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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 73
Gots: 67 | 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:
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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Photo of Bighuge
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brandished copper body. Thin off white head leaves sporadic amounts of lace. Huge hop nose of bright pineapple and all things citrus, including tangerine too. Pineapple is the main player on the nose and a nice one at that. Awesome flavor follows suit with the nose. Hugely radiant citrus hop flavors. Pineapple and tangerine again. Biscuity malt base underneath provides the support needed. Body is medium and carbonation provides effervescent feel. This is really, really good. And I only got a singe of it. Damn.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Of the taster I had at the Asylum....this was my favorite....there is something about the Citra Hop that KICKS ASS! This beer poured a nice coppery orangish clear with white head that left a nice lace. The scent was a perfect blend of pine and citrus. The taste was like the smell but had the Belgium sugar/malt twang. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a great beer.

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

12oz bottle, scooped a sixer from Star when it came out last week

appearance: served in dane imperial pint, hazy copper-amber body, foamy beige froth, bigtime lacing

smell: nice blast of fresh citrus hops and zesty yeast, white pepper, corriander - well spiced

taste: pretty happy that ale asylum bottled a belgian ipa - one of my favorite styles...this one offers a nice blend of fresh grapefruit zest, citrus, lemon peel, light belgian yeast, white pepper, corriander...fresh and quaffable

mouthfeel: zesty, lively body

drinkability: nice

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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Green tulip. No date or info on the bottle.

A - Almost three fingers of off-white head rise to the occasion. A slight effervescent leads in then stops as the head quickly begins to recede. Chunky Belgian-like lace is left in it's place above the lightly cloudy orange beer.

S - Bedlam's nice floral and fruity hop nose finds it's way into mine with a pleasant and inviting aroma. Mango, peach, and pineapple blend with an earthy, grassy background sprinkled with pine needle. A toasted malt base is clearly there but seems to go unnoticed in the midst of all the other nuances. The Belgian yeast imparts a little give of it's own; nice Belgian easters.

T - Nuances similar to that of the aroma pull through in the flavor. A toasted malt backdrop is present but is very submissive to the citrusy, fruity hop flavor profile. Pine slips in between mango, pineapple, ,and a little lime. The Belgian yeast is fully at work creating a deep profile here.

M - Medium-light bodied and smooth going down, Bedlam has a nice texture that follows up with a soft carbonation exit and citrusy, light bitter finish. I think it could stand just a bit more carbonation.

D - Killer nuances create and exotic and deeply flavorful profile in Bedlam. Ale Asylum has proved, once again, that they know their hops and know them well. It's a very good beer with nice drinkability.

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Not much of a head at all. Leaves a collar initially. Thin lacing left around the glass. Beer is a murky oragne.

S- Aromas of citrus mixed with a Belgian yeast strain sweetness, I like.

T- Follows the nose. Grapefruity citrus followed by Belgian yeast spiciness.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable considering ABV. Got better as it warmed a tad. Get this beer a head and it be great, otherwise a very good Belgian IPA. Hats off to Ale Asylum, my favorite from them so far.

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As Beavis would say: "This beer kicks ass!"

I've had a lot of Citra hopped beers but I feel safe in saying this is by far...by far the best I have had as however they brewed it really brings out the juicy citrus flavor and not the catty garlic and onion I occassionally get in light amounts...

You might as well bury your head in a fresh cut orange when you smell this....same thing...and amplify that by 2 when you taste it...by far one of the most juicy citrusy IPA's I've had....not much citrus sharpness either...really ripe fruit feel..

So where is the Belgian impression? Fuck if I know...don't care....this is incredible as is even if it lacks that feel.

Would buy this by the case as my every day IPA if I had access to it....if you are expecting some yeasty Belgian style blended IPA you'll be disappointed...if you just sit back and enjoy this bitch you'll love it....

Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Best Enjoyed By 04/1?/2014
L - frothy ivory head caps a hazy amber colored ale. Tons of lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates
S - awesome fresh aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, yeast, floral hop
T - sweet, fresh, and juicy; tropical mango, passion fruit, mandarin, and pineapple; Juicy Fruit gum, grapefruit, caramel, grain, Belgian yeast
F - medium body, creamy, a bit resinous, finishes more sweet than bitter, alcohol is non-existent
O - super refreshing with juicy, fruity hops melding with the yeast to create an explosion of taste, however I would like this to be a bit more bitter than it is, especially if it's an IPA of sorts.

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden copper amber hue with a one finger head that fades to leave a thin quarter inch blanket and light side lacing.

S - Wow, real nice aromas here. Strong fruity citra hops, citrus, light tropics, light dank hop aroma, slight belgian yeast notes, subtle funk, slight sweet malts. No ABV detectable.

T - Damn, not nearly as tasty as the nose. A bit too malty for my liking. The belgian yeast notes are pleasantly there with some nice sweet citrusy hops. Light bitter pines, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Would like to see a bit more though.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Light bitter finish with some slight sharp carbonation. Super drinkable and refreshing.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer with nice citra hop notes. Still, I'd like to see a bit more hop with this. All in all though it is a good beer.

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a small soapy head that recedes slowly and leaves some delicate lacing on the sides.

Aroma is spectacular, just full of juicy citrus hops, pineapples and oranges, pithy grapefruit, but with a definitely fruity ester note in the background from the Belgian yeast. But, to be clear, this smells much more like an American IPA.

Taste is certainly a step below the aroma with the juicy fruit coming through but much less aggressively as in the aroma. Plenty of malts and more spicy than the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and prickly with hop juices on the palate.

This was definitely a pleasant surprise as it's one of the better Belgian IPAs I've tasted recently. The taste didn't quite deliver the promise of the aroma but that was a pretty serious promise.

Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

T-minus 10...9...8...

The hazy golden-bronze ship shudders and emits a huge plume of soiled ivory smoke.

..7..6..5...

The exhaust cloud fills the surrounding area, only slowly receding, but leaving sticky lacing all around.

...4..3..2...

We have ignition. Lacing is still everywhere (and it will be for a while). We have launch.

...1...

Liftoff.

Tropical fruit blasts up the nasal cavities. Pineapple rockets with mango afterburners orbiting lime moons and pelted with grapefruit and peach meteors. The toasty malt adds tethering gravity, bracing against the dusty, clove and lilac and black pepper Belgian-influenced space debris.
All systems go. It turbo-boosts into and across and through the mouthspace. The grapefruit and lime rind G-forces snap one's head back right away. Once free of their gravity, a shortbread maltiness, with just a touch of toasted nuts pressurizes the cabin. Now it's time for Luducrous Speed. Kaleidescopes of papayas, cloves, mangoes, allspice, pineapple, peppercorns, apples, mint, and orange race past as it speeds towards a black hole littered with bitter dry herbs and flowers. It's throttled down a bit now, and frees itself from this pull, coasting in the sweetish tropical-spice medley, rather than navigating the coarser, more bitter sections of space ahead. The crew is divided: some say, nothing ventured, nothing gained; the rest are content with its smooth sailing.
The burly yet streamlined vessel is fueled by a persistent, bubbling carbonation. It flies through the ether as easily as it flies down one's neck.

The course it's on is fantastic, easy-going, sweet with balanced bitter moments. But there's a salty deckhand insubordinate idea in my head: if had it strayed just a bit further towards that bitter blackhole, it would have made everyone on board a legend.
But great results cannot be second-guessed, and this is, by all means and measures, an amazing trip.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of EliteDigger into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy orange body with two fingers of creamy white foam. Good retention and lacing. Great looking beer.

S: This one smells far more IPA than Belgian, with the Citra hops taking center stage: orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, and mango. Some lightly spicy yeast backs up the hops, but never threatens to overpower them. Enticing and enjoyable.

T: More balanced than the nose, with fruity hops, spicy yeast, and lightly sweet malt all intermingled. Nothing dominates, but nothing has to - this is just delicious.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; a bit to sharp with the bubbles, but still quite enjoyable.

D: No clue how strong this one is (I'd guess around 7%, maybe slightly more), but it doesn't taste boozy at all. The flavors are intense enough to preclude serious sessioning (not that that would be an option, since this is my only bottle), although I'd gladly have more than one. Pretty good.

Notes: While Houblon Chouffe remains my favorite BELGIAN ipa, this is my new favorite belgian IPA. The emphasis is far more on the hops, and boy do I love Citra. I can't quite place which Trappist brewery supplied the yeast (my guess would be Westmalle, but I'm sadly far from certain), but whatever it is it works. Big thanks to EliteDigger for the chance to try this one; I hope to get more Ale Asylum brews when I make it to WI this summer.

Cheers!

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: st. bernie chalice (also from Madison), full head recedes to a persistent layer, nice orange-amber color

s: big grapefruit punch followed by layers of moderately sweet pale malts and phenols with other yeast-imparted spice, muddled ripe citrus and tropical fruits - mango and pineapple, rich and uniquely aromatic

m: carbonation light-moderate, medium bodied, smooth

t: pale malt profile with only glimpses of caramelization, full tropical hops give grapefruit and ripe tropical fruits, balanced yeast phenols, lingering yeast in the moderately bitter finish

d: could use a better follow-through on the tongue, but this is a high quality Belgian IPA - one of the best out there, could help myself to a few of these

I find this one comparable to the venerable Raging Bitch, with a slightly more complex malt profile and more tempered phenols

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Well hazed peach color. One finger of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Quite hoppy and in a way that is befitting of the brew. This is super grassy. It's probably the only brew I've ever had that is both extremely hoppy and not citrusy at all. Earthy and herbal after the grassiness. Lightly sugary. Belgian yeast spiciness that comes mainly in the form of clove and pepper. Otherwise clean. Very nice.

4.0 T: Again, this is has a clean neutral maltiness with big hops and spicy yeast. Big grassy flavor. Very low bitterness. Pepper and clove. Superbly drinkable. The hops are potent, but don't overstep their place.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly spritzy with a good creaminess. Super smooth.

4.5 D: This is a damn fine beer. Incredibly drinkable. Hops do their job and do it well, but don't make the beer a cloying undrinkable hop bomb that some of the more citrus oriented IPAs do. This is a wonderful beer and a must try.

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bedlam from Ale Asylum
93 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.