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.

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

Poured from my growler this beer has a wonderful orange almost glow about it. There was a little less carbonation as the growler was filled on Saturday, but still had a slight 1/4 inch off white head. Very good lacing (with all the AA brews).

This beer has a wonderful aroma of orange and spice, that is in harmony of the wonderful hops that make up this beer. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a great aftertaste of hopiness.

This is a good brew. I am very satisfied with the flavor and the balance. As with buying in a growler the beer needs to be drank sooner rather than later...I feel I lost some of the crispness this beer had to offer waiting 2 days to review after my first pint.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-typical orange golden color with a brilliant white head that was very airy and sticky. A good amount of yeast residue.

S-A nice shot of NW American hops. Nice dosage of piney resinous smell with a raw, grassy backbone. A sweet smelling orange blossom honey presence as well.

T-Clean and refreshing hop taste with a sweet maltiness to round out the flavors. Hints of sweet fruit make this very enjoyable. There are not a whole lot of flavors, but it makes it easy to appreciate the hops and malt.

M-This is a very nice beer, but a tad thin in the mouthfeel. The hops provide a slightly dry finish, but the malt brings in some sweetness.

D-I had some of this fresh and it was remarkably better. After a few months in the fridge, it got a bit oxidized with a loss of hops. Needless to say, this a nice overall example of a micro APA.

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

A-Poured rich honey-amber into Bordeaux glass and formed thin head that faded in about two minutes.

N-Floral hops w/hints of tangerine and lime, malt.

P-Strong bitter hoppy attack that transitions into smooth, somewhat malty and citrus-flavored mid-palate, and finishes with only a faint return to hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is extremely clean and dry.

M-I found this APA too light-bodied. I enjoyed the taste, but the accompanying texture and light carbonation left something to be desired.

D-Ale Asylum is one of my favorite local breweries in the Madison area, and I will buy this again, but not until late spring when it would better match the climate. The taste is enjoyable, and the body is not altogether lacking, but between the two there is some imbalance.

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

thanks to nflmvp for this via trade! I profess to not being a hophead, yet on occaison I do appreciate a solid hoppy beer. This proved to be one such hoppy beer!
A - nice slightly hazy golden-amber color with a solidy head. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle which I noticed before it got in the glass.
S - I hate to presume ingredients but this seems to be a solid Cascade hops brew. Grapefruite / pineapple citcric notes dominate.
T - an explosion of hops with a slightly supporting cast of caramel and biscuity malts. A little on the sweet side.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated hoppy to a high level but not bitter acrid or resiny.
D - drinks quite well. I had enough taste buds left after this to appreciate either another one or my dinner.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops dominate anything else. In the taste, a small sticky sweet grapefruity hop, small but effective. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry grapefruity hop aftertaste. Nice bitter and hops, easy to drink.

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

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky sunset orange with a fluffy white two finger head that slowly descends to a frothy layer. Stickiness is damn good, lots of lacing on the sides. Smell is of fresh pine and the slightest bit of citrus. Some caramel malt and some dirty earth-like aromas tickle the nose as well. Pretty dry smell overall, but not in a bad way. Taste is a slick pine flavor with some sweet malt as well. The sweetness seems to over power the hops a bit. Aftertaste is white bread like with a lingering grassy flavor. Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. I figured this would be a bit hoppier by the name, but it still doesn't disappoint. Look forward to getting my hands on Ambergeddon one of these days.

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Photo of patrick16o
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-golden hue with a finger and a half of a eggshell white crown. Very few bubbles rising to the top of this beer and the crown is slowly diminishing. The aroma is exquisite, its soft yet strong with a blend of floral and citrus and a touch of malt underneath. As I let the beer warm up a little, the flavor becomes much more pronounces. There is a nice hoppyness to this beer but it fades a bit too quickly. The body is somewhat light and the finish is dry. Mouthfeel is less than average and drinkability is also average. This was my first Ale Asylum beer, was hoping for a bit more flavor than I got. Still a decent beer.

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Photo of uncle8gil
2.23/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well, friends, typically I am far more excited to experience a brew from Wisconsin but this one left me very, very disappointed. It poured a golden amber, with plenty of bubbles dancing, though the white head was minimal. I was undaunted and decided to jump right in.

The body was thin and watery, and the beer only went downhill from there (something to do with gravity, I think). There was no carbonation to note, but the watery thin feel of the beer was by far the biggest disappointment. The taste was a bit sweet, and a bit flowery, with no bitter kick whatsoever, and other than that, no taste at all from the middle to the finish. I was left staring at the empty bottle wondering if I'd drank a beer or not. It was watery: so, so watery.

Overall, this beer was a letdown (I hesitate to use stronger language), and was just another in a line of beers trying to be hoppy for the simple sake of being hoppy, with nothing else to offer. Fellow IPA, APA, DIPA drinkers, avoid this one if you can.

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Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly smoky golden orange bodied with a thick and sticky whipped cream head.
Juicy Cascade aroma of lilac, orange juice, pineapple, pine resin, and lime zest. Maltiness plays second fiddle with unobtrusive dough notes. This has a hoppier depth than most (any?) Cascade pale ales; there's a juiciness here that makes me think of Amarillos. Had I not known otherwise, I'd guess that they were used.
Into the mouth, the pale maltiness strikes first with dough and floured dinner rolls. It turns ever-so-lightly toasty, preceding a sour-tinged yeast note. Hops hammer home the close, dripping with flower petals, pine sap, citric rinds, pineapple, and a certain bong resin smokiness. Again, with that profile, I'd swear something other than Cascades are in here. I'm assured they are not. Even with the drenching hop flavor, bitterness in minimal...just enough to rake the mouth clean, and propel additional quaffs.
Medium-light in body with a subtle- almost meager- carbonation. It has a cask-like feel to it, even in the bottle. It's daintier than brawny, but it's a workhorse session ale.
Some might clamor for more malt assertion, but that's not what this is about. It's like an IPA-Light, juicy as hell, but stripped of untoward bitterness, and showcasing boring-old Cascades in a new light. For those suffering burnout of said hop, this is a revitalizer...it was for me.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively orange amber into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Aroma is alive with a hearty hops and smells dry as a bone. Taste is sharp and dry on the tongue rounding out to a very dry and bitter finish. Carbonation tries to wipe th etongue of the dryness but does not succeed.

This brew is pretty darn good though not a bit of residual sweetness, odd for a Pale Ale. I like this much but wish maybe a bit more balance.

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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 kdog630
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Angelic in Madison.
Light golden color. I guess I was expecting something a little bit darker. A decent head with fine lacing. Aroma was maltier than I thought it would be, but there was a definite hop presence.

Great flavor and mouthfeel. The malt fills your mouth and is replaced by an excellent hop finish. Very well balanced.

This beer should satisfy any hophead. Went and purchased a six of bottles the next day.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle of Hopalicious picked up in Wisconsin. Good to see Ale Asylum bottling! Pours into my glass a slightly hazy goldenrod hue with a healthy inch of creamy white head and lots of active carbonation. Nice! Aromas start off with lots of floral, citric hop tones. This is a bold blast of Cascade hops fresh off the vine. Lemon zest and touch of herbal resin are there as well. A light pale, toasty malt lies underneath with a touch of caramel.

First sip brings a big rush of floral hops with a touch of lemon zest coming through as well. A light pale malt flows in the background, a touch toasty with a kiss of caramel sweetness. It flows down with a mellow herbal hop bitterness. Really nice hop bomb here for an APA and a pretty tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a good blast of bubbles. Goes down easy and is quite refreshing as a good APA should be. I enjoyed this brew and could easily have a few more. A tasty Cascade bomb of an APA that also does a good job of packing in the hops without much bitterness. Maybe just needs a little more in the malt department though. Check this one out!

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep gold color, a little hazy - medium carbonation. Nice film of lace that went the distance.

S - A big hop blast in the nose - nice citrus note (oranges), a little pine - cascading flavors of cascade hops!

T - Citrus flavors continue in the taste also a nice grassy flavor, some pale malt, light bread flavors as it warms. Not a lot of bitterness or aftertaste.

M - Good medium body.

D - I had this in a blind tasting with Liberty and Sierra Nevada. Hopalicious was my favorite. The hop blast is awesome and the lack of bitterness in the finish makes it very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

If you are in the Madison area, you need to stop by Ale Asylum and sample this beer - very good.

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Photo of westweasel
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a hazy straw color with a bright white head. The smell is full of pine, lemon, and grapefruit with a slight bready scent.

The taste is mostly all hop bitterness. Being a hop-head, I would usually like this - but the lingering bitter after-taste is a little bit harsh and one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is light to medium.

The drinkability is ok, but that lingering bitterness is not as pleasent as other IPAs. It's good but not great.

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

This golden ale is very solid, though maybe a little light colored for an APA, but has a big,clean head that lingers on top. Hoppy nose with big citrus but a little bit grassy underneath. Light, sweet body with the IPA level hops. I think a real hop head beer. Hops, for me, are a bit overboard for the base of the beer, but truly accent the hops and lives up to the name. If it 's what you want and love--drink up. I enjoyed the three I drank over the course of my fantasy football draft.

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Photo of Atron67
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

short stubby bottle with a twist off cap

A- light copper color, with a big head that lasted a little while, but left decent lacing as well

S- Nice solid grapefruity and zesty hop aromas, a little malt underneath but the hops are what give you the flavor

t- a solid pale ale, the strong grapefruity flavors roll over the tongue well giving a solid bitterness. the malts a pretty light in their role, but they are present, and giving a decent backbone

M- light body strong carbonation and nothing wrong with that

D- solid pale ale, enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale peachy coloring, fairly hazing...a good 1/2" layer of snowy foam atop.

Aroma: Cascade all the way, fresh grapefruit, peach, & pine...lime twist and orange peel. I like it!

Tastin' it: Lightly hoppy, good bitter blitz on the tongue, then all is mellow...smooth, and tasty. Sweet malt ballast, solid backbone, good balance...hops take center stage.

"Hopalicious" seems very much like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or a less hoppy Alpha King or something...great stuff here, sol-ID!
Sweet, toasty, hoppy, and excellently drinkable...I could be fond of this. Glad I grabbed a 6-pack...

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic, this was a clear orange-copper in color. nutty, flowery, and citric in the nose. a hint of something else as well, maybe honeyed, buttered biscuits is the best way i can describe it. taste is a light malt sweetness balanced by a lighter than expected hop bitterness. light, crisp mouthfeel that is a bit thin for the style. not sure about the abv but it must be in the 4-5% range. that, along with the interesting nose makes the drinkability just ok.

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Photo of sweethome
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden to light amber color - decent head. Nose is nice - burst of fruity hops - some citrus. The beer has a decent smooth entry - bittering hits pretty quickly. Nice flavor of hops - butter seems to takeover. A butterscotch flavor comes on pretty strong and the finish is of band-aid.

I've had this on tap at the brewery and really enjoyed. This bottled sample indicated a problem in bottling. I have heard similar reaction from Madtown Nut Brown from others. I had no problem with my bottle of Nut Brown - but this seemed a bit infected. Not horribly off - just that building butterscotch flavor that left the band-aid taste.

These guys are new - will give them time to work out the kinks.

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

Clear orange-gold. Extremely fine off white head settles to a complete cap leaving some lacing.

Citric earthy hops lead the nose, with a very nice bready, slightly crackery malty base underneath. Really solid APA here.

Thin side of medium in the mouth with nice balance between the hops and malt. Palate veers most toward juicy, orangish hops, and bready malt. Decent length, though a bit diffuse in the mid-palate. Finish is mostly orange marmalade hop notes.

Very fine mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation that accentuates the malt that is there. Lovely session APA that I'd love to have available to me regularly. Bottle 6 of a six pack.

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