Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

very good
236 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 1,018
Photo of trevorjn06
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw/amber color with a thin head that dissipates to a wisp of foam on the surface.

Aroma is mildly hoppy (for what I'm used to: IPAs, it's got plenty of hop aroma for a pale ale) with a citrusy and grassy smell to it. There are some nice roasted and caramel malts present, as well as some light earthy and pungent notes.

Taste is well balanced and smooth, not as bitter as an IPA but very hop centered. There are mild caramel malts and light malt as well as some sweet and citrusy hop flavors. More bitterness shows towards the finish but it is restrained and doesn't really have any bite. The finish that lingers is lightly sweet malt and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with medium carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and smooth beer with some fresh and refreshing flavors. Easy to drink. I would drink this again but I cannot get it here in WA, my wife brought this back from WI for me.

 934 characters

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

Immediately one of my favorite APA's, only thing I can think of clearly better is the standard bearer for the industry, SNPA.

Good light amber/dark yellow approach, minimal head, thin stuff. Good bitter nose, fuller than the average pale, not so much dry hop feel though.

Just a great taste. Not amped up, great balance, all the right hop characteristics, bittering, flavor, slight dry hop balance to the beer. Remains consistent mouthfeel downward. Decent price.

Update: I'd say drink these fast, they degrade over the summer. They don't degrade to anything horrible, just not tiptop.

 590 characters

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.

 747 characters

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden copper color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with alot of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, some citrus. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, a nice brew, surprised me, thanks Todd.

 441 characters

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.

 1,062 characters

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.

 516 characters

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.

 479 characters

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.

 493 characters

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.

 797 characters

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.

 514 characters

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.

 341 characters

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.

 440 characters

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.

 270 characters

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.

 1,022 characters

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.

 902 characters

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.

 423 characters

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.

 950 characters

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!

 878 characters

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

 362 characters

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.

 571 characters

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.

 351 characters

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.

 1,445 characters

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.

 295 characters

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.

 395 characters

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.

 357 characters

Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.