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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

128 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 648
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 90
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
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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Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with duff27 - thanks again, buddy! Served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass; that's all I really have for IPAs. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current rating (94) as well as duff27's recommendation. Reviewed as a Belgian IPA because it identifies as such on the label and on Ale Asylum's website. 7.5% ABV confirmed. The "Best if Enjoyed by" box is empty.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of light beige-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a soft supple complexion and fair frothiness. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass when you tilt it, but doesn't hold. It doesn't have "legs." Head retention is good for the highish ABV - about 6 minutes.

Body colour is a vibrant copper-gold. Translucent; semitransparent. No yeast particles are visible. I dig the vibrance here; it's definitely well above average.

Looks quite good for a Belgian IPA; there are no obvious flaws here. It isn't unique or special, but it's definitely one of the better Belgian IPA appearances I've come across in the last year.

Sm: Citra hops are definitely present and recognizably so. Has an orange/grapefruit citrus edge backed by a biscuity floral undertone. Resinous as well. Doesn't have any of the stale orange juice presence I can't stand in some IPAs. I do get some tropical hints - mango chief amongst them.

Pale malts. Clean Belgian yeast with a biscuity, spicy, and even lightly peppery character. Some buttery malts, maybe even some Belgian pale malts. Just a biteen doughy. A hint of clove, maybe. Finish is grassy. Chives, perhaps. It's a pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength, but doesn't seem as balanced as I'd like - though that's a bit nitpicky since there isn't untamed hop bitterness.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Plenty of resinous citra hops here, with bursts of orange, mango, and tangerine. No naked hop bitterness is present; the hops are nicely tamed by the malts. Body is nicely built, with biscuity malts, pale malts, Belgian pale malts, and clean barley. Maybe a dash of crystal malt. The Belgian yeast lends it a clean feel as well as some biscuity character and light spiciness; I do get some clove, perhaps chives. It's lightly peppery as well. Vague buried hints of nectary character.

Above average depth of flavour for the style. Average duration and intensity of flavour for the style. I do like it.

It's got nice complexity, but I could do with a bit more. Same goes for its subtlety. Overall, it's well balanced but not impeccable. It's cohesive, but not gestalt. The hops and malts play well alongside one another, but I don't think it's quite a perfect marriage. The sweetness/bitterness is just a bit too far on the sweet side.

No alcohol presence at all.

Mf: I love its soft silky feel on the palate. Lightly oily. Smooth and wet. I can't make up my mind whether or not it's refreshing. Has good body and presence on the palate; it's quite approachable. It might be just a biteen too thick. Lightly overcarbonated, but not biting; unfortunately it's not crisp either. A biteen sticky. Complements the flavour profile well, but the texture doesn't seem custom-tailored to the taste per se.

Not gushed, harsh, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV - which is itself well hidden. I'd come back to this one, and it's one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had in recent memory. Interesting stuff from Ale Asylum, a brewery from which I've never had a beer until now. This has me curious to try their other offerings. Definitely a quality brew that's worth trying. I'd have another; I understand they sell this buy the 6 pack and I could see myself buying it semiregularly. An inspired and gentle Belgian IPA that any fan of the style will likely enjoy.

Low B

Thanks again, Duff27! (4,032 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (399 characters)

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my imperial pint glass a bright orange with a creamy inch of white foam that lingers on and on. Hazy particulate swirls through the brew. Aromas kick off with bold citric hops and a tropical twang as well. Really fruity with an earthy fresh yeast zing that melds in nicely. Blends together and draws you in.

First sip brings smooth crisp malt body intertwined with a bounty of citric resiny hop flavors. Really fruity throughout with a twist of tropical. Earthy, fresh yeast flavors blend themselves in. Flows down with a good bitterness and a clean, easy drinking finish. Tasty, refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Good body and carbonation add up to equal easy drinkability. This is another great brew from Ale Asylum and I love it when they bring the hops! Good way to showcase the Citra hops and the Trappist yeast brings a tasty twist. Thanks Severstad. (884 characters)

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty Belgian style aroma with a big presence of citrus hop esters. Upfront Belgian yeast with some barnyard funk, pepper, and clove. Big hop presence with some floral and earthy hints of grass. Juicy citrus hop esters with hints of orange peel, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of banana and apple. Some bready malt with hints of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, spicy and fruity Belgian yeast with a big presence of earthy and citrus hops. Belgian yeast along with some barnyard funk, peppers, and clove spice. Dried fruit notes of banana. Sharp hop presence with earthy and floral notes of grass and pine spice. Juicy citrus hop taste of orange peel, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, and passion fruit. Bready malt background with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and slightly oily. Drying and fairly smooth.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. This really brings the IPA part with lots of juicy hops but there is enough Belgian yeast spice to keep things interesting. (1,485 characters)

Photo of Nemers
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.76/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cmwilliq
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has lots of micro jetsam in a deep orange body with a sticky oatmeal colored beige head. There is a sluggish microcarbonation working to the surface.

S- The green earthy bright hops blend with a mellow tropical fruit hops and the aroma grows more full as it opens.

T- The juicy hops have green fruity flavor with some jammy qualities and yeast ester fruity notes blend in. A nice green hop bite in the finish balances a malt sweetness and woody green hop lingers.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no alcohol heat.

O- The full hops flavor has some nice depth with good Citra qualities and some good sweetness and bitterness balance. (685 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with quite a bit of off-white head. Pretty good lacing as well.

Smell is largely fruity citrus. Not a lot of hops in the smell.

Taste is very nice - citrusy throughout with a slight bitter finish. Not much hops here though.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a great summer beer.

Overall a really good tasting beer. I'll definitely look for this one again. (401 characters)

Photo of RhinoDBJ
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.