Ballistic IPA | Ale Asylum

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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
Ratings:
294
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 294 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of WiscoBoy8615
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Strix
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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?

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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 Taybeh
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Muttnjuji
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite tasty, love the hop and very smooth going down. Wish it was a little more carbonated. IMO a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EmptyPockets
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of solargoat
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbwalters
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ffshore545
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of italianstallion
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scaliasux
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Homebrew
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevin79
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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