Eagle Claw Fist - Clown Shoes

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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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Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pretty dark chestnut color with a creamy one finger head.

S-A bit of caramel and possibly some chocolate with orange and piny hop notes.

T-Bitter pine and orange that is balanced by some caramel and earthiness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a dry and bitter finish; carbonation is low to medium.

D-I've never been a fan of the combination of dry and bitter, a little more caramel malt would have gone a long way to round this one out for me.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a clear deep amber with orange highlights. Light tan head of about two fingers, slowly drops, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of pine and citrus hops, light caramel malt. Lemon and orange zest.

Flavor of an orange ice pop (frozen summer treat), with a bitter twist. Orange and lemon, sweet malt, caramel. Finish is medium, with orange flavors dominating, then fading into bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a full of mouthcoating resins. Good level of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. The orange hop flavors really dominate, turning it almost into an orange soda quality.

Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer for a few months now, purchased from Julio's. Surprisingly not my favorite Clown Shoes, unfortunate really.

A - Poured into my Clown Shoes pint glass a very nice reddish amber colour with a fizzy one finger head that faded into a nice white halo.

S - Picking up nice citrus hops first and foremost followed by some sweet and roast malt qualities.

T - Big, bold pine hope qualities as well as some nice carmely sweet malts. Some really nice earthy qualities too. At the end though there is some intense bitterness that well, just doesnt work for me.

M - Sits nice in the mouth with the appropriate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

D - This is a nice imperial amber, with a really lovely aroma, however, that super bitter finish really hurts this for me. Others might like it but for me it just distracts.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Cambridge Common in a 13.25oz tulip glass.

A: Practically jet black, yet very very dark red. Big frothy tan head with decent retention.

S: Caramel malts, Macintosh apples, fresh earthy hops. Notes of dark bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee roasts follow.

T: Smooth chocolate and caramel malts. Very earthy hop bite and flavor. Smoked wood and oak chips, citrus flavors and dark chocolate give the body a very complex taste. Mild citrus and coffee permeate their way through the body very well.

M: Malty, very sweet, and hoppy. Nice heavy bitterness! Medium body, very low carbonation. Tastes like a combination of an IPA and a milk stout.

D: Great, but for personal preference the bitterness throws me and the flavor off a ton.

Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice surprise that I found at my local place today.

This is a really nice brew and as a imperial amber gives maines zoe a run for it's money.

A - Nice frothy head is matched with a copper body once poured into a glass.

S - Nice piney smell, slight malt not alot else.

T - really a good taste liked it sticks with you.

M - Again it sticks with you the piney flavor and taste is really good.

D - Great Price nice flavor at this price it has great drinkability.

Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!) - poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark rust colored liquid with amber highlights and a voluminous lasting soapy pale-peach-yellow head. Unpasteurized, so nearly opaque. Rich sticky lacing.

Big fresh hop aromatics - Simcoe/Citra being the most obvious and delivering heavy doses of passionfruit, apricot, peach, and other fruit notes. Faint pink peppercorn and malt notes are there as well.

Caramel apples, light brown sugar, bright apricot preserves, grapefruit pith, light pine; bitterness and sweetness conjoin into a superior flavor profile. Malt is faintly toasted at times, but primarily clean and gently sweet. Hops come through powerfully, though the malt contributes balance, especially in the finish which is crisp despite being a touch sugary.

Lush, creamy, with moderate carbonation and a lively mouthfeel thanks to the hops.

Really impressed with this, right up there with Nugget Nectar for the style.

Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber in color. Forms a large light khaki colored head. Decent retention, good lacing.

S: A weak blend of citrus, orange, and caramel malt with some seltzer in the background.

T: Begins with a blend of caramel malt and orange that fades to a more dominant orange flavor before moving onto a pronounced and lingering pine resin bitterness. A subtle bit of alcohol shows through on the end.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A bit creamy, but not viscous. Rather dry on the finish.

D: A very nice, heavily hopped red ale offering a well balanced blend of malts and hops.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a standard pint. Bottled December 2010 indicated on the label. Pours caramel/amber in color with a hazy clarity and a loose, half inch off-white head embedded with ringlets. Head dissipates into a thin, almost consistent, soapy skim that coalesces around the edges of the glass. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus and bitter rind. There's also a bit of an earthy/herbal aromatic in the mix, as well as a trace of caramel. Taste consistent with nose; however, a metallic quality permeates the flavor profile. Finish expresses a lightly lingering, slightly acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a prickly carbonation and some acidity that stimulates the salivary glands. Fortunately, the metallic flavor dissipates slightly as the brew warms, so it doesn't kill the overall experience; however, the bitterness and carbonation impacts the overall drinkability.

Photo of silentjay
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz beer with no bottling date, unfortunately!

more brown than amber, but settles between the two with a huge-bubbled and large sandy colored head that sticks around for a bit and laces well.

caramel malts sit behind a good amount of piney hops. not exactly reaching Nugget Nectar levels, but its nice, hoppy, and with a decent malty aroma similar to most amber ales.

pretty well-balanced, but the caramelly malts take center stage with plenty of juicy citrus and a bit of woody, earthy, piney hops as well. a bit of fruit and ripe berries. its tasty, but the 100 IBUs it states on the bottle have been lost somewhere. I wish I knew if they had aged out, but without a bottling or best by date, I'll never know.

on par with the style with enough carbonation and a bit of a melted butter stickiness left behind in the sides of the mouth.

drinks well. 8% is definitely well integrated, some more subtle flavoring than I expected from the bottle's description, but one that I would drink again and recommend to others on occasion.

Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22oz bomber today at The Liquor Shoppe for $7.99. Befitting the brewery name, it has an odd label with a short blurb about the ingredients. Time to drink, grasshopper....

Color is a hazy yet striking chestnut. Carbo can been seen through the cloudiness rapidly rising, and the head is thin, off-white and wispy. Even with the thin head, the lacework is quite nice. First thoughts on the aroma are of rindy, pithy hops, with a subtle suggestion of mint. Body is solidly medium to medium-plus, and there's a touch of chewiness to the liquid. Overall, it is quite smooth on the tongue.

While there is some malty sweetness, and a crystally caramel touch, most of the action is on the hop side of the ledger. Has a good deal of citrus, with the Simcoe and Centennial lending a solid piney, resiny lean to things. There's a light bit of tropical fruitiness, as in pineapple, mango and melon, but it's restrained. The finish is dry, almost in a chalky kind of way. Despite the offbeat name, this is pretty decent, though a tad overpriced, in my opinion. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4


Photo of Doomcifer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Khazadum
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Moderate lacing, sticky body allows some presentation. Hazy, funny to say, amber body with caramel edges. Carbonated to the point that dozens of little streams can be seen when held at the right angle.

S- Nice mango and tropical fruit presence. Definitely contains some tangerines and eventually as it warms more orange citrus than anything else. This is way hoppier than I was expecting. Smells better than some IPA/IIPAs.

T- Opens with a back end of orange pulp and a front end of bitter biscuits. Not as much malty sweetness, mostly fructose. Super bitter through and through. The middle allows the pine to percolate come forth and dominate the finish. Unfortunately it doesn't taste as fantastic as the nose.

M- Medium bodied, mild creamy texture. The carbonation supports it rather than causing an overly crisp body. Actually allows that smooth presence up front while bubbling away the back of the tongue hiding some of the unwanted bitter. Of course this can't hide it forever, it lingers beyond its welcome.

D- Some of the alcohol does bother in the flavor profile. Counteracts the fructose in a disjointed manner. Lingering flavors take a toll here as well. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. Better than the last one from Clown Shoes. I probably won't drink this again.

Photo of neophilus
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber $7.99 at Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, MA.

Pours murky darker almond, with an orange hue. Loose fluffy lite mocha head, stays nicely, leaving thick sheeting, then nice fine lacing. Everybody enjoys quality head and this beer has it.

The sniff reveals big waves of maple malts. With some gritty hops in the rear.

Lucious and flavorful offering. Maple theme continues, great flavor loads of maple, vanilla, honey infused malts. Nice. Hops are there but basically to balance not take over. Quality amber ale. More good stuff from Clown Shoes/Mercury.

Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kelp for this interesting-looking extra from a brewery that's brand-spanking-new to me. Always a bonus. Busting this open as my first beer in days, a tasting with Mr. & Mrs. beerloco, DBHog, & a couple friends who came & went obliterated my desire for beer for a while. But it's back!

Pours a mingled reddish-orange, as if the sun is in full eclipse around the snifter. Smells like...Surly Furious. That's high praise. This beer has been hard-hopped, with the mixed hops piling on every pleasing hop aroma imaginable, from citrus to grapefruit to pine. Smells better than most IPAs & IIPAs!

Eagle Claw Fist makes promises with its nose that its body can't keep; but it's close. Sweet, light malts are the first impression - very odd after the nose - but they are buried in an Alps-Parton level avalanche of hops, & quickly. Hops come in as mostly sappy, dripping pine, along with jets of floral & herbal notes. Perhaps a bit of well-toasted bread as it warms. Hops bitterness arrives after this cute little parade & crushes it under a jack-boot. The finish is tongue-bruising.

A solid body is holding up the hops. Despite the manna from hops, I could easily have doused the entire bomber myself. If you're not a hophead? Don't.

I have to go with an 'excellent' on this one. The hops don't cater to the usual description of an amber, & I wonder if this has been miscast. But when there are this many hops around, & they're this delicious, really, who gives a rip?

Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. I can't remember which BA sent this to me but I thank you.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with a finger of dark tan head that faded into a frothy film that left soapy streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of citrus hops and nutty grains. Kinda hard to tack down. Pretty light smelling. I pick up notes of hop oils mostly.
T: Subtle notes of citrus hops mixed with toasted grains and sweet caramel. Pretty bitter for an amber ale. Finish has a touch of tobacco and the aftertaste is sweet and bitter.
M: Medium-full body with a fairly chewy and viscous mouthfeel. Soft, even carbonation throughout makes this bitter brew go down smooth.
D: A really drinkable beer that I would go for again if I had the chance. I don't love it, but there's nothing really wrong with this beer. Thanks again to whichever generous BA sent me this extra.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks like a barley wine. brownish head over amber ale. decent clarity. I am a sucker for high ABV hoppy amber ales. Basically a double IPA. Great American hop smell and flavor. Big crystal malt sweetness balanced with slight acidity and bitterness. strong but not obnoxious bitterness that doesn't linger forever. nice aftertaste. I like this beer.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eagle Claw Fist pours an opaque dark amber color with a thick, creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with spicy notes of pine and a touch of citrus. A touch of caramel malt is also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy, dry, with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is a nice balance of spicy hops and sweet malt. It begins with bready pale malt and caramel. Quickly, spicy notes of pine and grapefruit citrus take over. It finishes bitter and once gone the citrus hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced tasty beer that hides it's 8% abv rather well. It's easy to drink and goes great with dinner.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 of 5 Clown Shoes beers to be reviewed per request. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date. Brewed at Mercury Brewing, Ipswich, MA.

Pours a muddy deep brown amber with some thin, but sticky off-white head with really nice retention and nice spotting. Nose is of dry, bitter, earthy hops. Smells like a bag of hop pellets, to be honest, which is somewhat impressive. Some faint caramel malts creep through and yellow grapefruit, again surprising for an amber, Imperial or otherwise.

Palate is aggressively bitter! Carbonation is thick and creamy, adding a nice balancing point for texture/mouthfeel. Nice medium caramel flavor, dried orange slices, some dry earthiness too (like dusty clay), and sticky yet dry hop cones.

Notes: Wow. Rather impressed with this! Great bitterness and really lives up to the Imperial moniker, something other breweries often fail at. I gotta say though, the labels are pretty bad, but the beer is pretty good. I think so far my only complaint with this company is the glossy labels.

Photo of chrisgn
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A- brown, unfiltered. Soapy head the reduces down to pretty thin. Some lacing left on the glass.

S- much like the taste, the smell is a blend of malty sweetness and fresh piny hop aromas.

T- Tons of flavor! Sweet up front, hoppy in the back. Big flavor on both end and nicely balanced.

M- not much carbonation here. Beer falls flat. More carbonation need for this full bodied beer.

D- Big on flavor and balanced. Not a session beer certainly, but putting down a bomber is pretty easy.

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Turbid reddish brown with a persistent beige cap. Lots of fine bubbles mixed with rocky ones, thick lacing, very sticky on the glass. Grapefruit pith and pine in the aroma, sharp hoppiness, spicy citrus. Caramel was present in the background, hint of toffee and chocolate. Sturdy bitterness, softened nicely by the caramel and toffee sweetness, grapefruit more prominent than pine, brown sugar. Slightly spicy with some alcohol presence in the finish. Very creamy texture, lowish carbonation with a full body. I thought this was pretty tasty. Light alcohol warmth. A little heavy handed with the hops, but sometimes that's a good thing.

Photo of robwestcott
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to gregg at clown shoes for this one.

poured a nice dark murky amber from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass with a finger sized super frothy big bubbled head and a bit of retention.

super hoppy aroma (of the piney variety), toffee and caramel.

great big hops forward followed in short order by a sweet(ish) malty backbone. mildly bitter toward the roof of the mouth. a very interesting brew - not balanced, yet the malts stand up well to the serious hops.

smooth, hot, relatively creamy, bitter hops bite.

drinkability - yes, though probably not more than a single bomber.

Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So glad to get the chance to try these. So generous from Clown Shoes. 22oz bottle...

A: Super dark brown ale color with a small white head that fades at a decent pace to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Good.

S: I get some dry smelling grapefruit hop upfront. Some earthy / grassy scents in the middle with very faint iced tea hidden in the back. Good.

T: Super dry bitter hop upfront with a nice earthy grapefruit flavor in the middle and some earthy bitterness on the backend. Very bitter hoppy brew. Not much of a malt balance, but still good. Good.

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation. Super dry and bitter. Very good.

D: Once you get past the hop wall, this goes down. Good.

All in all, this is a good brew. Super bitter and very hoppy. If you want a dry, bitter, mouth puckering brew, then this is for you. If you don't like hops, then avoid. Thanks Clown Shoes.

Photo of Daktyls
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a 1 finger head that slowly gives way to a fine lacing left on top of the brew.

S: Immediately smells hoppy after the pour, enough so that most of the other aromas are washed out with the hoppiness. Citrus tones are detectable, grapefruit most likely, along with a very faint malt character.

T: Pretty much exactly like the smell. BAM. Hops in the face.

M: A nice full bodied feeling with a medium amount of carbonation suit the hoppiness well.

D: Quite drinkable. I shall certainly be finishing the bottle.

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