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%
 
 
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99
Gots:
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Ratings: 727 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber with a light copper tint under a 2” clingy off-white foam cap. S: Citrus and tropical fruit with Belgian yeast notes, light mustiness, malt in the background. Yeast aromas are moderate, hop aromas moderate and malt aromas are moderately low. T: Immediately notice moderately high bitterness and hop flavor, moderate to moderately yeast flavor, moderate to moderately low malt. Yeast and hop flavors of fruit, citrus, tropical fruit, and traces of banana are in balance. Some bread crumb flavors in the background. There is a mild sweetness throughout with a hop driven astringency with a slight vegetal character on the finish. F: Just below medium body, medium carbonation, very soft palate. O: This is an interesting beer especially with the way the yeast and hop driven fruit flavors weave together. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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 Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Roman`s in Milwaukee.

Appearance is an orange tone w/ 1 finger of white head. This beer looks appealing, excited to try it. Its` nose has pine, Belgian yeast, orange and biscuits. Sipping on it, it has a taste of grapefruit, orange, hops, some light spice as well. Mouthfeel is low key, average carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. This is a great beer from this small brewery out of Madison, WI.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has lots of micro jetsam in a deep orange body with a sticky oatmeal colored beige head. There is a sluggish microcarbonation working to the surface.

S- The green earthy bright hops blend with a mellow tropical fruit hops and the aroma grows more full as it opens.

T- The juicy hops have green fruity flavor with some jammy qualities and yeast ester fruity notes blend in. A nice green hop bite in the finish balances a malt sweetness and woody green hop lingers.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no alcohol heat.

O- The full hops flavor has some nice depth with good Citra qualities and some good sweetness and bitterness balance.

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

Thanks to TATURBO for bring this bottle back from Madison. Thanks Chris.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brillant and clear medium golden yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of soapy white head. decent lacing makes a thin coating on the glass.

Smell: yeasty, fruity, peppery, and spicy. Hops take a backseat to the belgian yeast notes in the nose. Hops smell of grapefruit, mandrin oranges, a hint of pine and tropical fruits. I even get a bubblegum note of sweetness from the hops. Great nose.

Taste: Mellow bitterness from this beer which really surprised me comparing the taste to the nose. Hops taste of grapefruit, tropical fruit, tropical fruit, grass, and oranges. The beer is moderately yeasty and peppery. The malts are mildy sweet with bready and caramel notes. Finishes with all these flavors balancing out nicely. No lingering bitterness in the finish from the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer,but it on the lower end of the spectrum. Moderate carbonation also on the lower end of moderate. Super drinkable for 7.5%. Clean and smooth beer.

Overall: Its like a belgian zombie dust, but more focused on the belgian part of the beer and less focus on the hops. Great job Ale Asylum!

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Resin, citrus, tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, earthy hops, and cannabis form the complex aroma. Earthy notes win out. Smells like dirt.

Flavor reveals subtle notes of grapefruit and mango initially, but the earthy, grassy hop character overshadows the fruity hops early, carrying into a lightly bitter, pine dominant finish. Esters of peach and pear from the Belgian yeast add complexity. Lightly sweet caramel malt serves only to unite the esters and hops. Pineapple surfaces late.

Probably one of the most grassy, piney, and earthy beers I've had. Wish the esters and fruity hops were more prevalent, but a nice beer. In the end, the resiny, earthy hops are too much for my palate.

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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 jzlyo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brandished copper body. Thin off white head leaves sporadic amounts of lace. Huge hop nose of bright pineapple and all things citrus, including tangerine too. Pineapple is the main player on the nose and a nice one at that. Awesome flavor follows suit with the nose. Hugely radiant citrus hop flavors. Pineapple and tangerine again. Biscuity malt base underneath provides the support needed. Body is medium and carbonation provides effervescent feel. This is really, really good. And I only got a singe of it. Damn.

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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 Dactrius
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a cloudy orange, some amber highlights, thick white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, great retentions, tons of lace sticks all over the glass, looks pretty nice.

Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, citrus, orange peel, mangoes, very tropical, some alcohol, lightly malty, caramel, some biscuit, pine, grapefruit, very nice.

Taste is nice, lots of grapefruit and pine, alcohol, orange peel, very zesty, light Belgian yeasty spice, caramel, biscuit, a touch bready, a touch of pineapple juice, pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Really nice hoppy character, nicely balanced, quite drinkable but the alcohol is a bit hot. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of n2185
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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