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Hopalicious | Ale Asylum

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BEER INFO

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:
231
Ratings:
999
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 999
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 MNJR
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit thin and one dimensional. Not a "bad" pale ale, but many easily available others in the category are better. This is claiming 11 separate additions of cascade hops, but they must be really small additions, since this stuff is actually fairly light. It needs something other than the single hop flavor, though I did like the slightly smoky finish. If I got it as others say for $13 a twelve pack, I would like it better than paying $10 for a sixer like I did. Anchor Liberty for example is $8 and much better.

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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.

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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 pdoran10
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Ale Asylum have been meaning to pick up some of their beer for a while now.

pours out a slightly hazy dark golden color with three fingers of head that will not quit. Really impressive lacing left behind. Amazing appearance here.

Smell is fresh grapefruit a hint of fresh cut wet grass. really vibrant fresh smell. Makes me feel like i have some very fresh hops going on here.

taste is again fresh grapefruit but not overwhelming. just enough nice bready spicy malt to balance. A real winner of an APA. and hey I'm a sucker for a well made beer with fresh cascades.

Mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation with just enough body to balance. Dry finish which I am partial to.

A bit of a blast to the palate being so dry and grapefruitey but I love these flavors so I could drink these brews a lot. Will be making the trip back to Wisconsin soon for more of these.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with a finger of head. Not much, but a little lacing going from the top to the middle of the glass.

Smell: A noticeable caramel malt, but a little bit of citrus here as well.

Taste: Initial flavor is bitter with the caramel malts making their appearance. Following the initial flavor of malt is a very pleasant mixture of grapefruit and orange peel. I need a six pack of this in my fridge at all times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and well carbonated. Goes down quite easily. A little hop oil coats itself throughout my mouth. A nice crisp beer.

Drinkability: I think this could fall into the IPA category instead of an APA, but regardless I find this very enjoyable. Most of the APA's I have had have not had this much hop flavor to them, but I find it very pleasant. One of my favorite beers, and it's nice living only a few miles away from the brewery. The ABV is hidden quite well, and this could definitely be a 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 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 abents
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a great cloudy golden amber with nice bright white head. Smells like a spring prairie, flowers, spiciness, with a hint of orange. Cascade all the way baby, this is one nice smelling brew. Taste is very refreshing, and hoppy. Big lemon, grapefruit, and orange being thrown in your face, with a nice bittnerness in the middle that follows into a pretty sweet finish that leaves you wanting more. A hoppy pale ale for sure, but still a very nice drinking fallback beer anytime I can find it on tap. Good brew.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy glowing orange/straw color with a great two fingers of dense white clumpy head.

An intense aroma of bright, juicy, dank and resiny hops.

The taste has a more earthy and bitter slant with some grapefruit rind. Some medicinal taste in the finish and a bit of resinous pine. No fruity hops as in the nose.

The mouthfeel was a wee bit watery and the carbonation is low/med.

The look and smell was very appealing and the hops shine for a pale ale. It is a good west coast type pale ale.

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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 cvaypai
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with some fine sediment throughout. Pours with a one finger frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving just a ring and a tiny little bit of lacing.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. Tons of fruity hops, maybe a bit of pineapple and orange. A bit of sweet malt can be detected, maybe a small amount of candy and caramel.

Taste - You lose a lot of the fruit in the taste but there is still some good citrus in the form of mild grapefruit, some very floral hoppiness and a nice bitter bite. The bite is not bad but rounds it out nicely. The malt is there and but very pale, just a tiny bit comes through.

Mouthfeel - Feels a bit thin and watery, could use a little more weight. Carbonation could be a little better. Nice crisp bite on the tongue, very crisp and refreshing otherwise with a nice smooth quality.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night, when in Madison I consumed 10 bottles in one session. This beer screams drinkability. I wish I could get it all the time.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sent to me by my Wisconsin Nephew (NFC Championship 2015 bet... GO HAWKS!) I liked this beer so much it inspired me to sign up and start rating beers ... Here I go;
Look; Yellowish with a white head.
Smell; Not overly prominent... but citrus is there
Taste: this is where it took off for me. The citrus was more orange like (as opposed to grapefruit like) The hops were there.. and then they were gone... only to come back at the finish.
Mouth feel; For this beer, it seemed like the perfect amount of carbonation(my first 5 on the rating scale)
Overall; Very interesting beer wish I had a few more of em !

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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 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 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 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 KidDoc
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy medium Amber with a thick creamy head, nice retention and good lacing.mild citrus aroma, all cascade. Nice flavor but I picked up a slight "burnt" note. Decent bitterness with a maltier nose.

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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 Umdrunner
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap and thought it was my new favorite beer. The fresh from the tap taste was excellent, combined with a very cool atmosphere. I was a little let down with the canned option I recently tried. Still a very good beer (one of my favorites), but it seemed a little dull compared to the tap version.

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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 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 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 DaneBramage
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a couple bottles for a buck apiece on clearance at my local pharmacy. Smell is hops and citrus/pine. Taste is very hoppy and citrusy, not near as bitter as other IPAs. Very drinkable, not the most complex of IPAs but a nice example of a session IPA that goes down smooth.

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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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Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.
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