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Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 17
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:
Beer added by: mduncan on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color, clarity in the middle of the glass with a deep red amber hue around the edges. Resilient white head foams at the top. The aroma is intoxicating with a beautiful hoppy floral bouquet greeting the nose.

Taste of dark caramel immediately balanced by the flowery hop flavors. Amazing balance of the sweet malt and the the floral hops. Finishes extremely clear and sharp with a lingering caramel malt flavor and hop bitterness.

This beer completely took me by surprise, I was not expecting such complexity in an amber ale. The malt body generously lends a sweet, caramel body to this wonderful ale which is perfectly complemented by the floral hops. It represents the best of both worlds as I enjoy a malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness and floral taste and aroma.

Definitely the best of all of the Clown Shoes offering I have tried. This is an amber ale not to be missed.

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4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Downtown Wine and Spirits. this is the only Clown Shoes beer I had yet to try, and i was very excited, as they have quickly become my top local brewery. This one did not dissapoint.

Says on the side: third batch, bottled first week of december, 2010.

A: color is a dark amber with a big white head that left delicate lace.

S: The smell was a mix of piney and tropical hops, with some sweet malt, and coffee.

T: Complex. Bitter, sweet, layers of hops and malts. Love this,

M: Rich and silky.

D: Downed my bomber in forty five minutes!

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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.

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4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date. I know this ones fresh though its a new beer. Fucking awesome label and blurb on the side.

Sample thanks to Gregg B. A very generous dude who cares about his beer. Thank you.

Pours a murky dark amber/red, tantalizing off white head leaves lacing in pleasant patches. Looks dangerous and sexy at the same damn time, nice.

I gots me a hop bomb! Bitter earthy and citrus hops dominate the nose becoming slightly, SLIGHTLY balanced by some sweeter candy like malts. There is a unique scent i get from clown shoes beer. I don't know if its the yeast or something else but I cant get enough of it.

Taste is drop dead powerful. Blasts of pine, grapefruit and some extreme earthy bitterness. The malts are more prevalent in the taste with a dark spicy bread like taste but never overpower the hops, just enough to balance this hop hog out. Hops dominate in the aftertaste leaving a great bitter feeling of ecstasy on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium/full with a creaminess that helps it move along. nice carbonation with a dry finish that keeps you going back for another taste.

Really good drinkability for an 8% beer. I will have to buy some and stock up as this beer is a perfect hop fix.

I highly recommend this brew to anyone who loves bitter dank hops. Keep up with the amazing beers Clown Shoes as I look forward to more and more tasty offerings from you!

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4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a real revelation. Amber highlighted by red, they could easily called it a red in fact, is capped by a slowly falling head that leaves a great head. Cold out of the fridge the bitterness was almost overwhelming, so out of fairness I need to mark them down on drinkability, but as it warmed it became one of the more complex and DELICIOUS hop bombs EVER. Pine, rose, grass, tropical fruits, and BRACING BITTERNESS. Love the dryness, as most super hoppy beers overdo the sweetness.

Edit: Tried this on cask at Cambridge Common. Was smoother and even hoppier. This is a combined review.

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4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky, dark, reddish-brown color. A very cool looking brew that matches the name of it perfectly, in the weirdest way. haha. The head is a light cream color with very small bubbles. It dissipates quickly leaving behind a nice lace.

The aroma of this beer is LOADED with hops. Very piney with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Just a touch of malt is hidden in the background, but appears more solidly as it warms up.

This one tastes delicious. Very nice malt and still LOADED with hops. The balance could be a little bit stronger in the malt category, but as it warms up the sweetness comes through, and that is definitely just a personal preference thing.

Overall, I'm a big fan. I was a bit skeptic as I'm generally not into overly hopped beers. But with a little bit of warmth, this beer grew on me. I'm thinking this will be a nice beer as winter comes into play. It definitely warms you up.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Extra special thanks goes out to Duhast500 for this from our trade!

A: Pours a gorgeously hazed rusty amber. The tan foam rises to about 1 1/2 fingers thick before settling down to a bubbly collar. Most of the lace was left at the top of the glass with only a speck or two down below.

S: Holy hops! Killer pungeant hoppy nose that consists of pine needles, fresh cut pine bough, and maybe a pine cone or two. As it warmed, the subtle influences of grapefruit, toasty caramel malt, and clementine were felt.

T: Exactly as above. Period.

M: This beer is, initially, thick with bitter, oily, and astringent piney hops. As mentioned before, when it comes up to temp other subtle nuances emerge. Sweet caramel malt, white pepper, and tangy citrus.

D: Wow! What a great beer. I was amazed that this was packing 8% because I had a hard time picking up much alcohol presence. I must try their other beers!

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4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark cloudy amber with some orange highlights and a finger of foamy brownish head. Some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is straight up pine at first. All I can think about is a big pine tree, some spicy flavor in the background like a Christmas cookie. There is a small citrus flavor with a tiny tangerine flavor hiding way in the background.

The taste is a bit creamy at first with a nice hop flavor. Pine again that seems to coat the tongue a bit and stays with you for some time. Some nice sweet malt flavor with some caramel malt in there as well. One you are past the bitterness there is a citrus hop flavor and a nice creamy flavor that was a bit unexpected.

The feel of this beer is pretty full bodied. It goes down well but does take some time getting used to the deep bitterness. A really interesting pale ale that has some bite to it.

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