Crazy Ivan - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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86
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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 54
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Godflesh - Like Rats

Thanks to San Diego Brewing for having this rarity on tap!

A- Dark brown with a short off white head (probably from bartender's pour)
S- Not much in the nose, almost like thinned out Belgian qualities.
T- This had an interesting taste. Like a brown and Belgian and Red
M- I would have liked more body to enhance the flavor and to balance out the carbonation.
D- This lists at 6.9, but I think that this is pouring much higher. I could actually notice a glow coming on as I drank this pint.

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

Enjoyed on-tap at Cole's. This beer rocks. Dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit colour with a little white head and some lace dots. Served a bit too cold, a taste range as it warmed. Above average mouthfeel, and also above-average carbonation. Very tasty grapefruit, marmelade, a wonderful bitterness. So enjoyable.

Photo of wwheeler
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with a thin but lasting head. The smell was nothing extraordinary, a faint hint of cinnamon. The initial taste is sweet, but a malty sweetness. The sweetness to me was reminiscent of a Belgian double. However, what completely separated this beer was a little pinch of hoppy bitterness that lingered on the palate after a sip.

Overall, this beer seemed to play with an interesting combination of sweet and bitter. However, there is some room to still experiment with such a pairing.

Photo of TheEremite
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Crazy Ivan from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.