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Space Cake - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 70
Gots: 296 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 1,132 | Reviews: 152
Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of rblib
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Lard_City
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of MacQ67
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the staples in my fridge. There is not a time that I don't have at least one bottle of this chilling. A little darker for an IPA but indicative of the New England style. Big citrus nose up front, a medium bodied mouth feel with a heavy citrus hop flavor that builds through the taste experience. Not the best one out there but a really solid IPA, and living close by ensures it's freshness for me.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells like a whole shipload of citrus fruit, but the taste doesn't live up to it.

Photo of Dhdoc
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wonderful citrus ipa. Good color with proper balance of sweetness and bitterness

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass bottled on 03/06/2015.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden amber with 1/2 finger of head with plenty of lace

Smell: Right off the bat, that citrus punch of mosaic hops

Taste: Mostly citrus and lemon zest with a nice malty backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium with minimal residual resin-feel

Overall: While the familiar punch of mosaic hops is present, the malt backbone present in the finish is what I find the most unique aspect of this beer that provides some balance.

Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber gold in color.
Pliney citrusy aroma, nice malt backing to the body balances the bitterness.

Photo of pinyin
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a typical high grade double IPA. The taste, texture and color remind me a lot of Victory Dirtwolf and Stone Enjoy By. Nice copper orange color, hop profile is consistent with floral and citrus aromas, subtle but present German malt backbone, and a perfect amount of carbonation. Alcohol content is masked quite well. Every faset of this ale is finely tuned. A very solid effort from Clown Shoes.

Certainly not my favorite double ipa. Heady, Chillwave, and Pliny have a lot more tasting notes, but for the price segment and national availibilty this is a great DIPA.

Photo of Hophazzard
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought 2 bottles against my better judgement because I didn't see a bottled on date. Normally I would never buy an IPA that doesn't show a bottled on date, but I'd never seen this one around here and was eager to try it.

When I got home a poured a glass it appeared very flat. Smell was only sweetness, very little hops. Taste was terrible, flat and syrupy sweet. Then I checked the bottle again and saw a faint date printed in black ink on the dark brown bottle. Beer was bottled in Oct 2014, I purchased in late March of 2015.

Never again Clown Shoes!! I'll never buy another IPA from Clown Shoes until they CLEARLY mark the bottled on date on the label so it's readable in the store.

Photo of TheDrunkenNerds
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love the name and look of this bottle! I don't know if it's just the name making you think it's cake but wow does this taste like desert. It's got a strong vanilla taste with a great balance of hops. The 9% alcohol is deceiving as it is such an easy drinking beer. Clown Shoes usually impresses me but this one takes the cake!

Photo of Beeroness
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes Space Cake is a well balanced DIPA with lots of Mosaic hopes and not too much sweetness.

Photo of ricp215
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything an IPA should be. Smooth but hoppy. Strong pine and citrus but smooth.

Photo of Richin
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mehhh. I was expecting more. Kind of flat, too sweet, not enough hop. Won't buy again.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy amber, 1” off white foam cap Smell: big grassy hops, some spice and floral notes, malt and fruit. Taste: Big creamy malt, a dose of hops, some caramel to toffee followed by big malt and a long hop finish. Mouthfeel: creamy, chewy, a nice thick texture that is almost oily. A little less than medium on the carbonation

Photo of PhillyJ
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed. This is delicious if space cakes exist Fuck them shits are good. First off if your not familiar with dipa stay away youngin if your savvy tip a cup because mosaic hops are always tasty and the sweetness on this one is amazing.. matter of fact don't drink this send it to me! It's your top shelf mosaic hop double India pale ale but the game changer is the malty sweetness wow space cake!!!!! Two words SWEET MOSAIC

Photo of Extol
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid. Can taste so me alcohol and I wish they masked it better, but a nice mango and citrus flavor. Not very bitter. Goes away quickly.

Photo of Chcshammonde
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm truly impressed with this beer. Clown Shoes is really doing something special over there on the east coast. I've had numerous world class double IPA's such as Pliny, Heady T, Enjoy By, etc. I'm telling all of you point blank this beer ranks right up there. Don't be pretentious : drink this beer and enjoy the shit out of it like I did. You're welcome.

Photo of mynie
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Smells like hops and thick, syrupy malt.

Tastes like booze, vanilla, hops, and thick malt syrup. Everything tumbles at you all at once without any clear stages, but the end is overwhelmed by syrup and sap. Nothing unpleasant--it reminds me a lot of the double IPAs of the mid aughts--but lacking cohesion and direction.

Liquor store dude assured me this was less than a few weeks old, but it seems a bit stale. No way to check since Clown Shoes don't use freshness dates, so the review stands as is.

Photo of ApolloFreedman
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You can taste and smell that "juiciness" almost similar to Treehouse and Trillium

Photo of jneiswender
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great dipa. White thick head. Amber body. Smell of pine , citrus and mango. Great malt balances a distinctively hoppy flavor. Great carbonation. Not flat. Best dipa I've ever had.

Photo of sneth019
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

think we had an aged bottle, but I wasn't impressed, I would like a redo.

Photo of jplethora
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A double should still have a clean finish. Many doubles hold an overpowering sappy finish on the palate that overshadows the beer overall. This beer falls into this category.

Photo of dd43
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head off the pour was a fat finger, lacing was mild and the foam didn't last very long. Fairly translucent bright orange in color with visible carbonation that carried through to the mouthfeel enough to make this a highly drinkable DIPA; 9% be damned.

I got a lot of tropical fruits on the nose, pineapple and mango chiefly. Also some apricot, but not much in the way of the bitter citrus aromas you might associate with big IPAs. The other readily apparent aroma was a decidedly sweet, caramel like malt note, to the extent that the hop bitterness you are greeted with when you drink it is a little surprising (in a good way). The malt character is assertive enough to leave an impression, but not to the extent that the sweetness is cloying.

I really enjoyed this beer and will be picking up another bomber before they disappear from my packie of choice.

Photo of Keithp3939
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good double ipa. Very juicy and not too bitter. Would buy again

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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.