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A Little Crazy | Revolution Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.18/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I seem to be going against the grain here but I really didn't like this beer. I drank it straight from the can, so I'm sure that didn't help (although I thought the Eugene porter from Revolution held up pretty well in a can, but this beer is more delicate I suppose). It tasted very thin and highly carbonated, with a sweet/sour kick (I guess that's the fruity elements and the funky elements). Would not buy again.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.77/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

good looking beer, golden color w/nice white head and lacing. nose is funky and lemony w some dank fruityhops underneath. taste is quite sour-perhaps if i was expecting this i could have scored it higher? is this an awa? puckering lemon leads to an aspirin like light bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of RunningMan
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Belgians and I like pale ales, but this beer isn't really a great specimen of either. Probably refreshing during the summer, but not the best fit for this cold February day.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian style? There is nothing belgian style about this beer. It is much darker than any true BPA would be, the head is weaker than a unic's sex drive, and there is no hint at all of the floral notes and effervescence associated with belgian ales and yeast. With that being said, this is a decent AMERICAN style pale ale. It is completely drinkable, with complex and balanced hop character that everyone is used to by now with the ridiculous amount of APAs out there brewed by craft breweries in the US.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper color with a fluffy white head. It lacks that belgian haze that I was expecting it to have.

Smells extremely hoppy. Piney, citrusy hops dominate the aroma.

The flavor is the same as the smell, just milder. It's hoppy, but not the palate thrasher the smell led me to believe it would be.

Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability very good. Overall, it's a good tasting beer, but there are hundreds of other pale ales and IPAs that are just as good or better. The thing that is really dinging it's score for me here is it's lack of anything in it's smell, color, or flavor, that makes it a belgian pale instead of an american pale ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small hops but watery. In the taste, dry hops, a yeasty presence, and just a touch fruity. A nice hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer mellow hop and yeast presence in the aftertaste. A bit thin, nice hops, and a small yeasty fruit presence.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is bright amber orange with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of resin hop up front, light yeast notes with a fair bit of spice and tang. A good bit of sweet juicy citrus and faint grassy hop in the back. Taste is a bit sweet, light tangy yeast with a hint of spice, loads of pine and resin with a touch of citrus and some grassy bitterness through the finish but light. Body is syrupy and full, softer carbonation.

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Photo of Dr-Jan-Itor-
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Really disappointed in this beer, as I generally love Revolution's offerings. The downfall here (for me) is the smell. It's the most fragrant beer I've ever had, and I can't even enjoy the taste. Smells like someone gathered a bunch of flowers and herbs from a forest and stuffed them in the barrel.

Hate to give a negative review, but I'd avoid this beer. Will not buy and do not want to drink again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The A Little Crazy Ale from revolution is ok. The beer poured a fairly clear copper with thin white head that is not leaving a lace. The scent definitely has Belgian style pale al all over it. The taste has the Belgium white flare with a subtle hop. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer...but I am not a huge fan of Belgium style pale ales.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a mild chill haze. Some streaks of lace from moderate head.

Earthy, almost like I'm getting wet wood, smell. Dry caramel in the background.

Starts off like white toast but the swallow is strongly of Belgian yeast. There's some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Typical body with an elevated carbonation level. This is a beer on a journey: a smell which differs from the three distinct flavors. They do not blend at all but it keeps the beer interesting.

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Photo of Ri0
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter. A dark rose color with a 2 finger off white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is quite floral with hints of rose and orange blossom. Some yeast and clove are also present. Flavor is like drinking liquid rose petals with some citrus notes. The yeast comes through with some of the caramel malt and ends with a touch of clove. It is interesting and enjoyable sip after sip. It has a light feel and good carbonation. A different take on a Belgian IPA, one that is rather floral.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brass with a hint of copper color. Sluggish, tiny bubbles make their way to the top. Solid two finger head and strong foam for all twelve ounces. Like the sticky lacing.

Citrusy hops, some spicy yeast, and a lightly toasted malt backbone. Smells like an American hopped BPA.

Strong earthy bitterness from the start and only a little fruity yeast to attempt to balance it out. Add some malty crackers to the mix, but hops still dominate most of the flavor profile. Mild resiny palate. This is one hoppy BPA, just a little too hoppy to be on my session list though.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was given to me twice. As part of its community involvement, Revolution provides beer to events in two urbanists organizations I'm active in: The Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Metropolitan Planning Council. (In fact, Revolution won CAF away from Goose Island; a healthy competition to see who can be the better guy!)

More on-point, about this beer...
Since I also bought it one other time, I can offer an unbiased opinion: it still needs work.
If a BPA does not complement the food, it needs work. A Little Crazy needs work.
Certainly, the hops are too assertive to complement the cheese and oily appetizers I had. And while those hops may be part of Revolution's marketing strategy to bring Belgians to the American market, the high carbonation probably makes the hops even more active. Also, Revolution also doesn't seem to find the yeast strain that makes Belgians Belgian... so it might, by default, throw in too many hops.

But as I said, I drank two... so I can't be too critical.

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Photo of ZAP
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interesting version of a Belgian IPA.

Fresh floral aroma...

Flavor has some nice floral and citrus flavors but a lighter yeastiness than some Belgian IPA's,,,,,they say they used a wit yeast which I believe.... it is certainly dialed down on the yeasty notes from most in this category. Not a wit for sure as it lacks those characteristics but the yeast may have given a more subtle impression than many in this category.

I like it but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, canned 01/06/15. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear (tiniest bit of chill haze) amber trending towards golden-copper with a thin white skin of foam across the top. Some persistent fine strands of lacing noted. Nice color.

Smell: Citrus American style hops with some grapefruit and a hint of tropical fruit. I can pick up the typical aromas of Citra and Cascade, but not much else. While pleasant, not a Belgian pale ale.

Taste: Nicely hoppy and very citrus forward. There is a bit of a wit-style middle to this beer, and the finish is, well, unusual. I keep expecting the American hops to be at the finish, and instead I get something a bit grainy, mildly bitter, and earthy. It's not at all a Belgian Pale Ale. Taste wise I think I've got a AIPA or a APA here.

Mouthfeel: In mouthfeel this beer has a much more Belgian character. Airy carbonation that scrubs the palate, but with some hop oils left on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: If I was rating strictly to style, which I admittedly don't do much of, I'd pan this beer. It is not a BPA, it's a APA or AIPA. However, I'll summarize my thoughts on it overall as a beer. It's a bit different for an American hoppy beer, and I wonder either this beer is too old and the Belgian esters are lost, or.....it's the Wit yeast I'm tasting in the middle and that's where the "Belgian" character ends. So if you're looking for an American Belgian experience, this isn't the beer for you. If you want a solidly hoppy beer with some good flavor, then this is the beer for you. At the end I find it an ok beer. Certainly well hopped but not something I'd go out of my way for again.

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Photo of ZDub
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a "perfect pint glass". It looked very nice, a lighter amber color with only .25-.5 inch of off-white head, crystal clear. The smell was also very nice, mostly malt with some slight spice, not much hops. Taste and mouthfeel were very good. It wasn't overly sweet despite the aroma, with a medium-light mouthfeel. I felt it was very well balanced and an easy drink. I'll definitely have it again. It's a nice change of pace from the hop bombs that are so prevalent today.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle dated 2013 served in a Belgian snifter.

A: deep orange-amber color with high clarity and a thin fragile head. Decent lacing.

Aroma & Flavor: With hops that make this citrusy and slightly grassy, and some Belgian yeast adding touchs of nuttiness and funk, this has very good complexity in both aroma and flavor. Also has notes of apricots and tropical fruits. Mildly bitter and subtly sour. I enjoyed the aroma a bit more than the flavor, largely owing to the relatively disappointing aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-light body with medium+ carbonation.

O: a well-done and and refreshing Belgian-style pale ale. Very drinkable and rather aromatic for style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm going A Little Crazy waiting for NBS (Week 575) to kick off, especially since the CAN features CaveDave, I mean, Jerry Garcia, or someone resembling them. CaveDave & UtopiaJane alternate in hosting the weekly forum in this day & age & I guess that someone is sleeping late today. Don't they understand that this is my equivalent of a little kid's Christmas morning?!? I'm not waiting for them to CANduct some Crack! & Glugs. They CAN catch up once the forum opens.

From the CAN: "*Fresh Beer [-] Keep Cold".

The Crack! unveiled another brimful craft CAN & I always get excited when I see this! It is like a Baker's Dozen, but in a CAN. The site's style description suggests a careful decanting & so mine was a gentle Glug. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had that papery mustiness that I always associate with Belgian Pale Ales. It reminds me of pulling old newspapers out of the attic for recycling. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very musty, initially, giving 'way to a freshly-mown hay or grass flavor. Warming, it gained a light spiciness, again from the yeast. Finish was dry, but mellow. I could drink a few of these during the summer & in fact, I did last June after a CHISOX game at U.S. Cellular Field. Man, I really dig visiting Chicago/ChiRaq/VietRahm! Let the Revolution begin.

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Photo of NSK79
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can to a goblet

A - golden with an orange hue, very weak head retention, no lacing

S - Juicy citra hops and grassy with light belgian yeast, this was the most enjoyable part of the beer.

T - Solid citrus, mostly orange/tangerine, mild hop bitterness on the back end, not extremely complex, but relatively clean and enjoyable.

M - Light to medium bodied, light carbonation

O - A really nice easy drinking belgian pale ale, it is not a standout beer, but it also doesn't have anything working against it. I would gladly drink this beer again if it was offered to me, not something I would typically drink, but a solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little darker golden with a creamy white head.

Citrus grass and spicy hop aromas especially as it warms. Lots of citrusy fruity esters and spicy phenols.malt is grainy and a tart slight cider vinegar backbone

Taste has some more grainy malt with orange peel on the exhale. A hint of cidery vinegar. Fair amounts of Belgian funk and more citrusy esters are on the back end.

Mouthfeel has a vinigar like stickiness that is cut by a Belgian dry finish that both last well after it is swallowed.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange, with a pocked white head.

Beautifully Belgian pale on the nose - floral, esters, citrus.

Some banana, alcohol, a bit of spicy hops, lots of floral coming through on the tongue.

Good carbonation brings out the Belgian characteristics, leaving a full bouquet behind.

Nice summertime beer. Completely drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into an imperial pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow color. Produced a minimal cap of white froth. Good retention though and some lacing left behind.

(S)- A spicy clove and biscuit-like piney citrus profile. Bits of lemon and orange with the hefty hop bitterness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with the subtle spicy clove and biscuit-like yeast meets a piney citrus blast of lemon and orange fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. It seems very much a Belgian, but with an equally nice hop profile that fits the style well without being overly bitter.

(O)- For the style, this is quite nice. Easy drinking and lightly crisp without pummeling your palate with a hop or yeast bomb. Would be a great beer for spring/summer time.

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Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 01/23/2014. Pours a clear golden color with one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma of Belgian yeast and American hops. The yeast phenols come up front and then the pine, citrus, and dank hops finish things.

I expected a little bigger flavor but I am not disappointed. Much more balanced than the aroma. Equal parts Belgian yeast flavor and American hop flavor. Everything works well together with a nice malt base. Hints of cloves, pepper, citrus, and tropical fruit. No sign of alcohol.

Really nicely carbonated. Smooth, even, yet lively without being harsh or thin.

A nice combination the brewer put together. Plenty of hop flavor without going into Belgian IPA area of bitterness.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the nose alone, I'd peg this as a Belgian IPA. Lots of hop presence. Flavor profile definitely carries it too, but with a soapy thing going on as well. Quite hearty. Robust. Thick. After tasting it, I'd still have to call this a Belgian IPA. Another nice beer from Revolution.

In addition: Tried it out of a can and really liked it. +.25 on the score for that.

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Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rocky eggshell white head rests at a full finger's height atop a somewhat hazy dark gold brew. Lacing is spotty with some legs breaking off here and there, but all in all plentiful on the glass's walls.
Hops come out up front but the Belgian character makes itself known almost immediately. In the nose, it's mostly herbal with plenty of citrus (orange peel) and a bite of resinous pine on the end. The yeast serves nicely to soften it as well as adding depth along with the malt's dry and biscuit undertones. On the end, especially, are notes of pepper and clove. In the flavor, the hops back off a bit and lose a little bit of the citrus element in place of stronger spicy notes, but it doesn't change drastically.
Active carbonation supports both the flowing smoothness and the crispness of this lighter style of which this beer verges into stronger territory by achieving a medium body. It's about semi-dry most of the way into an easy finish.

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