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Space Cake - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

785 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 118 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: braican on 02-22-2014)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Huge thanks to BA ClownShoesDreams for this bottle! Bottled 5/30/14 (two weeks ago).

Appearance: Free pour yields a huge frothy offwhite head (need to pour carefully). Good retention and arches of lacing. Pours a darkish opaque copper.

Smell: Whoa, very fragrant, smelling mainly like strawberry ice cream. Definitely cakey, but hoppy. Gets more of a lime tinge eventually. Not really any more distinct aromas coming out, but there's this uplifting fresh citrus / hop-pellet-pungency that makes the aroma great throughout.

Taste: Right away it's very lime-forward, with a lot of red grapefruit tinge. At first it's just a hop assault, but eventually the "cake"-like element comes out; crystal malt and the sweetness of these hops.

Good combo. Restrained earthy/pungent elements support the fruity, citrusy foreground. With warmth, the booziness comes out but it's not a drawback--it brings out a spicy element of the hops. I've had mosaic-hopped single hop beers before, and I often find it to be kind of a 1-note hop that doesn't live up to other trendy new hops. Maybe it just needs to be in a boozier pale ale to bring out spiciness to provide some depth. Huh.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Not very dry, not sugary. Hot boozy finish.

Definitely a trend with Clown Shoes beers for me... the mouthfeel rarely knocks my socks off (except in Clementine witbier, whose mouthfeel is *perfect*), but it never gets in the way either. Very Golden Mean-ish. I'm more of a romantic excess guy (IPAs must be bone dry! Stouts thick and creamy!), but I appreciate the Clown Shoes way.

Overall: Not to beat a dead horse, but here's another DIPA emphasizing how important it is to drink beer fresh. Of special interest to me was the greater understanding it gave me of mosaic hops. I'm not usually as into them (e.g. my beloved NEBCO's single hop mosaic beer Supernaut is my least favorite of their specialty beers). Instead of the usual "yeah it's kind of citrusy, a little weed-y" impression, with this beer I feel like the overall flavor profile is bountiful and sensible. Lots of citrus, good pungent hop background, with sweet malt (and sweet hops!) balanced by hot alcohol and the (hitherto hidden) spiciness of mosaic. Great!

As with Galactica, the more-than-usual crystal malt isn't a drawback, though it doesn't really "set the beer off" as much for me (definitely goes with the "space cake" theme however). One of those East Coast / West Coast straddler DIPAs.

Not hard to take down a 22oz bottle in one sitting. Sweet and boozy though it is, still easy drinking for 9%. If I find this fresh, I will get more.

Pahn, Jun 13, 2014
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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.