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Envy - Circle Brewing Company

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 21.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Circle Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-06-2011)
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1.25/5  rDev -62.2%

JedSeed, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of chriswilkes33
1.43/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had as much of a pint as I could drink after trying to pass this off on my buds at the drafthouse.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber with little off white head.
Aroma: Smells of nuts and caramel, almost like a candy bar.
Taste: This is where the beer goes horribly wrong. Taste is very astringent and dry. Way too much crystal malt used.
Mouthfeel: Not very nice either, thick and almost chewy especially for an amber. Seems like this beer was rushed out of the brewery to market. This brewery needs to step up their game to hang in what is becoming a very tough Austin market.

chriswilkes33, Feb 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

CheChe, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of champ103
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

champ103, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of JonathanL7890
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

EDIT: beer has improved on recent batches. Not as astringent.

Appearance. Good amber color Moderate carbonation
Aroma. Nutty. No hop aroma no esters
Taste. Weird unbalanced carmelly bitter mess
Dry finish. And I mean dry. The most astringent beer I've ever had. I want to chug a pint of water Did I say this beer is dry?
Mouthfeel. Dunno. My throat was closed up from the dryness mouthfeel don't matter
Overall. Guys. This beer needs help. I would never serve this. Hopefully you'll get your technique dialed in and make better beer

JonathanL7890, Feb 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

StevenLaValley, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

n00blar, Jul 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

kylehay2004, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

zbooks, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

javlin624, Mar 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

attometer00, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

BitterPatrick, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Circle Brewing Company grand opening.

Appearing dark for the style, Envy is an iced-tea color with a creamy custard head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is pleasing, with notes of bright caramel nuttiness up front followed by tropical fruit, pine, and a little citrus from the hops. Well-balanced nose.

The flavor unfortunately falls flat for me. Malts are pale and bland with a little toasted presence, and while the hops add a little fruit flavor to the finish, their bitterness isn't kept in check. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style with a medium body and good carbonation that finishes crisp with a lingering bitter bite. Overall, Envy is just OK...a solid B- for the style and for a beer in general. Either a boring recipe or poor execution (or both) make this a pass for me next time.

wagenvolks, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Tap at the Circle open house recently.

A - clear brown in color with a half-finger tan head that left behind quite a bit of thick lacing

S - caramel malts and a bit of nuttiness on the nose

T - quite a mild flavor (perhaps too mild), with some malty sweetness and a bit of tart fruit in the finish. Not overly enduring.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D - goes down easy but lacks a bit of character.

A decent beer. Unfortunately wouldn't be my first pick given other local Austin choices.

DoktorZee, Aug 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

zonker17, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

2dogbrew, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Davideo, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

brandon911, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party. This is my first beer from Circle Brewing.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel malt, with a little bit of grain and some grass mixed in.

The flavor is similar. I get some nice toasted malt character, along with some grass and a little bit of bitterness. There is also some nice malt sweetness from all of the caramel and toffee malt. The alcohol is completely hidden and the beer is easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

cam12, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first time I have seen beers from this brewery. I'm always game for something new!

At the Ginger Man, served in standard pint the beer is an almost opaque dark garnet with a skim of beige head.

The aroma is nice; I get some lightly roasted malts, apples and caramel.

The taste is earthy with toasted bread, red apples and some piney hops.

The mouth was soft with low levels of carbonation. All-in-all, I thought it was a pretty decent stab at style that seems to get lost in the shuffle of big beers.

Redrover, Mar 24, 2011
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Envy from Circle Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.