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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 563
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 56
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale | 6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-15-2006

With a fury of hop flavor and a hint of malt backbone, this west coast amber is part ale, part sensory eruption, and all American.
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Photo of NateDyk47
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on draft at a comedy club. I don't usually drink this style of beer, but I thought it was ok. Pretty drinkable. Has a hint of nutty flavor.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice maltiness that blends well enough with the hops. There's a nut flavor in the background that brings it up one level. Could use a bit more carbonation, but otherwise good.

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Photo of TooGood
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muted amber with one inch frothy head and leaves a lovely lacing. Smell is malt forward, yet taste is hop forward with a big malt backbone. A good beer.

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Photo of LordTroldemort
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty smell with a very faint hint of hops

Tastes like I'd expect from the smell - sweet and caramel-y with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Heavy body, with medium carbonation.

Overall, it's a good amber. Something I'll probably buy again come Fall

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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown longneck poured into a shaker, the beer is in fact amber with a sticky tan head.

The aroma is of caramel malts and pine.

My best by date on the bottle is missing. I wonder if this one is a bit old as the hops are more subdued then the label would lead me to believe. The malts are rich with a caramel note. There is a bit of ripe fruit and some latent citrus bitterness. It is tasty, but I would like to sample again.

The mouth is nice. It is a bit thick and coating.

Man, I can smell the hops, but I just can’t really taste them.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

im not sure why i expected less, or not much at all from these guys, but both beers ive had from them have been fantastic. this one less so than the bedlam, but its great. a real hoppy coppery red beer with a ton of honey textured resins and just the right amount of both residual sugar and bitterness. its definitely west coast in its approach to the hopping, and it takes this red beer to a place these dont often go, almost an ipa, which is awesome for me. caramel malt has biscuity properties too, layered, maybe some oats in here too as there is plenty of body. fuller body, carbonation thats alive, and a lingering hoppy finish that attaches to the sweetness on the tongue in a real nice way. i need to find some more beers from these guys, they have made a huge impression on me out of nowhere. really stoked to have found them, great beers so far.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pours a hazy caramel color with a 1/4" head. Nice hoppy aroma with a sweet and citrusy flavor. This is a good hoppy amber ale, very drinkable, went very well with the spicy food I was eating.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

The nose is a blend of rich golden malts and big resiny, piney hops.
Pours amber with a slight haze under a persistent, finely bubbled, moussey 3" off-white foam cap that leaves big lace.
The palate starts with sweet malts, a hint of fruit and light caramel, followed up with a big resiny grapefruit rind hop bitterness that lingers far into the aftertaste.
The body and carbonation are medium.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

From notes on 9/12/2013

Slight nutty aroma with little head, but a nice golden dark brown color. Some nutty flavor, but more hops come through. A easy drinking beer.

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Photo of bwood06
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear red/copper. Head dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.

S - Clean, crisp, citrusy. Hint of caramel. Hint of pine.

T - Initial taste when it hits the tongue is citrusy hops. When left to sit in mouth for a few seconds taste turns into a malty/piney flavor with a hint of caramel. Upon swallow, piney flavor really jumps out as well as some bitterness.

M - Lingering taste of pine. Somewhat of a thicker mouthfeel but finishes clean.

O - Overall a very good amber/red. Flavor lives up to what smell suggests. About the right amount of bitterness for flavor profile.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A fairly clear amber / copper brew that pours to a clean two finger head which dissipates slowly to a mild froth, leaving a thick chunky rim of lacing.

S -- Toasted malt with mild sweetness, candied fruit, and hints of pine.

T -- A subdued but, complex malt -- caramel, a hint of toast, and heavy earthy qualities which pervade throughout and are slightly accentuated by the hop profile -- sticky pine and light, cleansing bitterness.

M -- Light moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and just a little sticky.

O -- Totally decent, but not what I expected. Worth a try, would pick up again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. There is a space for an enjoy by date, but it is left blank. A random find for me in the mixed six pack section at my local beer store. My first beer from Ale Asylum. Expectations are moderately good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Oh yeah, its pours a beautiful dark coppery orange / amber color, almost ruby at times with lots of dark sediment flecks and two big fluffy fingers of beige froth. Good lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of earthy / caramel / pale malts, green apples, and some dried herbal / vegetal smelling hop presence. Slight soapiness. Smells pretty nice.

T - Reminds me more of what I'd imagine a nice pale ale would be more so than an amber, but it's all good. Caramel / amber malt, and earthy / piney / sticky green apple hop presence.

M - Feel is dry, bready, sticky, & bitter. Some piney / green apple hop presence lingering on the palate. Good balance. Medium bodied

Overall, a very nice, if somewhat standard, slightly above average offering from Ale Asylum. More hop forward than a lot of other amber ales I've had. Reminds me more of a stronger pale ale or an older more malt forward IPA. Either way, I'm not hard to please. I'd have it again.

Ale Asylum Ambergeddon ---4/5.

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Photo of DerekJC
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By far my favorite beer from Ale Asylum. Since they went to the new brewery and bottle size, the beer tends to be a clearer in complexion, which adds to appearance, but takes away from it's mouthfeel. I reviewed the bottle, but have also had this on draft at pubs and the brewery and it's remarkably consistent. Overall, really great WI beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber to dark copper with a thin head that eventually becomes wispy. Dotted to patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, citrus, pine and light toast.

The taste is of piney, citrusy hops upfront - resin with pineapple and orange. It has a firm caramel/toffee backbone. Light toast rounds it out. It is bitter with sweet background in the finish. Hoppy, complex and very delicious!

It has a chewy, full body. The malty backbone and crisp carbonation make it a smooth drink. Alcohol is very well-covered.

This is a nice one! Nicely hopped while keeping an amber ale character. Well done!

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Photo of SleepyDrunk
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a traditional pint.

Appearance- heavy amber color that lightens towards the bottom.

Aroma- Immediate nose of hops followed by the malt.

Flavor- An extremely unique tasting amber - strong hops and abv strength throughout the taste. The amber characteristic stand beneath the surface.

Mouthfeel- Smooth upfront with a bite towards the end.

Overall- Not a traditional amber by any means - very strong hop characteristics and a high ABV. If you are a fan of more traditional ambers this may not be up your alley, but a finely produced beer nonetheless. I am personally not a fan of applying 'west-coast' styles to ambers, but I can appreciate the craftsmanship.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No best by date stamp, so who knows?
I like the dense dark head. This caps a cloudy, almost muddy darker amber body with nice red and orange highlights. Pretty good on lacing.
Fresh hop aroma. Citrus, sweet and other fruit. Hints of hoppy and grass and green.
Clearly an amber with a heavier malt quite noticeable, but this is still a hop forward beer with hop flavors up front and a strong bitterness kicking in the middle and lasting through the extra long finish. Some of the grassiness as noted in the aroma is more prominent here. Bits of sweetness in the drink.
Heavier body for a beer of this size.
Good, but not great. Flavors are a bit muddies at times (lacking refinement). Nonetheless, drinks fine and worth a try.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber body. Fizzy off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of orange juice, citrus, raw grain, caramel, biscuit, sweet malts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, moderate carbonation. Sweet citrus taste with notes of caramel and orange peel. Hop bitterness with some pine resin flavor kicks in just at the right time. It lingers into the finish. Very tasty amber ale.

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Photo of Mdog
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber, full of particles, good head.

Smell: Citrus rind.

Taste: Solid grapefruit bitterness up front. Underlying toffee sweetness and some breadiness round it out.

Overall: I'm usually a little hesitant to go for an "amber" but since I heard this was well-hopped I picked up a sixer. So it's more of a amber IPA which is more of my type of beer. Ambergeddon has a solid bitterness and enough malt underneath it to still feeel like an amber, just a hopped-up one.

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Photo of BWED
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Dark amber body with a slight haze to it. Great laced thin yellowish tab head sits on top. Good rings of lacing.

S- Toasted and sweet malt. A sweet bread kind of character. Bright hop, with maybe a bit of pine.

T- Strong malt foreground. Bready, and a dull earthy hop character.

M- Medium body. A bit of a bitter and drying finish.

O- Pretty tasty. Many good characteristics, and I like how it's more malt forward.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ambergeddon pours a darkish cloudy reddish color with a small but lasting and lacing head. There is a nice bold hoppy and malty aroma. The taste is bold, good malt backbone, with strong floral hop flavors. Drinkable and strong bold flavors. Overall a high quality red ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Ambergeddon is a good amber ale....probably one of the better ones I have tried. The beer poured a nice clear amber with frothy head that was leaving some lace. The scent carried some hops which really elevated its score. The taste had plenty of malt, slightly sweet, yet finished bitter. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a good offering.

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Photo of JWearda
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served: poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1 finger of dense creamy ivory-colored head rests atop a cloudy unfiltered auburn-red brew. The cloudiness holds toward the center of the glass and abundant rising carbonation shows throughout.

Scent: sweet caramel, toasted malt, and plenty of citrusy hops. A surprisingly bold, juicy hop aroma.

Taste: first sip slapped my tongue with its bitterness, but that reaction was brief; it disappeared after the second sip. A caramely maltiness envelopes the tongue with a light toastiness. Hops leave a sort of citrus tang and a spiced tingle in the mouth. I didn't find it overbearing and the balance was very tasty!

Finish: surprisingly clean considering the unfiltered graininess. Excellent flavor!

Overall: after the wake-up call on the first pull, I really enjoyed the good flavors and balance. A very good amber that I will stock in my fridge.

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Photo of parejkoj
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber-orange color, slight bit of haze and medium head that lingers.

Smell: Some malt with a bit of hop character (a little piney, a little danky). Nothing overwhelming but it is about what you'd expect from a hoppy amber beer. Could potentially use more aromatics from hops but probably wouldn't substantially improve the smell.

Taste: Very nice malt-forward taste I'm guessing from a decent amount of Munich malt. It is very well balanced with the hop bitterness toward the back of the tongue after a few seconds. Can't say anything particularly bad about the flavor: it's a great amber!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, although there may be a touch too much carbonation that definitely is noticeable on the palate.

Overall: I really like it. As far as ambers go, this is on the bitter side but definitely not either in a bad way or in an unbalanced way (for instance, a West coast amber). Highly recommended.

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Photo of Ri0
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 12 bottle into snifter.

A - Darker amber with some rust color. 1.5 finger white head fades to a very thin ring and leaves behind little patches of lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet amber malts and caramel with some breadiness. Bitter piney hops follow, with hints or earthiness mixed in.

T - Sweet malts and caramel up front overtaken by hops in the middle and finish. Some citrus, more bitter pine and a bit of earthiness dominate after the malts. Finish is a nice pine bitter.

M - Medium body and very good carbonation. Bitter lingers for a bit.

O - This is the best local option for an Amber that I can get. It deserves the outstanding rating and takes a malty Amber to a new level with the generous dry hopping.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.8% ABV, no date.

A - This lighter copper amber color pours totally hazed and the turbulence creates a large bone-white, sudsy and long-lasting head. The creamy descending head shrouds the glass in thin but coating lace.

S - Amber malts co-mingle with hop aromas very well here; malts impart a nice and sweet caramel note with suggestions of toffee while earthy hops round out the nose. Their presence is marked by a big floral aroma with hints of pine and citrus.

T - Hops' floral strength is undercut by earthy pine needle and up-rooted clumps of grass. Malt holds it own, pushing back against the hops with sweet caramel and toffee with a freshly opened loaf of white bread.

M - Ambergeddon is medium in body and a bit creamy, finishing with a piney hop punch of moderate bitterness and a crisp carbonation bite to really round out the feel nicely.

O - Better than the average amber, Ambergeddon brings a little something extra to this "catch-all" style of beer; assertive hops meet a beefy later of maltiness but neither backs down and neither overwhelms the other for a balanced and flavorful brew!

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Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.