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Crazy Ivan - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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86
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%


Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This copper colored American IPA took a wild left turn when we fermented it with our favorite Trappist ale yeast. Charged with hops, followed closely by a clove and pepper Belgian yeast character.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: TheEremite on 04-30-2008)
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Amber with lacing.

S: Bit of citrus but piney and malty.

T: All pine and malt. Airy yeastiness notes that are nice, but with a bit of spice.

M: Nice even coarseness.

O: Interesting and different.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 07:24:46 | More by gillagorilla
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured minimal head on a clearer dark straw colored body.
The aroma is great. Bright citrus, pear and Valencia orange.
The taste is complex with mandarin, moderate bitterness and finishes with black peppercorns.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
An outstanding beer that hits all the notes perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 04:14:24 | More by Fatehunter
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, pepper, yeast, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice flavors but the smell is fairly weak and you really have to search out any distinct aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 20:23:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mactrail

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego. Quite distinctive appearance in the tall Fischer tulip. Smooth foamy cap and unusual dark red brownish amber color. Nicely sudsy on the tongue.

The next impression on tasting is the fragrant hops. As a Belgian IPA this is a great example. Rich with a lot of warm, roasted malt, and the zingy hop flavors. Moderate bitter aftertaste. some tangy, peppery hints. Something fruity with a touch of honey. Hoppy and sensationally flavorful. The Belgian yeasty flavors seem to get lost in the rush of hops, but it's quite drinkable. I'm glad to taste something by Bear Republic outside their usual orbit.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 05:24:58 | More by mactrail
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scottfrie

California

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Imperial pint on-tap at the brewpub.

A: Served a dark burnt amber color with a very dense, well retained, and long lasting vanilla colored head that faded into a thick foamy film leaving a sheet of streaky lacework down the glass.
S: Light notes of bready Belgian yeast and mild citrus hops. Not especially potent.
T: Tastes slightly old which is disappointing for being on tap at the brewery. Either that or this is very malt heavy for an ipa, Belgian yeast or not. Some herbal leafy hops come through, but caramel and bready malt dominate alongside peppery, earthy, Belgian yeast. Finish is sweet and very faintly bitter.
M: Medium body, normal smooth carbonation, tight bubbles, slick, greasy, mouthfeel.
O: Drinks well at least, good but disappointing. Definitely tastes old. Would not order again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 23:07:49 | More by scottfrie
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz pour in a pint glass at Rattle n Hum.

Crazy Ivan pours a couple shades lighter than amber, and is almost completely translucent. There's about a finger of bone colored foam topping the beer, and it leaves a little bit of lacing behind. I'm probably being a little bit generous with the appearance score because pours at RnH aren't always the best. Fruity and peppery Belgian yeast notes dominate, but there's a detectable citrusy American hop presence as well. The flavor takes those and adds a solid caramel base to everything. Still though, there's no real sense of balance as they yeasty flavors totally overwhelm the hops. The beer is very rich and full bodied, perhaps too much so because the carbonation seems a bit meek for an IPA (though this may be in part why the hop flavors seem subdued). Belgian IPAs are a tricky style to get right because of the delicate balance between yeast and hop influences, and I don't know if Crazy Ivan is out of balance, or maybe this keg was just old to the point that the hops have faded some, but regardless it was one of the least impressive Belgian IPAs I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 02:32:38 | More by axeman9182
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A glass on tap at Blue Dog in Chalfont...

Crazy Ivan looks darker than most IPA's, but it is a blend of some wort so expected, burnt copper with some bronze highlights, kinda unclear, a beige inch of foam leaving no remains.

The Belgian strain used aint all that bright or it was just underused. Smell is kinda muddled, does not scream Belgian, just says yeast. Bready with malt and hops about even, not all that bitter smelling.

Things go off with a glow, a nice bready yeast on top of Red Rocket And Racer 5, the state of those hops is kinda faded, the bitterness is light muddled by the yeast, no alcohol.

Feel is medium with a bready aftertaste and yeasty, not one of the best BIPA's but a good attempt. Carb is fine, taste is off kilter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 03:12:43 | More by BARFLYB
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at rattle and hum nyc.

Arrives in a pint glass filled to the brim with a quarter inch of foam. Cloudy amber in color. Aroma is hoppy citrus underpinneed by a slight spicy belgian yeast.

Wow. This one very nice, complex brew. First impression is hoppy ipa. Second impression has a nice malty sweetness shine through. Final impression is a nice spicy yeast bite.

Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 02:24:38 | More by FickleBeast
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a moderate yellow gold color with a bit of haze and a few fingers of white foamy head. Lacing follows the brew down the glass. Nose brings some excellent Belgian yeast characteristics, but doesn't really integrate the hops at this point. Taste melds the two quite well, with some nice clove and spice banging against some citrus and herbal hops. Very nice touch. Feel is splendid with a good bit of bitterness matched up against a moderately carbonated medium body. One of the better examples of the style that I've come across in some time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 10:23:14 | More by Thorpe429
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malloyca

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intriguing translucent red-brown color, with minimal head. The sweet malt and citrus hop aromas were hard to resist. This is definitely a California-style Belgian IPA, as the hop flavors are evenly matched against sweet malt that gives rise to caramel and vanilla flavors. A very drinkable beer, the alcohol level is relatively low (compared to others of this style) and the flavor profiles are well-balanced, making this a good choice for having several with a meal. It would be very good with ripe, soft cheeses.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 21:24:16 | More by malloyca
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: tulip serving, bright orange-golden in color with a subtle haze, good head retention and some lace

s: citrusy hops on a body of pale and light caramel malt with a nice phenolic spice running through - easily perceptible but far from taking over, hop heavy with good balance of components

m: carbonation on the lower side and smooth, light-medium body

t: pale and a light dose of caramel malts bring a balanced sweetness and set the stage for a nice citrus-tropical hop flavor and spicy yeast, clove phenols most identifiable, moderately bitter

d: easy, not a standout belgian ipa but a very solid one at least, the yeast character at least is spot-on

10 oz pour at ChurchKey, DC

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 14:05:22 | More by blackie
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klewis

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Catskeller - Cincinnati, OH - 7/19/10

A: Pours a hazy copper with a thick, frothy head.

S: Bright hop aroma with grapefruit and a strong floral quality. Light Belgian phenols.

T: Resiny hops with citrus and pine flavors; the presence of Racer 5 is quite prominent. Light caramel malt flavors provide a bit of balance, but the taste is still dominated by hops. A hint of Belgian yeast flavors, but very subtle.

M: Full-bodied for its ABV with a creamy, smooth texture. Moderate carbonation.

D: Not as complex and interesting as others in the Belgian IPA style, yet still quite enjoyable. Check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 04:37:47 | More by klewis
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose has soft hop and clean fruit, soft malt. Smells good.

Pours clear amber with mild head. Looks good.

Flavor follows nose, hoppy like a strong APA. Moderate bitterness. Mild ale fruit, soft citric fruit. Softly herbal and spicy. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Not very Belgian, quite IPAish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 01:44:26 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby tinted brown with a good clingy head and lace that never really goes away. The aroma is a mix of sharp hops that stick out, both citric and sweet (grape) and some sweet malt smell as well. A good mix of citric hops and some citric spice like orange and pepper and there is a caramel malt taste that is noticeable as well. Not much of a Belgian influence as more of a sweet IPA but there are some characteristics such as orange and very minor sweet fruit and sugary malt as well as a boozy feeling as I keep sipping.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 14:12:36 | More by clayrock81
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy light orange with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a film a thick collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left round the glass.
Smell isof heavy pine, herbs, citrus. Caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas wiu a refreshing citrus flavor that has pine sap resounding in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is sugary, medium bodied, sticky, bitter but balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 16:42:21 | More by weeare138
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Amsby Abbey

A: Decent fizzy 1 finger head over semi hazy orange red slight wood colored beer. Leaves a notch of lacing for each sip.

N: Some fruits hops, little spicy and floral hops too, slight sweetness with a touch of Belgian malt aroma and Belgian yeast as well, but lighter on the nose than I hoped.

T: Taste starts with more Belgian malt flavors, a little wheat even with slight banana and juicy chewy malt flavors. A slight Belgian yeast flavor (remnants of it, not the yeastiness), then come the floral, spicy, citrus and somewhat bitter hops. Slightly juicy hop flavors, with a touch of warming booze and a little malty sweetness. A slight creamy malt comes through, with more late bittering hops. A little Belgian candi sugar and caramel flavoring.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and slightly astringent, with more fresh hop flavors, some spicy hops, chewy even slightly, little tingly warming booze, mostly dry but a touch of sweetness, a touch of citrus lingering too with a very looong bitter finish, which seems to just go on and on and stronger with each sip.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 18:33:48 | More by jlindros
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squaremile

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Belmont Station. Pours a clear goldenrod with a small white head. Nose is resinous hops and a balance with some of the belgian style spicy notes. The flavor is very hop forward in a way that was very exciting an unexpected for me. The spices are there but in a mild way. As someone who doesn't really enjoy the Belgian character of the Belgian IPA, this was a very nice surprise and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 04:18:51 | More by squaremile
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nickdago

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap beer pours cloudy with a yellowish red tint. frothy white head.

Smells of hops but a sweet scent. nothing really piney about this one.

Taste starts off with a sharp hop taste but mellows to a sweetness almost flatness

A rather sweet IPA as advertised by the bar.

Easy to drink. Enjoyable but nothing special

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 00:29:13 | More by nickdago
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours reddish copper color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly mute, but I get some light citrus, sweet ice tea and some underlying spice. Flavors repclicate the nose, except there's more of everything. Also, despite some light spicey sweentess initially, the beer is dominated by a fairly hoppy, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol not the least bit noticeable.

Nothing extraordinary here, but this was still a pretty nice beer I thought.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 21:50:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice reddish brown color with a good creamy head that was whitish in color and held together nicely. Very hoppy smell initially but not near as hoppy in taste. Had a funny texture in the mouth and could definitely taste dried fruit but could not discern the type. A bit of a fight to get down.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 17:21:54 | More by Katahdin
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mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops bready malts, and fruity malts. Not very strong in the smell department.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, caramel malts, and citrus hops, with a little bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent dark ale. Not my favorite but worth trying once.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 01:24:42 | More by mdfb79
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper red with a light haze and a light head that quickly dissipated. Nice sticky lacings on the glass. Lazy carbonation that really comes alive with a swirl of the glass. Lght floral hoppy aroma with light citrusy undertones. Very smooth feel with big hoppy character, followed by a seet malty flavor and a spicey finish Not a lot of malt character as the hoppy flavors and aftertaste overwhelm this beer. Easy to drink, but the hoppy aftertaste would keep me from having too many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 11:46:44 | More by IronLover
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly to a surface foam.

Smell: yeast, caramel, and a citrus tone lingers around.

Taste: caramel, belgian yeast, grapefruit, lemon, and some fruity tones are most notable. Bitterness is hearty and balances this one out. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighty crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this beer went down quickly for the style. Very enjoyable and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 21:16:48 | More by Gavage
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Dixonian

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the fort worth saucer. Poured into standard pint glass.

Was very intrigued when I heard about this one. I like both the racer 5 and red rocket, and I almost always love a belgian yeast.
This did not disappoint. Totally unique-cloudiness of an IPA and nice amber colour. Smell is the only disappointment I have-a bit subdued. Flavor is great-extremely smooth. Sweet and bitter. Like I said above, completely unique. Enjoyable mouthfeel and excellent carbonation.

Too bad twas only brewed once cause i'd seek this delicious bastard again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 01:40:48 | More by Dixonian
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a pint glass. $6. Listed as a "Belgo-American IPA" on Bear Republic's website, and I agree. (Not a Belgian Dark Ale as it is currently listed on BA.)

A: Served with basically no head or film, just a collar. The body is brassy red and semi clear. Medium dark. Light tan foamy collar. Spare splatters of lace.

S & T: The aroma is not very forthcoming. Definitely hop forward but the Trappist yeast component is highly noticeable as well. The slightly fruity, heavily spicy, peppers and cloves jump out on the back end of the palate. Floral hops. Sweaty yeast. Toasted, lightly caramel malt backbone

M: The mouthfeel starts out slow and picks up speed. The carbonation level turns out to be adequate after seeming too soft at first. Even approaches lively. Very dry all the way through. Mild bitterness.

D: I was excited to try something new from Bear Republic (not many of their offerings end up in PA). But the overall experience with Crazy Ivan was underwhelming if not unimpressive. The idea of using the Trappist yeast strain with a blend of Racer 5 and Red Rocket wort was good in concept, but it didn't live up to my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 02:10:06 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Crazy Ivan from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.