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Bedlam - Ale Asylum

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132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 664
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 93
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hawks10 on 04-03-2010

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 TheSSG
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a MASSIVE< dense, resiny, white head that has fantastic persistence and leaves lacing like Spiderman falling down a well. OH! THE SMELL! YES! THIS IS THE SMELL OF ANGELS! A brilliant, robust citrus hop aroma. Light, burnt umber color is lustrious. Starts with a bitter burst of citrus fruit. Bright, fresh oranges dominate as the bitterness wells to a pleasant medium level. Then, the malt develops well and everything smooths into a biscuity flavor. As the finish comes, the citrus flavors blend well with the malt.

This is a perennial favorite of mine. Always a winner.
Seriously, this defines a GREAT smelling brew!

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

Hazy orange, nice lacing.

Nice grapefruit/assorted tropical fruits in the nose.

Grapefruit, peach, spices, orange, yeast, pepper. Wonderful.

Medium mouthfeel, fairly good carbonation.

This took me entirely by surprise. I got a single. And will be seeking out more.

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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 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 pstutzman
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber, bordering on orange. Slightly hazy.
S: Citrus with a slight Belgian funk.
T: Mostly hops with almost no Belgian character. Moderate lingering bitterness.
M: Lighter than expected.
O: Quite nice, although I expected more Belgian funk in the taste.

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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 Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one out with a big of aggression, the head wasn't too big on this beer... Perhaps some of the carbonation has started to fade with time. Would like to try a fresh bottle sometime. The color of the beer is a very nice looking clear golden copper. With a thin white head that doesn't last long at all. The smell of the beer is so nice, the aromas of fresh fruits like pears, peaches and some pineapple come together on the nose with the sweet Belgian yeast and the Citra hope as well. The taste of the beer was awesome too, a brilliant sweetness in the beginning that is quickly destroyed by the bitterness of the hops. The carbonation is very gentle in the beer, it remains smooth and very drinkable. Overall this beer kicked ass.

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

Picked this up in Milwaukee in a 6 pack sampler. I gotta say wow, it was a great surprise, did not think it would be this good!

Poured into a pint glass
A: pours a coppery color with about 1 finger of head
S: very hoppy and spicy with some peach thrown in
T: wow, smell really gets your set for what you are going to be tasting, it's quite good
M: very nice, refreshing but not tongue scorching
O: excellent beer, will have to search more by these guys out.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 nataku00
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of white bubbly head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar, leaving a decent amount of sticky lacing. A bit of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass streaming up from the bottom.

Nose is peach, nectarine, grapefruit citrus peel, light sweet fruity esters, biscuit malts. Not a strong aroma though.

Taste starts with a light citrus pith bitterness, then more flavorful citrus peel. The stone fruit flavors from the fruity esters come mid tongue along with some light spices and a biscuit malts. Finish is dry, with lingering citrus peel and esters.

Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation, scrubs the tongue dry without being aggressive. Pretty easy to drink beer with an interesting flavor profile from the citra hopping combining with the Belgian yeast.

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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body with three-eighths inch of retained white smooth soapy head. Lacey. Carbonation bubbles rising. Good hop and yeast aromas. Good bitternss with yeast very secondary. Good use of citra hops. Buttery mouthfeel, with the citra edge. Good drinkability.

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Bedlam from Ale Asylum
92 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.