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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
70
okay

234 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

1.68/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Wow, it has been a while since I have felt so compelled to write a negative review.

Firstly, if you are going to have your "IPA" weigh in at 4.2% ABV, do us all a favor and have the basic decency to label it so that people like me don't waste our time and money on a light beer that has little flavor. I was suspicious because of the low price at my local beer store, but it said IPA and was something I had never tried before, my curiosity and adventurous nature kept me from just getting a standby pack of DFH 60 Minute IPA. Woe betide my decision, this is truly a terrible beer.

This is not an IPA, this is some sort of weird session pale ale, and not a good one at that. The basic appearance is lighter than ?I expected. The head is a lovely shade of white, which kept it from losing points there. The smell is weak and faintly pine scented. The taste is an unsurprising follow up to the smell. Water with Pinesol, slightly astringent. I have tasted first try's from home brewers that are leagues ahead of this piss-water. Mouthfeel was thin and watery.

Overall this is a very poor offering. Bad enough that I will not be throwing any money at these guys in the future. I tried to rate this beer fairly and still the results are not pretty. I would rather take a PBR any day over this stuff.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this offering. There are better and smaller breweries who could use the business and which would actually provide you with a beer worth drinking.

Serving type: can

04-29-2014 02:39:15 | More by razorsdescent
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barczar

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep golden with an ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma reveals vegetal and diacetyl notes. May have some DMS issues.

The flavor confirmed the vegetal/DMS notes, along with grapefruit pith underpinnings, which helped to distract, somewhat. The finish is fairly bitter.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Fairly weak in malt character, and the DMS notes are unfortunate. The balance was more toward bittering hops than flavoring, so it doesn't really suit my palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 20:27:26 | More by barczar
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atrocity

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

04-25-2014 15:21:41 | More by atrocity
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -0.3%

04-24-2014 00:32:12 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

04-23-2014 22:47:11 | More by Texasfan549
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Beerlover

Minnesota

1.25/5  rDev -58.5%

04-18-2014 04:19:20 | More by Beerlover
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Jame515

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +8%

04-16-2014 15:13:16 | More by Jame515
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.89/5  rDev -4%
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
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clager

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

04-04-2014 00:44:54 | More by clager
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MichaelBanyai

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

04-03-2014 22:44:10 | More by MichaelBanyai
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jaybags

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -41.9%

03-30-2014 03:55:19 | More by jaybags
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-29-2014 20:53:44 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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
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CodyNeely

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
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
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -0.3%

03-08-2014 14:02:36 | More by Karibourgeois
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brn9000

Illinois

3/5  rDev -0.3%

03-02-2014 00:12:53 | More by brn9000
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skydogpenn

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8%

02-23-2014 17:21:44 | More by skydogpenn
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +8%

02-17-2014 23:38:59 | More by richkrull
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jeffwright

Michigan

3/5  rDev -0.3%

02-15-2014 02:39:31 | More by jeffwright
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Bill235

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

02-04-2014 22:26:41 | More by Bill235
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RyanAU

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -33.6%

01-19-2014 22:36:41 | More by RyanAU
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alelover

Michigan

3/5  rDev -0.3%

01-17-2014 23:26:37 | More by alelover
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PackenGreen

Michigan

3/5  rDev -0.3%

01-13-2014 18:38:52 | More by PackenGreen
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LordBeardman

Michigan

3/5  rDev -0.3%

01-03-2014 23:38:30 | More by LordBeardman
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Zone_Fighter

Michigan

3/5  rDev -0.3%

01-03-2014 22:32:51 | More by Zone_Fighter
Atwater Grand Circus IPA from Atwater Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.