timrappelton (10) - - APR 30, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love love love how they showcase the amarillo hops in this beer! Great balance this brewery is known for using a lot of hops so I was really happy that while very hoppy they didnít make something that made you feel like your chewing hops as you drink it.
MeetMeAtAA (1) - USA - MAR 6, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ballistic has a golden color w/ moderate hop aroma and flavor. Nothing about the hops is overpowering including the flavor which is perfectly balanced by the abundant smooth maltyness which caresses the insides of the mouth. The high ABV (7+) is noticeable only by the warm feeling and happy thoughts that wonít fail to come cascading in waves minutes after finishing a pint of this beauty. You can tell by counting the foam rings on your glass how many sips it took to finish this one; the head never disappears. This is truly a beautiful IPA and is perhaps the best of the hoppy beers from Ale Asylum, 1 of the Midwestís premier breweries. Ballistic is like Two Hearted Ale on steroids! My only criticism is that Ballistic is perhaps a tad maltier than one might expect from an IPA, but that never stopped me from loving a highly hopped beer. This is a beer not to be missed.
jpscom11 (4) - - APR 7, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great easy drinking ipa. Not as good as the Satisfaction Jackson though. Still, a must drink
MHTGer (1) - USA - MAR 4, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 superb IPA. Highly hopped yet not too bitter on the palate. Dryness of the high hop content is perfectly balanced by the malty finish. Very good IPA. The high alcohol content is noticeable only by the warmth you feel minutes after finishing this wonderful beer (you canít smell or taste the alcohol). Iím told the ABV is 7+. Very, very smooth (like Two Hearted Ale on steroids!)
Very nice, long-lasting head. You can tell how many sips it took you to finish this draft treat by counting the rings of foam left on your glass.
ChiGuy68 (346) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 Tasted on tap at Ale Asylum. Cloudy amber color with a frothy head. Prominent hop taste and aroma with just the right amount of bitterness.
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brewsconsin (11) - - JAN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The hop aroma and flavor of this brew are a great example of a well-hopped American-IPA. What I enjoy most about the brew is that Ale Asylum brews it with only one hop variety (Amarillo I believe) so one can really appreciate and understand what that hop has to offer. Hopalicious and Satisfaction Jacksin are the same way, but with different hops.
MattyKakes (65) - Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 While on my visit to Minnesota and Wisconsin, my in-laws drove my wife and I to Madison WI to visit grandpa Harry. We stopped off at a Piggly Wiggly. .. and their beer selection was stellar. I had to get something local, so I chose this IPA. It?s delicious. Pours a copper color, with a nice citrus melon scent. Itís also sweet with resin tones, yet dry and crisp at the end. Very good. Cheer!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was citrusy with a quickly catching up of caramel malting,others thought it was much more citrusy then I did. Taste is a monster shot of grapefriut flavor and tartness, not tremendously strong, but as distinct and clear as if you had licked a grapefruit,just enough malting to prevent you from puckering in the finish. On tap at the Malt House in Madison,hope the bottle is as good
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding IPA from Ale Asylum. all components are suped up but the bitterness and crispness stay true to the basic IPA style. Personally I donít mind when an IPA gets sweet in order to match a big hop content and beef up the ABV, but Ballistic IPA manages to do that while keeping that crisp bitterness- You donít see that too often- nice job
starewich (139) - - OCT 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 Pours nearly opaque in a way that says "I dare you." This is amazing. Smoky, woody, tangy, savory and satisfying, maybe even bolder and wilder than Ale Asylumís double IPA. I can see myself drinking a lot of these this winter.