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Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 15
Gots: 34 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:43:39 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

2/5  rDev -47.5%

09-15-2012 22:54:38 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a two-finger off-white head that is quite thick and creamy. Good retention. Lots of ringy lacing on the way down. The nose has some strong piney hops and quite a bit of amber malt. Mild amount of caramel there as well. The flavor brings a good amount of piney hops with a bit of earthy hops there as well. Good hoppy character throughout. Moderate amount of caramel malt and also some bread. No real sweetness. Medium body with good bitterness coming through into the finish. Solid brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:13:03 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head hardly faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit along with notes of caramel malts. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very aromas and flavors of hops similar to that of an IPA but has an excellent balance with the malts so the beer is not overpowered with bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:52:05 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky two-fingered head; strong retention and a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Fruity caramel elements dominate, with piney hops in the mix, as well

Taste: The malt profile tastes very much like an ESB, with a fruity caramel character but by mid-palate, the pithy hops dominate and bring an aspirin-like bitterness to the finish, though there is plenty of sweet caramel that lingers on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very hoppy amber which is no less than might be expected from this brewery; I'm not a big fan of ambers and have only come across a few of the hoppy ones that I have enjoyed; I think I would prefer this beer with a different selection of hop varieties

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:25:31 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

dark amber/reddish hue with a nice cream colored head. Smell was sweet caramel malts with a hint of a corn or grain in it. The taste was very much sugary malts with again a bit of a grain or earthy back to it. Very nice actually. This is very nicely carbonated and goes down smooth. A good beer from clownshoes simple and effective, this could easily be an all night beer as it is light and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:41:06 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2011 22:30:36 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle, Jeff.

The beer is amber in color with an off-white head. A very sweet nose to this: lots of caramel and brown sugar notes. There's a little bit of citrus hoppiness on the back end, maybe some sweet fruits like mangos. There's definitely some hop bitterness to it, but not too much hop flavor. Toffee and caramel malt flavors give it a fair amount of sweetness, too. Maybe a bit of pine hop flavor on the back end. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 09:11:26 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispenses a lightly hazed, dark copper-amber body with a foamy, lasting, ecru-colored crown. Sufficient lacing on the way down.

Smell: An earthy aroma compounded with a heap of essential citrus oils and punchy pith shards over the lesser malt hints of toast and caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel and an additional light sprinkling of sugar atop toasted bread and toasted grains at the opening. Pithy, fruity and the concentrated quality of citrus oils providing flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and, just maybe, some dried bitter orange peel. Then, it quickly switches over to being earthy and firmly resinous, and, though there's a small rebound of that initial sweet maltiness, it snaps back to those sharp resins and the cumulative bitterness. Longly bitter, rather dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A smoothness is noted, friends.

Overall: At a punchy 8%, I'd say it's better lumped in the catch-all American Strong Ale category, but that's okay, I can go with the flow.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 18:38:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

12-06-2011 16:06:21 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-12-2013 05:56:00 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

12-22-2011 16:58:16 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 20:15:57 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

I do so love chop socky and whatnot... This stuff pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light lemongrass, white bread, light caramel, and light orange peel. The taste holds notes of caramel, honey, light white bread, orange zest, grapefruit peel, light lemon zest, light cilantro, and light grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Overall, a nice little beer, nothing spectacular, nothing bad, just kinda there. I'd have another, but I wouldn't exactly be excited about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 06:20:08 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 05:35:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness. The male character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 16:31:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mike, beer served in a snifter. Beer is amber, mostly clear, off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly weak, some malt perhaps some citrus hops.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, some malt, mild tropical hop flavors but overall just a boring pale ale or whatever this is. Clown shoes does some interesting beers, this is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:39:58 | More by drabmuh
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a great mix of sweet and bitter. It's full of sweet caramel malts, yet bitter as hell with a really nice hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a damn fine hop character laid over a bed of sweet caramel malts. It's bitter from start to finish; a hopheads delight. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one heck of an American amber ale; full flavored and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:02:36 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 04:09:19 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

All signs seem to point to this being an attempt at a Nugget Nectar clone. Poured a darker amber-copper, slightly hazy, with a moderate white head, decent retention and lacing. Hop-dominant aroma, citrus and pine, with a toasty bready malt base. More hoppiness in the taste, almost closer to an IPA than an amber ale (kind of like Nugget Nectar, whatdoyouknow), good mixture of citrus, pine, and floral hops; dry, bready malts, cereal grains. Good, but a bit lacking overall in complexity and freshness. Medium mouthfeel, dry and bitter in the finish, and a bit stale. Decent overall and pretty easily drinkable. One of the better selection from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 12:02:48 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

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

Onto Blind beer #5 from Kyle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my new Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep, hazy reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two minutes and then leaves an inch of frothy head throughout drinking it, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruits, and light pine. Smells like a very nice, hoppy DIPA, though the deep color makes me think it could be another hoppy red ale? Either way it smells great.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and alcohol. Light pine hops as well. The taste is a bit bitter from all the hops, but still really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, with a tiny bit of bitterness up front.

o - Overall another really nice hoppy beer. Smell and taste reminds me of a DIPA, but I am going to guess it is a very hoppy red ale based on the appearance. No idea what beer though.

And the beer is...Clown Shoes Eagle Claw Fist. Got the style right and looking at the side of the bottle, it looks like they do use a lot of hops in this one. One of the better Clown Shoes beers I've had; thanks for another great beer Kyle.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 22:34:35 | More by mdfb79
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Final beer of the second Shrewsbury Bottle Share on 24th Feb 2014: cheers Paulo for bringing this brew along for the four of us the split.

A red hue to this amber bodied beer, on top a well tanned crown.

Intense floral hop nose with citrus notes in the background vying for attention with some semi-sweet molasses.

The hops carry on into the taste, again with a citrus undertone to the bitter, dry front: the malts creeping into the taste later and giving a mini balance to the otherwise prevailing hop content.

A good beer to finish on, tests your taste buds and leaves you wanting more: a very interesting brew, hides it's alcohol well within the flavours.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 11:33:28 | More by BlackHaddock
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head settles to two-fingers leaving extensive lace on the glass. The broth is very cloudy and is a single tone below brown.

Pine hop aroma covers the other potential smells. Reminds me of a DIPA, but without the warm alcohol nose.

Starts with a malt base that doesn't taste as dark as the color. The hop is the story of this beer, dominating the swallow and aftertaste. I've had some IPA's with less bitterness (not a complaint). One criticism would be the lightness of the body for an Imperial style. Still, this is an easy beer to enjoy flavor wise.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 19:50:37 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of caramel, grapefruit, and a strong hop presence.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, a sharp and biting bitterness, some apple sweetness linger in the background. Alcohol is mildly noticable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. The bitter aftertaste lingers long on the tongue.

Overall: this is a slow sipping big amber ale, and the bitterness is a bit off puting as the glass empties. Needs a bit more balance here.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 20:55:50 | More by Gavage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 05:27:00 | More by corby112
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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.