Ambergeddon | Ale Asylum

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a fury of hop flavor and a hint of malt backbone, this west coast amber is part ale, part sensory eruption, and all American.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 06-15-2006

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Photo of kkleu357
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

From notes on 9/12/2013

Slight nutty aroma with little head, but a nice golden dark brown color. Some nutty flavor, but more hops come through. A easy drinking beer.

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Photo of johnkale
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of head dissipates awfully quickly on top of a hazed amber beer, hits of lacing

S - Toffee and caramel hit first, after that comes nice mix of piney/citric hop notes, a little tobacco and guava round out the smell. All the caramel notes fitting for the style, plus some interesting hops!

T - Flavor does not live up to the nose, a little caramel and orange, some resiny hops, a little heat and some crushed aspirin in the finish, nothing bad, nothing spectacular

M - A little bit thin, moderate carbonation, wonderfully resinous though

O - Something falls short when you sip this one, smells so good, tastes so bland (comparatively). This beer is available everywhere in Madison it seems, so it's a good one to grab when lacking options. I'd rather drink Hopalicous (or better yet, Bedlam) though.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint. Thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for taking a personal vendetta against my 'want's last in our recent trade!

Ambergeddon is, as one might expect, a tawny amber hue with a slightly hazed body. The foam retention is superb, as the creme-colored head slowly retreats to a fat, ringed cap that drapes sticky webs of lace along the inside of the pint glass. Aroma is not as intensely hoppy as I would have liked, but has a decently strong presence of pineapple, mint, and mango. The malt backbone is perhaps more impressive with sweet caramel-amber goodness and buttery toffee.

Dripping with hop flavor, the taste of Ambergeddon is well-balanced by nutty, almost husky malt grains. A flash of minerals hits mid-sip before a light, tingling bitterness graces the back of the palate. The flavors work well together, but something seems a bit muted about the whole experience. Mouthfeel is soft on the carbonation and thinner than expected for the style and ABV. I found this to be a decent Amber, but probably not something I'll be seeking out again. Still, I'd definitely buy it off the shelf if given the opportunity.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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 Redrover
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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 DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from eyncognito as an extra. Thanks, Ian!

A: Clear amber color with copper highlights. Thin off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Solid

S: Pretty solid. Caramel malts with citrus hops. Orange, ripe tangerines, honey and caramel sweetness are all present, with the balance leaning towards the malts. Solid

T: Opens up with a bit of hop character, mildly pungent in bitterness with orange rind. The sweetness on the nose belies how light this beer is on the palate, in a way, I wished there was more malt flavors to add to the palate. Caramel and fruity with fresh figs, this one is pretty solid. Finishes dry with a little bitterness

M: Light (almost watery?), well carbonated and a mild, bitter finish

D: Quite easy to drink, though I'm not sure I'd necessarily trade for this.

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Photo of gtn80
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Allagash tulip.

Appearance is a huge fluffy, white head, two fingers that lasted the entire pour. Great ruby red color when held up to the light.

Smell is great, lots of big, fruity, citrus hops with a bit of spice.

Taste is great, fruity hops up front with a bunch of bitterness. Decent malt backbone, but bitterness overwhelms it a bit.

Mouthfeel is solid, carbonation makes it a full mouthfeel, big and thick.

Drinkability is good, only hurt by that bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | 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. 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.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nflmvp for this extra.

a - pours a deep golden amber color, large fluffy white head with great retention and lacing, fairly hazy with fine sediment

s - graininess and maltiness dominate the aroma, some piney hops in there as well, hints of citrus

t - sweet maltiness and graininess once again the predominant flavors, some husk, mid-palate and finish have some slight piney hoppiness and a little citrus, lingering grain on the finish, no sign of alcohol

m - medium-bodied, decent amount of carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - pretty drinkable, not all that interesting flavor-wise, but this is a beer that you could dip on all night

I was a little disappointed in this beer based on its previous ratings. To me, this is an above average amber ale, but not a great one.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a hazy light brown pour with about half a finger of head

S - caramel, has a distinct smell of a fresh cut lawn.. kind of weird, i know, but it's that sweet smell of wet grass before it starts stinking (the beer doesn't stink, thankfully!)

T- taste of rye malt, a weird after taste lingers of what seems to be a raw broccoli taste. kind of a weird day for me, 2 beers and they both taste like different raw veggies. nothing wrong with this at all, it's making me crave fresh veggies now!

M - a very easy flowing beer. lightly carbonated, smooth yet tingly on the palate.

O - not a bad beer at all. seems a bit heavy on the abv for a red, but i can't complain about a complimentary buzz! could use a little more work on the head, maybe more profound taste characteristics.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you. Served in the Schlafly shaker pint.

Medium sized light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark copper in color. Moderate aroma, sweet oranges, resin, butter. Starts sweet and caramely. Some resin and buttery toffee. Medium sticky body, moderate ethanol. Lots of caramel. Finishes with some sweet orange, moderately bittersweet.

Like a pumped up amber. I liked this a bit better than A did.

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Photo of TooGood
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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 Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale Asylum

Pours a mostly clear amber, frothy off white bubbly head and lots of lacing. Aroma is IPA like, herbal and spicy from the hops employed. In the taste, a nice earthy bitterness, resinous and somewhat sticky then leading to drying grapefruit rind. Caramel malts make up for most of the body, and leave a nice rich base for the hops to shine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with ample carbonation. Overall, a very nice hoppy amber, worth keeping a few on hand.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No best by date stamp, so who knows?
I like the dense dark head. This caps a cloudy, almost muddy darker amber body with nice red and orange highlights. Pretty good on lacing.
Fresh hop aroma. Citrus, sweet and other fruit. Hints of hoppy and grass and green.
Clearly an amber with a heavier malt quite noticeable, but this is still a hop forward beer with hop flavors up front and a strong bitterness kicking in the middle and lasting through the extra long finish. Some of the grassiness as noted in the aroma is more prominent here. Bits of sweetness in the drink.
Heavier body for a beer of this size.
Good, but not great. Flavors are a bit muddies at times (lacking refinement). Nonetheless, drinks fine and worth a try.

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Photo of u2carew
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Amber color with a slight haze. Pours with is a mellow head and then settles to the outside edge of the glass. Active carbonation.
(S) Bold hoppy aroma mixed with malty sweetness.
(T) Mild sweetness. Hop bitterness but not overpowering.
(M) Medium bodied but a little thin. Smooth, some carbonation crispness on the backside.
(D) A good drinkable brew. Smells fantastic, but a little let down with taste.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a very clear honey / amber coloration. The head was a thick and rocky biege coloration. Nice head retention noted thick lacing marks this beers passage.

S- The aroma of the beer has a nice undertone of caramel and breadyness. The main aroma of the beer smells like someone has squeezed wet hops into the beer. Wet grass, orange zest, grapefruit pith, grapefruit, peaches, with pine resin.

T- The hop flavors dont reach to the level of the aromas hoppyness. The caramel candies the pine and grapefruit flavors. Nicely balanced between the bitterness and the caramel backbone.

M- The body of the beer is medium and well carbonated. Nicely balanced hops and malts.

O- If this beer came to my distribution area I would pick it up again a very solid local treat.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single from 3 Cellars, thanks malcontent!

Pours a deep caramel amber tone, swatches of lace are left on part of the rim. Head retention is good, after 20 minutes it still covers the surface.

Mild citrus and papery caramel malt aroma. Not as hoppy as expected, after reading through some reviews.

Toasted malt and earthy flavor, nice balance overall. Not much bitterness here, much more malty, leaning towards a brown ale. If malty ale is your thing, give Ambergeddon a try. It's balanced without any flaws, but nothing unique jumps out.

Now I don't feel bad passing this up the first time I saw it in Madison. Hopalicious is the clear winner from Ale Asylum for me, although I haven't tried their stout yet.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice cream-colored head about an inch thick (falling to about a quarter inch but remaining) atop a deep copper amber color. The beer is cloudy with significant visible carbonation, and nice cling as it goes down. The nose is very pleasant, with a pungent citrus hop burst and nice malt roastiness alongside. Just a bit of caramel and iron coming through, as well. I was a bit disappointed by the taste after the good bouquet: It has a somewhat watery hop taste at the front--more herbal and grassy than citrus--with a malt undercurrent that just barely presents the roasted quality of the nose. It also presents a bit of nuttiness, but it all tastes a bit watered down. Hop bitterness lingers at the close, but not for long. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and it tastes too watery at the outset. Some crispness and lingering acidity, as well.

Having recently tried Ale Asylum's Hopalicious for the first time and loved it, I was a bit disappointed by this offering. My mouth wanted the citrus hop burst that the nose suggested, but it never happened. And the hop flavor that is presented has a reserved quality to it that isn't helped by the watery sensation of it. Overall, it has fairly decent balance of flavors and pretty nice complexity...I just wish the flavors were more pronounced.

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Photo of buffs9
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- this one pours a murky dark orange w/ some ruby highlights with a finger of off white head.

S- caramel malts and citrus hops, some earthy backbone.

T- lots of caramel malt, the hops not as prevalent as I'd like, but still a tasty beer.

M- medium and a bit oily.

O- a nice beer, wish I had this super fresh as I imagine this one has been around a couple of months. Solid beer, but won't seek it out as it's not distributed in CO

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Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, freshness date half on bottle, half on label, all smudged.
L - creamy ivory head tops a hazy amber ale
S - fruity and malty with caramel malt, citrusn and pine
T - bitter and sweet, caramel, bread, brown sugar, pungent grapefruit, pine, alcohol seems a bit hot at times
F - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes fairly bitter
O - pretty good west coast style amber. It was a bit harsh at times, but still enjoyable. I don't think I'll be buying it again though.

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Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, pine and had a general earthiness to it. Tastes of citrus with some caramel. Nice hoppiness.

Notes from and tasted on 7/23/07

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Photo of jraycee
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber, as you might expect. Nice head from an aggressive pour. Shows some retention and leaves a nice lacing.
Nice smell. caramel apples, orange. Not overwhelming but more impressive than...
The muddled taste. Not bad, but not west coast style as advertised. I'd say its the old rabbit and tortoise story. The hops are fast and excited, but the malt sticks to it long enough that after awhile it comes out on top.
Mouthfeel seems a little watery.
I like it more than a few other "american ambers", but maybe I got an old bottle since there's no best by date.

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Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color - wispy head of white.

Noce is aggressive hops with a mild backing of honey/malts. The label indicates this is a west coast style amber and so far it sure smells like it.

Flavor is all out hops backed by a little bit of crystal malt. The flavor is decent enough - all hop oriented. Doesn't deliver on the west coast style because there is no malt backing.

It actually is a bit watery.

Easy drinking, nice hop head flavors - but not complex and profound as I would have hoped based on the name and description.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured nicely into an imperial pint glass.

Caronation rises beautifully up through the dark copper haze. Head is minimal, tight and a wisping remains.

Aroma of nice blend of malt and floral hops.

This beer looks and smells great. The taste is very average - I was expecting more with a name like ambergeddon - still good. I was expecting more malt.

The mouthfeel is a bit slighter than what I was expecting - plenty of carb. Drinkable, if your looking for for an amber in my part of the world there are plenty of options. With a name like ambergeddon I was again maybe not expecting something this drinkable - could be a session, but there are tons of ambers that are much more memorable(Capitol Lakefront Sprecher in my part of the world alone)

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Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
3.99 out of 5 based on 585 ratings.
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