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Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 16
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 08-18-2010)
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Pale Ale is a copper colored brew with an intense nose that offers scents of caramel malt, citrus hops, pine, and some earthy hops hiding behind the citrus. The foam on the beer doesn’t last very long, but it does leave some lacing.

This beer offers an aggressive flavor profile of caramel malts, citrus, bread, grapefruit, toffee, and even a touch of chocolate in the finish. There is an alcoholic flavor as well, but not as much as I initially expected considering the alcohol level is 8 percent by volume. It offers a good balance between the sweet and bitter even though the taste tends to swing back in the bitter direction due to the alcohol. The flavor is more pronounced than the typical beer and it sets the imagination running wild as you contemplate the different flavors present.

This beer is full- bodied and rich- the type of beer tailor- made for beer geeks everywhere. It is a little too rich in flavor for everyday drinking, but it is certainly a beer made for the craft beer lover. The complexity just keeps on giving and while a tad stronger based on alcohol content, it is still a very tasty amber brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Clown Shoes beer.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich deep bronze with a large blooming light tannish colored head atop,globs and chunks of broken lace left behind as it settled very slowly.A healthy dose of citric/resiny hop in the nose wich I enjoyed,a sweeter caramel and brown sugar maltiness holds up well to the big hops.A little light in the mouthfeel in the back end,eathy and citric hops are big and really hit home over top of a biscuity and lightly sweet caramel base.The alcohol is extremely well hidden,this is the kinda stuff I like, an amped up hoppy red.Solid.

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a mug.
The beer was a dark amber color with a thick tan head that persisted well. A nice amount of lacing.
A floral and herbal aroma for the most part. Some caramel malt.
Big, big hit of piney hops. The hops linger and build. Sweet caramel. Earthy.
This beer was very well-hopped and had a real zing in the mouth.
Would drink this beer anytime.

Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a nice off white head. Smells delicious!!! Caramel, pine, grassy, extremely hoppy, ....taste is equally hoppy and impressive. Huge caramel and toffee flavors collide with a massive hop punch..some green apples. Great body and dry finish. Tastes like a fantastic american barleywine. Fantastic beer.

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber $7.99 at Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, MA.

Pours murky darker almond, with an orange hue. Loose fluffy lite mocha head, stays nicely, leaving thick sheeting, then nice fine lacing. Everybody enjoys quality head and this beer has it.

The sniff reveals big waves of maple malts. With some gritty hops in the rear.

Lucious and flavorful offering. Maple theme continues, great flavor loads of maple, vanilla, honey infused malts. Nice. Hops are there but basically to balance not take over. Quality amber ale. More good stuff from Clown Shoes/Mercury.

Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Union Ale House

Appearance: dark amber in color with 1/4 inch head, clear

Smell: pine hops, slight caramel malt

Taste: This one is super hoppy--a bit of caramel malt starts, then a big dose of pine hops and small citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate/light carbonation, sweetish start--then a super bitter spike and less bitter but still very bitter end

Drinkability: If you like hops,this is the amber for you. If is super bitter in places and is very in your face. The pine taste is there and is good. I wish the malt was a bit more present to balance this out. One is enough for me, but very good for hopheads.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Petrol Station in Houston.

The beer pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel notes, as well as some nice pine notes from the hops.

The flavor also has a nice mix of hops and malt. I get some toffee and cocoa notes from the malt, as well as some nice pine and orange citrus notes. There is also quite a bit of booziness in the flavor, as well as the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Moo5152
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled march 2011 (roughly 2 months old).

pours out a cloudy deep red orange, slightly burghandy and brown with a big, full, dense off white head. thick sticky lace with big rocky retention.

a nicely balanced aroma. pine sap, almost woody, biscuits and caramel malt. maybe a little citrus.

very nicely hopped, but still has a great balance. lots of resiny, woody pine sap, citrus with lots of bitterness in the finish. balanced by a bready almost biscuity caramel malt. just a hint spicy in the finsh as well...rye?

sappy resiny bitterness lingers all over the palate in a big way. medium to almost full bodied. carbonation is a bit tingly at times.

this is a very nicely done beer. i think this should have a higher rating here on BA. big hops, nice malts to balance. even at the high ABV this is a real easy drinker. very similar to the hop rod rye i just had, more a dryer bitter finish. ill come back to this, not too bad of a value either at roughly 6$ a bomber.

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bruffco
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a cream-colored head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of heavy caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are large amounts of citrus and slightly herbal hops backed by smaller amounts of floral notes.

Tastes smoother than the smell intimates. Moderately dry caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by deep citrus and light pine hops. Midway through the citrus fades a bit and small amounts of bready and toasted flavors come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, it’s on the thin side with decent carbonation.

Overall this is one of my favorite styles but I couldn’t quite get behind this beer. The hops weren’t crisp enough and the malt profile seemed muddled. By no means a bad beer but there are better ones out there.

Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tonyshlangini
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky red/copper with a small tan head that dissolves quickly. Spotty lacing left behind.

S: Hints of citrus and grass up front, but dominated by malt. Was hoping for it to be a bit hoppier on the aroma, but mostly caramel and some bready malt.

T: Slight metallic/oxidized flavor, again light citrus, with a heavy hand of caramel, toffee, and doughy malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry and sticky.

O: Not bad, but a bit too malty for how I like beers in this style. Easy drinking, but will pass on this one in the future probably.

Photo of BennyL1
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in September of 2011, wish I had inspected it closer before I bought it a couple of weeks ago. But at 8%, we'll see how it goes.

Pours a nice deep amber with a decent sized tan head with good retention. Nice lacing is left along the glass as well. In the nose, piney hops take center stage with some caramel and amber malts in the background.

Good hop bitterness up front in the taste, mostly earthy and pine with a bit of citrus. Solid caramel malt in rounds it out with maybe even a hint of brown sugar. Medium in carbonation with a creamy medium body.

Even with some age on this I was still pleasantly surprised. I'll be trying to find a fresher bottle pretty soon.

Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good looking beer, this Eagle Claw Fist. The lightly tanned head is creamy and stiff and lasts a long while, leaving big strings of lace in nearly complete circles. Color is an entrancingly dark burnt red, sort of rosewood. As dark as red gets before becoming brown, really. [Addendum after tasting: I wonder what malt they used here? The head and liquid color suggests way more malt presence than what you actually taste. Interesting.]

Clean citrus aroma with a bit of a sugary edge. Sharply herbal too. Simple and straightforward, really nothing more to glean from it. From the aroma alone, I'm wondering if this is going to be one of those hugely hopped ambers just dying for some more malt?

Yep. Throw more malt at this and you'd be in Arrogant Bastard territory. I'm reminded of Bear Republic's Red Rocket here, a very citrus-centric, nearly one-sided affair. Hops are almost abrasive but kept in check by a brown sugar and bitter herbal tea tandem. Incredibly bitter finish with just a hint of sugar sweetness in back.

Thinner body but pleasant enough, nearing creamy despite being on the thinner side. Rides that bitterness on through easily. More malt (here I say "more malt" again) would have nicely propped up the body, as well as the taste. But I get what they're going for here, and okay, it's pretty good.

This is not bad...at all! But it's yet another American craft offering that forgets that some of us beer geeks, even the ones who totally love hops (I do), also dig some malt character. You can argue that's not what they were going for here, but had they, they'd have an even better beer on their hands.

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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.