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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 86
Gots: 84 | 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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Ratings: 606 | Reviews: 127
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Resin, citrus, tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, earthy hops, and cannabis form the complex aroma. Earthy notes win out. Smells like dirt.

Flavor reveals subtle notes of grapefruit and mango initially, but the earthy, grassy hop character overshadows the fruity hops early, carrying into a lightly bitter, pine dominant finish. Esters of peach and pear from the Belgian yeast add complexity. Lightly sweet caramel malt serves only to unite the esters and hops. Pineapple surfaces late.

Probably one of the most grassy, piney, and earthy beers I've had. Wish the esters and fruity hops were more prevalent, but a nice beer. In the end, the resiny, earthy hops are too much for my palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Free House Pub in Middleton, Wisconsin in a pint glass on 7/19/2013 as we sit in the outdoor patio.

Aroma: Smells like apricots, but faint, with a more dominant spicy phenols from the yeast. There is a bit of a malty caramel sweetness as well. Smells good and aromatic.

Colour: Pours a pale orange body with probably a half cm white head that slowly dissipates, completely by the time I get halfway through the glass. Lacing is very nice, spotty but definitely leaves a nice lacing as I get through the glass. Looks refreshing.

Flavour: Follows the nose. A bit of apricot and caramel sweetness complements each other along with the spicy phenols. Not particularly bitter, but there is a little bit of a citrus bite at the end. Not particuarly intense, but everything complements each other very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing and very drinkable. No indication of alcohol heat. Aftertaste is mostly everything that comes out- the citrus, apricot, and spicy yeast all blended together.

Overall: Tasty, not overwhelming, but not underwhelming either. Shows off the Belgian yeast characteristics well, while complementing it with a good fruity hoppiness that doesn't overwhelm the spices. It definitely hit the spot on a hot summer evening on the patio.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
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