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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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gshackles

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

05-20-2012 02:03:54 | More by gshackles
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beagle75

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with a sparse surface residue of white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass and fine solids hang motionless in the column.

S: Mostly floral, lighter citrus, lightest malt. All qualities are generally mild and refreshing.

T: Begins dry, with early floral hop aromatics and chalky base malt. Sweetness enjoys a brief peak into the middle alongside moderate citric acidity. Floral qualities persist to the finish where bitterness is more aggressive than expected, and detached from other aromatic flavors.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an interesting ale of the palest variety that struggles to really distinguish itself. While early aromatic qualities are titillatingly floral, heavy bitterness and synthetic plastic tend to give back any ground that was gained. There is such an obvious disconnect between bitterness and earlier aromatic flavors that the source of those flavors is revealed not as hop but other flavor adjunct such as the blood orange. Still, it presents a flavorful blond ale with pronounced floral qualities, derived from whatever source, that drinks easily enough.

05-11-2012 19:41:10 | More by beagle75
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -16%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Some good tan froth.

(S)- A lightly zesty citrus profile of orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. Subtle vegetable hints. Even more sublter pine. Great citrus though.

(T)- Much heavier in the vegetable department, though the citrus still shows up from the smell. Its a bit like a citrus and vegetable garden with a hint of pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Definitely a unique balance to it. Unique, but I am not as sold if that is a good thing or bad; might be a bit "too" unique.

(D)- Definitely a unique beer for the style. The blood orange definitely adds an interesting dimension to the beer, but I think the beets could have been toned down or not added at all.

05-06-2012 15:09:16 | More by sweemzander
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-05-2012 15:50:45 | More by LJWalker
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

Visual is clear with some small particles floating about. It is not hazy like yeast, so i bet it is from the beets and blood oranges?
lacing and head to give it proper headwear.
The aroma is pale malt biscuit, with a citrus that could either be well done hops or the blood oranges, but ill assume its both. not strong, but pleasent.
Flavors are less crisp then i expected, i cant say i notice the beets, and once again i assume the citrus is a hop/blood orange combo, but the malt backbone is supportive. I think if they added a light spice in here that would have been the missing element, but props for experiments, Two brothers needs more of it.

A solid beer, average, half better, half worse.

04-30-2012 01:52:42 | More by ChadQuest
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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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rmcnealy

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured a medium amber gold that wasn't very translucent and appeared to not be totally filtered. Produced a dense bone white head that fleeted to a solid ring around the glass and a foggy layer atop the brew. The initial smells are of very slight hop and a Belgian-esque yeast smell that may be from the beets. Not much on the malt side. The hop tastes (which aren't prevalent) are in the middle of the scale; smack between the citrus and piney tastes. Definite tastes of beets. The blood oranges aren't very noticeable to my palet right now. The taste has a slight bitterness to it. It is very crisp and refreshing. The 5.9% abv is about right. Another nice offering from Two Brothers.

Cheers!

04-21-2012 00:31:26 | More by rmcnealy
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antoines15

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

04-19-2012 00:50:10 | More by antoines15
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mattyrubes

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-15-2012 03:08:40 | More by mattyrubes
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tomserio

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-09-2012 21:12:23 | More by tomserio
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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%

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.

04-05-2012 00:05:51 | More by joefuzz
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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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jsh420

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%

04-02-2012 05:30:55 | More by jsh420
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -31.8%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

All penguins are awesome and fun. Just sayin'. This one, though, pours a hazy orange-auburn topped by a finger or so of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises blood orange zest, light clamato juice, light grapefruit zest, light black pepper, and a touch of grass and miscellaneous vegetation (I assume this last part to be from the beets). The taste holds notes of blood orange rind, beet juice, light tomato skin, black pepper, clove, sharp grass, greens, and lemon peel. Trust me, it tastes even worse than it sounds. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a much-too-dry finish. Overall, as this beer and Magic Hat's Wacko have shown, beets and beers don't mix positively (and the blood orange prolly didn't help, either...). Boo this.

04-02-2012 00:18:54 | More by TMoney2591
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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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VagabondHops

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Picked this one up and couldn't wait to try it, so away we go.
Served in a pint glass and has a thicker white head to it. Leaves the glass quickly.
Smells very citrusy(but I haven't enjoyed beets much, so maybe they give off a citrusy aroma???doubt it. Must be the blood oranges).
A definitely creamy refreshing ale and something I wouldn't mind havin again. But I'm not running out to get more. Not on my best list, but a good brew and good experiment by Two Bros.

03-28-2012 00:13:48 | More by VagabondHops
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -31.8%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty decent. The aroma is mostly earthy and vegetal, I assume that's from the beets. I smell beets/vegetables, and some grainy malt. I don't pick up any citrusy notes in the aroma at all. Unfortunately the taste isn't any better, and it got worse the longer I drank it. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, beets/vegetables and grainy malt. No citrus. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I've been eating a lot of blood oranges lately and I picked this brew up thinking it would be good. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I just didn't care for this at all. It wasn't horrible, but it sure wasn't good either. Maybe I'll try this again in the future if they ever decide to make this again, but I'm not going to drink this again anytime soon. $6.99 a bottle.

03-24-2012 22:21:15 | More by bluejacket74
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crossovert

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -34.1%

650ml bottle.

It pours a clear light orange with a big foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell isn't huge but it is pleasant. It is citrusy with some blood orange and the beet is there as well.

The flavor is too buttery for my liking. The orange and hops don't come through. This one is a buttery malt bomb. Not too good.

03-21-2012 01:30:52 | More by crossovert
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

P: 22 fl oz bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: SRM is dark golden yellow. Transparent. Head is off-white, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Nose is light hops followed by the earthiness of beet and mild citrus notes. Light malt and slightly sweet notes are detectable.

T: Medium/light hoppiness gives way to mild citrus notes. Some earthy flavors are apparent, but I would not say beet is a flavor that is discernable. A bit of sweetness comes through. Light malt base. Aftertaste is mild hops with a bit of bitterness.

M: Light body. Beets add a nice etheral feel and the orange brightens everything up a bit. Hops are well blended and give a noticable character to the feel. Dry finish.

O: A good beer with interesting ingredients. I think this came out well, but I am not terribly impressed. I expect good to great things from Two Brothers, and this is good. It is a very nice tasting and easy drinking beer. I may buy this again; certainly would not turn it down.

03-20-2012 12:24:12 | More by tsauce2
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sgoro

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

03-16-2012 23:44:08 | More by sgoro
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pschul4

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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

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

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Tasted On: 03-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled 02-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Clear, with a light orange color. Head is white and a finger high, with a fair amount of retention and very sticky lacing.

S: Earthy hops, light malt sweetness, and a mild fruit presence, presumably from the beets and oranges.

T: Zesty and hoppy, with a citrus/orange kick. There's a light level of malt sweetness, but this is primarily a hop-forward beer.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied, the finish is bitter and slightly fruity.

O: A good and enjoyable pale ale.

Thanks to Duff27 for this one!

03-16-2012 00:50:09 | More by sommersb
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

I keep trying all of the Two Brothers beers I can get, because for the most part I've loved them all. I didn't even read the description of this beer, pale ale with organic beets and blood oranges. The last beet beer I had was Magic Hat Wacko, and it wasn't so good. Pours into a chalice with a glowing orange copper just slightly hazy with a rotund off white head forming thick. Fine even lacing spread evenly between sips, looks pretty nice in my glass. Aroma has an earthy vegetable herbal quality with blood orange citrus, and an even keeled biscuit malt profile. Through each sip, I'm getting an earthy quality from the beet juice, and some orange pith/peel bitterness. Also a chalky slightly spicy yeast component, with little to no hops making a mark on the palate, finishes with an earth herbal dry bitterness as the pale malt biscuit breadiness subsides. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with ample sturdy carbonation flowing just fine, works well in this beer. Something unusual added by the beet additions but it's hard to describe, overall a unique offering but nothing I would pickup again especially with the other outstanding Two Brothers beers out there.

03-14-2012 21:18:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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