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Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

354 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%


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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the downtown specs a few days ago. I tried this breweries "hoppy feet" on tap at the Flying Saucer that night (no notes) and thought that it was pretty good. Let's see what their industrial strength Amber is like:

Appearance: Pours a mildly hazy dark chestnut color with a small 1/4" head of various size tan bubbles that was active at first and then settled to about 1/8" being maintained by the bubbles rising. There is quite a bit of lace left on the glass after drinking the beer and the head never completely goes away.

Aroma: The aroma was clean with lots of malt and some evidently American "C" hops. Getting deeper into it, there is some dark caramel/toffee in here. I don't get any off aromas at all, so it seems like the hops and malt are jiving with the water and that it is a well crafted beer so far. Let's give it a taste...

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty well in that it is predominantly American hoppy with some strong malt presence. Overall, it comes across to me a bit like Arrogant Bastard in that it has a strong hop presence with American Hops up-front, yet has enough back-bone and malty presence to give your palate something to do for the finish. Overall it is a decidedly hoppy beer, but it doesn't finish so bitter that it gets chalky at any time, so it goes well with the water and malt. The finish is balanced mildly toward to hops, but there is enough malt and alcohol to keep the hops in check all the way to the end.

Opinion: I am now reading that this beer boasts >100IBU...I will give it credit enough to say that it is drinkable. I am not a fan of IBU's in the triple digits, but maybe the water chemistry for them worked that the calculations can say that they have >100IBU and the beer remains drinkable. The beer is definitely drinkable and I will be enjoying this whole bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 03:17:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.