Bedlam | Ale Asylum

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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
Ratings:
727
Reviews:
139
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
142
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 727 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed orange-amber with a foamy head that leaves lacing.

The citra hops come through loud and clear in the aroma. Some spicy yeast comes through, too.

The taste is of citrus with some pine and a balancing sweetness.

I like the initial taste but not crazy about the aftertaste - something seems to clash in it.

An interesting brew.

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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 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 Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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 MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tom (thetomG) for sharing this one at our impromptu Monday night bender. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving minimal lace. Hazed dark orange body.

S - Huge Citra dry hop aroma, with orange zest, light chives, and tropical notes. The Belgian yeast character is present, but in the periphery and thankfully doesn't overpower, but instead lends a bit of peppery spice. Some fruity esters and a dry bready malt backdrop.

T - Taste isn't quite as complex, although it's still quite good. A mix of citrus hops, spicy Belgian yeast, and stone fruit malt character. One of the few true Belgian IPAs I've had, where the hops are uniquely American and the yeast and malt is Belgian. Think a tripel aggressively hoped with Citra and you'd be pretty close. Finishes slightly peppery.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation, no alcohol, dry finish, and a lightly oily residual texture. Everything works well to enhance the flavor profile.

D - One of the best Belgian IPAs I've encountered (although good ones have been few and far between). I'd gladly pick up a six-pack of this next time I'm in WI. Ale Asylum has a definite winner here, so I hope it gets made more regularly in the future.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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 KAF
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Raziel313
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/10/2011

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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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
4.15 out of 5 based on 727 ratings.
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