A Little Crazy | Revolution Brewing

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A Little CrazyA Little Crazy

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Revolution Brewing
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.

Added by MasterSki on 01-20-2012

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Photo of Act25
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromatic indeed. Great brewer.
A - Hazy golden, orange body. Firm white head. Thin collar and a dotty lace.

S - Pungent, yeasty, grassy with citrus and tropical fruits. Bright fruity flavor. Profiles a Belgian character.

T - Tart orange zest. yeasty, grassy, with closing tartness. On top of yeasty, fresh bread, malt sweetness.

F - Drying, excellent food beer. Medium body and carbonation.

O - As good a Belgian WIT IPA as I have tasted. Sum is greater than its parts.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear golden-yellow color with a one-finger head of foam. It smelled of caramel and sweet fruits. It tasted of sweet caramel and some dried fruits. Nice mild bitterness.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange with a thick pillowy white head that leaves a lot of webbed lacing on the pint glass. A wonderful Belgian pale ale, with a little clove, that is very easy to drink. Picked this up as a single in the pick a mix section at Randall's in Fairview Hgts, IL.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange gold. Thick, short, white head that lasts a bit.

Smells clove, spice, Hops, light almost metal like smell at first.

Tastes clove, spicy, fruit, light doughy malt. finish is dry with orange peel linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of dacas1
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes very similar to 80 acre, which I like.

Golden hued, nice lacing, bartender f---ed up the pour but looks like a nice tight, bright white head.

Good carbonation which I like.

Overall a very solid beer. Big thumbs up.

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Photo of EdwardIV84
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probanly he best beer they make. Makes for a great party beer. Has a cool name and is in a can! Fist City is another great brew from one of Chicago's best brewerys. Its a cool restaurant too in logan square.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is English pale malt, dry white wine, pear, and Belgian spices with light tropical fruit hops. Medium bodied, and slight bitter. Makes for a clean and delicious treat. Really well done.

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Photo of Br0wnsfn31
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! First off thanks to my cousin Christopher that turned me on to this brew..
This beer has a very light color.. with a nice constant head and decent lacing left on the glass.. The aroma and the taste is above and beyond..this is my new favorite taking over my old favorite a lil sumtin sumtin by lagunitas.. highly recommended

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a hazy, orange gold color with a frothy two finger off white head.

Aroma: Very belgian on the nose. Lots of bubblegum and clove on this one. Sweet sensations of pale malt, banana, and honey in the background, along with mild notions of bitter floral hops.

Taste: Quite nice. Upfront you get a clean, bittersweet honey and banana cream flavor, along with peppery notes of clove and mild potpourri. Mid palate flavors of juicy tropical grapefruit and orange emerge and co-mingle with a very delicate, biscuity taste from the crystal malt. Finish is sweet but dry with a lingering taste of banana, vanilla and rosemary.

Feel: Mid weight with low carbonation. Sweet, floral and vaguely dry on the palate.

Overall: Another exceptional beer from the brewery, it's one of the better belgian IPA's I've had the pleasure of tasting. This one has a significant belgian yeast character while also providing some juicy tropical hop zing to complement it. The two styles work very well together.

I haven't had a bad beer from Revolution yet. Mostly due to the fact that I get their beers fresh, since they date their cans, which I give them two big thumbs up for having the courtesy to do - It's always nice to see that breweries value their customers enough to provide that kind of information, and in light of that they have gained a loyal customer. Cheers!

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can "filled 01-10-2017" on the bottom

Pours lightly hazed typical medium amber, lasting eggshell head, leaves a nice looking fine bubble film, low sheeting and fields of lacing.

Yeasty nose

This is a complex and quite enjoyable Belgian pale style ale...more yeastyness ,peppery spice, wheaty malts...and an underlying tropical fruit hoppy base.

Delicious and great with cheese, salad and crusty bread. Glad to see this being distributed to my local area (Westchester county, NY)

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Mild hazy gold, with a good amount of visible carbonation and a two-finger white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Belgian fruity yeast esters (nondescript sweet and apple), resin and grapefruit hops, and cracker malt backbone.

T: Citrus hops, apple and pear yeast esters, cracker malts. Finishes with resin and grapefruit pith and lingering apple juice sweetness from the yeast.

M: Light body, with a good amount of carbonation sensation and a low alcohol presence.

O: A middle of the road offering – decent, drinkable, but absolutely nothing to make it stand out.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Pilsner malt, carapils and Belgian Caramunich. Hopped with Magnum, Cascade and Citra with a dryhop blend of Citra and Cascade. 12oz can.
6.8% ABV, 35 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy deep golden, darker than expected, with very small but numerous bits of debris. Forms a modest soapy off yellow head with poor retention and average lacing. The nose is quite interesting. I definitely get Brett, so I'm curious what strain of yeast they are using, I suspect a blend.. Fruity and sweet like pineapple, mango and tangerine. Smells fantastic. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, medium bodied, with a lightly dry finish. The taste is great as well with the tropical fruits I mentioned. Definite brett presence with a well balanced firm bitterness that makes this finish dry. Definitely makes me think of Orval. Lots of great hop flavor in the finish. No off flavors or aromas.

This is really a fantastic, world class belgian pale in the style of orval. Definitely a must drink. Beautifully done. HIGHLY recommended and pleasantly surprised that something this good is 1) brewed in the US, and 2) sold in a can. Fantastic!

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Photo of ZAP
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Brewmination
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a lone, warm Wednesday night, looking through the beer store, I was struck by a conundrum. What beer do I want? What do I want to bring back, to my home, feed a nice seafood dinner, then drink with the satisfaction of a hard day's work? She caught my eye, who's that in the corner? Why, it's just "A Little Crazy" from Revolution Brewing. That's who I'm bringing home tonight.

"A Little Crazy" has a citrusy taste, perhaps from lots of Cascade hops. To be honest, I only know this because I just brewed a beer with Cascade. The bitterness of the hops doesn't really linger, what shines through is the sweetness. Hops aside, the beer has a malty taste. It reminds me of a red ale, but without the weight. I can see why Revolution Brewing calls it a Belgian style ale. I can taste that little bit of wheat in it. Or some fruity yeast. I'm not sure, and that's okay.

The can is a little demanding, but reasonably so: it tells us to keep it cold. That's fine, I'll do what the can says.

Best food to eat this with? Probably Jalapeno poppers. I definitely would not have it with steak.

When to drink this? Perhaps when your ex is throwing your TV out a window.

Rating: 4 out of 5 passive aggressive love notes.

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Photo of Ri0
3.59/5  rDev -10%
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 mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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 gatornation
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright copper color with a light tan head, small amount of lacing.Smells of Begian yeast, citrus hops spice and malt. Taste starts with fruity hops, grapefruit and tropical notes mixes well with spice and yeast caramel malts finish this off. mouth feel was full and and robust with creamy carbonation, very drinkable with a nice aroma and taste .

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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 billybob
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. can. it is the color of honey with a quarter inch beige head and a light spotty lace. strong citrus, spice aromas. fruity, citrus, bready slightly peppery and mildly bitter finish. light to medium mouthfeel carbonation was ok. overall not bad.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Can pours to a goblet with an orange to pale amber body which exhibits a slight haziness. Crowning the brew is a foamy, ever so creamy cap that reaches about a finger in height before dropping to a puffy ring. Fair retention. A few sheets of lacing twist around the glass.

S- Bright hops in the forefront with orange and citrus at first followed by clear notes of tropical fruits, herbs and flowers. Belgian yeast spice is also very apparent with a dry straw and certain peppery quality. Rounded out with lightly toasted grain.

T- Reminiscent of the aroma with the general dominant figures being Belgian yeast and tropical citrusy hops but the yeast really does take off here creating more depth and complexity. Yeast is rather strong with pepper, coriander, pale fruit, a hint of banana and general spice. Apricot, orange, floral, herbal hops erupt in the finish after toasted bready grains soak the taste buds.

MF- Silky smooth overall consistency created by a foamy texture that is padded by creaminess in the body. Carbonation is a shade above a medium level while the brew finishes with a dry bitterness.

A little bit crazy on the palate as tropical hops lead into a strong Belgian yeast spice with a toasted barley character weaving it all together. Not the first combination of flavors that come to mind but they pull it off quite well for this one. Perhaps not that crazy after all.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/10/17 (Cubs Opener after doing something that only comes around every 110 years)
Editing of review, but I'm largely sticking to early review and rating... This beer might be called "Belgian", but it doesn't go with the foods that Belgians do... In fact, if A Little Crazy were to be re-cateogrized as a Belgian IPA, it still wouldn't be a Belgian. This ale was only tolerable because I had pasta with a spicy Arrabiata sauce.

Hee is the original, slightly edited, review.
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 understands civic duty better.)

More on-point, about this beer...
Since I also bought A Little Crazy one other time, I can offer a multiple opinions condensed: 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 Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, lemon, grassy, herbal, floral, yeasty esters, banana, wheaty, bready, and caramel malts.

Taste: Definitely a hop forward rolling flavor, Belgian yeast, bready, biscuity, and caramel malts. Light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty tasty BPA. I'll have more of these in the future.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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 woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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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