Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 40
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Muffin Top combines the attributes of a Belgian Tripel with a huge burst of American hops. Intense flavors from the Belgian yeast, reminiscent of candied fruits, mix with the hop bitterness and sweet orange peel to create a unique take on a Belgian-Style ale.

(Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 09-02-2011)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

This one is unique in my experience. Advertised as an IPA/Trippel, resembles neither, but is interesting and worthwhile nonetheless.

A: Almost geometric lacing. Slightly cloudy and a rich, deep copper.

S: Closest thing about it to either an IPA or a Trippel: definitely gets that citrus Hop aroma IPA fans will recognize. Is definitely more sugary than a traditional IPA.

T: Previous commenter was dead on, unmistakable tangerine notes here. There is the yeast heavy profile of a good trippel, but it's off a bit, a little too saccharine. Very explosive flavour. Alcohol is not at all invasive considering the ABV.

M: Bready and dry; surprising bitter finish for such a sweet beer.

O: If you are expecting an IPA/Trippel merger you will be disappointed. It is far sweeter than any of those have a right to be. Despite that I really enjoyed it...would never drink more than one in a sitting (and even more than about 12 oz is an ask) but a truly unique flavour. Would wish for the hops to be more prominent and the yeast to be more authentically Belgian, if that makes sense. But would still drink again.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Not at all what I expected... Poured a gorgeous, extremely hazy orange-ish color with a nice rocky, off-white head. Tasted wonderfully citrus, tangerine-like, with a touch of clove. Very good flavor. I drank one that was a little over a year old, so not sure how much of the flavor can be attributed to that. Oops.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Nice tripel

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Bought this with hopes it'd be a great combo of my two favorite beer styles.....but it's not that great. Lacks the smell I hoped for and doesn't taste at all like a Belgian Tripel - mainly just boozy high alcohol content taste

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2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Body is a uniformly hazy orangish yellow hue that pours with a 1-2 finger or so foamy white head. Head quickly fades to a moderate sized collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the translucency is non-uniform with a lot of sediment around.

S- The main character of the nose is belgian triple with apple, pear, peppery spice, and a lot of alcohol. There is also an over abundance of belgian candi sugar. Then there is something that seems a little off. There is a huge overtone of citrus and grapefruit with just a hint of pine and floral hops.

T- Upfront is alcohol, pear, citrus,pepper, and very minor floral hop overtones with a heavy belgian candi sugar background. Finish is very boozy, sweet, and hoppy. A lot of alcohol astringency, a lot of belgian candi sugar, and a lot of pine hops. Left to linger is hop bitterness, alcohol astringency, and a weird sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation with small bubbles and a slightly bready yet slightly dry, very astrigent body.

O- Clown shoes is theoretically a very good brewing company- and when executed correctly the "Belgian IPA" is my favorite style- but it is important to note that this is a belgian tripel/IPA which I perceive as a hybrid between american IPA and tripel...which is much different than an intensely hopped BSPA, saison, or tripel. There is way too much sugary sweetness to this brew...and the hop/belgian blend is just executed poorly. I was really looking forward to this brew but I am very disappointed.

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Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.