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Envy - Circle Brewing Company

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-06-2011

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1.25/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of chriswilkes33
1.51/5  rDev -53.7%
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.

Photo of Jbasstic
1.52/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of Westyn
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of CheChe
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of champ103
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of JonathanL7890
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
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

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of javlin624
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BitterPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Envy from Circle Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.