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 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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Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, slight yeast, spice, alcohol, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, floral, hint of grass, strong yeast, spice, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A -- A semi-clear gold / orange brew that pours to a two finger head and dissipates to a viscous froth. Leaves thick webs of lacing.

S -- Big citrus, honey, and herbaceous floral hop tones.

T -- Candied orange, ginger, and honey. Mild herbal & spicy esters which really lend some intrigue -- even some black pepper. Elegantly balanced sweetness and bittering, with a light lingering bitterness. Really delicious.

M -- Moderate carbonation & body, a mild stickiness which fades fairly quickly.

O -- Really solid. Drink it!

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Photo of maltyb
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hansenm72 for the extra!

Pours with a thick golden head that dissipates to a solid ring and lacing with legs. Beer itself is golden amber coloured, not perfectly clear as it appears to have fine suspended sediment.

Smell is massive citrus, juicy fruit - orange, apricot, esters, hoppy. Taste delivers, citrus and peach flavours along with a general fruitiness from hops and yeast. Not overly bitter, definitely a noticeable hop presence but it is well balanced. Slightly tangy and astringent but no lingering favours besides some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly viscous and chewy, able to stand up to the aroma and flavours in the beer. I'm very impressed with this beer, one of the better IPA styles I've enjoye in recent memory. Beautifully constructed, the ring and lace has lasted to the final sips!

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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 mdsteenb
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a glass - opening it up - a very crisp and refreshing. No bite to speak of and therefore not hoppy or malty at all. Very drinkable - great for summer / spring time. Has that refreshing effect served cold as my fridge would get it. Has a neutral finish - leaving your mouth light and refreshed not bitten like an IPA.

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Photo of pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

dark orange, with little head on top. hazy, indeed. yeast sits on the bottom of the bottle.
smell is like candied oranges!!
taste is of some rich Belgian yeast, some floral and citric hops and a little hop bitterness. lots of fruit.
very easy to drink. 'best enjoyed by' date is rubbed out (bought it online from a broker) so i'm not certain how old it is but it has a very interesting footprint. kind of creamy, kind of sugar-y sweet. very interesting. I want to say 'popsicle' but it really isn't there. but this is an awesome brew!

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Photo of elmore
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle that I received from a friend.

A- Semi-translucent amber color, pale 2 finger head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S- Floral hops, apricots, piney sweetness.

T- Floral hops, mild citrus and pine, cloves, grapefruit.

M- Smooth creamy, moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good representation of the style. A very good beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Best Enjoyed By 04/1?/2014
L - frothy ivory head caps a hazy amber colored ale. Tons of lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates
S - awesome fresh aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, yeast, floral hop
T - sweet, fresh, and juicy; tropical mango, passion fruit, mandarin, and pineapple; Juicy Fruit gum, grapefruit, caramel, grain, Belgian yeast
F - medium body, creamy, a bit resinous, finishes more sweet than bitter, alcohol is non-existent
O - super refreshing with juicy, fruity hops melding with the yeast to create an explosion of taste, however I would like this to be a bit more bitter than it is, especially if it's an IPA of sorts.

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Photo of BTodd
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-1 finger of nice foam, decent lacing. Orange, hazy appearance.

S-Loads of pine and orange/tropical fruit with some sweetness as well.

T-Pine, pineapple, tropical fruits. Nice malt backbone, but interesting hop profile wins it for me. Some spiciness coming through as it warmed.

M-Coats nicely. Medium body and carbonation is appropriate.

O-This beer surprised me and is much better than I thought it was going to be. I've had other beers from Ale Asylum, but this one easily beats them out. I'd buy a six of this anytime.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a space for an enjoy by date, but it is left blank. My third beer from Ale Asylum, expectations are high based on this beer's good ratings.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery burnt orange colored body with some dark flecks of sediment floating around and three big fluffy fingers of off-white head. Nice big scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of a prominent fruity / earthy yeast presence, and a nice dosage of fresh piney / tropical hop smells. Grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel & rye malt, and some bubblegum / clove / spice presence.

T - Taste follows the nose - a good pairing of fruity bubblegum yeast, clove, apple, pear, grapefruit, pine, and some cracked pepper / rye malt / caramel malt to round things off.

M - Feel is super smooth and creamy. Bitterness is light, but present. Green apple stickiness, bready, & malty. Mild warming alcohol presence.

Overall, a good representation of the style. Very nice balance, depth, and duration of flavor. I would have it again, and I look forward to more from Ale Asylum.

Ale Asylum Bedlam ---4/5.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a nice head. Really nice hop flavor. Bold but not overpowering. Finishes incredibly smooth with a beautiful Belgian yeast flavor.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The ale was a golden copper color with a fluffy white head. Lacing was apparent as the head receded.

Smell - The citra hops are easy to detect. There is citrus and there is pine in the aroma. The earthy notes are not overly pungent, but rather sweet.

Taste - On the initial, one detects grapefruit, candy sugar, and grassy resin. The initial taste is a little to brief. It begins to move into a mild banana before moving to a more harsh resin profile. The aftertaste strikes me as a little watery.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel resembled a DIPA its thickness. The coating left behind strikes the note of Belgian thickness.

Overall - I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I would definitely enjoy this one on a hot day.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip which I would recommend if only to have the merging of scent and taste. Note: Not my first Belgian, but first Belgian style IPA.

(Look) smallish white head above the golden copper ale with moderate carbonation at the outset. On swirl, top lacing remains intact while the lower portion melts away at a moderate rate.

(Scent) surprised at first by the strident profile- even questioning the purchase- but the profile grew on me rather quickly. Citrus, lemon,hoppy profile for sure, but there was also this yeasty funkiness to it as well that I couldn't place. Definitely bright and 'resiny'.

(Taste/mouthfeel) Passes with moderate bitterness at first and a slight fullness on swallow with a bit of lingering bitterness. Nice- not too wet or hued with esters. Tongue-smack post swallow. Note: The tulip really enhanced both scent and taste at pass.

(Scent -halfway done) Pepper and mango; definitely mango. I could sniff this all day.

(Afterthought) Really a nice blend, and a nice intro to this style. The ABV is well hidden in this one. For my intro it was a bit stark at first not knowing what to expect, but it settled into a nice balance between the hop and yeast profiles that became a bit sultry towards the end.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4-14-14) into tulip. 2 finger fluffy white head settled nicely with some good lacing. Beer is a dark golden with some orange hue

Aroma is dominated by citrus with some biscuit

Taste - citrus, caramel malts, noticeable fruity esters from the Belgian yeast, finish has a bitter grapefruit that's nice

Mouthfeel - good carb, medium body, fairly dry finish

Overall - I don't drink this style too often but id definitely say this is a fine example. Cant decide if you want a hoppy IPA or golden Belgian? Go for both with this! Excited to try other offerings from Ale Asylum who just hit shelves in IL

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright rusty orange with thin but bubbling foam.

Bright tropical and citrus notes, tons of orange, mango, and pineapple with a slight earthy/herbal aroma.

Resin, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, and a slight Belgian yeast funk.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, earthy, fresh.

Overall, I was quite surprised with this! Flew off the shelves during the first wave of it's release here in the Chicagoland area and rightfully so!

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Photo of LovingCup
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This may be my first beer review but is far from my first beer. Today I will be reviewing "Bedlam!" by Ale Asylum from my neighbor to the north. My first Belgium IPA styled beer. Poured on 2/7/14 into my Bell's tulip.

A: Looks okay. A kind of copper orange with a nearly non existant creamy white head. Some bubbles rise to the top.

S: Smells great! Sweet, with part fruity ipa and part undeniable "Belgium funk" smell. I become somewhat fearful, as tripel's are not my preferred style. But anticipation rises, as the smell is unique to anything I remember. One of the best, most complex smelling brews I can recall from recent memory.

T: Pretty tasty! As I mentioned, my taste buds are not developed enough to truly appreciate the Belgium yeasty funk of Tripel's. While I can usually identify the taste as "interesting," I rarely go looking for a 2nd in a session. This beer is a great way to transition to the style while still being grounded in something more familiar. If I had more Belgium Ipa's I could see my taste starting to develop to enjoy Tripel's more often. It is fairly drinkable. Not as sweet as the nose may suggest. It's neither too extreme and in your face nor is it subtle or characterless.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, with sort of a bite in the first half of the swallow.

Overall: I like it. Again, if you like ipa's but are on the fence about that Belgium funk, this is your beer. One of the best and most unique smelling beers in recent memory, and I can't complain about the taste. Overall this brew delivers quite a unique, and agreeable flavor profile. Would definitely throw a couple of these in my create my own sixer again.

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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 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 Etan
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Very murky brown-orange with a moderate beige head. Ugly, to say the least.

S. Citra going strong in the nose. Sweet tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit rind. Some clove and sweet pale malt behind.

T. Mango, lemon rind, grapefruit, bright vanilla, mild clove, cakey grain, mild leafy bitterness.

M. Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O. It's not a pretty beer, but the citra character is great.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has lots of micro jetsam in a deep orange body with a sticky oatmeal colored beige head. There is a sluggish microcarbonation working to the surface.

S- The green earthy bright hops blend with a mellow tropical fruit hops and the aroma grows more full as it opens.

T- The juicy hops have green fruity flavor with some jammy qualities and yeast ester fruity notes blend in. A nice green hop bite in the finish balances a malt sweetness and woody green hop lingers.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no alcohol heat.

O- The full hops flavor has some nice depth with good Citra qualities and some good sweetness and bitterness balance.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed peach color, sporting a soapy white froth that retains well and laces superbly. Aroma of citrus and pine. In the flavor, bubblegum, citrus, candi sugar, cotton candy. Mild bitterness working well with the sugars and cake like yeast. Herbal, minty notes emerging late. Medium bodied, well carbonated and crisp. Doughy yeast and juicy hop linger on the palate. Overall, a fine American take on the Belgian IPA style. Very nice.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty Belgian style aroma with a big presence of citrus hop esters. Upfront Belgian yeast with some barnyard funk, pepper, and clove. Big hop presence with some floral and earthy hints of grass. Juicy citrus hop esters with hints of orange peel, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of banana and apple. Some bready malt with hints of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, spicy and fruity Belgian yeast with a big presence of earthy and citrus hops. Belgian yeast along with some barnyard funk, peppers, and clove spice. Dried fruit notes of banana. Sharp hop presence with earthy and floral notes of grass and pine spice. Juicy citrus hop taste of orange peel, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, and passion fruit. Bready malt background with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and slightly oily. Drying and fairly smooth.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. This really brings the IPA part with lots of juicy hops but there is enough Belgian yeast spice to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't read the date but I believe it to be quite fresh.

A: Pours a clear amber. Effervescent and fluffy tan head. Great head retention. Moderate lacework.

S: Big citra notes. Tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Mangos too? Tangerine? Belgian yeast influence is notable as well with some spiciness.

T: Really nice juicy tropical fruit up front, pretty much as described in the aroma. Pineapple not so sharp I think. A hint of that typical citra dankness in the middle too but not overpowering. Nice bready malt with some black pepper towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied and super smooth.

O: Nice balanced IPA that really highlights citra. Belgian yeast lends a bit of complexity and uniqueness. Very easy drinking for such a hoppy IPA. Really well crafted and enjoyable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
4.15 out of 5 based on 719 ratings.
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