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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 560
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 56
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep red color, the head was foamy and cream colored. The lacing and retention was pretty good on this leaving streaks down the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, very bold aromas on this one and very inviting. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with a malt backbone and a high bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it. Overall this is probably one of the best brews that Ale Asylum makes. I found this one to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour yields a brew with a slightly-reddened light copper body with a half-finger off-white head that is quite bubbly. The bubbles pop and the head fades down quite quickly. Thin collar with quite a few bubbles around the edges. The nose brings a bit of amber malt with some mild earthy tones and a bit of sweetness. Bread tones around the edges. A bit of grain husk as I continue to swirl this one.

The flavor is a bit grainy and slightly metallic. Certainly too many tannins in this one. The husk presence really comes through and is not terribly enjoyable, detracting from the underlying amber malt and breadiness. The finish is harsh and bitter. Unfortunately, something went seriously wrong in the process of this one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single from 3 Cellars, thanks malcontent!

Pours a deep caramel amber tone, swatches of lace are left on part of the rim. Head retention is good, after 20 minutes it still covers the surface.

Mild citrus and papery caramel malt aroma. Not as hoppy as expected, after reading through some reviews.

Toasted malt and earthy flavor, nice balance overall. Not much bitterness here, much more malty, leaning towards a brown ale. If malty ale is your thing, give Ambergeddon a try. It's balanced without any flaws, but nothing unique jumps out.

Now I don't feel bad passing this up the first time I saw it in Madison. Hopalicious is the clear winner from Ale Asylum for me, although I haven't tried their stout yet.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, burgundy/copper color with a small, tan, foamy head. It left some sticky, patchy lace.

S - It smelled earthy and malty. It had some subtle grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sharp, burnt toast maltiness. It had a nice bitter hop presence with some earthy/grassy flavors.

M - A very crisp and sharp beer. It was light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a great amber ale. It really has a great hop character that is rare for the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold, brassy tangerine with a wealth of fine carbonation streaming upward to a beautifully bubbly cap of whipped creamy froth. A stationary cloud of fine particles reminds me that unfiltered beer is the best looking beer. This is a gorgeous amber ale.

Ambergeddon's nose is pure hop heaven. Well, maybe not quite pure. There's a little caramel maltiness that is easily pushed aside by all the humulus lupulus love. I smell candied orange and grapefruit peel, as well as something floral that reminds me of rose petals. It's a bit of an odd combination, but I love it.

Speaking of love... this is delicious beer. I thought pretty highly of Mad Town Nut Brown and Hopalicious, but this beer is in a whole 'nother league. The best part is that the brewers didn't just dump a ton of hops into the kettle. Actually, they did, but they did much more than that. They crafted an amazing, hoppy-as-hell amber ale in the process.

The neck label admits that only 'a hint of malt backbone' is present. Yes and no. Even though malt doesn't contribute much with regard to flavor (just 'a hint' of caramel), there's enough behind the scenes to keep the hops from being too buzzsaw harsh. To a hophead, they got the proportions juuust right.

Candied grapefruit has now pulled even with candied orange, and I can still appreciate that rose petal vibe that I noted in the nose. I like it just fine since it adds a 'differentness' to the beer that sets it apart from so many other highly-hopped American ales. When are these guys going to brew an IPA or a DIPA, I wonder?

While I would have welcomed a bigger, chewier mouthfeel, I'm fine with the one that Ale Asylum has provided. It's big enough to get the job done. What job is that, you ask? The job of keeping the beer on the taste buds long enough for all the hoppiness to be appreciated in full. I'm especially enjoying the light, resiny linger. Note: warming equals bliss equals a score bump.

Ambergeddon more than lives up to its name and its label. My bottle is at least several months old so I can't imagine what this beer tastes like right out of the hopper. If I could rub a genie's lamp right about now, my first wish would be for this 12 ounce bottle to turn into a bomber. My second wish would be for distribution to Iowa. My third? Oh, I don't know... home delivery sounds good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stubby little twelve ounce bottle that I had never heard of that I received in a trade recently. Once it was mentioned I knew I just had to try some! Served cold, right out of the fridge, this one was poured into a pint glass and consumed 07/31/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich golden amber color with a slight bit of haziness to it immediately took up the majority of the glass. Rich appearance, with some good carbonation streaming up toward the top of the glass. A good two inches of white frothy head appeared at first and settled down to a broken crown that produced some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was very hoppy and at first this through me for a bit of a loop, but of course I just went with it because I had to! Nice tones of orange, grapefruit and pineapple were all very nicely done with a light malted base providing a touch of bready and biscuit like malts in the middle. The flavor was more of the same. Started out with a rush of citrus hops, nice bite from the grapefruit and pineapple here, but once they passed it became amazingly well balanced. Nice tones again here of biscuit and grain, subtle, as I would call this barely an amber ale, but the finish was more indicative of the style, with a musky bready like taste that started to fade only to be replaced by a dry, bitter, hoppy bite. Nice light bodied amber that bordered on medium with more then enough carbonation to keep it from getting stale. Easily session able as I was looking for another right out of the gate, this was exactly where it was at for drinkability.

Overall I thought this was an excellent beer. Something a little bit more hoppy then the style usually commands, but still very well done indeed. I would have no issues at all with having this one around on a constant basis, as it was just that good. Kudos to them for coming up with a great little beer here. I need to find me some more of this one as well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep amber-gold body with a small-sized, near white head.

Smell: Boldly floral, resiny, grassy hops with fruity notes of ruby red grapefruit (plus pith), peach puree, papayas packed in syrup. You can find a bready, grainy, toasty malt base patiently waiting underneath the aromatic hop wafts.

Taste: Sweetish, bready malts firmly affixed to toasted grains. Light caramel hint. As with the aroma, it's grassy, floral, and resinous, with fruity tastes of grapefruit and papaya. Moderate bitterness. Some more of that initial toastiness tries to make its presence known, but it remains predominately hoppy and bitter until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Pleasant hop-forward amber.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost this review but found again with google cache.

This came as another extra from the great trader KeefB. THis one promises to be much better than the Grain Belt Premium Adjunct Lager.

A: Pours a 1 finger frothy nice lookin head, which takes its time running away. It's pretty clear with a very slight haze and has a bright reddish amber color, rosey hue, and makes me think fruit punch almost.

N: Nice hops. Starts with some nice low alpha but aromatic American hops. The hops have an earthy floral aroma and slight juicy fruit. It then follows up with a light caramel malt aroma. Pretty clean, and has a pretty staple amber type aroma.

T: Starts with more bittering hops, but still light. More earthy style and some oil. It follows with some nice caramel malt and a slightly sweet caramel taste. Some juicy fruity hops layer in after that adding a nice effect. It has a sweet malt flavor that almost adds a ouch of barleywine style fruity sweetness and heavy feel. The magically, it lightens up and the refreshing nature sweeps it off its feet.

M: Semi thin with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly dry and bitters up pretty well. It's also very clean at the end. It pops up to tell you it was there, dazzle your taste buds, and hides away back behind some bush, enough to make you go "hey, where'd that beer go, oh well, it refreshed my palate enough and I think I need some more". Although, the bitterness builds over time and by the middle starts to really get bitter.

Final thoughts: A very nice drinkable amber ale. It has a nice malty amber backbone, adds a touch of sweetness and barelywine style malt/fruity sweetness, and has some nice hop layers. Bitterness and refreshing tastes trade off almost as if they were battling for your mouth's enjoyment, like two gladiators.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep amber, topped with a finger of smooth and creamy off-white head. Retains with a thin frothy look that skims the surface, leaving some fairly thick swathes of lacing back. The aroma is floral and piney in the nose, with a touch of spice. Juicy citrus character and toasted grainy malts give this some nice backing sweetness.

Hops are quite resinous and spicy in the taste, with a good assertiveness to it that is quickly balanced out by that same sticky mix of citric hops and sweet grainy tasting malts. Finishes with a combo of lingering dry spice and some residual sweetness, which hangs on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow bubbly feel to the carbonation, which helps soften and meld the bitterness and sweetness together. Not really much sense of ABV is being picked up at all, helping contribute to the creamy nature of this.

A really well done Amber Ale here, that packs some West Coast hop attitude and an easy drinking nature into one tight little package. Another solid selection from these guys.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The crossed-pistols and single-gold-toothed skull on the black and gold label seem to imply a "take no prisoners" / "live life on your own terms" attitude, and the beer itself carries that message through. It's a hazy chestnut with glowing orange highlights beneath a frothy head of ivory. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves impressive lacing at the outset of the glass, followed by thin curtains of torn lace as you progress through the glass. Pungent, sharp, tart grapefruit leaps out at you in the nose, backed only by a whispy curtain of pine and a delicate waft of lightly caramelish maltiness. In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy-smooth with a very-fine bubbled, moderate natural-carbonation from bottle-conditioning. The flavor offers more grapefruit, and a touch of pine, but it's at least somewhat reigned in by balancing malt. It's sweetish, but just enough to balance it and keep the resinousy hops afloat; and it's caramelish, falling somewhere between medium and medium-dark. A bold bitterness anchors it from a malty-sweet side, but the hop flavors are let loose to run free. Intense! It's initially like squeezing a fistfull of wet hops, but that gives way to more maltiness as you get further into it. It seems to have a bit of strength to it, but the alcohol never really shows. I'd like it to be more rounded, but I'm not sure how that could be possible without losing a bit of what it already has going for it. And I wonder how drinkable it could be on a pint to pint basis? For the hop heads of the world, here's to you!!!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewcrew76, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity and hoppy with a good background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is well balanced with a nice burst of floral hops along with citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty. As the sweetness fades, the hops presence reasserts itself and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ambergeddon, from a bottle, after having a pint at the brewery earlier today...(and 2 ounces at the GTot MW yesterday)

Cloudy crimson coloring, bit, solid, creamy head on top...

Aroma is nice, sweet, and malty...some peach and apricot in there, with grass and grain...a hoppy paradise, but plump with malt. Fresh and lovely.

Taste: Big once on board the palate, then smoothing and thinning. Huge hoppitude right up front, bold, bitter blast, dominating the tastebuds, coating all with resiny hop feel....very nice. Dark fruits, but not the usual players.
Quite a hoppy number this, and very downable, too.

Lot of tanginess in here, too, sweet malt mixed with bitter hops....really tasty!

Ambergeddon does it...all the way!

4/ 4/ 4.5/ 4.5/ 4

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 billab914
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured dark amber in color with a frothy half inch head covering the top of the beer. The head faded to a thin covering where it left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a pretty big floral hoppy presence with both citrus and pine present. It has some malty caramel notes coming through as well which mixes with the hoppy flavors well. A very nice smelling amber for sure.

The taste is a lot like the nose in that the hops are really the star of the show. There are some pretty bold citrus and pine notes with a dry bitter finish. The malt comes through with enough malty caramel flavors to provide some nice support to the hoppy flavor and add a little flavor of it's own. Very nice proportion of malty and hoppy flavors for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's a great tasting and easy drinking beer. A very nice beer overall that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale Asylum

Pours a mostly clear amber, frothy off white bubbly head and lots of lacing. Aroma is IPA like, herbal and spicy from the hops employed. In the taste, a nice earthy bitterness, resinous and somewhat sticky then leading to drying grapefruit rind. Caramel malts make up for most of the body, and leave a nice rich base for the hops to shine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with ample carbonation. Overall, a very nice hoppy amber, worth keeping a few on hand.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for the extra. Poured into my Moonlight pint glass, the beer appears dark amber with a two finger off white head and some lacing.

The aroma is a hopped up amber ale. The hops educe notes of orange pith and grapefruit, with some pine and floral notes. The malt backbone lays a modest foundation for the hop exposition. No alcohol is detectable.

As was hinted at in the aroma, the hops subjugate the malt in the flavor. The bitterness is surprisingly high, and it's pretty great. The flavor is of bitter grapefruit, orange, and a small caramel malt profile. There's a strange pepperiness that's different and nice. The finish exhibits a touch of sweetness that quickly dries out. The citrus hops lead us out, lingering for a long time on my palate. The alcohol is well masked.

The beer is medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.

This is one hell of an amber ale that becomes more and more enjoyable as it warms. The most comparable beer to this would be Nugget Nectar, but I prefer this beer as it's got the great hop profile but isn't as sweet.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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 rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/brown color. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, nut, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a really good beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a 1.5 frothy off-white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a thin ring. Minimal lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some floral, citrus hops and a sweet malt presence. Hints of pine needle, pine and orange peel along with some caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a blast of bitter, earthy hops up front that linger over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. This is countered by a sweet citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Malt backbone with hints of rye, caramel and biscuit. Sessionable and easy to drink but not overly complex.

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Photo of Derek
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.8% abv.

Sampled at the brewery and also enjoyed in Madison. At this strength, it's not a good idea to finish off a night of drinking with this one (it lives up to its name).

A: Deep Amber, light tan head, good retention, great lacing.

S: Citrus, pine & caramel.

T: Grapefruit, pine, bready malt, caramel, slight rind & candied tropical fruit. The alcohol is remarkably hidden under the abundance of flavour.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

An awesome Amber.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a recent trade with EliteDigger. Thanks Scott!
Pretty clear, reddish amber colour with a cap of thin beige foam. Some sticky lace and the fine bubbles stuck around once they settled to a collar. Fruity aroma, some orange and sweetness with caramel, slight alcohol. Floral notes too. Candy sweetness up front, fruity tangerine, bitterness appeared towards the end and was a little aggressive/sharp/piney. Alcohol and warmth appeared in the finish along with lingering, earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, good texture, a little creamy with average carbonation. Pretty good drinkability, not overly complex (didn't need to be), well made and tasty.

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Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.