Ale Asylum

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #26
Ranked #10,254
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Notes: With a fury of hop flavor and a strong malt backbone, this West-Coast style amber is part ale, part sensory eruption, and All-American. Ambergeddon is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way.
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Photo of brandobeer555
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, think IPA but with toned down hops/citrus and a more up malty flavor. Taste is pretty balanced, plenty of hops if you are an IPA fan, but good caramel and toasted biscuit notes on the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of German-Helles
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This 120z. can of beer pours a very attractive hazy amber with a nice pillow of tan foam that lasted a couple of minutes.The carbonation is minimal.
The smell is of faint yeast, not strong at all.
The taste caught me by surprise, I like ambers and was hoping for an amber, but this is more like an IPA. There is a very faint caramel hidden under the strong pine and citrus, with a very bitter dry finish! This was not what I was hoping for!
The feel is OK, not watery, low carbonation, dry.
The beer looks very nice, but after work I was looking forward to a good amber, this was not it. Just another IPA.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Orangey amber in the body, thin white head. Aromas of toasted caramel malts, some citrusy hops, and rye bread greet the nose. Taste is really malty, some hops on the finish but pretty mild, get some honey and earthiness too. Feel is malty, medium bodied and decently carbonated. Solid

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Photo of MercInc
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally, I am a porter/Stout drinker. I gave this one a try today. At 40 to 45 degrees, Using a pilsner glass, pours with a cloudy, amber color, accompanied with a thick white head, that dissipated to a thin covering in about 4 minutes. The Hops are right up front, but not overpowering. There is a bit of "Back of the throat" bitterness. Nice clean, drinkable ale.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sblickem for sending this bottle! My first brew from Ale Asylum. Reviewed from (very, very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Consumed 9/3/17.

A: Very hazy deep copper to brown, with a reasonable amount of visible carbonation. Forms a thin off-white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Toasted biscuit malts and some caramel. A bit of boozy alcohol, and some stale resinous hops and oil. A fainter orange-y citrus rind. Not what I expected, and not exciting. I don't see a date on the bottle, but the hop profile smells potentially aged - but I trust the beer was fresh when sent, and I only got it a couple weeks ago.

T: Bready malts, with just a hint of toastiness. Resin and orange pith hops – oily and more bitter than fruity. Mild toffee or caramel sweetness in the malts, but it doesn’t taste as old as it smelled. More hop bitterness in the hang – more vegetal and resin.

M: Medium-bodied, average carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: Well, I don’t know if this is old or not. I actually don’t think it tasted old – it just didn't at all have the hops I was looking for. For a label that says “West-Coast Style” red ale this fell way, way short. It’s more of an old-school, Triple C (or maybe even just Centennial) hoppy red. A serviceable beer at your local 3 BBL brewhouse, or a buddy’s homebrew, but nothing to distribute. Scores given are my scores to style, rather than the imaginative “West Coast” puffery on the label. That would be a complete fail.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with medium head and persistent lacing.
Smell is caramel malt and a hint of citrus.
Taste is caramel malt with a hoppy mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium to dark amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of pine + citrus/grapefruit pith + spicy hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of bready + toasted + caramel malts with moderate amounts of caramel + molasses sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready + toasted + caramel malts with moderate amounts of caramel + molasses sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine + citrus/grapefruit pith + spicy hops which impart a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp initially with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a strong malt backbone and aggressive bitterness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I think this is basically a red ipa. Comes in a burnt copper reddish to light brown kind of color. The off white head had good retention, it stood at 1/2" for a respectable amount of time. Aroma hits those red malt woody caramel notes before any hops drop aroma wise. Seems to have a Chinook like aroma to it.

Taste also drops that familiar pine grapefruit combo from a familiar traditional C hop variety. The caramel/crystal malt thing is there, but similar to say Nugget Nectar (you know Nugget isn't a bad guess here either hop wise) the malt content that looks almost excessive actually glides away in the mouth feel, doesn't have that heavy lasting weight to it, allowing the bitterness and hops to play a sizeable role in the beers existence. Sticky and yet dry at the same time. Decent stuff.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; production stamp difficult to decipher, ?bottled 6/8/18.
A: Pours a slightly haze, copper to brown color with excellent, white head formation, solid retention, and sticky, persistent lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, cacao, bread, and molasses are most evident.
T: Palate follows the nose. Solid bitterness adds to the picture.
M: Medium to full bodied. Solid persistence of effervescence.
O: Solid ale, though seems more a Brown than Amber to me. Drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous opaque red amber with fluffy cap or beige froth fading into bubbles. Bright citric and soft floral hoppy notes pare well with smooth malty backbone. 6.8% ABV and 65 IBU’s put the American Amber Ale near iPA.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip show's a dark orangish body on its own, but really shines a bright amber when illuminated, and briefly supports a 1/2in cream colored head with an aggressive pour.

Aroma is a pleasing melange of flowery, citrus, hops and caramel malt.

Flavors are malt forward but a flowery and bitter hop flavor isn't far behind. A bitter aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery yet finishes sticky, which leaves the aftertaste.

Overall a solid amber with a bold bitter hop presence.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy red color with a finger’s worth of sly white foamy head. Stringy lace. The aroma started off with some roasted malty nuts. Some toffee/caramel sort of cleanliness hits some bitter citrus to piney hops. The flavor takes the malts and leans them up against the bitter hops, somewhat there and somewhat not. Crisp sort of roasty malts and hop burn in the aftertaste and that hits the finish somewhat dryly. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Mild carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, even with the hop burn in the aftertaste and finish, I like this one. Seems like mostly everything fits, but also perhaps an amber ale that some may need to get used to.

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Photo of Jtall78
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber burnt orange color with off white head. Very little lacing. Quite cloudy. Aroma is malt and biscuit. Smells pretty good. Taste seems off. Can't tell if it's hops or the yeast, but right in the middle the is an out of place bitterness that is off putting.

Overall, I probably wold not buy again.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep Amber. Thick, medium off-white head short-lived.

Smells malt, earthy, dank, Pine, Citrus and hints of alcohol.

Taste bready and light toasted malt, some fruit. Fades to a dry citrus peel linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first from Ale Asylum, tho I see it often. (The labels must scare me.)
This brewery takes some getting used to if its other ales are so hop heavy.

That's what I said about three years ago.
I had Ambergeddon again, and my rating (-12.7) is much improved (despite their label not changing.)
Looks: If you like lace, you got it. Smell: mostly malt (which is how I get drawn into an ale).
Taste: It still has too many hops to go with any serious food. Bitter. Feel: it is refreshing, but this much hops refreshes.
I'm glad to give this ale its due. This is why we have beers twice.

I'm also reviewing brewers as much as the beer. And while Ale Asylum seems to have a great sense of humor, I'd like a little more from a Midtown brewer since that is were I went to school in the mid-1970s. For not finding anything of the community-feel on their site, no hugs. But for being pioneers, some OA hugs.

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Photo of MrGraybeard
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big malt content for a mainstream amber, on the level of an IPA. Note the alcohol content -- 6.8%! Overall a fine beer, but not exactly a session brew.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy burnt amber body, hop-driven fluffy milky off-white head. Nose is molasses, toasted malt, raw grain, a bit of floral and citric acid hop notes. Flavor is bread crust, toasted almonds, and some hoppy citrus notes here and there. A medicinal, orange-pith, bitter note unveils itself on the finish, quite off-putting. Body is full and sticky, somewhat mouth-coating.
West coast amber, hoppy take on a generic ale, same thing: sweet malt and some hops. It was pretty good (for the style) except for that awful finishing note, like a bar of soap. Despite that, this could be a good gateway beer for macro drinkers.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on draft at a comedy club. I don't usually drink this style of beer, but I thought it was ok. Pretty drinkable. Has a hint of nutty flavor.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice maltiness that blends well enough with the hops. There's a nut flavor in the background that brings it up one level. Could use a bit more carbonation, but otherwise good.

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Photo of TooGood
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muted amber with one inch frothy head and leaves a lovely lacing. Smell is malt forward, yet taste is hop forward with a big malt backbone. A good beer.

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Photo of LordTroldemort
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty smell with a very faint hint of hops

Tastes like I'd expect from the smell - sweet and caramel-y with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Heavy body, with medium carbonation.

Overall, it's a good amber. Something I'll probably buy again come Fall

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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown longneck poured into a shaker, the beer is in fact amber with a sticky tan head.

The aroma is of caramel malts and pine.

My best by date on the bottle is missing. I wonder if this one is a bit old as the hops are more subdued then the label would lead me to believe. The malts are rich with a caramel note. There is a bit of ripe fruit and some latent citrus bitterness. It is tasty, but I would like to sample again.

The mouth is nice. It is a bit thick and coating.

Man, I can smell the hops, but I just can’t really taste them.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

im not sure why i expected less, or not much at all from these guys, but both beers ive had from them have been fantastic. this one less so than the bedlam, but its great. a real hoppy coppery red beer with a ton of honey textured resins and just the right amount of both residual sugar and bitterness. its definitely west coast in its approach to the hopping, and it takes this red beer to a place these dont often go, almost an ipa, which is awesome for me. caramel malt has biscuity properties too, layered, maybe some oats in here too as there is plenty of body, almost heavy feeling as it warms. fuller body, carbonation thats alive, and a lingering hoppy finish that attaches to the sweetness on the tongue in a real nice way. i need to find some more beers from these guys, they have made a huge impression on me out of nowhere. really stoked to have found them, great beers so far. this is about as bold as amber gets, dont expect the classic generic american red beer here at all. this is something the style has needed in my opinion!

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a hazy caramel color with a 1/4" head. Nice hoppy aroma with a sweet and citrusy flavor. This is a good hoppy amber ale, very drinkable, went very well with the spicy food I was eating.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale Asylum, Madison, WI

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts are preset in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very malty but has a strong underlying backbone of hops that help to balance things out.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer—particularly the taste—has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

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