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.

Added by hawks10 on 04-03-2010

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

best beer from a brewery i have never heard of i can remember. what a cool brew, amber in color, light amber, pale copper, with a tall lasting off white head. it smells way more belgian than i usually like in belgian ipa, with a ton of fruity yeast and an almost white wine vibe. the citra hops are the kicker though, they are so well dosed and so fresh and vibrant that they bring the yeast and the malt together where it always seems disjointed in the style to me. the citra is juicy lemon curd and pineapple, which matches the esters in the belgian yeast as well as the higher sugars in the medium crystal malt. a great tripartite synergy here. hops do carry enough bitterness to balance out the sweet, but they are so oily and big that they keep the finish really long. its refreshing though with high flying carbonation. this was a huge surprise to me, one of those beers i had no real expectations for and it floored me. super well made, i am now eagerly seeking more beer from these guys. are they all this good?

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one out with a big of aggression, the head wasn't too big on this beer... Perhaps some of the carbonation has started to fade with time. Would like to try a fresh bottle sometime. The color of the beer is a very nice looking clear golden copper. With a thin white head that doesn't last long at all. The smell of the beer is so nice, the aromas of fresh fruits like pears, peaches and some pineapple come together on the nose with the sweet Belgian yeast and the Citra hope as well. The taste of the beer was awesome too, a brilliant sweetness in the beginning that is quickly destroyed by the bitterness of the hops. The carbonation is very gentle in the beer, it remains smooth and very drinkable. Overall this beer kicked ass.

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Photo of nmann08
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit. Spice. Hops. Malt. The chaotic beer that is Bedlam lives up to its name with a taste that certainly doesn't back away from complexity, curiosity or intrigue- it relishes it!

Pouring somewhere between golden an amber, the Belgian-inspired IPA shares an inviting translucent glow. Capped with a creamy off-white crown, the beer spills over with hop aromatics- high on citrus but bridging the orchard and tropical varieties as well, the ale is spicy and perfumy on the nose. Yet to taste, the toasty malt flavors of caramel, pecan and lightly toasted granola reels in the early palate.

Then on the middle, the sweetness begins to dissolve and the creaminess ushers in a hoppy and fruit-filled medley that saturates quickly with tangerine and red grapefruit, but its eventual apple, lemon and melon is more ester-derived than of hops. And as the citrus turns smoothly to bitter, the spiciness picks up and joins the fray with white pepper, black pepper and a touch of earthy cumin to accessorize the closing taste of pine and dried citrus rind.

Medium-bodied but trending dry, the malty sweet taste of caramel and seemingly rye is reluctant to release and continues to support the brunt of hops and yeast spices well. Winning out in the end, the hops and spice outlast all other esters and fruity hop flavors for a finish that's pleasantly bitter and wine-like.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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 emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Released yesterday at the brewery.
Thanks to Jeremy for meeting us at the release party... Two pitchers of this disappeared fast!

Pours a deep, glowing orange. Hazed with yeast sediment, it becomes opaque as it settles. Frothy dense cap of foam, delicate crown of lacing rings the inside of the glass. The initial head was about 3", but it settled to a skim and a cluster of larger bubbles to one side.

Melon, tangerine, mango, and orange waft out of the glass, a certain spiciness from the hops also. Slightly sweet pastry aroma too as it warms up. The dank stickiness of fresh hops is unmistakable here.

Lush fruity flavors, orange peel and mango, with some pale malt breadiness in the middle. Finishes dry and fairly mellow. Body is light, extremely smooth and juicy with a lingering residual sticky bitterness. The resemblance to grapefruit juice is uncanny, though Bedlam has carbonation and malt flavor to boot. Pure nectar. Very hop forward, lush dankness abounds. "Perilously drinkable" in the words of the late Michael Jackson.

Seek this out fresh, don't settle for anything less.

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a thick, two-finger head of tan foam. It smelled of yeast, spice and sweet floral notes. There is a touch of caramel, too. This has a spicy, yeasty flavor with just enough bitter hops. It has a nice burnt toast caramel flavor, too. It was crisp with a dry finish.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy golden orange, topped with tight finger of slightly off-white colored foamy head. This retains with a thin creamy covering that stays very rich and slathers the sides of the glass with thick lacing. The aroma smells of bright hop flavors that seem to just float up the nostrils. This is well balanced in the nose by the sweetness of sugary dough, while that Belgian yeast adds an extra layer of fruit and spice that nicely compliments the hop profile (actually it's hard to tell where one starts and one ends).

The taste is fresh in the mouth with hop flavor up front, featuring notes of green earthy citrus, pine, and bitter rind. Like the nose, this is well evened by the sugary and bready character of the malts while some softer fruit and spicy esters run through the profile, giving this a zesty and yeasty tang. This finishes fairly bitter, with a long lingering deep dryness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with an easy feeling oily slickness from the hops that keeps things flowing nicely but there is also just enough crispness to this to keep the body pretty lively feeling as well. ABV feels spot on, no alcohol is picked up but there just enough to this to keep it on the fuller side.

Really nice take on the Belgian IPA here, with some well balanced and robust hop character that marries quite nicely with that of the yeast. An easy drinking big body on this is only the icing on the cake. This is a winner from Ale Asylum.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Of the taster I had at the Asylum....this was my favorite....there is something about the Citra Hop that KICKS ASS! This beer poured a nice coppery orangish clear with white head that left a nice lace. The scent was a perfect blend of pine and citrus. The taste was like the smell but had the Belgium sugar/malt twang. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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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