A Little Crazy | Revolution Brewing Company

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A Little CrazyA Little Crazy

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.

Added by MasterSki on 01-20-2012

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 larryarms847
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow-orange with a nice and bubbly two finger head of foam.

Floral, slight funk, citrus, and herbal notes.

Much more citrus in the mouthful, flora/herbal notes, and some yeasty spice.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, resinous, dry finish.

Overall, a damn well done Belgian!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: semi-cloudy orange marmalade body
finger off-white head, solid lacing

S: orange, lemon peel, light grass, yeast and strong floral

T: orange, lemon peel, belgian yeast,
tart floral finish

M: med body, crisp/semi-dry mouth

O: OH MY WORD! Fine summer or anytime beer.
Grabbed it Trader Joe's and was floored.
Amazing nose and taste, but still light enough
to share a few bottles with worthy friends.


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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 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 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 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 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 wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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 yamar68
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another fine specimen courtesy of alelover.

Copper orange body with a sloppy white head that marks every sip on the side of the glass.

Plenty of smooth Belgian spice, black pepper, clove... really clean.

Subtly sweet yeast, dry citrus zest, faint juicy fruits, banana, little bit of hop bite... smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice clean copper/amber pour with a finger of white head. smells of citrusy hops, pineapple, pine, caramel, with a slight hint of bell pepper.. seems like it's more of an american pale ale with belgian yeast strain perhaps? a delicious hop blast of what seems like citra and cascade, maybe sorachi ace? tons of citrusy grapefruit and pineapple, pine, caramel, all with a nice belgian style backbone of peppery yeast. really liking this one. medium in body with high carbonation makes this real easy to drink, does have a bit of creamy feel to it.

really surprised by this one, a really damn good hoppy american style belgian ale. has all the characteristics of a west coast ipa, with a belgian yeasty taste in the background.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Bottled 3/29/13
Tulip glass

A: Pours a really clear light yellow/orange like color. Thin layer of bright white head. Leaving some lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Totally get that Citra on nose. Pine and fruit and cat pee like astringency. Maybe some melon and citrus. You dig in and smell a hint of that Belgian yeast spice.

T: Tip of the tongue, it's certainly that Citra hop bitterness and flavor that I get right away. Reminds me of ZD. In the middle of the mouth you get some bubblegum like sweetness from the malts and the yeast. That Belgian character is certainly there, but doesn't cloud the beer. Dry finish. Lingering Belgian flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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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 matjack85
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making them $1.67 a can. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed gold color with a 1½ -finger white head that had decent retention but only moderate lacing.

Big citrusy and piny hop aroma.

It has an orange/tangerine flavor with some piny bitterness and some clove spiciness. Pilsner malt adds balance.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A better than average Belgian style pale ale.

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Photo of Star80
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of fresh can dated February 2013

A - Appears out an light amber gold color with sticky, frothy head.

S - Smells like tropical fruits, coriander, pepper, tangerine, spice and zest.

T - Tastes similar, even more fruity, apricot, followed by some residual grapefruit and vague pine.

M - Mouthfeel is fine.

O - Overall a nice combination of spice and hops, slight malty sweetness. I strongly prefer this over anti hero, last batch was too vegetative, this just pops.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A handsome yellow pale ale was poured from the can into a glass with a bright white head. Noting the bubbles, the ale was aggressively carbonated while leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. In the aroma, it smells quite biscuity with mild Earthy notes. In the initial taste, the beer is citrusy, with notes of yeast, biscuit, and mild pine. The carbonation does not allow the initial taste to linger for a significant duration. In the aftertaste, it evolves into a more dry taste with hints of grape skin and biscuit. At this point, this is mild favorite from revolution being an easy drinker with a complex taste.

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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 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 schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clearly, this is the best Revolution brew I have tried and clearly, it is A Little Crazy. I think the style listed should be revised to American Belgian Pale. This is more like Raging Bitch or the Lagunitas ales than a true Belgian. And that's a good thing.

It pours darker than a BPA and clearer, with little head or lace. The aroma is mild for an American style but just right for authentic style. The taste is over the top yeasty and hoppy, as mentioned before, American. The aftertaste as well. Compared to those other over the top Americans, this one is pretty well balanced, but it is very tasty. The aftertaste is tart and yeasty and bitter. Pretty darn good.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I aggressively love this beer. It's not just one of Revolution's best offerings, in my opinion, but likewise pretty much the perfect still-cold-as-hell-Chicago-spring session six-pack.

While the description boasts "massive" elements, I think where this BPA really shines is its subtlety, balance, and nuance. The bright, burnished, multi-faceted-auburn color is brilliant, with good head and lacing. Meanwhile, the effervescence is moderate, but this ale has such smooth bite, it doesn't really need that carbonic edge to carry it. Really nice sweet-lime, almost limeade notes on the nose, as well as aromas of red-malting, almost flashing dry-maple, and centered by some sort of citrus-pine chimera that somehow smells of both lemon oil and alpine elevations.

The flavors are likewise both smooth, succulent, and hard to pin down: lime-leaf, then lemon-drop, then grapefruit-zest, in rapid succession, form a through-line around which the dry-yet-deep red and medium-pale scratchy-sweet malt tones operate. These are finished off by very nice yeasty zips, from white pepper on one end, to coriander leaf & seed, to a soft cuminy note on the other end. The mouthfeel is near perfect, too, with just enough body to justify itself, but never a viscosity that feel burdensome.

As it promises, citrusy, complex, extremely aromatic, and drinkable to a dangerous extent. Not many 6.80% ale, nor BPAs irrespective of abv, are this insanely sessionable *and* superbly rewarding; indeed, A Little Crazy is a seasonable I'm ever excited to see return to the shelves.

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Photo of timc100
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, slightly hazy almost clear, with a fizzy and foamy white head.

S: Smells great. Fantastic combination of Belgian yeast - kind of funky, slightly musty, lemon and some coriander - and hops - sweet grapefruit, mango, tangerine. Almost creates a 'bubble-gum'

T: Refreshing and crisp bitterness hit first with lemon and tarter-than-sweet grapefruit. Then a wash of Belgian spice, a tad bit of hay, and sweet tropical fruits. Finishes pretty dry

P: Light-medium body, noticeable but not obnoxious carbonation. Very refreshing and smooth.

O: Fantastic beer. So glad it's in cans. Need to stock up.

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Photo of cway2031
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another home run for Revolution!

More of a hybrid/mutant then the rest of the beers labeled as BPAs. Really should be in its own category. I have a feeling that many people didn't know how to review this one in a fair way.

Very refreshing but with Cascade and Citra hop goodness. Think IPA with Belgian wit yeast. Nice curve ball in the typical IPA line up
Certainly worth a BUY.

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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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A Little Crazy from Revolution Brewing Company
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