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Circus Penguin - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our first annual Brewers Choice artisan release beer, an organic beet and blood orange pale ale.

(Beer added by: ChugginOil on 02-25-2012)
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csustar001

New York

4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

04-08-2012 00:01:32 | More by csustar001
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joefuzz

New York

4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish-pinkish with a tiny off white head....great lacing

Smell is mostly light citrus hops, nothing crazy but very solid

Taste is pretty dam good starts with a good amount of citrusy hops that mellow out to an amazing orange and tropical fruit aftertaste

Mouthfeel and carbonation are spot on for the style

Overall very good drinking session beer. Really glad it crossed my path.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 00:05:51 | More by joefuzz
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

04-01-2012 00:51:06 | More by captainbearcat
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Circus Penguin is pretty decent....and definitely different. The beer poured an orange with some floaties with nice foamy white head that is lacing. The smell has beets with a touch of orange peel. The taste is a moderate pale ale with some hints of beet and orange. The body is medium to light with good carbonations. Overall it is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:16:50 | More by WoodBrew
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jsh420

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%

04-02-2012 05:30:55 | More by jsh420
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bhurley

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%

05-30-2013 05:03:18 | More by bhurley
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areich6

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-26-2012 19:20:37 | More by areich6
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match1112

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out the color of nice new copper. a two finger, increadibly sudsy head forms on top and lasts for a couple minutes before settling into a rocky sea foam texture on top of the beer. i could smell this as soon as i opened it. lots of floral hops and orange. taste is more subdued but still has plenty of blood orange flavor. the beets give it a nice earthy touch. and the hops are not real over-powering, but they provide a slight bite on the back end. mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. lively carbonation and a dry finish compliment each other very well. overall i think this is a very good beer, just have to remind my self it's an apa not a dipa, that's why the flavors are more subdued, instead of more in your face.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:10:30 | More by match1112
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Jamison85

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.6%

03-27-2013 05:35:40 | More by Jamison85
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%

03-06-2012 20:43:16 | More by sbricker
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Golden orange with a huge tower of pillowy white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S: Nice sweet citrus hop aroma. Very orangey (maybe the blood orange affecting the aroma?). Sweet grainy malt.

T: Bright citrus hop, pithy orange, grapefruit bitterness in the middle and finish, sugary cake, strong fresh bread. Breath of alcohol in the finish, with some lingering bitterness and orangey hop sweetness.

M: Good mouthfeel, with a burst of carbonation simultaneous with the oncoming bitterness.

O: Overall, a very good, sweet APA with just enough bitterness to balance. I can see where the blood orange is influencing the profile, but I don't really see where the beets are doing anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:19:23 | More by Etan
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this whimsical looking beer the other day. Served in a snifter.

A: pours bright orange, dense white head, some lacing, small bit of cloudiness

S: nose starts with aroma of candied oranges, and hints of beet sweetness, the sweet candy like aroma is followed by a significant dough like bready character, not getting much in the way of hops on the nose

T: taste is well balanced, a bit of citrus up front, some of the candy from the nose, but not too sweet by any means, the bread/malt character comes through big and provides for a crisp and dry finish. Nice balance.

MF: light body, medium carbonation

O: this is interesting and unique. The blood orange and beet character certainly doesn't stand out, but it seems to integrate well with this beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:25:34 | More by homebrew311
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Nachos4two

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- pours a steady amber orange color. Definitely opaque. NASA steady lighthead.

S- definitely a orangish smell aroma.

T- citrus/ orange flavor I merges at first..lingers to a slightly bitter after taste.

M- crisp with a lingering flavor on the tongue.

O- a tasty beer, glad to have picked one up though not sure if it would ever be a wow or go to beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:43:41 | More by Nachos4two
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

06-06-2012 15:14:28 | More by hoppymcgee
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-14-2013 17:59:55 | More by pathman
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AleApostle

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

10-24-2012 15:17:39 | More by AleApostle
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

04-29-2012 01:10:43 | More by SFC21
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pschul4

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited when I heard about this one, here we go

A- Certainly looks the part of an APA. Light golden hazy color with a 1" creamy white head

S- Smells faintly good, citrusy hops (maybe from the blood oranges?) Not much malt scents, could be a lot stronger

T- Definitely getting pale malts in the taste. A little bit of bitterness which is pleasing and some maltiness that I'll never complain about. Just seems to be lacking the punch that could make it an amazing beer

M- Little too creamy for an APA was hoping for a more refreshing brew on this hot march day in Chicago

O- I like it, I don't love it. I'm not crying over them never making it again

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:12:40 | More by pschul4
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gshackles

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

05-20-2012 02:03:54 | More by gshackles
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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-04-2013 01:26:41 | More by jschott75
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

04-02-2012 22:36:51 | More by ryanpj
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beersis81

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

03-07-2012 23:45:13 | More by beersis81
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VaTechHopHead


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden orange with lots of small carbonation bubbles. Not a lot of head but provides decent lacing.

S - The blood oranges give a nice juicy sweet citrus flavor to the aroma and the secondary scent is the crisp Earthy hops. There is a slight hint of the beets way in the back lending a savory aroma to the nose.

T - First taste is mostly toned-down blood oranges mixed with the beets, sort of an astringent flavor. The hops don't shine through a whole lot but are Earthy and slightly floral, a nice combo with the beets. Aftertaste is slightly citric and savory.

M/O - Medium body with ok carbonation. Vanishes from the palate sort of quickly but filling with each sip. The flavor combination probably isn't for everybody but it is bold, different and well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:13:39 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Florida9

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, brilliant golden yellow in color. Forms a thick bright white head. Good retention and a some moderate lacing.

S: Bready, with a vegetal quality, which I will assume is from the beets. Some citrus hops and a bit of alcohol on the finish.

T: Very smooth and creamy with the subdued flavor of roasted beets. Mild sweetness. A bit bready. Light citrus hops on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a rather smooth feel in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: An easily drinkable pale ale. The beets and oranges aren't at all overpowering (actually I couldn't even tell the oranges were in it) and the flavors seem to work well together. If anything, this one needs a bit more hops to make it shine. Overall, a pretty good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:05:57 | More by Florida9
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with a large, foamy, white head.

The smell is grainy with earthy and herbal hops. I don't pick up any of the advertised blood orange.

It's a rather average taste. The beets give it an earthy taste (or so the label tells me) and an herbal characteristic. I was hoping for more citrus from the orange, but I can't even tell it's there. Again, it has a grainy aspect to it.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good carbonation.

Overall, this is just above average for a pale and not very hoppy, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:53:45 | More by Vonerichs
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Circus Penguin from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.