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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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of jethrodium
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650 ml bottle courtesy of myspoonistoobig. Thanks Michael. Pours a hazy copper amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with big sugar cookie, light caramel, and some light floral and citrus hops. The taste is really sweet with sugar cookie, caramel, and some light citrus. The finish has a light bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. This beer was just too sweet with nothing to balance it out. It was quite bland as well. It could have used a much bigger hop presence.

Photo of JimboHD2005
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First brew I've tried from Clown Shoes.

Poured murky dark amber with a tight cream head into a 16 oz mug.

Sweet smell of malt, resiny pine. Has an overly hopped unbalanced taste with a moderate mouth feel. I get what they were trying to do here but tastes like another episode of add more hops = better beer, which certainly isn't the case with this beer.

After half the bottle the rest went the way of the drain. Such high hopes for this brewery but this beer tasted much like a batch of malt extract homebrew that was overly hopped. Really hoping their other offerings are better.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - The brew pours a deep caramel hue and is capped with a filmy off-white head.

S/T - The brew is just boring and bad. Comprised of little beyond a cardboard-y caramel malt and bitterness seemingly in the form of leather and weeds (not weed, which would be 1000% better), I really can't stand this beer.

M - It's not the feel's fault.

O - Not impressed.

Photo of kspongeworthy
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of jrsone
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color of a cigar, not amber really. Harsh bittering hops rule the taste with a little citrus/ floral hops on the finish. Unwelcome scent of booze with some dank hoppiness.
Caramel mouthfeel weak, booziness lacks discipline and hop flavor is a dojo disgrace.
Your Eagle Claw technique is no match for most red ales Clown Shoes.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$7.00 bomber from Bottles in Boston.

Hazy dark orange body with reddish highlights, topped by an enormous creamy slightly off-white head.

Aroma is mix of pine and oranges, but could be more assertive.

Semi-sweet caramel slides by quick. Juicy fruits - orange, apricot - follow, then a pine finish.

Watery mouthfeel for an imperial amber. Needs to be fuller and firmer.

I'm a big fan of imperial reds/ambers, but this was a disappointment.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of BigBarley
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy amber, with a cap of white foam floating atop

Aroma is sweet, fresh tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Nice aroma with some nice caramel hidden way way beneath for balance.

Unfortunately the hops and tropical fruit from the nose are covered up by a complete messy execution. The hops are there, and they're bitter, but they don't blend well, and the malt tastes like barrel-aged RIS minus ALL the flavor... just that after burn of odd oaky madness. This beer is weird and disappointing and that makes me sad. I don't think it held up very well but it's lacking a bottling date, so... this kinda sucks!

Mouthfeel is decent but not enough to save it.

Believe me, if you find it fresh, try it. But uh... yeah, I think the older bottles taste awful by this point.

Photo of gameface23
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had really high expectation for this beer, but I was pretty let down. Pours a burnt amber color with an off-white head. Speckled lacing is left on the glass. The smell is pretty weak. The flavor has a mix of caramel, pine and citrus hops, but has a burnt wood/ash finish. Maybe it is Caramel 120 or some sort of roasted malt for color or something, but there is definitely a burnt aspect to it that is a little offputting. The mouthfeel is much too thin for an 8% Amber ale and the finish is watery.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split the wife and the classic

Pours soapy amber

Meh...metallic and tinny, bitter. Supposed Citra additions are nowhere to be found here. Malts and bittering hops steal the show. Disappointing...not much more to say.

One and done on a first visit to this brewery.

Edit: bottled January 2011...has this beer fallen this fast? Other reviews seem impressed by this. Maybe this bottle felt its age.

Photo of corby112
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber received in a recent trade with mkabull. Thanks a lot Alec!

Pours a deep dark copper/chestnut brown color with a one finger frothy light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with hints of earthy pine but surprisingly the nose is dominated by the sweet malt notes. I was expecting more of a resinous, citrus hop presence but there's only some earthy pine and subtle spicy hops. The nose is very malt forward with lots of caramel, toffee and rye.

Full bodied with more of a hop forward presence than the aroma suggested but still with a strong malt character. There's a nice bitter, earthy hop presence up front with hints of pine and grapefruit that gives off a nice amount of bitterness that lingers throughout. This is countered mid-palate by a strong sweet malt presence. Hints of toffee, biscuit, chocolate, rye and caramel. A bit too malty for my liking with a dry finish.

Overall this is a decent hoppy beer but the malt backbone is way too strong and takes away from the hop flavor a bit too much. The ABV is well masked and it's easy to drink but in my opinion it's too "balanced" for it's own good.

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