Space Cake - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.39/5 rDev +9.2%
Oh clown shoes, you so crazy! Bottle art is ridiculous, names are interesting and sometimes funny, but the best part, even with all the crazy antics, you still brew great beer. And even dated bottle!!! 2/19/14 Still quite fresh
Pours a nice creamy rich looking 1 finger head fades pretty slowly as I can see a streaming column of bubbles rising from the bottom, nice lacing on the sides even, a head much better than it should for a 9% beer. A very clear amber orange beer with a nice reddish hue, and the column of bubbles never seems to stop, it's like a highway of bubbles rising up during rush hour, only from the apex at the bottom, or opposite of apex I guess, the bubbles rise up and seem to dance in a hypnotic fashion.
Nose, right... I could smell this as soon as the top popped off the, um, top. So much hop aroma, just wafting this way and that, fruity hops, just lots of fruit, some citrus, a little tangerine and nectarine, mild tropical fruit too, some pineapple, little melon, mango, etc, and into the stone fruit with some apricot goodness and juicy but candied orange, then a mild earthy spicy note, and even a touch of resin. The list never ends. Also some candy malts, caramel, bit syrupy and sweet I think, with a bit of a booze tickle in the nose. I even get a hint of candied apple.
Taste, I keep hesitating, the beer is so good so far, I really don't want the taste to fall short. Taste again brings hops and malts, well duh... a candied fruit out of the gate first, little caramel candied apple, and candied orange marmalade but very light on the orange and no zest like. Then back into the hop fruits, very little tropical now with a touch of pineapple and guava even, just faint hint of mango. Very little citrus overall, no real tangerine like fruit but maybe a faint rind that starts to increase as it goes. A mild stone fruit again, generic like stone fruit, nothing to really pick out. The malts are there again and strong presence, but can't overpower the hops, with some caramel and candy malts, fair sweetness but can't really cut through the big hops. Hops get a nice spicy earthy quality on the back end, as the beer tries to dry but can't do too well, a little fluffy malt on the finish, little caramel sweetness and syrupy note but not very sticky, hint of booze finally coming through, bit more citrus and spicy hop lingering.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent fluffy feel with nice fluffy carb, just a hint of warming booze.
Overall quite nice, appearance and aroma were awesome, taste was good but a little step back from those, but mouth was quite nice as well. The flavor just lost out on the hops that really made the aroma awesome, but still had a great balance of malt and hops without either getting overpowering or too sharp, pretty nice, I mean the taste is still great, nothing to really complain about this beer at all. Thanks again Clown Shoes for making MA, and New England continue to be a beer Mecca!
03-14-2014 01:38:30 | More by jlindros
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -8%
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.
05-07-2014 20:53:01 | More by lordofthewiens
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
08-17-2014 03:38:56 | More by Franziskaner
4.06/5 rDev +1%
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.
04-01-2014 05:26:05 | More by WVbeergeek
Space Cake from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.