Space Cake - Clown Shoes
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3.71/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Space Cake a couple weeks ago for $6.49 at The lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a Double IPA tonight and i thought I would give this one a try tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A- The label looks nice, it weirdly goes well with the name and in typical Clown Shoes style it's eye catching. It poured a nice hazy burnt orange color that took on more of a amber color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy off white/ very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed til the end and it left some nice patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops showing up first and they impart a mixture of citrus rind/ fruity hops and green onion like aromas with the fruity hops sticking out the most, but not by much and there's also some spicy hops that show up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some nice caramel malt, slight bready and sweet malt like aromas that provide some nice balance. This beer had a nice aroma, but I could have gone without the green onion like hop aroma.
T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus hops still sticking out the most and there seems to be a little bit of piney hops showing up in the back ground. Up next comes a slight alcohol flavor that's just slightly warming and it's followed by the malts which impart those same nice aspects that it did in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice citrus rind hop and caramel and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice DIPA, it had some nice balance to it, but i still could have gone without the green onion aspect.
M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, not too crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a solid yet unique example of the style, it didn't go the usual route when it comes to this style, I can appreciate that and I felt like it worked well with this beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little creamy, not too crisp, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have much of a problem drinking a bomber to myself, but I think that would be my limit, but I think it makes for a nice DIPA to enjoy on summer evening. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, it was just where it needed to be and I thought it was the highlight of this beer, the appearance was also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the green onion hop aspect, it wasn't too overpowering in this beer, but I think it would make this beer a little better if it wasn't even there to begin with. I might buy a bottle of this again and I would for sure get one if they choose to release it again. I would recommend this to anyone who likes their DIPA's balanced. All in all I thought this was a pretty solid DIPA, it was unique and it had just the right amount of balance to it. I think this beer is priced nicely. This isn't my favorite Clown Shoes beer or DIPA, but it's not a bad beer at all. Good job guys, I enjoyed this one, keep up the good work.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:37:42 | More by StoutHunter
4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
When every day is a party, daily cake is a necessity! But propelled through the stratosphere, the larger-than-life taste is accented with perfumy citrus hops and backed with burnt sweetness.
Nearly black, its ominous dark color projects an image of frothy coffee and yep- cake batter. Deeply caramelized toffee supports a roasted scent of french-press, dark chocolate, walnut and chicory in its early taste and aroma.
Its creamy middle is full, lush and chocolaty. Bittersweetness is threaded with peps of campfire, toasted citrus fruit, pinecone and pineapple. Creamy malted milk chocolate linger deeply into finish.
Its charred finish is lightly of ash and smoldering wood. But its cocoa-laden finish adds to a drying finish and keeps the taste savory and sultry. Lingering sweetness provides a conduit to keep the coffee and chocolate extending into the next boozy sip.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 15:23:32 | More by BEERchitect
4.24/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Amber body with dense off-white head. Nice retention and a lot of nice lacing.
S - Very fragrant, big citrus hops and some sweet malt tanginess.
T - Nice citrus hops, somewhat piney. Malts are incredibly earthy and create a very fresh and clean flavor. Alcohol is well masked.
M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Thin, somewhat watery, but extremely drinkable.
O - What a nice surprise this beer is. The goofy marketing from Clown Shoes turns me off and set my expectations much lower. But this is a great IPA; very drinkable. Sometimes thinner bodied IPAs come off like soda, but with finer carbonation, this beer doesn't have that problem. I'll definitely be picking this up again and trying the other Clown Shoes brews.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:23:55 | More by JAFoley
Space Cake from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.