Ambergeddon - Ale Asylum
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4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
08-05-2008 14:47:34 | More by robbyc1
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
08-04-2008 10:19:33 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-06-2008 22:05:15 | More by CaptainIPA
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
06-25-2008 15:21:07 | More by aforbes10
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
06-25-2008 01:51:58 | More by DontCallMeSurly
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-19-2008 01:57:56 | More by Derek
4.15/5 rDev +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!
06-11-2008 01:48:19 | More by Viggo
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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?!
05-26-2008 07:01:59 | More by Deuane
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
05-13-2008 00:58:40 | More by brdc
3.45/5 rDev -13.1%
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)
04-24-2008 00:20:13 | More by tjkurz
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-23-2008 21:49:30 | More by GbVDave
3.33/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
04-22-2008 17:49:16 | More by
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
04-20-2008 00:04:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
04-11-2008 21:48:37 | More by cdkrenz
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-26-2008 17:41:04 | More by malcontent
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
03-09-2008 01:53:04 | More by WeisGuy
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
03-03-2008 02:55:49 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-25-2008 03:13:08 | More by Winter
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-09-2008 01:47:56 | More by DrJay
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-07-2008 02:30:07 | More by Scoobydank
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
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!
01-31-2008 15:33:04 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.85/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-11-2008 00:56:41 | More by patrick16o
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
12-29-2007 07:50:36 | More by BeerCheese
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-12-2007 14:48:36 | More by nflmvp
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-20-2007 05:48:42 | More by rallison
Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.