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.

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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

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 can be the better guy!)

More on-point, about this beer...
Since I also bought it one other time, I can offer an unbiased opinion: 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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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
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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Photo of Epierce57
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent citrus nose and balanced finish. The 6.8% alc content somewhat hidden but can sneak up on you. Taste is more like a session IPA. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange, slightly hazy. Good head when poured properly.

Hoppy, citrus and floral smell, as well as smelling the belgian yeasts.

Tastes hoppy but you can definitely feel the belgian yeast, not heavily but good enough. Hints of banana and mango as well as other citrus fruits. Delicious. One of my favorite American Belgian Pale Ales.

Overall one of favorite Chicago beers, very drinkable and dangerously delicious. Should not be stored though as it loses flavor quickly (as any hoppy beer, but still).

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange, with a pocked white head.

Beautifully Belgian pale on the nose - floral, esters, citrus.

Some banana, alcohol, a bit of spicy hops, lots of floral coming through on the tongue.

Good carbonation brings out the Belgian characteristics, leaving a full bouquet behind.

Nice summertime beer. Completely drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of Dr-Jan-Itor-
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Really disappointed in this beer, as I generally love Revolution's offerings. The downfall here (for me) is the smell. It's the most fragrant beer I've ever had, and I can't even enjoy the taste. Smells like someone gathered a bunch of flowers and herbs from a forest and stuffed them in the barrel.

Hate to give a negative review, but I'd avoid this beer. Will not buy and do not want to drink again.

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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 damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, canned 01/06/15. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear (tiniest bit of chill haze) amber trending towards golden-copper with a thin white skin of foam across the top. Some persistent fine strands of lacing noted. Nice color.

Smell: Citrus American style hops with some grapefruit and a hint of tropical fruit. I can pick up the typical aromas of Citra and Cascade, but not much else. While pleasant, not a Belgian pale ale.

Taste: Nicely hoppy and very citrus forward. There is a bit of a wit-style middle to this beer, and the finish is, well, unusual. I keep expecting the American hops to be at the finish, and instead I get something a bit grainy, mildly bitter, and earthy. It's not at all a Belgian Pale Ale. Taste wise I think I've got a AIPA or a APA here.

Mouthfeel: In mouthfeel this beer has a much more Belgian character. Airy carbonation that scrubs the palate, but with some hop oils left on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: If I was rating strictly to style, which I admittedly don't do much of, I'd pan this beer. It is not a BPA, it's a APA or AIPA. However, I'll summarize my thoughts on it overall as a beer. It's a bit different for an American hoppy beer, and I wonder either this beer is too old and the Belgian esters are lost, or.....it's the Wit yeast I'm tasting in the middle and that's where the "Belgian" character ends. So if you're looking for an American Belgian experience, this isn't the beer for you. If you want a solidly hoppy beer with some good flavor, then this is the beer for you. At the end I find it an ok beer. Certainly well hopped but not something I'd go out of my way for again.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12o can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a deep golden color with a foamy one-finger white had that retains nicely, leaving behind traces of sticky lace

S- banana & clove with some fruity hop esters, light phenols, a bit peppery with a hint of citrus

T- earthy banana & clove, slightly phenolic yeast, fruity hops with hints of citrus & red berries that continues to the finish, with more dry yeast

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- very good Belgian pale that has high drinkability

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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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