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 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 kbwalters
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Best by 10/16/15 which I think means it was bottled on 7/16, consumed on 7/23.
Look = 4.25 Super cloudy deep orange in color with 3 fingers of off white head composed of bigger bubbles; great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Nice blend of earthy belgian yeast spice and citrus and fruity hops on top of a light caramel backbone. Overall fairly strong aroma.
Taste = 3.5 Spice character from the belgian yeast on top of a caramel backbone with some light citrus notes from the hops. This bottle is overall pretty bland though, the hop punch isn’t really there.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, a little flat but ok feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Fairly easy drinking IPA though the lack of taste holds it back a bit.
Overall = 3.925 Was a little disappointed with the taste after the aroma got me interested; that’s what held this one back from a much bigger score.

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

Had this on tap at Ale Asylum on Easter Sunday. Reviewed from notes from that evening.

A: Pours a sparkling orange amber. Somewhat hazy, and the pour creates a large, pillowy white head that dissolves into a ring. A bit of patchy lacing. Looks really great.

S: Interesting smell. Definitely on the sweeter side, with pale malt leading the way. A bit of Belgian yeast, but not as much as some other Belgian IPAs I've had. There's sort of a grassy or hay smell down there. A little pepper.

T/M: Again, the Belgian yeast is a bit weaker than in other examples of the style. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The taste is similar to the smell, but with a more distinct hop presence. Still definitely on the sweeter side of things. Some alcohol flavor. The body is a tad light, with medium carbonation.

D: A solid Belgian IPA. A bit too sweet for everyday drinking, but it was definitely an enjoyable treat.

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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 hawks10
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into my Ale Asylum pint glass...

Very nice looking beer, pours a glowing, hazy golden orange with about two fingers of soft white head which quickly dissipates. A bit of lacing is left down the glass...

Definitely "Belgian style" in the nose, a nice spicy Belgian yeast aroma with a very sweet backdrop. Some subtle earthy hops balanced by a sweet biscuity/bready malt aroma...

Wow! Nice easy drinking, well balanced beer here! Initially sweet and fruity tasting with a nice earthy hop bittering in the finish, the hops are very subtle by American IPA standards but are more than adequate for this beer, balances perfectly with the sweet malt. A bit of a lingering spicy yeast flavor and a tinge of alcohol shows up near the end of the pint...

Medium bodied but a bit light on the carbonation. Growler was filled about 3 days prior to drinking and I'm not sure if that has a bit to do with the light carbonation. The pour showed a decent head with a good deal of cascading bubbles, however it just feels like it lacks a little of that tingly carbonation feeling on the tongue...

Really digging this new offering from Ale Asylum...well balanced, supremely easy to drink while not sacrificing any flavor. Would like to try on tap or a bottled version (coming soon, bartender showed me the label printout) and see if the mouthfeel improves a bit...

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Photo of BSiegs
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy yellowish orange with a little white head. Little to no lacing down the glass. Nose is nice, get some spice from the Belgian yeast and a resinous hop aroma. The IPA definitely dominates the taste. Good hop bitterness and pine. Some spice, tough to tell if that is from the hops or Belgian yeast. Would like the Belgian flavor to be a little more prominent. Good mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. A solid Belgian IPA.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first Belgian IPA. Belgian ales are my favorite styles of beer. I'm not really an IPA guy but this beer is interesting. I can taste both beer styles.

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Photo of klikger
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a snifter

A - Medium shade of amber. Decent white head and substantial lacing.

S - Very floral hop presence, a bit of grapefruit as well.

T - Hops hit right away, quickly turning into an explosion of tart, fruity goodness, with hints of raspberry, citrus, and pomegranate. I'm really digging the complexity here.

M - Clean and crisp. There's quite a bit of carbonation, and this suits the beer well.

D - I like mixing beers up, but if I were to session an IPA, this would be a very good candidate. It's hoppy enough to offset the fruit/flower characteristics very nicely.

Ale Asylum has been putting out quality beers from the get-go, and this is likely my favorite yet. I had a growler two weeks ago, and it's even better fresh. An excellent Belgian IPA!

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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 mikeyv35
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 05/24/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Free The Hops Snifter - Courtesy Of Zack(beeruser).

*Thanks to Barry(BarryTheBear) for this brew, a very generous trader!

Pours a light copper in color w/ a skim coat white head that produces sticky lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon peel, pine, and earthiness. The taste starts off w/ strong grapefruit and lemon peel, which leads into malty wheat, and finishes w/ mild earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel was exquisite! The Belgian yeast made this very lush, but yet still leaves clean. Drank this one w/ ease.

Overall, a treat to sample, one of the best IPAs I have had to date. Thanks again Barry!

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It looks like a cross between a standard IPA and a Belgian Golden. You get some yellowing and some moderate hazy light amber tones but the appearances seems pretty tame. The lacing on the side of the glass is like a haunted house and grips the entire way down.

S: Citra hop hell. This escaped like a virulent herbal genie when I opened the bottle. You get the Yosemite forest with pine and crisp conifers and then the tangerine and citric notes follow swiftly, it smells incredible. It feels like Pliny the Elder at Christmas time.

T: The taste has very little of the juicy notes in the smell. At the outset your get the herbal aspects that the high alpha acid hops produce, but then, like a child left after tee ball practice, the hops abandon you to the company of a circumspect Belgian man. His Vanover smells of sweet turbinado sugar but, being a child you trust it through and through. Ultimately, no candy is provided.

M: It is light and crisp, I should underscore that it is still a great beer, albeit a bit deceiving on the old hop profile. You could give this to basically anyone and they would love you for it. Unless you live in California, don’t give this away, save these for yourself, they can buy their own Sculpin.

D: The Belgian hardly slows down the traction on these tires, this beer is meant for hot weather and dry heats. Why it is distributed in humid, low temperature places is beyond me but I also can’t understand why people from the east coast wear North Face jackets to bars, so the ideas are congruent. Ultimately you can drink this high ABV, tasty beer ridiculously fast, you can play beer pong with it, you can load it into some Home Depot tube and kill it; the only troubling aspect is your friends healt- I can’t even get that out seriously. Drink this swift and fast.

Narrative: Hermes languished on Mount Cyllene kicking rocks idly in his path. “Ah Hermes, what’s gotcha lookin so long in the gums?” Argos asked, consoling with his many eyes. “Aw jeez Argos, I just got all this old speed and no one seems to want to get that wasted anymore.” “Oh?” Argus questioned with a series of tilted brows. “Yeah, here I was, getting all these people sufficiently drunk and all of a sudden, they cut my distribution to the lower Mediterranean, can you believe that? Then here I am just stuck to kick rocks with a bunch of Stoics, holy hams and eggs!” Hermes folded his arms and felt the power that he wielded. His speed could intoxicate a mortal man several times over. As a concession, he delivered an Edible Arrangement to the failing economy of Greece and hoped that they would continue to drink themselves into oblivion. “The EURO is strong with this one” Poseidon remarked and proceeded to destroy another coastal town, insouciantly.

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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 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 Maryobeerian
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely honey color, light white foam. Smell heavy on bananas, a bit of bubble gum but not in cloying way -- it's what's most Belgian about this Belgian IPA. Slight carbonation on front of tongue. Exceptionally smooth, very easy to drink beer while still having a personality. Nothing challenging about this IPA but be careful because it does not taste like a 7.4 ABV. I will go back to this beer and serve to non beer lovers because of it's balance, despite the fact I don't think it's especially interesting. Nice.

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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 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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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 biglobo8971
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received this beer via trade (thanks Barry).
A - nice hazy amber color with a 1/4 inch head. Poured in a pilsner glass. Deep orange color in the middle of the glass fading to a hazy yellow towards the outside of the glass.
S - smell is very sweet with an almost orange aroma on the end. Took two big whiffs to catch the complexity of the aroma. Very pleasant to the nose.
T - taste goes right along with the aroma. Sweetness folllowed by the taste of orange citrus. Tastes great, I am very surprised by this beer. Has a good flavor throughout the sip, with flavors that gently fall off the palet. Taste alone, I will seek out this beer often.
M - dont want to say that it dances on the tongue, but it mos def plays on it. Easy to drink, the balance of flavors between the sweetness of the malt to the sweet citrus makes you want to go back for more.
O - Extremely pleasantly surprised by this beer. Was not expecting the complexity of flavors that I was presented with. I love this beer. Not sure of the price point, but I will hit up all my WI traders up to get more of this beer.

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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 Ottoj55
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber gold with white head, slight haze. Smells like tropical fruit and citrus, a great showcase of Citra hops. Great taste from the hop bitterness, balanced malt base and slight spiciness (pepper, clove) of Belgian yeast. Typical light highly carbonated Belgian style, light in the mouth. Great mashup of beer ideas.

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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 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 seh410
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks SO MUCH to Blake (kickinthechalice) for this great beer. I am getting an education in IPA's and I love it!

Appearance: Rocky, white head that sort of floats in the center of the beer and then quickly moves to the perimeter of the glass. The head stays for a while as a light film over the top of the beer with a few little islands of bubbles. The beer itself is orangey-amber in color and reflects light really beautifully. It looks like a topaz or something. I like.

Aroma: Mmm... does this beer smell good! Pineapple is the first thing to hit your nose, along with a lot of citrusy, fruity hops. No bitterness to speak of, just some spice and a tiny bit of yeast in the background. But the aroma is overwhelmingly crisp and fruity. In a good way.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and coriander with just a tiny bit of bitterness in the back. I also taste grapefruit and a little yeast. The mouthfeel is crisp and a little sticky from the fruitiness.

Notes: This beer is awesome, very balanced, very tasty. I read an article that said the ABV is 7.5% - if so, this is extremely drinkable! Honestly I wish I had a case or two of this, I could see myself going through a couple bottles for sure.

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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 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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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
4.15 out of 5 based on 723 ratings.
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