alassio (96) - USA - APR 22, 2010
I generally find AA beers too light in body, and close but not nearly dynamic enough representations of various styles. But after picking up a Fed Ex package across the street, made a rare visit to the brewpub, liked the Bedlam, and even took a six-pack home. What makes it really intriguing is an almost kerosene edge on the citrus/pine hops - -or something like the sharpness you get when you bite into the pine needles on your Xmas tree. It has a ’light richness’ that makes it both refreshing and substantial. It’s a bit like Bell’s Hopslam without the syrupyness. Fresh and bright for the summer; complex in a snarky, biting sort of way (like the creature on the label), it is a satisfying and also rabidly playful concoction. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottled. Poured healthy coppery orange with a fine cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet passion fruit, mangoes, and orange zest over a meaty fruit and toffee base.. very juicy with a lovely peppery kick on the back of the nose.. an odd citrus resin stuck right at the end. The flavor found more of the passion fruit and some spicy grapefruit bitterness over mostly toffee at the core.. tacky finish with peppery yeast and a bouquet of bitter summer fruits. Medium-bodied and a touch on the sharp side on the palate.. bitterness and yeast spicage were high.. balance was OK, and this was a refreshing brew. I’m not entirely sold on the hop or Belgian yeast in an IPA, but I’ll drink more of these this summer. sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 17, 2010
Very nice beer here. Pours a light golden orange amber- not hazy, with a 1 finger head. Head fades to minimal foam. Aroma is heavy of orange and lemon-lime citrus, very light floral fragrance and sweeter malt tones become more evident further through the beer. Taste is sharp but very refrshingly bitter. The after taste reveals some malt and a light breadiness from the yeast. Very enjoyable but I really couldn’t pick up the trappist yeast.