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:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 55
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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Photo of regspeir
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. draft in a standard pint glass at Capone's
Poured a dark amber with a nice 2-finger head which lasted throughout. The lacing was heavy and abundant throughout. Nose was malty, cheeries but the hops, pine and citrus were there as well. Consistent with the nose, this was nicely balanced - hops and malt. I noticed earthy, piney hops, malt biscuity sweetness and some citrus. All led to a spicey, peppery slightly bitter finish. Interesting and very tasty brew. Mouthfeel was medium and a little rough. There was only light carbonation. This defied comparisons for me but I know I want to try it again. If you see it - go for it!

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly to a surface foam.

Smell: yeast, caramel, and a citrus tone lingers around.

Taste: caramel, belgian yeast, grapefruit, lemon, and some fruity tones are most notable. Bitterness is hearty and balances this one out. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighty crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this beer went down quickly for the style. Very enjoyable and well balanced.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac brew. This is a combo of worts: Racer 5 and Red Rocket with a belgian yeast strain tossed in for good measure.

A - Poured a depp amber wth 1 finger of orange-white head. Dissipated moderately fast and left nice lacing.

S/T - Caramel, flower, and bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop dominated, sweet, and lightly dry. Bitterness in the mouthfeel.

D - This is really good. I think I really enjoy the Belgian IPA style.

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Photo of klewis
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Catskeller - Cincinnati, OH - 7/19/10

A: Pours a hazy copper with a thick, frothy head.

S: Bright hop aroma with grapefruit and a strong floral quality. Light Belgian phenols.

T: Resiny hops with citrus and pine flavors; the presence of Racer 5 is quite prominent. Light caramel malt flavors provide a bit of balance, but the taste is still dominated by hops. A hint of Belgian yeast flavors, but very subtle.

M: Full-bodied for its ABV with a creamy, smooth texture. Moderate carbonation.

D: Not as complex and interesting as others in the Belgian IPA style, yet still quite enjoyable. Check it out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours amber/red with a solid off-white head with good retention and lacing. A nice looking pint.

S: Hops galore, with a nice mix of pine and citrus, light caramel malt.

T: On first sip tastes like a straight up IPA. The light Belgian character comes out with a light ester finish as the beer warms up. Good hop flavour.

M: Good carbonation character and body to this brew. Alcohol is lightly evident. Smooth and resiny.

D: Nice beer from BR, really tastes like a mix of Racer 5 and Red Rocket. Glad I tried this one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured minimal head on a clearer dark straw colored body.
The aroma is great. Bright citrus, pear and Valencia orange.
The taste is complex with mandarin, moderate bitterness and finishes with black peppercorns.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
An outstanding beer that hits all the notes perfectly.

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Photo of Dixonian
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the fort worth saucer. Poured into standard pint glass.

Was very intrigued when I heard about this one. I like both the racer 5 and red rocket, and I almost always love a belgian yeast.
This did not disappoint. Totally unique-cloudiness of an IPA and nice amber colour. Smell is the only disappointment I have-a bit subdued. Flavor is great-extremely smooth. Sweet and bitter. Like I said above, completely unique. Enjoyable mouthfeel and excellent carbonation.

Too bad twas only brewed once cause i'd seek this delicious bastard again.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: tulip serving, bright orange-golden in color with a subtle haze, good head retention and some lace

s: citrusy hops on a body of pale and light caramel malt with a nice phenolic spice running through - easily perceptible but far from taking over, hop heavy with good balance of components

m: carbonation on the lower side and smooth, light-medium body

t: pale and a light dose of caramel malts bring a balanced sweetness and set the stage for a nice citrus-tropical hop flavor and spicy yeast, clove phenols most identifiable, moderately bitter

d: easy, not a standout belgian ipa but a very solid one at least, the yeast character at least is spot-on

10 oz pour at ChurchKey, DC

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby tinted brown with a good clingy head and lace that never really goes away. The aroma is a mix of sharp hops that stick out, both citric and sweet (grape) and some sweet malt smell as well. A good mix of citric hops and some citric spice like orange and pepper and there is a caramel malt taste that is noticeable as well. Not much of a Belgian influence as more of a sweet IPA but there are some characteristics such as orange and very minor sweet fruit and sugary malt as well as a boozy feeling as I keep sipping.

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Photo of squaremile
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Belmont Station. Pours a clear goldenrod with a small white head. Nose is resinous hops and a balance with some of the belgian style spicy notes. The flavor is very hop forward in a way that was very exciting an unexpected for me. The spices are there but in a mild way. As someone who doesn't really enjoy the Belgian character of the Belgian IPA, this was a very nice surprise and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting and delicious beer.

Pours deep amber with a dense thin head that brings up a light malty odor. The flavor is strong and malty, with cherry wood and a penetrating hop bitterness. It has a slight bretty character and the alcohol is muted and pleasant. The mouthfeel is smooth and viscous. Delicious.

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