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Circus City IPA - Big Top Brewing Company

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Circus City IPA
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Richelwyn
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeronumber
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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 Remdog
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Pinball_Guy
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of worussell3
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Solid IPA

Photo of David63Olson
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the taste, the name, and this story of this beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, not spectacular, IPA.

Photo of apurpura214
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of DrChadly
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dataylor21
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mattreitz49
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kwkurdziel
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SanMikeva
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a particularly robust IPA. The aroma was highly subdued, bordering on vacant and the bitterness that proceeded did not provide a particularly impressive hop character. Overall, a decent beer but not an IPA that I would actively pursue. The hop character on all levels was faint and one would expect, given that Citrus is in the name, that the hop character would lend a substantial citrus character, but it did not

Photo of jkd03c
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kayakandbeer
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Shaw
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color with a tight off-white head and lots of yeast sediment.

Aroma of caramel and juicy tropical fruit.

The taste mixes a quick sharp metallic bitter bite with tannin-like tea-like flavors and sweet malt that reminds me of breakfast breads. The bitterness fades quickly and doesn't linger.

Smooth and creamy body.

Overall a sweeter take on the American IPA.

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Middle of the road IPA

Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Circus City IPA from Big Top Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.