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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 50
Gots: 38 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-15-2006)
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Photo of Scoobydank


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L:Slightly off white head that dispated quickly. Very cloudy amber color. The amber leans more towards the orange than brown.
S:Sweet caramel nuttiness. Light toffee
T:Piney hops right away that blast the top of your mouth. A nice sweet nuttiness comes out after a bit. Roasted nuts float around after everythign is said and done.
M:Nothing to extremely special. A nice round fullness.
D:Good, Really weel blanced. The hops are especially delicious and interesting in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 02:30:07 | More by Scoobydank
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nflmvp for the chance to try this gem.

A - nice amber-red with a thin off white head. S - an abundance of pine and grapefruit hop notes dominate.
T - a hint of caramel backbone, but this is all about the hops. Strong but not harsh sypmphony of pine and grapefruit hop notes dominate.
M - medium bodied, creamy, pungent hop notes with a nice clean sharp finish
D - wow, a hopheads american amber for sure. On the nice drinkable side of things but at the upper end of the range of hoppy for this style without a doubt.

A gem from WI if you have a chance to try I'd say go for it, particularly if you love hops!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 15:33:04 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of patrick16o


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist off bottle. Has a pretty cool label design. Black with pistols, skull and stars.

Pours a cloudy very light amber hue with a substantial 2-finger cream colored crown. Head sticks around for a while and the lacing was sparse.

There is a good amount of aroma. A good dose of hops comes on strong to start, but the malts soon blend into the mixture. Caramel notes.

i'm not sure what to think of the taste. it doesn't have a big malt presence, it's medium bodied and finishes with a lingering hop bitterness. Some caramel and roasted flavors too.

overall a decent amber. good mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink, not heavy and pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 00:56:41 | More by patrick16o
Photo of BeerCheese


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a HUGE tan head. Very impressive, and nice retention. Crystal clear except for the sediment that I poured in. Nice amber color. No aroma that I could detect. Taste was nicely balanced with hops and malt, and little more of the hops on the finish, which I liked. Light body with very little carbonation, but enough to keep it from seeming flat. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 07:50:36 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of nflmvp


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light ruby amber with a full finger and a half of fluffy, eggshell head.

The smell is very nice on this one. Lots of citrusy hops up front make this very appealing and refreshing, before it even hits the mouth.

The taste follows closely with a lot of citrusy hop and some nice caramel notes....Lightly sweet and mildly bitter in the finish. Again, very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is moderate. Not quite quaffable but easy drinking, none the less.

Drinkability is very nice. Each time I have this beer, I reach for a second one, as soon as I finish the first.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 14:48:36 | More by nflmvp
Photo of rallison


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker amber color with a 2 finger white head that is relatively persistent after it dies down to 1/2 a finger.

Smells nicely hopped, especially considering the style. Maybe a touch of caramel notes as well.

First sip impresses me. Tasty, slightly caramel-y malt backbone is there, and better tasting than most ambers. Nicely accentuated by some floral hops that lend just the needed touch of bitterness to the beer. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is just about right with medium carbonation and a lighter, but not watery, mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good.

Highly recommended. This has always been a boring style for me, but this beer is most definitely not boring. If all ambers tasted this good, I'd be drinking them much more frequently.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 05:48:42 | More by rallison
Photo of gpcollen1


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber into my Impy Pint. Heads gives a bit of a rise but settles slowly to but a skim. Aroma is hoppy sweet with a bit of orange twang.

Hops hits the palate first here, lightly sweet and citrusy with the malt backing it up. Medium bodied and crisp with carbonation, this one rides right on with ditrusy sweetness ending in a light dry hop bite.

This beer is quite nice, though a bit hard to explain. I wish I coud have a few of these right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 23:58:56 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy amber with a minimal off-white head and decent lacing. caramel, dark fruit, and a vague medicinal smell in the nose..was this one a bit off? not a bad nose overall, but not sure they were going for the funky medicinal/spicy/band aid aromas. taste is nicely balanced between a moderate malt sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. soft mouthfeel and light to medium in body. i presume this is under 6% abv making it pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:02:03 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of BeerBelcher


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer wasn't what I expected, and I'm not sure it's "true to style," but I thought it was delicious.

A very pleasant ruby red-amber color with a relatively brilliant finish, but a limited amount of carbonation, from the look of it. Aroma is what I think an amber ale should be - a nice blend of caramel and hoppiness bound together so thoroughly you can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. Flavor is pronounced hoppiness...not really true to style (IMO) but delicious nonetheless. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, like a pretty good IPA. I like this beer quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 23:20:02 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer--poured well with a clean, strong white head with tight bubbles the held on for a long time. Very aggressive hop nose, citrus and grapefruit, and big sweet abundant malt as a base to the IPA level of hops. This amber beer with gold highlights looks good in the glass and disappeared quickly. Listed as American Amber, which it doesn't really fit but not sure if there's a style name for it yet--I've seen Imperial Red or Double Pale Ale on similar beer. Flying Dog Double Dog seems similar, and it becoming a favorite style of mine, whatever it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:39:55 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 21:24:35 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Doppelmax

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Ale Asylum and ended up buying a 6 pack to go.
The head was about a inch high. The darker reddish amber color was quite a bit darker than I expected for an "amber" but very clear and bright. Much more hoppy aroma than I expected but very pleasant, I couldn't really detect any malt though.
The malt flavor was subdued after the initial taste but a strong hop finish. Very different to most any other amber I've tried.
The body was full and the bartender told me the alcohol was 7.5%.
No problem drinking a couple of these after I got to my final destination. But the question remains, is it an amber? To me I would describe it as American strong ale more like an Arrogant Bastard or a Eye of the Hawk than the typical amber. I'll buy more if and when I find it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 12:40:13 | More by Doppelmax
Photo of msubulldog25


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twist-off 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts a skull hovering over crossed pistols and the name 'Ambergeddon' and 'Fermented In Sanity'. My first Ale Asylum brew - sent by grynder33.

A: 1/2-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. The color and consistency reminds me of an iced tea. Good lace sticks down the glass.

S: Lots of big sweet caramel, cinnamon rolls, toasted malt and plenty of citrusy hops. A surprisingly bold, juicy hop aroma (Cascade?) until I read the label at the neck calling this a 'west-coast style amber'. I could smell this from 2 feet away - a well-balanced malt sweetness/hop spiciness & fruit.

T: First sip felt harsh and quite bitter, but those reactions were brief, disappearing after the second sip. A developing caramel malt envelopes the tongue with a light toastiness. Hops have a citrus tang and leave a spiced tingle on the tongue tip. Didn't find them overbearing and balance seemed appropriate.

M: Creamy and smooth, with a surprisingly clean finish considering the unfiltered graininess. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, good flavors and balance. As I'm not sure of the age of this bottle (received over 2 months ago), perhaps more research is needed to decide if hops are more pronounced when fresher. A good amber that I'd have again and would recommend.

Enjoyed as warm-up prior to a great Mexican dinner with my wife and a friend at Autentica. Thanks, Tom, for sending this a while back.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 14:46:06 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of cokes


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Generally clear rusted goldenrod edged with a tight and sticky khaki draping.
The nose issues notes of hard caramel, almonds, Bing cherries, orange peels, grapefruit juice, and desiccated August gardens.

Ushers into the mouth, with the flailing hop spume creating undertows in the gentler malt wave. It rises first with a toasted sense of nuttiness and breads, with almonds, walnuts, and phantoms of rye. It sweetens at the crest, full of monkeybread, peanut brittle, and frosted apple turnovers. It crashes thunderously. Churning citric pulp of grapefruit, lime, and orange, and rasps it across a bed of rosewater and dried lilac. The citric hues ebb as the rip current of floral dry notes surges back across the tongue. It recedes with a ferocious pull of black pepper. The remaining wash lingers with churning eddies of dried herb spiciness.

Moderate in to and across the mouth. For a beer as dynamic as this, the structure seems a bit spare. But that may indeed be its glory. The slightly thin feel enables this to be gulped, if not ultimately inhaled and drowned upon.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 07:20:39 | More by cokes
Photo of drpimento


3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent, malty, and hoppy reddish amber ale. Maybe a touch too carbonated. This is definitely the best beer from the brewery I've had so far. Served with a decent head that mostly faded after a bit. Don't notice the alcohol right off. After a couple o swallows there's a warming sensation. Definitely servicable. *urp*

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2007 02:25:16 | More by drpimento
Photo of sweethome


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color - wispy head of white.

Noce is aggressive hops with a mild backing of honey/malts. The label indicates this is a west coast style amber and so far it sure smells like it.

Flavor is all out hops backed by a little bit of crystal malt. The flavor is decent enough - all hop oriented. Doesn't deliver on the west coast style because there is no malt backing.

It actually is a bit watery.

Easy drinking, nice hop head flavors - but not complex and profound as I would have hoped based on the name and description.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 17:31:25 | More by sweethome
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. Antique copper color with some haze is what is poured forth with a huge offwhite creamy head springing forth.

S: Cooked veggies, eggo’s, maple, white pepper corns and wheat germ

T: Starts off with traditional cooked veggies; malty and somewhat sweet. Good amount of caramel, cinnamon roll dough and churro. From there it ventures from the traditional offering an interesting buttery nature which is a bit like flan. Finishes with red apple, good amount of well spread bitterness and butterscotch.

M: Medium body, fairly soft with just a bit of carbo sting.

D: Definitely beats your run of the mill amber. Stands out from the pack in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 04:20:59 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 13:05:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of joe1510


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Ambergeddon pours a slightly chill hazed caramel into my pint glass. A 1 finger dense craggy head formed on the pour that stuck around awhile. As the head slowly fades it becomes thick and creamy. Leaves strong lacing.

Aroma begins with a mild caramel background but big juicy citric hops kick any malt that's there out of the way quickly. The hop combination is pretty unique. There's the usual grapefruit along with a squeeze of lemon but those two are more in the background. The main citric hop character is lime. Mild pine needles waft through the air as well.

Grapefruit hops come through up front. There's always that little hint of caramel maltiness in the background but hops rule the roost. The grapefruit in the flavor is sweetened and juicy along with some lip puckering qualities. Couple sprinklings of lemon juice on top of pine needles on the swallow. Very enjoyable.

Medium body with a smooth and lush mouthfeel. Finishes with a solid dryness that helps accentuate the hops. Solid bitterness.

Easy drinking enjoyable beer. The dryness leaves you wanting another drink right after the last.

My first beer from Ale Asylum and hopefully not my last. I'm a sucker for hoppy reds and this hits the nail on the head. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 23:55:45 | More by joe1510
Photo of Sconnie


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An american amber with a ton of hop flavor, this is one of the best Amber's i've had. Looks like a typical amber with a light ammount of head. The smell gives this one away, tons of citrus hop overtones. The taste is really great. It hits you in the face with grapefruit hops and then balances it out with a smooth carmel malt back bone to leave you without a lot of bitterness in the after taste. I can't stress enough the extremely good balance between the hops and malt flavors, even though the hops are what shine through.
Great brew ale asylum, keep 'em coming

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 20:41:38 | More by Sconnie
Photo of uwmgdman


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I recall of my sample tray....

A: Nice amber-orange color. Thin white head, left nice lacing, rather clear.

S: Moderate 'C' hop aroma, small malt aroma.

T: Moderate hop flavor, good malt balance, medium bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

D: I could drink quite a few pints. Not filling.

Overall: A very solid beer. Nothing I can complain about, I've now had this in the bottle and on-tap, both are equally delicious. My favorite of their line-up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 00:44:50 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of badbeer


4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an excellent orange and amber color with a big white head that left great lacing and retained very well. Smell is full of pungent grapefruit and citrus hops. The beer was poured cold into a regular pint glass, not exactly the best for accenting aromas, but it still had plenty of aroma coming right to me. Taste has a good malt background, even a touch of biscuit in there while still having the hops be the leaders. It was nice to be able to have a malt background and still be pummeled with hops, one of the hoppier beers I've had as of late. Higher than medium bodied with medium carbonation levels, just seemed to fit very well with this one. Very drinkable, I could drink this by the pitcher, and perhaps I'll just have to do that next time. Excellent beer here, this is worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 19:01:37 | More by badbeer
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 01:24:06 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of terrabyte


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small, yellow head.

Aroma is strong and single-minded: Grapefruit hops.

Flavor is just like the aroma. Grapefruit, pine, and quite bitter. There is a pleasant toasted caramel for sweetness and a creamy butter base that mellows this into a delicious beer.

Mouthful is creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation. The high citrus hops content does not cling to the mouth for very long, and does not slow you down with its tartness.

Extremely drinkable. Unlike other APA's I've had recently that seem to follow this grapefruit and pine path, this is by far the smoothest, mellow, and delicious. A new top 10 for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 04:43:58 | More by terrabyte
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brew-pub, free pitcher courtesy of the head brewer, Dean prior to a tour of the facility.

Pour: translucent sunburst of orange-amber, golden highlights, and a couple fingers of of soapy khaki foam and beautiful lacing. Quite a looker.

Nose: bursting with gobs of juicy grapefruit and resinous pine hops, while caramel malt takes an understated but well-played backseat.

Taste: amazing citrus and pine tar hops for an amber. with apricot and honey adding sweetness and vanilla/caramel malt rounding out the body.

Feel: smooth, creamy body, with crisp tickling carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: one of those 'West-coast' ambers that some may say 'cheat' with the aggressive hopping, but when it tastes this good, who the hell cares? This sits right at the top of the amber style for me, and when bottled (within the month) and more widely-distributed, will undoubtedly become a staple in my beer fridge. Look out, Two-Hearted.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 22:20:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.