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Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

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
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
1,003
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.21%
 
 
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31
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197
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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach body. Thin white head. Kind of glows. Lacing is quite full. Really nice aroma of sweet caramel/toffee malts blended with plump juicy cascades. 10 additions of cascades. Nice. There's a lot of hop flavor in this beer without a lot of bitterness. Grapefruit pulp and orange. Some bright lime. Some underlying smoky, resinous tones. The malt base is solid with some sweet caramel tones providing a nice little blanket for the hops to rest on. This is really drinkable. Could drink a lot of this in a session. Nice beer.

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

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a lighter to medium amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus (orange peels). Tastes of citrus, fruity and a trace of caramel and grass. Overall this wasn't a bad APA and did have a nice hoppiness to it.

Notes from 4/6/07

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Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 10/21/08. Thanks to Deuane for securing a couple of these during a recent trip to Madison, WI.

A - Poured a slightly hazy light golden amber color with lots of active carbonation and one finger's width of soapy bright white head that retained well and left intricate swatches of lace around the glass.

S - Blend of tangy citrus and grass clippings, mild herbs, caramel malt, honey and orange peel. A scant amount of buttery diacetyl also creeps out, but is very faint overall.

T - Citrus and grassy hops with plenty of toasted grains and a mild buttery flavor. Slightly herbal, medicinal flavor emerges in the backend, with hints of peppery spice. Finish is quite grainy and bready with a mild honey sweetness and more citrus hop bitterness.

M - Slick, oily mouthfeel and pretty soft carbonation, resulting is a smooth texture. Residual hop oils coat the lips. Finishes with a mild sting of hop bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a nice little hoppy ale that is well-balanced and boasts a pretty complex blend of flavors and hops.

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Photo of grandq
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks brdc for this intro to Ale Asylum. Pours a hazy golden-straw with a pillowy, nearly three finger white head. Mild floral scent with a splash of pineapple. Similar tones to the taste - pretty single-mindedly Cascade dominated. Sweet pineapple, a bit of orange rind, flowery herbaceousness, and resinous pine-sap - all very mild and muted. A slightly soapy flavor as the sweetness recedes. In addition to the gentle but dominant hop flavors, a biscuity malt backbone shows itself in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly creamy. As with a simcoe-only IPA i just brewed, I get a bit tired of the soap and sap as the hops fade off the tongue, knocking the drinkability down just a touch. A rather nice APA and a good Cascade showcase.

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Photo of Zadok
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper with a one finger head and mild lacing.

Very piney hop aroma, slight floral tones.

Somewhat of an unusual light hop flavor not something you would expect from a beer called hopalicious. Still has a mildly decent flavor just expecting a little more.

Seems relatively light bodied with low carbonation and just a tinge of hop bite.

Not to much else to say, a very mellow APA to put it lightly no pun intended. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright lime hops and an nice white head atop a clear light orange look, very good. As the bottle descibes, lush hop aroma without big bitterness. Very nice for the style. The malt backbone is a bit weak for me, but ok. But I love the Cascade hop flavor up front, followed by a decent backbone and a nice dry finish. Very refreshing, nice summer drinker.

No complaints here, I can't think of an APA I like better, but I can't get this one in IL so I'll have to wait til I go back to Wisconsin for more. On the other hand, I did have a Three Floyds Alpha King on tap recently, and this stands up to it well.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of pine and grapefruit with a hint of malt beneath it. The taste is full of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. The mouthfeel medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice pale ale that I could easily drink again.

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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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Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the opportunity to try this beer on a recent trip to Milwaukee.

Beer was Red/Amber in color with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a good while. Some nice lacing also remained in the glass after consuming the beer.

Real nice citrus aroma. Real fresh. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

Real nice balance to the flavor. The taste certainly leaned towards the hop side of the flavor profile but there was also a nice malt backbone.

Slight astringent finish but overall a nice medium light mouth feel and a very drinkable IPA.

Not a classic for the ages, but a nice IPA.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Steve's Licker in Madison, WI on 08/04/08. No best by date stamped on bottle.
Hazy, bright orange with a very nice 2 fingers of white head. Aroma of fragrant navel oranges. Bitter and malty on the front end, with a super citric hop taste thereafter. Clean and balanced nicely. Long lasting hop flavor in the mouth. Damned good APA.

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

A- Very nice thick 2 finger head that really doesn't recede to much, but when it does slightly recede, it leaves some nice lacing. The body is a nice amber color with some very evenly distributed fine sediment throughout.

S- Big cascade aroma here giving some light pine notes and grapefruit. Very deep down I gather some toasty grains that are reminiscent of chocolate or mocha. They are so far down, however, it doesn't seem odd.

T- Very nice balanced hoppiness and malt in this beer. One second the beer is hoppy with notes of light grapefruit and as in the nose, slight toasted grains, then the taste totally disappears but returns shortly after with a light but long mineral/hop oil finish. Interesting.

M- Medium carbonation works well with the beer and the finish is pretty good and not at all cloying.

D- I don't think this is high in alcohol but who knows. I could see this being sessionable as it isn't at all cloying or harsh on the palette in the way some hoppier brews can be.

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Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dense cloudy peachy colored IPA. A nice thick white head lasts quite awhile and bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass are relentless.

Very sweet malt aroma with a hint of floral hops with a touch of citrus. Very malt driven in the aroma.

A different IPA. Tasty nonetheless. Again the malt is sweet and bready and engulfs the mid palate. Hints of grassy floral hops with a nice hop bitterness on the finish that finishes sweet again. Not much going on otherwise but a easy drinker on a warm day.

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Photo of jtneal111
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours yellow-amber with an offwhite head and decent lacing.

S: Fairly mellow given the claim of 11 cascade additions. Very slight grassy, citrusy aroma

T: Exceedingly mellow for an all-cascade APA. Hops are present, but far from overwhelming. A slight cardboardy oxidation flavor in this bottle. Still, not bad.

M: Medium-low carbonation, mild hop slickness.

D: Exceptional. This is a very drinkable APA, probably due to the subdued hop character.

All in all, a pretty decent beer.

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

"Eleven separate additions of Cascade hops give this APA it's lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness"

Ok, that little blurb convinced me this beer is hop forward. Lets taste it and find out.

Smell, lovely citrus hop flavors wafting throughout. With a little bit of malt sweetness.

Taste, Follows then nose. This one is really well balanced, with huge hop flavors but a great malt body to back it up.

Overall, simply Awesome APA. One of the best I've ever had, bar none.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Homerbag for sending this local my way..

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Murky dark golden color with a fairly small quickly disappearing head.

Aroma of some musty hops and a little malt... I can't detect the Cascade in this..

Taste pretty much like it smells. Some piney hoppiness but the malts seem to dominate. A little prickly...

Nothing spectacular but a good solid brew.

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Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5.8% abv.

Sampled at the brewery & a few pints enjoyed in Madison.

A: Amber-bronze; off-white head; good retention; great lacing.

S: Big Grapefruit aroma with candied fruit.

T: Plenty of grapefruit, a little grassy, light biscuity malt, good bitterness. The cascade hides all... you wouldn't think it was this strong.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slight hop acidity, but it's still very smooth (almost creamy).

D: Very drinkable/sessionable.

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Photo of Chaz
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopalicious pours a hazy, coppery-golden in color, topped by a voluminous pale tan head. The head itself is creamy and rocky and exhibits excellent retention with good lacing as well. The nose is very good, being one part orange-citrus, another part lemon rind, with an English ale yeast topping it off. Best of all is the rush of Cascade hops as this beer is cracked and poured. Semi-sweet and lightly tart on the first sip, this one leans well-toward the dry end of the spectrum. Light biscuity malt notes linger along with a mild and comforting bitterness. Fairly soft on the palate yet exhibiting adequate carbonation, this has a rather smooth, round mouthfeel. Definitely worth picking up another six the next chance I get!

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Photo of nsmartell
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange in color with a nice white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Light pine and citrus.

Taste: Fairly hoppy, some citrus and a little bitter, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty good APA, but not my favorite. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is just great beer!! Poured with a nice frothy foamy head and some lace. Hazy amber color. Very hoppy aroma with some malt and caramel in there. I don't pick up on the citrus; but, I do get a real dry chewiness. Great mouth. Satisfying with a clean pleasant finish. Superb session beer.

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

Lighter gold body with thick lasting head.

Smell is a punch of citric cascade hops. Almost IPA like, but refreshing. No malt filler. This is all cascade hops in their full glory. Very drinkable and sessionable. Very straightforward and simple for when you are in he mood for something easy and enjoyable. I found myself wanting more when the pint glass was empty.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden bady, one finger head.

S- Loads of citrusy hops, but not overpowering.

T- The initial sweetness does not fade imediately as it does in some examples of the style. Rather it just falls back gradually as the hops become the driving force toward the end but don't take over entirely.

M- Smooth and crisp.

D- I'll be grabing more of this.

Some may find the hop character/bitterness lacking, regardless this is a truly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks stoutsNipas for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Bright golden, with a big fluffy white head that holds reasonably well.
Fresh piney and fruity, hoppy aroma opens to a relatively light, easy to drink beer that has a lot less hops than I imagined based on the name. Yes, you do get a nice fresh fruitiness, bitter, but the nice malty backbone balances it well and turns this into something that feels a lot more like a good amber.
Well worthwhile.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange amber with a creamy, one-finger, off-white head. Generously sticky lacing.

Floral, hoppy nose with notes of citrus and caramelized malt.

Nicely balanced profile of hops to malts. Cascade hops and citrus upfront yield to caramelized malt and hints of toasted toffee. Moderately bitter. Finishes dry.

Smooth and medium-bodied with active carbonation on the middle of the tongue. Yum, this is one drinkable ale.

Eureka! Hopalicious is an American Pale Ale with the soul of an IPA. You'll find all the bold and spicy hop flavor you crave, without crazy bitterness.

If you're an IPA drinker who has all but given up on APAs, try Hopalicious. It's hopariffic!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, honey-color. Capping this is a creamy/bubbly, light tan head that leaves a fair amount of spotty lace in the glass.

S: Bold aromas of hops, juicy orange, spice, toasted malt, and a hint of aspirin.

T: See above. Very nice interplay between the juicy citrus hops, the dry spicy hops, and the slightly dry but slightly sweet malt.

M: Full and rounded at first sip, this quickly becomes peppery, dry, and spicy as the mouthfeel progresses. Finishes toasty, dry, and fruity.

D: This is a fantasticly easy drinking APA. It's got fruity hops and spicy hops, and sweet malt and toasted malt.I'd love to sample this on draught.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last week while in Madison, WI, but I also bought the bottled version up there. This rating is based on the tap version, but to be honest, the bottled version I had is pretty much just as good.

My introduction to microbrewed beers back in the late 80's started with the pale ale style with beers like Sierra Nevada PA and Anchor Liberty. I liked them back then, but through the years, they seem to have become milder and milder tasting to my palate. Heck, with all the aggressive IPAs as well as DIPAs on the market now, no wonder a "simple" pale ale seems so mild now. With that being said, Hopalicious is certainly one of the better American-style pale ales I've had in a while. The bitterness is decent, but not too strong, and there's plentiful hop aroma and flavor. It's a clean-tasting brew which goes down easily. It's probably not a a true session-beer in the "English sense", but it's about as sessionable a beer as you'll find in most pubs in the States. Given the choice, I would pick this brew over almost any other standard American pale ale on the market. This beer has such great hop character without being high in alcohol. I could go for more micros which are modest in alcohol, yet are bursting with an extremely fresh dry-hopped flavor/aroma character found in this very clean-tasting brew.

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