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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum


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very good

394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-15-2006)
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Photo of buffs9


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:38:57 | More by buffs9
Photo of jmarsh123


3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:04:43 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:49:44 | More by BasementBer
Photo of syrupjoe


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:07:00 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:09:30 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of JohnWaynes44


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 18:40:32 | More by JohnWaynes44
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:28:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of barnzy78


3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 05:33:02 | More by barnzy78
Photo of corby112


3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 08:30:07 | More by corby112
Photo of mjpolzin


3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:14:27 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of johnkale


3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 22:21:31 | More by johnkale
Photo of Brenden


4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:55:40 | More by Brenden
Photo of tapman


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:03:41 | More by tapman
Photo of seeswo


3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:15:39 | More by seeswo
Photo of boralyl


4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:24:23 | More by boralyl
Photo of scaliasux


4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium dark amber. Cloudy. Thick, creamy tannish head with good persistence. Looks outstanding.

Smell - Sweet caramel maltiness. Hops clearly present - pine and orange.

Taste - Sweet caramel beginning quickly overwhelmed by strong citrus hops character, a little pine too. Flavorful and a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Crisp.

Overall - High quality beer from a local brewer that's largely overshadowed by better known high-quality local brewers. This is probably their best known offering, though, with a well deserved following.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 04:08:45 | More by scaliasux
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice cream-colored head about an inch thick (falling to about a quarter inch but remaining) atop a deep copper amber color. The beer is cloudy with significant visible carbonation, and nice cling as it goes down. The nose is very pleasant, with a pungent citrus hop burst and nice malt roastiness alongside. Just a bit of caramel and iron coming through, as well. I was a bit disappointed by the taste after the good bouquet: It has a somewhat watery hop taste at the front--more herbal and grassy than citrus--with a malt undercurrent that just barely presents the roasted quality of the nose. It also presents a bit of nuttiness, but it all tastes a bit watered down. Hop bitterness lingers at the close, but not for long. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and it tastes too watery at the outset. Some crispness and lingering acidity, as well.

Having recently tried Ale Asylum's Hopalicious for the first time and loved it, I was a bit disappointed by this offering. My mouth wanted the citrus hop burst that the nose suggested, but it never happened. And the hop flavor that is presented has a reserved quality to it that isn't helped by the watery sensation of it. Overall, it has fairly decent balance of flavors and pretty nice complexity...I just wish the flavors were more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:06:55 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of wagenvolks


3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint. Thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for taking a personal vendetta against my 'want's last in our recent trade!

Ambergeddon is, as one might expect, a tawny amber hue with a slightly hazed body. The foam retention is superb, as the creme-colored head slowly retreats to a fat, ringed cap that drapes sticky webs of lace along the inside of the pint glass. Aroma is not as intensely hoppy as I would have liked, but has a decently strong presence of pineapple, mint, and mango. The malt backbone is perhaps more impressive with sweet caramel-amber goodness and buttery toffee.

Dripping with hop flavor, the taste of Ambergeddon is well-balanced by nutty, almost husky malt grains. A flash of minerals hits mid-sip before a light, tingling bitterness graces the back of the palate. The flavors work well together, but something seems a bit muted about the whole experience. Mouthfeel is soft on the carbonation and thinner than expected for the style and ABV. I found this to be a decent Amber, but probably not something I'll be seeking out again. Still, I'd definitely buy it off the shelf if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:22:19 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of jerskine


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this beer looks superb; a dark reddish, brown, and copper appearance; a good half inch of foam that lingers with tons of thick lacing

S: nutty, malty, brown sugar; all the characteristics of a well-made amber ale

T: this is a nicely balanced amber ale; you've got the toasty malts mixed with a subtle hop flavor that together creates an exceptional ale; there's also an almond-like, nutty flavor with some hints of caramel as this first hits your taste buds

M: goes down pretty smooth with a bit of a feeling that you get from other hoppier ales

O: Ale Asylum impresses me more and more as I try a variety of what they have to offer. This is an excellent representation of an amber/red ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:56:27 | More by jerskine
Photo of Gtreid


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Orangish red color. A finger of kahki head appears then fades and leaves sheets of lace.

A: The aroma is rather light. I get some earthy hops, and some caramel malt, but what I find interesting is the distinct nutty aroma.

T: Very interesting. I am getting nuts all the way. Pecans and cashews mostly. I get some biscuit malt and grassy hops, but the nuts, man the nuts. It finishes sweet and nutty.

M: Really nice here. Medium body, perfect carbonation.

O: This is one unique brew. Almost a brown ale disgiused as an amber. I'm on the fence with this one, but I dig and reward originality, and this one is definately original. Go get it. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 20:27:05 | More by Gtreid
Photo of THECPJ


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: amber orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: malts, caramel, sweet

taste: caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: This beer was alright, I don't think it was well balanced.

The cpj

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 16:22:19 | More by THECPJ
Photo of dhannes


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A=Nice amber red with a 3 finger head that lasted nearly a minute.

S=Faint smell of hops...detected a maple syrup smell.

T=Very nice...first few sips were bitter, but the sweetness developed.

M=Very nice...perhaps a tad more watered down than others.

D=Sharp bitterness at first made this hard to drink quickly; also, the high ABV will limit the number you can drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:19:55 | More by dhannes
Photo of Thorpe429


2.42/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:29:53 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of AwYeh


4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding selection received via trade from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

A: Pours a golden amber color with one finger of bubbly off-white head, with plenty of lacing.

S: There's a lot going on here- the West Coast influence is quite obvious in the immediately noticeable quantities of pine and citrus hops. Caramel malts round out the aroma to make it a very enjoyable one.

T: Here, the caramel malts stand out over the hops, which provide a balancing, light bitter finish. Very well done, in perfect proportions to one another.

M: Medium to light body; moderate carbonation creates a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

D: This glass was extremely enjoyable, and I would love to have another... if only I was in WI!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:26:48 | More by AwYeh
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a clear amber with small head, only about a half finger's worth. Small lacing left behind.

S- A good mix of hops and malt. Some citrus and orange notes in there as well. A little bit of caramel mingles with citrus to even things out.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Hops of front but nothing bitter and some good malts. A little bit of sweetness mixes with some lemon and orange to round it out.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Just a little bitterness and some dryness at the back of the throat.

D- Another Wisconsin brewery that has started to step up its game. A little more hoppy than the style suggests but that seems to be a common trend. I am going to have to make it to Madison one of these days to try some of their beers on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:24:17 | More by Wisconsinality
Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.