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Atwater Grand Circus IPA - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Grand Circus IPAAtwater Grand Circus IPA

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BA SCORE
71
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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 20.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrDoitchbig on 08-22-2011

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Ratings: 287 | Reviews: 71
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4.32/5  rDev +42.6%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +36%
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.

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

Atwater puts out some decent beers...this is no exception. The Grand Circus is a nive IPA. Pours an orange clear copper color with 1/4 finger head that is lacing. The smell has mostly bitter hops with slight citrus. The taste follows suite....very bitter towards the end that eventually zings hints of Grapefruit. The mouthfeel is mdeium to light body with good carbonation. Overall its good.

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4/5  rDev +32%

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

Got this in the can, so to speak, and poured it into a standard pint glass.

Produces a good two finger thick foam crown, and the body is hazy and copper color.

The aroma is caramel up front, a little mineral esque, lemons, and dry white toast.

In the taste, I detect hints of lemon, and caramel, with a little spruce.

Feels light in body, a bit thirst quenching (I just ran 4 miles), and wetting to the palate. Not bad for a lower ABV'd IPA. Quite sessionable.

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4/5  rDev +32%

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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.

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3.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent enough AIPA. Very sessionable.

It looks good in the glass with nice color, clarity and lacing. The head cold is weak as is the aroma. The taste is very pleasant - not over the top hoppy but not wimpy either. I only have one of these but I could see drinking a bunch if I had them.

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3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazed dark orange-brown, beyond amber but not quite copper, with a bronzed sort of darkness in the depth. A nearly pure white head grows to 2 fingers in height and shows stick, retaining one finger the entire time after it recedes and leaving lacing in broken sheeting down the glass.
A nice raw, leafy, green sort of hops bitterness with a citrus element is what greets the nose. Another sniff gives off more of the rich, raw, pure hops cone aromas.
The flavor is pretty good, but it seems more effort was put into hopping for the aromatics.
Crispness and smoothness are on par with a light carbonation in a medium body that sustains itself well.

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3.82/5  rDev +26.1%

A: 3.75 - Orange-amber colored beer with a small but dense, smooth head across the top.
S: 3.50 - Very faint aroma, but it does have some pleasant citrus notes with maybe a little very light malt.
T: 4.0 - Good flavor: hoppiness is not too much for the strength and malt, unlike many session IPAs. Hop taste tends to the citrus. Malt is light but detectable, and adds a touch of sweetness to the finish. Clean tasting otherwise.
M: 3.5 - Soft, creamy texture, though watery.
O: 4.0 - Easy drinking, low alcohol, hoppy. I would probably call it an English pale ale myself, where it would at the hoppy end of the spectrum, but that doesn't sell like "session IPA".

Weightings (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.82

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Atwater Grand Circus IPA from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.