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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 656
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 23.61%
Wants: 92
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hawks10 on 04-03-2010

Bedlam! A chaotic blend of Citra hops and Belgian yeast give this IPA aromas of summer fruits and a bright hop presence with a plush finish.
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Photo of ThickNStout
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). Bottled 8/11/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a burnt orange with a three finger tower of ecrue froth. The head settles to a thin sheet across the surface and a sizeable ring that leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of passion fruit, oranges, melon, yeast and some caramel.

Tastes is a blend of passion fruit, guava, orange zest, a distinctly yeasty note, caramel, melon rind and a faint tickle of alcohol. There is enough yeasty presence to remind you this is a Belgian IPA but not so much as to overly distract from the Citra goodness.

Slick, medium body with full carbonation. Notes of citrus, passion fruit and Belgian yeast-infused raw sugar create a bittersweet aftertaste.

Bedlam is a fruity, yeasty and full Belgian IPA. It had been several years since I first tried this so it was good to revisit it. Bedlam set the standard for the style to me years ago and it still holds up. Worth a try.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy yellowish orange with a little white head. Little to no lacing down the glass. Nose is nice, get some spice from the Belgian yeast and a resinous hop aroma. The IPA definitely dominates the taste. Good hop bitterness and pine. Some spice, tough to tell if that is from the hops or Belgian yeast. Would like the Belgian flavor to be a little more prominent. Good mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. A solid Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz botte, bottled 7/1/15, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy bright golden-orange color with a creamy off-white head that retains for a while before settling into a thin layer remaining on top

S- bright citrusy hops up front with notes of orange zest, grapefruit, onion & a hint of pine. Spicy Belgian yeast adds some earthiness that compliments a slightly bready malt aroma that closes it out

T- citrusy hop flavor follows the aroma with flavors of orange zest and grapefruit juice. I'm picking up a hint of spicy yeast but it's definitely underlying. The finish gives more citrus, with light bready malt undertones

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a finish that remains creamy, but is a bit lighter in feel

O- a tasty citrusy IPA that goes down easy, would like to have seen a bit more Belgian yeast presence

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Photo of kbwalters
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Best by 10/16/15 which I think means it was bottled on 7/16, consumed on 7/23.
Look = 4.25 Super cloudy deep orange in color with 3 fingers of off white head composed of bigger bubbles; great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Nice blend of earthy belgian yeast spice and citrus and fruity hops on top of a light caramel backbone. Overall fairly strong aroma.
Taste = 3.5 Spice character from the belgian yeast on top of a caramel backbone with some light citrus notes from the hops. This bottle is overall pretty bland though, the hop punch isn’t really there.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, a little flat but ok feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Fairly easy drinking IPA though the lack of taste holds it back a bit.
Overall = 3.925 Was a little disappointed with the taste after the aroma got me interested; that’s what held this one back from a much bigger score.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first Belgian IPA. Belgian ales are my favorite styles of beer. I'm not really an IPA guy but this beer is interesting. I can taste both beer styles.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed orange-amber with a foamy head that leaves lacing.

The citra hops come through loud and clear in the aroma. Some spicy yeast comes through, too.

The taste is of citrus with some pine and a balancing sweetness.

I like the initial taste but not crazy about the aftertaste - something seems to clash in it.

An interesting brew.

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Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is very interesting with spices, yeast, hops and a bit of resin. Outstanding appearance with a huge billowy, off-white, semi-permanent head, with lots of lace and a clear honey amber color. Flavor's similar to nose with resin coming out more and lingering somewhat unpleasantly in the finish. Body is on the soft side which enhances that resin finish. Otherwise it's a real good drinking beer.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely honey color, light white foam. Smell heavy on bananas, a bit of bubble gum but not in cloying way -- it's what's most Belgian about this Belgian IPA. Slight carbonation on front of tongue. Exceptionally smooth, very easy to drink beer while still having a personality. Nothing challenging about this IPA but be careful because it does not taste like a 7.4 ABV. I will go back to this beer and serve to non beer lovers because of it's balance, despite the fact I don't think it's especially interesting. Nice.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Resin, citrus, tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, earthy hops, and cannabis form the complex aroma. Earthy notes win out. Smells like dirt.

Flavor reveals subtle notes of grapefruit and mango initially, but the earthy, grassy hop character overshadows the fruity hops early, carrying into a lightly bitter, pine dominant finish. Esters of peach and pear from the Belgian yeast add complexity. Lightly sweet caramel malt serves only to unite the esters and hops. Pineapple surfaces late.

Probably one of the most grassy, piney, and earthy beers I've had. Wish the esters and fruity hops were more prevalent, but a nice beer. In the end, the resiny, earthy hops are too much for my palate.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark yellow with a foamy one finger head. Nice citrus hop smell. There is a mixing of other fruit smells including orange. The banana and clove breaks through the citrus hop taste. The banana taste lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is very smooth with the desired hop bite and clove/banana finish. The hops burst back up the nose slightly. Banana keeps coming back through. This was very good, and would put this in the ball park of Gumballhead head.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

best beer from a brewery i have never heard of i can remember. what a cool brew, amber in color, light amber, pale copper, with a tall lasting off white head. it smells way more belgian than i usually like in belgian ipa, with a ton of fruity yeast and an almost white wine vibe. the citra hops are the kicker though, they are so well dosed and so fresh and vibrant that they bring the yeast and the malt together where it always seems disjointed in the style to me. the citra is juicy lemon curd and pineapple, which matches the esters in the belgian yeast as well as the higher sugars in the medium crystal malt. a great tripartite synergy here. hops do carry enough bitterness to balance out the sweet, but they are so oily and big that they keep the finish really long. its refreshing though with high flying carbonation. this was a huge surprise to me, one of those beers i had no real expectations for and it floored me. super well made, i am now eagerly seeking more beer from these guys. are they all this good?

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Photo of kkleu357
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

From notes on 3/8/14

Pretty fine brew. Just got done with a PsuedoSue, so get to compare Citra hop beers. This ones good. Much sweeter from the Trappist yeast. Don’t like it as much, but still a very good solid beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Dat deer be pissed, yo! Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises leek, old grapefruit rind, clove, light nutmeg, banana peel, and leafy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, the Belgian-style yeast and spices clashing with the overdone Citra hops, making for, appropriately enough, bedlam on my tongue. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I just could not get into this beer at all. The overwrought Citra hops would have been bad enough, but the clash with the Belgian characters just ran things right off the rails.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A-Semi cloudy deep orange, two finger head with nice lacing

S-Starts with some citrus hops and then the belgian character takes over, clove, banana, grass.

T-Starts with nice belgian notes of clove and banana. Ends with a mild citrus with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and a tad velvety.

O-One of the better Belgian IPAs out there, the citra hops definitely help out.

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Photo of dethbunny
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

This is everything I ever wanted, since I'm a fan of Belgian yeasts and a hoppy-not-bitter character. It also helps that I prefer higher-ABV beers.

There's an understated sweetness that lends itself to multiple servings without a sugar overload. I generally like to switch my drinking up, but a long evening with a six-pack of Bedlam is perfectly fine in my book.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into tulip

A - Pours a wonderful orange color with about 1 finger of white head that fades rather quickly.

S - The citra hop really shines here. Pineapple, mango, apple, orange peel. Bubblegum and traditional Belgian yeast come through very apparently as well. Quite a treat to the nose.

T - Somewhat similar to the nose. Green apple, bubblegum, pineapple, pear, other light fruits and Belgian yeast come through. Bitterness is up there. I'd imagine IBUs in the 90s or so. Very balanced and easy drinking. No alcohol or heat. My new favorite Belgian IPA!

O - This beer blew me away for the style. The only other Belgian IPA I've had that comes close is Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild. If you live in Wisconsin, don't hesitate upon purchasing a sixer of this stuff. Easy drinking and flavorful: everything you would want in a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE 7/2015

On tap at OSS, Madison.

Significantly better than my orig. score would have you believe. The aroma, especially. AA has a homerun, here.

Orig. Score: 4.08 (6/2014)
A hazy, ruddy, orange pour with a very small head that disappears pretty quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.

The first whiff of the aroma quietly promises a lot. It's fruity and earthy at once--peach and nectarine with some bready/loamy earth. Sadly, the aroma vanishes after one's first sip and never comes back.

The flavor in the mouth for the most part makes good on the promise of the aroma. The fruit from the nose is part white grapefruit bitterness, plus an acidic alcohol astringency. Actually, it's not very complex. Unable to really pick out much more than that.

Mouthfeel a bit thin, with modest carbonation.

It drinks more like Furthermore Fatty Boombalatty (a Belgian Pale Ale, 7.5% abv) than it does Piraat (Belgian IPA, 10% abv). I wish there were more malt in the flavor, like in the Piraat. I'm not really getting the Belgian yeast, though I never have really caught the Belgian yeast in a Belgian IPA, not even in Piraat.

No, wait, actually, I think I finally understand what the yeast tastes like from within the package of an IPA. Amazingly, now that I've got the yeast figured out, I'm digging this brew all the more. Or perhaps it's just more delicious as it warms?

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Nice dark orange color. Slightly cloudy with two fingers of creamy head. Very good retention. I get some sweet, malty notes tinged with fruit on the nose. Toast, marmalade, pineapples, and a little lemon.

Medium body with a slick, oily feel. Plenty of sweet, grainy malt up front and enough hops to provide a fruity component to the flavor like over-ripe oranges and pineapples. There is a touch of quinine-like bitterness that cuts through near the finish and complements the fruity sweetness nicely, but the fruit flavors linger the longest.

Very reminiscent of Houblon Chouffe in that it seems to taste like a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian Tripel. This one lacks some of the hoppy components of the d'Achouffe beer (sadly), but is still a fine beer. Very well-constructed and enjoyable. Complex without demanding too much.

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Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, slight yeast, spice, alcohol, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, floral, hint of grass, strong yeast, spice, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A -- A semi-clear gold / orange brew that pours to a two finger head and dissipates to a viscous froth. Leaves thick webs of lacing.

S -- Big citrus, honey, and herbaceous floral hop tones.

T -- Candied orange, ginger, and honey. Mild herbal & spicy esters which really lend some intrigue -- even some black pepper. Elegantly balanced sweetness and bittering, with a light lingering bitterness. Really delicious.

M -- Moderate carbonation & body, a mild stickiness which fades fairly quickly.

O -- Really solid. Drink it!

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Photo of maltyb
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hansenm72 for the extra!

Pours with a thick golden head that dissipates to a solid ring and lacing with legs. Beer itself is golden amber coloured, not perfectly clear as it appears to have fine suspended sediment.

Smell is massive citrus, juicy fruit - orange, apricot, esters, hoppy. Taste delivers, citrus and peach flavours along with a general fruitiness from hops and yeast. Not overly bitter, definitely a noticeable hop presence but it is well balanced. Slightly tangy and astringent but no lingering favours besides some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly viscous and chewy, able to stand up to the aroma and flavours in the beer. I'm very impressed with this beer, one of the better IPA styles I've enjoye in recent memory. Beautifully constructed, the ring and lace has lasted to the final sips!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep orange, with reddish and yellowish hues moving from the center to sides. hazy and opaque. a finger or so of a white head that fades and leaves a weak lacing on the sides.

Smell: orange, pineapple and other citrus to tropical fruits that mix with sweetness, belgian yeast, and pilsner malts.

Taste: opens up with pineapple and citrus hops, with a bit of sweetness mixed in. lots of pilsner malts and a grassy taste. small belgian yeast character at the end.

Mouthfeel: dry and a little bitter. also on the heavy side for a belgian.

Overall: i initially liked this one more and as you drink more it declines a bit, too much of a grassy taste. Ideally a belgian ipa that i like should be doable but it seems less so everytime i drink one. this one ends up in the upper end of mid row.

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Photo of mdsteenb
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a glass - opening it up - a very crisp and refreshing. No bite to speak of and therefore not hoppy or malty at all. Very drinkable - great for summer / spring time. Has that refreshing effect served cold as my fridge would get it. Has a neutral finish - leaving your mouth light and refreshed not bitten like an IPA.

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Photo of pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

dark orange, with little head on top. hazy, indeed. yeast sits on the bottom of the bottle.
smell is like candied oranges!!
taste is of some rich Belgian yeast, some floral and citric hops and a little hop bitterness. lots of fruit.
very easy to drink. 'best enjoyed by' date is rubbed out (bought it online from a broker) so i'm not certain how old it is but it has a very interesting footprint. kind of creamy, kind of sugar-y sweet. very interesting. I want to say 'popsicle' but it really isn't there. but this is an awesome brew!

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Photo of elmore
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle that I received from a friend.

A- Semi-translucent amber color, pale 2 finger head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S- Floral hops, apricots, piney sweetness.

T- Floral hops, mild citrus and pine, cloves, grapefruit.

M- Smooth creamy, moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good representation of the style. A very good beer.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.