Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 18
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mduncan on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by busterthecat:
Photo of busterthecat
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber hue that sits very dark in glass. A big foamy off-white head forms and hangs around for a while. Great lacing.

S- Lots of sweet and tangy orange upfront. A solid malt presence. Aroma is close to balanced.

T- Lots of sweet ripe orange & tangelos. Some orange rind zest with a touch of piney hops. The malt provides a solid backbone. Hops are rather mild and subdued. The flavors do meld together quite well.

M- Medium bodied. Hop bitterness is rather light, but do manage to tingle the palate a bit. Smooth and mild from the malt bill. A nice feel, almost creamy.

O- I rather enjoyed this brew. It was an easy drinker and was pretty refreshing. I may have have an older bottle and would want to try on tap or again to see if I could get more hops.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Doomcifer
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
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 Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -3.2%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Dark deep reddish amber with a very slight haze from the hops under a 1” frothy off-white foam cap. Smell: Hop nose, citrus rind, but also some malt shows through.Taste: Big bitter and big malt join together with citrus rind, dark sugars, a suspicion of bourbon and a long lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium full body and medium carbonation. Overall: alcoholic, hoppy and malty.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 glid02
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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 mdaschaf
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premiere Gourmet. Pours amber body with enormous lasting tan head in my case one-and-a -half inches. Initially, malty aroma, also some faint hops. Mostly a well malted melange of hops. Good balance, though very roasted to burnt malt as well.Good drinkability and above average mouthfeel.

Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!) - poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark rust colored liquid with amber highlights and a voluminous lasting soapy pale-peach-yellow head. Unpasteurized, so nearly opaque. Rich sticky lacing.

Big fresh hop aromatics - Simcoe/Citra being the most obvious and delivering heavy doses of passionfruit, apricot, peach, and other fruit notes. Faint pink peppercorn and malt notes are there as well.

Caramel apples, light brown sugar, bright apricot preserves, grapefruit pith, light pine; bitterness and sweetness conjoin into a superior flavor profile. Malt is faintly toasted at times, but primarily clean and gently sweet. Hops come through powerfully, though the malt contributes balance, especially in the finish which is crisp despite being a touch sugary.

Lush, creamy, with moderate carbonation and a lively mouthfeel thanks to the hops.

Really impressed with this, right up there with Nugget Nectar for the style.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with an orange hue; huge, dense, off white head that has incredible retention

S - bread, melon, grapefruit, alcohol

T - bread, citrus, faint toast, faint roasted malts, pineapple, alcohol

M - warm, medium to full bodied, good carbonation

This is a pretty solid, flavorful amber ale. It's intense, hoppy, malty, and potent. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mercury Brewing / Clown Shoes
Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Amber Ale
22 oz. / $5.99 @ Total Wines & More, Claymont, DE

Brand and marketing vs. the beer inside the bottle... interesting. Perhaps both are equally matched, and perhaps not. The Clown Shoes name holds a high bar, and under that the Eagle Claw Fist holds an even higher bar. In fact, legend tells of a beer so legendary that it became legend before it was even conceived...

All joking aside, and who can blame me (seriously, they've asked for it), this is a decent beer.

Appearance: It's cloudy and darkish copper, OK, but it's got great head retention and lacing. It doesn't say it's bottle conditioned, but even if it's not... we can just pretend, can't we?

Smell: Hoppy! Grapefruit, citrus rind, aged (read as almost souring and headed towards tartness) berries, pine/spruce... and a little bit of hardened dark-caramel maltiness. Bright and inviting!!!

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is not a sweet or malty beer. The hops commandeer the ship and sail decisively forward. The base malt has a bit of bready caramel to it and it balances, but the hops are more dominant in the end (or at least in the finish). It's floral, and a touch spicy; and it's citrus-rind drying with lots of tropical fruit to boot. Hop juicy! But it's also balanced, and it's kept in check by a solid bitterness that runs start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Gently crisp.

Overall: Quite nice. Worth trying.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Easter....y'all! Went over to a freinds this Easter to have a wonderful feast of ham and prime rib!!!! I brought with me a stinger of Clown Shoes Eagle Claw Fist! The beer poured to a very nice amber/re with slim white head that laced nicely. The nose on this beer was awesome...very nice hoppy bouquet! The taste however didnt quite match up. Certainly decent...but the smell made me wanting more to the taste. There was a bit of sourness aftertaste and hung on the pallete. Mouthfeel was fine...not sure I could hang at 8% ABV....but I would try.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a goblet at MexiQ. Certainly a double red type ale – it is red and hoppy after all. But I don't get much malt from it. The hops were a bit one-dimensional and defined by a dry, biting citrus rind character. There wasn't a lot of flavor up front, and the beer never got into any fruitier or floral notes. By no means a bad beer, but not my favorite from Clown Shoes.

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with just one finger of head that hung around for a long time before settling to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

For a beer touting 100 IBUs, this is showing off some complex malt aromas. I get caramel, toffee, and even some chocolate. The hops add some pine, herbal, and earthy notes.

Not much hop flavor payoff for the bitterness that is very high. What is delivered is a solid amber malt base with notes of caramel and toasted bread. The hops are of the herbal and pine variety. Some alcohol warmth and flavor in the finish.

Medium body with nice carbonation. The carbonation is bordering on fizzy but I do not mind it too much. Overall has a pleasant, lively texture.

I want more hop flavor if you are going to wreck my palate with bitterness. Otherwise is an interesting, complex amber ale.

Photo of shrek806
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Brilbecks in Syracuse. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a deep dark amber with a giant fluffy head that looked like tan=tinted whipped cream. excellent lacing

Smells of carmel malts and a light piney odor

Tastes of malty bitterness with a citrus finish (almost lemon). quite bitter without any balance.

the mouthful is alive and smooth. although bitter in the beginning, it finishes quite smooth.

The taste lacks the balance I was hoping and expecting. I was told this rivaled Nugget Nectar. Not a chance. NN blows it away.

Tastes more like a nut brown than an Imp Amber.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bot. 6/15/11. Consumed 1/15/13.

A: Candy-apple burgundy coloring is dense with a slight frothy natured head that was light tan. Retention was good, as well the nice sheet lacing it provided.

S: Strong fresh caramel backing first appears on the nose. Moderate wiff of pungent flowery columbus hops makes my heart skip a beat even after the lengthy layover from bottling to consumption. Some fresh apple fruitiness blends nicely with the flowery aspect of the hops.

T: The flavor follows the nose in terms of pungent flowery bitterness meeting resistance from the massive caramel malt bill. Soothing bitterness meets sweet malt with a gentle alcohol nature and warmth showcasing some of the dry hop nature of the grassy centential variety.

M: Mouthful was a bit syrupy and malty providing a nice depth. Warm boozy caramel and dry hops dominate the tongue.

O: Overall the pungent flowery columbus hops are a favorite of mine, one underutilized in many drinks, that surely highlights the hoppy bitterness of this beer even after a year and half layover. A beautifully boozy warmth with a high drinking enjoyment to tackle. Worthy revisit, would love to taste this fresh from the brightner tank if it is this enjoyable after this length of time.

Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled first week of jan. 2011

pours clear dark amber orange with a 1+ finger off white head with great retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is all hops grapefruit pine and hop resin

taste is like the nose very hoppy very west coast - bitter pine grapefruit ashy - not much malt here just a touch to give a little sweetness on the end

mouthfeel - medium body good carb very smooth and creamy

drinkability - one of the better ambers - @ 8% drinks like a lighter lower abv beer so watch out

Photo of FungusBrewer
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crater full rocky head of foam that sticks around for your whole drink. The beer itself is cloudy and dark amber color. It tastes what I would expect for an imperial amber- heavy, alcoholic, with strong malt notes and a light hop character. Not so much the dried fruit date flavors from "old ale" styles, more of a brighter aftertaste. Eagle Claw Fist has a sort of grainy, chewable mouthfeel to it that's nice on a chilly evening indoors, but cloying when paired with heavier foods. Enjoy!

Photo of pinyin
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on draft for the first time at The Gibson in Brooklyn summer 2013, and then managed to find some outdated 22 ounce bombers at Wine and More in Cranston RI, X-Mas 2013. The bombers actually aged well but sadly they are all gone.

I really love this ale and wished that Clown Shews didn't retire it. The aftertaste is what made it so unique and different than any other product on the market. It almost tasted like a strongly brewed Lipton iced tea, with the perfect amount of alcohol.

The coloring was amazing looking at it through the glass. Like a cranberry red with a brownish creamy head.

I have been trying a number of other red ales since this one was discontinued such as Elysian Mens Room (which is great) and Maine Brewing company's Zoe (mehhh..), but clown Shoes nailed it with Eagle Claw Fist.

From what I understand it is a very delicate and unique blend of hops and yeasts, so chances of anything similar coming along again are pretty slim, but if you can find any leftovers grab them, you wont be disappointed.

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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
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