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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
89
very good

455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 50
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy orange/amber color with a beige head that left lots of lacing.

S - citrus hops and some earthiness.

T - citrus hop flavor hits upfront and then there's a malty, somewhat chocolatey flavor coming through, finishing dry and bittersweet.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

D - it goes down very easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of jraycee
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber, as you might expect. Nice head from an aggressive pour. Shows some retention and leaves a nice lacing.
Nice smell. caramel apples, orange. Not overwhelming but more impressive than...
The muddled taste. Not bad, but not west coast style as advertised. I'd say its the old rabbit and tortoise story. The hops are fast and excited, but the malt sticks to it long enough that after awhile it comes out on top.
Mouthfeel seems a little watery.
I like it more than a few other "american ambers", but maybe I got an old bottle since there's no best by date.

jraycee, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy deep amber color. The head is a fluffy one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine resin, caramel malt, and toffee. The taste is slightly hoppier than the aroma, but is still quite balanced. Pine, caramel, citrus, and nuts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is one very fine amber ale. I would love to drink this beer again.

KarlHungus, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -Pours murky reddish brown with pretty hefty off white head. Small bubbled thick lacing. Head slow to leave

S - First thing that hits me is deep comforting bread. Hoppiness happily present.

T - Hoppy bread, nice, sweet, fairly thick, then bitter. Finishes fairly clean.

M - Nice medium to full body, good carb and coating.

D -Though large ABV, still very attractive in more than one category.

srandycarter, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A three finger biscuity tan head hosts rocky bubbles that crackle as they fade leaving some lace. Body is a deep burnt orange amber. Nose is considerably hoppy for the style but this seems to be the trend. Includes a bit of a sweet malt balance. First sip shows some smooth hops that thin out a bit, or yet lengthens on the tongue. Could use a bit of malt to balance on the palate. This drinks more like an IPA then an amber. Hops are on the sweeter side in mid-palate. Finish has a bit of bitter on the mouthfeel. Overall this is clean drinking enjoyable beer. Solid.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a creamy 1 finger head that leaves some lacing as it recedes. The body has only the finest sediment and is a nice amber color.

S- Oh yea!! I was expecting some caramel and blah, but damn, I'm greeted with a huge hopiness as well as some nice cinnamon and caramel. This nose is absolute heaven. I love it!

T- The taste just echoes the nose. Starting sweet with a nice hoppy bitterness, the beer has notes of cinnamon other spices, pine, a touch of chocolate and caramel. The notes meld perfectly.

M- Nice low carbonation works great. The finish is excellent as well consisting of a nice hoppy biterness covered in cinnamon.

D- What an exceptional beer. This is the only amber beer I have really been impressed with. I hope to track this down as I only got one bottle from a friend.

** As I drank this I could only think how similiar this was, for me at least, to Surly Furious.

Greggy, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this as a single at Three Cellars, maybe the only place in Southeast Wisconsin to find this one. Described on the bottle as a west-coast amber, so I'm looking forward to the hops.

Pours a beautiful amber clear, with a decent head which stays nicely. Leaves some nice lace as you have it.

Nose is very hoppy, finds of grapefruit and orange, with a bit of malt showing through. Is this a hoppy amber, or a malty IPA?

Depite the hops in front, very nice, the malt is the best in this one, caramel and toast, perfect. Good final hop finish, but the slight malt sweetness stays there.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel, and I think this is an easy drinker, could have several, don't think it's a session beer (5.5% or less) but not much higher than 7% so it won't knock you over. Just a great American beer of this style. Gives the west coast guys a run for their money.

Update: March 2009, still love it, upped the drinkability by .5, ratebeer notes this as at 6.9% abv, I believe that is true. A very good amber.

robbyc1, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a 12 oz., stubby brown bottle without freshness dating. Label depicts an apocalyptic skull flanked by crisscrossed revolvers. Firearms, alcohol and death imagery, now that's America! In a world that's short on hops, I suppose you do what it takes to get the job done. Back to the skull: Amy found the gold tooth, can you?

Drank more than a few of these while playing Ladder Ball in Miller Park before the Brewers swept the Pirates. Props to Clancy and Natalie for a fun afternoon. Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazed, dark copper with a generous one-finger, off-white and pitted head with exceptional retention. Spotted, sticky lacing throughout the session.

S: Aromas of floral hops, caramel malts and toffee with a subtle waft of...strawberry. (Thanks, Beatrice!)

T: Opens with toasted caramel malt followed by notes of toffee and buttered biscuit. Moves into an astringently dry middle that puckers the tongue. Finishes bitter with a flourish of floral hops.

Nicely balanced between assertive hop flavors and a solid malt foundation, Ambergeddon is one forebodingly smooth Amber.

M: Medium to light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and minimal carbonation.

D: Perfect for tailgating...enough said.

CaptainIPA, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in american pint glass. Red to amber with a thin white head that falls off fast. Laces largely. Smells appropriately hoppy, slightly citrusy. Taste is a quick, punchy bitterness, with nice hints of orange and caramel malt. Maltiness is subtle but provides a nice base to the hops. Biscuity, earthy notes mix with the hops on the back end. Crisp and bitter and a good, easy drinking beer. Quite nice.

aforbes10, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stole (er..borrowed) a 12oz bottle from a neighbor who picked a few up while visiting Madison.

Pours a cloudy, deep amber color which left a frothy 1/2 inch head. Good retention. I really enjoy the smell of this one; sweet malts fuse with citrusy hops to create a wonderful aroma. The taste is kind of similar; it starts off with a nice bite of caramel malt and followed up with a grapefruity bitterness. My only complaint here is there seems to be a watered-down taste that comes through. Maybe it's just me. The body is medium with a crisp finish. This is my first experience with anything from Ale Asylum and I'm sure to check out a few more of their offerings!

DontCallMeSurly, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Derek, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure PHawk hooked me up with this one at DLD!

Pours a cloudy reddish orange, tight off white head forms, settles to a thin layer and thick ring around the glass, drops some decent lace spots. Smell is nice, very malty, caramel, biscuits, nice floral hoppiness, some citrus, light grapefruit, honey, some fruits, reminds me of Hop Devil a bit. Taste is similar, caramel malts - toffee cake beginning, honey dates, some lemony citrus kick, oranges and grapefruit, lots of fruit and floral, bit of tartness in the finish, nicely balanced and highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. This is pretty damn smooth and drinkable, with enough character to keep me interested!

Viggo, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Copper with a thin tan head that reduced to leave spotty lacing.

S-Nice, citrusy "west coast" hops. Present but not crazy.

T-Thats a very nice! Certainly holds true to its name--much like Nugget Nectar--maybe just a tad maltier but still really good.

M-Medium body with a nice sharp afterbite. Quite crisp, not sticky at all.

D-Nugget Nectar has found it's WI brother. How could I not love this beer?!

Deuane, May 26, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks stoutsNipas for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Amber colored, bright, with a nice whute fluffy head that holds reasonably well.
Well balanced aroma and taste; a nice amount of floral and fruity hops are nicely exchanging places with a caramel, bready and somewhat sweetish malty backbone. It is still predominantly hoppy, but the malts are clearly present keeping it in check.
Very well done, this is what I believe an american amber should be like. I need to find out the ABV; if this one is reasonably low, it will make for a nice session beer.

brdc, May 13, 2008
Photo of tjkurz
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured nicely into an imperial pint glass.

Caronation rises beautifully up through the dark copper haze. Head is minimal, tight and a wisping remains.

Aroma of nice blend of malt and floral hops.

This beer looks and smells great. The taste is very average - I was expecting more with a name like ambergeddon - still good. I was expecting more malt.

The mouthfeel is a bit slighter than what I was expecting - plenty of carb. Drinkable, if your looking for for an amber in my part of the world there are plenty of options. With a name like ambergeddon I was again maybe not expecting something this drinkable - could be a session, but there are tons of ambers that are much more memorable(Capitol Lakefront Sprecher in my part of the world alone)

tjkurz, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, honey-orange color with a bubbly three-finger head that's khaki colored. Lots of lace left on the glass.

S: Nice aromas of biscuits, caramel, bread crust, pine bough, and spicy citrus hops.

T: Toasted malt and resinous piney hops lead into a middle and finish of caramel covered biscuits, black pepper, and more hops.

M: Oily and sticky with just the right amount of astringency. Finish lasts forever.

D: A great beer for warm weather sessioning.

GbVDave, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Poured a hazy, dark gold with lots of orange. Medium sized, ivory colored, creamy head. Decent lacing and some legs.

Aroma gave me peaches and citrus and honey and wheat for balance.

Taste offered some nice hops, seemed rather floral. Hops were not too big. Biscuity middle. Bit of caramel. Other fruit flavors contributed to a taste that seemed rather sweet, overall.

Medium body, lighter than I expected. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Pretty good overall. Not a Nugget Nectar, which is probably my favorite "big red", but I would certainly drink again. As my only complaint, it was a bit sweeter, more malt influenced than I care for.

, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice deep medium brown hazy body. The head is pale brown and stands at an eighth of an inch with some decent stamina. Very nice lacing as well.

Smell - Sweet hoppy scent. I can't wait to take a sip.

Taste - Very nice hops flavor. It has just the right amount of bitter to it.

Mouthfeel - The feel is just as good as the rest of the beer. Smooth and very difficult to put down.

~ I'm very impressed with this Ale Asylum brew. I wish I had tried a tap of it when I was at the Brewpub about a month ago. Next time I'll know.

cdkrenz, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of malcontent
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber body with hardly any head to speak of. Not a whole lot to describe.

That's much more like it. A big malt nose with a biscuit bend and smoke backing. Hops chime in with a mild citrus twang toward the back.

It's always nice to drink an amber with actual character. This has a solid malt foundation that doesn't lean so heavily on biscuit but more caramel than anything. Brown sugar and apple skins give way to a mouthfull for grapefruit hops.

A bit on the tannic side, possibly just an oiliness from the hops manifesting themselves that way. Still, it's medium bodied and would be an easy choice for an all-purpose session beer. Well done.

malcontent, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nflmvp for this extra.

a - pours a deep golden amber color, large fluffy white head with great retention and lacing, fairly hazy with fine sediment

s - graininess and maltiness dominate the aroma, some piney hops in there as well, hints of citrus

t - sweet maltiness and graininess once again the predominant flavors, some husk, mid-palate and finish have some slight piney hoppiness and a little citrus, lingering grain on the finish, no sign of alcohol

m - medium-bodied, decent amount of carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - pretty drinkable, not all that interesting flavor-wise, but this is a beer that you could dip on all night

I was a little disappointed in this beer based on its previous ratings. To me, this is an above average amber ale, but not a great one.

WeisGuy, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

emerge077, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered hazy amber orange. Hoppy aroma consists of piney hops and biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is soft and medium in body. Probably one of the hoppier amber ales I've ever had. There's a nice malt presence that's over-run by the beer's hoppiness. Flavors of piney hops and grapefruit dominate the palate. Caramel and toasted malt appear midway before a mildly bitter hoppy finish.

Very enjoyable. It's the first brew I've had from Ale Asylum and I'm looking forward to trying the other two that are currently available in bottles- the nut brown and the pale ale.

Winter, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

DrJay, Feb 09, 2008
Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.