Bedlam | Ale Asylum

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bedlam! A chaotic blend of Citra hops and Belgian yeast give this IPA aromas of summer fruits and a bright hop presence with a plush finish.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Dat deer be pissed, yo! Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises leek, old grapefruit rind, clove, light nutmeg, banana peel, and leafy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, the Belgian-style yeast and spices clashing with the overdone Citra hops, making for, appropriately enough, bedlam on my tongue. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I just could not get into this beer at all. The overwrought Citra hops would have been bad enough, but the clash with the Belgian characters just ran things right off the rails.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.53/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The description sounded great: Citra hops, Trappist yeast, an IPA. A unique twist on the Belgo-IPA moniker. Unfortunately it does not live up to my expectations. The aroma screams Belgian with hints of phenols and spiciness. The mouthfeel is thin for such a beer and the Citra really doesn't shine through the yeast profile. At first sip it was an unexpected taste, upon letting it warm up and further tastes the beer is palatable but not as interesting as it could have been. I've had other beers by Ale Asylum and they do not disappoint. This one leaves the drinker wanting, and expecting more.

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Photo of samie85
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a very clear reddish hue with two fingers of dense white head.

S-Spicy pine and grapefruit smells with some orange and alcohol notes on the finish with a little clove.

T-Clove yeast notes on the front with a light orange citrus note and a light bitterness.

M-A little watery with very light carbonation and a slick feel.

D-Not my thing at all, the bitterness is so low key and the feel is just completely disappointing. I'm a little disappointed that I bought Citra hops to brew with based off this beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium amber-gold. Rather hazy. Medium tall, white head. Persistent.
S - Lots of grapefruity hops.
T - Something of an unusual sweet, spicy, funky flavor to go along with the prominent citrus hops.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep orange, with reddish and yellowish hues moving from the center to sides. hazy and opaque. a finger or so of a white head that fades and leaves a weak lacing on the sides.

Smell: orange, pineapple and other citrus to tropical fruits that mix with sweetness, belgian yeast, and pilsner malts.

Taste: opens up with pineapple and citrus hops, with a bit of sweetness mixed in. lots of pilsner malts and a grassy taste. small belgian yeast character at the end.

Mouthfeel: dry and a little bitter. also on the heavy side for a belgian.

Overall: i initially liked this one more and as you drink more it declines a bit, too much of a grassy taste. Ideally a belgian ipa that i like should be doable but it seems less so everytime i drink one. this one ends up in the upper end of mid row.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange and cloudy in the glass with a slightly off white head on time that falls into a nice lace. Overripe grapefruit in the nose and some pepper and spice on top of some funky, yeasty smells as well. Good but convoluted. Bite is fairly strong from the hops in the initial taste that's followed by the funky, yeasty spice. Citra hops in the website description are apparent in both. More funk that hop in the taste. Nice Belgian IPA (note how easy it is to talk about it like it's a singular style already), but the marriage of the yeast and hop on this one is not a comfortable pairing. It seems to fight a bit, but just fine for the six pack I bought of it.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Extra courtesy of Masterski, thanks!

A: Deep orange with a big white head that quickly recedes. The color is really nice. A little lacing clings to the glass.

A: Grapefruit, mango, and orange. There's a dank and pungent earthy hop note I can't really identify. Malt profile is strong, with notes of biscuit, nuttiness, and bread. 

T: Fruity up front, with light mango and passionfruit characteristics. I get some orange and grapefruit as well. These hops notes fade midpalate and the malt takes over imparting nuttiness, biscuit, and bread notes. The finish is dry and fruity with orange pith notes and biscuit.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: An interesting mixture of American hops and Belgian malt characteristics. 

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Photo of bplabernie
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first Belgian IPA. Belgian ales are my favorite styles of beer. I'm not really an IPA guy but this beer is interesting. I can taste both beer styles.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with duff27 - thanks again, buddy! Served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass; that's all I really have for IPAs. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current rating (94) as well as duff27's recommendation. Reviewed as a Belgian IPA because it identifies as such on the label and on Ale Asylum's website. 7.5% ABV confirmed. The "Best if Enjoyed by" box is empty.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of light beige-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a soft supple complexion and fair frothiness. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass when you tilt it, but doesn't hold. It doesn't have "legs." Head retention is good for the highish ABV - about 6 minutes.

Body colour is a vibrant copper-gold. Translucent; semitransparent. No yeast particles are visible. I dig the vibrance here; it's definitely well above average.

Looks quite good for a Belgian IPA; there are no obvious flaws here. It isn't unique or special, but it's definitely one of the better Belgian IPA appearances I've come across in the last year.

Sm: Citra hops are definitely present and recognizably so. Has an orange/grapefruit citrus edge backed by a biscuity floral undertone. Resinous as well. Doesn't have any of the stale orange juice presence I can't stand in some IPAs. I do get some tropical hints - mango chief amongst them.

Pale malts. Clean Belgian yeast with a biscuity, spicy, and even lightly peppery character. Some buttery malts, maybe even some Belgian pale malts. Just a biteen doughy. A hint of clove, maybe. Finish is grassy. Chives, perhaps. It's a pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength, but doesn't seem as balanced as I'd like - though that's a bit nitpicky since there isn't untamed hop bitterness.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Plenty of resinous citra hops here, with bursts of orange, mango, and tangerine. No naked hop bitterness is present; the hops are nicely tamed by the malts. Body is nicely built, with biscuity malts, pale malts, Belgian pale malts, and clean barley. Maybe a dash of crystal malt. The Belgian yeast lends it a clean feel as well as some biscuity character and light spiciness; I do get some clove, perhaps chives. It's lightly peppery as well. Vague buried hints of nectary character.

Above average depth of flavour for the style. Average duration and intensity of flavour for the style. I do like it.

It's got nice complexity, but I could do with a bit more. Same goes for its subtlety. Overall, it's well balanced but not impeccable. It's cohesive, but not gestalt. The hops and malts play well alongside one another, but I don't think it's quite a perfect marriage. The sweetness/bitterness is just a bit too far on the sweet side.

No alcohol presence at all.

Mf: I love its soft silky feel on the palate. Lightly oily. Smooth and wet. I can't make up my mind whether or not it's refreshing. Has good body and presence on the palate; it's quite approachable. It might be just a biteen too thick. Lightly overcarbonated, but not biting; unfortunately it's not crisp either. A biteen sticky. Complements the flavour profile well, but the texture doesn't seem custom-tailored to the taste per se.

Not gushed, harsh, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV - which is itself well hidden. I'd come back to this one, and it's one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had in recent memory. Interesting stuff from Ale Asylum, a brewery from which I've never had a beer until now. This has me curious to try their other offerings. Definitely a quality brew that's worth trying. I'd have another; I understand they sell this buy the 6 pack and I could see myself buying it semiregularly. An inspired and gentle Belgian IPA that any fan of the style will likely enjoy.

Low B

Thanks again, Duff27!

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours a somewhat hazy dark golden color with a small white head.

The aroma is very citrusy with huge tangerine and peach, with spicy Belgian yeast and sweet malt evident.

Sweet malt, orange, tangerine, peach, and somewhat Americanized Belgian notes.

Medium-plus body with some resinousness and average carbonation.

Overall good stuff. Not ridiculously good, but good.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshly poured from the brewery and provided by Brother Rob!

A: poured with a nice deep, rocky head, amber to light brown color with slight haze, head dissipated to only light bubbles on side of glass
S: full nose of citrus/marmalade hops
T: taste is not over-the-top with hops which is a good thing, nice malt backbone with good hop finish that is more fruity than bitter, I don't taste a ton o Belgium qualities but they are there in finish with bubblegum and yeast
M: highly drinkable and well-balanced
O: I was expecting a bit more Belgium qualities instead of almost straight IPA

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a tint of red to it. Completely transparent except for the many streaming bubbles. About a finger's worth of head that leaves a nice cap on the beer and some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Nice fruity hops in the forefront. Lemons, orange, a little bit of bubble gum from the Belgian yeast. Also a little bit of spice in there as well but overall pretty well balanced.

T- The taste is a little more Belgian dominant while the nose was a little more IPA dominant. Some Belgian yeast, bubblegum, a little bit of spice and then the hops finally come in. Again, some citrusy hops, mostly lemon and orange.

M- Nice medium bodied brew that has a small amount of bitterness and good carbonation. Also very crisp and refreshing.

D- A good representation of the style. They have found a nice balance between the two which equals a nicely balanced brew. This may be a little sweet for some but I think it is a solid offering from Ale Asylum.

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Photo of pstutzman
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber, bordering on orange. Slightly hazy.
S: Citrus with a slight Belgian funk.
T: Mostly hops with almost no Belgian character. Moderate lingering bitterness.
M: Lighter than expected.
O: Quite nice, although I expected more Belgian funk in the taste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is that a cartoon bear with antlers ("beer"?) and a crown on the label? If so, what does it mean? Won't someone tell me.

Aromatics lift right out of the glass and creep into my nose. I'm going in closer…

Wait, I do "appearance" first, so scratch that…it's just a very potent aromatics.

Clouded, deep amber/ crimson hue, slim white head.

Okay, how's it smell? (Wait, we say nose and aroma, right? No smell…but it's a nice smell.) Fruit and Belgian funk. Citrus and tropical fruits, bright and lively. Ripe, loud and beautiful. Just a little sweet and none too bitter. That's just in the smelling. Wild and outsized.

Taste it, already: Boom-bam-alam. First the juicy malt, the rich fruity flavor, then along comes the hop bitterness. Belgian flavor is all over this. Full bodied as any IPA ought to be, hop forward as you need it, all awash in the wicked, wild funk of it. Aromatics continue to bleed out and enchant.

An easy drinking ale for the hophead and the Belgian nut both. Bitterness lasts long on the palate, flavor consistently delivers. Yum. Tasty as heck. Belongs with the best of the Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed three months after its bottling date, so this may not be an entirely fair review of the beer.

Just like every Midwest IPA not brewed by Pipeworks, this beer is strong on malt and lacking in hops.

This was just an okay beer, maybe something you would order at the bar when Heineken is your next best option.

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Photo of seeswo
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Round 2 of Bedlam just came out, so I thought I would check it out. Pours a golden brown with a small tan head. Looks good. Smells like spicy orange hops and the smell that wafts out of the next door neighbors windows before they throw on loud techno and order pizza...this represents a somewhat odd combo. The orange from the citrus hops comes out strongly in the taste, but in a grassy, spicy manner. The hop profile tastes somewhat similar to Surly Furious, though not executed as well. There might be just a touch of bready yeastiness representing the Trappist component, but if you didn't tell me that was there, I am not sure I would pick it up. It mostly comes out with a flavor like a really interesting IPA with a slightly odd twist. Mouthfeel is dead on, not too sweet or heavy, good carbonation. Overall, this is the beer I get 6 packs of when I want to have a few. It's so cheap and has a more interesting hop profile than many local WI beers.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

From notes on 3/8/14

Pretty fine brew. Just got done with a PsuedoSue, so get to compare Citra hop beers. This ones good. Much sweeter from the Trappist yeast. Don’t like it as much, but still a very good solid beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed orange-amber with a foamy head that leaves lacing.

The citra hops come through loud and clear in the aroma. Some spicy yeast comes through, too.

The taste is of citrus with some pine and a balancing sweetness.

I like the initial taste but not crazy about the aftertaste - something seems to clash in it.

An interesting brew.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy yellowish orange with a little white head. Little to no lacing down the glass. Nose is nice, get some spice from the Belgian yeast and a resinous hop aroma. The IPA definitely dominates the taste. Good hop bitterness and pine. Some spice, tough to tell if that is from the hops or Belgian yeast. Would like the Belgian flavor to be a little more prominent. Good mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. A solid Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body with three-eighths inch of retained white smooth soapy head. Lacey. Carbonation bubbles rising. Good hop and yeast aromas. Good bitternss with yeast very secondary. Good use of citra hops. Buttery mouthfeel, with the citra edge. Good drinkability.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting extra from FrankenBrew. Pours from the bottle a hazy dark golden color, with some nice lingering off-white foam. Huge floral hop aroma, along with lemons and bubblegum. The Belgian yeast seems more prevalent on the palate, as the hops take a little bit more of a backseat. A really good example of the style, and much hoppier than most.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Good clarity inside its copper color. Small white head. Spotty lacing.

S - Piney hops have a wet/resiny sense. The beer quickly opens up to show some spicy phenolics. Pleasant American aroma with said belgian qualities. Toasty and mild nutty malt.

T - Starts with a nice layer of biscuit malt shortly slides underneath a big piney hop flavor midway. There are some citrus tones in there as well. Spicy yeast qualities blend into adequate bitterness that is only perceived on the back of the tongue. Crisp finish with gripping hop flavors long after.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, dry.

O - Aroma was it's highlight, had a good grasp on style. Hops seemed to be one dimensional leaning strongly towards pine in aroma but even more so taste. Great feel and appearance. I would recommend but not go out of the way to find.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). Bottled 8/11/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a burnt orange with a three finger tower of ecrue froth. The head settles to a thin sheet across the surface and a sizeable ring that leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of passion fruit, oranges, melon, yeast and some caramel.

Tastes is a blend of passion fruit, guava, orange zest, a distinctly yeasty note, caramel, melon rind and a faint tickle of alcohol. There is enough yeasty presence to remind you this is a Belgian IPA but not so much as to overly distract from the Citra goodness.

Slick, medium body with full carbonation. Notes of citrus, passion fruit and Belgian yeast-infused raw sugar create a bittersweet aftertaste.

Bedlam is a fruity, yeasty and full Belgian IPA. It had been several years since I first tried this so it was good to revisit it. Bedlam set the standard for the style to me years ago and it still holds up. Worth a try.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Best by 10/16/15 which I think means it was bottled on 7/16, consumed on 7/23.
Look = 4.25 Super cloudy deep orange in color with 3 fingers of off white head composed of bigger bubbles; great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Nice blend of earthy belgian yeast spice and citrus and fruity hops on top of a light caramel backbone. Overall fairly strong aroma.
Taste = 3.5 Spice character from the belgian yeast on top of a caramel backbone with some light citrus notes from the hops. This bottle is overall pretty bland though, the hop punch isn’t really there.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, a little flat but ok feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Fairly easy drinking IPA though the lack of taste holds it back a bit.
Overall = 3.925 Was a little disappointed with the taste after the aroma got me interested; that’s what held this one back from a much bigger score.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Nice dark orange color. Slightly cloudy with two fingers of creamy head. Very good retention. I get some sweet, malty notes tinged with fruit on the nose. Toast, marmalade, pineapples, and a little lemon.

Medium body with a slick, oily feel. Plenty of sweet, grainy malt up front and enough hops to provide a fruity component to the flavor like over-ripe oranges and pineapples. There is a touch of quinine-like bitterness that cuts through near the finish and complements the fruity sweetness nicely, but the fruit flavors linger the longest.

Very reminiscent of Houblon Chouffe in that it seems to taste like a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian Tripel. This one lacks some of the hoppy components of the d'Achouffe beer (sadly), but is still a fine beer. Very well-constructed and enjoyable. Complex without demanding too much.

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