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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 53
Gots: 60 | 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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

jlindros, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +1%
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!

Onenote81, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of botham
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

botham, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Tone, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Soneast
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Soneast, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

sgoodship, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

jwinship83, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

ibbjamin, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

brewmudgeon, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

yesyouam, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Fartknocker
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
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

Fartknocker, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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).

taylorhamrick, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

DefenCorps, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. The red ale appears a hazed medium copper color with a full inch of lingering, dense bone white foam. A nice lace is left on the inside of my glass with each sip. Aromas and flavors consist of citrus such as tangerines and grapefruit juice, mild pineapple, sweet caramelized malt, a bit earthy. Pleasantly bitter and sweet throughout, with a good body and ample carbonation. This almost gives Nugget Nectar a run for the money.

ClockworkOrange, May 29, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for the extra. Poured into my Moonlight pint glass, the beer appears dark amber with a two finger off white head and some lacing.

The aroma is a hopped up amber ale. The hops educe notes of orange pith and grapefruit, with some pine and floral notes. The malt backbone lays a modest foundation for the hop exposition. No alcohol is detectable.

As was hinted at in the aroma, the hops subjugate the malt in the flavor. The bitterness is surprisingly high, and it's pretty great. The flavor is of bitter grapefruit, orange, and a small caramel malt profile. There's a strange pepperiness that's different and nice. The finish exhibits a touch of sweetness that quickly dries out. The citrus hops lead us out, lingering for a long time on my palate. The alcohol is well masked.

The beer is medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.

This is one hell of an amber ale that becomes more and more enjoyable as it warms. The most comparable beer to this would be Nugget Nectar, but I prefer this beer as it's got the great hop profile but isn't as sweet.

HopHead84, May 26, 2009
Photo of VitaEBella87
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall beer mug...

A: Light brown-orange cloudy color, not the most enticing, but nice foamy cream colored head with plenty of carbonation replenishing it. Great head retention and moderate lacing down the glass as well. Impressed that a bit of head stayed with me through the entire glassful. Some brown flaky sediment in mine...hopefully it won't affect the beer at all.

S: Big hoppy taste, pleasantly sweet, slightly citrusy, definitely floral notes. This beer makes me think of some of the stronger hop-heavy beers I've head, like Dogfishhead 60, more than it does an amber ale. Smells delicious...I'm anxious to try.

T: Sharp, spicy taste hits me at first, with flavors from the hops coming through in the aftertaste. Citrusy flavors too that I started to pick up near the bottom of the glass. The sharp taste got better as the beer warmed up, but it still dominated my perception. I wonder if the not-so-pleasant looking sediment flakes have anything to do with that...anyone have any thoughts?

M: Easy mouthfeel...the carbonation isn't too much, and the body sits nicely on your tongue. Aftertaste finishes clean and doesn't stick to your tongue much.

D: From the smell, I was fully into this beer. But the taste threw me off a little bit. I hope the odd-looking sediment wasn't affecting this, but I'm not wholly sure. I'd be willing to give this one another try to confirm this. Good beer though, and worth a try.

VitaEBella87, May 17, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the maximum12 Fight Club beat-down, poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy amber brown in the glass that shows bright amber when held up to light. An aggressive pour created a huge creamy off-white head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is a combination of light citrus hops, with oranges and pineapple, and a light caramel malt sweetness. It's kinda got a musty character to it, with some earthy hops as it warms.

The taste has a minimal hop kick up front with hints of citrus before giving way to a slight toasted caramel malt backbone. The finish is a combination of sweet malts and a little earthy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is creamy with plenty of carbonation and medium-bodied overall.

This is a solid brew that very drinkable. It's not extraordinarily complex, but it's got enough flavor to make it a very good beer.

gford217, May 03, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pours a deep, dark amber with about a finger of tan head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves pretty good lacing

S--Citrus and floral hops mostly, little bit of caramel sweetness too. Grapefruit, orange peel, banana. Smells pretty good, has me excited to taste

T--Taste has much more malt dominance than the nose would indicate, but there is still a solid floral hop backbone. Biscuity malts are at the forefront. Nice taste for the style but a little bit more hop flavor would have been nice.

M--Medium bodied with a slight bit of stinging carbonation

D--Nice sessionable amber ale here. Would be a good dinner beer, but not something to go out of your way for. This is my second Ale Asylum beer and both of them have been good so far, I'm going to check out more from the brewery.

alcstradamus, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Estarrio for providing this in trade. Jason is an excellent trading partner.

I'm excited to try this since it appears to be in the vain of a Cascazilla, Red Rocket, Hop Head Red and other highly hopped amber ales. A sub style I really like.

A nice finger plus of fluffy off white head form atop the beer. This settles to an 1/8th inch cap that remains. The beer is a bark amber color with light brown tones. A good amount of tiny carbonation is making its way to the surface. Nice spider web lacing is all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is interesting. A bit spicy, real musty and a touch floral. You can tell there is a hop presence, but the musty/earthy nature is at the forefront.

Flavor is really nice and much better then the aroma indicates. Initial fruit, then a touch of grainy malt. Some caramel then some pine and the hops begin to take over. Nice lingering hop profile that plays nicely with the malt backbone.

Slightly slick on the tongue and tight carbonation.

Nicely drinkable. Bigger then a session beer, but I could sit and have a couple.

Reagan1984, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap in Madison during a dinner the day before the Great Taste of the Midwest, & have been looking forward to trying it ever since (eight months if you're keeping score at home). Found it in a tiny little town during our family drive through Wisconsin this past weekend & excitedly grabbed a sixer; never seen Ale Asylum so close to the border!

Yes, yes, the beer. Nice amber. Nose on it leans more to the malt than the hop.

Taste, too. The hops are less apparent than I recalled or would like, with the malt crawling all over this one. Chewy, doughy, almost like Fat Tire, only much better. This is something I don't think would ever be in my glass for very long, the malty sweetness is very inviting...take another sip, it says. Another, it whispers. Pretty soon all it's brothers are gone.

Very good beer. I recall it being even better on tap, & I'm looking forward to an excuse to head east from MN to try this again out of the fountain.

maximum12, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Amber color with a slight haze. Pours with is a mellow head and then settles to the outside edge of the glass. Active carbonation.
(S) Bold hoppy aroma mixed with malty sweetness.
(T) Mild sweetness. Hop bitterness but not overpowering.
(M) Medium bodied but a little thin. Smooth, some carbonation crispness on the backside.
(D) A good drinkable brew. Smells fantastic, but a little let down with taste.

u2carew, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce shorty bottle into a pint.

Pours a medium amber with a persistent three finger head. Smallish cloud make for an intriguing appearance.

Aroma is of hops, floral and slightly piney. Malt aromas are muted, but there.

Taste is fresh hops, possibly Amarillo with a touch of Chinook, maybe? Malt is subdued but there enough to balance a bit. Hop oils are present and if this one has been bottled a while I would love to try it fresh, as the hop flavor I'm sure would be more substantial. Grapefruit hops on the finish and a drying delicious malt and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium and lush, could be a little more oily. but age may play a part in this.

Very good red ale, I would buy it again in large quantities.

wheatyweiss, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber orange color with a thin tan head and leaves sticky strings of lace behind.

S - Citrus, herbal and grapefruit resiny hops with a bready, sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Hoppy with citrus and herbal hops, bready and caramel malts in the middle, maybe even a touch nutty with a lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium body, well carbonated with a dry finish.

D - Hoppy version of an amber that goes down way too easy.

brewcrew76, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity last June to have this one on tap at the brewpub and am incredibly grateful to OHLRangers for setting me up with another one.

I poured this beer from the 12oz bottle into a standard tumbler style pint glass.

The beer pours a copper-amber with a frothy off white head that holds amazingly well and laces great too.

The aroma of the beer hits your first with the hops, so that you know you are in for a real treat. Citrus and piney hops combine with caramel, bready, and toasty malts for a wonderful nose on this one.

The flavor of the beer is also a heavy hitter with the hops. No surprise citrus and pine here again. This one really does achieve great balance. Those caramel malts to not back down one bit from the hops. Its almost like a low abv barleywine with the incredible balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodies and displays nice carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. I remember my visit to Ale Asylum fondly, and this was probably my favorite on that day. It certainly hadn't let me down on this second try.

MSchae1017, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, burgundy/copper color with a small, tan, foamy head. It left some sticky, patchy lace.

S - It smelled earthy and malty. It had some subtle grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sharp, burnt toast maltiness. It had a nice bitter hop presence with some earthy/grassy flavors.

M - A very crisp and sharp beer. It was light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a great amber ale. It really has a great hop character that is rare for the style.

zeff80, Jan 31, 2009
Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.