Ale Asylum here in Madison brews a great pale ale called Hopalicious. If you can get your hands on one, give it a try!
Anyone have a clone recipe?
Man - I wish some would work on cloning ALL their beers.
I've tried so many craft brews from everywhere and find the best microbrewery I know of is 1 block from my best friends house.
I agree. To my tastes, Hopalicious is one of the most drinkable, flavorful beers.:mug:
Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to go about even attempting a cloning.
Resurrecting in looking for Hopalicious info - one thing making it difficult is that Ale Asylum is NOTORIOUS for being borderline dick-ish about not sharing any beer info whatsoever. In the Great Taste of the Midwest programs over the past years, they include the statement "We do not share any OG, IBU, etc. information"...
It'd be great for someone with a better palate than mine to reverse engineer this beauty.
+1 on the shout out to Ale Asylum. Their APA, AAA, BIPA, IPA, and DIPA are absolutely fantastic.
To clone Ambergeddon, I'd recommend Bobby M's Magnarillocent Amber Ale with dry hopping some centennial and amarillo. Farmhouse Brewing Supply in Janesville has deals on these hops right now. I brewed this last winter and was pretty much dead on.
To clone Hopalicious, I just brewed an APA with the following grain bill, and it is awesome...
12 lbs US 2 Row (Farmhouse has Breiss Organic)
7 lbs Vienna
1 lb Kiln Amber (or perhaps Aromatic or Victory???)
1 lb 10L or 15L
1 lb CaraPils
You will then have to get creative with the "11 different cascade hop additions." With the very clean bitterness, nice aftertaste and amazing aroma, I can only assume that most all of these additions are late boil and dry hopping. I would shoot for 32 to 36 IBU's with your brewing software by adding just a small amount early boil and numerous amounts late boil (60, 20, 15, 10, 7, 4, 2, 1, 0, DH, etc.). Again, John at Farmhouse has 'American Hop Pack' for good deals on Cascades.
I not a huge fan for some Belgian Pale Ales, but their Bedlam BIPA is mighty tasty! Ben at Wine and Hop Shop mentioned their Jackknife Pale Ale (centennial with some citra hops) with a Belgian yeast would get you close.
Ballistic IPA is an all-Amarillo. There are many recipes on the forum that should be similar. Not too sure about their DIPA, except that they load in the centennial hops.
I highly recommend this brewery to anyone passing through Madison! They've rocked these styles, and it's a quick detour off the interstate 90/94/39. Cheers!
I brewed a Hopalicious clone yesterday using DuffMantt's advice. I "only" did 8 hop addditions. :) Recipe is below. I'll report back in a few weeks and let you know how it went!
Batch Size: 5.25 gal
OG: 1.059 SG
Color: 6.6 SRM
IBU: 36.8 IBUs
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Mash: 152 for 60 Minutes
7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
3.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM)
0.50 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min
0.50 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 30.0 min
0.50 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 20.0 min
0.50 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 15.0 min
0.50 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min
0.50 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 5.0 min
1.00 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 1.0 min
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) (1L starter)
1.00 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days
@swstim thanks for trying that. I hope it makes a nice, well balanced apa. Thinking about it for the last 1.5 years since I posted that, I might add a FWH addition to add a different dimension of the hop flavor, and it seems that Hopalicious is fairly light colored, so I'm not sure if Dean at Ale Asylum adds malt complexity with wheat malt or what??? With the victory and Vienna in my suggested recipe, it might be slightly darker.
@NoDoubt glad you liked the Ambergeddon clone! You made a huge ABV version - I have the ingredients for a session version: tons of centennial and Amarillo for flavor and aroma at about 4.5 abv. Looking forward to this...
And the results... (recipe in post #8 above)
Mine on the left, commercial Hopalicious on the right.
First impressions - They're very close. Closest clone I've done.
Color - Clone is slightly too dark. I did a comparo a couple days before this picture was taken and I swore the color was identical.
Aroma - Cascade is definitely right for this. Hopalicious has a nice earthy aroma that's less in mine. Next time I would try double dry hopping, or more.
Bitterness - Mine has a bit of a harsh bitterness that's not present in H. I would dial the IBU back by 5 for next time and go with FWH as DuffMantt suggests.
Malt - Very close. I wouldn't change the grain bill for a redo except to dial everything back slightly; maybe just skip the carapils. I ended up on the plus side of 6%; should be a touch less which is reflected a bit in the flavor. I like the balance however, so bringing the grain bill down a touch with the IBU should keep the ratio about the same.
Other - Lacing is better (as usual) with the homebrew. Also, Hopalicious has a ton of hop solids floating around (somewhat visible in the photo) that aren't in mine. I didn't filter, or even secondary for that matter, but I did cold condition and then keg condition for a couple weeks.
I hope someone benefits from this; please reply back if you give it a shot!
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