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Crazy Ivan - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: TheEremite on 04-30-2008

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
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4.04/5  rDev +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.

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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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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.

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Crazy Ivan from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.