Lubrication - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: busterthecat on 07-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Casey10:
Photo of Casey10
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This to me is a very average black IPA I was not able to pick up the orange in it at all. Overall all I rated this a verage beer as it was good but yet did really nothing to stand out on its own.

I would encourage people to try this and for fans of this style of beer they should be happy.

Not bad not great though either.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cola color with a off white head that never really fully subsided.Roast and fruity esters in the nose,not much hop presence to speak of.Roasted with a little char on the palate with that candied orange peel element coming thru in the finish.A pretty good beer,not much hop presence for the style, and not overly complex but its not bad.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a black color with a thick tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Aroma was very tepid. Roasted malt and herbal hops, but muted.

Improvement in the taste. Coffee, a little chocolate, and piney hops.

Another so-so black ale. Not bad, but not that good.

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on dated notched onto the side of the label.

Pours a super dark shade of brown, approaching black, luxorious dark mocha head, goes to a coating thicker film, and leaves plenty of low sheeting and nicley developed patterns of lace.

Roasty malts and chocolate in the nose.

Lots more chocolate on the palate, dry and dusty with dark malt notes tossed in. Resinous hops bring the bitterness late and in the finish.

Ehh, this one doesn't do much for me, nothing too special...

Photo of Homebrew35
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half fingers worth of a mocha colored head. A thin ring of head remains and a good bit of lacing. Body is black, a hint of brown is around the edges.

Smells of roasted malts, floral resinous dank hops. I gets lots of roast on this one. A hint of bready yeast.

Tastes like a stout with out the heavy mouthfeel. A firm bitterness comes with the earthy, dank oily hops presence. The roasted malts sit on your tongue and coat your mouth like sucking on some camp fire ashes.

Mouthfeel is medium thin, medium low carbonation. The finish is firmly bitter with a piney, earthy and tobacco coating oiliness.

I think this one does embody what i think a black IPA is. Roasty, not very sweet in any way, a firm lingering bitterness and medium thin body. Bravo to Clown shoes for this one.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas. Always a fan of Black IPAs and Clown Shoes brought three new ones into the state.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt with some strong pine notes from the hops.

The flavor has a strong resinous pine component that really cuts through the chocolate malt. The beer is very dry and the bitterness is a little higher than I expected it to be. The beer is fairly easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out straight black, small head to it, closest to a light beige/mocha type color. Mildly hoppy aroma, a little bit citrus, but barely.

Taste, some bitterness, the usual type of bitterness you get in black ales and the dehusked whatnot. Left with a chalky mouthfeel at times and that peculiar bitterness you get in this style of beer where the hop profile fails to jive with the bitterness. Needs more citrus and tropical hop mouthfeel with these. Frankly, black ales are difficult to make when they're intended to be hoppy, black ipas if you will.

This one just wasn't all that enjoyable the back half, not bad, but not worth the purchase. Still had some minor stout qualities, didn't play up the ipa qualities.

Photo of KenC
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured jet black. An aggressive pour left three fingers of tan head. Great retention to the bottom of the glass with spotty lacing.

S-Citrus, coffee, pine, and burnt malt. Very complex!

T-Heavy burnt malt and coffee at the end. Some citrus and pine in the middle. Bitterness throughout.

M-A very light body and bitter bite. Nothing I want more of, really.

O-I picked this up on a vacation to Cape Cod. I’m glad I tried one of the brews I can’t get in NJ, but I wouldn’t bother with it again.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from Premiere Gourmet. Opaque black bodied Average mouthfeel, aggressive carbonated. Average mouthfeel. The roast without significant hops compared to a black IPA.Was not getting much citrus, more is better. One dimensional. Rough, yet still very good drinkability.WOrth a try.

Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a mountain of thick, dense head that has great retention. The nose reveals piny, citrusy hop aromas and some chocolate and roasted malts. There is also a faint coffee aroma. The flavor is exactly like the nose. There is some chocolate and roasted malts up front with laid back coffee notes followed by faint pine and citrus hops. The body is thin but smooth and has light carbonation.

This is a little disappointing. The hop character is a little subdued and the mouthfeel is very thin. It's easy to drink and the malt character is good though it's not very complex. I would go for one of Clown Shoes other Black IPAs before this one.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pitch black with a ecru head that has great retention and is leaving some lace. The nose reveals slight piny, citrusy hop aromas and robust chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The flavor is exactly like the nose. There is some chocolate and roasted malts up front with laid back coffee notes followed by faint pine and citrus hops. The body is light to medium but smooth and has light carbonation. Overall a decent beer almost a porter in my opinion.

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a large light tan head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark and roasted malts with a good dose of hops in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is roasty up front with a lot of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Lubrication is a pretty solid black ale that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark clear ruby, with a couple fingers of light mocha head. This retains with a big creamy dollop of foam in the middle of the glass, leaving back thick creamy lacing that sticks to the sides in a sticky latticework. The aroma smells of leafy hops and green citrus with a good bit of peppery spice mixed in that gives this a forceful airiness up front of the nose. Things get a little darker along the back as roasted coffee and chocolate flavors emerge but it’s those fresh hops that mostly control this.

Green citric bitterness is at the forefront of the taste, spreading green pith and zippy spice notes out through the profile and into the finish. The malts have much more of a presence this time around, with a smooth chocolate sweetness and crunchy roasted (but a not overly burnt) character mixed in. Like the nose though, the hops bring most of the aggressiveness, leaving this dry and bitter on the finish with just a touch of a lingering burnt feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and silky feel up front that then gets much more firm and crisp as this moves along the back of the profile. The ABV doesn’t seem like much of a factor here.

This was a solid Black Ale but didn’t do a whole lot to distinguish itself from what has started to become a glut of new takes on the style that are out on the market right now. Hops and dark malt could be a bit more in unison here but the body at least had a smooth crispness to it that helped keep this drinking easy.

Photo of bashiba
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a deep dark brown with light mahogany highlights and a thin tan soap ring of head.

The smell is lightly roasty with a touch of cacoa and a bit of brown sugar sweetness.

The flavor is one dimensional burnt roasted malts with a bit of smoke. Has a bit of an oily bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a long dry finish.

Very odd beer, its like drinking a smoked porter without any underlying caramel sweetness to balance out the roasted barley. Overall a bit boring and cloying after a while.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with tan head. Spotty lacing.

Charred malt, citrus hops, and cola. The smell is kind of a mess and the scents don't play well together.

The burnt malt is way too strong. I like what the orange citrus has to offer but it's not allowed to shine. There's also a tinny aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel is a little flat and it's dry, but in a charred kind of way.

This is the first clown shoes beer I've been disappointed in. If they could tone down the charred flavors it would be much better.

Photo of Gmann
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color, with only some brown highlights at the edges. There is a small dense toasted khaki colored head that settles into a solid ring.

There is a beautiful woody aroma to this beer. Slightly charred wood and some light roasted beef give this beer a nice earthy aroma. The beer does a great job of getting a charred wood aroma without being too smokey. This is very nice.

The flavor is more of a bitter roasted malt with some light charred wood. There is a grassy, grapefruit rind hop flavor that actually goes quite well with the malt. Perhaps some hoppy pine notes in the end.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. A fairly bitter brew between the roasted bitterness and the hoppy bitterness, though there is enough sweetness to offset. Good balance.

This is a very good beer. It has a good balance between roasted-ness and hoppiness without a heavy hand. It drinks easy and is not a booze bomb. Very much reminds me of a schwarzbier.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. It's about black, just barely some brown around the edges. Very light tan head.

Aroma, Light resiny pine, chocolate covered citrus.

Taste, Herbal and piney quick up front. Citrus fades into a solid roast malt and coffee. Finishes pretty dry, mostly cocoa.

The lively carbonation keeps this pretty easy drinking. Heavy side of light bodied with no alcohol presence.

Overall can't complain about this. It's pretty dry, almost like IPA meets coffee, so I can see there being some desparity in how this is received.

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black body, chestnut brown around the edges. Frothy tan foam, sticky lacing that coats the glass. Surface has a creamy texture, and a semi-glossy meringue sheen to it. Lacing just coats the glass.

Smells roasty, mellow coffee notes and also lightly woody.

Firmly bitter, roasty and seemingly light bodied like Hoppy Feet 0.5 or something. Chalky dry finish, pine resin and dark roasted malts. Some coffee and bakers chocolate, but not much, a bit subdued. Light to medium bodied, not something i'd sit and drink several of.

Photo of Beejay
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A:Deep black, with a mountain of solid tan head. The head lasts so long that it is almost irritating.

S: Bitter coffee comes out right away as well as a bit of chocolate and some earthy hops. There is a almost chemical like smell in here that is very sharp, it isn't pleasant.

T: Dark grains come out first. Coffee, and chocolate, backed with a earthy flavor. The chemical sharpness is not as present, but still lingering in the background.

M: Medium, with a higher carbonation level. It seems to me like the mouthfeel is really working against this brew.

O: Overall I am not a big fan. It seems like a bit of a muddy mix. The hops certainly add bitterness, but I don't think they shine, nor do I think the dark malts stand out. Just not a big fan.

Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big head. Settles some but keeps a nice finger thick head. Opaque body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Spruce and subtle orange peel.
T) Grassy herbal notes. Mellow roasted malt sweetness. A nice hop bite in the finish with a lingering piney aftertaste.
M) Medium body. Dry finish.
O) A decent black IPA. I'd consider another one.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cbeer88 for the should have been want!

Pours black, with a tan head and nice lacing. Nice pine and floral notes on the nose, with pleasant chocolate and roasted notes. Pleasant bitterness on the tongue, floral hop notes, chocolate, roasted malts, slight citrus. Feels a bit lighter, but not bad. Slight crispness but with a good creamy finish.

Not as hoppy as Hoppy Feet, but still a rather enjoyable ABA. I'd drink it regularly for sure.

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brownish edges and a creamy khaki head that settles to a thin haze, leaving soapy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and resinous citrus hops dominate. More hop-forward then malt-forward, with some bitter chocolate. More chocolate and roasted malt flavors, backed up with grapefruit and orange peel hops. Pretty well balanced overall, and quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. A really solid "Black IPA" overall, a style that Clown Shoes seems to do really well.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a 1.5 finger rith creamy mocha head.

Lots of citrus hop presence. Just a little bit of roasted malt. From the aroma, I'd think this was a normal IPA.

A bit of citrus up front, but much more roast than in the aroma. Lots of coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate finishing with a sting from the hop. Very dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel with good carb levels.

Not too bad. Some of the finishing flavors clash a bit and don't play nice together. Still enjoyable to drink.

Photo of gtermi
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a nice black color with a white head.

S: The beer has a lot of hops and a lot of roastedness. One of the better smelling beers.

T: I am getting a lot of roasted malt, some coffee notes and a smokey tastes.

M: The beer mouthfeel is nothing special, it has some crispness and isnt hard to drink. Very average.

O: This is a pretty good beer. I am shocked by some of the low ratings, but to each their own.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a massive liht brown head with good retention and tons of lacing. Pleasant aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and light piney hops. Flavor is dominated by dark toasted and charred malt, with only hints of the chocolate and aromatic hops from the aroma. Finishes with a pleasant char and hop bitterness. A decent charred malt black ale, but somewhat one dimensional. Medium bodied, but well carbonated. Probably not one I'll rush back to, but enjoyable enough and I really liked the label graphics (which has a robot gas station attendant...not the one in the current picture here).

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Lubrication from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.