Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes
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4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-27-2011 18:38:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
06-21-2011 01:20:55 | More by DavoleBomb
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-11-2011 21:09:49 | More by Chaney
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-10-2011 13:03:35 | More by busterthecat
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
06-09-2011 19:13:27 | More by ToasterChef
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
06-08-2011 16:31:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
06-07-2011 00:20:02 | More by dogfishandi
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-06-2011 02:13:03 | More by Thorpe429
2.4/5 rDev -36.8%
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.
06-04-2011 02:28:24 | More by ktrillionaire
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-04-2011 02:24:08 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
05-29-2011 14:58:52 | More by vande
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
05-27-2011 02:52:27 | More by brewcrew76
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
05-20-2011 22:34:35 | More by mdfb79
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
05-14-2011 03:59:46 | More by DrinkingDrake
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-13-2011 01:22:30 | More by boralyl
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
05-11-2011 12:15:38 | More by spree92
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
05-08-2011 19:20:41 | More by chicagoabbot
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
05-08-2011 02:40:16 | More by Duff27
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-08-2011 02:10:09 | More by pburland23
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Moderate red-brown color with a large, rocky head that blew up to four fingers and after settling down form a dense plateau at the center and lacing on the sides that looked like a photo negative of scattered puzzle pieces.
Big soapy hops and when I say soapy I mean like something out of the higher perfumed soaps, like Coast or certain Old Spice sticks. When I think soapy hops, I think of dry hopping with Centennial, so that's my guess. Some roasty, dark raisin puree notes underneath.
Once again, big soapy hops, but with the addition of a medium/strong bitterness, some astringent roast flavors, some light vanilla, and a very pungent, resinous, piney cling in the finish. Very cloying in the finish.
Sharp, yet sticky. Big amounts of unisomerized hop oils dry the palate and threaten to close your throat.
Fits the style, which is more than I can say for a lot of recent reds that I have tried. Sticky, too much dry hop materials floating around for my taste.
05-05-2011 03:28:10 | More by tapman
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Bronze and a little ruby coloring with a soft tan head that does not retain very well.
Citric hop resin hits the sniffer with grapefruit rinds and cut flowers. Just a little hint of toasted pretzel bread mizexs with the hoppy nose.
Grapefruit and flowers smash the palate with resiny bitterness from start to finsh. The middle lets some toasted malts shine through, but then back to the citrisy, resiny, floral hop bitterness. The finish has a tinny twang that doesn't last long, but the bitterness does. The alcohol seems to help the twinge along.
Maybe the most bitter beer I've had so far, in the way of IBU's that is.
04-29-2011 01:10:18 | More by scruffwhor
2.3/5 rDev -39.5%
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.
04-29-2011 00:08:35 | More by JimboHD2005
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
04-26-2011 03:05:52 | More by WoodBrew
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of ivory head. Keeps a pretty thick and full lace, with a ring of stick on the side as well. It's somewhat cloudy and there is some sediment floating around.
Smell is very fruity, with sweet orange, pineapple and lots of tropical aromas going on. Fruits are juicy and quite nice. Has a syrupy sweetness to it as well; more sugary than caramel, although the caramel is there too.
Taste doesn't have quite the same level of juicy fruit flavors that the nose had, but there is some tropical fruit flavor, some mango and then some sweet blood orange. It's sweet like the nose implied but there is also a bready, almost toasty quality to it. Also a touch of alcohol and a decent a amount of hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body but barely so. It's pretty creamy and smooth. Has a touch of heat to it but is pretty clean.
This is a tasty beer and quite solid. Some nice fruity qualities to it although I can't help but think it could be even better. Seems a tad unrefined, but still drinks quite nicely. Would pick this up again and would order a pint on draft if I saw it.
04-16-2011 02:14:56 | More by number1bum
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is hazy dark amber with a 1-finger light-khaki head. Good foamy lace rings.
S: Some caramel malt, some roasted grains and a touch of generic hops.
T: First impression is the finish: tongue-shreddingly bitter. Burnt grains underneath, also some sweet malt and nuttiness. Hops are metallic/minerally, and add a taste of grass and pine needles. Really bitter - surprisingly so given the style.
M: Carbonation is quite active and sharp. Call it light-to-medium in heft.
O: Too bitter, carbonation is too active. I can appreciate a hoppy amber or red ale, but the hops used here provide too much on the straight bitter side and not a more flavorful, balanced approach. Not impressed.
04-14-2011 18:20:34 | More by Kendo
Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.