Bedlam - Ale Asylum
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4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
07-07-2011 16:09:15 | More by AgentZero
4.97/5 rDev +18.9%
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....
11-09-2011 07:03:19 | More by ZAP
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-09-2012 03:06:22 | More by Duff27
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-08-2012 03:47:07 | More by gford217
4.04/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
03-24-2014 01:50:18 | More by barnzy78
4.7/5 rDev +12.4%
The hazy golden-bronze ship shudders and emits a huge plume of soiled ivory smoke.
The exhaust cloud fills the surrounding area, only slowly receding, but leaving sticky lacing all around.
We have ignition. Lacing is still everywhere (and it will be for a while). We have launch.
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.
07-12-2010 05:39:51 | More by cokes
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
06-08-2010 03:51:25 | More by woosterbill
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
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
05-18-2010 02:40:56 | More by blackie
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
05-02-2012 19:23:54 | More by rudzud
4.18/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-05-2012 06:06:17 | More by DavoleBomb
4.6/5 rDev +10%
Glowing burnt orange with a cloudy appearance due to the swirling and pouring of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Glistening off-white head of foam with great lacing.
Bright citrusy hops in a big way to go along with fruity and funky belgian yeast. What a powerful combo.
Belgian yeast that adds a nice funk, american hops and if I had to guess I would say citra, cascade and centennial. The bitterness is kept in a check by a honey and crackery sweet malt backbone. Some floral undertones also. So complex, yet blended so well.
Very smooth and soft on the palate. Finishes dry. A touch of warmth is felt down deep from the alcohol.
This drinks so amazingly well. I only grabbed two sixers of this and am now wishing I would have grabbed a case or more. Overall, this has to be my favorite american made belgian IPA. Love it!
05-02-2012 01:12:19 | More by jera1350
4.24/5 rDev +1.4%
Can't read the date but I believe it to be quite fresh.
A: Pours a clear amber. Effervescent and fluffy tan head. Great head retention. Moderate lacework.
S: Big citra notes. Tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Mangos too? Tangerine? Belgian yeast influence is notable as well with some spiciness.
T: Really nice juicy tropical fruit up front, pretty much as described in the aroma. Pineapple not so sharp I think. A hint of that typical citra dankness in the middle too but not overpowering. Nice bready malt with some black pepper towards the finish.
M: Medium bodied and super smooth.
O: Nice balanced IPA that really highlights citra. Belgian yeast lends a bit of complexity and uniqueness. Very easy drinking for such a hoppy IPA. Really well crafted and enjoyable.
08-15-2013 04:40:15 | More by Dope
3.83/5 rDev -8.4%
Another interesting extra from FrankenBrew. Pours from the bottle a hazy dark golden color, with some nice lingering off-white foam. Huge floral hop aroma, along with lemons and bubblegum. The Belgian yeast seems more prevalent on the palate, as the hops take a little bit more of a backseat. A really good example of the style, and much hoppier than most.
05-20-2010 03:08:13 | More by emmasdad
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to TATURBO for bring this bottle back from Madison. Thanks Chris.
poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: brillant and clear medium golden yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of soapy white head. decent lacing makes a thin coating on the glass.
Smell: yeasty, fruity, peppery, and spicy. Hops take a backseat to the belgian yeast notes in the nose. Hops smell of grapefruit, mandrin oranges, a hint of pine and tropical fruits. I even get a bubblegum note of sweetness from the hops. Great nose.
Taste: Mellow bitterness from this beer which really surprised me comparing the taste to the nose. Hops taste of grapefruit, tropical fruit, tropical fruit, grass, and oranges. The beer is moderately yeasty and peppery. The malts are mildy sweet with bready and caramel notes. Finishes with all these flavors balancing out nicely. No lingering bitterness in the finish from the hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer,but it on the lower end of the spectrum. Moderate carbonation also on the lower end of moderate. Super drinkable for 7.5%. Clean and smooth beer.
Overall: Its like a belgian zombie dust, but more focused on the belgian part of the beer and less focus on the hops. Great job Ale Asylum!
05-15-2012 02:44:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
pretty sure i got this one from EliteDigger. thanks scott!
12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.
pours crystal clear orangey amber until it reaches the bottom of the bottle and it starts to get a bit hazy. a small fine cream coloured head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of intricate lace.
aroma is great. bright citrusy hops. grapefruit, candied orange and tangerine. bit of pine. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. just a hint of belgian yeasty character. slightly toasty. hint of tropical fruit.
taste is good. much like the aroma, it is dominated by lightly sweet candied hops. tangerine, orange, and a bit of grapefruit. hint of pine, but it's more of a background note to the citrus. white bread and cracker. the tropical fruit character comes through a little more than in the aroma, giving it a little more of a belgian slant than i got there. just under medium bitterness level.
mouthfeel is great. medium body with a fairly dry finish. just under medium carbonation level.
drinkability is great. excellent balance. it leans a little more american than belgian, but it's got a nice hop complexity and it is delicious.
08-08-2010 20:56:38 | More by grub
Bedlam from Ale Asylum
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