A Little Crazy - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 652
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 37
Gots: 146 | FT: 1
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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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium bronze color with a slight haze. The aroma is truly fantastic, bright tropical notes, seemingly abrasive hops, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, mango.

In the taste, the hops are dialed in much lower with a small pine and tropical citrus note, but the forefront is a bubblegum Belgian yeast thing. There is a cotton candy sweetness and a small bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, well carbonated ale. Decently drinkable.

Overall, I thought this beer was going to be a hop bomb by the aroma, but it was balanced to say the least. Interesting hodge-podge of flavor here, I would recommend this to fans of American/Belgian ales. (645 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 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 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 psoriasaurus
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian style? There is nothing belgian style about this beer. It is much darker than any true BPA would be, the head is weaker than a unic's sex drive, and there is no hint at all of the floral notes and effervescence associated with belgian ales and yeast. With that being said, this is a decent AMERICAN style pale ale. It is completely drinkable, with complex and balanced hop character that everyone is used to by now with the ridiculous amount of APAs out there brewed by craft breweries in the US. (504 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 morimech
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 01/23/2014. Pours a clear golden color with one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma of Belgian yeast and American hops. The yeast phenols come up front and then the pine, citrus, and dank hops finish things.

I expected a little bigger flavor but I am not disappointed. Much more balanced than the aroma. Equal parts Belgian yeast flavor and American hop flavor. Everything works well together with a nice malt base. Hints of cloves, pepper, citrus, and tropical fruit. No sign of alcohol.

Really nicely carbonated. Smooth, even, yet lively without being harsh or thin.

A nice combination the brewer put together. Plenty of hop flavor without going into Belgian IPA area of bitterness. (773 characters)

Photo of franklyhoppy
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6 pack cans from binnys. Sat on for 2 months.

A hazy orange with a slight head.

S fruity citrus notes

T very nice little hop some what of a zombie like taste still sitting back session like.

M really good light carbonation with stil enough bitterness

O really digging it would mine getting more (299 characters)

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.18/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I seem to be going against the grain here but I really didn't like this beer. I drank it straight from the can, so I'm sure that didn't help (although I thought the Eugene porter from Revolution held up pretty well in a can, but this beer is more delicate I suppose). It tasted very thin and highly carbonated, with a sweet/sour kick (I guess that's the fruity elements and the funky elements). Would not buy again. (415 characters)

Photo of BTodd
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pint glass.

A-hazy, orange in appearance. Fine bubbles, two fingers of suds dissipating over approximately one minute.

S-Nice, dank hops. Tropical fruit. Great aroma.

T-Tropical fruit with some maltiness as well.

M-A little thin with low carbonation.

O-An easy drinker with nice tropical fruit and malt backbone. (342 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured amber with a slight head.
S - Belgium yeast and subtle sweet and fruit.
T - lots of hops with a nice blend of the yeast. Citrus, orange, grapefruit and bit of funk.
M - Medium body and a slight dry finish.
O - An interesting brew and worth a try. (259 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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can for 2 bucks at Vintage Estate. Into a pint glass.

A - Bright deep orange amber in color with a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Seems filtered but that's cool.
S - Belgium yeast very fruity and citrus hops mostly maybe some herbal hops but it smells clean with sweeter malts.
T - Its a decent take on the style the yeast isn't very chalky mostly fruity and citrus and mango hops. Doesn't really cling to the palate so it's no very piney.
M - Very smooth light to medium bodied.

Overall it's a very tasty Belgium pale ale not super hop forward like say a Belgium IPA but still very smooth and fruity tasting. (640 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is bright amber orange with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of resin hop up front, light yeast notes with a fair bit of spice and tang. A good bit of sweet juicy citrus and faint grassy hop in the back. Taste is a bit sweet, light tangy yeast with a hint of spice, loads of pine and resin with a touch of citrus and some grassy bitterness through the finish but light. Body is syrupy and full, softer carbonation. (426 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 BB1313
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head that fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very nice and very fruity. Tropical. Tons of pineapple. Some sweet mango in the mix as well. The Belgian yeast blends well the with hop aromas. The flavors are pretty crisp and refreshing. More pineapple and mango. Sweet Belgian yeasts make their mark. Grapefruit shines as well. Some grass and malts are in the mix. There's a nice hop bite to this one, but in a clean way. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with active carbonation. This is smooth and fun to drink.

This is a really good beer. It drinks like a Belgian IPA to me. It's well crafted and very enjoyable. I would love to drink this during the summer. Pretty impressive stuff right here. (791 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 emwild12
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours hazy orange/gold with a thick frothy head and leaves a nice thin lacing on glass. It smells of grassy and floral hops with hits of grapefruit and lemon. The taste is pretty much the same but very hoppy with hints of honey? Overall great beer! (258 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rocky eggshell white head rests at a full finger's height atop a somewhat hazy dark gold brew. Lacing is spotty with some legs breaking off here and there, but all in all plentiful on the glass's walls.
Hops come out up front but the Belgian character makes itself known almost immediately. In the nose, it's mostly herbal with plenty of citrus (orange peel) and a bite of resinous pine on the end. The yeast serves nicely to soften it as well as adding depth along with the malt's dry and biscuit undertones. On the end, especially, are notes of pepper and clove. In the flavor, the hops back off a bit and lose a little bit of the citrus element in place of stronger spicy notes, but it doesn't change drastically.
Active carbonation supports both the flowing smoothness and the crispness of this lighter style of which this beer verges into stronger territory by achieving a medium body. It's about semi-dry most of the way into an easy finish. (949 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 chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle dated 2013 served in a Belgian snifter.

A: deep orange-amber color with high clarity and a thin fragile head. Decent lacing.

Aroma & Flavor: With hops that make this citrusy and slightly grassy, and some Belgian yeast adding touchs of nuttiness and funk, this has very good complexity in both aroma and flavor. Also has notes of apricots and tropical fruits. Mildly bitter and subtly sour. I enjoyed the aroma a bit more than the flavor, largely owing to the relatively disappointing aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-light body with medium+ carbonation.

O: a well-done and and refreshing Belgian-style pale ale. Very drinkable and rather aromatic for style. (670 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 Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into a nonic pint glass. 5/13/13 bottling date.

Pours a crisp golden color with a big head and a massive amount of bubbles in the glass. the smell is huge on mango and tropical fruits. The taste is also extremely fruity and sweet, though not so much mango sweet..more like oranges. very yeasty. wasnt expecting such a sweet beer at first so i wasnt sure how i liked it, but as i continued to drink it i enjoyed it more and more. lighter side of medium bodied, on the higher side for carbonation.

overall its hard for me to score. real real sweet, which isnt my thing, but the flavor is exactly how the brewers intended it to be IMO. see what you think. (662 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Decent white head. Thin collar and a few bubbles.

Smell - Citrus and tropical fruits. Bright fruity flavor. Some sweet doughy malts and a distinct belgian character.

Taste - Tart orange. Less tropical, more of a sour orange. Surprising tartness. Some doughy malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light tartness. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall - Quite tasty. The tropical fruit and tartness work very well. (482 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow-orange with a nice and bubbly two finger head of foam.

Floral, slight funk, citrus, and herbal notes.

Much more citrus in the mouthful, flora/herbal notes, and some yeasty spice.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, resinous, dry finish.

Overall, a damn well done Belgian! (298 characters)

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