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.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small, yellow head.

Aroma is strong and single-minded: Grapefruit hops.

Flavor is just like the aroma. Grapefruit, pine, and quite bitter. There is a pleasant toasted caramel for sweetness and a creamy butter base that mellows this into a delicious beer.

Mouthful is creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation. The high citrus hops content does not cling to the mouth for very long, and does not slow you down with its tartness.

Extremely drinkable. Unlike other APA's I've had recently that seem to follow this grapefruit and pine path, this is by far the smoothest, mellow, and delicious. A new top 10 for me.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer--poured well with a clean, strong white head with tight bubbles the held on for a long time. Very aggressive hop nose, citrus and grapefruit, and big sweet abundant malt as a base to the IPA level of hops. This amber beer with gold highlights looks good in the glass and disappeared quickly. Listed as American Amber, which it doesn't really fit but not sure if there's a style name for it yet--I've seen Imperial Red or Double Pale Ale on similar beer. Flying Dog Double Dog seems similar, and it becoming a favorite style of mine, whatever it is.

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Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ambergeddon was a focal point in a recent trade with BYOFB, so many thanks to him for helping me get a try at a great beer.

It's beautifully creamy on the pour, as a brown head is churned up thickly and settles about 2 fingers tall, then refuses to go anywhere for awhile. The only thing better would be if the head had remained the entire time, though it sticks around for some time. The brew itself is a thick brown with orange hues, and it's no joke that this is an unfiltered beer. Fantastic lacing is left in clumps.
The aroma explodes out the bottle very nicely but, interestingly, softens after that. Bitter hops balance with enough sweet malts to balance, floral and herbal in the hops but with a distinct citrus and touch of tropical fruits as well against a caramel malts presence with some biscuit beside.
The flavor is outstanding, and I'm glad I got two bottles; both were dated the same but one, apparently, was slightly off. The first was not as hoppy as I expected with a bit of a briny finish. In the second bottle, I got all that I expected and no brine at all. All the same herbal, floral, citrus and tropical fruits hop flavor comes out with an additional grassiness and balances with the same caramel malts with light grains undertones and the biscuit turning a little more like fresh dough. The hops are the key, though, and the complexity is outstanding, especially for something with such good balance.
The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, not neglecting crispness but never losing its creamy heft, with a nice depth. The body is medium and it's semi-dry.
I'm glad I got to try this one. The hype is deserved.

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Photo of ZAP
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazed copper color...minimal white lace..

S-Great hop aroma to rinds, pink grapefruit, tangerines, and pine.

T-Hops lead the way....citrus and pine...also some floral notes...mild toffee and caramel notes blend nicely..

M-Too thin...just needs to be beefed up a little...I'm not asking for an imperial stout but this body is too thin....

D-I'd drink this again...well done amber ale...only complaint is the somewhat thinish body....liked their pale ale a little more but this is a quality brew too.

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Photo of Ri0
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 12 bottle into snifter.

A - Darker amber with some rust color. 1.5 finger white head fades to a very thin ring and leaves behind little patches of lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet amber malts and caramel with some breadiness. Bitter piney hops follow, with hints or earthiness mixed in.

T - Sweet malts and caramel up front overtaken by hops in the middle and finish. Some citrus, more bitter pine and a bit of earthiness dominate after the malts. Finish is a nice pine bitter.

M - Medium body and very good carbonation. Bitter lingers for a bit.

O - This is the best local option for an Amber that I can get. It deserves the outstanding rating and takes a malty Amber to a new level with the generous dry hopping.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for the extra. Poured into my Moonlight pint glass, the beer appears dark amber with a two finger off white head and some lacing.

The aroma is a hopped up amber ale. The hops educe notes of orange pith and grapefruit, with some pine and floral notes. The malt backbone lays a modest foundation for the hop exposition. No alcohol is detectable.

As was hinted at in the aroma, the hops subjugate the malt in the flavor. The bitterness is surprisingly high, and it's pretty great. The flavor is of bitter grapefruit, orange, and a small caramel malt profile. There's a strange pepperiness that's different and nice. The finish exhibits a touch of sweetness that quickly dries out. The citrus hops lead us out, lingering for a long time on my palate. The alcohol is well masked.

The beer is medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.

This is one hell of an amber ale that becomes more and more enjoyable as it warms. The most comparable beer to this would be Nugget Nectar, but I prefer this beer as it's got the great hop profile but isn't as sweet.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 inch frothy head. Cloudy reddish brown in color (looks just like southern sweet tea). Citrus/hops, some alcohol and bread are present in the nose. Big earthy hop flavor...rye-like. Sweet, fruity, hint of rum underneath and delicious bouquet of floral, citrus hops. Alcohol in the nose is not noticeable on the palate. There is a muddy sweet and sour feel to this. Sticky and chewy, carbonation is subtle.

At nearly 7%, this is another example of a great American ale that blurs the line of it a red ale, an IPA or a PA...I call it damn good and for $8.99 a bargain. Wisconsin scores!

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber into my Impy Pint. Heads gives a bit of a rise but settles slowly to but a skim. Aroma is hoppy sweet with a bit of orange twang.

Hops hits the palate first here, lightly sweet and citrusy with the malt backing it up. Medium bodied and crisp with carbonation, this one rides right on with ditrusy sweetness ending in a light dry hop bite.

This beer is quite nice, though a bit hard to explain. I wish I coud have a few of these right now.

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Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker amber color with a 2 finger white head that is relatively persistent after it dies down to 1/2 a finger.

Smells nicely hopped, especially considering the style. Maybe a touch of caramel notes as well.

First sip impresses me. Tasty, slightly caramel-y malt backbone is there, and better tasting than most ambers. Nicely accentuated by some floral hops that lend just the needed touch of bitterness to the beer. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is just about right with medium carbonation and a lighter, but not watery, mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good.

Highly recommended. This has always been a boring style for me, but this beer is most definitely not boring. If all ambers tasted this good, I'd be drinking them much more frequently.

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Photo of TCMike
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger, creamy beige head. The color is a medium, hazy copper.
The smell is of malt, caramel, and hops.
The taste is similar, but with a biscuit taste. Nice balance of hops, and malt. Very good. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.
Did I say very good?!?!

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity last June to have this one on tap at the brewpub and am incredibly grateful to OHLRangers for setting me up with another one.

I poured this beer from the 12oz bottle into a standard tumbler style pint glass.

The beer pours a copper-amber with a frothy off white head that holds amazingly well and laces great too.

The aroma of the beer hits your first with the hops, so that you know you are in for a real treat. Citrus and piney hops combine with caramel, bready, and toasty malts for a wonderful nose on this one.

The flavor of the beer is also a heavy hitter with the hops. No surprise citrus and pine here again. This one really does achieve great balance. Those caramel malts to not back down one bit from the hops. Its almost like a low abv barleywine with the incredible balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodies and displays nice carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. I remember my visit to Ale Asylum fondly, and this was probably my favorite on that day. It certainly hadn't let me down on this second try.

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Photo of blackearth
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a hazy, dark amber body with an off-white head that lasts. Aroma is of light caramel with floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with toasted caramel flavors and a nice bitterness in the finish. Great drinkability, I'd buy a 6 pack of this.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

appearance: served in an ale asylum pint glass, hazy body, glowing amber colour, beige foamy head with strong retention

smell: pungent hops dominate the aroma, grapefruit, pine, malt sweetness is secondary and features a light toasty aroma and a touch of caramel/apple

taste: a true hopbomb which i love...pungent grapefruit hops that are satisfying throughout the tasting process, strong pine flavour...bitterness is higher than the hopalicious and the finish is much more full... a great beer along the lines of the troegs ambers

mouthfeel: pulpy hop body, smooth and refreshing

drinkability: very good, glad to see this one making moves on the local scene as it is a true winner

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber to dark copper with a thin head that eventually becomes wispy. Dotted to patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, citrus, pine and light toast.

The taste is of piney, citrusy hops upfront - resin with pineapple and orange. It has a firm caramel/toffee backbone. Light toast rounds it out. It is bitter with sweet background in the finish. Hoppy, complex and very delicious!

It has a chewy, full body. The malty backbone and crisp carbonation make it a smooth drink. Alcohol is very well-covered.

This is a nice one! Nicely hopped while keeping an amber ale character. Well done!

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I recall of my sample tray....

A: Nice amber-orange color. Thin white head, left nice lacing, rather clear.

S: Moderate 'C' hop aroma, small malt aroma.

T: Moderate hop flavor, good malt balance, medium bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

D: I could drink quite a few pints. Not filling.

Overall: A very solid beer. Nothing I can complain about, I've now had this in the bottle and on-tap, both are equally delicious. My favorite of their line-up.

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Photo of dhannes
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A=Nice amber red with a 3 finger head that lasted nearly a minute.

S=Faint smell of hops...detected a maple syrup smell.

T=Very nice...first few sips were bitter, but the sweetness developed.

M=Very nice...perhaps a tad more watered down than others.

D=Sharp bitterness at first made this hard to drink quickly; also, the high ABV will limit the number you can drink.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this as a single at Three Cellars, maybe the only place in Southeast Wisconsin to find this one. Described on the bottle as a west-coast amber, so I'm looking forward to the hops.

Pours a beautiful amber clear, with a decent head which stays nicely. Leaves some nice lace as you have it.

Nose is very hoppy, finds of grapefruit and orange, with a bit of malt showing through. Is this a hoppy amber, or a malty IPA?

Depite the hops in front, very nice, the malt is the best in this one, caramel and toast, perfect. Good final hop finish, but the slight malt sweetness stays there.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel, and I think this is an easy drinker, could have several, don't think it's a session beer (5.5% or less) but not much higher than 7% so it won't knock you over. Just a great American beer of this style. Gives the west coast guys a run for their money.

Update: March 2009, still love it, upped the drinkability by .5, ratebeer notes this as at 6.9% abv, I believe that is true. A very good amber.

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Copper with a thin tan head that reduced to leave spotty lacing.

S-Nice, citrusy "west coast" hops. Present but not crazy.

T-Thats a very nice! Certainly holds true to its name--much like Nugget Nectar--maybe just a tad maltier but still really good.

M-Medium body with a nice sharp afterbite. Quite crisp, not sticky at all.

D-Nugget Nectar has found it's WI brother. How could I not love this beer?!

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Photo of expatsteve
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured I'd follow my less that spectacular encounter with Aaron's 755 Amber with a brew that's quickly becoming a Madison favorite.

Appearance: A rich and cloudy orange amber, on the slightly darker side. Thin suds after a brief 1/3 inch head. Low medium viscosity.

Aroma: Fantastic blend of grapefruit, pine, over a caramel and orange foundation. Honeycomb and caramel developments as it warms, with dashes of cocoa and chocolate.

Taste: More caramel and honey than I expected from the nose, though the malts are paired with a constant pine bristle. Orange notes, with a little fennel and licorice. Malts and hops are fairly constant, and well balanced. Not necessarily a complex beer, but full flavored and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium, full bodied without being oppressive or thick. Carries the balance of hops and malts well. Balance is excellent, with a clean pine finish and aftertaste.

Drinkability: A solid beer--one that speaks to Dean at Ale Asylum's desire to offer a variety of full-bodied beers with exceptional flavor. The hop profile almost gives this an APA feel, though the balance of the malts shows that even the traditional aspects of amber ales can be brought to the fore through good brewing and attention to flavor. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Ambergeddon pours a slightly chill hazed caramel into my pint glass. A 1 finger dense craggy head formed on the pour that stuck around awhile. As the head slowly fades it becomes thick and creamy. Leaves strong lacing.

Aroma begins with a mild caramel background but big juicy citric hops kick any malt that's there out of the way quickly. The hop combination is pretty unique. There's the usual grapefruit along with a squeeze of lemon but those two are more in the background. The main citric hop character is lime. Mild pine needles waft through the air as well.

Grapefruit hops come through up front. There's always that little hint of caramel maltiness in the background but hops rule the roost. The grapefruit in the flavor is sweetened and juicy along with some lip puckering qualities. Couple sprinklings of lemon juice on top of pine needles on the swallow. Very enjoyable.

Medium body with a smooth and lush mouthfeel. Finishes with a solid dryness that helps accentuate the hops. Solid bitterness.

Easy drinking enjoyable beer. The dryness leaves you wanting another drink right after the last.

My first beer from Ale Asylum and hopefully not my last. I'm a sucker for hoppy reds and this hits the nail on the head. Excellent.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ambergeddon, from a bottle, after having a pint at the brewery earlier today...(and 2 ounces at the GTot MW yesterday)

Cloudy crimson coloring, bit, solid, creamy head on top...

Aroma is nice, sweet, and malty...some peach and apricot in there, with grass and grain...a hoppy paradise, but plump with malt. Fresh and lovely.

Taste: Big once on board the palate, then smoothing and thinning. Huge hoppitude right up front, bold, bitter blast, dominating the tastebuds, coating all with resiny hop feel....very nice. Dark fruits, but not the usual players.
Quite a hoppy number this, and very downable, too.

Lot of tanginess in here, too, sweet malt mixed with bitter hops....really tasty!

Ambergeddon does it...all the way!

4/ 4/ 4.5/ 4.5/ 4

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. No bottling date marked.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: An assertive hoppy aroma with lots of balancing sweet caramel malts. A spicy smell of herbal, earthy, and grassy hops with some pine resin. Hints of citrus orange peel, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit. Big malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Fairly damp smelling with a good balance of hops and malts. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a bold and well balanced taste of hops and sweet toasty malts. Earthy, grassy, and herbal hops up front with some spicy pine resin. Notes of citrus orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. Solid bready balance with toasted malts giving a taste of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Strikes a really good balance between the spicy and bitter hops and the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good hopped up Red Ale. Kind of reminds me of Great Lakes Nosferatu. Bold hops with a big malty backing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.8% ABV, no date.

A - This lighter copper amber color pours totally hazed and the turbulence creates a large bone-white, sudsy and long-lasting head. The creamy descending head shrouds the glass in thin but coating lace.

S - Amber malts co-mingle with hop aromas very well here; malts impart a nice and sweet caramel note with suggestions of toffee while earthy hops round out the nose. Their presence is marked by a big floral aroma with hints of pine and citrus.

T - Hops' floral strength is undercut by earthy pine needle and up-rooted clumps of grass. Malt holds it own, pushing back against the hops with sweet caramel and toffee with a freshly opened loaf of white bread.

M - Ambergeddon is medium in body and a bit creamy, finishing with a piney hop punch of moderate bitterness and a crisp carbonation bite to really round out the feel nicely.

O - Better than the average amber, Ambergeddon brings a little something extra to this "catch-all" style of beer; assertive hops meet a beefy later of maltiness but neither backs down and neither overwhelms the other for a balanced and flavorful brew!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -Pours murky reddish brown with pretty hefty off white head. Small bubbled thick lacing. Head slow to leave

S - First thing that hits me is deep comforting bread. Hoppiness happily present.

T - Hoppy bread, nice, sweet, fairly thick, then bitter. Finishes fairly clean.

M - Nice medium to full body, good carb and coating.

D -Though large ABV, still very attractive in more than one category.

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Photo of morimech
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with minimal head. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and slight hints of citrus hops. The flavor is a lot more malty than I anticipated. The caramel malt offers a very solid base with a moderate bitter finish with hints of grapefruit and pine. Medium body with ample carbonation. Nice texture. Maybe my bottle was not a prime example of this beer and the hops faded a bit. I could see where a few additions could make this beer very good.


Edit: 10/09/2011

Recently had on-tap at the brewpub and reviewing from a fresh bottle purchased close to the source. Much more hop forward beer fresh. Nice citrus and pine hop qualities. The appearance needs a little bump in the score as well. A very fine amber ale.

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