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A Little Crazy | Revolution Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A citrusy and refreshing Belgian-style pale ale hopped with Cascade, Citra, and whole Crystal hops for massive aromas and flavors! Fermented with our Belgian Wit yeast for an extra dose of complexity, this one is very drinkable and extremely aromatic.

Added by MasterSki on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
736
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
28.46%
 
 
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Photo of cway2031
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another home run for Revolution!

More of a hybrid/mutant then the rest of the beers labeled as BPAs. Really should be in its own category. I have a feeling that many people didn't know how to review this one in a fair way.

Very refreshing but with Cascade and Citra hop goodness. Think IPA with Belgian wit yeast. Nice curve ball in the typical IPA line up
Certainly worth a BUY.

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Photo of Ryanster8
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely drinkable, clean, very aromatic with Belgian and hop qualities. A little on the dry side which makes for a nice mouth feel. Overall very nice but a little too hoppy for a Belgian ale style if you ask me.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was canned 1/13/15

Pours a golden bright and clear pale orange color. Head pours a half inch thick and fades perfectly to a small little topper.

Smells fruity and sweet. Got that mango thing going on like most beers that are brewed with citra hops have.

Taste is pretty hoppy and tastes like mango when its really cold. Slight banana and clove taste in there aswell from the belgium yeast and tastes more so as it warms.

This beer is very drinkable at a 6.8% abv. Carbonation is perfect as long as its drank very cold this beers true feel will last. As it warms it starts thickening up like a Belgian double which I'm not really a fan of these days.

Overall I'm pretty happy with this beer and I actually would consider getting more of it. Nearly almost being a double ipa it still manages to be very sessionable when its really cold. Would recommend to anyone looking for a citra fix!

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Photo of Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow this is proper stuff! I generally don't like Belgian PAs and IPAs but this has fantastic flavor, body, and feel. Fruity, hints of yeast and funk, but just crisp and super drinkable. Big surprise...highly recommend!

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Photo of ConradSomm
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Get it on tap if you can. Never would have even thought to try this style of beer until I tried this one. Beautiful, almost perfume-like aroma. Earlier batch in a bomber wasn't as good.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh six pack from Binny's beverage depot poured into a Southern Tier tulip. The pour produces an awesome looking clear golden amber hued brew topped by a fluffy light tan head that coats the glass with residue.

The nose is nicely funky and fruity from the Belgian yeast with a great hop presence and spicy notes.

The taste has a sharp fruity start with funky phenolics and tartness complimenting the citric and fruity hop flavor. The malt is hidden behind the bursts of extreme yeasty spice and fruity hoppy goodness but the tart-ness may be due in part from some acidulated (sour) malt in the grist bill.

Bright carbonation highlights the bright flavors of this beer. It has a light to medium body.

Overall this a very affordable and drinkable and excellent brew. I home-brewed a clone that's conditioning at the moment so I can't wait to try it!! We used magnum, citra and cascade hops. Our tribute to a great example of the style, and a great brewery too. Viva the Revolution!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light lemon rind notes with a slightly funky Belgian yeast character. Light peppery character asserts as the beer is swirled and warms.

Appearance: Deep amber pour with golden edging. Low white head that retains well. Tight bubbles with moderate lacing around the edges.

Flavor: Assertive peppery and funky Belgian yeast character up front. Moderate melon and stone fruit character with a firm and earthy hop bitterness. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a peppery Belgian character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No creaminess, heat, or oily character noted. No astringency detected.

Overall impression: A firmly Belgian, American hopped ale. Immensely enjoyable and poundable. I'm biased as I love this brewery and this is another solid offering.

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Photo of menkros
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, pours dark orange, smell is slightly hoppy not overwhelming. Taste is complex, layered, fantastic. Great beer. I'm really starting to like this new niche, Belgium Style Pale ales. It's the best of american and UK methods to make such a diverse style.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/5/13 thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending me the the bottle

A slightly hazy golden orange with lots of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, two fingers of foam leaves a few thick partial rings close enough together that it looks like a continuous mess of lace

S pineapple, mango, sweet orange, and very faint banana, a little clove and slightly catty, caramel with a hint of pine and even less chewing gum, some more spice I can't place and the Belgian yeast works well for it, smells great

T not as strong as the nose with a more spice I can't place, some ginger perhaps? a little more caramel but not quite the tropical blast the nose has but still very nice, more yeast as it warms

M full for the color and stays on the creamy side of foamy, spicy finish with just a little grit left behind on my gums

O bumping this one up overall on the nose alone, great beer all-around and my bottles empty at this point in the review so that says something about how easy this goes down

I was pleasantly surprised but this one, I'd never heard of it and loved it from start to finish. Big citra notes with a mellow Belgian twist, I'd be drinking this often I I could buy it in my part of the world

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Couple good fingers of off white head that settle into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and juicy aroma with a scent of Belgian spice and citrus. Belgian yeast with a scent of pepper and clove. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, and apricot. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine. Also some fruit hints of banana, apple, and white grape . Malt scent of caramel, grains, and cracker. Some candied sugar hints. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and juicy Belgian style taste with notes of spice and citrus. Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, clove, and coriander. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and apricot. Earthy hop notes of pine and grass. Belgian style fruit notes of banana, white grape, and apple. Malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker. Some honey and candied sugar sweetness. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, fairly chewy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Belgian style Pale Ale. Good mix of spicy yeast and juicy hop flavor.

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Photo of timc100
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, slightly hazy almost clear, with a fizzy and foamy white head.

S: Smells great. Fantastic combination of Belgian yeast - kind of funky, slightly musty, lemon and some coriander - and hops - sweet grapefruit, mango, tangerine. Almost creates a 'bubble-gum'

T: Refreshing and crisp bitterness hit first with lemon and tarter-than-sweet grapefruit. Then a wash of Belgian spice, a tad bit of hay, and sweet tropical fruits. Finishes pretty dry

P: Light-medium body, noticeable but not obnoxious carbonation. Very refreshing and smooth.

O: Fantastic beer. So glad it's in cans. Need to stock up.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice clean copper/amber pour with a finger of white head. smells of citrusy hops, pineapple, pine, caramel, with a slight hint of bell pepper.. seems like it's more of an american pale ale with belgian yeast strain perhaps? a delicious hop blast of what seems like citra and cascade, maybe sorachi ace? tons of citrusy grapefruit and pineapple, pine, caramel, all with a nice belgian style backbone of peppery yeast. really liking this one. medium in body with high carbonation makes this real easy to drink, does have a bit of creamy feel to it.

really surprised by this one, a really damn good hoppy american style belgian ale. has all the characteristics of a west coast ipa, with a belgian yeasty taste in the background.

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Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange, slightly hazy. Good head when poured properly.

Hoppy, citrus and floral smell, as well as smelling the belgian yeasts.

Tastes hoppy but you can definitely feel the belgian yeast, not heavily but good enough. Hints of banana and mango as well as other citrus fruits. Delicious. One of my favorite American Belgian Pale Ales.

Overall one of favorite Chicago beers, very drinkable and dangerously delicious. Should not be stored though as it loses flavor quickly (as any hoppy beer, but still).

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Photo of dman127
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had last night on tap at the brewpub.

Nice deep golden color and excellent aroma.
Very smooth, easy to drink. Belgian Pale Ales are among my favorite styles, and this was a very good example of the style.

Would have like to take home a growler, but my better half reminded me the beer fridge was full!

This is my first review, will get better with the details in the future.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a hint of haze to the orange body with a good carbonation that supports a thick ring which sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The yeasty esters of apricots blends with pine resin in the finish. This is a nice full fragrance of yeast and hops.

T- With notes of white cheese rind and a plastic peppery note is overtaken by a mellow pine sap flavor. There is some pineapple weed hops with a nice bitterness in the finish. As the beer opens up there is a pale malt taste that starts to come through.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a good fizz bite that supports the hops.

O- This is a nice big pale ale with a good balance of fruity yeast character and hops. It is very drinkable but the carbonation is a bit to big as it opens up.

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Photo of atomic
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned December 27th 2013, poured into a tall 16oz tulip glass.

A: Off white head fills the 16oz glass to the top. Lingers, laces the walls on the way down. Golden color. All beer gets a 5 for appearance as all beer is beautiful.

S: Sweet citrus notes, some hibiscus. Really an awesome smelling beer, if not overly complex.

T: Really loving the citra hops in this. Definitely getting that zombie dust feel, but sweeter and more session-able. This went pretty quickly. Still tasting all the lovely citrus flavors. If I didn't know better, I'd say this had hibiscus flower added as well.

M: Pretty standard Pale Ale. Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a slight bitterness towards the back of the tongue that lingers for a while.

Overall: Not much I can fault this beer on, maybe if they DID add some hibiscus, this one would really pop. Love this one, will be buying a lot more.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light orange color. The body is slightly cloudy with average active carbonation. Head of just under a finger on the pour with sticky lacing left at each level.

Smell: Bready yeast body pops up first with some pleasant medium bodied fruits. Mild citrus fruity body reminds the drinker this is a pale ale. Gummy sweet malt rides out the aroma. The herbal, grassy tones of the yeast go so well with the hoppier tones.

Taste: Getting a lot of hops on the front with accents of grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, kiwis, and lime. A full bodied belgian yeast base warms up in the body adding a lot of darker fruits, spices, and dough. Balanced fruits and limey hops ride throughout into the finish. The hops add a very american bitterness while the belgian yeast evens in out and delivers a wonderfully balanced gem.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is kept in check but certainly is prevalent. Palate is left with a medium dryness but is refreshing which keep you pulling on this brew again and again. 6.8% abv is shocking for me, this one drinks so easy.

Overall: An absolutely wonderful brew. Will go back to this one again and again. Insanely drinkable with so much going on. Love the combination of this being a traditional american pale with a great belgian base. Revolution is absolutely killing it right now.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer for the first time last night, on tap at Katie O'Connors in Plainfield IL.
I'm such a fan of Revolution, always ready to try anything they offer.
This is a very good beer. The server told me this was a Belgian beer, but it doesn't taste that way. More of a hoppy pale ale. Delicious, so good I had 5. Thanks Revolution!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's. Served in a Pipworks snifter.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thicker collar, and spotty lacework. Mostly transparent golden body.

S - Citra hops and Belgian yeast are the most obvious flavors. Some herbs and even a slight mint flavor? There's a touch of chive from the Citra hops in any case. Reminds me a little of Mr. Crowley, which is a good thing.

T - The flavor is less hoppy, with more peppery Belgian yeast presence, some bread, a touch of citrus, and mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with nice heft for a recipe that started as a small beer. Somewhat dry and grainy in texture, with pleasant active carbonation. Didn't realize this batch was up to 6.4%, as I didn't get much alcohol at all.

D - This was a nice hoppy Belgian, and it was easy to get through most of the bomber on my own. Hope this is a regular bottled offering from Revolution, as I like it more than the Wit and the Saison.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at the brewery. Review from quick written notes.

Crystalline orange tone, bright clarity, drippy arcs of lacing decorate the glass. Not much head retention, skim breaks after a couple sips. Huge citrus aromas from a few feet away, orange and grapefruit dominate with a light Belgian yeast presence lending spice and banana esters.

Resiny orange zest, hop oils, creamy smooth feel with lasting moderate bitterness. Orange flavors, light tropical character also. Dry resiny aftertaste. Fruit forward and plenty bitter, fairly yeasty but doesn't eclipse the hop showcase.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revolution continues to blow me away.This is an outstanding brew. I've always bee a sucker for Citra + Belgian Style yeast, but this "Pale" goes above and beyond. Crazy.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of peach, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, banana, tangerine, pear, apple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, light pine, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great citrus/tropical hop complexity with a moderate yeast and malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, mango, tangerine, banana, lemon zest, orange zest, clove, pepper, pine, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy tartness and spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, pineapple, citrus zest, banana, clove, pepper, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop and yeast flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian pale ale! All around great balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Epierce57
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent citrus nose and balanced finish. The 6.8% alc content somewhat hidden but can sneak up on you. Taste is more like a session IPA. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, very clear. Pours a raucous off-white head, creamy and lingering.

Nice phenolic nose with some pepper, not much hop aroma.

Nice peppery flavor to go with some malt sweetness up front. Definitely a Belgian PA that stresses the Belgian (feels authentic). Some earthy hop flavors midmouth that go nicely with the yeast character. Nice drying, bitter finish.

Medium body and carbonation...MF hides in the background, so nothing exceptional or bad about it. Possibly very slight alcohol warming, but pretty subdued for a 6.8% beer.

A very nice Belgian Pale Ale, which honestly isn't a huge favorite style of mine. Nice to get a fresh one in a can from USA instead of some dusty Belgian bottle that has lingered on the store shelf for months.

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Photo of Etan
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear yellowish orange with a nice white head.

S: Lots of sweet tangerine and mango in the nose, along with some soft wit esters.

T: Floral, slightly yeast, bready malt, mild grapefruit and orange, cloves, hint of alcohol, mild hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a great Belgian pale ale or Belgian IPA. Awesome hop aroma.

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A Little Crazy from Revolution Brewing Company
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