. Overall a light scent.

T - Starts off with a light amount of caramel malts, toffee, some roast. Mid-stream gets more bitter, with just a bit of american hops coming through. Finishes with a pretty harsh bitter edge but not accompanied by much of a hop taste. IBUs are tongue gripping, but hop flavor seems missing.

M - Solid to slightly thin bodied. Carbonation maintains the body, not overly biting to the palette. Finishes with a oily hop resin on the tongue.

D - Pretty drinkable. ABV is manageable. Flavors don't generate fatigue, although the bitter finish does become somewhat bothersome without a balancing hop flavor.

I've had this on tap and I would swear it was much better then - could this be a freshness issue? This particular beer's target flavor seems susceptible to that.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot orange color with a decent head that is tight and fluffy. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Huge citrusy hop scent with a bit of wheat.

Lots of hops but not very bitter. The hops are citrusy with a bit of grass. Wheaty malt taste to add some balance. Clean and crisp.

Smooth with soft carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Nice drinkability that makes this an awesome session beer. Very flavorful, but not overly bitter with the hops. A really nice beer that I wish I could buy at will.

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Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A local Madison brewery. Bought a six pack.

Poured this into my favorite glass and found that this beer has lots of suspended particles. That is unusual for a pale ale; at least I have not seen that. The head was about 1 inch and left nice lacing til the end. Color was orange, but cloudy.

Nose is citrus and a little floral.

Taste is nice and crisp with mostly citrus and has a rather dry finish but the mouth feel is nice and carbonated. A very drinkable and good pale ale.

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

12 Fl. Oz bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Hazy golden brown. Pours half inch frothy head and retains thin layer. Fairly large particles are suspended around the bottom of the pint.
S: Bright grapefruit, lemon peel, and floral aroma.
T: Hops-foward that deliver a nice kick. Grapefruit and floral aspects of hops quickly drop. Body is full of pale malts. Slight resin lingers into nothing.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. Crisp and dry.
D: Refreshing and well-balanced.

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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 nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, golden orange with about a fingers worth of head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves a good amout of lacing.

S- Smells of floral and citrus hops with a good backbone of caramelized malts.

T- A very nice balance between hops and malts. Overall, pretty citrusy in hops and bready malts.

M- Medium in body and carbonation nothing out of the ordinary here.

D- A little misleading by the name of this brew I expected more hops and it fell short. Not bad just expected more from this one.

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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 caresville
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split bottle with PaulMPap, bottle courtesy of adfenton. poured into standard size pint glass.

A- pours a murky amber to orange with a tiny off white head and tons of bubbles and a little bit of lacing.

S- burned grapefruit, sugar, freshly sliced pears.

T&M- no surprise here, hoppy and bitter. easy drinking brew, with lots of carbonation.

D- very very drinkable, could easily drink this all the time. wish it was available in my area.

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Photo of blackearth
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a cloudy grapefruit color with a thin white head. Aroma is of citrus hops. Medium bodied with a sweet caramel flavor to balance the hops that linger long into the finish. Very good pale ale. I will be having this again.

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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 Wisconsinality
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy, golden orange with about a finger's worth of head that retains rather nicely and leaves a nice cap on top. The head also leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nice strong hop presence with a bit of the malt back bone. There is also a little bit of orange in there and some pine that can be expected with an APA.

T- This has a nice hoppiness to it and what seems to be a grassiness to it to go along with the malt. Not a lot of pine in this one, pretty mellow.

M- A nice medium bodied brew that has good carbonation that works well. There is also a dry finish at the back of the throat. Not really any bite to it.

D- A pretty good offering from Ale Asylum. Pretty true to style and not as out there as some APA's. This is a good beer that you could sit back and enjoy a few of without having your taste buds being killed.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Thick, cloudy, burnt-orange body with a one inch head of pale-tan that's slow and frothy.

S - Very inviting hop scent that has some real potency.

T - Very good beginning of rich hops followed by an interestingly bitter middle with an uncommonly empty finish.

M - Smooth for an APA, almost to a fault. I think the smooth texture hinders the finish.

~ I certainly recommend this brew be tried. It's worth a sampling.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a light-to-medium shade of copper. Two-fingers of bone-white foam sit on top. Retention is good and lacing is in thin, sticky, strands.

This is a nicely inviting hoppy nose. Notes of grass, earth, soap and citrus are all here. There is a nice hint of caramel malts, lying below the surface.

Notes of grassiness and pine needles dominate the flavor. Yellow grapefruit, lemon and unripened oranges are here, also. A very light hint of maltiness brings a slight touch of balance, but this one is still quite hop forward.

A medium body with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It is mostly smooth, with a tiny touch of sharpness. It does have a nice, mild, level of creaminess to it, which earns points in my book.

As long as you like the bitterness of hops, it's a keeper. Personally, I'm very glad to have had the chance to try it. I don't plan to search it out again, though.

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Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a clear amber with a finger and a half of eggshell colored head that has a decent retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of citrusy hops and a bit of piney hops mixed in. some light spice is mixed in as well, giving the brew a pleasant profile. some mild yeast upon a bit of warming.

taste is citrusy and mildly piney with a moderately bitter profile. the brew is well put together and goes down semi-dry with residual hop notes. not much for malts with a light pale malt quality after some warming.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly sweet with a semi-dry finish of residual citrusy hops.

drinkability is good. an easy-going pale with a fresh and pleasant character, and a satisfying finish. the only complaint is that the hops could be a bit more concentrated, but otherwise this is a solid brew cheers!

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: dirty brown yellow body with an attractive 1 finger off white crown. The crown shows good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus hop goodness....strong pineapple component.

Taste: Grass, tea, touch of grapefruit, and a nice pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Too thin to satisfy.

Drinkability: Sessionable

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow-gold in color with a noticeable chill haze. Displays a very minimal head, really just barely enough to coat the surface.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, and pine with some sweetish malty background.

T: Grapefruit bitterness tempered by a mild malt sweetness. A little lemon and a nice lingering hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a higher carbonation level that leaves a spicy feeling in the mouth.

D: A very good APA. Light, flavorful with higher carbonation and a noticeable, but not over-the-top hop presence, lends this to being a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- It is a amber/ yellow cloudy holding a 1" head with slightl glass lacing.

S-Malty and noticable hops.

T-A flavorful tongue stinging begining with a smooth but bitter aftertaste.

M- Very heavy with a syrupish consistancy and slight carbonated feel.

D- It isn't an everyday beer and overall this isn't a very satisfying ipa rather a mediocre one.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A controlled spiral, drop this mark, a rust-laden pool. Come down here, come see. See what we have made for ourselves, something to bow down to.
Gold, it's gold... cloudy gold, gold among the whitecaps, nothing to lace, nothing to reminisce about, I miss the times when I could reminisce... Nothing atop save a small wisp, nothing remains. Nothing lasts forever.
Take it in, a chance at glory, your heart pounding closer against your ribcage... Take that grapefruit and crush it in your hand, show what a man you are. Breathe it in, the toxins and detoxins of the citrus, the pine trees that encircle you, mimick the lies in your soul...
And a draught, drink from this cup with me. You'll be clean and full again, young, light, before the wiles of hatred and sin made their mark on you. Floral and citrus, hardly a bitter note in the background, just wait a year or two for that, it will come to you. Everyone either becomes giddy or cynical, you can no longer dance.
What light, what arrogance, what cleanliness in the finish, and faintly warm, like your heart. But only faintly, there isn't much there. You were effervescent, but now just tingle a bit and leave a bitter taste in their mouths, you're dry.
It only takes a moment. Just a moment, then you're gone. The life is like this cup in front of me... drained readily, gone from the face of the earth... everything's gone. You're above average, but you were never meant for greatness.

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

Hazy golden body, light orange tint. Small head, no lacing.

Citrus and piney scent, a little bread malt.

Mostly citrus hops in the taste. The malt adds a little sweet balance. Lightly bitter finish.

Medium body, average and crisp carbonation, and goes down easy. This is a sessionable ipa.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot, orange color with a thin white head that fades to wisps of lace every where.

S - Grapefruit and citrusy hops with some sweet bready malts.

T - Not as flavorful as aroma suggests. Citrusy and grapefruit hops with bready malts.

M - On the lighter side of medium and creamy.

D - Very balanced and drinkable if not a little boring. A 6 pack of this would disappear pretty fast.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's see if we cant get the ol' hop allergy fired up, shall we?

Pours a slightly clouded golden orange with a nice enough cream head. Flavor is salty a bit. Citrus and pine are barely there. Comes off as one dimensional. Feel is thicker on liquid. Nice enough to drink, but like I said: not bringing a lot of depth. Just a punch in the mouth more like it.

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Photo of DeeMented
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Ale Asylum.

The beer was a hazy, golden yellow, with a thick, creamy head. The head faded quickly, and left only a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very citrusy and tangy, with a hint of sweetness. A very summery aroma.

The mouthfeel was well carbonated, and creamy.

The hops were present throughout the whole experience, but the taste actually started with a grapefruit flavor, and had some very mild malt that didn't really start to come through until it warmed up a bit. It finished with a hops bite that wasn't overly bitter, but very pleasing.

This wasn't an in-your-face hops bomb, like some other pale ales, but a very enjoyable beer that wasn't overwhelmingly bitter.

This is Ale Asylum's most popular brew for a reason.

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

a: golden amber in color with an average cap of white carbonation

s: pale malt body with a citrusy, somewhat tropical hop nose that reaches towards resinous and pulpy

m: moderate carbonation and a light-medium body

t: moderately sweet pale malt base carries flavors of citrus hops, great balance, a big bitterness move in for the finish

d: just fine, shared in a few pitchers

standard pint at Dotty's followed by pitchers at the Terrace

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my pint glass this beer is a light gold color. almost light enough to be yellow. Moderate head that leaves little bits of sticky lace around my glass. The aroma is hoppy but not bitter. A bit sweet with piney and orange peel tones. The flavor is grapefruit and pine with a nice sweet malt backbone. This beer has a nice bite but not so much that you pucker up. It just sort of goes over the taste buds nice and smooth. Medium body very crisp and refreshing. A great beer to sit back and enjoy all night.

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Photo of kgs
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a yummy, very food-friendly IPA with a lovely marigold color. It is assertively hoppy but well-balanced, with subdued grapefruit and orange flavors that complement strong food flavors such as blue cheese and bacon. The mouthfeel is crisp but not thin, which again plays into this beer's food-friendliness -- the optimal texture for sipping between bites of food. It was particularly good after ten minutes or so, when it was not quite so cold and the malt flavor came forward. The carbonation is just enough to scrub the palate between bites without distracting the mouth with too much effervescence.

I had this on tap with a bacon cheeseburger (medium-rare, Maytag blue cheese) and will think of it often after leaving Madison this week.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,004 ratings.
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