Hop Overboard
Circle Brewing Company

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,422
Ranked #39,755
3.56 | pDev: 17.42%
Circle Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 38
Photo of HipCzech
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at WET Bar (W Austin Hotel), served in a plastic beer cup; clear golden Amber with large bubbles and a spotty near-white head. Nose of light caramel malt, citrus rind and grassy hops. Light malty taste follows in taste with caramel hints, refreshing citrus (grapefruit) and herbal bitterness. Light to medium body and carbonation. Just enough hops and malt to keep from feeling thin, but still light and drinkable enough to enjoy poolside.

 446 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very brief notes taken while drinking a 12 fl oz brown glass bottle:

A: Pours a healthy head. Off-white colour. Foamy. Nicely frothy. Decent creaminess and fullness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is nice - about 7-8 minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeasty muck is visible.

Pretty average appearance for a pale ale.

Sm: Fresh cannabis, hewn grass, herbal hops, floral hops, faint pale malts. That's about it.

Average aromatic intensity.

T: Pale malts, off-puttingly bitter floral and herbal hops, grassy hops, soap. Poorly balanced and not very cohesive. Definitely not gestalt. There's little to no subtlety or intricacy here.

I can't say I much like it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, unrefreshing, and fairly thick.

Doesn't accentuate any specific flavours or elevate the beer as a whole.

Overall: An underwhelming pale ale from Circle. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends. Its shallowness and simplicity result in a lack of much to describe.

C- (2.53)

 1,040 characters

Photo of Premo88
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler filled at Harvey Washbangers, College Station, TX (on-tap)
poured into nonic

L: very light gold ... it looks like a gold brew watered down ... awesome, unique color, this lighter gold, and it's not yellow -- the hue is darker than that; clear; pushes up a thick head of offwhite foam that is super sticky at the top and maintains a thick collar and almost full skin; laces ... man, this is a show

S: hoppy ... caramel from malt, mango mixing malt and hops with the hops being orange and grapefruit; also has a distinct green note, some grass in there, maybe even chives; it smells sweet, the malt really kicking in its share

T: bitter ... wow, is that bite fantastic! for just 45 IBUs, it really lets the hops chomp down first and get some citrusy bitter goodness going; follows the nose with a bit of caramel/mango riding with the sweet grapefruit/orange -- the bitterness has grapefruit leanings, but it's also just straight up *bitter* ... like biting a flower stem. very good.

F: for a 4.7% ABV pale, approaching perfection. it's *too* drinkable ... seriously, I'm having to tap the brakes because it's light, crisp and full.

O: fantastic pale ale and one I will gladly pay cash money for again ... the growler was a great idea; the citrusy bitter bite is wonderful, and the sweetness from the malt is nice to have in there, and it's even better that it's not overpowering or getting in any other note's way

 1,440 characters

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Full of flavor and perfectly balanced with a nod to the hops. Great sugary-clear cream soda smell with enough malt to keep it in check. Hops are citric and fruity.

 163 characters

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Clear copper colored pour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Really nice aroma with some hints of malt, caramel and grapefruit. Fairly light bodied with a bit of grassy bitterness upfront backed by bready malt flavors. Can also taste some biscuit and caramel. Finishes dry with a slight lingering grass flavor.

 324 characters

Hop Overboard from Circle Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 38 ratings