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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 554
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 56
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 167 | Hads: 554
Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of deebo
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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. (745 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense, frothy head that is resiny. Bright citrus hop aroma. Stunning red-amber color. Starts assertively hoppy with big notes of grapefruit, and pine in the backgroud. I could just smell this for days on end (much like AA's "Bedlam." Not overly bitter, though. Peaks in a nice hoppiness and medium bitterness, then the malt bursts through to melt with that pine sap hop in the finish.

Perfectly balanced is the best description for this. This is stunning. It is hoppy, yet so masterfully balanced. This is the bier that turned me on to hoppy biers. It has all the Hops you could ever want, skips the abrasive bitterness, and still manages to do Wisconsin proud by letting that malt pop in so well. (706 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger, creamy beige head. The color is a medium, hazy copper.
The smell is of malt, caramel, and hops.
The taste is similar, but with a biscuit taste. Nice balance of hops, and malt. Very good. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.
Did I say very good?!?! (291 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a very clear honey / amber coloration. The head was a thick and rocky biege coloration. Nice head retention noted thick lacing marks this beers passage.

S- The aroma of the beer has a nice undertone of caramel and breadyness. The main aroma of the beer smells like someone has squeezed wet hops into the beer. Wet grass, orange zest, grapefruit pith, grapefruit, peaches, with pine resin.

T- The hop flavors dont reach to the level of the aromas hoppyness. The caramel candies the pine and grapefruit flavors. Nicely balanced between the bitterness and the caramel backbone.

M- The body of the beer is medium and well carbonated. Nicely balanced hops and malts.

O- If this beer came to my distribution area I would pick it up again a very solid local treat. (829 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you. Served in the Schlafly shaker pint.

Medium sized light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark copper in color. Moderate aroma, sweet oranges, resin, butter. Starts sweet and caramely. Some resin and buttery toffee. Medium sticky body, moderate ethanol. Lots of caramel. Finishes with some sweet orange, moderately bittersweet.

Like a pumped up amber. I liked this a bit better than A did. (455 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a hazy light brown pour with about half a finger of head

S - caramel, has a distinct smell of a fresh cut lawn.. kind of weird, i know, but it's that sweet smell of wet grass before it starts stinking (the beer doesn't stink, thankfully!)

T- taste of rye malt, a weird after taste lingers of what seems to be a raw broccoli taste. kind of a weird day for me, 2 beers and they both taste like different raw veggies. nothing wrong with this at all, it's making me crave fresh veggies now!

M - a very easy flowing beer. lightly carbonated, smooth yet tingly on the palate.

O - not a bad beer at all. seems a bit heavy on the abv for a red, but i can't complain about a complimentary buzz! could use a little more work on the head, maybe more profound taste characteristics. (778 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on my Wisconsin beer haul. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish amber with orange/red tint. Half finger off-white head sticks around and laces well. Nice looking Amber.

S: Hops, sweet caramel malts, fresh pine, citrus-grapefruit. Typical of red/ambers.

T: Well balanced. It does not deliver the bitter punch that many ambers do. Insead, you are left with a nice balance between hops/citrus and caramel malts. Different, but refreshing.

M: A bit too watery for me. Good coating, but at the expense of odd body. Good aftertaste flavors. (567 characters)

Photo of buffs9
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- this one pours a murky dark orange w/ some ruby highlights with a finger of off white head.

S- caramel malts and citrus hops, some earthy backbone.

T- lots of caramel malt, the hops not as prevalent as I'd like, but still a tasty beer.

M- medium and a bit oily.

O- a nice beer, wish I had this super fresh as I imagine this one has been around a couple of months. Solid beer, but won't seek it out as it's not distributed in CO (434 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sonoma01 for the bottle!

Pours a murky caramel with a 2 finger off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus and earthy hops with a deep bready sweetness. A little metallic and slightly sour.

Starts with a floral hop flavor quickly turning into a little brown sugar and bread sweetness. Finishes with an intense earthy bitterness and is a tad astringent.

Mouthfeel is medium. There's some heft to this which I like and carbonation levels are good.

Good drinkable brew although not without some faults. The aftertaste is so overpowering, I'm not sure I could drink this all night. Overall though it's a hoppy amber which is always good in my world. (686 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very clear ale here, amber to orange in color. Could have a better head, but lacing is nice.

S: Sweet malts and great citrus hop notes. Very nice caramel breadyness.

T: Something about the english mallts that Ale Asylum uses lends a very sweet cola like flavor. Both this and the Contorter Porter have very destinct sweet similarities. The taste does drop off a few steps before im ready.

M: Has a good quality dry bitterness to it from the middle to the end on the palate and lingers leaving the mouthfeel quite engaged. However it does wash a bit light, I think partly due to the crispness of this ale, not heavy at all. Some people like it, I would prefer some heft myself.

O: A good refreshing amber, its a quaffing ale. (732 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Swag Brewery pint glass. Enjoyed in the comforts of my home while the ladyfriend cooks chicken soup.

Pours a medium amber color with one finger mocha-cream head.

Nose is sweet, slightly roasty, caramely, and metallic with hints of brown sugar and mango.

Taste is sweet, and what I can only describe as "zingy". Hops and honey-like sweetness provide a punchy, robust, yet well-rounded ride for the taste buds. Moderate to low carbonation.

Overall very interesting - like nothing I've ever had before. Much sweeter, maltier, and hoppier than a traditional amber. I liked it! Would drink again. (612 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale Asylum
Ambergeddon

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. (478 characters)

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 inch frothy head. Cloudy reddish brown in color (looks just like southern sweet tea). Citrus/hops, some alcohol and bread are present in the nose. Big earthy hop flavor...rye-like. Sweet, fruity, hint of rum underneath and delicious bouquet of floral, citrus hops. Alcohol in the nose is not noticeable on the palate. There is a muddy sweet and sour feel to this. Sticky and chewy, carbonation is subtle.

At nearly 7%, this is another example of a great American ale that blurs the line of category....call it a red ale, an IPA or a PA...I call it damn good and for $8.99 a bargain. Wisconsin scores! (604 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, freshness date half on bottle, half on label, all smudged.
L - creamy ivory head tops a hazy amber ale
S - fruity and malty with caramel malt, citrusn and pine
T - bitter and sweet, caramel, bread, brown sugar, pungent grapefruit, pine, alcohol seems a bit hot at times
F - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes fairly bitter
O - pretty good west coast style amber. It was a bit harsh at times, but still enjoyable. I don't think I'll be buying it again though. (477 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am always partial to local beers and I have drank some brews at Ale Asylum but I had never sampled their Ambergeddon. I will say though that I drank this during a Badger football tailgate party so I should probably come back to it again at some point when I can pour it into a glass and study it a little closer.

It reminded me of a brown ale with an IPA kick. My initial taste was of malts that are very similar to a brown or amber ale but then a hoppy bitterness took over that was similar to a Pale Ale. It lacked the citrus taste though that I really like in that type of beer. Also, a little watery feel slipped in on the back end of each drink. Still though, a very solid local beer. (692 characters)

Photo of johnkale
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of head dissipates awfully quickly on top of a hazed amber beer, hits of lacing

S - Toffee and caramel hit first, after that comes nice mix of piney/citric hop notes, a little tobacco and guava round out the smell. All the caramel notes fitting for the style, plus some interesting hops!

T - Flavor does not live up to the nose, a little caramel and orange, some resiny hops, a little heat and some crushed aspirin in the finish, nothing bad, nothing spectacular

M - A little bit thin, moderate carbonation, wonderfully resinous though

O - Something falls short when you sip this one, smells so good, tastes so bland (comparatively). This beer is available everywhere in Madison it seems, so it's a good one to grab when lacking options. I'd rather drink Hopalicous (or better yet, Bedlam) though. (816 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,632 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy, sanguinely copper that is clear, despite bottle conditioning, with a stirred-latte head of light brown foam that clings like silk sheets to the sides of the glass.

Astringent, piney and resinous hops hit the nose at once, followed by toasted caramel/lightly burnt sugar, hot alcohol grassiness.

Hot alcohol up front, odd for a RELATIVELY low alcohol beer. Past that west-coast raw hops - lime rind and mellow earthiness. Malt has an astringently roasted character. There is a light refreshing side to this beer, during the sip as the flavors warm a little and the sugar has a chance to do some balancing before it slides down my gullet.

Carbonation feels compressed; tiny bubbles sting a little, but not like really crisp beers/soda pop. Smoother than it looks while still remaining plenty rich.

Good brew. Maybe it was starting with this brew that made me susceptible to the alcohol taste, but as I drink it gets more tolerable with each passing sip. (971 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey stem.

Pours a hazy reddish copper with a tan head left all over the glass. Looks really fantastic, actually. The nose is light caramel and biscuit mixed with piney-orange hops. Smells real nice. This is an amber with bite. Fairly substantial, generic hop bitterness, maybe a touch of pine or grass combine nicely with those light caramel and biscuit flavors. Just a touch of a slightly off flavor through the middle of this beer. Can't really place it. Drinks easy with a bit of a punch. Pretty light on the palette for the ABV. Overall, this is a nice take on an amber that is a nice drinker. (620 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a small light-tan head when poured into a snifter. The head has a nice retention and leaves web of lacing as it recedes. The beer itself has a dark amber hue. Looks tasty!

S - The aroma has a rich malty sweetness consisting of caramel and cinnamon sticks. There is also a piny hop presence looming.

M - The body is somewhere between light and medium. A little bit thinner than I expected. It has prickly carbonation, yet still has a some what creamy finish.

T - The beer begins with sweet malts and caramel. A blast of pine with citrus sprinkled throughout hits next followed by some more sweetness and bitterness that lasts into the finish.

My first beer from Ale Asylum and it's a good one. Much better than the mediocre Amber's most brewer's put out as their flagship beer. (790 characters)

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