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A Little Crazy - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 674
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 29.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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 inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Bottled 3/29/13
Tulip glass

A: Pours a really clear light yellow/orange like color. Thin layer of bright white head. Leaving some lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Totally get that Citra on nose. Pine and fruit and cat pee like astringency. Maybe some melon and citrus. You dig in and smell a hint of that Belgian yeast spice.

T: Tip of the tongue, it's certainly that Citra hop bitterness and flavor that I get right away. Reminds me of ZD. In the middle of the mouth you get some bubblegum like sweetness from the malts and the yeast. That Belgian character is certainly there, but doesn't cloud the beer. Dry finish. Lingering Belgian flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brass with a hint of copper color. Sluggish, tiny bubbles make their way to the top. Solid two finger head and strong foam for all twelve ounces. Like the sticky lacing.

Citrusy hops, some spicy yeast, and a lightly toasted malt backbone. Smells like an American hopped BPA.

Strong earthy bitterness from the start and only a little fruity yeast to attempt to balance it out. Add some malty crackers to the mix, but hops still dominate most of the flavor profile. Mild resiny palate. This is one hoppy BPA, just a little too hoppy to be on my session list though.

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Photo of matjack85
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making them $1.67 a can. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed gold color with a 1½ -finger white head that had decent retention but only moderate lacing.

Big citrusy and piny hop aroma.

It has an orange/tangerine flavor with some piny bitterness and some clove spiciness. Pilsner malt adds balance.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A better than average Belgian style pale ale.

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Photo of Star80
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of fresh can dated February 2013

A - Appears out an light amber gold color with sticky, frothy head.

S - Smells like tropical fruits, coriander, pepper, tangerine, spice and zest.

T - Tastes similar, even more fruity, apricot, followed by some residual grapefruit and vague pine.

M - Mouthfeel is fine.

O - Overall a nice combination of spice and hops, slight malty sweetness. I strongly prefer this over anti hero, last batch was too vegetative, this just pops.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A handsome yellow pale ale was poured from the can into a glass with a bright white head. Noting the bubbles, the ale was aggressively carbonated while leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. In the aroma, it smells quite biscuity with mild Earthy notes. In the initial taste, the beer is citrusy, with notes of yeast, biscuit, and mild pine. The carbonation does not allow the initial taste to linger for a significant duration. In the aftertaste, it evolves into a more dry taste with hints of grape skin and biscuit. At this point, this is mild favorite from revolution being an easy drinker with a complex taste.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into an imperial pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow color. Produced a minimal cap of white froth. Good retention though and some lacing left behind.

(S)- A spicy clove and biscuit-like piney citrus profile. Bits of lemon and orange with the hefty hop bitterness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with the subtle spicy clove and biscuit-like yeast meets a piney citrus blast of lemon and orange fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. It seems very much a Belgian, but with an equally nice hop profile that fits the style well without being overly bitter.

(O)- For the style, this is quite nice. Easy drinking and lightly crisp without pummeling your palate with a hop or yeast bomb. Would be a great beer for spring/summer time.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the nose alone, I'd peg this as a Belgian IPA. Lots of hop presence. Flavor profile definitely carries it too, but with a soapy thing going on as well. Quite hearty. Robust. Thick. After tasting it, I'd still have to call this a Belgian IPA. Another nice beer from Revolution.

In addition: Tried it out of a can and really liked it. +.25 on the score for that.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clearly, this is the best Revolution brew I have tried and clearly, it is A Little Crazy. I think the style listed should be revised to American Belgian Pale. This is more like Raging Bitch or the Lagunitas ales than a true Belgian. And that's a good thing.

It pours darker than a BPA and clearer, with little head or lace. The aroma is mild for an American style but just right for authentic style. The taste is over the top yeasty and hoppy, as mentioned before, American. The aftertaste as well. Compared to those other over the top Americans, this one is pretty well balanced, but it is very tasty. The aftertaste is tart and yeasty and bitter. Pretty darn good.

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Photo of timc100
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of cway2031
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Photo of ZDub
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a "perfect pint glass". It looked very nice, a lighter amber color with only .25-.5 inch of off-white head, crystal clear. The smell was also very nice, mostly malt with some slight spice, not much hops. Taste and mouthfeel were very good. It wasn't overly sweet despite the aroma, with a medium-light mouthfeel. I felt it was very well balanced and an easy drink. I'll definitely have it again. It's a nice change of pace from the hop bombs that are so prevalent today.

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Photo of NSK79
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can to a goblet

A - golden with an orange hue, very weak head retention, no lacing

S - Juicy citra hops and grassy with light belgian yeast, this was the most enjoyable part of the beer.

T - Solid citrus, mostly orange/tangerine, mild hop bitterness on the back end, not extremely complex, but relatively clean and enjoyable.

M - Light to medium bodied, light carbonation

O - A really nice easy drinking belgian pale ale, it is not a standout beer, but it also doesn't have anything working against it. I would gladly drink this beer again if it was offered to me, not something I would typically drink, but a solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Efay
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- goldenrod with a hue of light orange. 1 finger worth of foam ,with excellent retention. Very bright.

S- Smell wheat, pine and some grapefruit.

T- Light malt, some wheat. There was also pine and grapefruit that left a dry bitter aftertaste that left the palate clean.

M- High carbonation with light mouthfeel.

O- This beer goes excellent with any food. However on it's own it lacks complexity and some more flavor. Really expecting more aromatics also.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collar forms after head dissipates quickly. Clear dark orange colored body. Decent lacing.

Candied hops. Slight medicinal aroma.

Juicy-fruit. Not overly bitter. More with the faint mentholishness. I'd put this at 6%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

(A little) crazy drinkable! Only complain is lack of a head :/ way to go Revolution.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell was great full of citrus hops and smelled and tasted alot like zombie dust. The only difference was the beligim style in there which added more flavor it was like zes zes and zombie dust out togther great tasting beer. very hoppy and smooth with no alchol tatse great beer could drink all day.overall wortha try. a very crisp and hoppy pale ale and also very refreshing

i could drink this all day

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Appearance is bright, clear, golden, and pale. Thin white head collar with minimal head present. Some lacing is there. Aroma features a happy combo of American c-hops and Belgian yeast with an emphasis on the former. Notes of mango, grapefruit sit atop delicate Belgian esters. This brew drinks like an IPA: fresh, hoppy,, and crisp... only difference is that Belgian twinge at the end. This provides a touch of spice that pairs well with residual hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, I am again fully satisfied with yet another Revolution product. If you haven't sought these guys out, what are you waiting for?

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of menkros
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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...

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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A Little Crazy from Revolution Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.