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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
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

vikinghorn, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of jerskine
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this beer looks superb; a dark reddish, brown, and copper appearance; a good half inch of foam that lingers with tons of thick lacing

S: nutty, malty, brown sugar; all the characteristics of a well-made amber ale

T: this is a nicely balanced amber ale; you've got the toasty malts mixed with a subtle hop flavor that together creates an exceptional ale; there's also an almond-like, nutty flavor with some hints of caramel as this first hits your taste buds

M: goes down pretty smooth with a bit of a feeling that you get from other hoppier ales

O: Ale Asylum impresses me more and more as I try a variety of what they have to offer. This is an excellent representation of an amber/red ale.

jerskine, May 25, 2011
Photo of Chucker17
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Chucker17, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

SkinniePost, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of m_p_snyder
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%

m_p_snyder, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep red color, the head was foamy and cream colored. The lacing and retention was pretty good on this leaving streaks down the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, very bold aromas on this one and very inviting. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with a malt backbone and a high bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it. Overall this is probably one of the best brews that Ale Asylum makes. I found this one to be very enjoyable.

Knapp85, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Doppelmax
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Doppelmax, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Lemke10
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

If you are a beer lover in Wisconsin this is a must try beer. It pours a dark amber color and has a heavy scent of hops. I delivers a heavy taste full of flavor but finishes very smooth. All ba's this is a must try!

Lemke10, Oct 25, 2010
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 rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden dark orange body with a white head of foam. A faint hazy but a gentle carbonation was still visible.

S- The faint spice and green hops had a pine note in the background.

T- The taste of dry pale malt had a light toasted malt flavor to it with a spicy pine hop finish. I got the sense that there was a faint hint of ginger in the spice but it could have been sitting to close to my friends Hopalicous. The hops did have a nice exotic spice to them.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel and a smooth texture.

D-This beer was very drinkable while being a big beer in terms of flavor. Nice complex malt and big exotic hops this well worth the stop at Ale Asylum.

rhoadsrage, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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
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 DontCallMeSurly
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tapman
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy, sanguinely copper that is clear, despite bottle conditioning, with a stirred-latte head of light brown foam that clings like silk sheets to the sides of the glass.

Astringent, piney and resinous hops hit the nose at once, followed by toasted caramel/lightly burnt sugar, hot alcohol grassiness.

Hot alcohol up front, odd for a RELATIVELY low alcohol beer. Past that west-coast raw hops - lime rind and mellow earthiness. Malt has an astringently roasted character. There is a light refreshing side to this beer, during the sip as the flavors warm a little and the sugar has a chance to do some balancing before it slides down my gullet.

Carbonation feels compressed; tiny bubbles sting a little, but not like really crisp beers/soda pop. Smoother than it looks while still remaining plenty rich.

Good brew. Maybe it was starting with this brew that made me susceptible to the alcohol taste, but as I drink it gets more tolerable with each passing sip.

tapman, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 krisandajt
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle that has been lurking in my fridge for far too long...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Pint Glass, the beer is a cloudy, robust coppery mahogany color. There's about an inch worth of off-white (almost tan) colored head sitting atop this brew. The retention is impressive, and there's sticky rings of lacing on the glass where the beer comes to settle.

Smell: A bit hoppier than what I expected, with a classic amber ale sort of malt sweetness.

Taste: Like the smell, this one is much hoppier on the palate than what I expected. It has some nice malt throughout with just enough dry bitterness to provide some balance. Surprisingly good, actually.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, body is light to medium...perfect for this warm summer night.

Drinkability: This beer isn't going to win any awards for huge, over the top flavor...but it is perfect for relaxing on a summer night with some dinner and a movie. Very sessionable, and very drinkable.

krisandajt, Jul 15, 2010
Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.