Monday, April 26, 2010

Ale Asylum Bedlam

A new IPA from a brewery known for their IPAs. I'm going to keep this post short, because, really there's not much to say about it.

Call it what you want: pot, smoke, ganja, bud, chronic, cannabis, grass, dope, mary jane, dank, herb, green. What ever combination of citra hop, and trappist yeast that they use, Bedlam smells and tastes exactly like weed.

8 comments:

  1. I just picked up a six-pack this past weekend and I cannot say I had the same experience. It was by no means AA's most interesting release. Not terribly unique, and I had a hard time picking up an any Trappist characteristics. Just felt like a run of the mill IPA to me. But weed? Really? Okay, boss.

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  2. ok this is one thing i have noticed with ale asylum beers is that they have a huge variance (ie lack consistancy) i have had this beer multiple times now and it has ranged from great to did they give me an ambergaddon by mistake and its just mislabled? some have been extremly yeasty in both taste and appearance well others have had no yeast taste or noticable pressance. on some the hops have had tons of tropical aroma and flavor others have ranged from piney to year old muted hop meh... But pot i have not gotten, if your weed smells or tastes anything like this beer hook me up cause i wouldnt mind some of that.

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  3. Yeah, can't say I had this experience at all. I really like this beer personally.

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  4. I think it's a great IPA, but I've yet to get much Belgian or "Trappist" quality out of it. Currently drinking a Flying Dog Raging Bitch and I must say it hits the mark where Bedlam doesn't in terms of asserting that fruity/spicy yeast character.

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  5. Ditto on the Raging Bitch (really impressive).
    I've not had enough of the Bedlam to comment on it other than to say...trappist??? I'm not sure what this is supposed to denote; is it a flavor associated with trappist (chimay blue or westmalle tripel?) or is it that a portion of their proceeds are going to "good works" as is required of Trappist Breweries? The label says "trappist-style yeast" huh? So, the yeast doesn't speak and prays several hours each day.

    I look forward to many tastes of this, but it seems like they rushed the packaging and missed their mark in that respect.

    cheers!

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  6. I think Oskar Blues Gubna smells like something else (something that's not always good, but is always fun).

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  7. I just cracked open my first Bedlam, and it is chaos! Grapefruit aroma and taste immediately come through (reminds me of Bitter Woman). Besides being created with Belgian yeast, I'm with those who don't pick up anything "Belgian" with the flavor profile. Hoppy and tasty, this is another in the fine line of Ale Asylum efforts, though it doesn't really go beyond what they already do so well.

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  8. I think Bedalm is a pretty amazing beer. It is incredibly well made. As a homebrewer and total beer geek, it is damn hard to brew something with such light and subtle characteristics and acheive a good balance. There is nothing to hide behind in this type of beer and any imperfection will stand out. I do find the "trappist" or Belgian yeast qualities to be quite apparent, they just don't whack you over the head like many commercial examples. Speaking of, most of the commercial examples of a Belgian IPA I've had I really don't like (Houblon Chouffe comes to mind) - I have found them to be way out of balance (could be in part an "importation issue", i.e sitting on the dock to long) and flavors that do not compliment or contrast each other well, but instead clash on my palate. I think Dean Coffee is a master at hopping as evidenced by Hopaclicious, Balistic and now this fantastic beer.

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