Ballistic IPA | Ale Asylum

Ballistic IPABallistic IPA
BA SCORE
79.3%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 295 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:
#5,936
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
295
Liked:
234
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
10.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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 williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Estarrio for providing this as an extra in a recent trade. Excellent trader.

A foamy 2 finger white head rises above the beer and then slowly begins to fade away. A deep copper/amber color with excellent clarity.. (decanted and left sediment in the bottle) Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Aroma is fantastic, fresh and bold. Big perfume, floral hops. Some deep pine aromas..

Wow, a great IPA. Balance and depth.. Starts with some nice malt/cracker tones and some nice fruits take center stage. A slight touch of caramel, but not really sweet... or is it a touch of nutty flavor?? Light citrus and smooth pine flavors from the hops at the end.

Smooth mouth feel and medium light body.

Wonderfully drinkable. Man, I wish I had another bottle of this stuff.

Excellent IPA.

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Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to seeswo for the INSANE hook up!

Nice dark amber colour, with a finger of offwhite head and a bit of spongy lacing.

Aroma is a bit hoppy, with some pine and flowery notes, but not too pronounced.

Taste has a nice woodsy, piny bite to it, with a nice backing malt structure. Balance is quite well.

The feel has a slick, juicy feel to it. It's medium in body with a decent carbonation. Crisper would make it grand.

Overall, definitely an above average IPA. I'd drink it often.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass, sent recently by Madison-based BA BarrytheBear. Bottle stored in the cellar; it's a milder day in late February (low 50s), so let's call this 'cask temperature'.

Label: "This American-style IPA has a mountain of Amarillo hops for explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with a clean, robust finish. Ballistic brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way".

Label design is varying shades of green, image a Bond-like silhouette of a woman firing a round - a single hop cone. 'Best Enjoyed By' rectangle at the lower left is a blank white space, so I'm left to wonder...

A: Gorgeous beer! Deep semi-cloudy, 'bread crust' orange-amber pour - thick, alluring, dangerous in appearance. Head is tall and sturdy, almost 2 fingers of dense ivory foam, steadily ebbing but never coming close to dissolving. Excellent lace, too - garter bands of dense cobwebs with more foam than glass showing through. Minimal carbonation showing, but that's a forgivable 'flaw'.

S: Pleasing hoppy aroma, green grass and pungent herbs/bitters. I don't get so much 'citrus' from this more pithy rinds and dank, almost decaying, leafy wetness. Strength is modest, not as 'explosive' as promised...

T: Very nice balance... whatever juicy 'citrus' I could NOT smell showcases vibrantly across the tongue. Lots of orange, a little tangy grapefruit pulp and a brash bitterness that comes across as dry and chalky in the finish. And just when I think the finish is all dry, a glimmer of sugary sweetness appears - very clever, Ale Asylum.

M: Medium body, borderline thick... that juicy hoppiness and a grain-rich alcohol sneakily catches up while oils stealthily coat my tongue. Maybe a bit TOO gummy/sticky after awhile - a minor thing that may just be my personal taste.

O: Very nice IPA, this would play pretty well here in the Northwest. Although I have other local IPAs I prefer as 'go-to's, this is among the best new ones I've tried in a while. Glad to have received a bottle; thanks again, Barry!
Drink again? Of course!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 79.3% out of 100 with 295 ratings
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