Space Cake - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 70
Gots: 326 | FT: 5
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 biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. More seemingly nonsensical comic fan-boy imagery on the label.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sudsy streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of big tropical and domestic fruit - pineapple, blood orange, guava, kiwi, and mango - with an equally pungent leafy and resinous pine tree essence, some dense bready caramel malt, sticky toffee, and further herbal, grassy, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is a little drawn back from all that, the malt ascending with its biscuity, bready, and grainy caramel sweetness, while the citrusy, piney and leafy hops quickly muscle out that robust tropical manna from the nose, and the herbal character gets (I almost said 'hops') into bed with the sneaky alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly active in its tightly swirling frothiness, the body a steady medium weight, and plainly smooth, both the acrid hops and bristling alcohol leaving a few permanent dents here. It finishes off-dry, sort of, as the piney, leafy, and herbal hops continue their unchallenged run of the table.

A well-wrought DIPA, one that draws you in with the big tropical, almost candied notes, and then drops the hammer with a straight up west coast bitter deluge of the forest floor and citrus grove ilk. Yup, this is much more of a regular IPA, taste-wise, one that does a bang-up, commensurate job of hiding the otherwise damning big ABV. Worthy as sin of checking out.

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Crystal clear golden color with just over 1 fingers width of light tan colored head that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Lots of sweetness, and quite boozy. Fairly big citrus rind, grapefruit, and some pine. Lots of malt. Smells like its past its prime, but still quite good. 4

T: Citrus rind, pine, bitterness. More hop forward then the nose implied, but solid malt backbone is there with some malty sweetness. A bit of booze. Tasty. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, fairly smooth actually, booze is noticeable, drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I would have again. 4

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. Another Mosaic bomb, cloudy orange amber with three fingers of persistent rich and foamy off-white head. Amazing head retention, just sits there like a dollop of thick cream. Huge fresh fruit aromas ... Guava, papaya, mango, tangerine, blueberry, orange, yellow grapefruit, nectarine. These are meld together on the palate to yield a Juicy Fruit gum effect. Is it almost too much of a good thing? Seriously, its sweet. More citrus on the nose and tropical fruit/nectarine on the palate. There is a resinous bitterness that saves the day over the course of multiple sips. Alcohol is prominent, particularly in the piney and herbal yet still somehow fruity finish. Malts are in the background, just a light butterscotch vibe. The candied peachiness cannot be escaped. Thick bodied, which adds to the sweet impression, with moderate carbonation. Is it getting hard to find a DIPA that does not showcase Mosaic lately? Probably should not complain, particularly when such a brew is done well. I do dig that almost rank, dank blueberry flavor. If fruity is your thing, this is your concoction. Its going down dangerously quickly. The cake in the name seems apt.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter this beer was a clear gold color. There was a small head that left a smattering of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Pine and earthy hops. No fruit. A bit on the timid side.

Caramel malt taste. Pine and earthy hops. Still no fruit. The taste was better than the aroma suggested.

Hoppy, malty. I missed the citrus.

Don't think I'd try this again.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4/5  rDev -1%

22oz Bomber.Got off work and I decided to try this bad boy so I fired up a little Aerosmith and poured it into a 20 firestone glass.Nice golden color with a nice finger head.Good ipa with 9.0 abv.Will get the job done but it is not in the upper level of ipa`s.90 minute from Dogfish head and Ruination from Stone are much better but this is not a knock on this beer,it`s still quite solid.Nice hoppy beer.Give it a try if your into IPA`s.The Motley Drunkard out.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Amber in color with a slightly hazy complexion. A half inch khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing. The aroma is a strong combination of piney hops and some floral hops. The flavor is overwhelmingly geared towards piney hops. The floral hops are also making their presence known. There's also a biscuity malt component that works to balance it out. The mouth is sticky and highly carbonated.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn these hops are fresh...smelled them as soon as I cracked the cap off. A bit more copper/caramel color than most of the light golden IPAs coming out still let's the hops shine nicely. There's a slight off white head, nicely textured with fine bubbles barely clings to the edges of the glass.

Aroma big citrus, mango, ripened fruit notes a bit of booze on the nose it's pretty hidden amongst layers of tropical fruit in my nares, not sure on the variety but it smells close to Chillwave I'm guessing some Mosaic made it into the boil. Juicy fruit perceived malt sweetness adds to the complexity. (Mosaics are listed on the bottle).

Flavor super sweet of sugar coated hops, tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit with mild citrus and very tame bitterness it's just like fruit juice. Ferments out a good bit of alcohol very pale malts nice bready flavor character but super sweet make sure to split this with somebody.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying with sweetness, but it works...super juicy malts expressive juicy passion fruit hops don't leave too much bitterness lacquered on the palate, alcohol burns just so slightly but completely detectable.

Overall a big hoppy DIPA that I feel expresses the Mosaic hop profile wonderfully, Clown Shoes keep 'em coming they are on a roll everything they've made is just great.

Photo of hoppyhour
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into tulip 6/29/14.

This dipa is wonderful, better than most I have had lately.

Very strong aroma of strawberry candy.

Pours perfectly, wonderful clear deep liquid gold color,very easy on the fizz, nice head.

Just the right amount of bread taste and malt in the mouth with a wonderful balance of fruit and hop at the end. Leaves you wanting more.

Definately give this one an A. Highly recommended. Plus you get a super cool piece of bottle art! Thanks Clown Shoes!

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper, hazy. Sticky patches of lacing are left behind after the persistent off white head dissipates.

Smells of citrus and pine with light tutti fruity. There's a heavy sugar presence.

The citrus gives way to a resinous pine and an overpowering sugary malt presence. It's way to sweet, in my opinion.

The body is also heavy, but soft. It's a filling beast of a beer with an alcohol burn in the back end.

It's pretty good, but the sweetness and heavy body was a bit much for me.

Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep amber color with an attractive one and a half fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. Despite the strong hop aromas, the malt comes through with hints of toast and bread. Nice hop aroma but does not posses the typical dank Mosaic hop quality.

Tastes a little different from other Mosaic hop beers. This has plenty of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. This tastes more like an imperial version of Inversion IPA from Deschutes with its grab bag of American hops. Slightly sweet malt bill gives some added drinkability to counter the bitterness.

Robust body with mellow carbonation. A more active carbonation certainly would not of hurt the beer.

Seems there is another aspect of Mosaic hops I had not experienced before. If I did not know what hops were used, I would not of guessed Mosaic. Still a lot of good citrus and tropical fruit flavors to satisfy the hop head.

Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth clean reddish to pink grapefruit color meets the eye as an active foamy head grows atop.

The nose is full of watermelon, rose petals, sugary sweetness, maple, caramel malt and light grapefruit.

The flavor has a brown sugar tone with sugary watermelon and lots of perfumey rose petals.

The feel is smooth and dry with a little astringency.

Very odd and unorthodox for an IPA but I truly appreciate the spin on an overdone genre.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Bottled on 12/8/14)

Only a little over a month old.

A: Copper through and through. Tiny bit of lacing. and almost no collar.
S: Mostly malts with just the slightest hint of fruit and florals to it.
T: Just tastes like malt and some alcohol. I don't really get any nuance or hops here.
M: Bit of a rough patch of carbonation, but after that it is fine.
O: Space Cake sounded a lot better in theory.

p.s. I'm a bit sick, but I can still smell. I'm getting like no smell from any of these beers today.

Photo of goochpunch
2.57/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours out a clear light amber with a thick, rocky head. Hops in the nose are citrusy, resinous, herbal, and a touch like green onion. There's a smell reminiscent of wort that's really off putting. Smells sweet like citrus candy. Flavor is SWEET. Pretty solid hop flavors going on. Lots of citrus and pine, with a hint of tropical fruit. Lacking in bitterness to balance the huge sweetness. Aftertaste reminds me of the white part of a green onion boiled into mush. Alcohol gives it a medicinal quality. Mouthfeel is full with a smooth carbonation. Overall, this is kind of a mess. Not very enjoyable.

Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Nice Dark gold with a orange glow. Lots of lacing as it goes down.

S: Big mosaic citrus, mild pine, and just a hint of honey malt

T: Much like the smell. Bit smack of citrus hops, a pine that is much more pronounced and brings the bitter, the bitter lingers to a barely there malt that rounds this beer out nicely.

M: Medium bodied and wet on the tongue, somewhat bitter after the attack, finishes dry but the bitter dissipates that leaves a nice citrus note. Resiny but won't wreck your palate or chew through your enamel. Easy drinking considering the ABV

O: A nice solid brew. Nothing mind blowing just a solid DIPA. Encroaching on west coast style but not quite there. I'd definitely pick it up time to time if i need that mosaic kick.

Photo of puboflyons
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle shared with friends at an Independence Day gathering. Sampled on July 4, 2014.

The pour was an attractive looking light to medium amber color with a modest, lingering head and pretty decent clarity.

For a DIPA I almost expected an in-your-face sort of floral hoppiness but instead it was more earthy with a mild roasted malt aroma intermingling with it all. Clean nose.

The body was in the medium range but it had a smooth texture to it along the lines of honey.

Biscuit malts at first which are taken over by the earthy hops and basically no booze to speak of. This was finely crafted and tasty.

Photo of sneth019
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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 rjp217
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2/19 so less than two weeks on this. Poured into a tulip...

A - Golden brown in color with a nice fluffy, one finger head. Solid lace retention as well

S - Oranges, malts, candies, gumball, birthday cake

T - Follows the nose which is a wonderful thing. I'm really impressed the brewers pulled this off. Very unique! There's a nice resiny, pine finish as well.

M - Medium body, soft and fluffy, light carbonation and smooth finish

O - Excellent! One of my favorites from Clown Shoes. The mosaic hops are really different. I tend to lean towards citra and Australian galaxy myself but I like what is done here as it bucks the trend. Well done!

Photo of pinyin
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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 GinjaSlice
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: One of the best looking beers. Nice clear orange amber with a redish hue. Good thick head with awesome lacing.
S: Citrusy fruits a little at first quickly followed by some spicy hops smell.
T: Great taste. Like the smell with a little citrus at first quickly followed by some delicious hop taste. But its nicely balanced with a malt background and a little spice taste to it.
M: good mouth a little fluffy and carbonated but still goes down great

Good dipa with instead of a lot of citrus and bitter and very balanced malt and spicy taste

Photo of Sensaray
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is red amber with off white yellow hued head dissipating to a thin layer enough to lace the glass
Initial smell is bursting with fruity sweet bouquet like citrus and berries. And yes, kind of cake like, almost like sugar frosted cookies on my first whiff
Taste comes on with a bitter mixed with sweet caramel and citrus, the bitterness a tad then finishes exactly like the sweet fruity citrusy berry smell noted in the nose. Some tropical, apricot sort of tastes. A bit sweet but there is the bitterness lingering, a bit o spice.
Feel is medium bodied with good level of carbonation for this beer
Overall the initial smell of this was amazing, and a tasty beer. Not overly bitter but enough there to balance the sweetness.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange/dark golden.. white head with no real lacing.. Nose shows a pretty standard middle of the road hoppiness for a DIPA.. fruity with some pine.. too much pale malt and hints of toasty malt don't do anything to make the hops play better. Bitter for the most part, but doesn't really have the hop flavor that I want.. sorta Mango hoppiness and some much lesser citrus play mid-palate but it is pretty flimsy given what we are used to for our IPAs.

All 3.75's

Photo of TimG_0913
4/5  rDev -1%

Great double.

Photo of TimShank
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

High alcohol not masked well. Not great finish. Decent beer though.

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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
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