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Circus City IPA - Big Top Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Top Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PorterLambic on 12-03-2013

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by PorterLambic:
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3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Arrives a dark honey color with red running throughout. The white head is small with little retention and no lace to speak of.
Smell is notes of hops and malt and not much else.
Taste is a well balanced mixture of hops, malt and grass notes. Not the hop bomb that is so prevalent in most American IPA's, that's why it's listed as an English IPA.
Medium bodied with a lighter than expected effervescence. Drying from start to finish. A little oddly, to me, also a slight warming aspect to it. Very nice.
Well done for a first release. And on a 75 F early December day just a few miles from the brewery, it was well received by all I talked to who partook. Hope the tasting room opens soon.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, not spectacular, IPA.

Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJoe
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a non ipa lover, i was pleasantly surprised. Hoppy, but not overwhelming. Malty, but not sweet. A relatively balanced brew with a very hazy appearance.

Photo of Steve78
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tommy5
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of chefdave37
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeronumber
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Deep. Mello. Not fruit. Ale with hop dash and no rash. Sweet afternotes and nice job all around. Not amazing but I have to hand it to the boys and girls at Big Top, being a Sarasota local me-self. We are on the way to making a place on the map for craft wetness.

Photo of jkd03c
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Remdog
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Junkman13
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottBodager
4.69/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Love this hometown ipa! Good kick and a gentle hoppy taste. Great beer!

Photo of DrChadly
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not good. Some ood flavor I'm detecting

Photo of apurpura214
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Richelwyn
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Just as good as Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City. Florida beer is getting much better.

Revised review 2/12/15 - The most recent six pack I bought was not good. Flavor not as good. Flatter, less citrus. The BIG PROBLEM is the canned beer was over carbonated. Some cans (cold from the fridge) would foam over as soon as I opened them. All cans created a HUGE HEAD when poured. I know how to pour a beer to minimize the head. This is impossible with Big Top IPA. It foams to the top of a pint glass with only about 1 inch of beer on the bottom. You have to let it settle for 10 minutes, then pour some more, then let that settle, then finally pour the remainder of the can.

Photo of kayakandbeer
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dataylor21
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Circus City IPA from Big Top Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.