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Space Cake - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 1,410
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 29.02%
Wants: 87
Gots: 419 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 rjd722
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +5.6%
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 -4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +6.6%
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 +10%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.6%
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 Two-Guys-Drinking-Beer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh My God! This was an amazing Imperial IPA, can't say enough good things about this beer. Check out our review on the Two Guys Drinking Beer podcast.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.9%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of Mikeszab
4.88/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Kelz87
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Buffett
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of DaveBar
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.


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Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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...

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.