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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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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

01-11-2013 00:25:35 | More by kevin34
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

12-16-2012 06:34:44 | More by Rickstar
Photo of andruke


3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

12-15-2012 21:45:07 | More by andruke
Photo of DrDemento456


3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +9.3%
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 Lionhawk


2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

12-10-2012 23:25:51 | More by Lionhawk
Photo of horshack7


2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +12.6%
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
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

11-17-2012 03:30:41 | More by fatbatcat
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4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

11-11-2012 19:34:51 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

11-11-2012 00:51:46 | More by shleebomb
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

11-09-2012 14:40:42 | More by Hobby
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

10-16-2012 12:19:45 | More by OMG
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

10-09-2012 20:10:48 | More by ComRock12
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1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

10-06-2012 02:31:54 | More by MatthewBair
Photo of PicoPapa


3/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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
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New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +1%
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 +22.5%
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
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

09-04-2012 05:27:38 | More by Peanut2074
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +13.6%
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 TonyTalon


3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

08-23-2012 03:11:49 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of floydie83


1/5  rDev -66.9%

08-22-2012 02:06:34 | More by floydie83
Photo of neophilus


2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
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
Atwater Grand Circus IPA from Atwater Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.