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Bedlam | Ale Asylum

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by hawks10 on 04-03-2010

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Photo of Mrdiesel
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly the best beer ever created. Think of your favorite Belgian beer (I'm biased)mixed the taste of a real Jasmine tea straight from China town and you have this magical amalgamation of flavors. I mean no disrespect in any form whatsoever. I wish that I was exaggerating, but I'm not. Try it if you don't believe me. Every time that I have this beer, its oh god, and I'm not religious.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle of this from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Bedlam pours a golden hue with a moderate head and a decent lacing. The aroma has hints of caramel malt and citrus hops and is very refreshing. The flavor starts out with the caramel malt and changes over to a buttery smoothness. The finish changes over to the citrus hops and ends with a slight bitterness. This is a very interesting IPA for sure.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber gold with white head, slight haze. Smells like tropical fruit and citrus, a great showcase of Citra hops. Great taste from the hop bitterness, balanced malt base and slight spiciness (pepper, clove) of Belgian yeast. Typical light highly carbonated Belgian style, light in the mouth. Great mashup of beer ideas.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium amber-gold. Rather hazy. Medium tall, white head. Persistent.
S - Lots of grapefruity hops.
T - Something of an unusual sweet, spicy, funky flavor to go along with the prominent citrus hops.

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Photo of Epierce57
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid citrus hooped beer without being over the top hopped or fruity. This beer tastes almost as good out of the bottle than the tap (excellent pour and even head). A great go to beer; keep a sixer in the beer fridge.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit. Spice. Hops. Malt. The chaotic beer that is Bedlam lives up to its name with a taste that certainly doesn't back away from complexity, curiosity or intrigue- it relishes it!

Pouring somewhere between golden an amber, the Belgian-inspired IPA shares an inviting translucent glow. Capped with a creamy off-white crown, the beer spills over with hop aromatics- high on citrus but bridging the orchard and tropical varieties as well, the ale is spicy and perfumy on the nose. Yet to taste, the toasty malt flavors of caramel, pecan and lightly toasted granola reels in the early palate.

Then on the middle, the sweetness begins to dissolve and the creaminess ushers in a hoppy and fruit-filled medley that saturates quickly with tangerine and red grapefruit, but its eventual apple, lemon and melon is more ester-derived than of hops. And as the citrus turns smoothly to bitter, the spiciness picks up and joins the fray with white pepper, black pepper and a touch of earthy cumin to accessorize the closing taste of pine and dried citrus rind.

Medium-bodied but trending dry, the malty sweet taste of caramel and seemingly rye is reluctant to release and continues to support the brunt of hops and yeast spices well. Winning out in the end, the hops and spice outlast all other esters and fruity hop flavors for a finish that's pleasantly bitter and wine-like.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed three months after its bottling date, so this may not be an entirely fair review of the beer.

Just like every Midwest IPA not brewed by Pipeworks, this beer is strong on malt and lacking in hops.

This was just an okay beer, maybe something you would order at the bar when Heineken is your next best option.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber with a light copper tint under a 2” clingy off-white foam cap. S: Citrus and tropical fruit with Belgian yeast notes, light mustiness, malt in the background. Yeast aromas are moderate, hop aromas moderate and malt aromas are moderately low. T: Immediately notice moderately high bitterness and hop flavor, moderate to moderately yeast flavor, moderate to moderately low malt. Yeast and hop flavors of fruit, citrus, tropical fruit, and traces of banana are in balance. Some bread crumb flavors in the background. There is a mild sweetness throughout with a hop driven astringency with a slight vegetal character on the finish. F: Just below medium body, medium carbonation, very soft palate. O: This is an interesting beer especially with the way the yeast and hop driven fruit flavors weave together. Very drinkable.

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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.

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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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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.