Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

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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
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
1,017
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
33
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204
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Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 1,017
Photo of minterro
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was acquired in a trade with jegross2

A&S: Kinda a weak piney scent (like a weak hopslam) citrus notes in this one. Not very complex or balanced, but it still smells half way decent. Pours about 1 and ½ fingers of off white (almost yellow) fizzy head that turns pretty foamy after a minute or so. Clumpy foamy lacying. Murky orange colored beer. Bubbles slowly rising from the bottom.

T&M: Pretty darn bitter towards the end. A little bit spicy toward the end. This beer is pretty one sided, not much going on malty-wise. Well hopped for a pale. On the watery side of medium very close to being low bodied, medium to high amounts of carbonation. Its refreshing.

Overall: It’s pretty ordinary Pale, nothing really standing out, and nothing really special. I wouldn't recommend this beer for a good example of the style, nor a bad example.

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Photo of BasementBer
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale

A: straw yellow with a slight reddish hue. good lacing but required a long pour to get head to build.

S: great citrus hop aroma, lemons.

T: solid bitter from start to finish. a slight english malt taste at the front but far more about the hops.

M: a bit thin in the body, bu thats the profile of a pale ale. washes lightly and refreshingly makes your pockets want more.

O: a good pale ale for those tart bitter hankerins.

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

Scooped a six-pack at a gas station in Wisconsin as my pops and I traveled to Green Bay territory to witness another Bears loss :(

From my recollection, this was about 7.49!!!

I had this on tap from Ale Sylum so my appearance rating may not be a fair rating (since I most recently just had it from the bottle).

S- Citrus, faint hops.
T- Definitley not as hoppy as other APA styles I've had. Not as harsh, almost zest like in flavor.
M-Easy on the palate, little carbonation.
O-If I am ever back in Wisonsin, I will seek this out again. Tasty and economical. It was great to have with chips and pizza.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very nice IPA. I got a nice bitter hoppy taste. There was a fair amount of citrus and pine notes as well-maybe not as much as my favorite IPAs but enough to make this something I should try and purchase down the line. I am always partial to local breweries and this was a good version of a pale ale.

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

Got this from friends from Wisconsin, thanks!

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that reduces to an 1/8" foam lid.

Has a nice, light citrusy aroma, with hints of orange blossom honey and malt.

Begins with caramel sweet, mild pepper spice and orange citrus, before finishing bright and hoppy.

Medium bodied, this is a very easy drinking brew. I'm happy to have had this brew, but am sad this is my final beer of the six pack.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange, 1 finger white head forms a retaining collar with a few speck of lacing.

S - Dank grapefruit citrus aroma, bready yeast, light caramel and pale malts. Has a bit of a cotton candy aroma.

T - Creamy orange citrus, doughy bread, some lemon and pine come out with the slightly fruity malt and the breadyness turns slightly toasted. Finishes dry with some bitterness.

M - Soft carbonation, full body for the style.

Cascade is the star but doesn't outshine a simple but tasty malt base. Very nice creamy feel with great carbonation. Wish this was available where I live.

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

A - It pours a transparent golden amber with a thin white head that disappates fairly quickly

S - Fruity, citrusy hops upfront balenced fairly well by a mild, but sweet, malt backbone

T - A great balence of pine and citrus hit you up front and quickly fade into a semi-sweet finish

M - Light bodied and refreshing. Very clean light hop finish and moderate carbonation.

O - It's a pretty enjoyable APA to me. Everyone consistently looks to have their taste buds blown off by the latest and greatest IIPA, so brews like this go unappreciated. When looking for a carefully done APA, I think you should give this a serious consideration!

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Photo of Kbogac
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Big foam that slowly became a thick film. Nice amber color, slightly cloudy. Wonderful hop scent. Bright and citrusy. Easy drinking mild taste. Hops, citrus, light bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, not to light. Overall a good beer. I could easy drink several.

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Photo of bashiba
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow this beer has 11 hop additions, that makes it almost 4 times better than Miller Lite being triple hopped right?

Poured light amber with almost no head, just a few tan bubbles and some swirling white at the top.

The smell was very balanced between hops and malts, maybe they use 11 malt additions to make this work out. Has a nice light bready backbone with some nice classic cascade notes with fresh citrus and a little pine.

Overall its a nicely balanced flavored pale, very light with some nice buiscuit and sourdough malt flavors, taste like it has a bit of English Dark Crystal in there, mixing evenly with the subdued citrus and cascade flavors. I thought it was balanced at first, but the more I drink it the more malt centric it becomes, it needs a 12th hop addition, the bittering addition. Just not quite bitter enough even for just a light APA.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of a syrupy finish.

Overall just an average APA.

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Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and numerous streams of bubbles rise in the column from the central area of the glass.

S: Mellow but papery display of hops, showing pine, mixed citrus, and tropical fruit. Malt is also present in similar intensity, with a quality that is bready turning to cracker. Some non-fat milk is also adherent to the malty half of the smell.

T: Begins dry, with bready pale malt and weak piney hop aromatics in the presence of initially mild acidity. Rye and a trace of peanut butter emerge in the middle, the latter somewhat out of place but not unwelcome. A bit of the early malt remains at the end, along with developing grapefruit peel that yields mild bitterness and carbonic acidity that sees a late surge.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer appears to have originated from what was a great plan on paper, but it shows either timidity or a low-grade inability in its execution. Its principal sensory qualities are well positioned but muted, allowing minor features such as carbonic acid and peanut butter to compete for attention and even interrupt at times. No failing derails it, instead just adding up to a list of misdemeanors that pile on to the forget-ability factor.

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Photo of harrymel
2.23/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: pours a murky peach on copper ale with a finger of soapy white foam which slowly falls to a thick sheet of the same. Sheeted lace.
S: Sweet malts with plenty of piny, citrusy cascade hops. The resin aspect is not so present, but I think the crystal malts are the primary tone here. A little sweet on the nose.
T: Oxidized malts give this a disservice. It's sweet and cardboarded. The hops don't really come through the way I would anticipate.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with high carb. Semi-slick finish.
O: Below average for an IPA for me. Malts too dominant without the hops to justify. Too sweet. Hops seem dead.

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

Pours a gold with nice white head and lacing.

The smell is of citrus hops and a good biscuity malt backbone that someone equates to the smell of a cookie.

The taste is very balanced but a little more upfront with the hop flavor and a nice malty back.

Overall a good beer for sure.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Beer is light orange in color with a finger widths amount of head.

Smell is hoppy and slightly fruity.

Taste is hoppy and fruity with a slight bitterness that fades somewhat quicker than anticipated and balanced well by a smooth malt presence.

Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation that lasts through the entire pint.

I wish I had easy access to this beer as it would be in my regular rotation. Very good APA. It's only second to NG's Moon Man for me when it comes to WI APA's.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a translucent, orange color with one finger of frothy, off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Starts mostly with pine, but then sweet bread and peach join in.

T: Light, powdery pine up front, then a bit of creamy sweetness. Very mellow, gentle peach on the finish.

M: Light and smooth, a bit soda-like, hint of oil.

O: From the name, I was expecting an IPA, but it's definitely an APA, and a good one. Mellow, well executed, nicely done. Wish they were available locally, would but it often if I could.

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

1 finger soft-white head atop a murky orange body. I poured gently enough, but I don't mind a few beasties in my brew.

Big cascade bomb; thick, resinous grapefruit and orange hop aroma with a light sweetness in the back. It is easy to imagine a whole bouquet of citrus and stone fruit when smelling this one.

The top label was right, "Eleven seperate hop additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush floral aromas and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness." Couldn't have put it better myself. I expected a sticky mess, but instead you get a nice and round sweet and bready malt profile with a kiss of hops. Actually, I would say that this one could be even slightly more bitter, which is a rare thing to say nowadays.

Very smooth. For being bottle conditioned not very carbonated, though the taste and feel is very clean.

This is an odd beer; smells like a DIPA yet drinks like the best of the session beers. If this were on tap I could easily park myself and drink this beer for several rounds.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip. Received in trade from Woodchopper.

A: Nice deep hazy orange color. Thick white heat with good retention.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma. I get a peach, mango scent.

T: Nice fruity hop flavor. Good malty flavor.

M: Nice smooth, medium bodied.

O: An excellent APA. Very flavorful. Fruity. Well balanced. I wish this was available in in my area.

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Photo of johnkale
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden straw color, maybe a finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves moderate lacing

S - carmel, biscuity malts, very floral (lilac maybe) and grassy with a touch of orange and mint

T - smooth maltiness, minimally bitter, orange zest and caramel are the two things you get most, finish is warm

M - lighter bodied with a good carbonation kick and just the slightest resiny coating on the tongue

O - a very solid APA, easy to drink with appealing flavors but not overly complex, got this six-pack free though, so I can't complain

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Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for snagging this for me in Wisconsin, much appreciated.

Light amber with blonde highlights when backlit and a creamy bone colored cap that leaves beautiful lace on the glass. Some suspended micro floaties make me worry that this bottle might be past it's prime. Hopalicious is a good name for the aroma, I love the smell of Cascade hops even if everyone says it has too harsh a bitterness and is an "outdated" hop flavor. The nose is pure, fresh Cascade hops and smells like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops, candied grapefruit and pine sap with light malt. I love this beer for it's simplicity, the glory of Cascade and a pretty light malt base to let it shine without being really bitter. Medium bodied and slightly chalky. I dig this brew.

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

Goblet.

Pours an opaque golden color, half finger of white foam. Pretty good lacing and retention. Smell and taste are mostly floral, biscuity, with a tiny bit of sweetness. Almost no bitterness. I guess my only wish would be for a little more hop flavor; right now, it's tending toward thin. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. The carbonation seems a bit harsh? Overall, this is a good, easy drinking, floral pale ale.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out in a muddied orangish with a moderate head. It's quite nice and inviting.

S - Smells of delicious hops with a slight hint of something carmel or floral. It's a warm, wonderful smell.

T - The hops in this don't become overbearing. It's got a great sweetness that pairs well with the slight bitterness introduced by the hops. The finish is also mellow and not over demanding of your senses.

M - You'll be surprised by the creaminess and smoothness, and you'll also be surprised by the ABV that stays hidden.

O - This beer is one to enjoy over time. I think pairing it with some sharp cheese would be amazing. It's highly drinkable, and doesn't demand that you pay attention to it too long after you've had a sip. It's simply amazing.

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

Thanks to Baconsausage for this bottle of tasty Wisconsin brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, decent head and nice lacing. Very mild citrus and floral hop aroma and a little caramel sweetness. Pretty lacking for something with the word hop in the name. Taste is the same as the nose, not hoppy enough, but overall very enjoyable though not even as bitter as the Sierra Nevada Pale that was in my glass before it. I'd buy it on occasion if it were available around here.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head and a good lace. The aroma is nice & fruity with some mango and citrus with just a mild caramel hint. The flavor follows with some nice melon and citrus. There is some distinct bitterness in there as well, more bitterness than say your average citrusy fruity pale ale/IPA. There is a mild biscuit maltiness in there as well and not really any sweetness. This is very tasty and one I'd gladly have again from Wisconsin!

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Photo of Lemke10
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $8 in Summer 2011.

Pours a semi-clear amber color with a rather thick head of off-white foam. Scent is heavy with hops, a scent of crisp apple, and bitter malts. Taste is smooth, clean, and crisp. Hops are well blended with some spice for a good taste and I'm getting a hint of apples as well. Ends with a dry after taste. Hits the taste buds well with flavor but is still light enough to be enjoyed at a cook-out etc. One of Ale Asylum's most popular brews!

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

Pours a mildly cloudy golden orange color with a white head that fades very quickly.

Smells pretty floral and like citrus and pine. A little maltier than I expected.

Taste is only barely hoppy. A bready malt flavor takes the forefront.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of carbonation.

Overall is pretty good, not amazing though. Maybe a nice summer drink.

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Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer is halfway between yellow and orange, and crystal clear (unfiltered? seriously?) once the overwhelming carbonation subsides. Respectable yellow-white head. Big cascadey-evergreen aroma. Can this 5.8% brew that claims to be an APA stand up to eleven separate hoppings of cascade?

Maybe. The most offensive thing about it is not intense, over the top, American-style IPA bitterness. No, the alpha acid levels are actually quite bitterness. But the beer has been gassed to all hell, and on top of that, there's relatively little grain to be found in this bottle (maybe that's how it can get away with being unfiltered), resulting in a way too light malt backbone and a thin body. That said, there's nothing else wrong with it. Still way more drinkable than many American IPAs. Hopalicious is a fine, if one-dimensional, profile of what cascade hops can do.

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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,017 ratings.
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