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Circus Penguin | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
69
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled 02-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Clear, with a light orange color. Head is white and a finger high, with a fair amount of retention and very sticky lacing.

S: Earthy hops, light malt sweetness, and a mild fruit presence, presumably from the beets and oranges.

T: Zesty and hoppy, with a citrus/orange kick. There's a light level of malt sweetness, but this is primarily a hop-forward beer.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied, the finish is bitter and slightly fruity.

O: A good and enjoyable pale ale.

Thanks to Duff27 for this one!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with a large, foamy, white head.

The smell is grainy with earthy and herbal hops. I don't pick up any of the advertised blood orange.

It's a rather average taste. The beets give it an earthy taste (or so the label tells me) and an herbal characteristic. I was hoping for more citrus from the orange, but I can't even tell it's there. Again, it has a grainy aspect to it.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good carbonation.

Overall, this is just above average for a pale and not very hoppy, even for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  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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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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone pint.

A- pilsner color with a 2 finger white head. Lacing blotches stick randomly on the glass.

S- has a almost macro lager smell, maybe the beets are causing this vegetable-like smell? Some citrus as well.

T- pale malts with slight citrus/orange flavors. Crisp pine hop bitterness at finish.

M- light body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish yet easy drinking pale.

O- an average pale as a lot of Two Bros beers are. Blood oranges and beets just doesn't come through enough.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a bright sun-kissed orange yellow tone, and a compact layer of white foam on the surface that lingers for a few minutes, depositing drippy seafoam lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is earthy with hops and beets (possibly) which give it a certain freshness, but it's sort of indistinct.

Flavor is lightly bitter with orange peel, pale malts, and a medium level of earthy bitterness. Fairly smooth and light bodied, easily drinkable, though not as exotic as the label might have you think.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of areich6
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, yellow/amber in color with a fingers worth of white head. Lots of white lace.

The nose has some oranges, earthy hops and a bit of sweet malt. Pretty vegetable-like.

The taste has some bitter citrus rind, light caramel malt, earthy vegetable and is quite bitter.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, bitter, and amply carbonated.

Overall, decent pale ale witha special uniqueness.

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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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