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Space Cake - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,484
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 28.71%
Wants: 92
Gots: 457 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 Reema
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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 +2.9%
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 +7.3%
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 +3.2%
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 +11.2%
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 -1.5%
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 +16.5%
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 +4.6%
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 -10.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +3.2%
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 +2.9%
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 +3.4%
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 +1.9%
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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Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/20/15, consumed on 10/10/15.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear coppery-orange with a half-finger ivory colored head that retains well and then leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and apricots over caramel malt. Nice DIPA nose.

T: First impression: This is sweeter than your typical DIPA. Substantial base of caramel malt is followed up by candied orange peels, tropical fruity hops and ripe apricots. Finishes with a good palate-coating, lemony or grapefruity bitterness, however, that lingers nicely on the aftertaste along with a hint of pine. Slight bit of heat from the 9% ABV is also noted after each sip.

M: Thicker and slicker in feel than average - even for the style. Carbonation is on the low end of things.

O: This is a good DIPA. Slightly different than most, but still true to the style. Thumbs up.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5A: Murky orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good and a finger of spotty lacing is left.

4.0 S: Like many CS beers, this is very sugary in the nose. This time though, it's a dank citrusy sugariness. Loads of orange, pineapple, mango, and papaya. Caramel maltiness with lots of breadiness from the yeast. Aside from the citrus hops, there's secondarily a piney/grapefruit hoppiness.

4.0 T: Unlike many DIPAs that have a strong nose and a much weaker taste, this holds its potency. Again sugary and citrusy, tasting of candied versions of orange, pineapple, and mango. Lots of breadiness from the yeast and caramel sweetness to finish it off.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but too chewy from all the yeast.

4.0 D: Very tasty beer. The sugariness works well with the citrusy hoppiness. I could go without most of the yeasty breadiness, but it doesn't detract much in this one.

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Photo of WellRested518
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Great things will come. Burnt orange with a one and a half finger head on the pour. Great lacing and a steady crown.

S- Pine, Mango, Papaya, Cucumber, light grapefruit, and a faint maltiness. The hops are HUGE in the aroma.

T- Pine and Mandarin Orange. A slightly maltier backbone than I expected really dials this thing in. There's a wave of pine in the aftertaste to let you know that you're drinking a DIPA. Alcohol is nonexistent due to the mix of malt and bitterness... well played.

M- Medium-low carb that fits the style. The big, slick and creamy mouthfeel is the only thing that hints at high alcohol content. Honestly , it works great with the brews overall bitterness and aroma.

O- How the tables have turned... this thing is FANTASTIC! VT has some serious competition.

Edit- Fairly fresh. 8/20/15

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I can't find a bottling or best by date, so the age is unknown. Hopefully it's still fairly fresh.
*edit: I found the bottling date. 8/10/15, so it's pretty fresh.

LOOK: Hazy, golden orange with a finger and a half of creamy white head. The lacing is thick and beautiful and head retention is superb.

SMELL: Passionfruit, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, guava, blueberry, and pine resin.

TASTE: Peach, passionfruit, mango, papaya, and pineapple up front, followed by grapefruit juice and orange peel. Finishes medium bitter with a spike of orange peel, alcohol warmth, and pine resin.

FEEL: Borderline full-bodied, super creamy, moderate carbonation. Bone dry on the finish; smacks of hop resin.

OVERALL: Really delicious. An example showcase of the amazing Mosaic hop's flavor spectrum. Just a touch too much warmth from the alcohol in my opinion, but otherwise delicious. Buy it!

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Photo of vitALEity
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber

A: Dark Amber/Copper color with nice foamy, thick head.
S: Lots of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, bitter peel, sugar, pine trees
T: Balanced hop profile with mild bitterness, citrus notes, coniferous trees, some oil. Nice candy malt flavor compliments but definitely doesn't overwhelm the hops. No noticeable alcohol flavors and it's 9%
B: Smooth and sticky.

Love it.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bomber. Slightly opaque appearance but clean. Aroma is very citrus and dank with some earthy berry notes. Flavor similar to aroma with some pine coming thru as well. Nice balance with a sweet caramel malt backbone that's a little like burnt caramel with a little spice or pepper. Its not an over the top double but I find myself really digging this and an excellent use of Mosaic hops. I will definetaly buy this again I think.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear dark gold color with a nice white to off-white head. Big citrus aroma with just a little pine resin as well. Predominately orange and grapefruit flavor with moderate bitterness building to high bitterness as it warms. Nice bready and slightly sweet malt body to provide a good balance. Alcohol hidden and only a little lingering bitterness. Very tasty.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding IPA that I'll be reaching for again. Opens with a slightly dank, piney aroma that is pleasant and gives no hint of a 9% ABV. Pours a darker gold with a moderate head that lasts. Taste of citrus - mango, pineapple, orange - with a sweet malt back bone that comes close to being cloy but never actually crosses the line. Nice better finish tops off a great drinking experience.

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Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle packaged 8/10/15. Slightly hazy burnt orange color. A bright white head peaked at two fingers and retreated leaving interesting tracks. Aromas bursted with citrus, blueberry and caramel. The taste followed suit, with an initial malty sweetness (not too much) followed with blueberry, pine and orange. Dry finish. Alcohol hidden well. A great IIPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, copper-caramel coloring, with a foamy, low profile, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of orange rind, grapefruit, melon, candi sugar, bitter pine resin, and subtle pitch notes. Amazingly balanced aromas. Flavors are caramel sweet forward, sugary and rich, with a quick follow of tart citrus notes of orange and grapefruit. Very sweet, with highlights of bitter hops notes to balance. Dried grass, pine tassel, and evergreen notes build on the back palate as you drink. The body is robust and slick, with a tart citrus and bitter vegetal blend in the aftertaste. Slick, smooth, dry finish. The bitterness and piney notes really linger on through the finish of each sip. This is a very well crafted beer.

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Photo of L0ne
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.