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Ballistic IPABallistic IPA
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Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

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%
 
 
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35
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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 wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in a trade with MilwaukeeCrusher. Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Ale Asylum touts their Ballistic IPA as 'unfiltered' on the label, but the clarity on the burnt amber body suggests otherwise. Still, it's attractive and the custard-colored head heaps on the lace as the beer level drops. Might be a little past its prime, but this IPA still kicks with minty hops and boatloads of tropical fruit from the Amarillo. Malts are sweet and rich with caramel and amber notes. Very enticing so far.

The front of the sip is sweet with cotton candy and amber malt, but quickly turns to the hops as a restrained bitterness and tangy, tropical hop flavor hits mid-sip. Finish is a bit lackluster for me, however, with a stale bitterness and malt profile. Again, not sure how long this bottle has been on the shelves... Mouthfeel is chewy and medium-thin in consistency with a mild carbonation level. Somewhat listless on the palate. Not a bad IPA, but with a name like "Ballistic" and touting a "mountain of Amarillo", I was expecting a bit more from Ale Asylum.

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Photo of Onslow
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big resin and earthy floralness in the 2 holed face triangle .. . dark dark tan, the bill-dozer.. . really tough foam .. . but when you smell the goaline, they're only words; just words .. . quite sweet, light hoppy mouth .. pretty slick but lucks an assertiveness like ricky suggs .. . i really enjoyed this brew, for the hop sniffers and a nice sessionable ipa that scores a touchdown and gets carried in for the 2 point conversion and then lets the other team score a consolation touchdown and then stammers incoherently ...

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Photo of hurricanelars
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a nice copper brown with a finger of head

Smell - A nice fruity, citrusy, hoppy smell

Taste - Hoppy with a bit of a lingering finish. The finish of this beer just lasts for too long

Mouthfeel - The beer tastes good to the tongue, but takes too long while it's going down

Drinkability - A thick feel make this one and done, on to the next one

Serving: Bottle

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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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Photo of marcobrau
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange-amber IPA that is all about the Amarillo hops. Honeyish, tangerine aroma. Leaves some nice bits of lace with each sip. I'm sort of tired of Amarillo hops (bought this for the wife) but this beer is growing on me. The flavor is actually quite complex, with honey, biscuit, tangerine and marzipan sweetness. The hop bitterness is laid back and very smooth. Hop bursting?

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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!

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

The beer is poured a deep copper with a nice dense thick head. It's slightly off white. It's decently clear as well. The nose is a huge surprise. Tons of malty goodness that is very reminiscent of toast. There is a lot a hint of caramel, but no hops, which is a disappointment. The flavour is very hoppy though, I'm surprised it didn't come through in the nose. It's combination of hops and maltiness are quite unique. A bready/toasty flavour mixed with citrus/spice is quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is slightly watery which makes the beer pretty damn drinkable.

The more I sip on the beer the more the citrus/spicy hops come through, but the breadiness is still slightly there giving the beer a unique flavour for an IPA. I usually expect my IPAs to be much more hoppy, but this is still tasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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."

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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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle featuring a woman's silhouette firing a monster hop from a gun. Solid.

Hazy orange pour leaves a nice lacing along my tulip.

Tangerine and lemon on the nose. Very fresh.

Tastes of lemon pulp and rind up front. Pleasant bitterness follows and lingers at the back of the throat, along with sweet tangerine.

Nicely carbonated, but a tad thin and watery in body.

Disappears very quickly, absolutely an easy drinking beer for the abv. A touch too malty for my liking.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of portia99
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a cloudy, copper color with a quickly dissipating 1/2" off-white head. Recedes to a skim coat of bubbles and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Slight attempt at lacing.

S - Citrusy, spicy hops and a solid caramel malt aroma come through prominently, some breadiness too. Nice balance.

T - Citrusy hops, orange and strong grapefruity flavors - maybe a little lemon too. Sugary sweet malt has enough presence to balance and blends well with the bitterness of the hops. Bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Slightly thin, a little watery in feel. Light to medium carbonation tingles the tongue subtley - a little bit creamy feeling.

D - Goes down very easily. A very nice IPA that I could have another right now.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

I've never been shot with a hop cone before... The after-effects pour a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, lemon zest, light coriander, and a very light spritz of caramel. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit, green grapes, sweet caramel, and red apples. Good times here, nice and balanced without being "too" balanced. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, a rather nice IPA, plenty of hops without being overbearing. Good times.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darker golden color, and there wasnt in much for a head. Their was a more mellow smell for an IPA, but it was hoppy, and had grapfruit notes. The taste was hoppy, lots of grapefruit notes, but was very bitter; a very mellow flavor. Overall a pretty nice easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange with a one finger head of tiny bubbles that make up the head. Leaves some sticky lacing too.

The nose is pretty faint. What I can pick up is some citrus and piney hops with a bit of caramel malt.

A well balanced IPA that has lots of hops and lots of malt. The malt is sweet and caramel like. The hops are bitter, but not overly so. There are hints of pine and citrus from the hops. Pretty big for an IPA.

This is one meaty and chewy IPA. Medium bodied, if not more. Soft carbonation that is smooth and creamy.

An interesting and pretty drinkable IPA. Based upon how big it is, I could only do a couple of these. A really nice IPA that I would have again.

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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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyncognito for my first beer from Ale Asylum. God damn it...I just ripped the cap off this. I meant to save that.

Poured into my pint glass. The beer is dark reddish orange with a frothy two finger, off white head. The head recedes in a minute, leaving some lacing on the glass.

I stick my nose up to the foam as it recedes and I'm greeted with the aroma of citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange accompany some pine resin. The aroma reveals a sweet toasted caramel malt backbone, which creates a well balanced aroma. No alcohol is noticeable.

The taste holds true to the aroma and is well balanced. The sweet caramel malt has toasted notes to it. The beer has a medium level of bitterness to it. The pine is more apparent in the taste than it was in the nose. Grapefruit is present, and the alcohol isn't shy. The finish is dry toasted malt and moderately bitter citrus with some alcohol. Pine and citrus linger for a while, as though

Medium bodied with good carbonation, and a dry, sticky, oily mouthfeel.

A good well balanced IPA that, due to its alcohol, borders on a Double IPA. It could stand to be bitterer, but it's definitely a solid IPA as is.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for this. Stamped 110?11, where ? is a 1 or 3 or something. 12oz bottle to wine glass.

Pours mostly clear, light amber/gold with some off-white head; minimal lacing and okay retention. Smells nice, mostly citrus (clementine, orange). Taste is similar, with a lot of juicy citrus character and almost no bitterness. Pretty dry. The taste is subdued, so you get nice hop flavor without thickness/body; at the same time, though, if you're looking for something with punch, this isn't it. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, this is a solid citrus-y IPA that I'd be happy to have regular access to.

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

Decided to open this one up with lunch on the fourth. I had been looking at it in the fridge for a while so it was time, lol. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

The pour was about what I would have expected, nice medium amber in color with loads of carbonation streaming up through the top to form a full head of white foam that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth. Rich aroma of piney hops warms the nose straight away. Smooth, dripping with resin it starts to turn towards the orange and tangerine aspects as it warms getting a bit of that buttery malts in there. Clean, crisp and quick hitting this is the kind of IPA you want doing the job for you. Lip smacking hops hit you right in the front as you take the first sip, drying out the palate and coming to a wonderful sense of fresh and clean. Smooth buttery malts come in behind it offering a great balance to the overall flavor before that last hit of citrus takes all the moisture out of your mouth for good.

Overall a very solid and very respectful IPA. Would hold it up against almost any as it is smooth, session able and does its job well.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2-25-11
Reviewed cold from a growler to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, nice head retention, and clear copper color. Carbonation is present

S - Hoppy, citrus, not over powering, don't pick out much malt aroma just hops

T/M - Lighter bodied brew, taste orange peel and some malt but not much. Crisp flavored but smoothed over well

D - Very easy drinker. Would have this brew again and would recommend it!

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

Homer review coming as I used to live about 5 minutes away from this brewery (which is a very chill place to visit, by the way).

Pours a translucent dark golden, light brown color with medium head. Definitely one of the darkest IPAs i have poured. Smells of citrusy hops, identified as Amarillo on the label. Had to give it a little work to coax that smell out, though the beer might be a bit too cold to be fair. Taste is a bit different than expected. The hops primarily hit the finish, leaving some of the bitterness that sits on the back middle of the tongue. Interestingly, this is not the entirety of the hoppy finish I come to expect from an IPA, like they have removed one of two ingredients that leave hops on the tongue. Anyway, the front of the flavor is a bit limited, definitely shining as it makes it's way down. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an IPA, but then again, this is almost a DIPA. Certainly appropriate for 7.5%. Extremely drinkable with an enjoyable half-lingering of bitterness as discussed above.

This is one of the better IPA offerings out of WI, which might not be saying a whole lot, but ballistic is very enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of Axic10
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle rec'd as an extra from ROBORB. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper/orange color with minimal head.

Smell: Hoppy nose with grapefruit and mango hints. Followed by a nicely balanced sugary malt nose.

Taste: Grapefruit, passion fruit, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and really smooth (i.e. goes down way too fast).

Drinkability: Definitely would drink more of this if readily available near me. A nice surprise for sure.

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Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.
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