Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum
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4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
Im leery of lumping hop bomb reds like this and Troegs Nugget Nectar in with the likes of Capital Amber or Leinies Red. It almost seems like cheating. Comparatively, all regular reds and ambers should get straight ones or twos when held up to imperials like this and so I find my self reviewing three styles of beer, (Amber, Red, and Imp. Red), within one category on BA. Despite my hesitancy to rate the imperials considerably higher than perfectly drinkable but much less hopped reds and ambers, I have to admit that this is one kick-but beer. Appearance is a dark amber-red with orange hues and a thin creamy off white head. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit are strong. Malts are present but the decent toffee/caramel backbone is largely overshadowed by huge citrus hops. This beer is juicy, pulpy, 100% grapefruit. Its damn delicious, very bitter, but with a creamy finish reminiscent of Dreadnaught. I will even go as far as to say that this is the best of Ale Asylums initial 10 offerings.
06-15-2006 16:43:30 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
Thanks to my friend Brian for donating this to the cause.
A: Nice solid red amber. Hint of haze. Creamy colored soft finger head dissipated to a thin layer and ring but is with you throughout. Lacing is pretty good - abstract spottiness.
S: Light and uplifting citrus smell. Mostly lemony for me. The caramel malt and typical sour ale is there but the citrus is dominant and thank goodness because it is lovely. There may be a hint of sweet floral there too.
T: I got some peppery notes up front with the typical caramel and breadiness following. There throughout but farther back on the palate is the citrus hop. The citrus has some sweetness coming through also. The finish goes into a dry and bitter hop aftertaste. It never delivers a big hop bite but it is pleasing nonetheless.
M: Medium body. Malt makes it feel quick full and creamy. The medium to low carb works well and keeps it lively.
D: I was expecting more of a hop kick from this beer based on the description. Having said that, I really enjoyed it and knocked it back so quickly, I was sad that I didn't have another. I am really developing a taste for reds that have an American IPA aggressiveness to them.
09-01-2009 02:38:00 | More by sgoodship
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a hazy, dark amber body with an off-white head that lasts. Aroma is of light caramel with floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with toasted caramel flavors and a nice bitterness in the finish. Great drinkability, I'd buy a 6 pack of this.
11-27-2009 20:34:53 | More by blackearth
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
I tried this at the Ale Asylum and ended up buying a 6 pack to go.
The head was about a inch high. The darker reddish amber color was quite a bit darker than I expected for an "amber" but very clear and bright. Much more hoppy aroma than I expected but very pleasant, I couldn't really detect any malt though.
The malt flavor was subdued after the initial taste but a strong hop finish. Very different to most any other amber I've tried.
The body was full and the bartender told me the alcohol was 7.5%.
No problem drinking a couple of these after I got to my final destination. But the question remains, is it an amber? To me I would describe it as American strong ale more like an Arrogant Bastard or a Eye of the Hawk than the typical amber. I'll buy more if and when I find it again.
07-30-2007 12:40:13 | More by Doppelmax
4.72/5 rDev +19.2%
Pours an excellent orange and amber color with a big white head that left great lacing and retained very well. Smell is full of pungent grapefruit and citrus hops. The beer was poured cold into a regular pint glass, not exactly the best for accenting aromas, but it still had plenty of aroma coming right to me. Taste has a good malt background, even a touch of biscuit in there while still having the hops be the leaders. It was nice to be able to have a malt background and still be pummeled with hops, one of the hoppier beers I've had as of late. Higher than medium bodied with medium carbonation levels, just seemed to fit very well with this one. Very drinkable, I could drink this by the pitcher, and perhaps I'll just have to do that next time. Excellent beer here, this is worth seeking out.
03-12-2007 19:01:37 | More by badbeer
2.91/5 rDev -26.5%
Picked up a sixer of this for the Packer/49er playoff game, wasn't a huge fan of it then or the outcome of that game, reviewing while watching the Super Bowl.
A-Significant chill haze, ruddy amber color with a thin finger of off-white head that quickly recedes to a skim.
S-Lots of hops (spicy, earthy, citrus, grass) upfront with some caramel, toasted graininess as well.
T-Hops hit you hard, like the aroma they are earthy and spicy with a lingering bitterness overwhelming the malt.
M-Medium bodied and carbonated with a lingering bitter finish.
O-Definitely a beer for the hophead, this one is too much for someone looking for a traditional amber ale. If the hops were toned down a bit this one has potential, just not balanced enough.
02-03-2013 23:33:48 | More by deebo
4.29/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. No bottling date marked.
Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.
Smell: An assertive hoppy aroma with lots of balancing sweet caramel malts. A spicy smell of herbal, earthy, and grassy hops with some pine resin. Hints of citrus orange peel, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit. Big malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Fairly damp smelling with a good balance of hops and malts. Solid aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a bold and well balanced taste of hops and sweet toasty malts. Earthy, grassy, and herbal hops up front with some spicy pine resin. Notes of citrus orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. Solid bready balance with toasted malts giving a taste of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Strikes a really good balance between the spicy and bitter hops and the sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth.
Overall: A very good hopped up Red Ale. Kind of reminds me of Great Lakes Nosferatu. Bold hops with a big malty backing.
03-13-2013 07:04:10 | More by MattyG85
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
A darker color amber flows out the bottle. Sizeable beige meets off white head develops, in around the 1" variety. Aroma of malty roasted nuts. Aroma also imparts more hops than most amber ales. Honey like sweetness along with it.
Taste, still heavy handed with the hopping, and I mean that in a good way. Lots of caramel, not really much in the way of toffee. Syrupy, yet drinks like it is light bodied at the same time. Carbonation is appropriate for what this beer has going for it. Drinks like a hybrid of a pale ale, ipa and amber ale. Grapefruit and caramel equate to a bitterness that is far from a one trick pony. This stuff is a decent option if there is no nugget nectar around (taste is different than the nugget hop, but you get the idea).
The sweetness that comes out a little as it warms gives you a little light barleywine vibe, without the excess malt or alcohol.
Alcohol remains in the background. Wow, its almost 7%! Score! Butter and dry through the finish.
Thanks to the extra from someone in Wisconsin!
03-26-2013 18:43:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a golden dark orange body with a white head of foam. A faint hazy but a gentle carbonation was still visible.
S- The faint spice and green hops had a pine note in the background.
T- The taste of dry pale malt had a light toasted malt flavor to it with a spicy pine hop finish. I got the sense that there was a faint hint of ginger in the spice but it could have been sitting to close to my friends Hopalicous. The hops did have a nice exotic spice to them.
M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel and a smooth texture.
D-This beer was very drinkable while being a big beer in terms of flavor. Nice complex malt and big exotic hops this well worth the stop at Ale Asylum.
06-29-2006 23:12:16 | More by rhoadsrage
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
Ambergeddon was a focal point in a recent trade with BYOFB, so many thanks to him for helping me get a try at a great beer.
It's beautifully creamy on the pour, as a brown head is churned up thickly and settles about 2 fingers tall, then refuses to go anywhere for awhile. The only thing better would be if the head had remained the entire time, though it sticks around for some time. The brew itself is a thick brown with orange hues, and it's no joke that this is an unfiltered beer. Fantastic lacing is left in clumps.
The aroma explodes out the bottle very nicely but, interestingly, softens after that. Bitter hops balance with enough sweet malts to balance, floral and herbal in the hops but with a distinct citrus and touch of tropical fruits as well against a caramel malts presence with some biscuit beside.
The flavor is outstanding, and I'm glad I got two bottles; both were dated the same but one, apparently, was slightly off. The first was not as hoppy as I expected with a bit of a briny finish. In the second bottle, I got all that I expected and no brine at all. All the same herbal, floral, citrus and tropical fruits hop flavor comes out with an additional grassiness and balances with the same caramel malts with light grains undertones and the biscuit turning a little more like fresh dough. The hops are the key, though, and the complexity is outstanding, especially for something with such good balance.
The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, not neglecting crispness but never losing its creamy heft, with a nice depth. The body is medium and it's semi-dry.
I'm glad I got to try this one. The hype is deserved.
09-15-2011 23:55:40 | More by Brenden
4.55/5 rDev +14.9%
Generally clear rusted goldenrod edged with a tight and sticky khaki draping.
The nose issues notes of hard caramel, almonds, Bing cherries, orange peels, grapefruit juice, and desiccated August gardens.
Ushers into the mouth, with the flailing hop spume creating undertows in the gentler malt wave. It rises first with a toasted sense of nuttiness and breads, with almonds, walnuts, and phantoms of rye. It sweetens at the crest, full of monkeybread, peanut brittle, and frosted apple turnovers. It crashes thunderously. Churning citric pulp of grapefruit, lime, and orange, and rasps it across a bed of rosewater and dried lilac. The citric hues ebb as the rip current of floral dry notes surges back across the tongue. It recedes with a ferocious pull of black pepper. The remaining wash lingers with churning eddies of dried herb spiciness.
Moderate in to and across the mouth. For a beer as dynamic as this, the structure seems a bit spare. But that may indeed be its glory. The slightly thin feel enables this to be gulped, if not ultimately inhaled and drowned upon.
07-18-2007 07:20:39 | More by cokes
3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
Another gem, picked up from the brewery. A great mix of hops and malting with a showcase fruitiness. Good to the last drop. Citrus, peach, smooth mouthfeel though numbing of the palate followed. Tasty stuff, with a mild hoppy aroma. Red tinge. Very good for the style.
12-01-2011 04:28:23 | More by Sammy
4.83/5 rDev +22%
On-tap at the brew-pub, free pitcher courtesy of the head brewer, Dean prior to a tour of the facility.
Pour: translucent sunburst of orange-amber, golden highlights, and a couple fingers of of soapy khaki foam and beautiful lacing. Quite a looker.
Nose: bursting with gobs of juicy grapefruit and resinous pine hops, while caramel malt takes an understated but well-played backseat.
Taste: amazing citrus and pine tar hops for an amber. with apricot and honey adding sweetness and vanilla/caramel malt rounding out the body.
Feel: smooth, creamy body, with crisp tickling carbonation.
Drinkability/Overall: one of those 'West-coast' ambers that some may say 'cheat' with the aggressive hopping, but when it tastes this good, who the hell cares? This sits right at the top of the amber style for me, and when bottled (within the month) and more widely-distributed, will undoubtedly become a staple in my beer fridge. Look out, Two-Hearted.
08-20-2006 22:20:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
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