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Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes

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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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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 perrymarcus
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.
bottled 6/15/11.

pours a dark copper/deep amber tone with a good degree of clarity while yielding a 1" frothy, off-white head. good retention and loads of lacing.

nose is lead by caramel malt with some secondary hoppy notes.

flavor delivers more hop characteristics (pine, citrus) than the aroma led me to believe, but caramel malt still is the lead act. hoppy bitterness persists through the finish... medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying this a good deal. nothing transcendent, but very tasty. i'll be up for a revisit.

Photo of elephantrider
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber pour with an off white head.

S: Caramel aroma with some bread. Piney hops with some citrus. Some grass maybe too.

T: Caramel with bread. Toasty. Piney hops with grapefruit smack you in the face. Finish is dry. Not too boozy

M: Meduim bodied, good carbonation and dry

O: The best thing about this beer are the hops. Being a hophead this was a good beer! If I could buy this in Michigan, I think I would revisit this one.

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 corby112
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep, deep amber. very hazy. frothy head with okay retention and fantastic lacing.

S: assertive pine interacts with a tangerine sweetness.

T: just the slightest bit of roast with caramel. sort of a burnt brown sugar flavor. bitterness in the finish might even show notes of smoke. delicious hoppiness.

M: mouthfeel is gentle and also assertive. works fantastically with the flavor.

D: very tasty double amber. i was worried the alcohol would be obvious but it actually is hidden under fresh hop/sweet flavors.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Heavily hazed deep amber/light brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

4.0 S: This is hoppy! Mixture of citrusy, piney, and floral hops. Orange, mango, grapefruit, and a bouquet of flowers are the strongest. Despite the big hit of hops, malts are easy to pick out as well. Lots of caramel and toffee especially. The yeastiness is also in ample quantities. I'm not sure if it is coming from the yeast, but I'm picking up a faint "industrial" aroma, but it isn't as bad as it sounds.

3.5 T: Taste mirrors the nose. Grapefruit, pine, orange are strongest hop flavors with a light herbalness and general citrus underneath. Moderate to heavy bitterness. Lots of caramel malts and some toffee. The yeastiness combines with the malts to give a healthy breadiness. Lot of good stuff going on here, but I'd prefer that this be a bit cleaner.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess as well.

3.5 D: Good beer for what it is, but I'm not a big fan of hoppy beers that have strong bready flavors. Filter this and I think I'd love it.

Photo of Chaney
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 2011.

100 IBUs huh? Can't wait!

A: Mildly hazy orange-red color, with a mean mildly off-white EXTREMELY frothy head that stuck around for a while... Okay, it's been five minutes... I'm growing weary.

S: Huge citrus blast, along with a healthy dose of fresh red velvet cake batter. Centennial, Citra, and Columbus: Gotta love it!

T: Imperial is right, but it's not as fruity as I was hoping. Darn! Still this was tasty. Teeth-stainingly bitter and extremely dry on the finish, but it was the type that true hopheads tend to love.

M: Kinda boozy, with is surprising since it's not that high an ABV. The lacing was somewhat ridiculous and the my hop bitter threshold was reached on this one.

O: The build up to this one was great, but the payoff wasn't as grand as I'd hoped. I liked this, but I'll take Nugget Nectar or Shark Attack over this any day.

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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz brown bottle is poured into a pint glass. Label says this was bottled the last week of January 2011.

As I pour, the glass is immediately filled with a cascading head of light tan foam. It has settled down to a few fingers in thickness, leaving some lacing above it a well of clear red liquid below. Carbonation clings to the sides of the glass within the liquid.

Lots of hop aroma in this beer! Plenty of citrus scents, as well as some pine. It all smells very fresh, like a pot of still boiling wort. The 4+ months since bottling haven't hurt the aroma at all.

Hops are present throughout each swallow of this beer, but they don't hit me as hard as they do in the nose. The malt base is hard to pinpoint, as the bitterness kicks in as soon as the beer hits my tongue. It starts out mild and oily. A bit of spiciness makes itself known as I hold the beer in my mouth. Big pine bitterness in the finish that lingers on after I swallow.

Somewhat sticky on my lips. Lots of coating, but it doesn't pack as much bitterness as I thought It would. The body is full and carbonation is low.

This beer is pretty good but doesn't blow me away. It may have degraded somewhat since it was bottled. I guess I'd like it to finish a little cleaner and have a less sticky mouthcoat, but otherwise it is enjoyable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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 Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty red color, with a decent sized head that has some retention, fades away to leave some small bits of lacing on the glass, starts out rather murky and as the pour settles it becomes clearer in the glass.

The aroma has mostly a strong caramel malt backing, light touch of hops to balance things a bit, the hops are more on the citrusy side of things.

Taste is definitely malt heavy, actually the body seems heavy at times even though the carbonation is spot on and provides some much needed lightness, aftertaste is mostly bitter hops where I'm picking up a hardcore citrus rind presence.

Photo of vande
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ~ a strong amber pour. Bit more active than other beers I've had.

S ~ Initial thoughts of citrus, some breadiness....decent balance of malt/hops

T ~ kinda follows the nose on this one....dry, bitter finish.

M ~ Medium to lighter body, smooth drinker

O ~ pretty good. Glad I tried it, but nothing I'd go out of may to try and find again with so many to choose from out there.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep reddish amber with a frothy head that leaves immediate patches of lace as the head lingers.

S - Big dose of Citra hops with grapefruit, citrus zest rounded out by a sweet malt finish.

T - Bitter citrus, tangerine, a mineral maybe even metallic bitterness that lingers until the next sip. Pine, sweet malt, nutty and more bitterness. The bitterness strips away the flavor with each drink.

M - Medium body and creamy with a mouth coating bitterness.

D - A little too bitter. The bitterness takes over the beer with each sip.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark burnt orange with a slight haze. A deceiving frothy head that thinly laces out quickly. The nose smells of some sweet toffee and tangy malts with strong hop notes. A faint fruity nose leaning towards from clementines. I'm impressed by the flavor. A good balance of a medium bodied almost red ale with a strong fruity faintly citrus hop character. The hops are balanced in their fruity flavors but the finish was very dry. A refreshing taste upfront but sucked dry at the end.

Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bottled March 2011. It pours a small off-white head into a tulip glass. It has a decent retention and leaves a thick coating of lace as it fades. The beer itself is a dark amber.

S - It's got a strong dark caramel malt presence. There is also a good bit of hops that give it a somewhat fruity/spicy aroma.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation with a slightly creamy finish.

T - The taste has a strong caramel malt backbone that makes itself known in the beginning, but towards the middle the hops take over. The hops lend fruity and citrusy flavors first followed by bitterness. The bitterness overwhelms the fruit into the finish.

A very interesting twist on the amber ale. I enjoyed it very much. If the hops would have given more fruitiness this would be a really solid beer. Regardless, it's a great beer and certainly worth a try.

Photo of spree92
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is classified on the well thought label as an Imperial Amber Ale, and at 8%, that seems right.

A dense deep amber pour with lots of sticky carbonation. Small head leaves a yeasty film all the way down. The bitter malts, yeah, I know, greet you as you first dive in. Malts as smooth with a sweet caramel scent and the the earthy hops back that up. Taste is slightly roasted malts quickly give wag to bitterness. Not too much though. Hops as definitely the dominate character and play so well with the smell and taste of malts. The more I consume, I am starting to think that maybe too many hops for an amber ale. This is a heavier beer and the higher alcohol is noticeable in taste and in the stomach.

I bought this mainly because of the label and name. Never had a Clown Shoes beer before today. I would make an effort to try others as they seem like very good beers.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a pint glass...decent color for the style. Not quite a bright orange amber like some of its brethren but still pretty bright. Smell is nice and hoppy. A hoppy amber. Ok, I've had ambers on the hoppier side before, so it's nothing too novel but they still made a nice effort. Mouthfeel is decent. Nothing amazing but fine. Pretty big beer that fills you up.

Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber with a one inch head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of citrus, not unlike an grapefruity IPA.

T- Bitter, definitely on the hoppy side. Caramel malt. "Its like a mix between an amber and an IPA" Hah.

M- Somewhat on the syrupy side but with adequate carbonation.

D/O- An imperial amber, and quite drinakable at that. My first Clown Shoes...enjoyed it, even not being a huge amber fan.

Photo of pburland23
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Winchester Wine & Spirits over the Easter Holiday. Splitting it with my wife.

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a dark coppery bronze with a thin layering of cream colored head which has lingered nicely.

Smell is nice. There is more caramel malt aroma than in your face hoppiness. The hops are definitely there, but they play second fiddle to the malt in the nose. Kind of interesting to see the "Imperial" paradigm thrown on its head by stressing the malt over the hops.

Taste is very well balanced. Strong on the caramel malt. The sweetness is counteracted by some well placed, but not over the top hops bitterness. There is a touch of alcohol burn around the edge, but it isn't pervasive. Real nice muted version of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium, but still sticky and resinous. Carbonation is nice as well.

Overall, you hear Imperial Amber and you want to compare the beer to Nugget Nectar (which is exactly what the salesman said when I bought the beer). In reality, they are two different interpretations of the style. NN places a primacy on the hops, while Eagle Claw Fist emphasizes the malt and uses the hops as a supporting player. There is definitely room for both within the style.

ECF is a nice, well balanced beer. I'll be picking it up again when I'm in MA.

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