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Ballistic IPA | Ale Asylum

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Ballistic IPABallistic IPA
BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
296 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,215
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
296
pDev:
10.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
39
Trade:
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Photo of Pintofbrown
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with one finger head that splashes a bit of lacing here and there

Smell: Citrus pith and toffee malt

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt character that builds in toffee sweetness though joined by pithy hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops build with a bit of aspirin bitterness, though the toffee flavors ultimately come out on top

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too thick and a bit too sweet but otherwise a decent IPA

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Photo of Taybeh
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...

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Photo of adman08
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy dark amber with a good amount of fluffy off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass.
S-Slightly grassy aroma along with a fairly strong citrus hop aroma and a slight malt sweetness but overall a fairly light aroma.
T-Strong citrus and herbal hop flavor but not a harsh biting bitterness and not at all overpowering. Good malt balance. The alcohol is there but not very strong.
M-Medium bodied, starts with a slight sweetness and finishes slightly dry. Good carbonation.
Overall, an easy drinking, refreshing IPA. There's a good balance between malt and hops and the citrus hop flavors are pretty tasty. I could go for a stronger hop aroma and there's something about the malt body of the beer that I feel is lacking. The way I'd sum it up is it could use just a hint more of everything, aroma, malt body/flavor and hop flavor but still a good beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date.

Pours a dark brown cider color with a nice foamy off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

For a standard American IPA this one smells above average. It smells very sweet but like hop candy. The hops have an acidic, grassy, raw tone to them.

I like my IPAs hoppier than this but it is a decent beer taste-wsie.
Their hop selection is good, but it needs more of it. And Amarillo isn't particularity the best of the hop varieties, it would be nice if thy accented it. The malts kinda fall short here, they are up front in the taste but aren't complementary to the hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin on carbonation, too little carbonation for the style, though the drinkability is higher.

Overall it is a middle of the road ipa with a good scent to it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served at 53 degrees in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Pours a dull, burnt orange with a semi-hazy clarity and loose, half inch, off-white head that quickly settles and disperses towards the edges. Thin strands of lacing entwine the bowl of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus and malt (perhaps caramel) with a trace of bitterness. Taste follows, nose; however the malty backbone really overpowers the hops character and there's a slight metallic tinge that peaks out just prior to a mild, bitter finish. There's also a touch of cotton candy sweetness that presents towards the middle. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a slightly oily consistency and a crisp carbonation - slightly astringent, but not overly so. Decent, but perhaps past its prime. Some of the character reminds me slightly of a DIPA, particularly in the mouthfeel and the malty backbone. Falls a little short and not as refreshing as I would prefer

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -6.3%
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 -5.6%
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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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 296 ratings
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