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Circus City IPA - Big Top Brewing Company

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Circus City IPA
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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 53.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Top Brewing Company
Florida, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterLambic on 12-03-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 79
Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrinkHardly
1.49/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

This stuff is horrible. It's an IPA, but it tastes like coconut water. It even smells like coconut water. Now, I typically like coconut water, but not when I'm supposed to be drinking an IPA.
For instance, I like the smell of fried chicken when it's fried chicken. But if it's my grandmother's feet that smell like fried chicken, it's an entire different ball game.

I bought a can of this today and it's f'n horrible. I'm currently halfway through it and debating calling it quits. I never leave a beer unfinished, but this is a unique situation.
Sorry for not breaking this beer down into notes and tones, but this beer is something I'd much rather forget.
Sorry, Sarasota, but this brew should be called "Clown's Nutsack". Ugggggggggh.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, not spectacular, IPA.

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Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KensWorld
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wilfonzo
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of wrecknut
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DJoe
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Steve78
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of user785335
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice surprise. Good beer for a hot Florida afternoon.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tommy5
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ninaturner
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BdM
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikael2200
1.03/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is the worst beer I've ever tried. I even returned it to the store and I never do that. It tasted overly hoppy and I'm pretty sure they used cheap pellets and too much at that. There was no balance of malt and hop. It was overly powerful with cheap hops and a sour hint of the malt they used, likely cheap. Also Sarasota city water is really bad and disgusting. I doubt they filtered it. People wonder why some breweries move to Manatee county, apart from better economic opportunities regarding brewing, the water is much cleaner and better tasting.

If I could rate it 0, I would. And for $9.99 a six pack, you're better off just throwing that cash in the garbage disposal.

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Photo of chefdave37
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BMESSER88
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of suckaj
1.67/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SSS
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Copper in color, with an off-white head
S-No real hop aroma that I can detect. Malt is not pronounced either. I get a yeast, bread odor
M-Medium to light body, with carbonation being modest and not over powering
T-There is a distinct sweetness at the front end with a weak and mellow bitterness in the finish
O-This beer is as vague and uncharasmatic as its description of itself on the can...read the can, uninspiring.

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Photo of zeronumber
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

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Photo of Domin8er3
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kwakwhore
1.63/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drain pour from the first sip.

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Circus City IPA from Big Top Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.