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Circus Penguin | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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 metter98
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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 CelticAleMan
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of cestlavie
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of beagle75
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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 sweemzander
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rmcnealy
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber gold that wasn't very translucent and appeared to not be totally filtered. Produced a dense bone white head that fleeted to a solid ring around the glass and a foggy layer atop the brew. The initial smells are of very slight hop and a Belgian-esque yeast smell that may be from the beets. Not much on the malt side. The hop tastes (which aren't prevalent) are in the middle of the scale; smack between the citrus and piney tastes. Definite tastes of beets. The blood oranges aren't very noticeable to my palet right now. The taste has a slight bitterness to it. It is very crisp and refreshing. The 5.9% abv is about right. Another nice offering from Two Brothers.


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Photo of antoines15
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of csustar001
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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Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
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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Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of VagabondHops
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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 bluejacket74
2.41/5  rDev -31.1%
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 crossovert
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
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 tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 22 fl oz bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: SRM is dark golden yellow. Transparent. Head is off-white, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Nose is light hops followed by the earthiness of beet and mild citrus notes. Light malt and slightly sweet notes are detectable.

T: Medium/light hoppiness gives way to mild citrus notes. Some earthy flavors are apparent, but I would not say beet is a flavor that is discernable. A bit of sweetness comes through. Light malt base. Aftertaste is mild hops with a bit of bitterness.

M: Light body. Beets add a nice etheral feel and the orange brightens everything up a bit. Hops are well blended and give a noticable character to the feel. Dry finish.

O: A good beer with interesting ingredients. I think this came out well, but I am not terribly impressed. I expect good to great things from Two Brothers, and this is good. It is a very nice tasting and easy drinking beer. I may buy this again; certainly would not turn it down.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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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Circus Penguin from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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