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Crazy Ivan - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 129
Photo of Floydster
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet at O'Briens Pub in San Diego for $4.50, consumed 9/4/08, reviewed from notes, really enjoy the two base beers by themselves and was excited to see what the blend was like

A-Looks more like Red Rocket than Racer 5 that is for sure, medium amber color with some golden highlights, 3/4 inch bubbly off white head that does not last long, not much retention or lacing
S-First whiff was toffee and caramel, as time went on piney hops and citrus came about strongly, also flowers, rye, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast
T-Going into it I expected a pretty hoppy beer considering it is an amber and IPA mixed but found out that it tasted more like a dry hopped Belgian brown ale than anything else, also had a nice fruit character in the finish to go along with the unique yeast, nicely balanced even though it was slightly more hoppy than malty, sugary accents made up for that once it warmed
M-Medium bodied, nice level of carbonation but probably could have used a little more, dry, malty, and barely sweet mouthfeel, taste lingers
D-Could have drank more of this for sure, ABV is not too high, light on the stomach, complex and keeps you wanting more, does not get overly sweet, smooth

The Belgian addition to these beers really stood out and added some great complexity, I have done half and half with these at home before out of the bottle but this tasted much different and is better than expected, hope to see this around again, would love to have more, recommended

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Photo of opwog
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.