Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Ballistic IPA | Ale Asylum

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
88
very good
89 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Ballistic IPABallistic IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rockwell on 03-07-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
292
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
18.62%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 292
Reviews by EliteDigger:
Photo of EliteDigger
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ale Asylum the night it was bottled and on tap again last night. Also purchased a couple of six-packs which is what I'm reviewing this from.
A-Beautiful amber-orange transparent color with just the slightest hint of cloudiness. A nice pale cream colored 1" head rises as it's poured. The head lasts a bit and then drops down to a light coating on the surface. Some foam laces the sides of the glass.
S-Is a heavenly mix of citrus, mainly orange with hints of grapefruit. Pine and tropical fruits like mango and light pineapple appear. Smells good!
T-A good zip of citrus zest and pine greet the tongue, then unfortunately I get this super faint hint of mustiness and wet dog. I did't notice it as much on tap and it gets a bit lighter as it warms, but it's still a mild distraction from the rest of the flavors. Some good malt sweetness provides a decent backbone. There's a hint of dryness as the taste fades.
M-Very nice. Not too thick, not too thin with a very pleasant soft carbonation that dances on your tongue.
D-This would be probably closer to a 5 if not for the slight off taste. If it was based off the smell, I could drink this all night...until I passed out that is... ;)
All in all a pretty decent beer from Ale Asylum. One of my favorite places to hang out and I'm glad to see them expanding their beer lines. I look forward to more exciting brews to come!

*Edit-My second six pack has not had the odd taste as much as the first and is much better tasting. May be a bottling thing (which I'm leaning towards, since I didn't get the off flavors on tap or second six pack), but either way it's an inconsistancy that shouldn't be there.

 1,672 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MaxT
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dmheinz57
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of TimothyRBrady
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SjConroy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Scored some of these when I was in Milwaukee before DLD 10. Poured a little darker than expected for an ipa, came almost brown, slight off white head to it, citrus aroma, not pungent.

Taste was nice fresh, the rest of the 6 pack aged quickly though. Came off with a little more sugar to it than most ipas. The sweetness is more reminiscient of a double, seems like a lot of the new ones like to push it right up to 7.5% to let the sweet and bitter make up for the expense of dry hopping moreso.

So many great ipas out there, this one is good.

 545 characters

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours to a lightly smoky bronze color with bleached beige crown that whittles away somewhat quickly, leaving a patchwork of lace.
It's a juicy, resinous, Amarillo assault on the nose. Malt is caramel, and burnt brown sugar, and grape, but it's easy to over look, and not because it isn't there. Pine sap, lime juice, fat buds of Kush, white grapefruit, and pineapple.
The malt makes a nearly obligatory round, with toast, grape skins, caramel, and a few, mixed, roasted nuts. Hops take their star turn, and exude a variety of pine, ganja, grapefruit, and earthen traits. The nose is bright and vibrant, but it gets a bit darker in the mouth. In other words, the wall of tropical fruitiness from the nose is a bit more muddied here. There are some late tracers of alcohol, but nothing that really gets in the way.
For a beer as full of malt, hop, and alcohol flavors, the body gets a bit lazy at times. It's edging towards full bodied, but just seems to droop a bit, here and there.
I feel like I'm nitpicking. I'd absolutely recommend this to anyone. It seems to have aspirations in the IIPA realm, and it's pretty damn close anyway. This is a nice addition to the line-up, and is something I'm sure I'll drink a hell of a lot of going forward.

 1,248 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of pabney
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

12oz bottle, 6pack for $9.99 at Steve's

its about freaking time ale aslyum spit out a bona-fide IPA...hopalicious and ambergeddon stretch their respective lines but ballistic is what all the previous efforts were leading up to

appearance: pretty cheesy label and 6pack branding, but ale asylum has always been a little on the cheesy side...poured into an imperial pint, pretty bright-orange amber body with a healthy wave of frothy white goodness atop, nice retention

smell: a nice bouquet of hops - grapefruit-citrus and fresh pine are abundant, pungent orange zest and tangerine

taste: if this beer became available in the same wavelength as ambergeddon and hopalicious (ie: every bar worth entering in the madison area) then we are in for some good times...this one delivers big time in the hops department (amarillo spilling out of the glass). its full bodied (7.5% will do that) with a strong malt backbone but the grapefruit/orange play a dominant role, bitterness levels are moderate and ballistic delivers big time as probably the best IPA produced within the borders (less maybe hopwhore?)

mouthfeel: full bodied, medium bitterness, lovely hop profile

drinkability: hindered by the power, but very nice

 1,217 characters

Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mobius387
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a founders pint glass

appearance: a golden honey colored, almost completely opaque which is pretty unusual for an ipa, 1" white foamy head

aroma: nice nose, typical pines and citrus

palate: fairly smooth for an ipa, lacks a bit of the classic kick, medium to full body tho, which makes it feel like a big beer

taste: a little light on flavor and no strong hop base to it, but the flavor it has tastes good. i get mostly grapefruit and some hints of pine

overall: a very nice IPA in a state that lacks quality in this category. i am new to this brew, and i really like it. one of my favorite ipas from this state. right up there with snake hollow, hop hearty and the rest of them. definitely a pick up if its in your area and you like ipas!

 756 characters

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

It poured a brown color with small suspended particles. I read a previous review that mentioned it looked like cider and I couldn't put it better myself. Head is almost non-existant and no lacing. It actually is a pretty pathetic looking beer. I'm glad to say it's shortfall stops there.

It has a very pleasant sweet and fruity smell, like candied apple. There is an array of citrus hops, mostly orange and a little bit of grapefruit.

It's a well-rounded ipa. Good malt presence of caramel. The middle is citrus and quickly turns into a bitter pine, which is what's left on the tongue along with some spice.

Mouthfeel is thin, but well carbonated. There's a little puckering and drying of the mouth. There is a filmly feeling left behind.

No issues with drinkability. This is a very good ipa that I had know knowledge of prior to buying it. I have had another Ale Asylum ipa that I enjoyed, and this was was another pleasant surprise.

 942 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
3.92 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe