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 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 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 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 cokes
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Generally clear rusted goldenrod edged with a tight and sticky khaki draping.
The nose issues notes of hard caramel, almonds, Bing cherries, orange peels, grapefruit juice, and desiccated August gardens.

Ushers into the mouth, with the flailing hop spume creating undertows in the gentler malt wave. It rises first with a toasted sense of nuttiness and breads, with almonds, walnuts, and phantoms of rye. It sweetens at the crest, full of monkeybread, peanut brittle, and frosted apple turnovers. It crashes thunderously. Churning citric pulp of grapefruit, lime, and orange, and rasps it across a bed of rosewater and dried lilac. The citric hues ebb as the rip current of floral dry notes surges back across the tongue. It recedes with a ferocious pull of black pepper. The remaining wash lingers with churning eddies of dried herb spiciness.

Moderate in to and across the mouth. For a beer as dynamic as this, the structure seems a bit spare. But that may indeed be its glory. The slightly thin feel enables this to be gulped, if not ultimately inhaled and drowned upon.

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Photo of drpimento
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent, malty, and hoppy reddish amber ale. Maybe a touch too carbonated. This is definitely the best beer from the brewery I've had so far. Served with a decent head that mostly faded after a bit. Don't notice the alcohol right off. After a couple o swallows there's a warming sensation. Definitely servicable. *urp*

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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 Westsidethreat
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. Antique copper color with some haze is what is poured forth with a huge offwhite creamy head springing forth.

S: Cooked veggies, eggo’s, maple, white pepper corns and wheat germ

T: Starts off with traditional cooked veggies; malty and somewhat sweet. Good amount of caramel, cinnamon roll dough and churro. From there it ventures from the traditional offering an interesting buttery nature which is a bit like flan. Finishes with red apple, good amount of well spread bitterness and butterscotch.

M: Medium body, fairly soft with just a bit of carbo sting.

D: Definitely beats your run of the mill amber. Stands out from the pack in my opinion.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 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 Sconnie
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
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 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 badbeer
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an excellent orange and amber color with a big white head that left great lacing and retained very well. Smell is full of pungent grapefruit and citrus hops. The beer was poured cold into a regular pint glass, not exactly the best for accenting aromas, but it still had plenty of aroma coming right to me. Taste has a good malt background, even a touch of biscuit in there while still having the hops be the leaders. It was nice to be able to have a malt background and still be pummeled with hops, one of the hoppier beers I've had as of late. Higher than medium bodied with medium carbonation levels, just seemed to fit very well with this one. Very drinkable, I could drink this by the pitcher, and perhaps I'll just have to do that next time. Excellent beer here, this is worth seeking out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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 Golden2wenty1
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brew-pub, free pitcher courtesy of the head brewer, Dean prior to a tour of the facility.

Pour: translucent sunburst of orange-amber, golden highlights, and a couple fingers of of soapy khaki foam and beautiful lacing. Quite a looker.

Nose: bursting with gobs of juicy grapefruit and resinous pine hops, while caramel malt takes an understated but well-played backseat.

Taste: amazing citrus and pine tar hops for an amber. with apricot and honey adding sweetness and vanilla/caramel malt rounding out the body.

Feel: smooth, creamy body, with crisp tickling carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: one of those 'West-coast' ambers that some may say 'cheat' with the aggressive hopping, but when it tastes this good, who the hell cares? This sits right at the top of the amber style for me, and when bottled (within the month) and more widely-distributed, will undoubtedly become a staple in my beer fridge. Look out, Two-Hearted.

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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 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 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 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 DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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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