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Space Cake - Clown Shoes

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92
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154 Reviews
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Reviews: 154
Hads: 1,287
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 76
Gots: 357 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: braican on 02-22-2014

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.
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Photo of L0ne
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasty looking, hazy DIPA amber, a finger of foamy head.
Smell is fresh, citrusy, inviting.
Taste is grapefruit, pine, sweet malty backbone. Clean and balanced. A little lingering bitterness.
Overall a good, balanced DIPA. (221 characters)

Photo of Mikeszab
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a 10 oz snifter glass.
Great looking folder amber color with nice lacing
Taste was sweet and hoppy very pleasant.
I already ran out for another. (171 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, and malt on the nose, lots of all of it; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with pine and malts. (166 characters)

Photo of Kelz87
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber dated 12-08-14 into a tulip.

L- pours very dark, clear red/orange with plenty of yellows white head (went too aggressive on the pour) tons of sticky white lacing

A- sweet caramel notes from the malt, floral and tropical notes.

T- tastes rather malty for a IIPA, lots of caramel, followed by floral. Not very bitter.

M- very nice med to full mouth feel, good (higher than average) carbo

O- not a bad beer, not sure it's a 92 though. It seems to be missing a lot of the things I would expect from a double, except the high ABV. I'd drink it again, just not a go-to beer. Could just be I have an old bottle. Will review again once I get a newer bottle. (676 characters)

Photo of Buffett
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

NbThis review is for the draught poured from Sunset Grill &Tap in Allston It is quite different than the bottle. I've had several bottles and doesn't compare to the draught. Not sure why its different but it is. This beer is absolutely delicious. Not too bitter. The mosaic is absolutely awesome!! This IS my favorite beer now. (332 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a glass

Orange with white suds, some lacings

Citrus with pine hop notes aroma

Malt with pine hop backing, slight bitterness on the side of the tongue . Sharp bitter aftertaste that quickly fades

Good sudsing

Good beer (246 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"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 up 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." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA, available as a year-round release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy color over a golden amber body with high clarity and light carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Hop aromas of citrus and tropical fruit with a clean caramel body. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Caramel and pale malt body with a light syrupy sweetness, and a moderately bitter hop profile with flavors of lemons and tropical fruit flesh. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, slick, lightly syrupy, smooth. Carbonation is light, generating a light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) This was a pretty enjoyable but fairly pedestrian DIPA for me. Nice citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a heightened bitterness. 3.75

Clown Shoes'
Space Cake Double IPA
3.67/5.00 (1,491 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Champagne's outside Detroit for $7.00 650ml bomber. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white thick creamy head that films out within a few minutes. Dark golden color and unfiltered

S- Oodles of hops. Sweet

T- Hop bomb and a nice one at that. Yup a bit sickly but it is a nice blend of high hop brew. Particularly like the C hop bombardment

M- Not that dry surprisingly

O- Very nice brew. This one has a malty and hoppy backbone that really stands out

Food Pairing

This wonderful big little IPA went well with........ Sloppy Joe's. Some ground beef, onion, green pepper and that can of mix and voilà! Don't like it often but every once in a while you get that craving.

Enjoy (731 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Three fingers worth of lush fluffy off white colored head with a light peach tinge to it... Excellent retention... Once settled a bit, there is an uber rich uber creamy frothy lacing... The color is a rich dense dark amber... There is a subtle haziness throughout... A very limited bit of slightly sluggish carbonation... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A glorious hop forward nose... The mosaic hops provide an inviting citrusy introduction... There is also a slightly dank earthy character that lingers as well... A rock solid malt backbone lies a bit beneath the surface with biscuit and caramel being the primary aromas... Very nice...

T - What materialize on the palate is slightly more muddled than the nose... The mosaic hops are there... The solid malt backbone is there... The earthiness and dank components are dialed up a notch... There is a very subtle peppery spice component that lingers beneath the surface... Not bad by any means, but everything seems to stand alone and there is little harmony amongst the various components...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Limited but sharp carbonation... Crisp with a bit of bite on the finish... A bit chewy...

D - A really good American DIPA but a few notches below world class... The appearance and aroma are exceptional... The flavor profile and mouthfeel are very good, but not great... The end result is a solid, but not spectacular offering from Clown Shoes... Again not bad, but I had slightly higher hopes... (1,540 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grapefruit scents fill the nostrils, a slightly nutty and caramel taste with piney bittering hops. Alcohol is the final taste but isn't overbearing. Surprisingly fresh beer (172 characters)

Photo of woodchipper
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber bottled 5 wks ago
Poured to a shaker.
Dark amber, light head
Smell- Malty , slight yeast overtone
Taste- tips to the malty tide for a DPI
Feel, full mouth coating followed by good micro carbonation
Don't know if I would have it again, but its not bad. (266 characters)

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5-18-15

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass. Solid brew, strong scent of pine and slight citrus. Taste is dominated by hoppy bitterness. Overall quality for its style but a little too sweet/sticky for me. (210 characters)

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Every beer I've had from Clown Shoes had been pretty "blah". So I went into this with no real expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. A pretty solid IPA from a brewer I was ready to give up on. (210 characters)

Photo of Wyurm
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour: an off-white head.
Smell: strong of pine/citrus.
Taste: Very heavy citrus/pine notes with a balanced malt backbone
Mouth feel: mild carbonation with a definite bitterness
Artwork (because it matters to me): Excellent
Overall: This is one of my favorites and as a bonus it is often on sale at my local liquor store. An excellent Imperial IPA. (349 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very solid color and lacing, along with inviting floral aroma. Taste is a decent mix of malt and pine, although a tad muted. If only a tiny bit more taste, and slightly more body, this would be a class DIPA. (207 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a on finger off white head. An amber color with little carbonation. Smells of pine resin and citrus hops. Pine resin hop taste that bursts open with a little citrus. What sets this apart from many is the malt presence that smooths out everything, improving on the mouthfeel and finish. I have heard a lot about this one and really enjoyed (348 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with a thin white head. The nose starts with citrus and tropical fruit, caramel and a bready malt. The taste leads with a sweet malt which leads into a nice citrus hop that finishes with a soft bitterness. Very well balanced for a DIPA, which I find tend to be overly malty to compensate for a high bitterness and smooth out an alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is perfect. I really enjoyed this Double. (429 characters)

Photo of dbnarley
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a cloudy copper color. Nice full head. I picked up some slight slight soapyness. The fruity mosaic hops with the malt backbone make for a great very drinkable brew. (179 characters)

Photo of sweetcell
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

drinking an 11 day old example, and it's sublime. appearance is a cloudy gold with a ridiculously thick and persistent head. smell is typical mosaic: mix of tropical and spice. taste is mostly tropical along with an above-average amount of malt (not a west-coast DIPA IMO despite what they claim on the bottle). mouthfeel is thick and luscious, carbonation is just right. overall is an excellent DIPA that i will absolutely be seeking out again if i can get it this fresh. (478 characters)

Photo of JandJMD
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A murky amber/gold color. A little foam and then just a lingering ring of carb.
The smell is all mango and sweet fruit. The taste follows and then turns to a bitter grapefruit rind. It really clings to your mouth and hangs around - a little numbing.
A very good Double IPA. (276 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of a Firestone Walker Double Jack….who copied who??
A: Bright orange with a thin white head.
S: Very tropical, mango, pineapple, sweet malt.
T: Very similar to the nose. Super tropical, juicy with a sweet malty backbone.
M: Some bitterness, moderate carbonation.
O: Solid DIPA! (290 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Mildly hazy with a burnt orange colored body and a thick white head that thins out into a thin layer of foan. There is some thick lacing to mark every sip.

S-Grass, grape fruit, caramel and roasted or burnt apples and a splash of summer sun.

T-Grape fruit, hops and lemon grass and a mixture of mild spices, very refreshing.

M-full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall great tasting with a mix of spices and hops and fairly smooth to drink. (449 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy orange with a fingers worth of white head

S-tropical fruits, citrus, light caramel malt

T-taste is similar to the smell, malty backbone with tropical fruit sweetness and citrus hop bitterness in the finish with some alcohol warming.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall nice tropical fruit and citrus with large hop presence, very good (363 characters)

Photo of rblib
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick lacing with the ABV evident from start to finish. The malt is there but IMO could be just a little more dominant to balance out the alcohol presence. Overall it is a hop bomb and I like hop bombs. (207 characters)

Photo of Lard_City
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh wow. Fruity, malty and hoppy aroma. Sweet, fruity and bitter hoppy taste. Bit of an alcoholic aftertaste like after a sip of whisky. Lots of sensory stimulation. Just wonderful. Buy bomber and get plowed. (207 characters)

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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.