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
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
757
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 757
Photo of mmesce2
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft pour yielded low head, low carbonation (line problem?) Light amber color, slight haze, but mostly transparent. Big hop and spice aroma, I personally smell little malt (taste exceeds the aroma in terms of malt). Tastes of hop and malted in good balance, spice notes are moderate. This is a solid beer. What we've come to expect from Revolution Brewery.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to GreenMonster12 for this extra!

Transparent light amber body with a thick cream colored head. Aroma is of toasted malts, white pepper and a dash of citrus. Flavor is malty and yeasty with a peppery profile and some nice fruity flavors of white grape. Feel is bready and yeasty, tastes fuller than your average 6.8% BPA. Overall a nice Americanized take on the style.

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Photo of rkat32
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated January 29, 2015. Consumed and reviewed on March 10, 2015.

L: The beer is deep gold in color with a one-finger, off-white head that sticks around for a little bit before dissipating. Wispy lace, slightly hazy.

S: Nose encompasses fruity esters, sweet malts, citrus hop oil aromas, lemon zest.

T: Mango, honeydew melon, orange, honey, caramel malts. Earthy hops are present as are peppery spice phenols. Moderately dry finish. Nice drinker; refreshingly crushable.

F: Medium body, medium carbonation, alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: Solid offering from Revolution. The ABV can sneak up on you due to the beer’s high level of drinkability. Highly recommend for fans of Belgian beers as well as hopheads. This beer can appeal to many palates.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 RunningMan
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
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 Stezz420
4.75/5  rDev +19%
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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Ryanster8
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
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 spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Danmullens1
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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 psoriasaurus
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
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 ConradSomm
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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 morimech
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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 franklyhoppy
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6 pack cans from binnys. Sat on for 2 months.

A hazy orange with a slight head.

S fruity citrus notes

T very nice little hop some what of a zombie like taste still sitting back session like.

M really good light carbonation with stil enough bitterness

O really digging it would mine getting more

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

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a respectable head. Retention is decent for an American take on the style . . . meaning I didn't have to sit it down and come back 10 minutes later before I could finish pouring the rest of the can. Fyi - first time I've actually poured this. Usually I just take it from the can. Aromas are mostly floral, slightly citrusy with subtle yet noticeably Belgian yeasty aromas . . . Esters or phenols I'm still trying to get that down. Flavors are similar with the addition of honey and brown sugar. Overall, Revolution simply put is a top notch brewery that produces some of the best hoppy stuff around. Perhaps there is a Belgian Hero on the horizon?

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.18/5  rDev -45.4%
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 BTodd
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pint glass.

A-hazy, orange in appearance. Fine bubbles, two fingers of suds dissipating over approximately one minute.

S-Nice, dank hops. Tropical fruit. Great aroma.

T-Tropical fruit with some maltiness as well.

M-A little thin with low carbonation.

O-An easy drinker with nice tropical fruit and malt backbone.

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Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured amber with a slight head.
S - Belgium yeast and subtle sweet and fruit.
T - lots of hops with a nice blend of the yeast. Citrus, orange, grapefruit and bit of funk.
M - Medium body and a slight dry finish.
O - An interesting brew and worth a try.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
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 KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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 BB1313
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head that fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very nice and very fruity. Tropical. Tons of pineapple. Some sweet mango in the mix as well. The Belgian yeast blends well the with hop aromas. The flavors are pretty crisp and refreshing. More pineapple and mango. Sweet Belgian yeasts make their mark. Grapefruit shines as well. Some grass and malts are in the mix. There's a nice hop bite to this one, but in a clean way. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with active carbonation. This is smooth and fun to drink.

This is a really good beer. It drinks like a Belgian IPA to me. It's well crafted and very enjoyable. I would love to drink this during the summer. Pretty impressive stuff right here.

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Photo of atomic
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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 emwild12
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours hazy orange/gold with a thick frothy head and leaves a nice thin lacing on glass. It smells of grassy and floral hops with hits of grapefruit and lemon. The taste is pretty much the same but very hoppy with hints of honey? Overall great beer!

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3.99 out of 5 based on 757 ratings.
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