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Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum

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478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 51
Gots: 58 | 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 DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -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.

DefenCorps, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +10.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -1%
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 +1.5%
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 +6.3%
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 -3%
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 -8.6%
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 +2.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +9.6%
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 +5.8%
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
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a maple syrup color without much of a head.

S: Citrus hops, with a touch of malt down in there too.

T: I like this beer. It has a nice hop presence with a hint of malt. Really nice!

This is one of our favorite beers in the summer, along with there Hopalicious! I would recommend trying this if your in town. Very drinkable but at 6.8% It can sneak up on you.

madtowndmb1, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for awhile. Thanks brentk56 for the hookup.

Opaque caramel color. Unfiltered = awesome. Medium tan head with great retention and some snowfall lace. Head had some brown speckles in it--not sure what that's about.

Smells sweet. Roast malt and grapefruit hops.

Bold taste. Biting roast malt with some sweetness that gets crushed by herbal and grapefruit hops. Mouthfeel is ok but should be beefed up to coincide with robust flavor. I'm bummed that the actual "amber" in ambergeddon was so overshadowed by the hops. I'll get you hopheads someday.

donkeyrunner, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 1/13/09.

A - Poured a slightly hazy medium dark amber/light copper-colored body with subtle carbonation and short off-white head that receded into a patchy film and left a bit of lace around the glass.

S - Quite a malty nose with hefty doses of caramel malt, maple syrup and toffee candy. I am also able to pull out some subtle brown sugar and chocolate notes from way down deep. Hop presence is scant at best with a bit of earthiness and perhaps a very subdued citrus character. A second assessment also reveals a touch of pine.

T - Flavor is very caramely and candy-like with slight toasted malt character and a syrupy sweetness. Hops are definitely secondary, with equal parts earthy, citrus and piney notes.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly chewy, syrupy texture and soft carbonation that builds up a bit to provide a bit of tongue prickle. There is just a slight hop bite in the finish that doesn't stick around too long.

D - I was expecting something a little more hop-forward, but instead I got something pretty sweet and caramely and syrupy. While there is a hop presence, it's a bit muddled and buried by the hops. With that said, it's not a bad pale ale overall.

ffejherb, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazed copper color...minimal white lace..

S-Great hop aroma to this....orange rinds, pink grapefruit, tangerines, and pine.

T-Hops lead the way....citrus and pine...also some floral notes...mild toffee and caramel notes blend nicely..

M-Too thin...just needs to be beefed up a little...I'm not asking for an imperial stout but this body is too thin....

D-I'd drink this again...well done amber ale...only complaint is the somewhat thinish body....liked their pale ale a little more but this is a quality brew too.

ZAP, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack tonight from Discount - lots of dust on the bottle's shoulder/neck. Beer seems fine - pours a nice darkish copper color with a decent head that settles to a nice skim. Smells inviting with a menagerie of tropical fruits, some sweetness and citrus hops. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malts battling it out with bready malts hitting your palate upon entry and then a piney hop bitterness taking over at the back end. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel and a respectable, semi-lingering finish. Overall a well made, easy to drink brew that I could see myself reaching for on a regular basis.

bound4er, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of badbassrandy
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mike Koel for getting his brother in law to pick up a case of this for me directly from the brewery. You can't get this stuff in Maryland...

A delicious treat for hop lovers as well as amber/red lovers. I am both. I liken this beer to a darker Dale's Pale Ale. It's a highly drinkable amber with little to no flaws.

The citrus hop notes are definitely present, but understated compared to huge hop bombs. However, this beer is definitely for hop lovers, as the malt is just there to balance to complexity and deliciousness of the hops.

A Grade-A brew that I otherwise may have never tried if it wasn't for a Wisconsin friend's generosity. He shipped a well-packaged case all the way to Virginia. Now that's beer advocacy!

badbassrandy, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from shigadeyo.

Poured a clear copper color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick texture. Heavy bitter smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good brew.

tmoneyba, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddled dark copper. Slight bubbly off white head. Lace coems in moderate amounts of ring patterns. Nice combination of malt and hop aromas. Malt aromas are warm and biscuity. Hop aromas are citric and piney. Base malt character on the buds is caramel. Hop attributes are piney and grassy. A slight bitterness lingers. Nicely balanced and flavorful. Solid beer all around.

Bighuge, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, pine and had a general earthiness to it. Tastes of citrus with some caramel. Nice hoppiness.

Notes from and tasted on 7/23/07

hopdog, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this ale's pour wells up a half finger of golden brown thick creamy foam, fed by plenty of carbonation that clings to the glass, the beer itself is also a hazy golden straw color, it is opaque

S - super malt/hop balance in the aroma, we're talking IPA level hoppiness, all the characteristic grapefruit/pine aromas with a dense malt counterattack, a subtle sweetness lingers in the depths

T - malty/hoppy notes mirror that of the aroma, the sweetness lurking in the aroma is cloying in the taste, pretty good until a metallic twang in the aftertaste

M&D - pretty good, not a session beer, a bit too much bite without a balancing characteristic to me, but a good dinner beer, i see it paired with fish and veggies. mmm...

sinstaineddemon, Oct 30, 2008
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 07, 2008
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