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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 648
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 90
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 648
Photo of gatornation
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (445 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz botte, bottled 7/1/15, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy bright golden-orange color with a creamy off-white head that retains for a while before settling into a thin layer remaining on top

S- bright citrusy hops up front with notes of orange zest, grapefruit, onion & a hint of pine. Spicy Belgian yeast adds some earthiness that compliments a slightly bready malt aroma that closes it out

T- citrusy hop flavor follows the aroma with flavors of orange zest and grapefruit juice. I'm picking up a hint of spicy yeast but it's definitely underlying. The finish gives more citrus, with light bready malt undertones

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a finish that remains creamy, but is a bit lighter in feel

O- a tasty citrusy IPA that goes down easy, would like to have seen a bit more Belgian yeast presence (873 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (884 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,280 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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. (1,189 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jac's

Pale orange pour with a thin tight film that leaves a steady clump of lacing

It's been awhile since I've been completely taken aback by the nose of a beer. So..damn..fresh. Bedlam oozes loads of orange marmalade toast. Fresh apricot, a light toastiness, and a slight, but noticeable yeast presence round out the nose. The hops certainly take center stage. I smelled this beer for at least a minute prior to digging in.

Wow....the best of both worlds here. Hops front and center from the get-go. Sticky citrus in the form of tangerine and some apricot. Smooth yet a bit sticky, in a very good way, through the middle with a mild bitterness at the finish. Belgian yeast is noticeable, but neither overwhelming nor center stage. A very nice example of the style, particularly if you enjoy a hop-centric version.

The tap version of this beer moved it into my favorite beer from Ale Asylum. Very enjoyable. (923 characters)

Photo of Soneast
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden color with some orange hues. Develops a 2-finger thick, cream-colored head that hangs around forever, slowly condensing to a thick mat of creamy suds, leaving large pillows of lace on the glass with each sip.

The aroma is quite intense, hop forward lots of citrus character, almost tangerine like, but there is also a unique fruitiness and maybe even a touch of clove near the finish.

The flavor is also chock full of hoppy goodness. That said, the Belgian yeast makes it's presence known through fruity, bubblegum-like flavors and I still get a bit of clove as well on the back end, there's even some "spice" notes to round out the plethora of yeast character. The hops showcase some nice citrus qualities which when combined with the yeasty esters, makes for one damn fine beer!

Bedlam...it's delicious, hop forward, yet due to all the yeast qualities, ultimately well balanced. Leaves a fruity, slightly bitter flavor on the palate. I actually really enjoyed this beer. I found the unique combination of flavors to be quite delicious. (1,070 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy deep orange with fluffy white head that leaves rings of lace.

S - Tangerine, mango, candied oranges, grapefruit, crackers, bready malt, with a touch of spice and belgian yeast.

T - Sweet candied orange, tropical fruit, mango followed by a lingering catty flavor I get in some Citra beers. Bready malt with spice and belgian yeast.

M - Medium body and dry with good carbonation. Slightly resiny.

D - If I wasn't picking up the catty flavor from the citra this would be exceptional. (502 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshly poured from the brewery and provided by Brother Rob!

A: poured with a nice deep, rocky head, amber to light brown color with slight haze, head dissipated to only light bubbles on side of glass
S: full nose of citrus/marmalade hops
T: taste is not over-the-top with hops which is a good thing, nice malt backbone with good hop finish that is more fruity than bitter, I don't taste a ton o Belgium qualities but they are there in finish with bubblegum and yeast
M: highly drinkable and well-balanced
O: I was expecting a bit more Belgium qualities instead of almost straight IPA (585 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours a cloudy, orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Good lacing clouds the glass.

S- Belgian yeast is there with some nice banana, citrus and some spices.

T- orange peel and caramel malts. Some banana and big burst of citrus and some earthy bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink with some creaminess as it finishes.

O- very good bipa. Really enjoyed this one from Ale Asylum and would get more in the future. (481 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Very murky brown-orange with a moderate beige head. Ugly, to say the least.

S. Citra going strong in the nose. Sweet tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit rind. Some clove and sweet pale malt behind.

T. Mango, lemon rind, grapefruit, bright vanilla, mild clove, cakey grain, mild leafy bitterness.

M. Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O. It's not a pretty beer, but the citra character is great. (402 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber color with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film. Spotty lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Smells more DIPA than Belgian, but I like the aroma. Blasts of pineapple and mango, some grapefruit citrus, a bit of sweet caramel, and some biscuity malt in the background. Just a hint of Belgian yeast and spices.

Taste: Hoppy from the start, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit quickly overwhelming the sweet biscuit malt. Some clove, pepper, and coriander step in for the Belgian aspect, with some herbal hops in at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, with enough hop oil sitting on the tongue to make me aware of the residue. The end is slightly astringent, but not overly so.

Drinkability: This was pretty good, sort of like a blend of a Belgian IPA and a DIPA. There are some more enjoyable examples of the style out there. (936 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"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."

A: Hazy golden orange nectar that you can not see through. A nice pillowy 3 finger white foamy head as you would expect from a Belgian style IPA.

S: Big fruity hop aromas, tropical and citrus. It has Citra hops after all. You get the classic Belgian Ale yeast flavor at the end.

T: Such an interesting taste to this. It is not bitter, but a big fruity IPA that almost could pass for a Triple with out the spiciness.

M: A light to medium with sharp carbonation very similar to Belgian Pale Ales.

O: Just read the quote from the bottle I posted at the top. A fun beer to drink with a very unique and delicious flavor. Ale Asylum sure has great IPA's. (797 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried a single bottle and poured it into my Sam Adams glass. Got a bright gold with orange hues. Nice white head and lacing

Nose is citrus and floral.

Taste is surprising. I expected more of a Belgian twist. Instead it reminds me of a nice citrus IPA. The Belgian part seems to surface at the finish and after it airs a bit. A very nice tasting beer by the way.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation.

I wish I would have gotten more of this. I like it. (455 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep orange, with reddish and yellowish hues moving from the center to sides. hazy and opaque. a finger or so of a white head that fades and leaves a weak lacing on the sides.

Smell: orange, pineapple and other citrus to tropical fruits that mix with sweetness, belgian yeast, and pilsner malts.

Taste: opens up with pineapple and citrus hops, with a bit of sweetness mixed in. lots of pilsner malts and a grassy taste. small belgian yeast character at the end.

Mouthfeel: dry and a little bitter. also on the heavy side for a belgian.

Overall: i initially liked this one more and as you drink more it declines a bit, too much of a grassy taste. Ideally a belgian ipa that i like should be doable but it seems less so everytime i drink one. this one ends up in the upper end of mid row. (805 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright rusty orange with thin but bubbling foam.

Bright tropical and citrus notes, tons of orange, mango, and pineapple with a slight earthy/herbal aroma.

Resin, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, and a slight Belgian yeast funk.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, earthy, fresh.

Overall, I was quite surprised with this! Flew off the shelves during the first wave of it's release here in the Chicagoland area and rightfully so! (448 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Nice dark orange color. Slightly cloudy with two fingers of creamy head. Very good retention. I get some sweet, malty notes tinged with fruit on the nose. Toast, marmalade, pineapples, and a little lemon.

Medium body with a slick, oily feel. Plenty of sweet, grainy malt up front and enough hops to provide a fruity component to the flavor like over-ripe oranges and pineapples. There is a touch of quinine-like bitterness that cuts through near the finish and complements the fruity sweetness nicely, but the fruit flavors linger the longest.

Very reminiscent of Houblon Chouffe in that it seems to taste like a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian Tripel. This one lacks some of the hoppy components of the d'Achouffe beer (sadly), but is still a fine beer. Very well-constructed and enjoyable. Complex without demanding too much. (892 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE 7/2015

On tap at OSS, Madison.

Significantly better than my orig. score would have you believe. The aroma, especially. AA has a homerun, here.

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Orig. Score: 4.08 (6/2014)
A hazy, ruddy, orange pour with a very small head that disappears pretty quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.

The first whiff of the aroma quietly promises a lot. It's fruity and earthy at once--peach and nectarine with some bready/loamy earth. Sadly, the aroma vanishes after one's first sip and never comes back.

The flavor in the mouth for the most part makes good on the promise of the aroma. The fruit from the nose is part white grapefruit bitterness, plus an acidic alcohol astringency. Actually, it's not very complex. Unable to really pick out much more than that.

Mouthfeel a bit thin, with modest carbonation.

It drinks more like Furthermore Fatty Boombalatty (a Belgian Pale Ale, 7.5% abv) than it does Piraat (Belgian IPA, 10% abv). I wish there were more malt in the flavor, like in the Piraat. I'm not really getting the Belgian yeast, though I never have really caught the Belgian yeast in a Belgian IPA, not even in Piraat.

No, wait, actually, I think I finally understand what the yeast tastes like from within the package of an IPA. Amazingly, now that I've got the yeast figured out, I'm digging this brew all the more. Or perhaps it's just more delicious as it warms? (1,391 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of white bubbly head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar, leaving a decent amount of sticky lacing. A bit of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass streaming up from the bottom.

Nose is peach, nectarine, grapefruit citrus peel, light sweet fruity esters, biscuit malts. Not a strong aroma though.

Taste starts with a light citrus pith bitterness, then more flavorful citrus peel. The stone fruit flavors from the fruity esters come mid tongue along with some light spices and a biscuit malts. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus peel and esters.

Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation, scrubs the tongue dry without being aggressive. Pretty easy to drink beer with an interesting flavor profile from the citra hopping combining with the Belgian yeast. (868 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAT A SURPRISE!! thanks for throwing this in as an extra - you know who you are.

A: Reddish brown with 1 finger head, good amount of lacing, murky body.

S: Spice, peach, complex! Can't really figure it out.

T: I love this hop flavor! All peach and spice, imo. Very little grapefruit and pine, but peppery and slightly spicy. Well balanced. What's cool is after taste is all peach!

M: Good amount of carbonation. Refreshing (light to medium body).

O: I don't quite know what the hell this is, but I love it. Not so sweet or bitter, nothing overpowering here, but very well balanced, peachy, yeasty. I love it. A total surprise. (635 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with BarrytheBear.

This is a surprisingly nice beer! It has a nice hoppy citrus (oranges/grapefruits/lemon) nose and a great, delicious hoppy amber ale taste. Perfectly carbonated and really well done. I am thouroughly impressed by something I had never heard of before! I would gladly take another one of these in a trade and I may even seek them out. (380 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.74/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a very clear reddish hue with two fingers of dense white head.

S-Spicy pine and grapefruit smells with some orange and alcohol notes on the finish with a little clove.

T-Clove yeast notes on the front with a light orange citrus note and a light bitterness.

M-A little watery with very light carbonation and a slick feel.

D-Not my thing at all, the bitterness is so low key and the feel is just completely disappointing. I'm a little disappointed that I bought Citra hops to brew with based off this beer. (516 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange, nice lacing.

Nice grapefruit/assorted tropical fruits in the nose.

Grapefruit, peach, spices, orange, yeast, pepper. Wonderful.

Medium mouthfeel, fairly good carbonation.

This took me entirely by surprise. I got a single. And will be seeking out more. (268 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a rocks glass
Thanks to MasterSki for this puppy

A-- Poured a dark, orange amber color. Close enough to see through. Just a few bubbles of carbonation on this. Bright white head that faded to film pretty quickly but left good sticky lacing.

S-- Candy nose of the bat. Very nice nose. Candied sugar, Stewed plumb, pineapple, and grapefruit. Very nice nose.

T-- Candied grapefruit and pine that change to straight pne and grapefruit. Starts Belgian and chnages to more of a US IPA.

M-- Medium body and medium carbonation. Like how the beer changed character. From Belgian to US style. Got hoppier and more bitter in the back of the mouth. Very creamy in the front. Citra hops are really fresh with this. Very solid.

O-- Good interperation with a bit of a twist. Smells and tastes Belgian but acts US in the mouth. Easy to drink and well hidden ABV. Can I have more of this please?? (906 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The ale was a golden copper color with a fluffy white head. Lacing was apparent as the head receded.

Smell - The citra hops are easy to detect. There is citrus and there is pine in the aroma. The earthy notes are not overly pungent, but rather sweet.

Taste - On the initial, one detects grapefruit, candy sugar, and grassy resin. The initial taste is a little to brief. It begins to move into a mild banana before moving to a more harsh resin profile. The aftertaste strikes me as a little watery.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel resembled a DIPA its thickness. The coating left behind strikes the note of Belgian thickness.

Overall - I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I would definitely enjoy this one on a hot day. (726 characters)

Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.