awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World. Somewhat hazy, pale gold colored pour with a quickly dissipating head of fizzy white. Awesome Cascade hop aroma, very fresh and light with a wonderful floral grapefruit character. Hints of light caramel sweetness as well. Light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish. The malt character is quite dry with a crackery, almost chalky quality. This is a rare exception for me in that I think a little bit more body might help alleviate the perceived thinness of the malt body. I might even go so far as to suggest adding more caramel malt to the bill. The hops, while amazing in their aromatic qualities, are also a little bit weak on the palate. More bitterness is desired to help cover up some of the grainy malt character. Pleasing hop flavor, but really misses the hop bitterness up front and in the finish. Ah, ha! Reading the commercial description, I see this is exactly what they were going for. That’s nice and all, but not what I want. Still, overall it’s an enjoyable, refreshing, sessionable ale free of any unforgivable flaws.
bmanbeck (1) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Cascade hop aroma. The first taste exploded with hop flavor. I could really tell it was one type of hop. Subsequent tastes were more mellow. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.
Lothore (622) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Pours a deep, foggy, orange hue with a nice, creamy 2 finger head after a vigorous pour.
S- Smells grassy with some generic wheaty tones.
T- Tastes starts off a little harsh, maybe a bit mettalic but moves into a nice strong wave of grassy hops and a long bitter finish for an APA. I know it’s not too descriptive but it’s very homebrewesque.
M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
D- This is a nice little APA which reminds me a lot of my homebrewed apa. Refreshing.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks man! Pours a light orange and hazy color with medium to long lasting creamy white head. Smell is earthy and grassy hops with light sweetness in the background. Taste is fairly balanced with a bit of a dry dusty, maltiness and the earthy hops show in the flavor as well. Some light, citrus notes in the flavor but more grassy and earthy than anything with a medium lived lightly bitter finish. Medium body and medium to bubbly mouthfeel. A very solid pale ale.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip.
Pours a bright hazy orange with a big, fluffy white head that really hangs on stubbornly and leaves some spotty lacing.
The smell is almost that of an IPA, with lots of light fruity hops, especially pineapple and lemon. It smells a lot like some of the dry-hopped IPAs I’ve had. A bit of a bready malt backbone as well.
The taste dials it back toward a typical APA with less hop presence and a little more of the biscuity malts than the aroma suggested.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and not quite as full as I would have liked.
This is a decent APA that has a pretty hopped up aroma and a more balanced malt-forward taste where the hops offer more of a supporting role.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - this is a nice take on the style, with a hop presence that pushes into IPA territory - a nice cloudy body, with a lasting lace - very floral and fruity in the nose and the flavor, with a thick resinous hop character that somehow doesn’t get in the way of the relatively refreshing and light character of the beer - very earthy and grassy, with herbal notes and citrus character - pretty much what you want an APA to be, with just enough unique floral character to set it apart from its peers.
npcraig (24) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall I find this beer to be a great beer. Ale Asylum has made its way onto my list of great breweries. The unique label (and name) sets it apart, and then the taste will have you buying more. If you happen to find some Hopalicious I recommend you pick it up!
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ale Asylum. Thin but frothy head, nice lacing. Golden and hazy with pleasant floral, fruity, hoppy nose. Well-balanced with little bitterness. Goes down easy with a piney aftertaste with a little oily resin that lingers. Refreshing brew.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Clean golden hue topped by a frothy white head and left very nice lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has a definite Cascade hop characteristic along with pale malts and a hint of mineral water and catty vapours. The taste is a well balanced presentation of citric and piney hop bitterness and level headed pale malt background. There is a touch of DMS but nothing to be stand-offish. The mouth feel is sprite and refreshing, a touch metallic upon the finish kept it from a 5. Overall a darn tasty APA with a nod towards the hophead side of the geekdom.
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured to glass. Clear copper colored brew with small, rocky, white head. Full malt sweets and an excellent grapefruity hops is in the aroma and in the brews bitters; presumably cascades. A perfect balance of hops and malt. Great brew.
Thanks to Craig and Mark for the brew