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 parejkoj
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber-orange color, slight bit of haze and medium head that lingers.

Smell: Some malt with a bit of hop character (a little piney, a little danky). Nothing overwhelming but it is about what you'd expect from a hoppy amber beer. Could potentially use more aromatics from hops but probably wouldn't substantially improve the smell.

Taste: Very nice malt-forward taste I'm guessing from a decent amount of Munich malt. It is very well balanced with the hop bitterness toward the back of the tongue after a few seconds. Can't say anything particularly bad about the flavor: it's a great amber!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, although there may be a touch too much carbonation that definitely is noticeable on the palate.

Overall: I really like it. As far as ambers go, this is on the bitter side but definitely not either in a bad way or in an unbalanced way (for instance, a West coast amber). Highly recommended.

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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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darker color amber flows out the bottle. Sizeable beige meets off white head develops, in around the 1" variety. Aroma of malty roasted nuts. Aroma also imparts more hops than most amber ales. Honey like sweetness along with it.

Taste, still heavy handed with the hopping, and I mean that in a good way. Lots of caramel, not really much in the way of toffee. Syrupy, yet drinks like it is light bodied at the same time. Carbonation is appropriate for what this beer has going for it. Drinks like a hybrid of a pale ale, ipa and amber ale. Grapefruit and caramel equate to a bitterness that is far from a one trick pony. This stuff is a decent option if there is no nugget nectar around (taste is different than the nugget hop, but you get the idea).

The sweetness that comes out a little as it warms gives you a little light barleywine vibe, without the excess malt or alcohol.

Alcohol remains in the background. Wow, its almost 7%! Score! Butter and dry through the finish.

Thanks to the extra from someone in Wisconsin!

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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 deebo
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a sixer of this for the Packer/49er playoff game, wasn't a huge fan of it then or the outcome of that game, reviewing while watching the Super Bowl.

A-Significant chill haze, ruddy amber color with a thin finger of off-white head that quickly recedes to a skim.

S-Lots of hops (spicy, earthy, citrus, grass) upfront with some caramel, toasted graininess as well.

T-Hops hit you hard, like the aroma they are earthy and spicy with a lingering bitterness overwhelming the malt.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated with a lingering bitter finish.

O-Definitely a beer for the hophead, this one is too much for someone looking for a traditional amber ale. If the hops were toned down a bit this one has potential, just not balanced enough.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense, frothy head that is resiny. Bright citrus hop aroma. Stunning red-amber color. Starts assertively hoppy with big notes of grapefruit, and pine in the backgroud. I could just smell this for days on end (much like AA's "Bedlam." Not overly bitter, though. Peaks in a nice hoppiness and medium bitterness, then the malt bursts through to melt with that pine sap hop in the finish.

Perfectly balanced is the best description for this. This is stunning. It is hoppy, yet so masterfully balanced. This is the bier that turned me on to hoppy biers. It has all the Hops you could ever want, skips the abrasive bitterness, and still manages to do Wisconsin proud by letting that malt pop in so well.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep amber-gold body with a small-sized, near white head.

Smell: Boldly floral, resiny, grassy hops with fruity notes of ruby red grapefruit (plus pith), peach puree, papayas packed in syrup. You can find a bready, grainy, toasty malt base patiently waiting underneath the aromatic hop wafts.

Taste: Sweetish, bready malts firmly affixed to toasted grains. Light caramel hint. As with the aroma, it's grassy, floral, and resinous, with fruity tastes of grapefruit and papaya. Moderate bitterness. Some more of that initial toastiness tries to make its presence known, but it remains predominately hoppy and bitter until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Pleasant hop-forward amber.

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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 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 cagocubs
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on my Wisconsin beer haul. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish amber with orange/red tint. Half finger off-white head sticks around and laces well. Nice looking Amber.

S: Hops, sweet caramel malts, fresh pine, citrus-grapefruit. Typical of red/ambers.

T: Well balanced. It does not deliver the bitter punch that many ambers do. Insead, you are left with a nice balance between hops/citrus and caramel malts. Different, but refreshing.

M: A bit too watery for me. Good coating, but at the expense of odd body. Good aftertaste flavors.

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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 jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sonoma01 for the bottle!

Pours a murky caramel with a 2 finger off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus and earthy hops with a deep bready sweetness. A little metallic and slightly sour.

Starts with a floral hop flavor quickly turning into a little brown sugar and bread sweetness. Finishes with an intense earthy bitterness and is a tad astringent.

Mouthfeel is medium. There's some heft to this which I like and carbonation levels are good.

Good drinkable brew although not without some faults. The aftertaste is so overpowering, I'm not sure I could drink this all night. Overall though it's a hoppy amber which is always good in my world.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very clear ale here, amber to orange in color. Could have a better head, but lacing is nice.

S: Sweet malts and great citrus hop notes. Very nice caramel breadyness.

T: Something about the english mallts that Ale Asylum uses lends a very sweet cola like flavor. Both this and the Contorter Porter have very destinct sweet similarities. The taste does drop off a few steps before im ready.

M: Has a good quality dry bitterness to it from the middle to the end on the palate and lingers leaving the mouthfeel quite engaged. However it does wash a bit light, I think partly due to the crispness of this ale, not heavy at all. Some people like it, I would prefer some heft myself.

O: A good refreshing amber, its a quaffing ale.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Swag Brewery pint glass. Enjoyed in the comforts of my home while the ladyfriend cooks chicken soup.

Pours a medium amber color with one finger mocha-cream head.

Nose is sweet, slightly roasty, caramely, and metallic with hints of brown sugar and mango.

Taste is sweet, and what I can only describe as "zingy". Hops and honey-like sweetness provide a punchy, robust, yet well-rounded ride for the taste buds. Moderate to low carbonation.

Overall very interesting - like nothing I've ever had before. Much sweeter, maltier, and hoppier than a traditional amber. I liked it! Would drink again.

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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 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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another gem, picked up from the brewery. A great mix of hops and malting with a showcase fruitiness. Good to the last drop. Citrus, peach, smooth mouthfeel though numbing of the palate followed. Tasty stuff, with a mild hoppy aroma. Red tinge. Very good for the style.

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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 corby112
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a 1.5 frothy off-white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a thin ring. Minimal lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some floral, citrus hops and a sweet malt presence. Hints of pine needle, pine and orange peel along with some caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a blast of bitter, earthy hops up front that linger over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. This is countered by a sweet citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Malt backbone with hints of rye, caramel and biscuit. Sessionable and easy to drink but not overly complex.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am always partial to local beers and I have drank some brews at Ale Asylum but I had never sampled their Ambergeddon. I will say though that I drank this during a Badger football tailgate party so I should probably come back to it again at some point when I can pour it into a glass and study it a little closer.

It reminded me of a brown ale with an IPA kick. My initial taste was of malts that are very similar to a brown or amber ale but then a hoppy bitterness took over that was similar to a Pale Ale. It lacked the citrus taste though that I really like in that type of beer. Also, a little watery feel slipped in on the back end of each drink. Still though, a very solid local 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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Ambergeddon from Ale Asylum
3.99 out of 5 based on 585 ratings.
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