Bedlam | Ale Asylum

BedlamBedlam
BA SCORE
4.14/5
729 Ratings
BedlamBedlam
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

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
Ranking:
#1,703
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
729
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
142
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 729 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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 gford217
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Chucker17
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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 vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kell50
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of EliteDigger into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy orange body with two fingers of creamy white foam. Good retention and lacing. Great looking beer.

S: This one smells far more IPA than Belgian, with the Citra hops taking center stage: orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, and mango. Some lightly spicy yeast backs up the hops, but never threatens to overpower them. Enticing and enjoyable.

T: More balanced than the nose, with fruity hops, spicy yeast, and lightly sweet malt all intermingled. Nothing dominates, but nothing has to - this is just delicious.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; a bit to sharp with the bubbles, but still quite enjoyable.

D: No clue how strong this one is (I'd guess around 7%, maybe slightly more), but it doesn't taste boozy at all. The flavors are intense enough to preclude serious sessioning (not that that would be an option, since this is my only bottle), although I'd gladly have more than one. Pretty good.

Notes: While Houblon Chouffe remains my favorite BELGIAN ipa, this is my new favorite belgian IPA. The emphasis is far more on the hops, and boy do I love Citra. I can't quite place which Trappist brewery supplied the yeast (my guess would be Westmalle, but I'm sadly far from certain), but whatever it is it works. Big thanks to EliteDigger for the chance to try this one; I hope to get more Ale Asylum brews when I make it to WI this summer.

Cheers!

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Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

T-minus 10...9...8...

The hazy golden-bronze ship shudders and emits a huge plume of soiled ivory smoke.

..7..6..5...

The exhaust cloud fills the surrounding area, only slowly receding, but leaving sticky lacing all around.

...4..3..2...

We have ignition. Lacing is still everywhere (and it will be for a while). We have launch.

...1...

Liftoff.

Tropical fruit blasts up the nasal cavities. Pineapple rockets with mango afterburners orbiting lime moons and pelted with grapefruit and peach meteors. The toasty malt adds tethering gravity, bracing against the dusty, clove and lilac and black pepper Belgian-influenced space debris.
All systems go. It turbo-boosts into and across and through the mouthspace. The grapefruit and lime rind G-forces snap one's head back right away. Once free of their gravity, a shortbread maltiness, with just a touch of toasted nuts pressurizes the cabin. Now it's time for Luducrous Speed. Kaleidescopes of papayas, cloves, mangoes, allspice, pineapple, peppercorns, apples, mint, and orange race past as it speeds towards a black hole littered with bitter dry herbs and flowers. It's throttled down a bit now, and frees itself from this pull, coasting in the sweetish tropical-spice medley, rather than navigating the coarser, more bitter sections of space ahead. The crew is divided: some say, nothing ventured, nothing gained; the rest are content with its smooth sailing.
The burly yet streamlined vessel is fueled by a persistent, bubbling carbonation. It flies through the ether as easily as it flies down one's neck.

The course it's on is fantastic, easy-going, sweet with balanced bitter moments. But there's a salty deckhand insubordinate idea in my head: if had it strayed just a bit further towards that bitter blackhole, it would have made everyone on board a legend.
But great results cannot be second-guessed, and this is, by all means and measures, an amazing trip.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: st. bernie chalice (also from Madison), full head recedes to a persistent layer, nice orange-amber color

s: big grapefruit punch followed by layers of moderately sweet pale malts and phenols with other yeast-imparted spice, muddled ripe citrus and tropical fruits - mango and pineapple, rich and uniquely aromatic

m: carbonation light-moderate, medium bodied, smooth

t: pale malt profile with only glimpses of caramelization, full tropical hops give grapefruit and ripe tropical fruits, balanced yeast phenols, lingering yeast in the moderately bitter finish

d: could use a better follow-through on the tongue, but this is a high quality Belgian IPA - one of the best out there, could help myself to a few of these

I find this one comparable to the venerable Raging Bitch, with a slightly more complex malt profile and more tempered phenols

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Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of qcbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gatornation
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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 jpuetz
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Bedlam from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 729 ratings
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