Crazy Aunt
Insight Brewing

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #42
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,581
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 19.74%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
44
From:
Insight Brewing
 
Minnesota, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
84
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Notes: Crazy Aunt is an ale brewed with juniper, coriander, lime juice, and tonic water. We’ve pushed the limits with this beer and brewed it to taste just like a gin & tonic, and we’re introducing it as the perfect seasonal to quench your thirst on a warm Minnesota summer day.
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BeerDrinkinGuy from Minnesota

1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Its amazing what you can do with artificial flavoring and tonic water syrup. Even adding ice to it to try and pretend its a real gin and tonic cant save this swill. Gimmick beers are the worst. If I could give it negative points I would.

Dec 08, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love an herbed / spiced beer that delivers on its promises. Gin & tonic? Is it possible? Yes, indeed! Poured from 16-ounce can into a Collins glass and garnished with a lime wedge. The aromas and flavors are all there: juniper, spruce, and coriander for the gin botanicals, plus a touch of lime and some very nice quinine bitterness that leaves the palate quite dry. This exceeded my expectations in a big way. If you like gin and tonic, don't pass on this one!

Jun 27, 2018
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wannabebelgian from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm biased because Gin and Tonic's are my favorite cocktail but I was pleasantly surprised how well they pulled off the taste of an actual Gin and Tonic. If you like Gin and Tonic's I would definitely recommend this.

Jun 06, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into glass. No canning date found on can.
Mostly clear, light golden colored body, with floating particles. Two finger head settles to thin cap, very scattered lacing.
Smells like a commercial citrus powdered drink.
Very sweet taste, lemon/lime measure of tartness, just a little sour. No appreciable aftertaste.
Summery thin body.
Can kind of recognize the attempt to capture pine needles, but over very sweet. More of an admiration for the brewing attempt than the actual beer.

Nov 18, 2017
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GStone899 from Minnesota

1.7/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't like it. I just don't. Very pale golden color. The Taste is very off putting. It's like a liquid grapefruit that's been carbonated. I'm probably not the target audience for this either but I still thought it'd be good as Insight Brewing is top notch.

UPDATE: this stuff tastes really bad as it warms. Yuck.

Sep 11, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Too weird-sounding not to pick up, but had to wait until I found a single. Green 16 oz. can with no date. No excuse for that, & one of the reasons I rarely pick up Insight cans.

The pour is giving off Belgian pale or blonde vibes, with tropical storm level carbonation. Coriander & lime come off the surface of the beer like the 4th Marine Regiment. Along with a little tonic. Ah, the power of suggestion. Beer? None.

Crazy Aunt tastes like nothing I’ve seen tagged with the “beer” label before. WTF is this? If Crystal Light were made from real sugar, it might come close. Enough of a sugary mess up front that I can already feel the canker sores rising on my gums. Behind comes tons of lime, subsidiary lemon, citrus juice, & finishes with a spritzy, bubbly, tonic-like jump-start. Cloyingly sweet – not sure I’m going to be able to jam all this into my holes.

Certainly interesting, but so is a horror movie…if you’re just watching it. Not bad, but if there were six or seven less grams of sugar in it, this could be a warm, summer go-to beer. Pretty good.

Aug 23, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

White head. Hazy straw yellow. Lace.

Lime and citrus show here nicely. Crisp and refreshing. Has a pale malt flavor and is pretty fruity. It is hard to describe this beer, but I like it.

Only bad part is the aftertaste. Ends very dry and bitter. Pine like notes, but it's just makes you want to drink more to get rid of it and then you repeat.

Aug 01, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is modeled on a gin and tonic, and as in vogue as these cocktail inspired beers are becoming, this has to be one of the best ones i have had, at least if best means truest to the actual cocktail, because this really and truly tastes just like a gin and tonic! its weird, and i think i prefer the cocktail, but its very good. huge juniper and spruce elements to this, and the crispness i get in quality gin, it almost seems like there has to be gin added to it, but perhaps just a solid use of similar botanicals has yielded this. the crazy part for me is not the citrus aspect, or even the tartness and the beer elements, but the tonic part. this really does taste like quinine, especially in the finish, where there is a medicinal bitterness thats just like tonic water. i wonder how they have incorporated this into the beer? its certainly new to my taste buds, and wildly successful as a mirror image of the cocktail, just in beer form. its a little too weird to be refreshing, but it is easy drinking and definitely summery. one of the better and more inspired beers i have had from insight, and quite popular around town in the twin cities right now. excellent take on this cocktail beer thing, the tonic aspect is just bizarre!

Jul 27, 2017
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow colour. Smells quite sweet, with earthy hops, lemon pith, cinchona, lime peel, and a slight juniper/pine smell. Tastes like lime, cinchona bark, fresh-lemonade, sweet, juicy, slight bitterness from the cinchona/juniper, and much like a quinine-shandy. It's a fun idea and would buy over a shandy any day.

Jul 24, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Kudos to the people at Insight for leaving the word "Flo" off the end of this beer's name. We're making progress, folks! But, still, you must wonder what kind of Dangerous Lunatic came up with the idea for a "Gin & Tonic Style" ale.

Pours bright yellow and hazy with just the smallest wisp of a head. The can is a pleasant shade of blue but the annoying origin story on the side is a pretty big turn off--AB did that two decades ago with Doc Otis, guys. It sucked then and it sucks now.

Smells herbal, more like Earl Grey tea than any gin and/or tonic I've ever consumed. Quite similar to Cisco's underrated Gray Lady, which makes me happy.

Tastes like a kolsch, more or less, only with a strong streak of ersatz lime and just the slightest hint of quinine. At first it seems more drinkable than you might assume it would be, but as it progresses the sweetness just gets to be too much. I could split a 16-ounce can with a friend, but I doubt I would have been able to finish it myself. It's not horrific, not by any stretch, but just too much.

Jul 21, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Crazy Aunt pours a hazy copper color, with no head. Bitter aroma, lots of tonic water notes. Taste is big on the tonic water, hints of juniper, then a creamy beer like finish. Fizzy feel. Overall, very strange, does taste like a gin and tonic.

Jun 11, 2017
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer tastes like no other beer I've ever tried, and it's brewed to taste that way. So I'm reviewing it in a way I've never reviewed a beer before. I'm drinking it on ice, out of a Collins glass, and with a lime. Yes, full on Gin and Tonic treatment.

The color is dark gold, and the beer is clear. The head is large, but dissipates fast due to the ice. The aroma is of juniper, quinine, and lemon-lime. The taste has some nice bitterness from the tonic used in the brewing process, there is some juniper, coriander, lemon grass, and lime. The mouthfeel is appropriately light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, I am a huge fan of a good Gin and Tonic especially on a hot day, and this beer is really to my liking. I liked it so much so that I bought a keg of it for a Memorial Day party at my house. Others at the party liked it too; the keg blew in two hours. My suggestion to anyone first trying this beer is to serve in on ice. It becomes quite sweet, and unbalanced as it warms. but is wonderfully refreshing on ice.

Jun 09, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy gold with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1.5" off-white cap with fair retention.

S: big lime, juniper and spice nose with traces of malt in the background.

T: The attack starts with a hint of lime and big mid tongue it fills the mouth with big lime flavors and traces of spice. It starts with a mild sweetness but dries a little on the finish. Hop bitterness is low to medium low and malt flavors are medium low. The lime is the big flavor player but the beer texture has enough heft to keep Crazy Aunt from tasting like an alco-pop.

F: The body is medium light and the carbonation is medium high.

O: Crazy Aunt is light, refreshing and very drinkable.

Jun 02, 2017
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is hard for me to review. It sorta tastes like a Gin & Tonic with lime, but there is a very odd shandy-like sweetness which is problematic. Why not just have a Gin & Tonic?

May 22, 2017
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McThulhu from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was skeptical, but this beer really is amazing! Smells great, tastes just like a gin and tonic with a twist of lime. Some might think it is too gimmicky, but to those not afraid of flavor, this is THE perfect summer beer.

May 13, 2017
Crazy Aunt from Insight Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 44 ratings