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A Little Crazy | Revolution Brewing Company

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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

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88
Ratings:
736
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
28.46%
 
 
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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rather rocky head caps the hazy amber liquid; decent enough retention and a few squiggles remain behind

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruit, chives and pepper

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the hops taking over in the middle, bringing tropical fruit (papaya and pineapple) and chives; after the swallow, the Wit yeast takes over, with pepper, citrus peel and cardamom becoming dominant; in the finish, there is an assertive bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: Other than the aggressive aftertaste, this beer brings a nice combination of IPA and Wit flavors

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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 chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at the brewpub.

Time for dinner, so I might as well give this Belgian-y guy a go. He pours a mostly clear sunset amber-gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit zest, mild pine sap, light pineapple, light black pepper, and a touch of what seems to be passion fruit. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine is a bit more assertive, and the Belgian yeast kicks in a bit more, adding some mild notes of black pepper, clove, and cardamom, while also bringing out some of the more lemon-y tones from the hops. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice BPA, with some tastily bright hops, but I do kinda wish the Belgian yeast were more prominent. Oh well, it works well enough now...

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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 woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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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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 Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Decent white head. Thin collar and a few bubbles.

Smell - Citrus and tropical fruits. Bright fruity flavor. Some sweet doughy malts and a distinct belgian character.

Taste - Tart orange. Less tropical, more of a sour orange. Surprising tartness. Some doughy malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light tartness. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall - Quite tasty. The tropical fruit and tartness work very well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collar forms after head dissipates quickly. Clear dark orange colored body. Decent lacing.

Candied hops. Slight medicinal aroma.

Juicy-fruit. Not overly bitter. More with the faint mentholishness. I'd put this at 6%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

(A little) crazy drinkable! Only complain is lack of a head :/ way to go Revolution.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium bronze color with a slight haze. The aroma is truly fantastic, bright tropical notes, seemingly abrasive hops, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, mango.

In the taste, the hops are dialed in much lower with a small pine and tropical citrus note, but the forefront is a bubblegum Belgian yeast thing. There is a cotton candy sweetness and a small bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, well carbonated ale. Decently drinkable.

Overall, I thought this beer was going to be a hop bomb by the aroma, but it was balanced to say the least. Interesting hodge-podge of flavor here, I would recommend this to fans of American/Belgian ales.

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Photo of tone77
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, citrus in particular, hops. Taste is hops, citrus, malts, spices, balanced and disappearing quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a tasty beer that is easing the pain of watching this ass kicking my Phillies are receiving from the Orioles.

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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 Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into a nonic pint glass. 5/13/13 bottling date.

Pours a crisp golden color with a big head and a massive amount of bubbles in the glass. the smell is huge on mango and tropical fruits. The taste is also extremely fruity and sweet, though not so much mango sweet..more like oranges. very yeasty. wasnt expecting such a sweet beer at first so i wasnt sure how i liked it, but as i continued to drink it i enjoyed it more and more. lighter side of medium bodied, on the higher side for carbonation.

overall its hard for me to score. real real sweet, which isnt my thing, but the flavor is exactly how the brewers intended it to be IMO. see what you think.

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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 scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can for 2 bucks at Vintage Estate. Into a pint glass.

A - Bright deep orange amber in color with a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Seems filtered but that's cool.
S - Belgium yeast very fruity and citrus hops mostly maybe some herbal hops but it smells clean with sweeter malts.
T - Its a decent take on the style the yeast isn't very chalky mostly fruity and citrus and mango hops. Doesn't really cling to the palate so it's no very piney.
M - Very smooth light to medium bodied.

Overall it's a very tasty Belgium pale ale not super hop forward like say a Belgium IPA but still very smooth and fruity tasting.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff27 for the share!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 1/17/13.

Appearance: Golden pale yellow bodied beeer with a short lived thick white cap that drops down to almost nothing.

Smell: Citrusy and fruity with a light bready malt. hint of yeast.

Taste: light to moderate bitterness. Grass, citrusy, floral and fruity hops. Light bready malts and a touch of yeast.

Mouthfeel: light body with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable. Well carbonationed.

Overall: Really nice belgian Pale ale. Didnt blow the doors off, but really solid all around. nice local beer made by revolution!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, pours a deep, golden color with a frothy, eggshell head that fades rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Fruity and juicy nose with plenty of citrus, especially orange rind, some bready malt, and yeast. Fresh tasting with more orange and citrus, juicy, caramel, bready, Belgian yeast. Medium body, ample carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I would buy it again. It was both refreshing and complex with nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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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A Little Crazy from Revolution Brewing Company
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