A Little Crazy | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

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
Ranking:
#3,560
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
797
pDev:
9.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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43
Gots:
218
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Ratings: 797 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Justin82
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillWrkForBeer
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsucks
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 sd123
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of keng1343
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of atirados
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Desimoaj
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TripelMark
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 EdgarGerik
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sccorn1015
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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 -5.7%
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 MoneyT23
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SPD656
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShawnL
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpojer
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beercatbrew
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jp32
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
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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A Little Crazy from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 797 ratings
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