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 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 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 seeswo
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey stem.

Pours a hazy reddish copper with a tan head left all over the glass. Looks really fantastic, actually. The nose is light caramel and biscuit mixed with piney-orange hops. Smells real nice. This is an amber with bite. Fairly substantial, generic hop bitterness, maybe a touch of pine or grass combine nicely with those light caramel and biscuit flavors. Just a touch of a slightly off flavor through the middle of this beer. Can't really place it. Drinks easy with a bit of a punch. Pretty light on the palette for the ABV. Overall, this is a nice take on an amber that is a nice drinker.

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

A - Pours a small light-tan head when poured into a snifter. The head has a nice retention and leaves web of lacing as it recedes. The beer itself has a dark amber hue. Looks tasty!

S - The aroma has a rich malty sweetness consisting of caramel and cinnamon sticks. There is also a piny hop presence looming.

M - The body is somewhere between light and medium. A little bit thinner than I expected. It has prickly carbonation, yet still has a some what creamy finish.

T - The beer begins with sweet malts and caramel. A blast of pine with citrus sprinkled throughout hits next followed by some more sweetness and bitterness that lasts into the finish.

My first beer from Ale Asylum and it's a good one. Much better than the mediocre Amber's most brewer's put out as their flagship beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium dark amber. Cloudy. Thick, creamy tannish head with good persistence. Looks outstanding.

Smell - Sweet caramel maltiness. Hops clearly present - pine and orange.

Taste - Sweet caramel beginning quickly overwhelmed by strong citrus hops character, a little pine too. Flavorful and a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Crisp.

Overall - High quality beer from a local brewer that's largely overshadowed by better known high-quality local brewers. This is probably their best known offering, though, with a well deserved following.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice cream-colored head about an inch thick (falling to about a quarter inch but remaining) atop a deep copper amber color. The beer is cloudy with significant visible carbonation, and nice cling as it goes down. The nose is very pleasant, with a pungent citrus hop burst and nice malt roastiness alongside. Just a bit of caramel and iron coming through, as well. I was a bit disappointed by the taste after the good bouquet: It has a somewhat watery hop taste at the front--more herbal and grassy than citrus--with a malt undercurrent that just barely presents the roasted quality of the nose. It also presents a bit of nuttiness, but it all tastes a bit watered down. Hop bitterness lingers at the close, but not for long. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and it tastes too watery at the outset. Some crispness and lingering acidity, as well.

Having recently tried Ale Asylum's Hopalicious for the first time and loved it, I was a bit disappointed by this offering. My mouth wanted the citrus hop burst that the nose suggested, but it never happened. And the hop flavor that is presented has a reserved quality to it that isn't helped by the watery sensation of it. Overall, it has fairly decent balance of flavors and pretty nice complexity...I just wish the flavors were more pronounced.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint. Thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for taking a personal vendetta against my 'want's last in our recent trade!

Ambergeddon is, as one might expect, a tawny amber hue with a slightly hazed body. The foam retention is superb, as the creme-colored head slowly retreats to a fat, ringed cap that drapes sticky webs of lace along the inside of the pint glass. Aroma is not as intensely hoppy as I would have liked, but has a decently strong presence of pineapple, mint, and mango. The malt backbone is perhaps more impressive with sweet caramel-amber goodness and buttery toffee.

Dripping with hop flavor, the taste of Ambergeddon is well-balanced by nutty, almost husky malt grains. A flash of minerals hits mid-sip before a light, tingling bitterness graces the back of the palate. The flavors work well together, but something seems a bit muted about the whole experience. Mouthfeel is soft on the carbonation and thinner than expected for the style and ABV. I found this to be a decent Amber, but probably not something I'll be seeking out again. Still, I'd definitely buy it off the shelf if given the opportunity.

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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 Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Orangish red color. A finger of kahki head appears then fades and leaves sheets of lace.

A: The aroma is rather light. I get some earthy hops, and some caramel malt, but what I find interesting is the distinct nutty aroma.

T: Very interesting. I am getting nuts all the way. Pecans and cashews mostly. I get some biscuit malt and grassy hops, but the nuts, man the nuts. It finishes sweet and nutty.

M: Really nice here. Medium body, perfect carbonation.

O: This is one unique brew. Almost a brown ale disgiused as an amber. I'm on the fence with this one, but I dig and reward originality, and this one is definately original. Go get it. Skal.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: amber orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: malts, caramel, sweet

taste: caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: This beer was alright, I don't think it was well balanced.

The cpj

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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 Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour yields a brew with a slightly-reddened light copper body with a half-finger off-white head that is quite bubbly. The bubbles pop and the head fades down quite quickly. Thin collar with quite a few bubbles around the edges. The nose brings a bit of amber malt with some mild earthy tones and a bit of sweetness. Bread tones around the edges. A bit of grain husk as I continue to swirl this one.

The flavor is a bit grainy and slightly metallic. Certainly too many tannins in this one. The husk presence really comes through and is not terribly enjoyable, detracting from the underlying amber malt and breadiness. The finish is harsh and bitter. Unfortunately, something went seriously wrong in the process of this one.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a clear amber with small head, only about a half finger's worth. Small lacing left behind.

S- A good mix of hops and malt. Some citrus and orange notes in there as well. A little bit of caramel mingles with citrus to even things out.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Hops of front but nothing bitter and some good malts. A little bit of sweetness mixes with some lemon and orange to round it out.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Just a little bitterness and some dryness at the back of the throat.

D- Another Wisconsin brewery that has started to step up its game. A little more hoppy than the style suggests but that seems to be a common trend. I am going to have to make it to Madison one of these days to try some of their beers on tap.

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Photo of TheDTrain
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial pint glass.

Cloudy reddish brown color amber ale poured into an Imperial pint glass. Retention is awesome. Sweet tones of caramel, sugars, and orange blend well with the malts. For an amber, I was surprised by the amount of citrus in the taste but is soon taken over by the bitterness which slightly hindered it's drinkability.

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Photo of gtn80
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Allagash tulip.

Appearance is a huge fluffy, white head, two fingers that lasted the entire pour. Great ruby red color when held up to the light.

Smell is great, lots of big, fruity, citrus hops with a bit of spice.

Taste is great, fruity hops up front with a bunch of bitterness. Decent malt backbone, but bitterness overwhelms it a bit.

Mouthfeel is solid, carbonation makes it a full mouthfeel, big and thick.

Drinkability is good, only hurt by that bitterness that lingers.

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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 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 trbergman
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a translucent reddish brown with about one finger of rocky head the color of frothy steamed milk. Though the head dies down a bit, there's plentiful lacing.

S - Loads of sweet, bready, caramel malt with pungent orange zest hop aroma. A bit more subdued than I like for it to get higher marks.

T - Nice example of the trendy west coast amber style. Solid malt backbone with caramel, brown bread, and a hint of black tea. Hops are assertive, but far from dominant, with the taste of citrus zest and a dry, pithy bitterness. Good marriage of flavors.

M - Velvety medium body, chewy.

D - A solid effort from the folks at Ale Asylum. I'd be willing to drink it more often if that didn't require a trip to Wisconsin.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 daledeee
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is turning out to be a nice brewery who will reach high esteem as their name gets out.

This beer pours a very nice auburn brown with a light tan head and beautiful lace.

Nose is hops and malt with a hint of caramel.

Taste is very clean with a hop and malt profile. These hops are different than IPA blend. I have not had any beers of this type so I find the taste unique. It reminds me of some lagers. The finish is too astringent for me but I think it is true to type. Not my favorite style but I think this is a good example. Congrats to Ale Asylum for a fine lineup.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Moderate pour yields a 2 finger semi-coarse, downward cascading, light orange cream head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy reddish orange. Lacing is light and stringy with good stick.

S: Citrus with overtones of toffee, caramel, coffee, piney hops, subdued oranges and cane sugar. Not a big nose here with all the aromas being rather toned down.

T: Pine, bark, and grass. Astringent hops with a slight citrus bite. Black tea. Caramel and toffee deepness in the middle with a touch of brown sugar. Messy piney hop finish that lingers and sweetens on the palate well after the beer is gone.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonated, and very coarse and crisp. Tingly the whole way through and with good substance. Finish is just a bit messy and lingers a touch too long.

D: Nothing out of the ordinary here either good or bad and not much else to say. A solid beer which is very nice and easy drinking. I'd definitely have it again but wouldn't go out of my way for it. Super badass name and label though!

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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 jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy and murky brown color with a very tight head that is light tan in color. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Caramel malt with a fair hop scent and a light candy like smell.

This is well balance with an abundance of hops and malt. Solid bitter pine taste that goes from start to finish. Big caramel malt that balances this beer out. Nice combo of flavors here.

Smooth and almost creamy feel in a medium body. The carbonation may be lacking a bit though.

Nicely drinkable and a well crafted hoppy amber. Recommended.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer in my quest for more Ale Asylum -- they just continue to impress.

This is not 'just another beer' though, I must say this is the best amber I've ever had. There are always hoppy red ales available, and those are great, but this is a nice deviation from the norm.

A: Pretty much get what you're advertised; the beer is a pure amber color. There is a surprising amount of sediment though, kind of worried me the first time 'round. In addition, a rocky, khaki colored head adorns the top of this Topaz jewel.

S: this really is surprisingly hoppy. There is enough sweet caramel malt to back it up though and prevent it from becoming a single-minded hop bomb.

T: much like the smell, but more sweetness comes through, maybe a touch of spice and dried apricot. At 6.8% ABV, I can't believe how well the alcohol is masked.

M & D: Definitely substantial body, but far from heavy. Another awesome brew from Ale Asylum!

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