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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
93
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473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 69
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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.

(Beer added by: hawks10 on 04-03-2010)
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a space for an enjoy by date, but it is left blank. My third beer from Ale Asylum, expectations are high based on this beer's good ratings.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery burnt orange colored body with some dark flecks of sediment floating around and three big fluffy fingers of off-white head. Nice big scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of a prominent fruity / earthy yeast presence, and a nice dosage of fresh piney / tropical hop smells. Grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel & rye malt, and some bubblegum / clove / spice presence.

T - Taste follows the nose - a good pairing of fruity bubblegum yeast, clove, apple, pear, grapefruit, pine, and some cracked pepper / rye malt / caramel malt to round things off.

M - Feel is super smooth and creamy. Bitterness is light, but present. Green apple stickiness, bready, & malty. Mild warming alcohol presence.

Overall, a good representation of the style. Very nice balance, depth, and duration of flavor. I would have it again, and I look forward to more from Ale Asylum.

Ale Asylum Bedlam ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:48:36 | More by mfnmbvp
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dunix

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

10-29-2012 14:24:43 | More by dunix
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-09-2014 04:53:01 | More by CraigTravor
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ryanpj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-08-2014 00:17:20 | More by ryanpj
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pkalix

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:13:25 | More by pkalix
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-28-2013 00:20:16 | More by Beerlover
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-01-2013 22:12:55 | More by TonyTalon
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden color with some orange hues. Develops a 2-finger thick, cream-colored head that hangs around forever, slowly condensing to a thick mat of creamy suds, leaving large pillows of lace on the glass with each sip.

The aroma is quite intense, hop forward lots of citrus character, almost tangerine like, but there is also a unique fruitiness and maybe even a touch of clove near the finish.

The flavor is also chock full of hoppy goodness. That said, the Belgian yeast makes it's presence known through fruity, bubblegum-like flavors and I still get a bit of clove as well on the back end, there's even some "spice" notes to round out the plethora of yeast character. The hops showcase some nice citrus qualities which when combined with the yeasty esters, makes for one damn fine beer!

Bedlam...it's delicious, hop forward, yet due to all the yeast qualities, ultimately well balanced. Leaves a fruity, slightly bitter flavor on the palate. I actually really enjoyed this beer. I found the unique combination of flavors to be quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 21:11:31 | More by Soneast
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jzlyo

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-24-2013 23:30:58 | More by jzlyo
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-24-2013 01:01:54 | More by Canada_Dan
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2013 17:49:56 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber color with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film. Spotty lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Smells more DIPA than Belgian, but I like the aroma. Blasts of pineapple and mango, some grapefruit citrus, a bit of sweet caramel, and some biscuity malt in the background. Just a hint of Belgian yeast and spices.

Taste: Hoppy from the start, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit quickly overwhelming the sweet biscuit malt. Some clove, pepper, and coriander step in for the Belgian aspect, with some herbal hops in at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, with enough hop oil sitting on the tongue to make me aware of the residue. The end is slightly astringent, but not overly so.

Drinkability: This was pretty good, sort of like a blend of a Belgian IPA and a DIPA. There are some more enjoyable examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:26:28 | More by KickInTheChalice
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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-23-2014 23:23:25 | More by pirmannt1
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-08-2012 05:06:48 | More by derkfromwi
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-01-2012 22:26:59 | More by plumcrazyfx
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jac's

Pale orange pour with a thin tight film that leaves a steady clump of lacing

It's been awhile since I've been completely taken aback by the nose of a beer. So..damn..fresh. Bedlam oozes loads of orange marmalade toast. Fresh apricot, a light toastiness, and a slight, but noticeable yeast presence round out the nose. The hops certainly take center stage. I smelled this beer for at least a minute prior to digging in.

Wow....the best of both worlds here. Hops front and center from the get-go. Sticky citrus in the form of tangerine and some apricot. Smooth yet a bit sticky, in a very good way, through the middle with a mild bitterness at the finish. Belgian yeast is noticeable, but neither overwhelming nor center stage. A very nice example of the style, particularly if you enjoy a hop-centric version.

The tap version of this beer moved it into my favorite beer from Ale Asylum. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 00:43:59 | More by BarrytheBear
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daledeee

Iowa

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried a single bottle and poured it into my Sam Adams glass. Got a bright gold with orange hues. Nice white head and lacing

Nose is citrus and floral.

Taste is surprising. I expected more of a Belgian twist. Instead it reminds me of a nice citrus IPA. The Belgian part seems to surface at the finish and after it airs a bit. A very nice tasting beer by the way.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation.

I wish I would have gotten more of this. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:37:03 | More by daledeee
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-20-2013 02:51:36 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-30-2014 23:00:50 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-29-2013 13:55:00 | More by MN_Beerticker
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshly poured from the brewery and provided by Brother Rob!

A: poured with a nice deep, rocky head, amber to light brown color with slight haze, head dissipated to only light bubbles on side of glass
S: full nose of citrus/marmalade hops
T: taste is not over-the-top with hops which is a good thing, nice malt backbone with good hop finish that is more fruity than bitter, I don't taste a ton o Belgium qualities but they are there in finish with bubblegum and yeast
M: highly drinkable and well-balanced
O: I was expecting a bit more Belgium qualities instead of almost straight IPA

Serving type: growler

01-12-2012 01:53:49 | More by wisrarebeer
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-16-2013 21:33:47 | More by Gotti311
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-02-2012 22:33:20 | More by laxer8811
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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-14-2014 23:54:44 | More by coz
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

07-28-2012 00:53:41 | More by kbuzz
Bedlam from Ale Asylum
93 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.