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A Little Crazy - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 656
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-20-2012

A citrusy and refreshing Belgian-style pale ale hopped with Cascade, Citra, and whole Crystal hops for massive aromas and flavors! Fermented with our Belgian Wit yeast for an extra dose of complexity, this one is very drinkable and extremely aromatic.
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Photo of cway2031
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another home run for Revolution!

More of a hybrid/mutant then the rest of the beers labeled as BPAs. Really should be in its own category. I have a feeling that many people didn't know how to review this one in a fair way.

Very refreshing but with Cascade and Citra hop goodness. Think IPA with Belgian wit yeast. Nice curve ball in the typical IPA line up
Certainly worth a BUY. (383 characters)

Photo of Ryanster8
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely drinkable, clean, very aromatic with Belgian and hop qualities. A little on the dry side which makes for a nice mouth feel. Overall very nice but a little too hoppy for a Belgian ale style if you ask me. (213 characters)

Photo of Stezz420
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was canned 1/13/15

Pours a golden bright and clear pale orange color. Head pours a half inch thick and fades perfectly to a small little topper.

Smells fruity and sweet. Got that mango thing going on like most beers that are brewed with citra hops have.

Taste is pretty hoppy and tastes like mango when its really cold. Slight banana and clove taste in there aswell from the belgium yeast and tastes more so as it warms.

This beer is very drinkable at a 6.8% abv. Carbonation is perfect as long as its drank very cold this beers true feel will last. As it warms it starts thickening up like a Belgian double which I'm not really a fan of these days.

Overall I'm pretty happy with this beer and I actually would consider getting more of it. Nearly almost being a double ipa it still manages to be very sessionable when its really cold. Would recommend to anyone looking for a citra fix! (900 characters)

Photo of ConradSomm
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Get it on tap if you can. Never would have even thought to try this style of beer until I tried this one. Beautiful, almost perfume-like aroma. Earlier batch in a bomber wasn't as good. (188 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh six pack from Binny's beverage depot poured into a Southern Tier tulip. The pour produces an awesome looking clear golden amber hued brew topped by a fluffy light tan head that coats the glass with residue.

The nose is nicely funky and fruity from the Belgian yeast with a great hop presence and spicy notes.

The taste has a sharp fruity start with funky phenolics and tartness complimenting the citric and fruity hop flavor. The malt is hidden behind the bursts of extreme yeasty spice and fruity hoppy goodness but the tart-ness may be due in part from some acidulated (sour) malt in the grist bill.

Bright carbonation highlights the bright flavors of this beer. It has a light to medium body.

Overall this a very affordable and drinkable and excellent brew. I home-brewed a clone that's conditioning at the moment so I can't wait to try it!! We used magnum, citra and cascade hops. Our tribute to a great example of the style, and a great brewery too. Viva the Revolution! (987 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light lemon rind notes with a slightly funky Belgian yeast character. Light peppery character asserts as the beer is swirled and warms.

Appearance: Deep amber pour with golden edging. Low white head that retains well. Tight bubbles with moderate lacing around the edges.

Flavor: Assertive peppery and funky Belgian yeast character up front. Moderate melon and stone fruit character with a firm and earthy hop bitterness. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a peppery Belgian character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No creaminess, heat, or oily character noted. No astringency detected.

Overall impression: A firmly Belgian, American hopped ale. Immensely enjoyable and poundable. I'm biased as I love this brewery and this is another solid offering. (853 characters)

Photo of menkros
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, pours dark orange, smell is slightly hoppy not overwhelming. Taste is complex, layered, fantastic. Great beer. I'm really starting to like this new niche, Belgium Style Pale ales. It's the best of american and UK methods to make such a diverse style. (263 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/5/13 thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending me the the bottle

A slightly hazy golden orange with lots of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, two fingers of foam leaves a few thick partial rings close enough together that it looks like a continuous mess of lace

S pineapple, mango, sweet orange, and very faint banana, a little clove and slightly catty, caramel with a hint of pine and even less chewing gum, some more spice I can't place and the Belgian yeast works well for it, smells great

T not as strong as the nose with a more spice I can't place, some ginger perhaps? a little more caramel but not quite the tropical blast the nose has but still very nice, more yeast as it warms

M full for the color and stays on the creamy side of foamy, spicy finish with just a little grit left behind on my gums

O bumping this one up overall on the nose alone, great beer all-around and my bottles empty at this point in the review so that says something about how easy this goes down

I was pleasantly surprised but this one, I'd never heard of it and loved it from start to finish. Big citra notes with a mellow Belgian twist, I'd be drinking this often I I could buy it in my part of the world (1,242 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, slightly hazy almost clear, with a fizzy and foamy white head.

S: Smells great. Fantastic combination of Belgian yeast - kind of funky, slightly musty, lemon and some coriander - and hops - sweet grapefruit, mango, tangerine. Almost creates a 'bubble-gum'

T: Refreshing and crisp bitterness hit first with lemon and tarter-than-sweet grapefruit. Then a wash of Belgian spice, a tad bit of hay, and sweet tropical fruits. Finishes pretty dry

P: Light-medium body, noticeable but not obnoxious carbonation. Very refreshing and smooth.

O: Fantastic beer. So glad it's in cans. Need to stock up. (615 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice clean copper/amber pour with a finger of white head. smells of citrusy hops, pineapple, pine, caramel, with a slight hint of bell pepper.. seems like it's more of an american pale ale with belgian yeast strain perhaps? a delicious hop blast of what seems like citra and cascade, maybe sorachi ace? tons of citrusy grapefruit and pineapple, pine, caramel, all with a nice belgian style backbone of peppery yeast. really liking this one. medium in body with high carbonation makes this real easy to drink, does have a bit of creamy feel to it.

really surprised by this one, a really damn good hoppy american style belgian ale. has all the characteristics of a west coast ipa, with a belgian yeasty taste in the background. (729 characters)

Photo of dman127
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had last night on tap at the brewpub.

Nice deep golden color and excellent aroma.
Very smooth, easy to drink. Belgian Pale Ales are among my favorite styles, and this was a very good example of the style.

Would have like to take home a growler, but my better half reminded me the beer fridge was full!

This is my first review, will get better with the details in the future. (379 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a hint of haze to the orange body with a good carbonation that supports a thick ring which sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The yeasty esters of apricots blends with pine resin in the finish. This is a nice full fragrance of yeast and hops.

T- With notes of white cheese rind and a plastic peppery note is overtaken by a mellow pine sap flavor. There is some pineapple weed hops with a nice bitterness in the finish. As the beer opens up there is a pale malt taste that starts to come through.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a good fizz bite that supports the hops.

O- This is a nice big pale ale with a good balance of fruity yeast character and hops. It is very drinkable but the carbonation is a bit to big as it opens up. (792 characters)

Photo of atomic
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned December 27th 2013, poured into a tall 16oz tulip glass.

A: Off white head fills the 16oz glass to the top. Lingers, laces the walls on the way down. Golden color. All beer gets a 5 for appearance as all beer is beautiful.

S: Sweet citrus notes, some hibiscus. Really an awesome smelling beer, if not overly complex.

T: Really loving the citra hops in this. Definitely getting that zombie dust feel, but sweeter and more session-able. This went pretty quickly. Still tasting all the lovely citrus flavors. If I didn't know better, I'd say this had hibiscus flower added as well.

M: Pretty standard Pale Ale. Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a slight bitterness towards the back of the tongue that lingers for a while.

Overall: Not much I can fault this beer on, maybe if they DID add some hibiscus, this one would really pop. Love this one, will be buying a lot more. (897 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light orange color. The body is slightly cloudy with average active carbonation. Head of just under a finger on the pour with sticky lacing left at each level.

Smell: Bready yeast body pops up first with some pleasant medium bodied fruits. Mild citrus fruity body reminds the drinker this is a pale ale. Gummy sweet malt rides out the aroma. The herbal, grassy tones of the yeast go so well with the hoppier tones.

Taste: Getting a lot of hops on the front with accents of grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, kiwis, and lime. A full bodied belgian yeast base warms up in the body adding a lot of darker fruits, spices, and dough. Balanced fruits and limey hops ride throughout into the finish. The hops add a very american bitterness while the belgian yeast evens in out and delivers a wonderfully balanced gem.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is kept in check but certainly is prevalent. Palate is left with a medium dryness but is refreshing which keep you pulling on this brew again and again. 6.8% abv is shocking for me, this one drinks so easy.

Overall: An absolutely wonderful brew. Will go back to this one again and again. Insanely drinkable with so much going on. Love the combination of this being a traditional american pale with a great belgian base. Revolution is absolutely killing it right now. (1,315 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer for the first time last night, on tap at Katie O'Connors in Plainfield IL.
I'm such a fan of Revolution, always ready to try anything they offer.
This is a very good beer. The server told me this was a Belgian beer, but it doesn't taste that way. More of a hoppy pale ale. Delicious, so good I had 5. Thanks Revolution! (335 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's. Served in a Pipworks snifter.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thicker collar, and spotty lacework. Mostly transparent golden body.

S - Citra hops and Belgian yeast are the most obvious flavors. Some herbs and even a slight mint flavor? There's a touch of chive from the Citra hops in any case. Reminds me a little of Mr. Crowley, which is a good thing.

T - The flavor is less hoppy, with more peppery Belgian yeast presence, some bread, a touch of citrus, and mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with nice heft for a recipe that started as a small beer. Somewhat dry and grainy in texture, with pleasant active carbonation. Didn't realize this batch was up to 6.4%, as I didn't get much alcohol at all.

D - This was a nice hoppy Belgian, and it was easy to get through most of the bomber on my own. Hope this is a regular bottled offering from Revolution, as I like it more than the Wit and the Saison. (960 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at the brewery. Review from quick written notes.

Crystalline orange tone, bright clarity, drippy arcs of lacing decorate the glass. Not much head retention, skim breaks after a couple sips. Huge citrus aromas from a few feet away, orange and grapefruit dominate with a light Belgian yeast presence lending spice and banana esters.

Resiny orange zest, hop oils, creamy smooth feel with lasting moderate bitterness. Orange flavors, light tropical character also. Dry resiny aftertaste. Fruit forward and plenty bitter, fairly yeasty but doesn't eclipse the hop showcase. (594 characters)

Photo of Danmullens1
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revolution continues to blow me away.This is an outstanding brew. I've always bee a sucker for Citra + Belgian Style yeast, but this "Pale" goes above and beyond. Crazy. (169 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of peach, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, banana, tangerine, pear, apple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, light pine, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great citrus/tropical hop complexity with a moderate yeast and malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, mango, tangerine, banana, lemon zest, orange zest, clove, pepper, pine, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy tartness and spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, pineapple, citrus zest, banana, clove, pepper, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop and yeast flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian pale ale! All around great balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,407 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear yellowish orange with a nice white head.

S: Lots of sweet tangerine and mango in the nose, along with some soft wit esters.

T: Floral, slightly yeast, bready malt, mild grapefruit and orange, cloves, hint of alcohol, mild hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a great Belgian pale ale or Belgian IPA. Awesome hop aroma. (399 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Nondescript orange color with a one-finger head with good retention
S: Quite intriguing, lots of tropical notes including papaya, mango, lychee, hints of banana along with white pepper & light hops
T: Primarily orange with a nice acidity, a bit of the tropical fruit from the nose & rounded out with a light but pleasant combination of florals, hops and spice
M: Light to medium bodied with a pleasant crispness & light carbonation
O: I really like this, especially for $5, so much so my score may not do it justice. Complex, a bit different and very tasty. I would definitely consider this a must-try, really well made (654 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff27 for the share!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 1/17/13.

Appearance: Golden pale yellow bodied beeer with a short lived thick white cap that drops down to almost nothing.

Smell: Citrusy and fruity with a light bready malt. hint of yeast.

Taste: light to moderate bitterness. Grass, citrusy, floral and fruity hops. Light bready malts and a touch of yeast.

Mouthfeel: light body with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable. Well carbonationed.

Overall: Really nice belgian Pale ale. Didnt blow the doors off, but really solid all around. nice local beer made by revolution! (618 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fron a 22oz bomber into two Jester King tulips. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottle dated 03.04.12

A: Pours a bright, brassy orange with the slightest hint of haze. This was capped with 1/2 a finger of bright white foam that although was short lived, left a healthy amount of lace.

S: Killer aromas of fresh oranges, grassy hops, and a hint of earthy wit yeast.

T: See above with the slight intrusion of alcohol flavor.

M: Sticky and medium bodied with a healthy amount of hop bitterness.

O: A great BPA with a distinct american edge. (557 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden amber. Forms a rather thin off-white head that leaves a a small bit of lacing on the way down.

S: A very nice blend of malts, yeasty esters, and hops. Aromatic, with a touch of floral hops, a bit of citrus, a little sweetness and a nice, light maltiness.

T: Taste is much like the aroma. Light bready malts, a bit of yeast with light, but agreeable, notes of pepper, clove, and spice that is all balanced out with some citrus hops and a little pine on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Lower carbonation levels. Very mild bitterness.

O: This is a very well balanced and very approachable BPA. Personally, I'd prefer it to be a bit more aggressive, but I imagine this was brewed to be a "gateway" beer. (737 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at the brewpub.

Time for dinner, so I might as well give this Belgian-y guy a go. He pours a mostly clear sunset amber-gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit zest, mild pine sap, light pineapple, light black pepper, and a touch of what seems to be passion fruit. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine is a bit more assertive, and the Belgian yeast kicks in a bit more, adding some mild notes of black pepper, clove, and cardamom, while also bringing out some of the more lemon-y tones from the hops. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice BPA, with some tastily bright hops, but I do kinda wish the Belgian yeast were more prominent. Oh well, it works well enough now... (841 characters)

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A Little Crazy from Revolution Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.