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Crazy Ivan - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Crazy Ivan
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BA SCORE
86
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -29.1%

$6 pint on tap at Falling Rock. Dark reddish-orange, looks more like Red Rocket than Racer 5. It smells kind of grainy and not hoppy at all. The flavor is more grains and cereal malty type flavor, not really good at all. In fact this was a real disappointment to be honest.

08-08-2009 22:32:01 | More by ArrogantB
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TheEremite

California

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Served a deep red/amber with a thin foam head. Huge bananna and clove aroma. It's yeasty. It reminds me of a homebrewed bavarian dunkel. But, Bear Republic calls it a Belgian brown. There's some malty/chocolate notes and a little bitter aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel. It's kind of an odd beer. It's refreshing, but one is enough. Yeast character is a little overwhelming.

04-30-2008 20:45:28 | More by TheEremite
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Zbeetleman

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-06-2013 03:54:41 | More by Zbeetleman
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

On tap at capones.

A- copper orange in color with a simple ring and a few spots of lace.

S- light roasted malts and a bit of sweetness. Background hops but kinds muddled.

T- interesting, sweet malts again and bitter earthy hops. Not really getting much of a bel dark here but oh well.

M- medium body and the same on carb.

D- eh its alright stuff just kind of a mess. Not really what I expect from the style and not one ill be trying again.

05-21-2010 00:14:06 | More by oglmcdgl
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scottfrie

California

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

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

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

Appearance: amber with reddish hues, minimal head with not some here and there lacing.

Smell: citrus hops and malt

Taste: mango, sweet malt, yeasty, citrus hops. Wasn't crazy about the flavor of the malt in this beer.

Mouthfeel: decent

Drinkability: I probably wouldn't get this beer again. Haven't been too enthralled with BR. I also agree with fellow BAs this isn't a Belgian strong ale. More of a double ipa or ipa with belgian style malts.

05-21-2010 05:25:21 | More by beersheppard
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-24-2014 01:11:13 | More by largadeer
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John_Squires

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-13-2013 20:56:39 | More by John_Squires
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malfunxion

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-21-2014 14:24:21 | More by malfunxion
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-24-2013 22:37:58 | More by craft_shannie
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-04-2013 23:56:12 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

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

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

Draft at Barley's Smokehouse in Columbus.

Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus hop and earthy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Complex un-balanced beer.

11-17-2008 13:33:05 | More by tmoneyba
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

On tap at The Ginger Man in NYC on 1/17/09. Served in an Imperial pint glass.

A - Clear ruby red body with sparse carbonation and one-finger creamy eggshell-colored head that retained quite well and left thick, frothy lace around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast and spicy hops, but overall the aroma is pretty muted. There is a slight funk in the back that adds a bit of depth, but otherwise the nose is pretty mild. I was definitely expecting more for a Bear Republic brew.

T - Yeasty with a slight cheesy funk and spicy, peppery notes. An earthy, leafy and herbal hop character emerges in the middle and lasts throughout the finish, joined briefly by a hint of pine.

M - Very soft mouthfeel that turns out to be a little thin and watery overall. Carbonation is very minimal and borderline flat, actually. Dry and spicy on the palate with an earthy bitterness.

D - Overall, I was a little underwhelmed with this one. It could certainly use some more hops, especially since I have come to expect lots of hops with Bear Republic's brews. Not bad, but I'm certainly glad I got the opportunity to try this obcsure brew.

01-19-2009 01:36:05 | More by ffejherb
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10%

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. On draft. Pours brown with a small head. Aroma of yeast and melon rind. Flavor sweet malt, melon, yeast, some roasted notes. This is pretty much all-Belgian to me. Maybe a touch of hops in the finish, but only a touch as the Belgian yeast dominates. Sticky palate. I was disappointed by this one.

07-11-2009 18:16:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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magictrokini

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Hoppy and sweet aroma with caramel and Belgian yeast. More hops in the taste. Grapefruit, mango, and resin mix well with the earthy malt. The yeast brings a sweet funkiness that makes this more than the typical Belgian IPA. Very nice.

12-05-2008 17:17:46 | More by magictrokini
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mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-24-2014 02:15:09 | More by doremite
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-28-2014 12:48:00 | More by GRG1313
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-14-2014 19:08:11 | More by DrBier
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-19-2013 13:15:33 | More by mendvicdog
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-18-2013 14:53:07 | More by nmann08
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davegray

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-12-2013 17:52:14 | More by davegray
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-11-2013 00:20:37 | More by leftoverburrito
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Crazy Ivan from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.