Tonight I drink in celebration. It has been a great couple of weeks: new job, moving in with my amazing girlfriend finally, my work is all caught up and I just got done working out. Also I have the new Halo Reach game in hand which I am going to crack even more eagerly than a fresh beer. Lets take Ale Asylum’s Hopalicious for a spin before I plasma grenade some covenant bastards.
Hopalicious is brew that Jason’s peeps brought back from their epic Wisconsin road trip, and he was gracious enough to spot me one. Here is the lowdown, “Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.” They are not lying about the citrus scent. It actually smells and looks a lot like the cleaning product Orange-Glo. This lightly carbonated ale is a neon orange street sign; it actually seems to light up a room. It also smells surprisingly sweet. I am intrigued at least.
Blah. That was the first word that came to mind. The sweet and citrusy scent is paralleled in the taste. Unfortunately it’s not really very appetizing or original. This beer is serviceable at best. It is extremely light with a very, very slight hop nip at the end. The real problem is that Hopalious doesn’t do anything to stand out. I mean nothing. I will forget that I ever tried this beer after less than two days and so will you. I will never, ever judge a brewery based off one beer, but Ale Asylum should be ashamed about using the word “hops” on the label. With a killer, kick-ass name like Ale Asylum, I am sure they have something better to spend your coin on. I will never know what Jason saw in this brew. This is not a beer to get a man pumped to save the universe from some scumbag aliens. Spartans prepare to drop!
Consumed: Globe Glass
Verdict: Bum one from a friend!