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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
93
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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 54 | 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 15, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

emmasdad, May 20, 2010
Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

grub, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -4.1%

TX-Badger, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

thewimperoo, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

A-Semi cloudy deep orange, two finger head with nice lacing

S-Starts with some citrus hops and then the belgian character takes over, clove, banana, grass.

T-Starts with nice belgian notes of clove and banana. Ends with a mild citrus with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and a tad velvety.

O-One of the better Belgian IPAs out there, the citra hops definitely help out.

rlee1390, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

egrace84, May 13, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

seeswo, May 08, 2011
Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

hilgart1, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Sparky44, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

mrebeka, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Kurmaraja, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jsh420, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

GOOD BEER, WORTH TRYING!

BeerLover99, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

hoppymcgee, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of mltobin
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

mltobin, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

atone315, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

vermilcj, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

CuriousMonk, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

jegross2, May 01, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jzeilinger, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -4.1%

fredmugs, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

krome, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty Belgian style aroma with a big presence of citrus hop esters. Upfront Belgian yeast with some barnyard funk, pepper, and clove. Big hop presence with some floral and earthy hints of grass. Juicy citrus hop esters with hints of orange peel, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of banana and apple. Some bready malt with hints of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, spicy and fruity Belgian yeast with a big presence of earthy and citrus hops. Belgian yeast along with some barnyard funk, peppers, and clove spice. Dried fruit notes of banana. Sharp hop presence with earthy and floral notes of grass and pine spice. Juicy citrus hop taste of orange peel, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, and passion fruit. Bready malt background with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and slightly oily. Drying and fairly smooth.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. This really brings the IPA part with lots of juicy hops but there is enough Belgian yeast spice to keep things interesting.

MattyG85, Aug 27, 2013
Bedlam from Ale Asylum
93 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.