Crazy Ivan | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This copper colored American IPA took a wild left turn when we fermented it with our favorite Trappist ale yeast. Charged with hops, followed closely by a clove and pepper Belgian yeast character.

70 IBU

Added by TheEremite on 04-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Cole's. This beer rocks. Dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit colour with a little white head and some lace dots. Served a bit too cold, a taste range as it warmed. Above average mouthfeel, and also above-average carbonation. Very tasty grapefruit, marmelade, a wonderful bitterness. So enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, pepper, yeast, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice flavors but the smell is fairly weak and you really have to search out any distinct aromas.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i found this brew rather unimpressive, although it is admittedly in a style i generally shy away from. this has a bit of a copper malt base to it, kind of nice depth and body on it. the belgian yeast seems subtle in the nose, no major esters blooming here, just good old american northwest hops. hopped like a west coast ipa, dank in the nose. the flavor is big and round from the hefty grain and is as hoppy as can be, but only a little bitter. im not sure if the yeast is crowded out by the other components, if it was fermented a little chilly and never opened up, or if it is just a mild string poorly chosen. with these beers im usually all or nothing, either its a hoppy belgian or it is an american ipa, the strange middle ground created by a lot of grain character and hops, and a middling belgian strain is not my speed, its muddled, and thats what we have here. carbonation is fine and the big body flatters the hops, but the yeast just doesnt belong to me. if its going to work with this yeast it needs less hops and a different grain bill entirely i think, but thats just my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a moderate yellow gold color with a bit of haze and a few fingers of white foamy head. Lacing follows the brew down the glass. Nose brings some excellent Belgian yeast characteristics, but doesn't really integrate the hops at this point. Taste melds the two quite well, with some nice clove and spice banging against some citrus and herbal hops. Very nice touch. Feel is splendid with a good bit of bitterness matched up against a moderately carbonated medium body. One of the better examples of the style that I've come across in some time.

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Amsby Abbey

A: Decent fizzy 1 finger head over semi hazy orange red slight wood colored beer. Leaves a notch of lacing for each sip.

N: Some fruits hops, little spicy and floral hops too, slight sweetness with a touch of Belgian malt aroma and Belgian yeast as well, but lighter on the nose than I hoped.

T: Taste starts with more Belgian malt flavors, a little wheat even with slight banana and juicy chewy malt flavors. A slight Belgian yeast flavor (remnants of it, not the yeastiness), then come the floral, spicy, citrus and somewhat bitter hops. Slightly juicy hop flavors, with a touch of warming booze and a little malty sweetness. A slight creamy malt comes through, with more late bittering hops. A little Belgian candi sugar and caramel flavoring.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter and slightly astringent, with more fresh hop flavors, some spicy hops, chewy even slightly, little tingly warming booze, mostly dry but a touch of sweetness, a touch of citrus lingering too with a very looong bitter finish, which seems to just go on and on and stronger with each sip.

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego. Quite distinctive appearance in the tall Fischer tulip. Smooth foamy cap and unusual dark red brownish amber color. Nicely sudsy on the tongue.

The next impression on tasting is the fragrant hops. As a Belgian IPA this is a great example. Rich with a lot of warm, roasted malt, and the zingy hop flavors. Moderate bitter aftertaste. some tangy, peppery hints. Something fruity with a touch of honey. Hoppy and sensationally flavorful. The Belgian yeasty flavors seem to get lost in the rush of hops, but it's quite drinkable. I'm glad to taste something by Bear Republic outside their usual orbit.

July 7, 2015 update: Had this on tap at Stone Liberty Station. Sweet malt with a distinct roasted barlety flavor. Wintergreen and mint. Snappy and quite carbonated on the tongue. Quite bitter aftertaste.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Dark amber with a tinge of ruby color. Slight haze. Excellent blanketing lace.

I smell wet wood and pine initially. Second sniff brings out more evergreen.

Surprisingly smooth semisweet malt flavor with a strong toasty element. There's a biting black pepper (hop) flavor in the swallow that creates a long aftertaste. Smooth body.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops bready malts, and fruity malts. Not very strong in the smell department.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, caramel malts, and citrus hops, with a little bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent dark ale. Not my favorite but worth trying once.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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Crazy Ivan from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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