Vicious Circle Amber Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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3.5/5
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Vicious Circle Amber AleVicious Circle Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States
fishbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by twelveinches on 11-03-2013

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Ranking:
#40,701
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
56
pDev:
8.86%
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Abstractspirit
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pianoguy
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle. No discernible bottling info. ( there's a strip of months and one is supposed to be notched to indicate the month it was "spawned" but alas, none are...)

Pours a solid copper body with an off white head. Small amount of visible carbionation Minimal retention, thin lacing.

Smell is not very prominent. I'm getting a grassy sweet malt scent along with a little bit of hop.

Taste follows. It's sweet at first with a tiny bit of hop bitterness on the finish

Medium feel. could us a little more carbonation.

Value (does not affect score) This was a gift but I think it was in the $5-$7 dollar range. On okay value I guess...

An average amber ale. Not bad, not great

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is apparently my third Amber Ale I've reviewed from FishTale. I didn't care much for the other two, but with a name like Vicious Circles I'm hopefully this one will be more impressive.

This one comes in a 22oz bottle which I've served in a can glass. Beer pours a deep almost brown color, before settling into a lovely garnet crystal pool topped with loads of tan head. So far so good! Aroma is biscuity and malty, if mild. Flavor is similarly mild, but brings a crisp flavor profile over a fizzy yet creamy mouthfeel. Sensibilities of an English dark ale. Hm actually I kinda want to have this one on cask now. Definitely better than I remember their Organic Amber being... success?!

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Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another mini-horizontal, thanks to the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody!

The approved pic in this case does not do the label on the bottle any justice. Here, a surfer girl, tethered to her board by an ankle cord, is seated astride her surfboard with her legs hanging down as a pair of sharks and other marine life circle around her! Eeeek. The art itself is not attributed, but it is a pretty cool label.

Once again, the adventure begins with a Pop! of the cap. I followed my gentle pour with a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & deep amber highlights. Nose had a pronounced caramel malt sweetness, signaling that this may be my last for the day. I am starting to jones for hops & I have a Stout on deck. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style, but not quite creamy. The taste was more like a Twix bar with a biscuitiness to accompany the caramel that I noted on the nose. Finish was semi-sweet, which was okay for the style, but with the modern shift to more hoppy Ambers, I was left feeling kind of cold. I mean, really, the word "Vicious" in the name sets up an unrealistic expectation. Am I alone in this?

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle spawned in June poured into a pint glass.

Look: Beautiful deep amber color with a white one finger head that recedes rather quickly into a ring around the glass.

Smell: Clean malts with fruit esters.

Taste: A little sweet but not cloying up front followed by a solid,well balanced malt backbone. finishes with just a touch of hops.

Feel: Medium body and a tad dry.

Overall: A well balanced flavorful amber without over hopping. One of my favorites.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It tastes a little too ''coppery'' for me to rate it any higher in the taste department but it's still a beer i enjoyed. I love the color of it and it's smooth.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmeehan
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer isn't bad, but I can't imagine I'll remember much else about it other than a "I drank this once" kind of experience. It's s nice color and smells fine, but its smooth taste is about all it has that stands out. Solid beer, not great.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, nut, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, fruit, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Lilmikey1989
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyanByorick
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lanecirrus
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yeaprolly
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kofukasho
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vicious Circle Amber Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 56 ratings