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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
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96
Ratings:
276
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.87%
 
 
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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 cavedave
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark bronze, thick and cloudy, topped by a finger of beige head that is slow to go. Slathers of lace cling like crazy climbers.

Not much aroma, perhaps a bit of caramel and pine, even lighter grass and citrus.

Lotta pine in front of the sip, then some vegetal and dank, some caramel and bready sweet, ending with the sweet getting a bit syrupy and some deep pine bitter resin kicking in. Very unbalanced, and not that tasty, not that clean, and lacking artistry.

Despite the thick look, and extreme hopping, it is less viscous than many IIPA, and has a finish that is not clean, and less than optimal in all other ways.

This is a slap in the face without dexterity, and a form made without craft nor balance. Not recommended.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was served in a pint glass with a thick off-white head atop the cloudy darker amber body. The aroma is intensely hoppy--the typical American hop character -- grapefruit, pine, and a bit floral. A bit of sweetness and caramel aromas can be picked up beneath the massive amounts of hops. The flavor is highly hoppy -- much like the nose with a firm hop bitterness. The malt is in the background and takes on a bittersweet quality with all the hops. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall a tasty brew that hides its ABV dangerously well.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect.

Pours a light auburn into copper with a smallish cloud. Decent sized tightly formed head recedes slowly and laces well. A good thing given the head killing ABV.

Aroma is citrus hops on the front with a sweet malt backing. Middle brings bready, sweet malt. Malt aroma is of sweet bread, lemon poppy seed muffins. Finishes with tropical fruit hops and a light alcohol whiff.

Flavor opens with citrus hops. Hops are bitter, but with an earthy pineapple and sour citrus rider. Hops bring bitterness in the middle. Middle yields very slightly to malt, bready and sweet with a dark fruit bread flavor, figs and dates mixed into sweet bread.Malt also gives a unique earthiness the like of I've only tasted in Scotch Ales. Finishes citric and bitter from the hops. Hop bitterness cleanses the palate and dries out the sweet malt. Slight amount of alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is very well done. Slightly thick from the malt bill, finishes sticky on the lips, but not cloyingly so.

Very much a sipper, but easy to drink too fast. The hop bomb that was Ballistic was a completely different beer and I feel that the brewers did very well given the grain bill on this one.

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Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aquired as a extra from a great trader.

A - nice almost dark ruby red like pour with a nice 1 finger head that lasted for quite some time.

S - Detect slight pine, small ammount of cituis as well.

T - grapefuit, some pine nothing overwhelming though.

M - Leaves a small tart feel once consumed

D - Good brew, above average would choose this again but not seaching it out either.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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 FightingEntropy
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt orange beer in a shaker pint. White tightly bubbled head that lingers for a long while before falling to a full lace around the full glass. Big citrus nose--grapefruit, orange, lemon. First sniff with head was very strong, but then more subtle as it settled. Slight earthiness in nose as well. Sweet malt for the front of the taste followed by a solid hop bite with more fruit, pine and resin underneaths--coats the tongue with a slightly oily bitterness that builds to the bottom of the glass. Wanted to take this one home, but not bottle sales after 9 pm, evidently.

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Photo of Axic10
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with BarrytheBear.

Appearance: Pours a dark murky amber with a half finger of head.

Smell: Grapefruit, pineapple and slight mango with a strong aroma of malt.

Taste: Really malty with not as much hops as I'd think for a DIPA. Tasty malt flavor with a tinge of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and decent carbonation

Drinkability: Glad I got to try but definitely nothing that I'd seek out again nor could I drink a lot of.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice orange, bright amber, 1 finger head, bubbly, leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, a bit of pine, sweet malt.

T - Good balance of floral and grapefruit. Fruity yet floral. A bit of a sugary taste, almost like eating some cotton candy.

M - Very smooth. Carbonation pretty low.

Overall - Pretty decent IPA, not a hop wallop, a little too sugary, but still a good beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into English pint.

A- Pours a deep ruby red with a slight haze to it and isn't completely transparent. Pours a half finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Big amounts of hops and malt at the forefront. A little bit of tropical fruit and a bunch of pine. A good sweetness from the malt and a little grass on the end.

T- The malt is much more pronounced in the taste and the hops seem to be more balanced. There is a sweetness to the beer and goes well with the tropical fruits. Like the nose, there is a definite grassy tone but overall well balanced.

M- Medium to full bodied that lacks a big hop bite like I was hoping for. Almost a chewy beer that is a little dry on the finish.

D- Decent beer that has nice balance but nothing really sticks out with it. There was no dating on the bottle so there is a chance that the hops aren't as present because of it. I guess I will never know so this is what I have to go by.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy amber color. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a mild lacing. No sediment and carbonation is obvious.

The aroma is solid with a nice caramel sweetness up front followed by a citrus/pine hops following behind.

The taste is a bit sweet for my liking. The lemon/pine mixture is there, but it almost seems like eating a piece of caramel with just a hint that is tasty, but not balancing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat balancing dose of carbonation. It is a bit too sugary and syrupy, but still good. Minimal dryness at the end.

I think this is a drinkable beer and the solidity is based on a modest balance and a sweetness that makes it decent but just a bit much for me.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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 swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured a deep ruby with a nice off white head. It almost looks like an amber or a strong ale. The nose on the beer is filled with tons and tons of spicy hops, which I'm surprised by. I was expecting a nice foral nose similar to Two Hearted. Underneath the spiciness of the hops there is a grapefruit and a sweety bready flavour. I expect much more in a nose from a double IPA. The nose on Hopalicious is much more potent (in a good way).

When I take a sip from the beer I can taste all the goodness of the centennial hops with a nice layer of sweet caramel and breadiness. The centennial hops have a bit more of a spiciness when used at his amount (3 pounds per barrel), and I feel like hop oils are carressing my tongue with every sip. I quite enjoy the flavour actually. Behind all the hops is a slight bit of alcohol that is a tad bit surprising in an 8.25% IPA. One would think they'd be able to hide that much better. More sips on this beer reveal and more balanced IPA. I get more caramel breadiness and spicy hops rather than the spicy/citrus notes from before. While I enjoy this, the beer needs a better choice of hops flavour and aroma.

I could drink a few in the night, but I doubt I'll pick up another sixer of this. Tasty and well brewed, though.

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Photo of levifunk
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - darker orange brown. small peach colored head that dies down quick.

s - smells isnt that strong. hops. some sweetness.

t - pine hops, not too much bitterness. grapefruit. some malts. its good, but I can't help but feel there is a void. that being said, it hides the 8.5% very well.

m - solid body with good carbonation. some syrupy stickiness. great mouthfeel.

o - its a good brew. I would recommend picking this up and giving it a try.

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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 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 blackearth
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a ruby red body with a thick off white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is all hops - with smells of pine needles, citrus and astringency mixed together. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the hops dominating the flavor. The malts are somewhere in there, but barely detectable to me. An okay beer, but nothing too special.

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Photo of amphion1065
2.34/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a CBC pint. Thanks htomsirveaux! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly dark shade of tangerine with beautiful clarity. A creamy, one-finger white head has great retention, thought there's unfortunately only minor lacing.

Very strong hop presence in the nose. A lot of citrus fruits here, namely papaya and mango. On the sweeter side, there's come malt for counterbalance. However, there's also a very clear band-aid aroma that's quite unpleasant.

The taste largely follows the aroma, though there's significantly more malt. Lots of citrus fruit notes up front, but that bizarre medicinal, antiseptic flavor is too strong to ignore. Some bready malt, but for the most part it's just very sweet. Astringent soapiness in the finish.

Same deal with the taste. Big citrus fruit, but that medicinal sting is brutal. Malty as all get out. Some bread. Astringent soapiness.

Mouthfeel is on the flat side, to the extent that this just seems syrupy. Not the easiest DIPA to drink.

I have to wonder how old this bottle was, but in any event this was substandard. Some decidedly off flavors at work.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glas

A - pours a cloudy, almost milky dark orange. An aggressive pour results in about a half finger of white head which fades quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.

S - hoppy, citrusy -orange, grapefruit,

T - hops dominate, little bit of citrus, ending with a bit of sweet carmel in the end

M - thick, chewy, not much carbonation, not much alcohol noted

O - this is a nice, drinkable DIPA, which hides the alcohol well. A good offering from Ale Asylum, I could easily put a few of these down

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

I'm a big fan of Ale Asylum. Hopalicious is an incredible beer and Ballistic was on its tail. When I heard about an IIPA from Ale Asylum my eyes lit up.

Appearance: Pours a very deep fire hued amber color. It looks rather similar to Surly Furious. A finger of head sits at the top of my glass, but it dissipates pretty quickly. A few sheets of lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: As soon as I cracked open the bottle I took a whiff. The centennial hops poured out. I poured it into my tulip glass and started jotting down my appearance notes. I came back to the smell, and took a whiff. The hops seem to have left my glass. Well, not entirely, but it's no longer overwhelming which I would suspect from an IIPA. It's a fight between sweet malt and citrus hops, but I wish it was a little more one sided.

Taste: I must be crazy, right? An IIPA but Ale Asylum, and it's not living up to the expectations of an IIPA. The taste unveils, as the nose did, a fight between malt and hops. The malt tastes sweet and bread-like. The hops are citrus, wielding notes of grapefruit and orange peel. It leaves a bitter aftertaste, but nothing out of line. Some hop oils are coating my teeth, gums and tongue. The aftertaste is more grapefruit from those centennial hops. The slightly high ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: The beer hits the tongue unleashing a crisp kick of carbonation. A medium bodied beer, presenting just a dab of chewiness.

Drinkability: A bit of a let down to be honest. I'd take a Hopalicious over this any day. Sure, I know Hopalicious is categorized as an APA, but it's far from it. It's definitely an IPA, and it has the hop character to be an IIPA, but not the malt characteristics. This is a good beer, but I wouldn't pick this up again. There are better IIPA's available around Wisconsin to make this take a back seat. And given the price of this, it wouldn't end up in my crate again, even if it became a regular offering. I still love Ale Asylum though.

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Photo of adman08
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours slightly cloudy due to a small amount of sediment in the bottle. Has a slightly copper amber color. Pours with ample off-white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Strong aromas of citrus with a slightly earthy, herbal scent as well. Some malt comes through also.
T-Hops dominate. Strong flavors of citrus and herbal/earthy hops. Lots of malt as well. The citrus flavor from the hops combined with the malt results in a slightly sweet flavor.
M-Very thick and malty. Slightly sticky but not a beer that will completely weigh you down. Good carbonation.
Overall, a very good double IPA. I look forward to the release of this beer every year and it's always a little different. This years has more sweetness and a more pronounced citrus hop flavor. Considering the high alcohol and all the hops it's actually a fairly refreshing beer.

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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 SafeAtFirst
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle of the new bottling line (it's a long neck) from the new brewery

Looks like a beer. Has a head. Whatever, appearance is over-rated.

Really pungent hop aroma with a caramel-y support from the malt, they combine for a semi-candied orange kinda smell with some pine-y resin thrown in.

Flavor follows aroma. More pine, citrus and caramel with some perfume-y spice.

Goes down smooth, a little too smooth, I was expecting a little more bitterness. It's more bracing than bitter. It does the trick. I like it.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Satisfaction Jacksin from Ale Asylum
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