Atwater Grand Circus IPA | Atwater Brewery

Atwater Grand Circus IPAAtwater Grand Circus IPA
333 Ratings
Atwater Grand Circus IPAAtwater Grand Circus IPA

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DrDoitchbig on 08-22-2011

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Ratings: 333 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Procured in Detroit, and with downtown Motown maps on the label, but the can indicates that this is brewed in Latrobe, PA.

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber hue, with a teeming amount of thin foamy cobwebbed head, which leaves some chunky bands of rainforest lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of strong biscuity malts, some tart breadiness, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is crackery, biscuity malt, quite dry, like something you'd want to dip in soup. There's some leafy, herbal hops adding to the bitter side of things. The carbonation is moderate, and unobtrusive, the body near medium weight, and a little too clingy and clammy to proclaim as smooth. It finishes malty, but not sweet, the dryness abetted by some lingering herbal hops.

No way, no how should this be labeled as an IPA, of any sort. Now tell me ESB, and we can talk, mostly about how to make this bitter a whole lot better.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of LXIXME
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 10/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt balance; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt balance; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately resinous/chalky mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a solid IPA. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium reddish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to to mottled pillowy finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal, floral, grassy, and citrus/grapefruit rind hops over the top of a light aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with only a minimal amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of herbal, floral, grassy, and citrus/grapefruit rind hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: An okay but not great session IPA - hops flavors and aromas are a little muddled and the mouthfeel is a little watery. Easy to drink but not enjoyable enough for me to want to get again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yay cans, tasty crack cans...

Anyways, pours a huge pasty white fluffy head of more than 2 fingers, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, over hazy sediment yeast chunk filled orange colored, its really full of sediment.

Nose has some hops, but not much. Candy hops, a bit fruity and hint earthy grassy, slightest touch of citrus but more like citrus candy.

Taste comes fairly bland as well, slight touch of a malty sweetness, but then some hops, candy hops, hint of grassy hops and citrus, bit fruity, and fairly light overall. Finish is drier a decent bitterness, a lot more bitterness than actual hop flavor with no malts to really balance and lack of nice distinct hop flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb at least.

Overall meh, not really much going for it except a fairly cheap IPA in a can, cause everyone loves it in the can.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, a good amount of hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some very mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a weak hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is also thin and while there isn’t any harshness to it, there isn’t much balance either. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp but watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty but not very flavorful, goes down easily but only because there isn’t much to the beer, not filling at all, very mild kick, not a good representation of style, this beer simply tastes like a very watered down version of an IPA that was mediocre to begin with.

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lumpy head with some webby lace. Rocky settlement. Cloudy, pale amber color.

Clean pale malt smell with a shallow level of hop--slightly off from the IPA expectation.

Interesting pineapple hop flavor, some pepper and grapefruit. Starts with a brief, neutral malt. Good bitterness swallow with a long aftertaste of pepper. Unremarkable body with a carbonation that is as expected.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Many, many thanks to Another6Pack for sending me a CAN Care package recently! I noticed that I had one of his Wants and he sent me a four-pack of some really nifty CANs. I CAN always review a new CAN in support of The CANquest (TM) ...

From the CAN: "We drink all we [CAN] and then sell the rest."; "Our 'Session' India Pale Ale"; "Kick back, relax and enjoy a cold craft beer in your city's 'Grand Circus Park'."; "Beer is good."; plus an underlay of the map of downtown Detroit.

Too bad about the allusion to a Detroit park - I thought that it referred to my classroom.

The Crack was as loud in the deafening silence of my kitchen as any in recent memory. I decided to go with a heavy-handed Glug into a Sam. Adams Perfect Pint glass just to see if I could get a cascade to result. CAN I get an "Amen, brother!" from the CANstituency? I was soon looking at two-plus fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head that was fading as quickly as red ink in the sunlight. Bye! The beer was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I suddenly wished for a serving of French Fries. Did the color remind me of cooking oil? Or perhaps of golden fries themselves? Either way, one should never hold back anything that comes to mind in doing a review. I personally dig the stream-of-consciousness rave that seems to be the trademark of my reviews. Now, where was I before I got lorded over by some western distraction ...? Oh yes, color. In the meantime, the head had fallen to the point that I could get my nose in there to root for truffles without the fear of foam in my sinuses. I was a trained Locker Leader (firefighter) in the Navy and one time, in extinguishing an oil fire, I did get some of the AFFF in my mask. Speaking of oil, did I mention that I am hungry for French Fries? The nose was pretty weak for an AIPA. Hoppy? Sure, but not enough to qualify as an AIPA. I have to go with El Tigre from Calgary in that this would be a passable ESB and a below-par AIPA. The nose could not seem to allow the malt to get out of the way of the tea-like hops. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was of minty hops on a chewing gum scale. This was my second go-'round tonight with an AIPA with a substandard hops presence. Grrr. Finish was as boring as one of those ponderous documentaries on PBS on Sunday afternoon in which some British talking head goes on and on about the merits of French Fries. Hell, they're not even French! They are originally les pommes frites from Belgium and I still want some. I want them more than I want another of this beer. I CAN only hope that this review helps you in your personal quest for better beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atwater puts out some decent beers...this is no exception. The Grand Circus is a nive IPA. Pours an orange clear copper color with 1/4 finger head that is lacing. The smell has mostly bitter hops with slight citrus. The taste follows suite....very bitter towards the end that eventually zings hints of Grapefruit. The mouthfeel is mdeium to light body with good carbonation. Overall its good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

That's a pretty dull label for such an allegedly badass tent-enclosed spectacle... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light grass, white bread, and a twinge of orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of dust and must, making everything just come out tasting dirty and funky. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this was a pretty sad IPA, one that just tasted off despite its freshness. Boo this.

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Photo of BEER88
3.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper at Smokin' Joe's the label says it's brewed in Latrobe. Actually pale copper crystal clear with a bright white head flowing thick. Head has trickled thin lacing layers with notes of grassy pale copper. The body although slightly stick with hop oils doesn't hold up to most big or light IPAs, medium body with a moderate level of carbonation flavor isn't bad at all actually quite hoppy and held together quite nicely for a bigger beer from up north in Michigan.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.77/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, purchased as part of a 12 pack, at American Bev. in Brooklyn, NY ($12.99)

Pours lightly clouded almond amber, delicate off white head, leaves a thicker film, collar and fine mostly low lacing.

Nose is of some grassy hops and a hint of malt.

This is an easy drinking, lighter and refreshing IPA. Moderate hop presence, balanced by a nearly equal malty base. Lighter mouthfeel, with a watery note.

Nothing special, but enjoyable enough. Worthy summer sesioner

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I am really grateful that I have not had this beer before. At least I'll get a tick out of the deal. (I didn't check to see, but thought it was new to me.)

Thin and watery with a hop influence that shows and disappears rather quickly. Thin is the word that keeps coming to mind. And there is a dirty aftertaste with some odd orange on there. Dirty and thin. That sums it up for this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, somewhat lackluster copper coloring with a foamy, low profile, sparse, white filmy head. The head starts promising, at around an inch and a half, but quickly settles out. Well balanced nose of light citrus sweetness and light, green, fresh hops aromas. Flavors are strong initially, but a bit watery overall, with a strong roasted and dry hopped flavor profile that has some char character. The hops go fairly unbalanced, with only a slight hint of the citrus that was present in the nose. Decent cling along the glass while you drink, which is one of the few redeeming qualities. The aftertaste is resiny and strongly roasted, with a drying feel that makes the finish quick and clean. A slight tang left behind on the tongue, but not much else at the end.

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