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 Derek
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.8% abv.

Sampled at the brewery and also enjoyed in Madison. At this strength, it's not a good idea to finish off a night of drinking with this one (it lives up to its name).

A: Deep Amber, light tan head, good retention, great lacing.

S: Citrus, pine & caramel.

T: Grapefruit, pine, bready malt, caramel, slight rind & candied tropical fruit. The alcohol is remarkably hidden under the abundance of flavour.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

An awesome Amber.

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Photo of jerskine
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this beer looks superb; a dark reddish, brown, and copper appearance; a good half inch of foam that lingers with tons of thick lacing

S: nutty, malty, brown sugar; all the characteristics of a well-made amber ale

T: this is a nicely balanced amber ale; you've got the toasty malts mixed with a subtle hop flavor that together creates an exceptional ale; there's also an almond-like, nutty flavor with some hints of caramel as this first hits your taste buds

M: goes down pretty smooth with a bit of a feeling that you get from other hoppier ales

O: Ale Asylum impresses me more and more as I try a variety of what they have to offer. This is an excellent representation of an amber/red ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden dark orange body with a white head of foam. A faint hazy but a gentle carbonation was still visible.

S- The faint spice and green hops had a pine note in the background.

T- The taste of dry pale malt had a light toasted malt flavor to it with a spicy pine hop finish. I got the sense that there was a faint hint of ginger in the spice but it could have been sitting to close to my friends Hopalicous. The hops did have a nice exotic spice to them.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel and a smooth texture.

D-This beer was very drinkable while being a big beer in terms of flavor. Nice complex malt and big exotic hops this well worth the stop at Ale Asylum.

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Photo of Doppelmax
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Ale Asylum and ended up buying a 6 pack to go.
The head was about a inch high. The darker reddish amber color was quite a bit darker than I expected for an "amber" but very clear and bright. Much more hoppy aroma than I expected but very pleasant, I couldn't really detect any malt though.
The malt flavor was subdued after the initial taste but a strong hop finish. Very different to most any other amber I've tried.
The body was full and the bartender told me the alcohol was 7.5%.
No problem drinking a couple of these after I got to my final destination. But the question remains, is it an amber? To me I would describe it as American strong ale more like an Arrogant Bastard or a Eye of the Hawk than the typical amber. I'll buy more if and when I find it again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy deep amber color. The head is a fluffy one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine resin, caramel malt, and toffee. The taste is slightly hoppier than the aroma, but is still quite balanced. Pine, caramel, citrus, and nuts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is one very fine amber ale. I would love to drink this beer again.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

If you are a beer lover in Wisconsin this is a must try beer. It pours a dark amber color and has a heavy scent of hops. I delivers a heavy taste full of flavor but finishes very smooth. All ba's this is a must try!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep red color, the head was foamy and cream colored. The lacing and retention was pretty good on this leaving streaks down the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, very bold aromas on this one and very inviting. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with a malt backbone and a high bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it. Overall this is probably one of the best brews that Ale Asylum makes. I found this one to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stole (er..borrowed) a 12oz bottle from a neighbor who picked a few up while visiting Madison.

Pours a cloudy, deep amber color which left a frothy 1/2 inch head. Good retention. I really enjoy the smell of this one; sweet malts fuse with citrusy hops to create a wonderful aroma. The taste is kind of similar; it starts off with a nice bite of caramel malt and followed up with a grapefruity bitterness. My only complaint here is there seems to be a watered-down taste that comes through. Maybe it's just me. The body is medium with a crisp finish. This is my first experience with anything from Ale Asylum and I'm sure to check out a few more of their offerings!

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Photo of bound4er
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack tonight from Discount - lots of dust on the bottle's shoulder/neck. Beer seems fine - pours a nice darkish copper color with a decent head that settles to a nice skim. Smells inviting with a menagerie of tropical fruits, some sweetness and citrus hops. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malts battling it out with bready malts hitting your palate upon entry and then a piney hop bitterness taking over at the back end. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel and a respectable, semi-lingering finish. Overall a well made, easy to drink brew that I could see myself reaching for on a regular basis.

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Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured dark amber in color with a frothy half inch head covering the top of the beer. The head faded to a thin covering where it left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a pretty big floral hoppy presence with both citrus and pine present. It has some malty caramel notes coming through as well which mixes with the hoppy flavors well. A very nice smelling amber for sure.

The taste is a lot like the nose in that the hops are really the star of the show. There are some pretty bold citrus and pine notes with a dry bitter finish. The malt comes through with enough malty caramel flavors to provide some nice support to the hoppy flavor and add a little flavor of it's own. Very nice proportion of malty and hoppy flavors for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's a great tasting and easy drinking beer. A very nice beer overall that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of tapman
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy, sanguinely copper that is clear, despite bottle conditioning, with a stirred-latte head of light brown foam that clings like silk sheets to the sides of the glass.

Astringent, piney and resinous hops hit the nose at once, followed by toasted caramel/lightly burnt sugar, hot alcohol grassiness.

Hot alcohol up front, odd for a RELATIVELY low alcohol beer. Past that west-coast raw hops - lime rind and mellow earthiness. Malt has an astringently roasted character. There is a light refreshing side to this beer, during the sip as the flavors warm a little and the sugar has a chance to do some balancing before it slides down my gullet.

Carbonation feels compressed; tiny bubbles sting a little, but not like really crisp beers/soda pop. Smoother than it looks while still remaining plenty rich.

Good brew. Maybe it was starting with this brew that made me susceptible to the alcohol taste, but as I drink it gets more tolerable with each passing sip.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Estarrio for providing this in trade. Jason is an excellent trading partner.

I'm excited to try this since it appears to be in the vain of a Cascazilla, Red Rocket, Hop Head Red and other highly hopped amber ales. A sub style I really like.

A nice finger plus of fluffy off white head form atop the beer. This settles to an 1/8th inch cap that remains. The beer is a bark amber color with light brown tones. A good amount of tiny carbonation is making its way to the surface. Nice spider web lacing is all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is interesting. A bit spicy, real musty and a touch floral. You can tell there is a hop presence, but the musty/earthy nature is at the forefront.

Flavor is really nice and much better then the aroma indicates. Initial fruit, then a touch of grainy malt. Some caramel then some pine and the hops begin to take over. Nice lingering hop profile that plays nicely with the malt backbone.

Slightly slick on the tongue and tight carbonation.

Nicely drinkable. Bigger then a session beer, but I could sit and have a couple.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle that has been lurking in my fridge for far too long...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Pint Glass, the beer is a cloudy, robust coppery mahogany color. There's about an inch worth of off-white (almost tan) colored head sitting atop this brew. The retention is impressive, and there's sticky rings of lacing on the glass where the beer comes to settle.

Smell: A bit hoppier than what I expected, with a classic amber ale sort of malt sweetness.

Taste: Like the smell, this one is much hoppier on the palate than what I expected. It has some nice malt throughout with just enough dry bitterness to provide some balance. Surprisingly good, actually.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, body is light to medium...perfect for this warm summer night.

Drinkability: This beer isn't going to win any awards for huge, over the top flavor...but it is perfect for relaxing on a summer night with some dinner and a movie. Very sessionable, and very drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, burgundy/copper color with a small, tan, foamy head. It left some sticky, patchy lace.

S - It smelled earthy and malty. It had some subtle grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sharp, burnt toast maltiness. It had a nice bitter hop presence with some earthy/grassy flavors.

M - A very crisp and sharp beer. It was light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a great amber ale. It really has a great hop character that is rare for the style.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a murky dark copper colored body with a finger of beige colored head that doenst last very long and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- strong odor of caramel malts and a lot of hops. earthy and piney hops.

T- the caramel malts that i could smell come on strong. but theyre no match for the hops. spicy, earthy, and resiny piney hops. very nice.

M- medium to full bodied and soft feeling from the carbonation.

D- a great hoppy red. wish i could find some more of this. a little strong to session but a few in a sitting would be cool.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer pours a low white head that recedes to a persistent thin layer on the surface, and is a hazy amber in color.

smell: Smells good...pulpy aromas of hop matter and sweet caramel malt. Plenty of tropical notes of grapefruit and pineapple rind, plus a light evergreen hint.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is between medium and light, and the body medium.

taste: Moderate to high hop flavors and a sweet caramel malt note upfront, with a considerable bitterness to balance out the finish. Many of the same fruity notes on the nose are found here, in addition to a nice dose of pine.

drinkability: quite easy

on-tap at the brewpub location

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/brown color. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, nut, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a really good beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure PHawk hooked me up with this one at DLD!

Pours a cloudy reddish orange, tight off white head forms, settles to a thin layer and thick ring around the glass, drops some decent lace spots. Smell is nice, very malty, caramel, biscuits, nice floral hoppiness, some citrus, light grapefruit, honey, some fruits, reminds me of Hop Devil a bit. Taste is similar, caramel malts - toffee cake beginning, honey dates, some lemony citrus kick, oranges and grapefruit, lots of fruit and floral, bit of tartness in the finish, nicely balanced and highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. This is pretty damn smooth and drinkable, with enough character to keep me interested!

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Photo of Soneast
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy dark copper color, with a 2 finger thick off-white colored head. The head doesn't so much recede as turn to a dense creamy layer.

The aroma is chock full earthy, hoppy goodness, some pineyness but also a bit-o-citrus as well, but quite a bit of caramel malty character to back it all up.

As with the aroma, the flavor is predominated by the earthy hoppiness, with quite a bit of grapefruit coming out but there is also a pretty nice malt presence, not much sweetness but certainly a caramel and hint of biscuit character detected. The hop flavors are plentiful but the bitterness is totally toned down to manageable levels.

A great beer all around, I love what Ale Asylum did with this amber ale. They really gave it some character. SO many flavors but quite complimentary towards each other. I could drink one or 8 of these, no prob.

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Photo of DerekJC
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By far my favorite beer from Ale Asylum. Since they went to the new brewery and bottle size, the beer tends to be a clearer in complexion, which adds to appearance, but takes away from it's mouthfeel. I reviewed the bottle, but have also had this on draft at pubs and the brewery and it's remarkably consistent. Overall, really great WI beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy orange/amber color with a beige head that left lots of lacing.

S - citrus hops and some earthiness.

T - citrus hop flavor hits upfront and then there's a malty, somewhat chocolatey flavor coming through, finishing dry and bittersweet.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

D - it goes down very easy.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twist-off 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts a skull hovering over crossed pistols and the name 'Ambergeddon' and 'Fermented In Sanity'. My first Ale Asylum brew - sent by grynder33.

A: 1/2-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. The color and consistency reminds me of an iced tea. Good lace sticks down the glass.

S: Lots of big sweet caramel, cinnamon rolls, toasted malt and plenty of citrusy hops. A surprisingly bold, juicy hop aroma (Cascade?) until I read the label at the neck calling this a 'west-coast style amber'. I could smell this from 2 feet away - a well-balanced malt sweetness/hop spiciness & fruit.

T: First sip felt harsh and quite bitter, but those reactions were brief, disappearing after the second sip. A developing caramel malt envelopes the tongue with a light toastiness. Hops have a citrus tang and leave a spiced tingle on the tongue tip. Didn't find them overbearing and balance seemed appropriate.

M: Creamy and smooth, with a surprisingly clean finish considering the unfiltered graininess. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, good flavors and balance. As I'm not sure of the age of this bottle (received over 2 months ago), perhaps more research is needed to decide if hops are more pronounced when fresher. A good amber that I'd have again and would recommend.

Enjoyed as warm-up prior to a great Mexican dinner with my wife and a friend at Autentica. Thanks, Tom, for sending this a while back.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, honey-orange color with a bubbly three-finger head that's khaki colored. Lots of lace left on the glass.

S: Nice aromas of biscuits, caramel, bread crust, pine bough, and spicy citrus hops.

T: Toasted malt and resinous piney hops lead into a middle and finish of caramel covered biscuits, black pepper, and more hops.

M: Oily and sticky with just the right amount of astringency. Finish lasts forever.

D: A great beer for warm weather sessioning.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost this review but found again with google cache.

This came as another extra from the great trader KeefB. THis one promises to be much better than the Grain Belt Premium Adjunct Lager.

A: Pours a 1 finger frothy nice lookin head, which takes its time running away. It's pretty clear with a very slight haze and has a bright reddish amber color, rosey hue, and makes me think fruit punch almost.

N: Nice hops. Starts with some nice low alpha but aromatic American hops. The hops have an earthy floral aroma and slight juicy fruit. It then follows up with a light caramel malt aroma. Pretty clean, and has a pretty staple amber type aroma.

T: Starts with more bittering hops, but still light. More earthy style and some oil. It follows with some nice caramel malt and a slightly sweet caramel taste. Some juicy fruity hops layer in after that adding a nice effect. It has a sweet malt flavor that almost adds a ouch of barleywine style fruity sweetness and heavy feel. The magically, it lightens up and the refreshing nature sweeps it off its feet.

M: Semi thin with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly dry and bitters up pretty well. It's also very clean at the end. It pops up to tell you it was there, dazzle your taste buds, and hides away back behind some bush, enough to make you go "hey, where'd that beer go, oh well, it refreshed my palate enough and I think I need some more". Although, the bitterness builds over time and by the middle starts to really get bitter.

Final thoughts: A very nice drinkable amber ale. It has a nice malty amber backbone, adds a touch of sweetness and barelywine style malt/fruity sweetness, and has some nice hop layers. Bitterness and refreshing tastes trade off almost as if they were battling for your mouth's enjoyment, like two gladiators.

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Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks stoutsNipas for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Amber colored, bright, with a nice whute fluffy head that holds reasonably well.
Well balanced aroma and taste; a nice amount of floral and fruity hops are nicely exchanging places with a caramel, bready and somewhat sweetish malty backbone. It is still predominantly hoppy, but the malts are clearly present keeping it in check.
Very well done, this is what I believe an american amber should be like. I need to find out the ABV; if this one is reasonably low, it will make for a nice session beer.

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Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
3.99 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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