Space Cake - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.39/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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!
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 01:38:30 | More by jlindros
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4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
When every day is a party, daily cake is a necessity! But propelled through the stratosphere, the larger-than-life taste is accented with perfumy citrus hops and backed with burnt sweetness.
Nearly black, its ominous dark color projects an image of frothy coffee and yep- cake batter. Deeply caramelized toffee supports a roasted scent of french-press, dark chocolate, walnut and chicory in its early taste and aroma.
Its creamy middle is full, lush and chocolaty. Bittersweetness is threaded with peps of campfire, toasted citrus fruit, pinecone and pineapple. Creamy malted milk chocolate linger deeply into finish.
Its charred finish is lightly of ash and smoldering wood. But its cocoa-laden finish adds to a drying finish and keeps the taste savory and sultry. Lingering sweetness provides a conduit to keep the coffee and chocolate extending into the next boozy sip.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 15:23:32 | More by BEERchitect
4.24/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Amber body with dense off-white head. Nice retention and a lot of nice lacing.
S - Very fragrant, big citrus hops and some sweet malt tanginess.
T - Nice citrus hops, somewhat piney. Malts are incredibly earthy and create a very fresh and clean flavor. Alcohol is well masked.
M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Thin, somewhat watery, but extremely drinkable.
O - What a nice surprise this beer is. The goofy marketing from Clown Shoes turns me off and set my expectations much lower. But this is a great IPA; very drinkable. Sometimes thinner bodied IPAs come off like soda, but with finer carbonation, this beer doesn't have that problem. I'll definitely be picking this up again and trying the other Clown Shoes brews.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:23:55 | More by JAFoley
Space Cake from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.