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Atwater Grand Circus IPA - Atwater Brewery

Atwater Grand Circus IPAAtwater Grand Circus IPA

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 20.46%

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDoitchbig on 08-22-2011)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, a good amount of hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some very mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a weak hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is also thin and while there isn’t any harshness to it, there isn’t much balance either. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp but watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty but not very flavorful, goes down easily but only because there isn’t much to the beer, not filling at all, very mild kick, not a good representation of style, this beer simply tastes like a very watered down version of an IPA that was mediocre to begin with.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 00:49:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange amber color with a thick billowy head of an orange tinted color. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grainy smell along with some other hoppy aromas of a pine and a bit of grapefruit. Some grass and a little bit of a flowery smell are there as well creating a rather clean smelling aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy bread taste with a moderate level of a grassy hop flavor. The greasy flavors grow more intense as the taste advances and are joined by some earthy and more floral hop tastes more toward the end. Overall the brew is on the drier side with just some hints of caramel sweetness upfront, which soon fade from the taste, leaving only the the bready flavors that are present upfront to accompany the hop to the end. With the bready and all the hop that are left on the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a dry and somewhat crisp, decently hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are great for the refreshing and crisp flavors of the brew making it very drinkable, but yet not subduing the hop flavors too much so that they can’t be appreciated.

Overall – A rather easy drinking session IPA that isn’t dominated by just citrus hop tastes. At 4.2 % abv this is a nice session IPA and one that should be given much more cred.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 01:05:02 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of CodyNeely


2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. No issue until the actual tasting came. Tasted almost like it had been watered down. I wasn't even a huge fan of the aftertaste which was almost skunky. I was disappointed because I've had other Atwater brews that I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:07:55 | More by CodyNeely
Photo of downeyj4


4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this for a canoe trip. It's nice to have craft beer in a can. As for the beer, I think it should get a little more credit than it does. This is an outstanding session IPA. It has all the hop you want in aroma with a piney taste. Take it for what its worth. If your looking to get that hop flavor with lower ABV and price, this a good beer to pick up.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 18:23:10 | More by downeyj4
Photo of TMoney2591


2.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

That's a pretty dull label for such an allegedly badass tent-enclosed spectacle... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light grass, white bread, and a twinge of orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of dust and must, making everything just come out tasting dirty and funky. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this was a pretty sad IPA, one that just tasted off despite its freshness. Boo this.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:25:54 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of hackmann


3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep cloudy amber body with almost a two finger bone white head that leaves some lacing behind with each sip

Aroma: faint floral grassy hops and white bread

Flavors: sort of non-descript hops and malts; I’ll do my best, citrus peel and pine bitterness, bready malts

Mouthfeel: a fine fizzy carbonation feel, soft wool like texture, musty dusty dirty aftertaste

To the Point: they do call it a ‘session’ IPA; that is true … if you don’t care about flavor but want to drink a few beers with a low abv this is it; not for me even as a session beer

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:52:28 | More by hackmann
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Atwater Brewery : Grand Circus IPA

LOOK: Orange/bronze colored brew with a slight haze. White head forms, forms the ring, minimal lace.

SMELL: Aroma of floral and citrusy hops. Orange, green tea.

TASTE: Citrus, green tea, grass, mint. Hop flavors are good and have a distinct tea like element. Where's the body? Where's the malt? Besides a watery caramel flavor, this beer is just about flat and one dimensional.

FEEL: Light bodied, watery, under carbonated. Pretty lame feel, which is sad. With any body this could have a lot of potential. Thin.

OVERALL: Unless you must have it, pass on this.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 00:30:15 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of pecokid


4.38/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am really surprised with the low “71” rating on this beer. I only had a sample at O’Rielly’s in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania but I was impressed. There is a lot of complex hopiness going on with this beer. I got a nice spicy peppery front end then a solid sweet finish. For only 4 plus / minus ABV it has a good balance. Now, the bartender did say this was this first poor of the day but I can’t believe oxidation from sitting in the lines would have improved this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 23:56:44 | More by pecokid
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I am really grateful that I have not had this beer before. At least I'll get a tick out of the deal. (I didn't check to see, but thought it was new to me.)

Thin and watery with a hop influence that shows and disappears rather quickly. Thin is the word that keeps coming to mind. And there is a dirty aftertaste with some odd orange on there. Dirty and thin. That sums it up for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:30:54 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium gold with a massive, constantly foaming white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Rotten banana, lots of caramel malt and a slight amount of lemon zest.

T - Some rotten banana with a bit of creaminess, along with a small amount of malt and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Tastes rotten as it sits.

O - Ehhhh, Sessionable? Nah. Worth trying? Nah. It's very average.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 21:47:47 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of SerialHiker


2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice golden color, tons of bubbles along the glass and dancing inside…not too much head to speak of, but there is a little canvassing the top layer…(3/5)

Smell: Orange citrus and floral hops, very light and refreshing…grainy and grassy…sweet malts…mild smelling...(2.75/5)

Taste: Nice citrus hops flavor with a malt backbone…grainy throughout, floral tones offset and balance...it’s not extravagant in any direction…some bitter after tones, but not too bad…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light but very bitter…bitter without the hoppy feel…it finishes bitter…(2/5)

Overall: It’s got okay flavor, but the bitterness isn’t balanced well enough to make it something special…this beer is looking for flavor with low alcohol and it definitely accomplished one of these…I’d work on the pale malts and maybe give it a bit more “hmmmff”…(2.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:32:03 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of DrDemento456


3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this for a dollar bottled in August 2012

A - Quite dark for a session IPA. Sort of hazy amber brown with quite a nice 1/2 inch of fluffy white head.

S - More herbal than I wanted but a nice bittering pine with equal balance.

T - Eh not bad it's simple enough with a mild acidic sort of hop profile that seems watered down. Kind of boring really.

M - Light to medium I question session ability

Overall a very forgettable session IPA not even worth a dollar.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 02:30:23 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of searsclone


3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into a sierra nevada pint glass. clear yellow color with 2" on cloudy white head. tons of carbonation

smell is grassy hops, pine, and a touch of butter toffee

taste is mostly bitter hops, with a somewhat metalic finish

mouthfeel is crisp and wet

overall, better than average, and worth a try

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 01:54:25 | More by searsclone
Photo of horshack7


2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brassy in color with some copper hues an off white with a frothy texture one inch high.

Aroma: Musty, grapefruit and some piney notes. Apricot, orange, lemon zest. Malts lend a light biscuit dryness in the nose.

Taste: Citrus notes are light with lemon and grassy notes. Grapefruit notes are there but are masked a little bit by the malts. A rather crisp mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

Notes: It's halfway decent but certainly not dreadful and still drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 02:38:45 | More by horshack7
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA looks like them all. Pours no differently, either. Smells malt, and grain, and some low floral hoppyness, but nothing very distinctive. Taste is malt sweet first, then surging bitterness, mostly on the pine side, but a little one dimensional, and not as well balanced between all the elements. This bottle was at most 7 weeks old, but might already be fading. Really nothing spectacular, but no hugely disappointing either. Oh, and mouthfeel is standard IPA, moderately fizzy, but with a lighter and not so heavy edge. Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 23:10:16 | More by Bitter_Echo
Photo of PicoPapa


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

12oz can. Pours a hazy burnt orange with an inch of head. Some lacing. Smell is sour with some malts and faint orange hop aroma. The taste is mostly of malts, caramel, floral hops and some orange. Flowery finish. Little bitterness for an IPA. A bit watery. Drinks well for but alot of that has to do with the low ABV. Overall, nothing to see here.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 03:39:01 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped 1062-1523. Sampled on September 23, 2012.

It pours a slightly hazy golden copper-yellow with a tremendous amount of fluffy white head that fizzles after a minute.

Loads of grains on the nose but fewer hops. Pretty average in the aroma department.

The body falls into the light to medium range and it is smooth on my tongue.

The taste is much like the aroma with a big up front grainy character while the earthy hops are noticeable but somewhat played down. One of the milder IPA"s I have had in awhile.

Serving type: can

09-23-2012 19:35:00 | More by puboflyons
Photo of buschbeer


3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is a lovely amber with golden highlights. Three fingers of off white head cling to the sides of the glass.

S - I get some soapy floral hops.

T - I get a lot of floral hops. There is no bitterness, citrus, or pine. Just blah.

M - Moderate to thin. It is slightly chalky.

O - I got it on sale. I would drink it over BMC but that's about it.

Serving type: can

09-22-2012 21:02:41 | More by buschbeer
Photo of dfillius


3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of fine snow-white head with good retention. Translucent/hazy straw gold liquid.
S: Citra hops, I bet. Orange and lemon, pleasant esters - tropical fruit mango and papaya.
T: Mildly malty with pronounced bitter bite up front all fades away to slightly astringent with maybe band-aid flavor. Nice grapefruit bite. Settles down in the 2nd half, otherwise would have been a 2.5.
M: Thinness is noticeable at first, then astringency. Nicely bitter after a bit. No heat. Again, it settles down in the 2nd half, otherwise it would have been 2.5
O: Enjoyable, but not exceptional. Okay, I'd maybe order a second, but I wouldn't make it my go to or choose it over huma-lupa-licious or two hearted. Probably wouldn't buy a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:07:13 | More by dfillius
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to genuinedisciple for tossing this my way. We do get Atwater locally, though I've never seen this brew anywhere. Bottle is notched June 2012 so I better drink this puppy now.

a - brew poured a pretty murky and opaque orange with a massive foamy white head that had an almost bubble bath look to it as it fizzled away. big chunks of lacing.

s - soft hopping. crisp and clean smelling. sweet malts.

t - pretty malty and has a bite. some subtle hopping. lacks a lot of what i look for in an ipa...no fruitiness, no hop citric flavors. all in all fairly bland.

m - fairly watery. finish is odd, kind of bitter without any hop kick.

o - overall, when i saw the reviews i was a bit nervous...that combined with the notch on the bottle, but this isn't all that bad. this is definitely not a beer that i would seek out to try again, and it feels slightly a step ahead of BMC, but not a big stretch.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 23:40:57 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, purchased as part of a 12 pack, at American Bev. in Brooklyn, NY ($12.99)

Pours lightly clouded almond amber, delicate off white head, leaves a thicker film, collar and fine mostly low lacing.

Nose is of some grassy hops and a hint of malt.

This is an easy drinking, lighter and refreshing IPA. Moderate hop presence, balanced by a nearly equal malty base. Lighter mouthfeel, with a watery note.

Nothing special, but enjoyable enough. Worthy summer sesioner

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 01:08:24 | More by Billolick
Photo of neophilus


2.25/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Atwater, Brewed in Detroit. I guess Detroit moved to Latrobe, PA.

Pours a golden yellow color, nice foamy white head on top.

Barely any aroma present, a bit of grassy, pine hop aroma finished off with a bit of malt.

Some bitterness up front downplays any malt flavor. Rough, vegetal hop flavor is present. Not very pleasant, mostly seems to be an aftereffect of the hop bitterness.

Thin, watery body with a rough edge.

Not a very good IPA. Too thin, hops flavor mostly comes from the bitterness, not a lot of citrus of pine aroma or flavor to spice this up. The only thing that makes this an IPA is the dryness from the hop bittering and the lack of malt flavor.

Serving type: can

08-17-2012 18:54:45 | More by neophilus
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium golden with a 3 finger frothy head that lasted about 5 minutes. A few small streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was primarily a citrus hoppy. Initially struck me as reminding me of a cheap beer bar aroma. Taste started off sour, then switched to nothing much, before finishing with a hint of hops. Felt ok in the mouth. Coated well, just a bit of carbonation, nothing wrong. Overall kind of a meh beer. The flavor was really strange and offputting for the style and seriously detracted from anything else it had going for it.

Serving type: can

08-13-2012 21:39:02 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Lauthaha


4.05/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug. Beer was bottled in May of 2012, and it is now July of 2012.

Appearance: Kept the beer in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before pouring. Upon the first pour, beer cascades out of the bottle's mouth with a bright copper color. Head is super-thick, sticky, and creamily meringue-like. Highly active carbonation visible through the glass. Looks great!

Smell: A good balance of heavy hoppiness (mostly floral) and understated malt sweetness. Nothing overpowering, but not diluted in the least.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light and crisp at first, the beer has a nice gentle hop bite to it. After a moment on the tongue (as the beer begins to warm slightly), it foams up and spreads across the palate. Aftertaste is very bitter, almost on the edge of decency, but I think I'll let that slide a little.

Overall: A good beer! Billed as their "Session" India Pale Ale, it's another positive offering from Atwater Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:22:58 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of Boto


3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a clear, golden color. There was a small white head that left some lacing. Lighter nose for an IPA. Pine and some grapefruit notes. The taste is along similar lines. Pine and grapefruit hops dominate, with some biscuit and earthiness. Dry, almost stringent. Just rates an OK.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 14:49:37 | More by Boto
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Atwater Grand Circus IPA from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.