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Crazy Ivan - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Crazy Ivan
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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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Photo of beersheppard


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
Photo of oglmcdgl


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
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +1%

(From notes)

A - Darker copper orange-brown color; thinner slightly off-white head with good retention and some curtainy lacing

S - Dark grapes; a little vinous; sweetish maltiness; very belgian-esque

T - Candied sugar sweetness; dark fruits; bit yeasty; hint of booze sneaks in

M - Medium; muted carbonation was a little drawback; sticky

D - Decent enough, but not great for me as it was a touch too sweet

Overall, not a bad brew and a little odd. Worth a look

11-05-2009 22:03:52 | More by Nickls
Photo of david18

New York

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

Beer advocate lists this as a belgian dark ale but it is so different from that. At Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of New York City it was described as red rocket combined with racer 5 and fermented with belgian yeast. That's exactly what it was but so successful. Unlike Cali from stone or Le Freak from Green Flash, which i think don't work, the maltiness of the red rocket really balances the interplay between the ipa and belgian yeast. This is a great beer that I will order every day until their taps kick.

09-17-2009 22:10:58 | More by david18
Photo of ArrogantB


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
Photo of joshuadlight


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

I had this on tap sandwiched between a Pliny the Elder and a Blind Pig. I thought the beer was a reasonably good representation considering this was a Racer 5 plus a Red Rocket plus a Belgian yeast strain.
There is no way to avoid the Belgian yeast influence. It is present in the appearance, smell, and taste. But, the beer still holds on to characteristics of all three styles poured into it. I found it enjoyable and drinkable enough. I would not rebuff another were it offered to me.

08-08-2009 05:58:54 | More by joshuadlight
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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
Photo of waldoiverson


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Tap to imperial point

a clougy ruddish brown with tight lacing

s caramel and orange blossom

t bright hops well balanced with caramel malts. Nice sharp bite but a very mellow finish, wished for more from bear

m smooth with a dry tingle but not too dry thanks to solid malt

d great for a hot day good hops but balanced

06-20-2009 21:27:39 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Found this at Falling Rock in Denver.
Light ruby color, amber hues. Minimal head, bunched up around the rim.
A mixed aroma of malt and hops. Seems like a battle going on in there. Faint citrus and bread.
Taste confirms it. There's a fight a brewing in this...uh, brew. Hops hit first, then the malt comes in for a dash of sweet bread, then hops counter punches for a sharp twang in the end along with a slight yeasty spice. This is interesting.
Not sure if I would have again, but would definitely drink it if offered.

05-30-2009 18:14:00 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of MisterClean


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at Sac brew. This is a combo of worts: Racer 5 and Red Rocket with a belgian yeast strain tossed in for good measure.

A - Poured a depp amber wth 1 finger of orange-white head. Dissipated moderately fast and left nice lacing.

S/T - Caramel, flower, and bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop dominated, sweet, and lightly dry. Bitterness in the mouthfeel.

D - This is really good. I think I really enjoy the Belgian IPA style.

03-19-2009 04:54:46 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +5%

An interesting and delicious beer.

Pours deep amber with a dense thin head that brings up a light malty odor. The flavor is strong and malty, with cherry wood and a penetrating hop bitterness. It has a slight bretty character and the alcohol is muted and pleasant. The mouthfeel is smooth and viscous. Delicious.

03-02-2009 20:25:27 | More by Seanibus
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at The Ginger Man 02-07-09. Served in an Imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a dark red/ruby with light to dark contrast from top to bottom, decent head and lace

S - Pretty mellow, but the hops and yeast come through on the nose the most, a little funk from the belgian yeast.

T - Starts out pretty mellow, on the belgian side, but the the hops/funk come through and finishes with a slight bitterness, in the herbal/earthy department

M - Not overpowering considering the mix of beers here, i guess the belgian yeast mellows it out, not much in the carbonation department either

D - I was expecting more from this beer considering the combo of racer 5/rocket ale. I guess the belgian yeast mellows this one out. I would like to try a mix of racer 5/rocket ale straight up. In the end the hop balance was pretty decent

02-08-2009 02:40:48 | More by bonbini26
Photo of Halcyondays


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours amber/red with a solid off-white head with good retention and lacing. A nice looking pint.

S: Hops galore, with a nice mix of pine and citrus, light caramel malt.

T: On first sip tastes like a straight up IPA. The light Belgian character comes out with a light ester finish as the beer warms up. Good hop flavour.

M: Good carbonation character and body to this brew. Alcohol is lightly evident. Smooth and resiny.

D: Nice beer from BR, really tastes like a mix of Racer 5 and Red Rocket. Glad I tried this one.

01-27-2009 01:05:21 | More by Halcyondays
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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
Photo of rxdrewthejew


4.55/5  rDev +19.4%

This is probably my favorite BR brew...I even named one of my cats after it.

A: Dark amber...I think it's even a little bit darker than the Red Rocket that it's based on. Head is fluffy and maybe 1 finger, tannish, and the lacing and retention is fantastic. Really nice looking brew.

S: Sweet malt bill, scottish ale flavor with maybe a touch of tropical esters. Hops come out in a big way as well. There's a tiny bit of spicyness but it's very mild.

T: The hops are quite dominant in the taste...I guess that makes sense since they combined a hoppy red ale with an IPA. Hops are mild citrus and mostly pine, pretty bitter. Decent malt bill, it's slightly sweet but also a bit spicy or earthy. It's hard to really describe it, but it has a different taste than the two brews it's based on.

MF: Medium body, medium-to-high carbonation. Not really much warming, not a particularly wet or dry finish. I guess you would have to call it a very average mouthfeel...I don't feel like it really added or detracted from the drinkability of the beer.

D: The flavor is unique, but not over the top...which is nice. You certainly get your hop fix, but it's not an IPA or even a belgian IPA. I don't feel like I've really had anything else that's just like this beer. A must get if you're at the brewpub. I'm not sure if I'm just lucky or what, but my last trip there was 6 months ago so they either brewed more or it's moving slow. Would love to see this more available, but I don't expect it.

01-05-2009 01:38:59 | More by rxdrewthejew
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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
Photo of tmoneyba


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
Photo of sholland119


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

On tap the Horse Brass Pub, Portland.

Had me at the description. This is a blend of Red Rocket and Racer 5 with a Belgian yeast strain.

Pours a medium-dark amber with a thin tan head and a little lacing.

As with the color, the aroma is more reminiscent of Red Rocket than Racer 5. Mostly caramel malts with a bit of Belgian yeast and no more than a whiff of hops.

Taste is similar to the nose but with a stronger Belgian yeast presence. This combines nicely with the malt sweetness to add a nice pungent depth to the flavor. Again, not much hop presence to note, though Racer 5 is no hop bomb so I guess it just gets washed out.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkability is very good.

This is a very tasty beer. I would have preferred to taste some more IPA character based on the description but this was quite enjoyable nonetheless.


10-22-2008 18:20:34 | More by sholland119
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Had on tap at Roadhouse. Poured into a shaker pint.
Pours a dark amber with an off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells mostly of sweet malts- caramel, sugar. I dont get anything form the racer 5 side of this one. Mostly, flavor is similar. Good malty flavor. Fairly sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Nice overall flavor I can pick up some spice in the flavor as well. Very drinkable beer and one I would try again.

09-15-2008 14:45:22 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of Floydster


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

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

09-07-2008 22:24:51 | More by Floydster
Photo of opwog


3.58/5  rDev -6%

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.

08-29-2008 05:36:07 | More by opwog
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

08-01-2008 20:43:35 | More by Sammy
Photo of wwheeler


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

06-08-2008 13:14:34 | More by wwheeler
Photo of TheEremite


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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