Circus City IPA | Big Top Brewing Company

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Circus City IPACircus City IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Top Brewing Company
Florida, United States
bigtopbrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PorterLambic on 12-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
18.79%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of ackeeper
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper to dark gold in color with a quarter inch of densely packed creamy beige head. The aroma is of light malt with notes of saltine cracker and resinous piney to citrus hops. I'm tasting a very intensely tangerine to grapefruit hop and light marzipan malt forward beer. The mouth is resinous and lightly chalky.

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Photo of Cooker_stp
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MTKATL
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of trev311
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattymystique
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brutalist
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodlavers
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drinking12many
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Circus City IPA has a thick, off-white head, a hazy, sort of darkish amber-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and rather heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of fruity, tropical fruit hop oils, but NOT canned grapefruit, which is so usual, these days. Taste is of sweet, slightly bitter, somewhat olive oil? resin (a la Anchor IPA), with sweet bread crust. Mouthfeel is high medium and very nearly heavy. Big Top Circus City IPA finishes on the dry and very interesting side of things.

RJT

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johngilbert
1.49/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

The first six pack I bought of this was spoiled. We all know that good beers can keep on the shelf, yes even some IPAs if they are well made and have shelf dexterity. I just bought this a second time to give them the benefit of the doubt. Not many craft beer gas stations in North Pinellas County. I like to get singles sometimes-- this is one of the few they even have here. Anyways, the nose is very bad malty. The aroma is a tell-tale generic, amateurish IPA malty nose with a light cat-pee smell and no hops except something bitter with no taste. The mouth feel is heavy syrup body with a lingering alcohol effect. The taste is not much different than the nose (very disappointing). The taste is similar to other American start ups that have IPA's in which the hops lend only bitterness and nothing in the way of flavor.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dayvcrocket
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Frenzeljr
2.31/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing. Very awkward hop, unpleasant finish. Drinkable, but not by much.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great beer that hits my sweet spot. I didn't give it a higher rating for a great beer because it's overall flavor and color are clones of bells two hearted ale although the smell is not nor the mouth feel. Enjoyed from a can in a tulip glass. Cans have been recently changed. I have in the past couple of years enjoyed this on trips to Florida.

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Photo of RMelyon
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Circus City IPA from Big Top Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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