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 jera1350
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing burnt orange with a cloudy appearance due to the swirling and pouring of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Glistening off-white head of foam with great lacing.

Bright citrusy hops in a big way to go along with fruity and funky belgian yeast. What a powerful combo.

Belgian yeast that adds a nice funk, american hops and if I had to guess I would say citra, cascade and centennial. The bitterness is kept in a check by a honey and crackery sweet malt backbone. Some floral undertones also. So complex, yet blended so well.

Very smooth and soft on the palate. Finishes dry. A touch of warmth is felt down deep from the alcohol.

This drinks so amazingly well. I only grabbed two sixers of this and am now wishing I would have grabbed a case or more. Overall, this has to be my favorite american made belgian IPA. Love it!

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Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Bedlam from Ale Asylum.
Score: 91

Spring 2012 release with the code “2043 73w1745” stamped on the bottle. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 04/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparentish sunset orange color. When held up to light, the beer fades from a dull golden color in the upper third of the glass to a light reddish orange color. A thin layer of off-white creamy head at pour quickly settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. Awesome lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Grapefruit citrus, fruity/floral hops and “phenolic yeast.” Smells a lot like a trappist quad with an IPA twist. A little lemon and pulpy orange juice. A touch of residual spices. This is my first Belgian IPA, and it is unlike any other IPA I have ever smelled. 4/5

Taste: Tastes more like a Belgian with an IPA twist than an IPA with a Belgian twist. Orange flavored hops, grapefruit and floral spice with a fruity banana/Belgian yeast backbone. Lots of the banana/Belgian yeast flavor on the midpalate. Has a growing bitter hop bite in the finish as it layers. Muted fruit in the back half with clove. Lingering orange juice malt flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with lively carbonation on the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Has a dry finish that is mildly fruity/malty. 4/5

Overall: Unique to say the least. This is my first Belgian IPA, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is probably Ale Asylum’s best beer. It is not great by any means, but it is something refreshingly different from your traditional oniony IPA or earthy IPA or juicy IPA. Give it a whirl while it is in season.

Recommendation: If you like Belgian beers and IPAs, hunt this one down.

Pairings: Greek salad or banana break.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours a cloudy, orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Good lacing clouds the glass.

S- Belgian yeast is there with some nice banana, citrus and some spices.

T- orange peel and caramel malts. Some banana and big burst of citrus and some earthy bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink with some creaminess as it finishes.

O- very good bipa. Really enjoyed this one from Ale Asylum and would get more in the future.

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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 nataku00
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of white bubbly head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar, leaving a decent amount of sticky lacing. A bit of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass streaming up from the bottom.

Nose is peach, nectarine, grapefruit citrus peel, light sweet fruity esters, biscuit malts. Not a strong aroma though.

Taste starts with a light citrus pith bitterness, then more flavorful citrus peel. The stone fruit flavors from the fruity esters come mid tongue along with some light spices and a biscuit malts. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus peel and esters.

Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation, scrubs the tongue dry without being aggressive. Pretty easy to drink beer with an interesting flavor profile from the citra hopping combining with the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As Beavis would say: "This beer kicks ass!"

I've had a lot of Citra hopped beers but I feel safe in saying this is by far the best I have had as however they brewed it really brings out the juicy citrus flavor and not the catty garlic and onion I occassionally get in light amounts...

You might as well bury your head in a fresh cut orange when you smell this....same thing...and amplify that by 2 when you taste far one of the most juicy citrusy IPA's I've had....not much citrus sharpness either...really ripe fruit feel..

So where is the Belgian impression? Fuck if I know...don't care....this is incredible as is even if it lacks that feel.

Would buy this by the case as my every day IPA if I had access to it....if you are expecting some yeasty Belgian style blended IPA you'll be disappointed...if you just sit back and enjoy this bitch you'll love it....

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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 sendsilk
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with BarrytheBear.

This is a surprisingly nice beer! It has a nice hoppy citrus (oranges/grapefruits/lemon) nose and a great, delicious hoppy amber ale taste. Perfectly carbonated and really well done. I am thouroughly impressed by something I had never heard of before! I would gladly take another one of these in a trade and I may even seek them out.

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Photo of mobius387
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: darker yellow, almost brown with a nice white thinned head

Aroma: this beer smells awesome. i smell grapefruit and peach with that nice fresh hoppy smell behind it. just a great fresh clean smell

Palate: flavor sits on the tongue with the carbonation as well. alcohol is left over after swallowing

Taste: doesn't taste as good as it smells. some light hoppiness to it but nothing true hop-addicts will be happy with. the fruity flavors in the smell are very light if at all present. some peach notes are probably the strongest. good overall, but not satisfying after the smell left me lusting.

Overall: very good beer by AA, probably my favorite by them. definitely worth a pick up, probably a bit better in warmer temps due to the fruity undertones. very robust and unique tasting beer.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a hazy copper color. A 1/2 inch egg shell colored head forms and reduces to an over-the-top lacing. Carbonation is definitely visible.

The aroma was very good to me. A unique blend of peach and nectarine with some bready notes. A malty sweetness lurks in the background.

The taste did not live up to the aroma. A yeasty flavor present first with some citrusy hops following. Caramel malt sweetness again comes out at the end with an overlying fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that seems to fall flat too quickly. Minimal dryness at the end and fairly smooth.

Overall, this is a strange beer as some components came across very strong and others seemed to struggle. Interesting and it is worth trying if you like belgian or IPA styles.

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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 afksports
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So whats with people getting on the train and then not balancing properly, stepping on your shoes and knocking into you just so they can do... Their crossword? Spatial awareness, people. As I type up my noted, this old giy in a pinstriped suit is all up in my space for no good reason and if he steps on me I'm gonna say something.

Anyway, Ale Asylum's Bedlam IPA smells better than this guy, dresses better than this guy, but tastes probably about right on with the arrogance I assume this guy has. Bedlam's copper body is rich and hazy, smells of citrus and pine with a but of tamed earth worked in. It tastes similar: tame, but good.

This IPA is not lazy like this guy. Stand up straight. Seriously. You're an old white guy pretending to be younger than you are. You discredit your race.

Bedlam's taste is tame, incorporating some grapefruit and finishing sweet, bready and clean, but it hits the spot in a balanced and standard IPA way. No surprises, but no disappointments either.

I just coughed at Mr. Pinstripes pretending it wasn't on purpose. Guess who has spatial awareness now?

Thank you, Ale Asylum.

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Photo of Klym
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to kilkger for this awesome bottle! Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Dark honey gold in the middle with lighter edges, a nice, very creamy head sitting ontop and leaving spiderweb lacing.

S: Banana, mango, and hops mushed and kneaded together forming a thick, sweet, juicy aroma with some powerful bitterness giving it character. Love the nose on this!

T: Much of the taste but with a little disappointment in how simple and plain the hops come off in the taste. The belgian character is so great in this though; I'm often disappointed by belgian IPAs but this one works it perfectly.

M: Thick and a bit creamy but the carbonation is sprity on the top of edges and makes it easy to get down and makes you want the next sip.

O: Mmm.. This beer was delicious, very glad I got to try it. It was the perfect pairing with my spicy nori sitting next to me. Very much worth trying if it's available to you.

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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 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 scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks n8dietz for hooking me up with this unobtainable beer for IL residents.

Medium toned copper color with a great head and great foam retention. OK bubbling.

Floral, earthen, and citric hop aromas. Theres yeasty fruit and toasted malts that show up a little underneath all the bitter hop aromas.

Crisp earthy and citric ops throughout with sweet toasted malts and fruity yeast. All these flavors come together. Yeasty, bitter and malty all in one package.

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

12oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a large white head that receded fairly quick. Aroma is big mango frutiness mixed with a nice Belgian yeast character. Taste is again very fruity with mango and maybe some passionfruit. Nice dry finish as is characteristic with Belgian yeast strains. Medium body with a nice medium level of carbonation. Overall a really well done beer in the Belgian IPA style. My only regret is that I don't live in Wisconsin to be able to buy more of this.

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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 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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thetomG for pulling this one out. A Belgian IPA, not a style I generally like, but why not give it a go?

A - Burnt amber colored beer with a bit of a white head that dissipated to a thin ring.

S - Lots of citra. Nice tropical fruits, slight but understated pine. I'm thankful that the yeast notes on this are fairly depressed, because that's generally what ruins these beers for me.

T - Some yeast, fruit, citrus hops. It's pretty fruity, and the yeast is a little stronger than the nose. It's good for what it is, which is how I'll score it, but I'd rather have the American take on the IPA style than what we've got going on here.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. The yeast gives it a slightly drying finish.

O - Good for what it is, probably one of the better ones I've had for what it is. I just wish it wasn't what it was.

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Photo of coolkatz321
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, unfiltered golden orange in color, great lacing and a beautiful pour.

S - Very sweet, along with the extremely pervasive smell of fresh hops. It's incredible...almost smells like a wheat beer, but the hops really burst on through.

T - Wow. I always get inexplicably excited for Bedlam to be released, and every year I get a reminder as to why. There's an almost candy-like sweetness here, with hints of orange and grapefruit. I would almost describe the taste as "juicy." Follow that up with a really heavy dose of hops, and this is an amazing Belgian IPA.

M - Wonderful. Perfect carbonation, great balancing, smooth finish and a pleasant aftertaste.

O - I've had a lot of Belgian IPAs, but none hit it quite on the head like Ale Asylum does. All of their beers are great, but Bedlam is (imo) the best of them all. Superb, and a must-try if you ever come up to Madison!

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

Appearance: Bedlam pours a nice orangeish copper with an inch of off white head.4
Smell: The beer smells of citrus hops and a Belgian yeast spice character.4
Taste: It tastes just like it smell but yeast character plays the lead role to the hops which isn’t always a bad thing especially in a Belgian IPA.
Mouthfeel: It flows nicely on the tongue but I wouldn’t mind it being a little thicker so taste might stick around longer.3.5

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Photo of mulder1010
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a rocks glass
Thanks to MasterSki for this puppy

A-- Poured a dark, orange amber color. Close enough to see through. Just a few bubbles of carbonation on this. Bright white head that faded to film pretty quickly but left good sticky lacing.

S-- Candy nose of the bat. Very nice nose. Candied sugar, Stewed plumb, pineapple, and grapefruit. Very nice nose.

T-- Candied grapefruit and pine that change to straight pne and grapefruit. Starts Belgian and chnages to more of a US IPA.

M-- Medium body and medium carbonation. Like how the beer changed character. From Belgian to US style. Got hoppier and more bitter in the back of the mouth. Very creamy in the front. Citra hops are really fresh with this. Very solid.

O-- Good interperation with a bit of a twist. Smells and tastes Belgian but acts US in the mouth. Easy to drink and well hidden ABV. Can I have more of this please??

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Photo of znichols
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, sharp orange body with about an inch of stark white head. Kinda hazy and sticky lacing. Niceeee.

S - Think pepper and tropical fruits. It sounds weird but the aroma is really enticing. Super juicy smelling. Little bit of belgian yeast aroma.

T - Straightforward flavor of succulent foreign fruit, dank herbs, and a little bit of belgian yeast on the end. The bitterness is a little subdued for an ipa but it allows the yeast flavor to shine a little more. great balance of flavors here with no alcohol harshness.

M - Sticky with a somewhat heavy body for an ipa and moderate carbonation.

D - A true american/belgo ipa. Perfect balance of spicy yeast and citrusy hops. bitterness is more in tune with an apa, but this is one damn enjoyable beer. finishes dry, begging for another pint...

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy orange-copper color with a clingy white head. The aroma is very inviting pronounced citrus hops and fruity, banana, and bubble gum yeast esters in the background. The flavor is a burst of hop flavor-very citrusy, a touch of pine, beneath the hops there is the reminder this is a Belgian IPA with some yeast character. The hop bitterness medium-high, but definitely second fiddle to the hop flavor. The beer finishes rather smooth, with a bit of a dry finish with loads of hops lingering in the palate. The body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall this is a wonderfully delicious beer. I need to buy more.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
4.15 out of 5 based on 722 ratings.
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