Crazy Ivan - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Crazy Ivan
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86
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured a cloudy reddish brown body with amber highlights and two fingers of thick, fluffy off-white head. It looks quite nice, a combination of a Dubbel and an IPA. Scents of fresh apples, pineapple juice, medium caramel, raisin and prune and medium-light grassy hops with notes of pine resin. Overall impression aroma is an interesting mix between aromas typical to a Trappist Dubbel with hop aromas from the West Coast US. More towards the Trappist side, but very pleasing and unique. Flavor begins bitter with notes of pineapple and caramel malt in the background with notes of pine resin, white pepper, raisin and dank, earthy hops. Middle is maltier but still bitter with notes of caramel, bready malt, white pepper, pine resin, dark fruit including raisin and plum. Finish is medium-dry with a still very present caramel and bready malt backbone, notes of citrus and orange peel, white pepper, light alcohol, light pine resin and spicy Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is bitter hops and white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a very unique IPA that combines the flavors of a Dubbel with those of a Belgian Pale and an American IPA. Very unique and it works well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, slightly slick feel and a drying finish with medium-light carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good, semi-dry ale. Very nice. Overall this is an excellent experiment that melds the Trappist yeast with an IPA quite well. The aroma and flavor benefit and the mouthfeel is pleasant. A unique, complex, very good ale.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i found this brew rather unimpressive, although it is admittedly in a style i generally shy away from. this has a bit of a copper malt base to it, kind of nice depth and body on it. the belgian yeast seems subtle in the nose, no major esters blooming here, just good old american northwest hops. hopped like a west coast ipa, dank in the nose. the flavor is big and round from the hefty grain and is as hoppy as can be, but only a little bitter. im not sure if the yeast is crowded out by the other components, if it was fermented a little chilly and never opened up, or if it is just a mild string poorly chosen. with these beers im usually all or nothing, either its a hoppy belgian or it is an american ipa, the strange middle ground created by a lot of grain character and hops, and a middling belgian strain is not my speed, its muddled, and thats what we have here. carbonation is fine and the big body flatters the hops, but the yeast just doesnt belong to me. if its going to work with this yeast it needs less hops and a different grain bill entirely i think, but thats just my palate.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Dark amber with a tinge of ruby color. Slight haze. Excellent blanketing lace.

I smell wet wood and pine initially. Second sniff brings out more evergreen.

Surprisingly smooth semisweet malt flavor with a strong toasty element. There's a biting black pepper (hop) flavor in the swallow that creates a long aftertaste. Smooth body.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Crazy Ivan from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.