Circus Penguin | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Circus PenguinCircus Penguin
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3.5 w/ 69 ratings
Circus PenguinCircus Penguin

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first annual Brewers Choice artisan release beer, an organic beet and blood orange pale ale.

Added by ChugginOil on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of rossracing
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what a gret magical night

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of joefuzz
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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

The Circus Penguin is pretty decent....and definitely different. The beer poured an orange with some floaties with nice foamy white head that is lacing. The smell has beets with a touch of orange peel. The taste is a moderate pale ale with some hints of beet and orange. The body is medium to light with good carbonations. Overall it is pretty decent.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out the color of nice new copper. a two finger, increadibly sudsy head forms on top and lasts for a couple minutes before settling into a rocky sea foam texture on top of the beer. i could smell this as soon as i opened it. lots of floral hops and orange. taste is more subdued but still has plenty of blood orange flavor. the beets give it a nice earthy touch. and the hops are not real over-powering, but they provide a slight bite on the back end. mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. lively carbonation and a dry finish compliment each other very well. overall i think this is a very good beer, just have to remind my self it's an apa not a dipa, that's why the flavors are more subdued, instead of more in your face.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Golden orange with a huge tower of pillowy white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S: Nice sweet citrus hop aroma. Very orangey (maybe the blood orange affecting the aroma?). Sweet grainy malt.

T: Bright citrus hop, pithy orange, grapefruit bitterness in the middle and finish, sugary cake, strong fresh bread. Breath of alcohol in the finish, with some lingering bitterness and orangey hop sweetness.

M: Good mouthfeel, with a burst of carbonation simultaneous with the oncoming bitterness.

O: Overall, a very good, sweet APA with just enough bitterness to balance. I can see where the blood orange is influencing the profile, but I don't really see where the beets are doing anything.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this whimsical looking beer the other day. Served in a snifter.

A: pours bright orange, dense white head, some lacing, small bit of cloudiness

S: nose starts with aroma of candied oranges, and hints of beet sweetness, the sweet candy like aroma is followed by a significant dough like bready character, not getting much in the way of hops on the nose

T: taste is well balanced, a bit of citrus up front, some of the candy from the nose, but not too sweet by any means, the bread/malt character comes through big and provides for a crisp and dry finish. Nice balance.

MF: light body, medium carbonation

O: this is interesting and unique. The blood orange and beet character certainly doesn't stand out, but it seems to integrate well with this beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Nachos4two
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- pours a steady amber orange color. Definitely opaque. NASA steady lighthead.

S- definitely a orangish smell aroma.

T- citrus/ orange flavor I merges at first..lingers to a slightly bitter after taste.

M- crisp with a lingering flavor on the tongue.

O- a tasty beer, glad to have picked one up though not sure if it would ever be a wow or go to beer for me.

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Photo of pschul4
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, brilliant golden yellow in color. Forms a thick bright white head. Good retention and a some moderate lacing.

S: Bready, with a vegetal quality, which I will assume is from the beets. Some citrus hops and a bit of alcohol on the finish.

T: Very smooth and creamy with the subdued flavor of roasted beets. Mild sweetness. A bit bready. Light citrus hops on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a rather smooth feel in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: An easily drinkable pale ale. The beets and oranges aren't at all overpowering (actually I couldn't even tell the oranges were in it) and the flavors seem to work well together. If anything, this one needs a bit more hops to make it shine. Overall, a pretty good beer though.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden orange with lots of small carbonation bubbles. Not a lot of head but provides decent lacing.

S - The blood oranges give a nice juicy sweet citrus flavor to the aroma and the secondary scent is the crisp Earthy hops. There is a slight hint of the beets way in the back lending a savory aroma to the nose.

T - First taste is mostly toned-down blood oranges mixed with the beets, sort of an astringent flavor. The hops don't shine through a whole lot but are Earthy and slightly floral, a nice combo with the beets. Aftertaste is slightly citric and savory.

M/O - Medium body with ok carbonation. Vanishes from the palate sort of quickly but filling with each sip. The flavor combination probably isn't for everybody but it is bold, different and well done.

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Circus Penguin from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 34.8% out of 100 with 69 ratings
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