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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

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89
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292
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
18.62%
 
 
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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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 zoolzoo
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Never heard of Ale Asylum before. Thanks to greatfulbeerhead for a chance to try this.

A: Hazy for an IPA, lots of tiny little floaties. Mahogany core, gets lighter around the outside of the glass. Looks a bit like dirty water. Big three finger head as a result of an aggressive pour into a pint glass.

S: Hop presence is not far detached from the malt, nothing really jumps out at me. Aroma falls a bit flat.

T: Tastes pretty good, a bit muddled. The hops do not have many "bright" characteristics, not much bite. Piney, bitter, and a bit of citrus fall right in with caramel malt, which makes itself well known. Definitely some sweetness going on here. A tinge of alcohol on the finish, nothing boozy.

M: Has a body that rivals some DIPA's, carbonation is somewhat low. The flavor profile doesn't quite back it up, unfortunately.

D: Ballistic is big in body, but the flavor profile isn't completely palatable for me. Thus, drinkability must suffer.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a murky deep copper with a two finger head. The head leaves a nice cap on the beer and some great lacing all the way down the side of the glass.

S- Some piney hops and a little bit of citrus in there as well. A small amount of malt and a good biscuit backbone.

T- A big dose of piney hops and a little bit of sweetness. The malt is barely present and is overshadowed by a lingering biscuit presence. Also a little bit of caramel in there as well.

M- Medium bodied that is a touch thick. Bitter on the tongue but gets smoother the more drinks I take. Almost creamy.

D- Reminds me more of a double than anything. I could have more than one of these and not have my palate busted.

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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 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 crossovert
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Florida9
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, dull brown in color with a little bit of fine yeast sediment on the bottom. A smallish off whit head head reduces to a surface coating. A little lacing.

S: Full of hoppy goodness. Predominantly citrus, sweet orange, with a little bit of pine. Very aromatic.

T: Sweet malt on the front followed by a moderate bitterness, and then a good dose of citrus hop flavor. However, the flavor washes out quickly, leaving a watery feeling in the mouth.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. A bit of spice on the tongue along with the aforementioned watery residue.

D: A mighty tasty, hop-centric IPA that could be easily loved by most any hop head. However, the malt is a little sweet for my tastes, but this is a personal preference.

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Photo of deereless
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown to copper in color, thin layer of head, minute amounts of sediment, a small amount of lacing along the interior of the glass - 4.00, S: An magnificent blast of Amarillo hops on the nose providing a strong citrus aroma - particularly orange and some grapefruit, some subtle tangerine sweetness is evident, there's also some nuts and slight caramel - 4.50, T: Strong orange rind and grapefruit along with some herbal and floral characteristics, sharp hop bite, the taste is very good but doesn't quite live up to the nose, alcohol is present but not disruptive - 4.00, M: Medium mouth feel with an every so slight stickiness - 4.00, D: The aroma is pure American IPA and a highlight of the beer, Ballistic would easily be on my shopping list if I had access to it, if you are a hop head I would encourage you to seek out this beer - 4.50

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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 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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Photo of AmberMan22
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at Brickhouse BBQ.

Pours a clear amber color with an ivory head. Good retention, stains the glass with lacing during sipping.

Smell is quite fierce. In-your-face hops, along with pine, grapefruit, a hint of hop spiciness.

Taste is solid, especially because there's a decent pale malt backbone to guide the hop attack. All the aforementioned smells make it to the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel felt confusing...like it wanted to be a heavy bodied, but just couldn't quite do it. Solid medium body (almost a watery heavy-body if that makes any sense).

Another delicious offering from Ale Asylum. Great spring beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - A haze gives this beer a dirty apricot orange-amber look while the moderate pour only gives up a two-finger, soft-white cream head. Good retention and awesome lace collars are left on the glass.

S - That's one refreshing crisp and hoppy nose! A perfect marriage of malt (including a bit of caramel), and American hops. Bold citrus zest and resin aroma I can't get enough of.

T - Again, the marriage of hops and malts are stellar! Undertones of sweet caramel and pils malts blend superbly with light fruity, citrusy, resin-filled hops.

M - A bitter and dry finish compliments the beer as well as the rest of it having a pretty strong malt sweetness. Soft and smooth with a mild carbonation finish.

D - A very good beer with a cool James Bond-like label, this IPA is a great brew I wish I had picked up a 6er of. Well-balanced and delicious, it makes for an awesome sessioner!

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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 brokenleadedcask
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received SUPER fresh from GbvDave, thanks Dave!! Reviewed from notes.

I had never heard of this brewery until Dave mentioned he was getting some and we were working on a trade anyway, so bonus. Glad he suggested it. The cloudy amber, nice puffy head and super glue lacing were inviting me to savor it's goodness. The aroma punched me between the eyes before I got close, GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGE, HOPS oh my! The fresh hop flavor bounced around in my mouth like a super-ball. Did someone slip a slice of invisible orange in my glass when I wasn't looking? I've had quite a few IPA's, but this one has something special I can't quite put my finger on. Is it the earthy-ness, the hop schedule, or just WI water? The clean finish left no residue or hop bitterness around to just "hang-out". This is a very drinkable IPA, bright flavors and a clean finish make it a winner. I didn't really want to finish it.

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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 Ek0nomik
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a finger of head. Lacing towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt (a very slightly toasted scent), a little alcohol, and a nice blend of fruits.

Taste: A nice blend of caramel malt and hops. The aftertaste has a nice blend of citrusy tones, including orange, grapefruit, and a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: A medium body, and very well carbonated. This goes down very easy.

Drinkability: Yet another winner from Ale Asylum. I still think the Hopalicious has a better flavor with it being a little more citrusy. Maybe I am just biased because I had the Hopalicious first. Regardless, I am a big Ale Asylum fan, and I like that they have three relatively hoppy beers.

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Photo of eyncognito
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber bronze-distinct orange and red highlights with a 1 finger beige head-fades into a thick collar that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is pure amarillo, a hop that in the past I've been less than satisfied with, but lately between this all amarillo IPA and new glarus' crack'd wheat, I've becoming fast friends with this fickle hop. Wonderful citrus notes: orange and tangerine, lime and lemon zest with hints of Rose's lime juice, maybe a little grapefruit, notes of dank weed, brown sugary malt is only an after thought-hard to break through all the citrusy goodness. Surprising really for such a malty looking IPA.

Taste is wonderful. Big time citrus: oranges and lemon/lime zest-more on the lime side really, grapefruit asserts itself here more than in the nose, dank grass, even tangerine, soft pine. Malt flavor also asserts itself better than in the nose, caramel, toasty bread, even slightly nutty. Mouthfeel is really on the fence here. Carbonation is soft and pleasant-good for the style. It is medium bodied-a bit of a hermaphrodite, is it an IPA or a DIPA? Hard to say, I'd prefer one or the other really, scale the alcohol/malt back a bit or ramp it up slightly. The bitter dryness (moderately dry) of this is near perfect, balancing the malt sweetness. Incredibly clean bitter finish.

Easily, dangerously drinkable. The day it came out I downed a sixer with ease, only to realize in the morning that 3-4 would suffice. Alcohol is well masked, but does assert itself and is noticeably warming. For a brewery like Ale Asylum who have made such wonderful vehicles for hops-Hopaliscous and Ambergeddon, to have taken this long to produce an IPA was starting to bother me. Here's to hoping that they'll keep tinkering. Ballistic is a wonderful single hop IPA that showcases exactly how good amarillo can be, but could have its malt bill improved slightly (still good in a Midwest fashion) to make it damn near World Class.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark copper-amber color topped with a low head, good retention

s: big citrus and tropical hop nose - grapefruit, clementine, passionfruit, mango - with a malt underbody lending just the right level of caramelized sugars and an interesting toasted note, the hops are quite nice - but the artful and balanced use of malt is what makes this one for me

m: carbonation just around medium, same for the body, smooth

t: the bight tropical aromas seem tempered here, becoming a bit muddled and pulpy, but still quite nice, adequate raw and caramelized sugar to balance with a bit of toast thrown in for complexity, tea in the finish, moderate bitterness, yum

d: just fine, a very solid ipa, hindered only by its strength

first in my most recent box from dirts

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with minimal head.

Nose: This one is a bit odd. At first I get lots of sweet malt but after some time I smell an odd chlorophyll smell ... it's almost like smelling grass stains on the knees of your jeans if you played on the lawn as a kid. There's also some pollen but no pine, grapefruit, or citrus like you find in so many great IPA's.

Taste: Yeah pretty nice despite the sweetness. The hop profile is very good but there's so much malt that in the finish it seems to have the malt of a double IPA and the hops of only a single. Maybe I'm biased due to the stellar IPA's here out west. I'd love to give this a more glowing review since I grew up in their hood but the malt is just too dominant.

Mouth: Pretty much spot on for the style. Maybe a bit rich for the style but I honestly like it. Well done.

Drink: This is good but I wont hurry back to it. Pretty good but not up to the standards of the upper echelon.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of rlcnmeyer poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep amber that looks brownish amber in the glass. The head is big and beige and shows great retention and sticks to glass completely on the way down.

The aroma is really nice and dominated by citrus fruits, especially oranges and grapefruits. There is enough malt to be noticed and has a sweetness that balances the slight astringent burn of the hops.

The taste isn't quite as nice as the aroma and has a milder, sweeter citrus hop presence than the aroma with juicy tropical fruits coming through, maybe pineapples in addition to a less prominant grapefruit presence. The malts lend a solid sweet backbone and the finish is not overly bitter.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and not as astringent as the hop profile might suggest. It's medium to fullish for an regular IPA.

This is an impressive IPA from Ale Asylum and extremely drinkable as the hops are present but not overpoweringly bitter.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours an interesting mix of hazy ruby-red and tarnished copper. Very creamy light-tan head that's chock full of bubbles and lace leaving abilities.

S: This absolutely REEKS of Amarillo hops! I love Amarillo hops. Tons of citrus, spice, and toasted malt, as well.

T: Boatloads of citrus (grapefruit and orange) with fresh-cut pine bough, toasted malt, pineapple, and a touch of mint in the finish.

M: Very sticky and juicy. Awesome hoppy bitterness with touches of sweet caramel and dry spice.

D: Very, very impressive. This, and Tyranena's Bitter Woman IPA would so be my everyday IPA's if I lived in the WI!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from the generous eyncognito. Thanks, man, I'm curious to try this beer I've never heard of!

A: This beer is anything but pale, a mildly hazy copper-amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and some lacing

S: Aggressive, citrus hops up front with some positively attractive juicy citrus - ripe and candied oranges. Some tropical fruit with papaya and a bit of pine. A mild malt sweetness is perceived, but the hops really shine

T: Opens up with plenty of bittering hops, mostly citrus in character with orange peel and some grapefruit. Pine is noticeable as well. Malt backbone is fairly light, with a mild sweetness that's noticeable, caramel in nature almost like a hop jam in a good way. Excellent use of hops to balance out sweetness. Finishes mostly dry, with some citrus bitterness.

M: A little bigger in body than I like my IPAs, but this has great carbonation and a solid feel. The hop nuance on the finish is noteworthy

D: At 7.5% ABV, it's far from sessionable, but heck, it's enjoyable and very drinkable

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a distinctly red-orange, it's head has a poofy soufflé cap that was raised in the center, like a 1950's flying saucer. Very fresh hop aroma, herbal and green, a note of citrus too. Sticky and resiny. The malt is noticeable underneath, with almost a spicy component. Dry bitter grassy finish is preceded by a juicy citrus burst. It felt light enough, but with a decent amount of malt heft to balance. The six pack virtually disappeared...Ballistic is a perfect warm-weather session IPA.

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

received a couple of 12oz bottles in a trade with kmadison. I really appreciate having been given the opportunity to try this fantastic IPA amigo!

Appearance: Definately quite red...almost like a peach iced tea or raspberry iced tea. Off white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and pine resin...mmmm pine resin!

Taste: loads of grapefruit, pine resin, and toasted malt. Not quite caramel which I'm happy about. More biscuity. Really tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy or sticky. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best because of the loads of citrus hops but still good.

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