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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by EliteDigger on 10-02-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
276
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.87%
 
 
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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured into a pint glass a dark, clear copper color with a light tan head. Sweet citrus and floral nose. Medium mouhfeel. Malty sweetness followed by citrus rind hop flavor. Fairly balanced but leans toward the malty side. Easy drinking. Some lace. Sligh lingering bitterness.

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Photo of agotz
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured for a 12oz bottle into tulip. No bottle date.

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a one inch light tan head that quickly dissipates to a spotty egg shell that sticks around. Lacing is pretty strong.

Aroma has some nice citrus hop up front that blend nicely into a strong caramel malt sweetness. This beer smells good just not as intense as a lot of other IIPAs.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. The hop citrus flavor isn't given much room before the caramel sweetness comes in and coats the palate. A nice sharp bitterness does do a admirable job cleaning up all the sweetness but comes up a little short in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. If the carbonation was a little stronger it might help lift the some of the sweetness.

Ale Asylum is one of my go to breweries. I'm not a fan of IIPAs that are this sweet though. This beer is not bad by any stretch of the imagination but I feel it is the least successful of all their beers.

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Photo of hawks10
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Ale Asylum pint glass. No freshness date, but as a Fall 2010 release, I assume this one is pretty fresh...

Pours a pretty haze, dark copper color. When held to the light it is a nice glowing dark amber, appears hazy and thick, just how I like my IPA's. Two fingers of dense off white head forms and sticks around forever, leaving some lacing behind...

An abundance of floral and slightly tropical hop aromas hit you first. You can tell a load of malt was used in this brew as well, very sweet with caramel and toffee. Balanced, nice...

Flavor falls a little short of expectations given the nice intensity of the aroma. Citrus hops hit first but then the thick malt takes over, sweet and sugary, caramel. Could use a bit more bittering from the hops, although bitter, the sweetness of the malt overshadows the hops, not enough bite. Still pretty good, but a little less sweet and a little more hop would greatly benefit this beer...

Medium to heavy bodied, thick, sticky, resinous. Low carbonation, but enough...

Decent DIPA, didn't do anything to wow me, but didn't have any seriously bad aspects...would try again, probably on tap, if no other options...

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Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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 rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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 dimensionQ
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An overall average double IPA since it uses straight Cascade hops, and it is overall a bit too sweet for its own good. It's all pine on the nose, and pine in the taste, but overall, it uses way too much caramel malt. If the recipe used a bit less, it would be a nice, dry and crisp double IPA and be a far superior brew. It is still light compare to some other brewers' IIPAs, but for this beer to be remarkable it requires it to be very dry. A recipe tweak could easily turn this into a finely attenuated brew for one of those brutal fall heatwaves. Otherwise, it is a bit too sweet and run of the mill for my tastes.

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Photo of nppeders
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - orange, crimson, hazy, not much head, lacing okay.

smell - very citrusy, caramel malts, and floral hops. Smells like Centennial hops

taste - malty, caramel, citrus and piney hops. Tastes like Centennial hops.

mouthfeel - very low carbonation, more carbonation would really help the hops pop more.

overall - kindof uninspired. Nothing great, yet nothing too offensive. Seems like the hop profile could be a little more complex for such a good beer.

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Photo of BadgerRedAl
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

A - A patient pour brought about an incredibly dense light toffee-colored head with great retention. As it went down it left rings of thick lacing on the glass. The color is a slightly hazy rich ruby red with a copper hue to it.

S - The aroma is full of fresh, hoppy goodness. Lots of floral, pine, and grapefruit notes with an earthy malt backbone. Some sweet honey and caramel in the background too. Good nose but not very dynamic.

T - The earthy flavors really come out strong in the taste. The malts have a sweet quality about them with a light honey dab. and the hops pack a pine-needle punch. A small note of nuttiness lingers modestly while the finish demands your attention with a bitter and citric zest.

M - The bitter, dry finish is nicely juxtaposed to the smooth feel of this beer. Medium-full bodied and well balanced.

D - Not incredibly diverse in it's presentation but a good Double IPA nonetheless. Simple yet good but possibly cloying, it's another nice Ale Asylum brew.

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

Clear dark orange, good initial head.

Lots of caramel malt, some floral hops.

Very sweet --- caramel and toffee are up front, slight floral and muted pine hop notes. Verging on too buttery when cold, but this improved as it warmed.

Viscous mouthfeel.

This was just fine, but wasn't really what excites me in a DIPA.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- Nice caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Lots of spotty lacing remain on the glass.

S- Biscuit and some sweet malts. Lots of pine and floral hop aromas.

T- Nice caramel malt body with slight bready/biscuity taste. Actually get some slight citrus notes, but still dominated by spicy,herbal, pine hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Although this beer is fairly bitter it doesn't have a dry finish or lingering aftertaste.

O- This beer grows on you as you drink it. First sip wasn't too impressed, but after a few drinks I noticed this beer is a little more balanced than first thought.

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

A: Deep, dark amber in color..to the point where its almost a sunset orange..

S: Light aroma of orange peel, grapefruity hops...

T: Not as hoppy as I'd expected... a little bit of Tanginess... again, the hops are not as present as I would have originally thought... not sure how old the bottle, not necessarily flat..more mellow I guess...

M: Creamy, nice feeling beer..

O: I like Ale Asylum. This is a decent beer..nothing worth going well out of your way for, but a decent drinking brew... So many DIPAs out there though...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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 beagle75
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with a heavy ring of peripheral off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains and a few specks of yeast sediment are seen at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aggressive hops convey mixed citrus qualities in the nose that are joined by less potent herbaceous and earthy smells. Nothing really says malt in the smell, although a suggestion of sweetness to come is transmitted. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with acidic and lively grapefruit citrus aromatics that are more intense than they are interesting. As the early assault of hop flavors relent, soft and mild bready malt emerges in the brief middle. The finish is moderately bitter, somewhat herbaceous but otherwise clean. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Intense but simplistic, this beer is a mixed bag of style-appropriate, if not particularly memorable, flavors. It would likely seduce only the newly-converted hop-head. Think of it as training wheels for the top tier DIPAs.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper color brew with a two finger head that dissipated slowly and left some okay lacing behind. Transparent beer.

S - Citrus hops, but not grapefruit. Lot of sweet malts and caramel in there. Slight bit of lemon zest, although I wouldn't say it smells lemony.

T - Fairly sweet, hops are quite muted for something that is DIPA. A little bitter, but mostly this is just a sweet IPA that is a bit thick with the caramel malts.

M - Syrupy, medium bodied, solid dose of carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to get down, probably the best characteristic of this beer other than the smell. It's okay, wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Florida9
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Brickhouse BBQ

A: Served in a shaker pint with just the slightest surface coating of off-white head. Beer itself is deep caramel brown in color. There is minimal lacing

S: Sweet caramel malt with some pine and citrus.

T: Damn, this one has some serious caramel malt. A bit of orange and some faint hops try to cut through the malt, but sweet malt is the dominant flavor here. Moderate bitterness. Lingering malt finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a good dose of residual maltiness in the mouth. Lower carb level. Alcohol shows through as a bit of heat.

D: An average, rather malt centric and sweetish tasting DIPA that is not to my liking. Not necessarily difficult to drink, just not my preferred expression of the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out the usual orange and copper color, about 1/2" of head to it, decent retention for a dipa. Sweet aroma, lots of caramel, hops aren't super fresh, but there's hops there.

Taste, again, more sweetness, caramel, the hops aren't really impressive in this beer, they lend themselves to create more of a citrus sweetness than anything, thankfully, not just a ridiculously bitter dipa, this one does incorporate a little bit of the tropical fruit sweetness, but not in the really good way like beers like Oracle, Double Jack or Lagunitas Sucks do in the upper echelon of style for tropical sweetnessy type of hop mouthfeel.

Kind of more reminiscient of Myrcenary than anything, which is to say it was pretty sweet and syrupy at times, but an overall enjoyable experience.

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Photo of in780
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle given to me by my bro in law...thanks Matt. Into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - Amber color with visible yeast, slight head. Looks pretty.

S - Equal between sweet and hops

T - Plenty of hops but balanced. Alcohol is a little evident but not overpowering. Aftertaste is on the bitter side

M - A little thinner than most DIPAs I've had

D - Goes down fine, but one is plenty

OK, not at the top of my list to seek out again

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Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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 jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum. Yes, I spelled that right.
Score: 83

2011 bottle served in a snifter. Why a snifter? Well, the Old Fashioned apparently does not have tulip, Duvel, or Sam Adams glasses (see my Hop Whore review), and the pint glass does very little for the aroma.

Appearance: Pours one-half finger of creamy head (maybe this is low, as it was poured into an undersized snifter) that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Translucent dark copper color. Below average lacing. 3/5

Smell: Very fruit. Tropical citrus hops. Lightly tart and very floral. A little apple/apple juice. Hints of booziness. 3.5/5

Taste: Heavy, earthy centennial hops hit right away. Much more earthy and less citrusy than expected. Gets a bit astringent as it layers. A little tangy. There is some brief caramel-malty sweetness on the mid-palate, but the earthy hops feels very heavy on the tongue, and that is overpowering the rest of the flavors. Beer finishes, and lingers, with earthy bitterness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a low amount of carbonation that makes the earthy bitterness of the beer sit heavy, rather than pop, on the tongue. Under-carbonated for an IPA, in my opinion. Finishes bone-dry and bitter. 3.5/5.

Overall: A decent, but nothing special double IPA. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers probably won't like the heavy bitterness of the beer, and beer geeks can safely avoid this one without missing much.

Pairings: Earthy, grass-fed hamburgers with olive-oil fries.

Cost: $3.25 for a 12 oz at the bar, $14.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Amber with orange highlights, one finger of cream colored head that sticks around for a minute or so and leaves behind some decent lacing.

S, T. Heavy sweet caramel malt, pine resin bite and floral / herbal garnishes all over the place. A very malt-forward IPA.

M. Lightly carbonated, heavier side of medium thickness.

For my tastes in an IPA, this one is far too unbalanced towards sweetness...but that's just my opinion. If you like IPAs to be really sweet, than you should try this one.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up the last time i went through madison for $10 a sixer. Didnt seem like too bad of a deal for a DIPA

a- pours a darkish ruby color with hints of straw along the edges. just a slight white head rises and falls pretty quickly.

s- tons of citrus, grapefruit maybe. quite a bit of caramel sweetness as well. average for a DIPA, but nothing too crazy

t- starts out a little sweet with the citrus again, then gets almost astringent with resin and bitterness. finishes with lots of malt and sweetness and a bit of caramel

m- carbonation seems a little light. finishes bitter and a bit dry. mouthfeel is nice and coating. not boozy at all

overall, just an average DIPA. that strange astringent flavor just throws it off for me. Not bad, but not up there in the top brews of the style.

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Photo of bonk0076
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown cloudy color with a magnificent tan head that leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus notes, with subtle floral and caramel scents beneath it. Taste is dominated by the bitterness of hops, with very little sweetness to balance it. Slightly watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of klikger
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle(s) served in a tulip glass

A - Coloring is dark amber. There's a minuscule amount of head, but pretty nice lacing.

S - Floral and citrus hops with some caramelized sugars.

T - Very malty up front, with beet sugars and a hint of toffee. This sweetness dominates throughout, despite a late appearance by a fair amount of citrusy hops.

M - Medium to heavy bodied for a DIPA; more than a little under-carbonated.

D - Although the ABV is low enough (for the style) to positively impact quaffability, this beer is unbalanced on the sugary side, which discourages me from having too much.

This is a solid DIPA, but it's not up to Ale Asylum's standards, in my opinion. I'll enjoy a sixer on an annual basis to see if anything has changed, but, in the meanwhile, I'll be hoping that the brewer has a different imperial IPA in the works.

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Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into ST Imperial Glass
A- Very hazy and copper in color, specks of sediment on bottom even though its a fresh bottle. pours 1.5 finger off-white head, some ok spotty lacing, and retention. Not the prettiest looking DIPA.
S- A lot of maltiness, caramel mostly, the citrus is pretty nice, some orange, a low-key hoppiness.
T- Dominant caramel malt sweetness, a lot of orange. pine and citrusy flavors go along nicely, some hoppy bitterness but not nearly enough, the flavors that are there are good but doesn't have that typical DIPA bite to it
M- Smooth and full body, almost no carbonation, slightly oily, drinkable for a DIPA
O- Defintely a different kind of DIPA. Im a fan of their other hopped up beers. This is missing that big bite I look for in a DIPA. The bitterness is not even "slightly punishing" as the label suggests.

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Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
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