Ballistic IPA
Ale Asylum

Ballistic IPABallistic IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,905
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,213
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.15%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
299
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Ale Asylum
 
Wisconsin, United States
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Ballistic IPABallistic IPA
Notes: Ballistic IPA is a fully loaded American-style IPA. The use of American Amarillo hops give it explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with a smooth finish.
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor and I split a 6pck of this. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that left some spotty lace. The scent had hints of pine and sweet malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for an ipa. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

May 06, 2017
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden-orange with a decent initial head that hangs around for awhile.

Pine and grapefruit in the nose.

Pine the predominant flavor here, some citrus and malt backbone, but the finish marred by diacetyl.

Medium-light mouthfeel.

Middle of the road, but the off-flavors towards the end were off-putting. Perhaps not the freshest?

Apr 15, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a single with no date stamp, purchased a week ago at the Nova, into a spieglau ipa glass, pours a very hazy dark burnt orange with a 2 finger puffy off-white head that leaves good lacing and has some nice retention. Nose is pretty nice, with a lot of citrusy tangerine, a little honey-scented spiciness, and some caramel and bready malt. The taste and feel don't quite live up to the promise of the nose -- flavors aren't quite as sharp, distinct, or interesting. Pretty malty on the tongue, substantial body and even a little heavy; a little hoppy tingle mid-way through, but the finish is mainly round orangey caramel notes, and a little rough. I love Amarillo, but this is only modestly good vehicle. The bitterness is okay, but not very satisfying or clean. I'd love to have more dry-hopping. All in all, this is okay but in a crowded field...it isn't hard to find something better. Would be nice to know how old this one is...

Apr 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes out almost light brown, darker amber appearance, 3/5" white head. Lots of crystal malt, c hops, mild grapefruit impact.

Taste hit some sweet and bitter notes. More caramel. Heavy body. Another 7.5% single ipa, pushing itself into imperial territory. Would have liked more dry hopping, more late stage hops, just a shift away from its high bitterness would be nice, but its still a good beer doing what it does.

A worthy second tier ipa from this region.

Mar 27, 2016
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack at Stein's Liquor in Rhinelander. The bottling date states it's still good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a vibrant copper, crystal clear, with about two inches of off-white head that sticks around for a while, falls to a healthy film, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation present.

S: Citrus--blood orange and grapefruit--and pine hop notes are the most prominent. There's definitely a bread-like and slightly sweet malt presence. There's also a bit of tropical fruit and earthiness coming through. A pleasant but not especially assertive nose.

T: Sweet bready malts with a touch of earthiness right up front. On top of these come some nice citrus and tropical fruit--most clearly pineapple--hop notes. Just a bit astringent at the outset, the hop flavor mellows a bit throughout the course of the taste. The middle brings in some cracked pepper and a bit of a grassy quality to go along with the aforementioned earthiness and fruity hop notes. The malts maintain a healthy presence throughout the taste, affording a well-rounded flavor. The back end brings some nice hop bitter that has both a citrus zest and pine quality to it. No substantial lingering aftertaste to this one--just a bit of that citrus/pine hop bitter.

F: This one is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. As mentioned, it has an astringent quality at the front, and this is then followed by some nice creaminess from a very solid level of carbonation. The back end brings a little bitter, but this one finishes quite cleanly. Very little in the way of stick.

O: I enjoy Ale Asylum's Hopalicious, but I really think Ballistic stands head and shoulders above it. Some have commented on the overly sweet quality of this beer and what they perceive as too strong a malt presence, but I didn't find that to be the case. I enjoyed the malt flavors and found they complimented the hops quite well. If you're looking for big bitter from your IPA, you might be a bit disappointed. But this one has great flavor, complexity, and balance. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Sep 07, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ale Asylum beers all seem to veer towards the sweet to very sweet. This is no exception. Big malt that the hops struggle to rise above. Well made, easy drinking, but nothing notable.

Aug 19, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, date stamped smudged a bit 10/08/2015 (?). I had this a few years ago and loved it. Great to see it available in my area now!
A - deep caramel colored body with a thinner ivory head that fades to a thin foam
S - sweet and malty nose with caramel and bready malt, juicy & piny hop
T - sweet and super juicy, loaded with caramel, orange and mango with some notes of bread crust, toasted grain, grapefruit, and pine; faint hop spiciness
M - medium body, modest carbonation, finishes fairly bitter with a residual caramely sweetness - toasty grain and pine linger
O - love the focus on the Amarillo hops! This is a great IPA. Glad I finally found it again aftet about 6 years since having it last.

Aug 17, 2015
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Maryobeerian from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like Ale Asylum beers and find them very recognizable -- the round mouth feel, deep honey color, bready mango smell -- all of which is the case for Ballistic. It's almost as if they a single color on a scale -- Velveteen Habit - Bedlam - Ballistic, dark to light. Well, not quite, but all from the same hue. Maybe they should mix it up a bit more, but in any case, this is a very nice beer -- perhaps my favorite from Ale Asylum. Well integrated, though the flavor progresses from sweet and malty in the front and then straightens out and lightens up to a nice, citrusy hop, a hint of alcohol, clean. Will get again.

Aug 14, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ale Asylum Ballistic I.P.A., Best Enjoyed by 12/31/13. India Pale Ale, Net Contents 12 fluid ounces, Ale Asylum, Madison, WI. No ABV given.

There's a sexy silhouette of a woman shooting a hop cone in our general direction. Sharp graphics, and design, as always.

Vastly clouded, deep amber hue, white head of froth, leaving a little lace.

Aroma: bright ,fresh and zesty. Pine needles and grapefruit. Just want you want in an IPA. Beautiful.

Taste: The citric hop assault really delivers on the tongue. Slips effortlessly over the palate, leaving trails of fruity bitterness in it's wake. Medium bodied, long, bitter finish. Not too heavy, not too light. I have to guess about the ABV, probably 6-ish or so. West-Coast-style with a Mid-West sensibility. Plenty of juicy malt holding it down. A session-er for the dyed-in-the-wool hophead.

Hey, I found some gobbledygook!
" This American-style IPA has a mountain of Amarillo hops for explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with a clean, robust finish. Ballistic is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way."

Apr 08, 2015
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macaddict06 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Easily one of my favorite IPAs. Huge delightful beta acids, low on the alpha acids. Great notes of grapefruit and other citrus flavors. I always buy the store out when Ballistic show up.

Oct 29, 2014
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stouts4me from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

At Ale Asylum new taproom/brewery, served in a pint glass.

Has a real unique nose,real malty/rye nose, not sure.

Taste is slightly sweet,malty, can taste the strength.

Glad I tried it, but not a favorite.

Oct 21, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours slightly hazed amber with a lasting creamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of a robust citric aroma from plenty of amarillo hops.

The taste is of bitter citrus and some peach balanced by a firm caramel malty sweetness. A bit of alcohol shows in the finish.

It is creamy and smooth despite a bitter, spicy bite.

This showcases the amarillo hops well while keeping enough balance to it to be smooth and very drinkable. Alcohol shows a bit, but is well-integrated. An excellent IPA!

Aug 17, 2014
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ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean from Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Although not as near to my heart as Ale Asylum's Hopalicious, this is still one incredible IPA. It's very bitter and citrusy, but with a balanced sweetness that Ale Asylum always seems to get right. And, oh what glorious hops! If you are an IPA lover and can find this one locally, it should be in your rotation.

Jun 18, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orangeish amber with a soapy white head. Very pleasing citrus aroma of orange and grapefruit along with a bit of alcohol. In the taste, more citrus and caramel notes. Grapefruit rind and ample bitterness. Well rounded ipa flavors of citrus and pine. Medium to full bodied ale, bitters and citrus in the finish. Overall, a solid drinkable hop-forward brew I would certainly have again.

Jun 08, 2014
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martyl1000 from Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful pour into a tulip glass. A rusty, murky orange, with a khaki head and prodigious lacing.

Oh, my, what a sweet aroma. Ripe navel orange and bubblegum. Some malt stiffening the piney twinge.

The flavor in the mouth doesn't follow the aroma. There's almost no sweetness. It's a pleasing bitterness, both citric and floral. Finishes dry and clean. But disappointing that there's none of the juicy sweetness or malt promised in the aroma.

Smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation that makes it quaffable.

Apr 05, 2014
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium caramel almost brown. There is a small off-white head on this.

The aroma has some sweet melon. There is a hint of mint noted.

This has some mild malt sweetness that leads to a grassy, slightly melony hop finish. There is a nice balance here.

This has a nice medium to full body, with sharp carbonation. This is decent enough; not the type of IPA I seek out but one that I do enjoy from time to time.

Nov 08, 2013
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass, sent recently by Madison-based BA BarrytheBear. Bottle stored in the cellar; it's a milder day in late February (low 50s), so let's call this 'cask temperature'.

Label: "This American-style IPA has a mountain of Amarillo hops for explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with a clean, robust finish. Ballistic brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way".

Label design is varying shades of green, image a Bond-like silhouette of a woman firing a round - a single hop cone. 'Best Enjoyed By' rectangle at the lower left is a blank white space, so I'm left to wonder...

A: Gorgeous beer! Deep semi-cloudy, 'bread crust' orange-amber pour - thick, alluring, dangerous in appearance. Head is tall and sturdy, almost 2 fingers of dense ivory foam, steadily ebbing but never coming close to dissolving. Excellent lace, too - garter bands of dense cobwebs with more foam than glass showing through. Minimal carbonation showing, but that's a forgivable 'flaw'.

S: Pleasing hoppy aroma, green grass and pungent herbs/bitters. I don't get so much 'citrus' from this more pithy rinds and dank, almost decaying, leafy wetness. Strength is modest, not as 'explosive' as promised...

T: Very nice balance... whatever juicy 'citrus' I could NOT smell showcases vibrantly across the tongue. Lots of orange, a little tangy grapefruit pulp and a brash bitterness that comes across as dry and chalky in the finish. And just when I think the finish is all dry, a glimmer of sugary sweetness appears - very clever, Ale Asylum.

M: Medium body, borderline thick... that juicy hoppiness and a grain-rich alcohol sneakily catches up while oils stealthily coat my tongue. Maybe a bit TOO gummy/sticky after awhile - a minor thing that may just be my personal taste.

O: Very nice IPA, this would play pretty well here in the Northwest. Although I have other local IPAs I prefer as 'go-to's, this is among the best new ones I've tried in a while. Glad to have received a bottle; thanks again, Barry!
Drink again? Of course!

Feb 25, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy copper color with a white head on top. The retention is pretty solid on this as well as the lacing that sticks to the glass. It's a nice looking beer for the most part. The smell of the beer has a good balance of hops and malt sweetness. The taste of the beer is malty upfront, the hops come in much later, it's not a dominant hoppy IPA. The mouthfeel is decent, it's drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a decent IPA. Nothing too crazy or exciting but still a decent brew.

Feb 17, 2013
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bigbeard from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The hop aroma and flavor of this brew are a great example of a well-hopped American-IPA. What I enjoy most about the brew is that Ale Asylum brews it with only one hop variety (Amarillo I believe) so one can really appreciate and understand what that hop has to offer. Hopalicious and Satisfaction Jacksin are the same way, but with different hops.

Jan 15, 2013
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy copper/amber color with a nice eggshell 2 finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Nice floral citrus smell. Orange, Pineapple, Grapefruit. Touch of nice sweet malt.

T - I really enjoy the taste of this. Slight pine bitter flavor is complemented by juicy fruit and citrus. This is how I want IPA's to taste. The bitterness gives way to some malt sweetness and finishes with the pine bitter.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Sticky and oily hops left in the mouth.

O - A very nice balance between hops and malt for an IPA. This one is best under 2 months old and the fresher the better the experience will be.

Jan 05, 2013
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Tuey13 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque copper/honey color with an off-white half finger head..

The smell is floral, pineapple, grapefruit, and of course pine. I also get the sweetness from the malts on the nose as well.

The taste follows the nose, citrus and pine... very bitter... but with the sweetness from the malts this is very well balanced. I love that this is not over the top... perfect!

I love how rich and full-bodied this is..Ale Asylum always impresses me with their well crafted beers. I have yet to be disappointed with any of their offerings. A+

Dec 17, 2012
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Jparker37 from Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Hazy light amber color to it. The light tan head was small even from a vigorous pour.

S - Citrus hops right away but with a flowery smell to it. Slight touch of biscuity malt floats in the background.

T - Malt holds up well and is found throughout the whole flavor. Hops come in midway with a prickly piney flavor. Bitterness is mellow and rounded avoiding sharpness. Finishes pretty dry with hops lasting for a short while into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry to dry.

O - The beer has a nice balance between hops and malt for an IPA. Head was a little disappointing. Smell lacked a little bit of pop to it, but a pleasant hoppy flavor to it. I would definitely drink this beer again but not necessarily seek it out.

Dec 01, 2012
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mgo737 from Iowa

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If this beer was on the west coast, it would be rated up there with all the best IPAs, whether from Russian River or Ballast Point. Blasphemy, I know... Here in Wisconsin, Ballistic is kind of like when Marty McFly plays Johnny B. Goode and says, "I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it."

Nov 24, 2012
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Zachtheporter from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a blue moon pint glass. Has a golden orange honey color that is almost an amber red. Very well carbonated Not to hoppy with a rich malty backbone that helps to bring it all together. The smell is more caramelly and malty than it is hoppy. Very crisp feeling. A very nice well balanced IPA.

Feb 27, 2012
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Pintofbrown from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Ballistic IPA in a nonic pint.

Appearance- This higher alcohol IPA has a hazy, amber body with some copper highlights and many particulates floating in the beer.

The head is pretty forgettable, gets to about a finger's width of dense and white foam.

Smell- This has a sweet citrus nose with a little spice thrown in. I imagine pineapple, grapefruit, and some pepper thrown in would describe it pretty well.

Taste- The flavor starts slightly citrus with a piney back end. This one is very bitter and really holds on for the duration of the drink. Instead of pineapples I am mainly getting lemon and a little grapefruit. There is too much pine here and not enough citrus.

Mouth feel- A medium to light body that slides over the tongue. IPA's are always better suited when they have a little more lift and body, making for a much creamier beer.

Overall- This is a decent IPA that loses some of it's better characteristics on the palate to a bitter bomb and piney notes. The feel could also help out by having a bigger and creamier body.

Feb 18, 2012
Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 299 ratings