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A Little Crazy | Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 01-20-2012

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little darker golden with a creamy white head.

Citrus grass and spicy hop aromas especially as it warms. Lots of citrusy fruity esters and spicy phenols.malt is grainy and a tart slight cider vinegar backbone

Taste has some more grainy malt with orange peel on the exhale. A hint of cidery vinegar. Fair amounts of Belgian funk and more citrusy esters are on the back end.

Mouthfeel has a vinigar like stickiness that is cut by a Belgian dry finish that both last well after it is swallowed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small hops but watery. In the taste, dry hops, a yeasty presence, and just a touch fruity. A nice hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer mellow hop and yeast presence in the aftertaste. A bit thin, nice hops, and a small yeasty fruit presence.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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Photo of yamar68
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another fine specimen courtesy of alelover.

Copper orange body with a sloppy white head that marks every sip on the side of the glass.

Plenty of smooth Belgian spice, black pepper, clove... really clean.

Subtly sweet yeast, dry citrus zest, faint juicy fruits, banana, little bit of hop bite... smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, pours a deep, golden color with a frothy, eggshell head that fades rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Fruity and juicy nose with plenty of citrus, especially orange rind, some bready malt, and yeast. Fresh tasting with more orange and citrus, juicy, caramel, bready, Belgian yeast. Medium body, ample carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I would buy it again. It was both refreshing and complex with nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -7.8%
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%
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 +2%
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 +1.8%
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%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +11.4%
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 +24.2%
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 -5.1%
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%
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 -0.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +9.1%
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 +5.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +4%
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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A Little Crazy from Revolution Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.