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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 666
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 23.61%
Wants: 93
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
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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Photo of sendsilk
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with BarrytheBear.

This is a surprisingly nice beer! It has a nice hoppy citrus (oranges/grapefruits/lemon) nose and a great, delicious hoppy amber ale taste. Perfectly carbonated and really well done. I am thouroughly impressed by something I had never heard of before! I would gladly take another one of these in a trade and I may even seek them out.

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Photo of mobius387
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: darker yellow, almost brown with a nice white thinned head

Aroma: this beer smells awesome. i smell grapefruit and peach with that nice fresh hoppy smell behind it. just a great fresh clean smell

Palate: flavor sits on the tongue with the carbonation as well. alcohol is left over after swallowing

Taste: doesn't taste as good as it smells. some light hoppiness to it but nothing true hop-addicts will be happy with. the fruity flavors in the smell are very light if at all present. some peach notes are probably the strongest. good overall, but not satisfying after the smell left me lusting.

Overall: very good beer by AA, probably my favorite by them. definitely worth a pick up, probably a bit better in warmer temps due to the fruity undertones. very robust and unique tasting beer.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy copper color. A 1/2 inch egg shell colored head forms and reduces to an over-the-top lacing. Carbonation is definitely visible.

The aroma was very good to me. A unique blend of peach and nectarine with some bready notes. A malty sweetness lurks in the background.

The taste did not live up to the aroma. A yeasty flavor present first with some citrusy hops following. Caramel malt sweetness again comes out at the end with an overlying fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that seems to fall flat too quickly. Minimal dryness at the end and fairly smooth.

Overall, this is a strange beer as some components came across very strong and others seemed to struggle. Interesting and it is worth trying if you like belgian or IPA styles.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.53/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The description sounded great: Citra hops, Trappist yeast, an IPA. A unique twist on the Belgo-IPA moniker. Unfortunately it does not live up to my expectations. The aroma screams Belgian with hints of phenols and spiciness. The mouthfeel is thin for such a beer and the Citra really doesn't shine through the yeast profile. At first sip it was an unexpected taste, upon letting it warm up and further tastes the beer is palatable but not as interesting as it could have been. I've had other beers by Ale Asylum and they do not disappoint. This one leaves the drinker wanting, and expecting more.

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Photo of afksports
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So whats with people getting on the train and then not balancing properly, stepping on your shoes and knocking into you just so they can do... Their crossword? Spatial awareness, people. As I type up my noted, this old giy in a pinstriped suit is all up in my space for no good reason and if he steps on me I'm gonna say something.

Anyway, Ale Asylum's Bedlam IPA smells better than this guy, dresses better than this guy, but tastes probably about right on with the arrogance I assume this guy has. Bedlam's copper body is rich and hazy, smells of citrus and pine with a but of tamed earth worked in. It tastes similar: tame, but good.

This IPA is not lazy like this guy. Stand up straight. Seriously. You're an old white guy pretending to be younger than you are. You discredit your race.

Bedlam's taste is tame, incorporating some grapefruit and finishing sweet, bready and clean, but it hits the spot in a balanced and standard IPA way. No surprises, but no disappointments either.

I just coughed at Mr. Pinstripes pretending it wasn't on purpose. Guess who has spatial awareness now?

Thank you, Ale Asylum.

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Photo of Klym
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to kilkger for this awesome bottle! Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Dark honey gold in the middle with lighter edges, a nice, very creamy head sitting ontop and leaving spiderweb lacing.

S: Banana, mango, and hops mushed and kneaded together forming a thick, sweet, juicy aroma with some powerful bitterness giving it character. Love the nose on this!

T: Much of the taste but with a little disappointment in how simple and plain the hops come off in the taste. The belgian character is so great in this though; I'm often disappointed by belgian IPAs but this one works it perfectly.

M: Thick and a bit creamy but the carbonation is sprity on the top of edges and makes it easy to get down and makes you want the next sip.

O: Mmm.. This beer was delicious, very glad I got to try it. It was the perfect pairing with my spicy nori sitting next to me. Very much worth trying if it's available to you.

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours a somewhat hazy dark golden color with a small white head.

The aroma is very citrusy with huge tangerine and peach, with spicy Belgian yeast and sweet malt evident.

Sweet malt, orange, tangerine, peach, and somewhat Americanized Belgian notes.

Medium-plus body with some resinousness and average carbonation.

Overall good stuff. Not ridiculously good, but good.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange and cloudy in the glass with a slightly off white head on time that falls into a nice lace. Overripe grapefruit in the nose and some pepper and spice on top of some funky, yeasty smells as well. Good but convoluted. Bite is fairly strong from the hops in the initial taste that's followed by the funky, yeasty spice. Citra hops in the website description are apparent in both. More funk that hop in the taste. Nice Belgian IPA (note how easy it is to talk about it like it's a singular style already), but the marriage of the yeast and hop on this one is not a comfortable pairing. It seems to fight a bit, but just fine for the six pack I bought of it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks n8dietz for hooking me up with this unobtainable beer for IL residents.

Medium toned copper color with a great head and great foam retention. OK bubbling.

Floral, earthen, and citric hop aromas. Theres yeasty fruit and toasted malts that show up a little underneath all the bitter hop aromas.

Crisp earthy and citric ops throughout with sweet toasted malts and fruity yeast. All these flavors come together. Yeasty, bitter and malty all in one package.

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Photo of xerotime
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a large white head that receded fairly quick. Aroma is big mango frutiness mixed with a nice Belgian yeast character. Taste is again very fruity with mango and maybe some passionfruit. Nice dry finish as is characteristic with Belgian yeast strains. Medium body with a nice medium level of carbonation. Overall a really well done beer in the Belgian IPA style. My only regret is that I don't live in Wisconsin to be able to buy more of this.

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Photo of samie85
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a very clear reddish hue with two fingers of dense white head.

S-Spicy pine and grapefruit smells with some orange and alcohol notes on the finish with a little clove.

T-Clove yeast notes on the front with a light orange citrus note and a light bitterness.

M-A little watery with very light carbonation and a slick feel.

D-Not my thing at all, the bitterness is so low key and the feel is just completely disappointing. I'm a little disappointed that I bought Citra hops to brew with based off this beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Extra courtesy of Masterski, thanks!

A: Deep orange with a big white head that quickly recedes. The color is really nice. A little lacing clings to the glass.

A: Grapefruit, mango, and orange. There's a dank and pungent earthy hop note I can't really identify. Malt profile is strong, with notes of biscuit, nuttiness, and bread. 

T: Fruity up front, with light mango and passionfruit characteristics. I get some orange and grapefruit as well. These hops notes fade midpalate and the malt takes over imparting nuttiness, biscuit, and bread notes. The finish is dry and fruity with orange pith notes and biscuit.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: An interesting mixture of American hops and Belgian malt characteristics. 

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thetomG for pulling this one out. A Belgian IPA, not a style I generally like, but why not give it a go?

A - Burnt amber colored beer with a bit of a white head that dissipated to a thin ring.

S - Lots of citra. Nice tropical fruits, slight but understated pine. I'm thankful that the yeast notes on this are fairly depressed, because that's generally what ruins these beers for me.

T - Some yeast, fruit, citrus hops. It's pretty fruity, and the yeast is a little stronger than the nose. It's good for what it is, which is how I'll score it, but I'd rather have the American take on the IPA style than what we've got going on here.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. The yeast gives it a slightly drying finish.

O - Good for what it is, probably one of the better ones I've had for what it is. I just wish it wasn't what it was.

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Photo of coolkatz321
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, unfiltered golden orange in color, great lacing and a beautiful pour.

S - Very sweet, along with the extremely pervasive smell of fresh hops. It's incredible...almost smells like a wheat beer, but the hops really burst on through.

T - Wow. Just...wow. I always get inexplicably excited for Bedlam to be released, and every year I get a reminder as to why. There's an almost candy-like sweetness here, with hints of orange and grapefruit. I would almost describe the taste as "juicy." Follow that up with a really heavy dose of hops, and this is an amazing Belgian IPA.

M - Wonderful. Perfect carbonation, great balancing, smooth finish and a pleasant aftertaste.

O - I've had a lot of Belgian IPAs, but none hit it quite on the head like Ale Asylum does. All of their beers are great, but Bedlam is (imo) the best of them all. Superb, and a must-try if you ever come up to Madison!

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Photo of raznug
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bedlam pours a nice orangeish copper with an inch of off white head.4
Smell: The beer smells of citrus hops and a Belgian yeast spice character.4
Taste: It tastes just like it smell but yeast character plays the lead role to the hops which isn’t always a bad thing especially in a Belgian IPA.
Mouthfeel: It flows nicely on the tongue but I wouldn’t mind it being a little thicker so taste might stick around longer.3.5

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Photo of mulder1010
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a rocks glass
Thanks to MasterSki for this puppy

A-- Poured a dark, orange amber color. Close enough to see through. Just a few bubbles of carbonation on this. Bright white head that faded to film pretty quickly but left good sticky lacing.

S-- Candy nose of the bat. Very nice nose. Candied sugar, Stewed plumb, pineapple, and grapefruit. Very nice nose.

T-- Candied grapefruit and pine that change to straight pne and grapefruit. Starts Belgian and chnages to more of a US IPA.

M-- Medium body and medium carbonation. Like how the beer changed character. From Belgian to US style. Got hoppier and more bitter in the back of the mouth. Very creamy in the front. Citra hops are really fresh with this. Very solid.

O-- Good interperation with a bit of a twist. Smells and tastes Belgian but acts US in the mouth. Easy to drink and well hidden ABV. Can I have more of this please??

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

A - Deep, sharp orange body with about an inch of stark white head. Kinda hazy and sticky lacing. Niceeee.

S - Think pepper and tropical fruits. It sounds weird but the aroma is really enticing. Super juicy smelling. Little bit of belgian yeast aroma.

T - Straightforward flavor of succulent foreign fruit, dank herbs, and a little bit of belgian yeast on the end. The bitterness is a little subdued for an ipa but it allows the yeast flavor to shine a little more. great balance of flavors here with no alcohol harshness.

M - Sticky with a somewhat heavy body for an ipa and moderate carbonation.

D - A true american/belgo ipa. Perfect balance of spicy yeast and citrusy hops. bitterness is more in tune with an apa, but this is one damn enjoyable beer. finishes dry, begging for another pint...

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

The beer pours a hazy orange-copper color with a clingy white head. The aroma is very inviting pronounced citrus hops and fruity, banana, and bubble gum yeast esters in the background. The flavor is a burst of hop flavor-very citrusy, a touch of pine, beneath the hops there is the reminder this is a Belgian IPA with some yeast character. The hop bitterness medium-high, but definitely second fiddle to the hop flavor. The beer finishes rather smooth, with a bit of a dry finish with loads of hops lingering in the palate. The body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall this is a wonderfully delicious beer. I need to buy more.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with a fresh citrusy hoppy character and a biscuity yeasty note. Starts with pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with a grassy citrus hop bitterness and flavor for balance before a drier, herbal hop finish. A true to style and tasty Belgian-style IPA.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It looks like a cross between a standard IPA and a Belgian Golden. You get some yellowing and some moderate hazy light amber tones but the appearances seems pretty tame. The lacing on the side of the glass is like a haunted house and grips the entire way down.

S: Citra hop hell. This escaped like a virulent herbal genie when I opened the bottle. You get the Yosemite forest with pine and crisp conifers and then the tangerine and citric notes follow swiftly, it smells incredible. It feels like Pliny the Elder at Christmas time.

T: The taste has very little of the juicy notes in the smell. At the outset your get the herbal aspects that the high alpha acid hops produce, but then, like a child left after tee ball practice, the hops abandon you to the company of a circumspect Belgian man. His Vanover smells of sweet turbinado sugar but, being a child you trust it through and through. Ultimately, no candy is provided.

M: It is light and crisp, I should underscore that it is still a great beer, albeit a bit deceiving on the old hop profile. You could give this to basically anyone and they would love you for it. Unless you live in California, don’t give this away, save these for yourself, they can buy their own Sculpin.

D: The Belgian hardly slows down the traction on these tires, this beer is meant for hot weather and dry heats. Why it is distributed in humid, low temperature places is beyond me but I also can’t understand why people from the east coast wear North Face jackets to bars, so the ideas are congruent. Ultimately you can drink this high ABV, tasty beer ridiculously fast, you can play beer pong with it, you can load it into some Home Depot tube and kill it; the only troubling aspect is your friends healt- I can’t even get that out seriously. Drink this swift and fast.

Narrative: Hermes languished on Mount Cyllene kicking rocks idly in his path. “Ah Hermes, what’s gotcha lookin so long in the gums?” Argos asked, consoling with his many eyes. “Aw jeez Argos, I just got all this old speed and no one seems to want to get that wasted anymore.” “Oh?” Argus questioned with a series of tilted brows. “Yeah, here I was, getting all these people sufficiently drunk and all of a sudden, they cut my distribution to the lower Mediterranean, can you believe that? Then here I am just stuck to kick rocks with a bunch of Stoics, holy hams and eggs!” Hermes folded his arms and felt the power that he wielded. His speed could intoxicate a mortal man several times over. As a concession, he delivered an Edible Arrangement to the failing economy of Greece and hoped that they would continue to drink themselves into oblivion. “The EURO is strong with this one” Poseidon remarked and proceeded to destroy another coastal town, insouciantly.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tom (thetomG) for sharing this one at our impromptu Monday night bender. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving minimal lace. Hazed dark orange body.

S - Huge Citra dry hop aroma, with orange zest, light chives, and tropical notes. The Belgian yeast character is present, but in the periphery and thankfully doesn't overpower, but instead lends a bit of peppery spice. Some fruity esters and a dry bready malt backdrop.

T - Taste isn't quite as complex, although it's still quite good. A mix of citrus hops, spicy Belgian yeast, and stone fruit malt character. One of the few true Belgian IPAs I've had, where the hops are uniquely American and the yeast and malt is Belgian. Think a tripel aggressively hoped with Citra and you'd be pretty close. Finishes slightly peppery.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation, no alcohol, dry finish, and a lightly oily residual texture. Everything works well to enhance the flavor profile.

D - One of the best Belgian IPAs I've encountered (although good ones have been few and far between). I'd gladly pick up a six-pack of this next time I'm in WI. Ale Asylum has a definite winner here, so I hope it gets made more regularly in the future.

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Darkside sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Orange-copper with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly recedes into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, citrus, a hint of pine and nice fruity esters from the Belgian yeast strain emanate form the glass.

Taste: Fruit and Belgian yeastiness that are complimented by a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish and a lingering bitterness.

Overall: This was another surprise beer. We knew nothing about this one but were all very happily surprised. Aside from the BCCS it was a highlight for the tasting. I always enjoy Belgian IPAs and wish more people would brew them.

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Photo of anell213
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI.

A: Hazy/Cloudy orange body. Great lacing with the perfect amount of head.

S: Fruity hoppy goodness.

T: Fruity and hoppy, but a good fruit - not just the normal orange and grapefruit, but I'm getting some mango in there. Also a good hint of spice. Good amount of yeastiness.

M: Crisp, dry, yet oily and sticky at the same time.

O: I had it on tap, and then on the way home bought a case. Terrific beer that more people need to try.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BarrytheBear poured into my New Belgium globe

Hazy orange body with a persistent off white head with lots of lacing

Nice citrusy hop aroma, with a little bit of the characteristic belgian yeast spice.

Tastes more balanced than I was expecting, a good amount of citrus but a big pale malt backbone shines through, the belgian yeast seems to give it a little of that standard belgian yeast flavor but doesn't go overboard(which is a good thing because I don't care much for that flavor) it really just adds a little character to the beer. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

Overall a pretty solid beer, drinks much smaller than its 7.5%. This would be a nice one to enjoy outside on a hot day. I don't usually care much for Belgian IPA's but this one is a winner in my book.

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

A - This beer pours a deep hazy orange, with a few inches of cloud white head on it. Most of the head subsided but there were little patches of it hovering on the top of the beer, which was nice. Not much lace is left by this beer in its wake.

S - The aroma you get from Bedlam! is quite floral, slightly citrus-y and somewhat bread-y. Mostly on the citrus you're getting orange and grapefruit I believe. Smells absolutely great and you can also detect some herbs/spices in there too, as it is brewed with clover and coriander.

T - This beer tastes very good - everything seems well balanced and compliments each other note that you get on your tongue. You get a great deal of orange and grapefruit, with a little light bread taste. You also get a hint of the clover and coriander, which is awesome because it's so well done it is not overstated in the least...just gives it a little bit of spice and a distinct flavor that sets it apart. It's not too hoppy either, so if you're not into hops you can still enjoy this beer. The malt, as with most Ale Asylum brews, is well done and gives a nice background/backbone for this beer, though the breadiness still comes through well. By the way, this beer hides the 7.5% ABV VERY WELL...BEWARE OF THIS BEER!

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is very smooth, medium to light body, almost juicy. However, it definitely has enough resin from the hops to stick on your tongue and teeth after you begin drinking. There is a good amount of carbonation, but it's not overstated and is not a detractor.

O - I absolutely LOVED this beer and would recommend it to anyone. It is citrusy enough that many non hop-heads would like it, yet it still has enough hop flavor to cater to a true hop-head.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.