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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,658
Ranked #17,120
3.87 | pDev: 11.89%
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: With over 3 pounds of Centennial hops per barrel, this double IPA has a slightly punishing yet entirely pleasing bitterness that dances on the tongue.
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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Floral hops balanced by rye bread notes and creamy mouthfeel. Herbal floral bread nose. Copper hue, mostly clear, delicate head and lattice of lace. Medium body. Easy drinker for an IPA.

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Photo of scream
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thought this was quite good. Many folks have commented on the taste being piney etc. I did not think so. It does not have the juicy,citrusy taste of an ale made w citra or similar hops but that is OK to me. It's made only w Centennial hops but is a well constructed and tasty beverage ! Sure, there are better but this is still quite nice.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 10/28/15 @ the Palace.

Murky dark orange rust appearance.

Nice off-white head; frothy lace.

Grapefruit & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel & grapefruit flavors up front; a tangy bite on the finish. Not my profile & almost an American Barleywine; still decent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Usual copper and orange colors for a dipa, looks like a good one, 3/4" of head on it, not the most dense but good retention for the amount of hops in it. Aroma was all centennial hops, in a good amount, not skimping.

Lot of caramel and bitterness, the hops could offer more flavor, but we're still in enjoyable territory here. Dat caramel brings on some sweetness. Its an enjoyable second tier dipa beer that is at an affordable price and nice format.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, pineapple, toasted caramel and pine. Nice piney bitterness with citrus and roasted malt.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big citrus aroma, murky golden brown color small white head. The aroma is hops with some pine and citrus tossed in. The taste matches the aroma and is very good

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Photo of scaliasux
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium-dark amber. Quite cloudy. Medium tall, off-white head with good persistence.

S - Mostly hops with a little malty sweetness. Citrus, mostly orange, a little resin.

T - A lot of hops character, but balanced by sweet medium roasted malts. Orange and resin with toffee-like sweetness.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I agree with some others who have reviewed this. Try a couple before you decide. The first bottle was only okay and since then it is growing. I think the uniqueness throws folks. The aroma is hopping with both earthy and citrus presentation. And the citrus seems to have a clear orange quality (which is nice). But I'm sure the malt profile plays in here somehow as well, esp. in the earthy quality as there is some "grit" to the drink that is both a nice full mouthfeel and a complex flavor profile. A good stream of bitterness without excess and really not that long of a lingering. Not the best looking drink with a cloudy profile in a murky amber brown/orange. Dense tan head, though with an apparent stickiness.
It's an interesting beer that I would buy again. It is satisfying.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 1/19/2016. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark mahogany-copper body, two finger white head, nice lacing. Smells primarily of toasted malt, a bit of peppery spice, some pine, mildly metallic smell. I'm not sure that I would have been able to distinguish this as a double IPA versus a hoppy dubbel. Flavour is similarly muddled; lots of sweet caramel, peppery yeast, a fair amount of pine on the end. Sure, this doesn't have a lot of clove or banana, but aside from that I have to think it's basically a hoppy dubbel. The aromatic hops don't come out like it should. Moderate, non-descript, slightly resinous bitterness on the finish. Good body, not syrupy but medium, good carbonation; the aftertaste is fairly bitter resin and spices. I wonder if the yeast used to make this had some Belgian influence, and it wouldn't surprise me given they enjoy using Belgian yeast in a lot of beers, e.g. Bedlam. That being said, this is fairly average for a double IPA and is too sweet and peppery for my tastes.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 12/08/15
A - hazy light brown colored ale with a thin ivory head
S - earthy hops, brown sugar, caramel malt
T - heavy malt backbone of caramel, bread, and brown sugar plays well with the spicy, earthy, and bitter Centennial hops
M - resinous medium body with hop oils sticking to the palate, alcohol is warming, finishes bitter and spicy
O - not what I'd expect from Ale Asylum for a DIPA, but it is definitely unique. Seems a bit like a barley wine with the heavy malt bill. I do like their choice of Centennial hops.

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Photo of joe1510
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Cabin Stop - Hayward, WI

Best by: 12/8/15

Satisfaction Jacksin forms a creamy, meringue-like, craggy head on even an easy pour. The foam is dirty white with a respectable stickiness that sheets the glass on the way down. The foam certainly shows staying power. This sticky head sits atop a harvest orange body that, when backlit, glows from top to bottom.Carbonation seems to burst from every surface of the glass. A damn fine looking beer!

Orange and earth come to the forefront in the nose. The orange is like marmalade with a touch of spice while the earth is herbal and slightly dank. The orange is rich, even syrupy at times, like a glaze. Soft caramel runs a current through the background while joined by freshly baked bread notes. The big dose of Centennial lends good depth and a rich character. Different, savory, unique.

While the nose was savory and rich the flavor profile is juicy and sweet. Upfront the nose is full of orange oils, marmalade, and juice that follows through to the middle where it's met by some soft herbal characteristics. The middle segues into the savory, rich orange again with earth-y notes of damp soil and that dank forest note that's so hard to pinpoint where exactly itcomes from.

The body sits squarely in the middle of the spectrum at moderate while the active carbonation lightens it up on the backend. The bitterness is soft at first but grows with each successive sip to a sturdy moderate. The finish dries up slowly and a whiff of booze creeps up the nasal cavity. While the bubbles are active they're also soft giving the body a plush feel. Highly drinkable to be sure.

The first couple bottles of this I tried, I wasn't as big a fan as I am now. It's unique, it has a ton of depth, and it's old school. The Centennial is bold and dense while the malt base is flavorful and complimentary, unlike so many of the pale single mindedness malt profiles being thrown around today. I like this beer, it's good!

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Photo of beer_ben
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer a few years ago. I didn't buy it again until September 2015. After the first go, I thought it was mediocre at best. This time around, my opinion is much higher. This batch is wonderful.

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Photo of Uhopia
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've really only had this seasonal at the brewery itself. And yeah, it can be a bit overly malty fer an IIPA. So that makes me wonder if there is performance anxiety out of the bottle? As that to me, would explain the questionable overall rating I see here from my fellow beer lovers. But hey, I see where you might be sayin' - all these folks on BA think this is just an OK IIPA beverage, how can they be wrong? To that I ask, is it possible you all are not quite right in the head? Cuz we all know, it ain't me.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +3.4%

From notes on 9/28/13

Pours with almost no head. Very very dark orange color. Nice hoppy taste. Kind of hits your palate hard though. Lots and lots of floral aroma and taste. Most flowery beer I've had.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A hazy, amber-rust, with a fast-going head that sticky's up the glass.

A wholly anonymous aroma, quiet, very reserved. I mean it's hard to get anything in the nose. Some wine-like fruit, candy shell. That's about all, folks.

In the mouth the fruit steps forth as navel orange and pineapple, turning to tart lemonade in the middle. White grapefruit rind bitterness in the long finish. A little sweetness lingers. The 8.5% alcohol is there, but not calling attention to itself.

I wish there were more malt, caramel malt would be nice. The sweet fruit provides balancing. I just wish it were more grainy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 04/2014:

Pours hazed orange amber with a foamy off-white head that stays. Ample lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, pine, caramel and black pepper.

The taste is of sweet caramel and resin with medicinal/aspirin-ish bitterness in the finish.

It just hits full-bodied. It is chewy and very smooth with a carbonation level that fits it well.

This is a satisfying DIPA. Appropriately strong with lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this at dabaloons' tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some fairly earthy flavors.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin {sic} Double IPA. Ale Asylum, Madiosn, WI.
Like every Ale Asylum bottle, no information about ABV is included, or even hinted at. It's the Wisconsin way. There is a spot for a "Best Enjoyed By" date, but it is blank. (8.5%, we eventually learned.)

Dark ruby coloration, clear, solid, lasting creamy white head on top.

Aroma: grapefruit rind, lemon and lime. Prickly pine on the side. Pretty nice, so far.

Taste: Hop bomb from the get-go. Medium-bodied. Boldly bitter hoppitude commands the palate. Bright and juicy with plenty of malt to hold it all down. Am I satisfied? Fairly, though not overly. Not as much as the dude on the label illustration, that's for sure.

Hey, what do they tell us on the label, what's the gobbledygook? "Three pounds of centennial hops per barrel give our double IPA a slightly punishing yet entirely pleasing bitterness that dances on the tongue. Satisfaction is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way."

It's actually fairly easy-drinking, says this hop-head. Not really punishing. Or am I just jaded?

A good-drinking double IPA, nothing earth-shaking, world-toppling, or regime-changing happening here. Sometimes things work out that way, to our satisfaction, or not.

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Photo of wgk
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-24-2012 I said...

This seasonal was better in 2011. The 2012 smell seems the same but the taste and the mouth feel are both less than I remember them being last year. Maybe the new kettles in the new brew place haven't come around yet? This year's batch is really not able to hide the alcohol in the brew flavor and missed the balance that 2011 had, I think. Worse, but not a problem for Ale Asylum or the brew...the retailer jacked the price by $4 a six-pack over other competitors. $15 a six-pack isn't being nice and wouldn't bring back anyone for a second go at this stuff.

See what you think, but don't waste your money...I say there are lots of DIPAs that beat this 2012 batch for the $$.

Today 11/10/2013 I can say...

The 2013 seasonal is really back in tune with what I remember from 2011...very very good. But, the amount of scratch that fell out of my wallet when I bought it at $13/6 pack makes me have to wonder whether or not I REALLY want to buy it again until next season...and I probably won't, totally because of the $.

Also, but not a factor, AA used to use the squat bottles and now long-necks. I absolutely LOVED the way they USED to fill those squat bottles to the very MAX. It must be a $cheap thrill for me, I guess.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy amber, half finger of off white head

Smell is pine resin, citrus orange and grapefruit, spicy hops, mango, decent malt backing

Taste is orange, resin hops, pine, caramel, bready malt, grapefruit bitterness, herbal spicy hop, a little bit of booze in the finish along with a pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium full, drying, lingering bitterness

Well it is not my favorite Ale Asylum hop beer.... Which is not saying anything bad.... As I love everything they have in the hop land!

Give it a shot, a bit pricey but I will buy a 6 or 2 every year that if for sure!

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Reddish with an amber look. Big fluuffy white head. Sticks around for awhile with good lacing.

Very malty nose. Very unexpected. Sweet for an DIPA. Hops are hard to find. They show up in a "off" sort of way. Not quite citrus, but something to that extent.

Taste isn't balanced. But instead of a lean toward the hops like other DIPA's it's all sweet malt. The hops give off a metallic taste. More barleywine than anything. Not what I was looking for.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are average. I'm really disappointed in this beer. From a brewery that does hops exceptionally well I was expecting so much more. I would have settled for a doubled version of Hopalicious. This is the lone disappointment I've had for Ale Asylum. Oh well.

***A friend told me I must have had an old bottle so he gave me a fresh one to try.
Totally different beer! Nice aroma and crisp hop flavors. Pine and citrus with just enough malt to balance. Changed my scores to reflect my second experience. The color even seemed to be clearer with less of an amber color. More dark golden. Drink your IPA's fresh!

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Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. best by date of 11-20-13.

A - Hazy dark copper with an off white 1.5 finger head that slowly develops. It does fade into a ring, but leaves a lot of webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus, pine, and floral. Sweetness from the malts, caramel, honey, brown sugar.

T - Bitter pine up front with notes of floral and citrus. It is quickly put aside by a big sweet malt flavor in the middle. Honey, syrup, brown sugar and caramel come in very quickly. There is a light citrus bitter finish. If you are looking for the bitter to take over, this will disappoint.

M - It is a medium to full bodied IIPA with decent carbonation. A slick, yet syrup like feel.

O - This year the bottle will have a best buy date stamped on it about 4 months after bottling. This reminds me of Double Crooked Tree, but not as intense. It does have a bitter front, but it is quickly pushed aside by a massive wave of malt sweetness. You have to really pay attention to notice how bitter it starts, but most people only get the sweetness in the middle. Bought a 6pk for $12.49

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Photo of Tuey13
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy amber color with a thick white head approx. 1.5 finger.

Smells very earthy and malty... i can smell the sweetness on the nose, different for most double IPA's... which in my opinion is a good thing I get the pineapple and citrus on the nose as well as some pine of course.

The taste is very bitter up front and then very sweet... i kinda like how this hits with a one two punch. Some may think this is unbalance... while true, it is a refreshing change to have a taste euphoria in my mouth different from the "norm".

I drank these on warm days and cold days and I found the flavors morph as it warms... very interesting. Give this a try, very delicious and interesting.... what we need more of in the beer world.

Cheers all!

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Photo of BadgerRedAl
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew was much better last year. Very citrus nose and taste, orange mainly. Alot of competing flavors that never really comes together. Is it a DIPA? is it a heavily hopped wheat beer? is it worth 14/6? I'd say no to all. They have a very nice new brewery though, thats worth a tour

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful deep amber in color with a finger of creme colored head. smells malt heavy with a nice tropical smell of hops (pineapple, grapefruit, mango). said hops make this beer not only extremely bitter up front, but hit you right in the cheeks with its sweet tart citrusy hop profile! i know this bottle has a few months on it, i can't imagine it fresh! medium body with moderate carbonation, and very tart on the cheeks!

an excellent unique ipa. the flavor profile is like nothing i have ever had before, and i just realized the abv on this, which you can't taste one bit!

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 287 ratings