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Circus City IPA - Big Top Brewing Company

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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 ScottBodager
4.69/5  rDev +37.5%
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 jaswilson2
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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 Foomanchoo
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of chefdave37
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Steve78
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cluker
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrinkHardly
1.49/5  rDev -56.3%
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.

Photo of David63Olson
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
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 322wingedfoot
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Middle of the road IPA

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Would not drink it again.

Photo of KVNBGRY
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This style of beer need not be made anymore.

Photo of KensWorld
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, not spectacular, IPA.

Photo of kwkurdziel
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richelwyn
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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 DrChadly
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of worussell3
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Solid IPA

Photo of jkd03c
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Pinball_Guy
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Shaw
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Circus City IPA from Big Top Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.