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Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
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139
Ratings:
711
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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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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Photo of daledeee
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried a single bottle and poured it into my Sam Adams glass. Got a bright gold with orange hues. Nice white head and lacing

Nose is citrus and floral.

Taste is surprising. I expected more of a Belgian twist. Instead it reminds me of a nice citrus IPA. The Belgian part seems to surface at the finish and after it airs a bit. A very nice tasting beer by the way.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation.

I wish I would have gotten more of this. I like it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Free House Pub in Middleton, Wisconsin in a pint glass on 7/19/2013 as we sit in the outdoor patio.

Aroma: Smells like apricots, but faint, with a more dominant spicy phenols from the yeast. There is a bit of a malty caramel sweetness as well. Smells good and aromatic.

Colour: Pours a pale orange body with probably a half cm white head that slowly dissipates, completely by the time I get halfway through the glass. Lacing is very nice, spotty but definitely leaves a nice lacing as I get through the glass. Looks refreshing.

Flavour: Follows the nose. A bit of apricot and caramel sweetness complements each other along with the spicy phenols. Not particularly bitter, but there is a little bit of a citrus bite at the end. Not particuarly intense, but everything complements each other very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing and very drinkable. No indication of alcohol heat. Aftertaste is mostly everything that comes out- the citrus, apricot, and spicy yeast all blended together.

Overall: Tasty, not overwhelming, but not underwhelming either. Shows off the Belgian yeast characteristics well, while complementing it with a good fruity hoppiness that doesn't overwhelm the spices. It definitely hit the spot on a hot summer evening on the patio.

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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 312HopBomb
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color with small ring of white. Good lacing.

Smells intense with earthy hops mixed with Belgian funk and some sour fruit. I could smell this all day long. Light malt.

Taste has strong funky plastic bandaid yeastiness that is not bad. Big hop taste with grapefruit and pith. Somewhat boozy.

Mouthfeel is slick and slightly syrupy. Moderate carbonation and medium/heavy body.

This was more of a sipper.

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Photo of dhannes
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a bottle and allowed to warm up in a standard pint glass.

A=Very rich, copper color with a robust, whitish head.

S=Strong essence of apricot, even in the bottle...also rather evident in the glass.

T=Initially, a rather strong apricot taste with accompanying sweetness. Rather light malt flavor, and no noticeable hops. The finish was more like a peach--this beer reminded me a lot of Magic Hat #9, only with the flavor cranked up a notch or two.

M=A bit too heavy and sweet to be a session beer--ideal sipping beer in autumn as a winter warmer.

O=This is the first "Belgian IPA" that I can recall drinking....IPA lovers will be disappointed in the lack of traditional hop/IPA flavoring. I may try again this fall on tap at the brewery, but can't see this as an everyday beer.

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Photo of gatornation
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slight hazed golden Orange color with a nice 1-2 finger head that stays around nice sticky lacing thru-out

S- Mango citrus floral smell with some brett-like smells and bread

T- superb floral hops upfront with with tastes of mango pear citrus no bitterness at all some Belgian yeast

M- smooth with almost no bitterness nicely carbonated very tasty and flora lon the palate

O- this Belgian IPA is superb buy this one or trade for it

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Photo of TheSSG
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a MASSIVE< dense, resiny, white head that has fantastic persistence and leaves lacing like Spiderman falling down a well. OH! THE SMELL! YES! THIS IS THE SMELL OF ANGELS! A brilliant, robust citrus hop aroma. Light, burnt umber color is lustrious. Starts with a bitter burst of citrus fruit. Bright, fresh oranges dominate as the bitterness wells to a pleasant medium level. Then, the malt develops well and everything smooths into a biscuity flavor. As the finish comes, the citrus flavors blend well with the malt.

This is a perennial favorite of mine. Always a winner.
Seriously, this defines a GREAT smelling brew!

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Photo of Ri0
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"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."

A: Hazy golden orange nectar that you can not see through. A nice pillowy 3 finger white foamy head as you would expect from a Belgian style IPA.

S: Big fruity hop aromas, tropical and citrus. It has Citra hops after all. You get the classic Belgian Ale yeast flavor at the end.

T: Such an interesting taste to this. It is not bitter, but a big fruity IPA that almost could pass for a Triple with out the spiciness.

M: A light to medium with sharp carbonation very similar to Belgian Pale Ales.

O: Just read the quote from the bottle I posted at the top. A fun beer to drink with a very unique and delicious flavor. Ale Asylum sure has great IPA's.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh!!!! Bedlam season, good to live in Wisconsin!

Pours a hazy light orange color with a finger of a fluffly white head, looks great!

Smell is pineapple, banana, oranges, lemons and spicy belgian yeast.

Taste is incredible!! Citrus is all over, mango, pineapple, lemon, oranges, banana, lemon and a definite belgian yeast kick in the end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with sharp carbonation that works really well.

Well I do not think Citra hops woth this well with american yeasts, but with belgian yeast.... WOW this is a beer I have had the last couple years just never reviewed, It is amazing..

They just stated bottling this a little over a week ago so it is the essence of fresh! Bedlam baby, no better Belgian IPA out there!

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Photo of Jfriz25
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Murky light orange. Pours with a finger of white head that fades to tiny bubbles covering the surface

Smell- Nose is my favorite part of this beer. Tropical fruit and citrus with a hint of alcohol behind that.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with a nice citrus burst followed by a pleasant bitterness that washes over at the end. Love the citra hops in this one.

Mouthfeel- On the full side for an ipa. Very creamy upfront but the carbonation gives a crisp finish.

Overall- Bedlam is a great example of what a Belgian ipa can and should be. I can't get enough of that big tropical/citrus flavor. The body is different and more interesting then a run of the mill ipa. Never hesitate to grab a 6 of this when I come across it.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale Asylum Bedlam

Appearance: Ale Asylum’s highly acclaimed Trappist IPA is pours a nearly crystal-clear, firey, deep orange. The beer looks almost akin to the color of a blood orange, or a gorgeous autumn sunset (sadly, this is the summer seasonal instead of the fall). A healthy three-and-a-half fingers of bone-colored head explodes off the top of the beer and leaves a swath of lacing in its path down the glass towards the insanely effervescent, hazy-yet-crystalline liquid. This beer is one of the best-looking beers out there. Seriously.

Aroma: Wow, this is complex and builds anticipation, as an aroma should. Tangerines, oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, and perhaps even peaches and apricots assault the nose up front. A playful, yet not intense hoppiness follows through, with the enticing smell of Trappist yeast on its heels. The yeast is accompanied by just the slightest hints of sweet malts, but that is a hidden gem in this beer. The strong yeast smell that lingers on the nose and wafts out of the glass may not be for everyone, but it plays so well with the tropical fruits that it is almost irresistible.

Taste: This beer is immensely juicy. The complexity follows the aroma step for step with the tropical fruits flooding the taste buds with sweetness all over the tongue; the bready yeastiness taking over from there. Malts are there ever so slightly (as before) and blend everything together to get an almost banana-like quality in the finished amalgam of taste. Surprisingly, the hops do not hit nearly as hard as some of the other IPAs from Ale Asylum (Hopalicious and Satisfaction Jacksin come to mind), which is a bit disappointing; there is no astringency or bitterness to balance out the fruity sweetness of this otherwise beautifully tasting beer. Still, Ale Asylum may have ignored balance on this beer on purpose, and when a beer tastes this good, balanced or not, it is hard to find fault regardless; the lack of bitterness is merely a nitpick in this upper echelon beverage.

Mouthfeel: The medium-thick body and creamy, fizzy texture slide down slowly and spread the multitude of tastes everywhere. There is just a hint of alcohol warming as the glass empties, which may be happening sooner than the drinker thinks. The sweetness is expectedly sticky and coats the tongue and mouth, yet washes away rather quickly for a dry aftertaste. As with taste, the lack of hops comes into play just a bit in the lack of astringency that one normally expects with IPAs. Again, this is a very minor nitpick.

Overall: This is Ale Asylum’s best offering. It is truly a shame that this is not a year-round beer because, living in Madison, I would love to have this in my fridge at all times. The Trappist (or, more broadly, Belgian) IPA is not something I have had before, but I will certainly be seeking more out after this masterpiece of brewing craft. This is unquestionably deserving of a spot in my personal Top Five Beers, and is just a hair off perfection. As it is distributed only within a very small radius in Wisconsin, look for possible trades if you are interested. If ever there was a beer that needed exposure, it is this jaw-dropping Trappist IPA. 18.5/20

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Photo of Strix
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange, nice lacing.

Nice grapefruit/assorted tropical fruits in the nose.

Grapefruit, peach, spices, orange, yeast, pepper. Wonderful.

Medium mouthfeel, fairly good carbonation.

This took me entirely by surprise. I got a single. And will be seeking out more.

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Photo of gford217
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a small soapy head that recedes slowly and leaves some delicate lacing on the sides.

Aroma is spectacular, just full of juicy citrus hops, pineapples and oranges, pithy grapefruit, but with a definitely fruity ester note in the background from the Belgian yeast. But, to be clear, this smells much more like an American IPA.

Taste is certainly a step below the aroma with the juicy fruit coming through but much less aggressively as in the aroma. Plenty of malts and more spicy than the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and prickly with hop juices on the palate.

This was definitely a pleasant surprise as it's one of the better Belgian IPAs I've tasted recently. The taste didn't quite deliver the promise of the aroma but that was a pretty serious promise.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Well hazed peach color. One finger of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Quite hoppy and in a way that is befitting of the brew. This is super grassy. It's probably the only brew I've ever had that is both extremely hoppy and not citrusy at all. Earthy and herbal after the grassiness. Lightly sugary. Belgian yeast spiciness that comes mainly in the form of clove and pepper. Otherwise clean. Very nice.

4.0 T: Again, this is has a clean neutral maltiness with big hops and spicy yeast. Big grassy flavor. Very low bitterness. Pepper and clove. Superbly drinkable. The hops are potent, but don't overstep their place.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly spritzy with a good creaminess. Super smooth.

4.5 D: This is a damn fine beer. Incredibly drinkable. Hops do their job and do it well, but don't make the beer a cloying undrinkable hop bomb that some of the more citrus oriented IPAs do. This is a wonderful beer and a must try.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/3/12

Cloudy, rustic orange appearance. One and a half finger head condenses slowly. Thin retention overall. Lace is good, though - dense, drippy rings.

Tropical hops aromas mix with light fruit juiciness, resulting in something of a fruit cocktail of an aroma. Peach, mango, grapefruit, apple and hints of banana. Notions of fruity bubblegum. Bread and cracker linger in the back.

The flavor is juicy in a serious way - and it doesn't stop with the fruit qualities of the yeast. Oh, there's grapefruit, peach, lemon and tangerine aplenty. Modest, clean bitterness picks up in the middle and lingers on the finish. The malt bill is really nice, too - some mildly-flavored grains.

The feel is somewhat slick and kind of grainy at the same time, but the combination works for the medium body. Carbonation is appropriately low and well within my comfort range. The aforementioned bitterness on the finish builds toward the end of the glass, but continues to retain good, residual hop flavor.

Wow, Bedlam surpassed my expectations with ease. I have no idea how old it is (I've had it for a week and a half), but it's very tasty as is. Wish I had a few more.

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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 FreshHawk
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazed deep orange color. Medium sized, foamy, creamy, tight, white head. Good retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Loads of Citra hops and Belgian yeast mixing together. Sweet, juicy, grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple, melon, and tangerine hops along with orchard fruit and a slight banana flavor. Nice Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma. Loads of Citra hops and fruitiness (see Smell). Pale malt and candi sugar/honey sweetness. Hints of spice. Nectary sweet with a nice bitterness on the finish. Wonderful.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Slightly slick/oily.

D - Very easy to drink. Goes down wonderfully and I keep wanting to drink more. Lush, fruity, juicy, and wonderful.

Notes: Excellent Belgian IPA. Citra hops work wonderfully with the Belgian yeast and malt. Loads of fruit and very juicy on the tongue. More please.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Roman`s in Milwaukee.

Appearance is an orange tone w/ 1 finger of white head. This beer looks appealing, excited to try it. Its` nose has pine, Belgian yeast, orange and biscuits. Sipping on it, it has a taste of grapefruit, orange, hops, some light spice as well. Mouthfeel is low key, average carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. This is a great beer from this small brewery out of Madison, WI.

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Photo of spartanjd
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Milwaukee in a 6 pack sampler. I gotta say wow, it was a great surprise, did not think it would be this good!

Poured into a pint glass
A: pours a coppery color with about 1 finger of head
S: very hoppy and spicy with some peach thrown in
T: wow, smell really gets your set for what you are going to be tasting, it's quite good
M: very nice, refreshing but not tongue scorching
O: excellent beer, will have to search more by these guys out.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAT A SURPRISE!! thanks for throwing this in as an extra - you know who you are.

A: Reddish brown with 1 finger head, good amount of lacing, murky body.

S: Spice, peach, complex! Can't really figure it out.

T: I love this hop flavor! All peach and spice, imo. Very little grapefruit and pine, but peppery and slightly spicy. Well balanced. What's cool is after taste is all peach!

M: Good amount of carbonation. Refreshing (light to medium body).

O: I don't quite know what the hell this is, but I love it. Not so sweet or bitter, nothing overpowering here, but very well balanced, peachy, yeasty. I love it. A total surprise.

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

Thanks to TATURBO for bring this bottle back from Madison. Thanks Chris.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brillant and clear medium golden yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of soapy white head. decent lacing makes a thin coating on the glass.

Smell: yeasty, fruity, peppery, and spicy. Hops take a backseat to the belgian yeast notes in the nose. Hops smell of grapefruit, mandrin oranges, a hint of pine and tropical fruits. I even get a bubblegum note of sweetness from the hops. Great nose.

Taste: Mellow bitterness from this beer which really surprised me comparing the taste to the nose. Hops taste of grapefruit, tropical fruit, tropical fruit, grass, and oranges. The beer is moderately yeasty and peppery. The malts are mildy sweet with bready and caramel notes. Finishes with all these flavors balancing out nicely. No lingering bitterness in the finish from the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer,but it on the lower end of the spectrum. Moderate carbonation also on the lower end of moderate. Super drinkable for 7.5%. Clean and smooth beer.

Overall: Its like a belgian zombie dust, but more focused on the belgian part of the beer and less focus on the hops. Great job Ale Asylum!

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Not much of a head at all. Leaves a collar initially. Thin lacing left around the glass. Beer is a murky oragne.

S- Aromas of citrus mixed with a Belgian yeast strain sweetness, I like.

T- Follows the nose. Grapefruity citrus followed by Belgian yeast spiciness.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable considering ABV. Got better as it warmed a tad. Get this beer a head and it be great, otherwise a very good Belgian IPA. Hats off to Ale Asylum, my favorite from them so far.

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Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden copper amber hue with a one finger head that fades to leave a thin quarter inch blanket and light side lacing.

S - Wow, real nice aromas here. Strong fruity citra hops, citrus, light tropics, light dank hop aroma, slight belgian yeast notes, subtle funk, slight sweet malts. No ABV detectable.

T - Damn, not nearly as tasty as the nose. A bit too malty for my liking. The belgian yeast notes are pleasantly there with some nice sweet citrusy hops. Light bitter pines, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Would like to see a bit more though.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Light bitter finish with some slight sharp carbonation. Super drinkable and refreshing.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer with nice citra hop notes. Still, I'd like to see a bit more hop with this. All in all though it is a good beer.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
4.15 out of 5 based on 711 ratings.
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