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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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502 Ratings
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 54
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-15-2006)
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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Cloudy dark golden orange with a tight bubbled 1 finger tan head that leaves great lacing on the way down.

S- Strong hop presence with a sweet malt background.

T- Sweet citrus hops sit on top of a smooth caramel malt base.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter finish but not bad.

Not usually into plain beers but this one is definitely worth drinking. A lot of flavor for such a simple style.


Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is turning out to be a nice brewery who will reach high esteem as their name gets out.

This beer pours a very nice auburn brown with a light tan head and beautiful lace.

Nose is hops and malt with a hint of caramel.

Taste is very clean with a hop and malt profile. These hops are different than IPA blend. I have not had any beers of this type so I find the taste unique. It reminds me of some lagers. The finish is too astringent for me but I think it is true to type. Not my favorite style but I think this is a good example. Congrats to Ale Asylum for a fine lineup.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Moderate pour yields a 2 finger semi-coarse, downward cascading, light orange cream head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy reddish orange. Lacing is light and stringy with good stick.

S: Citrus with overtones of toffee, caramel, coffee, piney hops, subdued oranges and cane sugar. Not a big nose here with all the aromas being rather toned down.

T: Pine, bark, and grass. Astringent hops with a slight citrus bite. Black tea. Caramel and toffee deepness in the middle with a touch of brown sugar. Messy piney hop finish that lingers and sweetens on the palate well after the beer is gone.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonated, and very coarse and crisp. Tingly the whole way through and with good substance. Finish is just a bit messy and lingers a touch too long.

D: Nothing out of the ordinary here either good or bad and not much else to say. A solid beer which is very nice and easy drinking. I'd definitely have it again but wouldn't go out of my way for it. Super badass name and label though!

Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy and murky brown color with a very tight head that is light tan in color. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Caramel malt with a fair hop scent and a light candy like smell.

This is well balance with an abundance of hops and malt. Solid bitter pine taste that goes from start to finish. Big caramel malt that balances this beer out. Nice combo of flavors here.

Smooth and almost creamy feel in a medium body. The carbonation may be lacking a bit though.

Nicely drinkable and a well crafted hoppy amber. Recommended.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer in my quest for more Ale Asylum -- they just continue to impress.

This is not 'just another beer' though, I must say this is the best amber I've ever had. There are always hoppy red ales available, and those are great, but this is a nice deviation from the norm.

A: Pretty much get what you're advertised; the beer is a pure amber color. There is a surprising amount of sediment though, kind of worried me the first time 'round. In addition, a rocky, khaki colored head adorns the top of this Topaz jewel.

S: this really is surprisingly hoppy. There is enough sweet caramel malt to back it up though and prevent it from becoming a single-minded hop bomb.

T: much like the smell, but more sweetness comes through, maybe a touch of spice and dried apricot. At 6.8% ABV, I can't believe how well the alcohol is masked.

M & D: Definitely substantial body, but far from heavy. Another awesome brew from Ale Asylum!

Photo of xsists
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very dark amber cloudiness. Half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet pineapple notes with a faint hop smell.

T - Sweet grapefuity mixed with a roasty hop taste. Little coffee taste in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a nice dry alcohol sting finish.

D - I would pick this one up again and keep some on hand. Very nice brew.

Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with minimal head. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and slight hints of citrus hops. The flavor is a lot more malty than I anticipated. The caramel malt offers a very solid base with a moderate bitter finish with hints of grapefruit and pine. Medium body with ample carbonation. Nice texture. Maybe my bottle was not a prime example of this beer and the hops faded a bit. I could see where a few additions could make this beer very good.


Edit: 10/09/2011

Recently had on-tap at the brewpub and reviewing from a fresh bottle purchased close to the source. Much more hop forward beer fresh. Nice citrus and pine hop qualities. The appearance needs a little bump in the score as well. A very fine amber ale.

Photo of blackearth
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of koopa
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: a touch lighter than iced tea with a 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves some lace.

Smell: Minimal notes of malt and a touch of bitter grassy hops.

Taste: tea and a slight pine note with a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light side of medium with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: it is fairly sessionable.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Awesome extra received courtesy of BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks, Andy!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with a good inch-sized off-white head on top. Decent retention, and it leaves some sticky lace in its wake. Smells very hoppy, of the citrus variety. Also some candied malts and brown sugar come through as well. Every time I sip this, I'm getting bombarded with good scent.

The feel of this is a little thin than what I would like, but it's alright. Could use a bit more body. This beer is actually much more malty than I expected. I was expecting a wave of bittering hops, but instead what's there is a simple delicious mild hop profile, with a toasted caramel-flavor on the finish. This is really well-balanced and well-made.

Thanks for the opportunity, Andy. I may have to get some more from these guys on our next trade!

Photo of botham
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a rich brownish amber with a single finger of eggshell colored head. poor retention and no lacings.

aroma is of lightly spicy and piney hops with a distant malty base. the bouquet of hops takes the front seat and is quite fresh. nicely composed in the nose.

taste is of mild caramel malts up front with a wonderfully balanced profile, along with the same hop bouquet from the aroma. finishes on a smooth note that leaves only a bit of residual spicy hops after the fact.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very well balanced on the palate. a solid presence on the palate.

drinkability is good. an excellent amber: well balanced and mellow on the palate with just enough flavor to give it character.

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Soneast
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy dark copper color, with a 2 finger thick off-white colored head. The head doesn't so much recede as turn to a dense creamy layer.

The aroma is chock full earthy, hoppy goodness, some pineyness but also a bit-o-citrus as well, but quite a bit of caramel malty character to back it all up.

As with the aroma, the flavor is predominated by the earthy hoppiness, with quite a bit of grapefruit coming out but there is also a pretty nice malt presence, not much sweetness but certainly a caramel and hint of biscuit character detected. The hop flavors are plentiful but the bitterness is totally toned down to manageable levels.

A great beer all around, I love what Ale Asylum did with this amber ale. They really gave it some character. SO many flavors but quite complimentary towards each other. I could drink one or 8 of these, no prob.

Photo of sgoodship
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a murky dark copper colored body with a finger of beige colored head that doenst last very long and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- strong odor of caramel malts and a lot of hops. earthy and piney hops.

T- the caramel malts that i could smell come on strong. but theyre no match for the hops. spicy, earthy, and resiny piney hops. very nice.

M- medium to full bodied and soft feeling from the carbonation.

D- a great hoppy red. wish i could find some more of this. a little strong to session but a few in a sitting would be cool.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into my Optimator mug to review.

An aggressive pour leaves a half inch white and relatively fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Burnt orange-brown in color. Good lacing.

One of the more hoppy ambers I've tasted. Similar nose to one of my favorites, Hop Rod Rye. Earthy, piney hops are very nicely balanced with caramel malts.

An even more balanced taste with the caramel malt and earthy hops of equal weighting.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery with ok carbonation, a light to medium body and relatively quick finish.

The best beer I've tasted from Ale Asylum which I'd recommend to anyone looking for a hoppy amber. Nice job Ale Asylum.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 hazy light amber clears after awhile. short head leaves an attractive cap and helter skelter lacework.
4-4.5 pine up front, grapefruit in the back. picking up various other hop aromas too, like grassy/floral. some orange as it warms. much more of an ipa/apa nose than amber. caramel not around in any significant quantity.
4-4.5 the hops dominate the flavor too, and the bitterness is quite crisp--not embracing like a typical ipa, not subdued or matched by sweetness or other flavors like a typical amber. aftertaste is honest, clean, and hoppy. all in all i'd classify it as an assertive apa.
4 light-med body, no shortage of carbonation, none of the usual crystal or other bodybuilding malts of a normal amber.
4.5 sort of like an SNPA very pleasantly amped up and dried out, and with a little more complexity (that might make it sound pretty unlike an SNPA after all, but there really is a significant shared core of flavor, but here everything that dissappoints me in the sn offering is remedied here and augmented with strengths). this is really good stuff, worth seeking out.

Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ale Asylum Ambergeddon is a clear, amber (almost copper) ale with a thin, splotchy off-white head with a bunch of oily bubbles on it. It leaves nice lacing on the glass. There's a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. It has a huge, fresh hoppy aroma. It's piny and resiny with a hint of tangerine. The malt smells biscuity and a hint sweet. It smells like an IPA. It's medium bodied and incredibly smooth with a very clean finish. I taste a lot of hops (simcoe?). The caramelly malt flavor comes in at the finish. This is very good. It really seems like an IPA.

Photo of Fartknocker
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A- A pretty dark copper/reddish color
S- a bit hoppy
T- Definitley hoppy, more than I expect or like from an amber ale
M- average carbonation
D- Too much of a hop emphasis, while it looks like an amber ale it drinks more like a pale ale with the relatively high hop presence, needs more malt balance

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Ale Asylum

Pours a very slightly hazed amber color, with a bit of brown in the middle, some copper highlights on the edges. A nice white head 1-1.5 cm sits on top, which drops down to a dense little puck on top, leaving pretty good lacing. The smell is of toasty malts, a bit of caramel and toffee, some smells of lightly grassy hops, and I get some tart fruits, like cherries, oranges, and underripe magoes. The taste starts out with a little citrus peel bitterness, and it quickly turns into a dry, toasty breadiness, like crackers. Then it moves into a grassy, almost resinous taste as it goes down. I kind of expected more sweetness, but there's just enough to carry the flavor without the grassy taste getting out of hand. I like it. The hops contribute to the body, but it just doesn't quite do enough to help to forget about the slight watery feel to this. The carbonation is good though, zippy. And it actually warms me a little and kind of fills me up. The drinkability is good. You wouldn't think it was a 6.8%-er. Very pleasant and enjoyable at points, but it didn't quite blow me away. I would recommend it if you came in here - this or one of the belgians (which I only got a taste of, but it seemed enjoyable).

Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from eyncognito as an extra. Thanks, Ian!

A: Clear amber color with copper highlights. Thin off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Solid

S: Pretty solid. Caramel malts with citrus hops. Orange, ripe tangerines, honey and caramel sweetness are all present, with the balance leaning towards the malts. Solid

T: Opens up with a bit of hop character, mildly pungent in bitterness with orange rind. The sweetness on the nose belies how light this beer is on the palate, in a way, I wished there was more malt flavors to add to the palate. Caramel and fruity with fresh figs, this one is pretty solid. Finishes dry with a little bitterness

M: Light (almost watery?), well carbonated and a mild, bitter finish

D: Quite easy to drink, though I'm not sure I'd necessarily trade for this.

Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.