Ambergeddon | Ale Asylum

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3.93 w/ 590 ratings

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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 jcmittag
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Wiscivore
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold, brassy tangerine with a wealth of fine carbonation streaming upward to a beautifully bubbly cap of whipped creamy froth. A stationary cloud of fine particles reminds me that unfiltered beer is the best looking beer. This is a gorgeous amber ale.

Ambergeddon's nose is pure hop heaven. Well, maybe not quite pure. There's a little caramel maltiness that is easily pushed aside by all the humulus lupulus love. I smell candied orange and grapefruit peel, as well as something floral that reminds me of rose petals. It's a bit of an odd combination, but I love it.

Speaking of love... this is delicious beer. I thought pretty highly of Mad Town Nut Brown and Hopalicious, but this beer is in a whole 'nother league. The best part is that the brewers didn't just dump a ton of hops into the kettle. Actually, they did, but they did much more than that. They crafted an amazing, hoppy-as-hell amber ale in the process.

The neck label admits that only 'a hint of malt backbone' is present. Yes and no. Even though malt doesn't contribute much with regard to flavor (just 'a hint' of caramel), there's enough behind the scenes to keep the hops from being too buzzsaw harsh. To a hophead, they got the proportions juuust right.

Candied grapefruit has now pulled even with candied orange, and I can still appreciate that rose petal vibe that I noted in the nose. I like it just fine since it adds a 'differentness' to the beer that sets it apart from so many other highly-hopped American ales. When are these guys going to brew an IPA or a DIPA, I wonder?

While I would have welcomed a bigger, chewier mouthfeel, I'm fine with the one that Ale Asylum has provided. It's big enough to get the job done. What job is that, you ask? The job of keeping the beer on the taste buds long enough for all the hoppiness to be appreciated in full. I'm especially enjoying the light, resiny linger. Note: warming equals bliss equals a score bump.

Ambergeddon more than lives up to its name and its label. My bottle is at least several months old so I can't imagine what this beer tastes like right out of the hopper. If I could rub a genie's lamp right about now, my first wish would be for this 12 ounce bottle to turn into a bomber. My second wish would be for distribution to Iowa. My third? Oh, I don't know... home delivery sounds good.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An american amber with a ton of hop flavor, this is one of the best Amber's i've had. Looks like a typical amber with a light ammount of head. The smell gives this one away, tons of citrus hop overtones. The taste is really great. It hits you in the face with grapefruit hops and then balances it out with a smooth carmel malt back bone to leave you without a lot of bitterness in the after taste. I can't stress enough the extremely good balance between the hops and malt flavors, even though the hops are what shine through.
Great brew ale asylum, keep 'em coming

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Photo of JWearda
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served: poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1 finger of dense creamy ivory-colored head rests atop a cloudy unfiltered auburn-red brew. The cloudiness holds toward the center of the glass and abundant rising carbonation shows throughout.

Scent: sweet caramel, toasted malt, and plenty of citrusy hops. A surprisingly bold, juicy hop aroma.

Taste: first sip slapped my tongue with its bitterness, but that reaction was brief; it disappeared after the second sip. A caramely maltiness envelopes the tongue with a light toastiness. Hops leave a sort of citrus tang and a spiced tingle in the mouth. I didn't find it overbearing and the balance was very tasty!

Finish: surprisingly clean considering the unfiltered graininess. Excellent flavor!

Overall: after the wake-up call on the first pull, I really enjoyed the good flavors and balance. A very good amber that I will stock in my fridge.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nflmvp for the chance to try this gem.

A - nice amber-red with a thin off white head. S - an abundance of pine and grapefruit hop notes dominate.
T - a hint of caramel backbone, but this is all about the hops. Strong but not harsh sypmphony of pine and grapefruit hop notes dominate.
M - medium bodied, creamy, pungent hop notes with a nice clean sharp finish
D - wow, a hopheads american amber for sure. On the nice drinkable side of things but at the upper end of the range of hoppy for this style without a doubt.

A gem from WI if you have a chance to try I'd say go for it, particularly if you love hops!

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Cloudy dark golden orange with a tight bubbled 1 finger tan head that leaves great lacing on the way down.

S- Strong hop presence with a sweet malt background.

T- Sweet citrus hops sit on top of a smooth caramel malt base.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter finish but not bad.

Not usually into plain beers but this one is definitely worth drinking. A lot of flavor for such a simple style.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewcrew76, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity and hoppy with a good background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste is well balanced with a nice burst of floral hops along with citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty. As the sweetness fades, the hops presence reasserts itself and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of JamesFleischmann
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Khushrenada
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of badbassrandy
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mike Koel for getting his brother in law to pick up a case of this for me directly from the brewery. You can't get this stuff in Maryland...

A delicious treat for hop lovers as well as amber/red lovers. I am both. I liken this beer to a darker Dale's Pale Ale. It's a highly drinkable amber with little to no flaws.

The citrus hop notes are definitely present, but understated compared to huge hop bombs. However, this beer is definitely for hop lovers, as the malt is just there to balance to complexity and deliciousness of the hops.

A Grade-A brew that I otherwise may have never tried if it wasn't for a Wisconsin friend's generosity. He shipped a well-packaged case all the way to Virginia. Now that's beer advocacy!

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Photo of xsists
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very dark amber cloudiness. Half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet pineapple notes with a faint hop smell.

T - Sweet grapefuity mixed with a roasty hop taste. Little coffee taste in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a nice dry alcohol sting finish.

D - I would pick this one up again and keep some on hand. Very nice brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The crossed-pistols and single-gold-toothed skull on the black and gold label seem to imply a "take no prisoners" / "live life on your own terms" attitude, and the beer itself carries that message through. It's a hazy chestnut with glowing orange highlights beneath a frothy head of ivory. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves impressive lacing at the outset of the glass, followed by thin curtains of torn lace as you progress through the glass. Pungent, sharp, tart grapefruit leaps out at you in the nose, backed only by a whispy curtain of pine and a delicate waft of lightly caramelish maltiness. In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy-smooth with a very-fine bubbled, moderate natural-carbonation from bottle-conditioning. The flavor offers more grapefruit, and a touch of pine, but it's at least somewhat reigned in by balancing malt. It's sweetish, but just enough to balance it and keep the resinousy hops afloat; and it's caramelish, falling somewhere between medium and medium-dark. A bold bitterness anchors it from a malty-sweet side, but the hop flavors are let loose to run free. Intense! It's initially like squeezing a fistfull of wet hops, but that gives way to more maltiness as you get further into it. It seems to have a bit of strength to it, but the alcohol never really shows. I'd like it to be more rounded, but I'm not sure how that could be possible without losing a bit of what it already has going for it. And I wonder how drinkable it could be on a pint to pint basis? For the hop heads of the world, here's to you!!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stubby little twelve ounce bottle that I had never heard of that I received in a trade recently. Once it was mentioned I knew I just had to try some! Served cold, right out of the fridge, this one was poured into a pint glass and consumed 07/31/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich golden amber color with a slight bit of haziness to it immediately took up the majority of the glass. Rich appearance, with some good carbonation streaming up toward the top of the glass. A good two inches of white frothy head appeared at first and settled down to a broken crown that produced some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was very hoppy and at first this through me for a bit of a loop, but of course I just went with it because I had to! Nice tones of orange, grapefruit and pineapple were all very nicely done with a light malted base providing a touch of bready and biscuit like malts in the middle. The flavor was more of the same. Started out with a rush of citrus hops, nice bite from the grapefruit and pineapple here, but once they passed it became amazingly well balanced. Nice tones again here of biscuit and grain, subtle, as I would call this barely an amber ale, but the finish was more indicative of the style, with a musky bready like taste that started to fade only to be replaced by a dry, bitter, hoppy bite. Nice light bodied amber that bordered on medium with more then enough carbonation to keep it from getting stale. Easily session able as I was looking for another right out of the gate, this was exactly where it was at for drinkability.

Overall I thought this was an excellent beer. Something a little bit more hoppy then the style usually commands, but still very well done indeed. I would have no issues at all with having this one around on a constant basis, as it was just that good. Kudos to them for coming up with a great little beer here. I need to find me some more of this one as well.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 hazy light amber clears after awhile. short head leaves an attractive cap and helter skelter lacework.
4-4.5 pine up front, grapefruit in the back. picking up various other hop aromas too, like grassy/floral. some orange as it warms. much more of an ipa/apa nose than amber. caramel not around in any significant quantity.
4-4.5 the hops dominate the flavor too, and the bitterness is quite crisp--not embracing like a typical ipa, not subdued or matched by sweetness or other flavors like a typical amber. aftertaste is honest, clean, and hoppy. all in all i'd classify it as an assertive apa.
4 light-med body, no shortage of carbonation, none of the usual crystal or other bodybuilding malts of a normal amber.
4.5 sort of like an SNPA very pleasantly amped up and dried out, and with a little more complexity (that might make it sound pretty unlike an SNPA after all, but there really is a significant shared core of flavor, but here everything that dissappoints me in the sn offering is remedied here and augmented with strengths). this is really good stuff, worth seeking out.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’m leery of lumping hop bomb reds like this and Troegs Nugget Nectar in with the likes of Capital Amber or Leinie’s Red. It almost seems like cheating. Comparatively, all regular reds and ambers should get straight ones or twos when held up to imperials like this and so I find my self reviewing three styles of beer, (Amber, Red, and Imp. Red), within one category on BA. Despite my hesitancy to rate the imperials considerably higher than perfectly drinkable but much less hopped reds and ambers, I have to admit that this is one kick-but beer. Appearance is a dark amber-red with orange hues and a thin creamy off white head. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit are strong. Malts are present but the decent toffee/caramel backbone is largely overshadowed by huge citrus hops. This beer is juicy, pulpy, 100% grapefruit. It’s damn delicious, very bitter, but with a creamy finish reminiscent of Dreadnaught. I will even go as far as to say that this is the best of Ale Asylum’s initial 10 offerings.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +12%

The nose is a blend of rich golden malts and big resiny, piney hops.
Pours amber with a slight haze under a persistent, finely bubbled, moussey 3" off-white foam cap that leaves big lace.
The palate starts with sweet malts, a hint of fruit and light caramel, followed up with a big resiny grapefruit rind hop bitterness that lingers far into the aftertaste.
The body and carbonation are medium.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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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4.4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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 +11.5%
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 +11.2%
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 +10.9%
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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Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 77.1% out of 100 with 590 ratings
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