Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ale Asylum Bedlam! Review

Name: Ale Asylum Bedlam!
Style: 7.25%
ABV: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Ale Asylum is a brewery based out of Madison, Wisconsin. The brewery itself just recently underwent an expansion according to the website, which would allow them to brew up to 50,000 barrels a year. From what I have gathered, Bedlam! is their summer IPA and no, that exclamation point is not a typo as it is in the actual name itself.

Bedlam! pours a hazy orange color with some high carbonation activity. The head is rather filmy in appearance but the lacing it leaves behind is quite abundant.

The aroma starts out with pungent citrus hop and yeasty notes upfront while caramelized malts, grapefruit and orange peels provide the backbone of the nose. It's a cross between caramel sweetness and fruity citrus in a balanced way.

Flavor-wise it's more straightforward with citrus hops, caramel, resin and a slight yeasty flavor. The flavor does carry over some of that caramel/fruity balanced I mentioned earlier but it isn't as obvious here.

The body as a whole is fairly light, both in terms of carbonation and weight so you're easily able to enjoy this without having to worry about too much carbonation getting in your way.

I think Bedlam! is a great IPA and would love to try out more of their offerings. Sadly Ale Asylum doesn't distribute to Northwestern Wisconsin or Superior yet but I hope they do soon! With their recent expansion, I hope that becomes a reality.

Ale Asylum Bedlam! - 8.5/10

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