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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 646
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 90
Gots: 97 | 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 Jparker37
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Good clarity inside its copper color. Small white head. Spotty lacing.

S - Piney hops have a wet/resiny sense. The beer quickly opens up to show some spicy phenolics. Pleasant American aroma with said belgian qualities. Toasty and mild nutty malt.

T - Starts with a nice layer of biscuit malt shortly slides underneath a big piney hop flavor midway. There are some citrus tones in there as well. Spicy yeast qualities blend into adequate bitterness that is only perceived on the back of the tongue. Crisp finish with gripping hop flavors long after.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, dry.

O - Aroma was it's highlight, had a good grasp on style. Hops seemed to be one dimensional leaning strongly towards pine in aroma but even more so taste. Great feel and appearance. I would recommend but not go out of the way to find. (880 characters)

Photo of BTodd
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-1 finger of nice foam, decent lacing. Orange, hazy appearance.

S-Loads of pine and orange/tropical fruit with some sweetness as well.

T-Pine, pineapple, tropical fruits. Nice malt backbone, but interesting hop profile wins it for me. Some spiciness coming through as it warmed.

M-Coats nicely. Medium body and carbonation is appropriate.

O-This beer surprised me and is much better than I thought it was going to be. I've had other beers from Ale Asylum, but this one easily beats them out. I'd buy a six of this anytime. (566 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color with small ring of white. Good lacing.

Smells intense with earthy hops mixed with Belgian funk and some sour fruit. I could smell this all day long. Light malt.

Taste has strong funky plastic bandaid yeastiness that is not bad. Big hop taste with grapefruit and pith. Somewhat boozy.

Mouthfeel is slick and slightly syrupy. Moderate carbonation and medium/heavy body.

This was more of a sipper. (423 characters)

Photo of CPeterson
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (525 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received this beer via trade (thanks Barry).
A - nice hazy amber color with a 1/4 inch head. Poured in a pilsner glass. Deep orange color in the middle of the glass fading to a hazy yellow towards the outside of the glass.
S - smell is very sweet with an almost orange aroma on the end. Took two big whiffs to catch the complexity of the aroma. Very pleasant to the nose.
T - taste goes right along with the aroma. Sweetness folllowed by the taste of orange citrus. Tastes great, I am very surprised by this beer. Has a good flavor throughout the sip, with flavors that gently fall off the palet. Taste alone, I will seek out this beer often.
M - dont want to say that it dances on the tongue, but it mos def plays on it. Easy to drink, the balance of flavors between the sweetness of the malt to the sweet citrus makes you want to go back for more.
O - Extremely pleasantly surprised by this beer. Was not expecting the complexity of flavors that I was presented with. I love this beer. Not sure of the price point, but I will hit up all my WI traders up to get more of this beer. (1,081 characters)

Photo of bplabernie
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of elmore
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of znichols
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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... (800 characters)

Photo of Maryobeerian
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (519 characters)

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale Asylum Bedlam

Appearance: Ale Asylum’s highly acclaimed Trappist IPA is pours a nearly crystal-clear, firey, deep orange. The beer looks almost akin to the color of a blood orange, or a gorgeous autumn sunset (sadly, this is the summer seasonal instead of the fall). A healthy three-and-a-half fingers of bone-colored head explodes off the top of the beer and leaves a swath of lacing in its path down the glass towards the insanely effervescent, hazy-yet-crystalline liquid. This beer is one of the best-looking beers out there. Seriously.

Aroma: Wow, this is complex and builds anticipation, as an aroma should. Tangerines, oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, and perhaps even peaches and apricots assault the nose up front. A playful, yet not intense hoppiness follows through, with the enticing smell of Trappist yeast on its heels. The yeast is accompanied by just the slightest hints of sweet malts, but that is a hidden gem in this beer. The strong yeast smell that lingers on the nose and wafts out of the glass may not be for everyone, but it plays so well with the tropical fruits that it is almost irresistible.

Taste: This beer is immensely juicy. The complexity follows the aroma step for step with the tropical fruits flooding the taste buds with sweetness all over the tongue; the bready yeastiness taking over from there. Malts are there ever so slightly (as before) and blend everything together to get an almost banana-like quality in the finished amalgam of taste. Surprisingly, the hops do not hit nearly as hard as some of the other IPAs from Ale Asylum (Hopalicious and Satisfaction Jacksin come to mind), which is a bit disappointing; there is no astringency or bitterness to balance out the fruity sweetness of this otherwise beautifully tasting beer. Still, Ale Asylum may have ignored balance on this beer on purpose, and when a beer tastes this good, balanced or not, it is hard to find fault regardless; the lack of bitterness is merely a nitpick in this upper echelon beverage.

Mouthfeel: The medium-thick body and creamy, fizzy texture slide down slowly and spread the multitude of tastes everywhere. There is just a hint of alcohol warming as the glass empties, which may be happening sooner than the drinker thinks. The sweetness is expectedly sticky and coats the tongue and mouth, yet washes away rather quickly for a dry aftertaste. As with taste, the lack of hops comes into play just a bit in the lack of astringency that one normally expects with IPAs. Again, this is a very minor nitpick.

Overall: This is Ale Asylum’s best offering. It is truly a shame that this is not a year-round beer because, living in Madison, I would love to have this in my fridge at all times. The Trappist (or, more broadly, Belgian) IPA is not something I have had before, but I will certainly be seeking more out after this masterpiece of brewing craft. This is unquestionably deserving of a spot in my personal Top Five Beers, and is just a hair off perfection. As it is distributed only within a very small radius in Wisconsin, look for possible trades if you are interested. If ever there was a beer that needed exposure, it is this jaw-dropping Trappist IPA. 18.5/20 (3,199 characters)

Photo of SiphonKing
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of seh410
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks SO MUCH to Blake (kickinthechalice) for this great beer. I am getting an education in IPA's and I love it!

Appearance: Rocky, white head that sort of floats in the center of the beer and then quickly moves to the perimeter of the glass. The head stays for a while as a light film over the top of the beer with a few little islands of bubbles. The beer itself is orangey-amber in color and reflects light really beautifully. It looks like a topaz or something. I like.

Aroma: Mmm... does this beer smell good! Pineapple is the first thing to hit your nose, along with a lot of citrusy, fruity hops. No bitterness to speak of, just some spice and a tiny bit of yeast in the background. But the aroma is overwhelmingly crisp and fruity. In a good way.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and coriander with just a tiny bit of bitterness in the back. I also taste grapefruit and a little yeast. The mouthfeel is crisp and a little sticky from the fruitiness.

Notes: This beer is awesome, very balanced, very tasty. I read an article that said the ABV is 7.5% - if so, this is extremely drinkable! Honestly I wish I had a case or two of this, I could see myself going through a couple bottles for sure. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Jfriz25
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Murky light orange. Pours with a finger of white head that fades to tiny bubbles covering the surface

Smell- Nose is my favorite part of this beer. Tropical fruit and citrus with a hint of alcohol behind that.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with a nice citrus burst followed by a pleasant bitterness that washes over at the end. Love the citra hops in this one.

Mouthfeel- On the full side for an ipa. Very creamy upfront but the carbonation gives a crisp finish.

Overall- Bedlam is a great example of what a Belgian ipa can and should be. I can't get enough of that big tropical/citrus flavor. The body is different and more interesting then a run of the mill ipa. Never hesitate to grab a 6 of this when I come across it. (738 characters)

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! (817 characters)

Photo of spartanjd
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Milwaukee in a 6 pack sampler. I gotta say wow, it was a great surprise, did not think it would be this good!

Poured into a pint glass
A: pours a coppery color with about 1 finger of head
S: very hoppy and spicy with some peach thrown in
T: wow, smell really gets your set for what you are going to be tasting, it's quite good
M: very nice, refreshing but not tongue scorching
O: excellent beer, will have to search more by these guys out. (458 characters)

Photo of LovingCup
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This may be my first beer review but is far from my first beer. Today I will be reviewing "Bedlam!" by Ale Asylum from my neighbor to the north. My first Belgium IPA styled beer. Poured on 2/7/14 into my Bell's tulip.

A: Looks okay. A kind of copper orange with a nearly non existant creamy white head. Some bubbles rise to the top.

S: Smells great! Sweet, with part fruity ipa and part undeniable "Belgium funk" smell. I become somewhat fearful, as tripel's are not my preferred style. But anticipation rises, as the smell is unique to anything I remember. One of the best, most complex smelling brews I can recall from recent memory.

T: Pretty tasty! As I mentioned, my taste buds are not developed enough to truly appreciate the Belgium yeasty funk of Tripel's. While I can usually identify the taste as "interesting," I rarely go looking for a 2nd in a session. This beer is a great way to transition to the style while still being grounded in something more familiar. If I had more Belgium Ipa's I could see my taste starting to develop to enjoy Tripel's more often. It is fairly drinkable. Not as sweet as the nose may suggest. It's neither too extreme and in your face nor is it subtle or characterless.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, with sort of a bite in the first half of the swallow.

Overall: I like it. Again, if you like ipa's but are on the fence about that Belgium funk, this is your beer. One of the best and most unique smelling beers in recent memory, and I can't complain about the taste. Overall this brew delivers quite a unique, and agreeable flavor profile. Would definitely throw a couple of these in my create my own sixer again. (1,655 characters)

Photo of xerotime
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip which I would recommend if only to have the merging of scent and taste. Note: Not my first Belgian, but first Belgian style IPA.

(Look) smallish white head above the golden copper ale with moderate carbonation at the outset. On swirl, top lacing remains intact while the lower portion melts away at a moderate rate.

(Scent) surprised at first by the strident profile- even questioning the purchase- but the profile grew on me rather quickly. Citrus, lemon,hoppy profile for sure, but there was also this yeasty funkiness to it as well that I couldn't place. Definitely bright and 'resiny'.

(Taste/mouthfeel) Passes with moderate bitterness at first and a slight fullness on swallow with a bit of lingering bitterness. Nice- not too wet or hued with esters. Tongue-smack post swallow. Note: The tulip really enhanced both scent and taste at pass.

(Scent -halfway done) Pepper and mango; definitely mango. I could sniff this all day.

(Afterthought) Really a nice blend, and a nice intro to this style. The ABV is well hidden in this one. For my intro it was a bit stark at first not knowing what to expect, but it settled into a nice balance between the hop and yeast profiles that became a bit sultry towards the end. (1,237 characters)

Photo of jerskine
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden, dark orange color with about a half inch of foam and a descent amount of lacing; very opaque with many floating particles; looks extremely appetizing

S: very nice hoppy scent with the typical IPA's floral and citrus notes; picked up on some spices as well, mainly cinnamon

T: very interesting and complex flavor; hits you first as an IPA and second as a Belgian ale on the way down; citrus hops followed with a complex spiced bread flavor

M: an IPA with the mouthfeel of a Belgian ale; a crisp yet dry edge with a smooth finish

O: This was my first Belgian IPA and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was a very pleasant mix of two different styles of beer. This was nicely hopped up but not too overbearing and still gave me the typical malty flavors of a Belgian ale. (789 characters)

Photo of HopHeadHurls
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,730 characters)

Photo of coolkatz321
4.92/5  rDev +18%
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! (896 characters)

Photo of anell213
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of mdsteenb
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of TomBrewnansky
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy amber color with good lacing that sticks pretty well down the whole pint glass. Smells fantastic with a very heavy citrus aroma. Not as hoppy as I expected and a bready aftertaste, but a good balance and just the right amount of carbonation for this brew. It feels really light and I could easily drink a few of these. It's a tasty brew for sure and leaves your mouth a bit dry tempting you for another sip. (427 characters)

Photo of pstutzman
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber, bordering on orange. Slightly hazy.
S: Citrus with a slight Belgian funk.
T: Mostly hops with almost no Belgian character. Moderate lingering bitterness.
M: Lighter than expected.
O: Quite nice, although I expected more Belgian funk in the taste. (263 characters)

Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.