Circus Penguin | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Nofear048
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of crossovert
2.36/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650ml bottle.

It pours a clear light orange with a big foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell isn't huge but it is pleasant. It is citrusy with some blood orange and the beet is there as well.

The flavor is too buttery for my liking. The orange and hops don't come through. This one is a buttery malt bomb. Not too good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.41/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty decent. The aroma is mostly earthy and vegetal, I assume that's from the beets. I smell beets/vegetables, and some grainy malt. I don't pick up any citrusy notes in the aroma at all. Unfortunately the taste isn't any better, and it got worse the longer I drank it. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, beets/vegetables and grainy malt. No citrus. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I've been eating a lot of blood oranges lately and I picked this brew up thinking it would be good. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I just didn't care for this at all. It wasn't horrible, but it sure wasn't good either. Maybe I'll try this again in the future if they ever decide to make this again, but I'm not going to drink this again anytime soon. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

All penguins are awesome and fun. Just sayin'. This one, though, pours a hazy orange-auburn topped by a finger or so of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises blood orange zest, light clamato juice, light grapefruit zest, light black pepper, and a touch of grass and miscellaneous vegetation (I assume this last part to be from the beets). The taste holds notes of blood orange rind, beet juice, light tomato skin, black pepper, clove, sharp grass, greens, and lemon peel. Trust me, it tastes even worse than it sounds. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a much-too-dry finish. Overall, as this beer and Magic Hat's Wacko have shown, beets and beers don't mix positively (and the blood orange prolly didn't help, either...). Boo this.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of sweemzander
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Some good tan froth.

(S)- A lightly zesty citrus profile of orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. Subtle vegetable hints. Even more sublter pine. Great citrus though.

(T)- Much heavier in the vegetable department, though the citrus still shows up from the smell. Its a bit like a citrus and vegetable garden with a hint of pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Definitely a unique balance to it. Unique, but I am not as sold if that is a good thing or bad; might be a bit "too" unique.

(D)- Definitely a unique beer for the style. The blood orange definitely adds an interesting dimension to the beer, but I think the beets could have been toned down or not added at all.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visual is clear with some small particles floating about. It is not hazy like yeast, so i bet it is from the beets and blood oranges?
lacing and head to give it proper headwear.
The aroma is pale malt biscuit, with a citrus that could either be well done hops or the blood oranges, but ill assume its both. not strong, but pleasent.
Flavors are less crisp then i expected, i cant say i notice the beets, and once again i assume the citrus is a hop/blood orange combo, but the malt backbone is supportive. I think if they added a light spice in here that would have been the missing element, but props for experiments, Two brothers needs more of it.

A solid beer, average, half better, half worse.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I keep trying all of the Two Brothers beers I can get, because for the most part I've loved them all. I didn't even read the description of this beer, pale ale with organic beets and blood oranges. The last beet beer I had was Magic Hat Wacko, and it wasn't so good. Pours into a chalice with a glowing orange copper just slightly hazy with a rotund off white head forming thick. Fine even lacing spread evenly between sips, looks pretty nice in my glass. Aroma has an earthy vegetable herbal quality with blood orange citrus, and an even keeled biscuit malt profile. Through each sip, I'm getting an earthy quality from the beet juice, and some orange pith/peel bitterness. Also a chalky slightly spicy yeast component, with little to no hops making a mark on the palate, finishes with an earth herbal dry bitterness as the pale malt biscuit breadiness subsides. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with ample sturdy carbonation flowing just fine, works well in this beer. Something unusual added by the beet additions but it's hard to describe, overall a unique offering but nothing I would pickup again especially with the other outstanding Two Brothers beers out there.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Binny's in Champaign, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Two Brothers' Circus Penguin is an interesting blend of ingredients into a pale ale, but the result does not come through in the actual beer. The beets are totally absent (and when were they added, because any beets I've cooked would have died this a hearty magenta?) and the blood orange seems to be reduced to a bit of rind-like essence and bitterness in the flavor. While this isn't amazing, it's still a satisfyingly enjoyable beer, though I think I'd take their normal offerings over it..

Pours a 2cm whitish head that has fairly decent retention, eventually diminishing to a ring around the glass with some islands of foam, leaving good lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a transparent golden orange color, with light bringing out paler yellow-gold accents. Carbonation is visible and quite streaming.

Aroma is of light and slight caramel-colored malts, with notable citrus from hop choices and, possibly, blood orange, though blood orange isn't particularly sharp and citrusy like grapefruit. Not particularly strong or effusive, but enjoyable enough.

Taste is well-balanced between light and caramel-colored malts, bittering and citrus hops, and a bit of orange rind that shows up mid-palate and continues through, lasting into the aftertaste. Not pulling in any of those beets, though. Taste is akin to an amped-up English Pale Ale, with more bitterness than across the pond.

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with medium amounts of carbonation. The result is a beer that is crisp and taught across the palate, easily drinkable and enjoyable. Closes out expectedly dry, with no residual stickiness in the mouth.

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Photo of beagle75
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with a sparse surface residue of white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass and fine solids hang motionless in the column.

S: Mostly floral, lighter citrus, lightest malt. All qualities are generally mild and refreshing.

T: Begins dry, with early floral hop aromatics and chalky base malt. Sweetness enjoys a brief peak into the middle alongside moderate citric acidity. Floral qualities persist to the finish where bitterness is more aggressive than expected, and detached from other aromatic flavors.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an interesting ale of the palest variety that struggles to really distinguish itself. While early aromatic qualities are titillatingly floral, heavy bitterness and synthetic plastic tend to give back any ground that was gained. There is such an obvious disconnect between bitterness and earlier aromatic flavors that the source of those flavors is revealed not as hop but other flavor adjunct such as the blood orange. Still, it presents a flavorful blond ale with pronounced floral qualities, derived from whatever source, that drinks easily enough.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down a bit and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of orange citrus in the nose, but these seem to be more from the blood oranges rather than the hops.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts along with notes of orange citrus and hints of beets. A light amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, smooth and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the beet flavors are subdued.

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Photo of VagabondHops
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up and couldn't wait to try it, so away we go.
Served in a pint glass and has a thicker white head to it. Leaves the glass quickly.
Smells very citrusy(but I haven't enjoyed beets much, so maybe they give off a citrusy aroma???doubt it. Must be the blood oranges).
A definitely creamy refreshing ale and something I wouldn't mind havin again. But I'm not running out to get more. Not on my best list, but a good brew and good experiment by Two Bros.

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Photo of HosP
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been a while since reviewing. Picked this up the other day, hadn't bought a bomber in months! Poured into fff pint glass. Poured hazy, golden color. Fluffy white head with lace left on glass. Interesting nose. Some citrus hop smell, with a mild maybe musty beet? smell. Not sure. Taste has a good amount of hop burst up front, citrus mostly. Pretty refreshing. Sweetness at the end. Not a beet fan so not sure if its beets or what. Medium body with a little bit of a dry mouthfeel. Overall interesting beer. Not something normal. Good, but not sure I would pick it up again. Worth the $7 to try!

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Circus Penguin from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.47 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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