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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 70
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of nickd717


3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

08-26-2011 15:19:51 | More by nickd717
Photo of seeswo


3.78/5  rDev -9.6%

Round 2 of Bedlam just came out, so I thought I would check it out. Pours a golden brown with a small tan head. Looks good. Smells like spicy orange hops and the smell that wafts out of the next door neighbors windows before they throw on loud techno and order pizza...this represents a somewhat odd combo. The orange from the citrus hops comes out strongly in the taste, but in a grassy, spicy manner. The hop profile tastes somewhat similar to Surly Furious, though not executed as well. There might be just a touch of bready yeastiness representing the Trappist component, but if you didn't tell me that was there, I am not sure I would pick it up. It mostly comes out with a flavor like a really interesting IPA with a slightly odd twist. Mouthfeel is dead on, not too sweet or heavy, good carbonation. Overall, this is the beer I get 6 packs of when I want to have a few. It's so cheap and has a more interesting hop profile than many local WI beers.

05-08-2011 19:04:03 | More by seeswo
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-07-2014 02:23:30 | More by TX-Badger
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-03-2012 02:45:05 | More by thewimperoo
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-11-2014 00:39:39 | More by Sparky44
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-13-2013 22:59:20 | More by egrace84
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

02-19-2014 02:38:31 | More by hilgart1
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-27-2014 21:37:36 | More by mrebeka
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev -4.3%

A: cloudy orange body, 2 finger head, great lacing

S: peach, mango, pine, malt

T: peach/mango, malt, pine, long oily bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily body

O: Very good beer. I will seek this out again.
I know it's a big sipper, but I want to gulp
this beast. Fascinating smell and flavor.


06-04-2011 21:35:41 | More by BeerLover99
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-12-2014 04:01:12 | More by jsh420
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-06-2012 22:27:37 | More by atone315
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-06-2012 02:01:59 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of jegross2


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Reviewing the Bedlam from Ale Asylum.
Score: 91

Spring 2012 release with the code “2043 73w1745” stamped on the bottle. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 04/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparentish sunset orange color. When held up to light, the beer fades from a dull golden color in the upper third of the glass to a light reddish orange color. A thin layer of off-white creamy head at pour quickly settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. Awesome lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Grapefruit citrus, fruity/floral hops and “phenolic yeast.” Smells a lot like a trappist quad with an IPA twist. A little lemon and pulpy orange juice. A touch of residual spices. This is my first Belgian IPA, and it is unlike any other IPA I have ever smelled. 4/5

Taste: Tastes more like a Belgian with an IPA twist than an IPA with a Belgian twist. Orange flavored hops, grapefruit and floral spice with a fruity banana/Belgian yeast backbone. Lots of the banana/Belgian yeast flavor on the midpalate. Has a growing bitter hop bite in the finish as it layers. Muted fruit in the back half with clove. Lingering orange juice malt flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with lively carbonation on the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Has a dry finish that is mildly fruity/malty. 4/5

Overall: Unique to say the least. This is my first Belgian IPA, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is probably Ale Asylum’s best beer. It is not great by any means, but it is something refreshingly different from your traditional oniony IPA or earthy IPA or juicy IPA. Give it a whirl while it is in season.

Recommendation: If you like Belgian beers and IPAs, hunt this one down.

Pairings: Greek salad or banana break.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

05-01-2012 22:51:46 | More by jegross2
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

06-20-2011 21:22:11 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-12-2013 12:29:28 | More by vermilcj
Photo of mltobin


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Served on-tap at Roman`s in Milwaukee.

Appearance is an orange tone w/ 1 finger of white head. This beer looks appealing, excited to try it. Its` nose has pine, Belgian yeast, orange and biscuits. Sipping on it, it has a taste of grapefruit, orange, hops, some light spice as well. Mouthfeel is low key, average carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. This is a great beer from this small brewery out of Madison, WI.

06-09-2012 13:26:16 | More by mltobin
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-18-2014 14:01:47 | More by fredmugs
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-27-2014 02:24:26 | More by jzeilinger
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-23-2014 03:44:30 | More by Kurmaraja
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-19-2014 19:52:28 | More by krome
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours into my imperial pint glass a bright orange with a creamy inch of white foam that lingers on and on. Hazy particulate swirls through the brew. Aromas kick off with bold citric hops and a tropical twang as well. Really fruity with an earthy fresh yeast zing that melds in nicely. Blends together and draws you in.

First sip brings smooth crisp malt body intertwined with a bounty of citric resiny hop flavors. Really fruity throughout with a twist of tropical. Earthy, fresh yeast flavors blend themselves in. Flows down with a good bitterness and a clean, easy drinking finish. Tasty, refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Good body and carbonation add up to equal easy drinkability. This is another great brew from Ale Asylum and I love it when they bring the hops! Good way to showcase the Citra hops and the Trappist yeast brings a tasty twist. Thanks Severstad.

05-15-2010 04:11:58 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Ryan011235


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/3/12

Cloudy, rustic orange appearance. One and a half finger head condenses slowly. Thin retention overall. Lace is good, though - dense, drippy rings.

Tropical hops aromas mix with light fruit juiciness, resulting in something of a fruit cocktail of an aroma. Peach, mango, grapefruit, apple and hints of banana. Notions of fruity bubblegum. Bread and cracker linger in the back.

The flavor is juicy in a serious way - and it doesn't stop with the fruit qualities of the yeast. Oh, there's grapefruit, peach, lemon and tangerine aplenty. Modest, clean bitterness picks up in the middle and lingers on the finish. The malt bill is really nice, too - some mildly-flavored grains.

The feel is somewhat slick and kind of grainy at the same time, but the combination works for the medium body. Carbonation is appropriately low and well within my comfort range. The aforementioned bitterness on the finish builds toward the end of the glass, but continues to retain good, residual hop flavor.

Wow, Bedlam surpassed my expectations with ease. I have no idea how old it is (I've had it for a week and a half), but it's very tasty as is. Wish I had a few more.

08-04-2012 04:27:10 | More by Ryan011235
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to klikger for throwing this in our trade. Review from notes...

A- Pours a a copper amber color. One and a half finger light tan head retains very well before capping the beer. Nice sticky ringy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big fruity hops in the front of the aroma! Nice light yeasty smell with almost light spicing behind it. Orange peel and light almost clove in the tail end of the aroma. Overall, this beer smells fantastic and made my mouth water as I smelled it.

T- Fruity hops right off the bat collide with some light orange peel. There is a nice sweet caramel malt in the middle of this beer that fades into a light yeasty and spiced flavor. Some light bitter hops in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light citrus hops and sweet malt left on the palate with a bubblegum like aftertaste from the yeast. Alcohol was a bit drying on the palate but nothing over the top. Beer flavors were settle and well blended together.

D- This was a very well balanced beer that I want more of. I am really surprised that a Belgian IPA can taste so good. I will be looking for this one again if they decided to make it again. First time beer for this company and I like what I have tasted so far!

05-08-2010 01:24:39 | More by alleykatking
Photo of gatornation


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

A- Pours a slight hazed golden Orange color with a nice 1-2 finger head that stays around nice sticky lacing thru-out

S- Mango citrus floral smell with some brett-like smells and bread

T- superb floral hops upfront with with tastes of mango pear citrus no bitterness at all some Belgian yeast

M- smooth with almost no bitterness nicely carbonated very tasty and flora lon the palate

O- this Belgian IPA is superb buy this one or trade for it

04-15-2013 21:08:16 | More by gatornation
Bedlam from Ale Asylum
93 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.