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 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 Soneast
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden color with some orange hues. Develops a 2-finger thick, cream-colored head that hangs around forever, slowly condensing to a thick mat of creamy suds, leaving large pillows of lace on the glass with each sip.

The aroma is quite intense, hop forward lots of citrus character, almost tangerine like, but there is also a unique fruitiness and maybe even a touch of clove near the finish.

The flavor is also chock full of hoppy goodness. That said, the Belgian yeast makes it's presence known through fruity, bubblegum-like flavors and I still get a bit of clove as well on the back end, there's even some "spice" notes to round out the plethora of yeast character. The hops showcase some nice citrus qualities which when combined with the yeasty esters, makes for one damn fine beer!'s delicious, hop forward, yet due to all the yeast qualities, ultimately well balanced. Leaves a fruity, slightly bitter flavor on the palate. I actually really enjoyed this beer. I found the unique combination of flavors to be quite delicious.

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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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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours a somewhat hazy dark golden color with a small white head.

The aroma is very citrusy with huge tangerine and peach, with spicy Belgian yeast and sweet malt evident.

Sweet malt, orange, tangerine, peach, and somewhat Americanized Belgian notes.

Medium-plus body with some resinousness and average carbonation.

Overall good stuff. Not ridiculously good, but good.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). Bottled 8/11/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a burnt orange with a three finger tower of ecrue froth. The head settles to a thin sheet across the surface and a sizeable ring that leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of passion fruit, oranges, melon, yeast and some caramel.

Tastes is a blend of passion fruit, guava, orange zest, a distinctly yeasty note, caramel, melon rind and a faint tickle of alcohol. There is enough yeasty presence to remind you this is a Belgian IPA but not so much as to overly distract from the Citra goodness.

Slick, medium body with full carbonation. Notes of citrus, passion fruit and Belgian yeast-infused raw sugar create a bittersweet aftertaste.

Bedlam is a fruity, yeasty and full Belgian IPA. It had been several years since I first tried this so it was good to revisit it. Bedlam set the standard for the style to me years ago and it still holds up. Worth a try.

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

A - Slightly hazed deep orange color. Medium sized, foamy, creamy, tight, white head. Good retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Loads of Citra hops and Belgian yeast mixing together. Sweet, juicy, grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple, melon, and tangerine hops along with orchard fruit and a slight banana flavor. Nice Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma. Loads of Citra hops and fruitiness (see Smell). Pale malt and candi sugar/honey sweetness. Hints of spice. Nectary sweet with a nice bitterness on the finish. Wonderful.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Slightly slick/oily.

D - Very easy to drink. Goes down wonderfully and I keep wanting to drink more. Lush, fruity, juicy, and wonderful.

Notes: Excellent Belgian IPA. Citra hops work wonderfully with the Belgian yeast and malt. Loads of fruit and very juicy on the tongue. More please.

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Photo of seeswo
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Round 2 of Bedlam just came out, so I thought I would check it out. Pours a golden brown with a small tan head. Looks good. Smells like spicy orange hops and the smell that wafts out of the next door neighbors windows before they throw on loud techno and order pizza...this represents a somewhat odd combo. The orange from the citrus hops comes out strongly in the taste, but in a grassy, spicy manner. The hop profile tastes somewhat similar to Surly Furious, though not executed as well. There might be just a touch of bready yeastiness representing the Trappist component, but if you didn't tell me that was there, I am not sure I would pick it up. It mostly comes out with a flavor like a really interesting IPA with a slightly odd twist. Mouthfeel is dead on, not too sweet or heavy, good carbonation. Overall, this is the beer I get 6 packs of when I want to have a few. It's so cheap and has a more interesting hop profile than many local WI beers.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jac's

Pale orange pour with a thin tight film that leaves a steady clump of lacing

It's been awhile since I've been completely taken aback by the nose of a beer. So..damn..fresh. Bedlam oozes loads of orange marmalade toast. Fresh apricot, a light toastiness, and a slight, but noticeable yeast presence round out the nose. The hops certainly take center stage. I smelled this beer for at least a minute prior to digging in.

Wow....the best of both worlds here. Hops front and center from the get-go. Sticky citrus in the form of tangerine and some apricot. Smooth yet a bit sticky, in a very good way, through the middle with a mild bitterness at the finish. Belgian yeast is noticeable, but neither overwhelming nor center stage. A very nice example of the style, particularly if you enjoy a hop-centric version.

The tap version of this beer moved it into my favorite beer from Ale Asylum. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Bedlam from Ale Asylum.
Score: 91

Spring 2012 release with the code “2043 73w1745” stamped on the bottle. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 04/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparentish sunset orange color. When held up to light, the beer fades from a dull golden color in the upper third of the glass to a light reddish orange color. A thin layer of off-white creamy head at pour quickly settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. Awesome lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Grapefruit citrus, fruity/floral hops and “phenolic yeast.” Smells a lot like a trappist quad with an IPA twist. A little lemon and pulpy orange juice. A touch of residual spices. This is my first Belgian IPA, and it is unlike any other IPA I have ever smelled. 4/5

Taste: Tastes more like a Belgian with an IPA twist than an IPA with a Belgian twist. Orange flavored hops, grapefruit and floral spice with a fruity banana/Belgian yeast backbone. Lots of the banana/Belgian yeast flavor on the midpalate. Has a growing bitter hop bite in the finish as it layers. Muted fruit in the back half with clove. Lingering orange juice malt flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with lively carbonation on the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Has a dry finish that is mildly fruity/malty. 4/5

Overall: Unique to say the least. This is my first Belgian IPA, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is probably Ale Asylum’s best beer. It is not great by any means, but it is something refreshingly different from your traditional oniony IPA or earthy IPA or juicy IPA. Give it a whirl while it is in season.

Recommendation: If you like Belgian beers and IPAs, hunt this one down.

Pairings: Greek salad or banana break.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshly poured from the brewery and provided by Brother Rob!

A: poured with a nice deep, rocky head, amber to light brown color with slight haze, head dissipated to only light bubbles on side of glass
S: full nose of citrus/marmalade hops
T: taste is not over-the-top with hops which is a good thing, nice malt backbone with good hop finish that is more fruity than bitter, I don't taste a ton o Belgium qualities but they are there in finish with bubblegum and yeast
M: highly drinkable and well-balanced
O: I was expecting a bit more Belgium qualities instead of almost straight IPA

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Photo of Ri0
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"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."

A: Hazy golden orange nectar that you can not see through. A nice pillowy 3 finger white foamy head as you would expect from a Belgian style IPA.

S: Big fruity hop aromas, tropical and citrus. It has Citra hops after all. You get the classic Belgian Ale yeast flavor at the end.

T: Such an interesting taste to this. It is not bitter, but a big fruity IPA that almost could pass for a Triple with out the spiciness.

M: A light to medium with sharp carbonation very similar to Belgian Pale Ales.

O: Just read the quote from the bottle I posted at the top. A fun beer to drink with a very unique and delicious flavor. Ale Asylum sure has great IPA's.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/3/12

Cloudy, rustic orange appearance. One and a half finger head condenses slowly. Thin retention overall. Lace is good, though - dense, drippy rings.

Tropical hops aromas mix with light fruit juiciness, resulting in something of a fruit cocktail of an aroma. Peach, mango, grapefruit, apple and hints of banana. Notions of fruity bubblegum. Bread and cracker linger in the back.

The flavor is juicy in a serious way - and it doesn't stop with the fruit qualities of the yeast. Oh, there's grapefruit, peach, lemon and tangerine aplenty. Modest, clean bitterness picks up in the middle and lingers on the finish. The malt bill is really nice, too - some mildly-flavored grains.

The feel is somewhat slick and kind of grainy at the same time, but the combination works for the medium body. Carbonation is appropriately low and well within my comfort range. The aforementioned bitterness on the finish builds toward the end of the glass, but continues to retain good, residual hop flavor.

Wow, Bedlam surpassed my expectations with ease. I have no idea how old it is (I've had it for a week and a half), but it's very tasty as is. Wish I had a few more.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my imperial pint glass a bright orange with a creamy inch of white foam that lingers on and on. Hazy particulate swirls through the brew. Aromas kick off with bold citric hops and a tropical twang as well. Really fruity with an earthy fresh yeast zing that melds in nicely. Blends together and draws you in.

First sip brings smooth crisp malt body intertwined with a bounty of citric resiny hop flavors. Really fruity throughout with a twist of tropical. Earthy, fresh yeast flavors blend themselves in. Flows down with a good bitterness and a clean, easy drinking finish. Tasty, refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Good body and carbonation add up to equal easy drinkability. This is another great brew from Ale Asylum and I love it when they bring the hops! Good way to showcase the Citra hops and the Trappist yeast brings a tasty twist. Thanks Severstad.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to klikger for throwing this in our trade. Review from notes...

A- Pours a a copper amber color. One and a half finger light tan head retains very well before capping the beer. Nice sticky ringy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big fruity hops in the front of the aroma! Nice light yeasty smell with almost light spicing behind it. Orange peel and light almost clove in the tail end of the aroma. Overall, this beer smells fantastic and made my mouth water as I smelled it.

T- Fruity hops right off the bat collide with some light orange peel. There is a nice sweet caramel malt in the middle of this beer that fades into a light yeasty and spiced flavor. Some light bitter hops in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light citrus hops and sweet malt left on the palate with a bubblegum like aftertaste from the yeast. Alcohol was a bit drying on the palate but nothing over the top. Beer flavors were settle and well blended together.

D- This was a very well balanced beer that I want more of. I am really surprised that a Belgian IPA can taste so good. I will be looking for this one again if they decided to make it again. First time beer for this company and I like what I have tasted so far!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright rusty orange with thin but bubbling foam.

Bright tropical and citrus notes, tons of orange, mango, and pineapple with a slight earthy/herbal aroma.

Resin, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, and a slight Belgian yeast funk.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, earthy, fresh.

Overall, I was quite surprised with this! Flew off the shelves during the first wave of it's release here in the Chicagoland area and rightfully so!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy deep orange with fluffy white head that leaves rings of lace.

S - Tangerine, mango, candied oranges, grapefruit, crackers, bready malt, with a touch of spice and belgian yeast.

T - Sweet candied orange, tropical fruit, mango followed by a lingering catty flavor I get in some Citra beers. Bready malt with spice and belgian yeast.

M - Medium body and dry with good carbonation. Slightly resiny.

D - If I wasn't picking up the catty flavor from the citra this would be exceptional.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed three months after its bottling date, so this may not be an entirely fair review of the beer.

Just like every Midwest IPA not brewed by Pipeworks, this beer is strong on malt and lacking in hops.

This was just an okay beer, maybe something you would order at the bar when Heineken is your next best option.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours a cloudy, orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Good lacing clouds the glass.

S- Belgian yeast is there with some nice banana, citrus and some spices.

T- orange peel and caramel malts. Some banana and big burst of citrus and some earthy bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink with some creaminess as it finishes.

O- very good bipa. Really enjoyed this one from Ale Asylum and would get more in the future.

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Photo of Etan
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Very murky brown-orange with a moderate beige head. Ugly, to say the least.

S. Citra going strong in the nose. Sweet tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit rind. Some clove and sweet pale malt behind.

T. Mango, lemon rind, grapefruit, bright vanilla, mild clove, cakey grain, mild leafy bitterness.

M. Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O. It's not a pretty beer, but the citra character is great.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep orange, with reddish and yellowish hues moving from the center to sides. hazy and opaque. a finger or so of a white head that fades and leaves a weak lacing on the sides.

Smell: orange, pineapple and other citrus to tropical fruits that mix with sweetness, belgian yeast, and pilsner malts.

Taste: opens up with pineapple and citrus hops, with a bit of sweetness mixed in. lots of pilsner malts and a grassy taste. small belgian yeast character at the end.

Mouthfeel: dry and a little bitter. also on the heavy side for a belgian.

Overall: i initially liked this one more and as you drink more it declines a bit, too much of a grassy taste. Ideally a belgian ipa that i like should be doable but it seems less so everytime i drink one. this one ends up in the upper end of mid row.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Nice dark orange color. Slightly cloudy with two fingers of creamy head. Very good retention. I get some sweet, malty notes tinged with fruit on the nose. Toast, marmalade, pineapples, and a little lemon.

Medium body with a slick, oily feel. Plenty of sweet, grainy malt up front and enough hops to provide a fruity component to the flavor like over-ripe oranges and pineapples. There is a touch of quinine-like bitterness that cuts through near the finish and complements the fruity sweetness nicely, but the fruit flavors linger the longest.

Very reminiscent of Houblon Chouffe in that it seems to taste like a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian Tripel. This one lacks some of the hoppy components of the d'Achouffe beer (sadly), but is still a fine beer. Very well-constructed and enjoyable. Complex without demanding too much.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The ale was a golden copper color with a fluffy white head. Lacing was apparent as the head receded.

Smell - The citra hops are easy to detect. There is citrus and there is pine in the aroma. The earthy notes are not overly pungent, but rather sweet.

Taste - On the initial, one detects grapefruit, candy sugar, and grassy resin. The initial taste is a little to brief. It begins to move into a mild banana before moving to a more harsh resin profile. The aftertaste strikes me as a little watery.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel resembled a DIPA its thickness. The coating left behind strikes the note of Belgian thickness.

Overall - I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I would definitely enjoy this one on a hot day.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAT A SURPRISE!! thanks for throwing this in as an extra - you know who you are.

A: Reddish brown with 1 finger head, good amount of lacing, murky body.

S: Spice, peach, complex! Can't really figure it out.

T: I love this hop flavor! All peach and spice, imo. Very little grapefruit and pine, but peppery and slightly spicy. Well balanced. What's cool is after taste is all peach!

M: Good amount of carbonation. Refreshing (light to medium body).

O: I don't quite know what the hell this is, but I love it. Not so sweet or bitter, nothing overpowering here, but very well balanced, peachy, yeasty. I love it. A total surprise.

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

Tried a single bottle and poured it into my Sam Adams glass. Got a bright gold with orange hues. Nice white head and lacing

Nose is citrus and floral.

Taste is surprising. I expected more of a Belgian twist. Instead it reminds me of a nice citrus IPA. The Belgian part seems to surface at the finish and after it airs a bit. A very nice tasting beer by the way.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation.

I wish I would have gotten more of this. I like it.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber color with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film. Spotty lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Smells more DIPA than Belgian, but I like the aroma. Blasts of pineapple and mango, some grapefruit citrus, a bit of sweet caramel, and some biscuity malt in the background. Just a hint of Belgian yeast and spices.

Taste: Hoppy from the start, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit quickly overwhelming the sweet biscuit malt. Some clove, pepper, and coriander step in for the Belgian aspect, with some herbal hops in at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, with enough hop oil sitting on the tongue to make me aware of the residue. The end is slightly astringent, but not overly so.

Drinkability: This was pretty good, sort of like a blend of a Belgian IPA and a DIPA. There are some more enjoyable examples of the style out there.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
4.15 out of 5 based on 719 ratings.
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