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Bedlam | Ale Asylum

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BEER INFO

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
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
704
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
23.37%
 
 
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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 drpimento
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is very interesting with spices, yeast, hops and a bit of resin. Outstanding appearance with a huge billowy, off-white, semi-permanent head, with lots of lace and a clear honey amber color. Flavor's similar to nose with resin coming out more and lingering somewhat unpleasantly in the finish. Body is on the soft side which enhances that resin finish. Otherwise it's a real good drinking beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Best Enjoyed By 04/1?/2014
L - frothy ivory head caps a hazy amber colored ale. Tons of lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates
S - awesome fresh aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, yeast, floral hop
T - sweet, fresh, and juicy; tropical mango, passion fruit, mandarin, and pineapple; Juicy Fruit gum, grapefruit, caramel, grain, Belgian yeast
F - medium body, creamy, a bit resinous, finishes more sweet than bitter, alcohol is non-existent
O - super refreshing with juicy, fruity hops melding with the yeast to create an explosion of taste, however I would like this to be a bit more bitter than it is, especially if it's an IPA of sorts.

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

12oz bottle, scooped a sixer from Star when it came out last week

appearance: served in dane imperial pint, hazy copper-amber body, foamy beige froth, bigtime lacing

smell: nice blast of fresh citrus hops and zesty yeast, white pepper, corriander - well spiced

taste: pretty happy that ale asylum bottled a belgian ipa - one of my favorite styles...this one offers a nice blend of fresh grapefruit zest, citrus, lemon peel, light belgian yeast, white pepper, corriander...fresh and quaffable

mouthfeel: zesty, lively body

drinkability: nice

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Green tulip. No date or info on the bottle.

A - Almost three fingers of off-white head rise to the occasion. A slight effervescent leads in then stops as the head quickly begins to recede. Chunky Belgian-like lace is left in it's place above the lightly cloudy orange beer.

S - Bedlam's nice floral and fruity hop nose finds it's way into mine with a pleasant and inviting aroma. Mango, peach, and pineapple blend with an earthy, grassy background sprinkled with pine needle. A toasted malt base is clearly there but seems to go unnoticed in the midst of all the other nuances. The Belgian yeast imparts a little give of it's own; nice Belgian easters.

T - Nuances similar to that of the aroma pull through in the flavor. A toasted malt backdrop is present but is very submissive to the citrusy, fruity hop flavor profile. Pine slips in between mango, pineapple, ,and a little lime. The Belgian yeast is fully at work creating a deep profile here.

M - Medium-light bodied and smooth going down, Bedlam has a nice texture that follows up with a soft carbonation exit and citrusy, light bitter finish. I think it could stand just a bit more carbonation.

D - Killer nuances create and exotic and deeply flavorful profile in Bedlam. Ale Asylum has proved, once again, that they know their hops and know them well. It's a very good beer with nice drinkability.

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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...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 it...by 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 rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A-Semi cloudy deep orange, two finger head with nice lacing

S-Starts with some citrus hops and then the belgian character takes over, clove, banana, grass.

T-Starts with nice belgian notes of clove and banana. Ends with a mild citrus with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and a tad velvety.

O-One of the better Belgian IPAs out there, the citra hops definitely help out.

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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 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 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 Dope
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't read the date but I believe it to be quite fresh.

A: Pours a clear amber. Effervescent and fluffy tan head. Great head retention. Moderate lacework.

S: Big citra notes. Tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Mangos too? Tangerine? Belgian yeast influence is notable as well with some spiciness.

T: Really nice juicy tropical fruit up front, pretty much as described in the aroma. Pineapple not so sharp I think. A hint of that typical citra dankness in the middle too but not overpowering. Nice bready malt with some black pepper towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied and super smooth.

O: Nice balanced IPA that really highlights citra. Belgian yeast lends a bit of complexity and uniqueness. Very easy drinking for such a hoppy IPA. Really well crafted and enjoyable.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +13.7%
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 MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty Belgian style aroma with a big presence of citrus hop esters. Upfront Belgian yeast with some barnyard funk, pepper, and clove. Big hop presence with some floral and earthy hints of grass. Juicy citrus hop esters with hints of orange peel, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of banana and apple. Some bready malt with hints of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, spicy and fruity Belgian yeast with a big presence of earthy and citrus hops. Belgian yeast along with some barnyard funk, peppers, and clove spice. Dried fruit notes of banana. Sharp hop presence with earthy and floral notes of grass and pine spice. Juicy citrus hop taste of orange peel, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, and passion fruit. Bready malt background with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and slightly oily. Drying and fairly smooth.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. This really brings the IPA part with lots of juicy hops but there is enough Belgian yeast spice to keep things interesting.

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Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

dark orange, with little head on top. hazy, indeed. yeast sits on the bottom of the bottle.
smell is like candied oranges!!
taste is of some rich Belgian yeast, some floral and citric hops and a little hop bitterness. lots of fruit.
very easy to drink. 'best enjoyed by' date is rubbed out (bought it online from a broker) so i'm not certain how old it is but it has a very interesting footprint. kind of creamy, kind of sugar-y sweet. very interesting. I want to say 'popsicle' but it really isn't there. but this is an awesome brew!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz botte, bottled 7/1/15, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy bright golden-orange color with a creamy off-white head that retains for a while before settling into a thin layer remaining on top

S- bright citrusy hops up front with notes of orange zest, grapefruit, onion & a hint of pine. Spicy Belgian yeast adds some earthiness that compliments a slightly bready malt aroma that closes it out

T- citrusy hop flavor follows the aroma with flavors of orange zest and grapefruit juice. I'm picking up a hint of spicy yeast but it's definitely underlying. The finish gives more citrus, with light bready malt undertones

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a finish that remains creamy, but is a bit lighter in feel

O- a tasty citrusy IPA that goes down easy, would like to have seen a bit more Belgian yeast presence

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Photo of richkrull
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with quite a bit of off-white head. Pretty good lacing as well.

Smell is largely fruity citrus. Not a lot of hops in the smell.

Taste is very nice - citrusy throughout with a slight bitter finish. Not much hops here though.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a great summer beer.

Overall a really good tasting beer. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting extra from FrankenBrew. Pours from the bottle a hazy dark golden color, with some nice lingering off-white foam. Huge floral hop aroma, along with lemons and bubblegum. The Belgian yeast seems more prevalent on the palate, as the hops take a little bit more of a backseat. A really good example of the style, and much hoppier than most.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange body, 2 finger head, great lacing

S: peach, mango, pine, malt

T: peach/mango, malt, pine, long oily bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily body

O: Very good beer. I will seek this out again.
I know it's a big sipper, but I want to gulp
this beast. Fascinating smell and flavor.

GOOD BEER, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with a fresh citrusy hoppy character and a biscuity yeasty note. Starts with pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with a grassy citrus hop bitterness and flavor for balance before a drier, herbal hop finish. A true to style and tasty Belgian-style IPA.

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

pretty sure i got this one from EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.

pours crystal clear orangey amber until it reaches the bottom of the bottle and it starts to get a bit hazy. a small fine cream coloured head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of intricate lace.

aroma is great. bright citrusy hops. grapefruit, candied orange and tangerine. bit of pine. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. just a hint of belgian yeasty character. slightly toasty. hint of tropical fruit.

taste is good. much like the aroma, it is dominated by lightly sweet candied hops. tangerine, orange, and a bit of grapefruit. hint of pine, but it's more of a background note to the citrus. white bread and cracker. the tropical fruit character comes through a little more than in the aroma, giving it a little more of a belgian slant than i got there. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. medium body with a fairly dry finish. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. it leans a little more american than belgian, but it's got a nice hop complexity and it is delicious.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.
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