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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Why are Miracle Mike and his dog, Bionic, being chased by many evil laser beam shooting cupcakes and two giant layer cake mother ships? Because we're straight lunatic fools? Well, maybe, but with a few brains cells remaining we managed to craft Space Cake double IPA, utilizing citrusy Mosaic hops and an immaculate West Coast style malt backbone. Dude... Chill out. Enjoy some Space Cake.

Added by braican on 02-22-2014

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Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The date on the shoulder of the bottle reads "Bottled On 03/29/16" so this is just under a month old.

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium bronze body with a thick creamy eggshell white head. Great retention and spotty disjointed levels of lacing that look a bit like a Mario game.

Aroma: Big aromas up front with tangerine and a bit of garlic. Pretty catty. Some grapefruit. An odd but intoxicating aroma.

Taste: Not a whole lot going on in the flavor department. It's not devoid of flavor but it just doesn't have a lot. There are some faint orange pith and pine resin flavors along with a bit of what rye bread tastes like. It has a nice pithy bitterness with a bit of grapefruit character. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good bitterness for the beer. It's not over the top and it doesn't leave you wanting more bitterness. Light to medium bodied and a semi-wet finish.

Overall: It's a good DIPA and I would buy it to scratch that hop itch. It does a good job at delivering wonderful aromatics and good bitterness. It is a bit lacking in flavor. It's not bad or anything but it just didn't have a huge hop flavor and the malt flavor was also noticeably absent. I did enjoy this beer at just under a month from its bottle date so I would buy it again at one or two weeks old to re-review it. I would recommend to at least try it if it is available to you. I wouldn't go too far out of the way to get it though.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear medium light amber with a respectable cap of slightly foamy white head. Good retention, aided by steady carbonation, leaves a combination of small soapy and big sticky spots of lacing. The smell is good, if a little light, offering hints of caramel and citrus, flowers, and pine. The taste is much the same, with good characteristics that don't quite pop. The body is lighter and a too heavy on the carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Bot. on 09.22.15. Consumed 04.01.16. in a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dense tangerine orange with a bready one inch off white head that showed a long and steady retention. Good mixture of carbonation bubbles with a good amount of lace coverage on the vessel.

S: Fresh wet mangos, fresh grapefruit juice and some freshly squeezed oranges dripping with wetness. Very good strength, some wet lemons leaving a very good and lasting impression. It this is 7 months old, i can only imagine how fresh and wet this is from the bright tank. Holds up incredibily well.

T: Prickly dry citrus and lemon hopping of an aggressive nature hits you on the opening sip. Dry grapefruit pulp, citrus, dry grains with hints of dried tropical fruit. Orange-pine hops, toasted sweet speciality grains with some lingering orange-citrus bitterness that really delivers a hop bite along with a sting of lemony hop flowers on the swallow.

M: Good crispness, malty and creamy.

O: Aggressively hopped, even at 7 months layover you could never tell the age on this, the nose was as fresh and wet as one can expect, the hopping, dry and bitter, yet still defined with almost no signs of aging. Potently hopped, its hard to impress me now a days with the vast diversity of ipas, but this one is sure to stand out with a lasting bitterness and impression.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty orange with a big fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Notes of caramel, light toffee, pineapple, mango, pine, and citrus piths. Complex hoppy profile with restrained bitterness. Medium body with initial carbonation bite that smooths out and finishes semi dry and not a single hint of the ABV. This was really nice, great sipping DIPA that's complex but easy to have around.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle! Bottle Date: 12/28/15

A - Pours a nice, clear dark copper orange color with a massively thick and frothy head, very sticky lacing, and moderate carbonation.

S - Some caramel malt in the nose but mostly dominated with dank fresh tropical fruit resin aroma - pineapple, tangerine.

T - There's a nice solid caramel backbone that lends itself to a little sweetness but the palate is dominated by hops from start to finish. Dank tropical fruit with a peppery fruit rind of citrus, stone fruit, pineapple, some garlic presence, and a punch of pine bitterness at the very end.

M - Thick body with a creamy mouthfeel, the alcohol, though not overbearing, definitely makes its presence known.

O - Even with two months on this bottle, it's still impressive and I know my score would be higher with a fresher bottle. This is a pretty fantastic D-IPA and would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from last year. Bottled within a month, fresh for a Californian. This was just a huge malty sweet mess. Hops did not shine, and I remember choking this one down. This tasted to me like a 5+ Month old DIPA.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single pint and six bottle dated 12/15/2015. I have a plastic glass sadly, I'm on the road. Looks hazy and orange gold. Small, bubbly head, pretty carbonated beer. Medium bodied with a bitter presence. Lacing washes away quickly. Smell is really nice, great hops and malt balance. Taste is really good too. Kinda reminds me of a Hercules by Great Divide if they added citrus or more resinous hops. It gets you drunk pretty fast. Semi dry feel on the tongue. Roof of the mouth follows suit. Tasty beer, some apparent bitterness and a strong malt background highlighted by bright, refreshing citrusy but bitter hops. This is a great beer. Good taste in the back of the mouth by the ugula (sp?) Haha. I haven't drank in a week. I'm indeed wearing my Clown Shoes at work. I'm bad. Cheers!

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Photo of FFreak
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Purchased this at a liquor store in Hartford, CT - can't remember the price. Poured into a tall tulip. Pours a hazy dark orange with a humongous fluffy off-white head that takes forever to drop. Smell is straight up malt, with just a hint of citrus. Taste follows with a huge malty backbone, followed by a bracing bitterness and just a touch of citrusy hops. Unfortunately, the finish was accompanied by a big-time bandaid off flavor. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavy and almost cloying. Overall, unfortunately this was a drian pour for me, too sweet, too malty, and with a very unenjoyable off flavor.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured sunset orange with a huge head and little lacing. Faint smell of citrus and pine.

Heavy malt flavors upfront, breadiness, banana, pineapple. Citrus hop finish, which is both dry and quick, but creamy smooth.

Nice smooth, easy drinking DIPA. Worth exploring, but lacks the punch of flavors and balance that I would like to see in a DIPA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated 1/04/16, so about 1.5 months old

clear, dark golden in color, nice foamy white head. good lacing. great hop aroma - pine, citrus, grapefruit, berry. taste is hop dominated, just enough malt balance. lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. sticky mouthfeel, coats the tongue.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazyish amber
Tangerine, apricot, kiwi, caramel, toffee. Some other weird faint smell I can't pinpoint...its like meaty or oniony
Caramel/toffee is up front with malt sweetness in back. Middle is kiwi, pineapple
Medium bodied
Wish there was more hop but its a good sweet DIPA

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Photo of Reema
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 22 oz poured into a pint glass

Pours an opaque golden orange. Smells of heavy pineapple, mango, pine, slight booziness, and citrus sweetness. Taste reflects the smell. Initial pineapple booziness leads to floral and pine flavors, that finish with a citrus sweetness and slightly bitter. Feel is on the thicker side which compliments the heavier pine but not the fruitier flavors. Overall this is a pretty good beer that is tasty.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/4" head.

Smell: earthy and citrus tones are picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, some pine, light alcohol tones, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a well balanced DIPA that is easy to quaff. Refreshing and hits the spot.

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Photo of MicTar
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4oz from draft

L: cloudy Amber/golden color (like straw) with a white head that left a small amount of lacing
S: floral and sweet (fruit scent)
T: spicy and sour then a mild hoppy floral aftertaste
F: smooth at first that is quickly followed by a bite from the carbonation
O: for a DIPA it was very easy to drink

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Photo of Beers-es
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber bottled 3 weeks ago, pours a very clear golden orange, with about a finger of dense white head. Smell is citrus with some pine and hints of almost a tropical fruit candy. Taste is grapefruit and pine, with a nicely balancing malt component. Finish is piney and dry, but with some offsetting juiciness. Alcohol nonexistent. Overall this is a really good IIPA, glad to have had it.

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Photo of 98green
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Look is a touch light for a double but that usually means light malt which I like. Smell if brilliant juicy hops, all kinds of fun. Taste delivers the juicy citrus. Not much malt so the alcohol heat comes through nicely in the feel. Love a light malt juicy hop bomb with a good burn. I'm not buying bombers to get this on the reg, but will surely grab one when I see it on tap. Top quartile for sure

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle reviewed to full notes a few nights ago. Clown Shoes has been rising up my ranks lately with the hops and the barrels.

A- Yellow orange pour from a 22oz into two pint glasses. The crown makes it above one finger with a white frothy foamy consistency.. Plenty of webs of lace.

S- Citrus is very strong with the hops making up a large majority of the aromatics. Medium tropical and stone fruits as well as floral hints. Tiniest bit of caramelized sugars.

T- Oranges are the forerunner. Grapefruit is there right beside its cousin. Apricot, peach, slight melon, pine and tangerines. Floral, low caramel compliments, herbal. Yeast bread but a very clean 9% fermenatation. Orange citrus is what you will remember about this one.

MF- Medium bodied overall thickness of body. Creamy and frothy; slight foamy consistency. High end zesty carbonation and bitter orange oil high finish.

Damn smooth 9% IPA with a focus on citrus and balance of stone, floral, pine hops. The oranges are strong and Clown shoes continues its success with an especially easy drinker for 9% ABV.

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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was my first beer from Clown Shoes and it't the one that got me hooked on all their stuff. I've not had one bad beer from them.

A: Light amber/ gold tinge to it with a slight head to it.

S: Up front very fruity, mangoish smell to it, getting some papaya scents to it. Just a big load of fruit in general with a great hop presence.

T: Definitely not as fruity as the smell, but fantastic and easy to drink for a DIPA. Well carbonated all around.

O: Fantastic DIPA this beat my favorite DIPA which was the Maharaja by Avery-still a fantastic brew but we don't get Avery brews in NWA.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice orange amber clear beer with billowy white head that sticks and leaves great lacing.
S - big mango, papaya, passion fruit, orange, lemon lime, so fruity, almost a gummy bears kind of a smell
T - less fruity than the smell. Still mango, grapefruit, papaya, bitter citrus peel, but also some dank in the taste that you don't quite get in the smell. Balanced out by a biscuit malt I almost wish wasn't there - a double iPa shouldn't be balanced!!
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bitter citrus and resinous hops
O - I like this beer, taste drops off a bit though. If the taste followed the nose I'd say it was a no Brainer to stock up on fresh, but it's a little too balanced out for me, I like my iPas to be completely unbalanced and dry

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Yard House - NJ

Look - Clear golden/amber color.
Smell - Sweet malts, apricot, some floral notes, slight hints of citrus, hints of tropical fruits
Taste - Candied orange, sugary sweet maltiness, apricot, floral, ruby red grapefruit

Overall - I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time now and I must say, I was not impressed. Too sweet, too malty for my liking.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Beer poured with a cloudy brown amber appearance, some good retention, and a little bit of lacing on the sides. Aromas include grapefruit mixed with malts and an earthy pine smell. The taste dimension is pretty sweet with a flavoring of caramel malts mixed with a dark fruity flavor. Good mouthfeel; a general crispness with a medium body. Overall, really dug how this beer looked and the complex malty flavors.

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Photo of rjd722
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass. Nice deep-orange, slightly golden peach color; great white foam head with solid lacing and film cover throughout. Piney aroma backed by citrus/orange rind, bread crust malt. Grapefruit, bitter orange rind, resinous pine; overall a very complex and well-balanced DIPA taste profile. The malt backbone here is strong but like I said, the balance of the pine and bitter citrus elements is fitting. Medium carbonation, resinous pine coats the tongue, it's actually an easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Mango & pineapple, some cattiness & some pineyness

T: Grapefruit aplenty, breadyness up front. More grapefruit, some mango & a little cattiness as this warms, a little bready sweetness too. Finishes dry with bready sweetness, mango & grapefruit

MF: Fairly thick, semi-firm carbonation, great balance

Easy to drink despite the heft & complexity. A very nice DIPA! was great on tap as well...

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep gold body under a billowy head of off-white foam that left lace scattered down the glass. Citric aromas with floral undertones come at you first, overshadowing milder notes of hearty bread and whole grain muffins. The flavors are full of bitter Mosaic hop citrus, sweetened by malt sugars, creating something akin to bitter caramel. Medium-bodied and slick, bitterness leaves a shellac across the mid-tongue. Modest carbonation, resinous aftertaste. A very good DIPA, I had mine with a little less than a month on it.

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Photo of zachary80
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled less than 3 months ago. Bomber poured into a globe.

Golden body, slight amber hue. Off-white head pours fine but fades to leave just a little less than desired. Same with lacing.

Aroma is interesting for a DIPA. Initially smells sweet. The hops combine in a way that I haven't encountered before. Good, but not amazing. Not all that enticing.

This is a pretty complex DIPA - the malts and hops come in waves, and vary by the sip. Pine. I really like the malt/hop balance in this one.

Just the right amount of carbonation with a slightly alcoholic bite. Very good for the style.

Not really sure, but the beer is less than the sum of its parts for me. Maybe it's the Mosaic hop in the aroma, but the flavor is fine. Very good DIPA but not outstanding.

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