Muffin Top - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by ChrisPratz:
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Very nice cloudy brownish golden amber color pours to 3 fingers of thick foamy had that dissipates to a half finger of light and airy foam that clings all the way down. This is what beer should look like right out of the bottle.
S: Some citrus and spices mixed with the belgian yeast. Picking up some banana esthers and sour/tart. Very enjoyable.
T: Some nice orange citrus and tart at the start with the yeast flavor coming thru. Bready biscuit malt sweetness leading to a floral hoppyness that has minimal bitterness and ends with a mild alcohol flavor.. Very well balanced all around, i'm really enjoying this. Flavors seem to blend and mellow as it warms.
M: Minimal carbonation, the biscuit malty flavors lead to a creamyness that coats your mouth and lets the mild tones and after taste linger. Slight dryness from the higher ABV but it doesn't take away from the enjoyment at all.
O: Very impressive beer. Everything balances well, with the flavors flowing into each other and mellowing out as the brew warms. Really impressed, Clown Shoes is becoming one of my favorite new breweries.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2012 00:14:44 | More by ChrisPratz
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3.76/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle. What would be wrong about destroying muffin tops (either kind) in the interest of producing a good beer?
This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a bit of sudsy caveman painting lace around the glass as it quickly hies it outta there.
It smells of dank pine resin, overripe orange and white grapefruit peel, bready, biscuity pale malt, earthy, yeasty banana chips, grape licorice vines, further white sugar notes, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is more musty, forest floor detritus pine/leaf flora, simple syrup, a mixed citrus rind bitterness, grainy and mildly creamy pale malt, peppery yeast, and a prominent spicy leafiness.
The carbonation is fairly active and frothy in its ministrations, the body a dense medium weight, mostly smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy, in an airy sense. It finishes generally sweet, the sugar, pale malt, and fruitiness all proving a steady counterpoint to all the potential pine bitterness and alcohol astringency that never was.
For a Belgian IPA, this is good. For an all around enjoyable brew, it's so-so, the faults inherent in the style exacerbated by the extra sugary notes introduced by the brewer. Whatevs, it goes down better than I would have thought, is hoppy and boozy, and those spicy-ass tacos (love ya, Mom, thanks for having put the 'life' in larger than life) cooking in my kitchen will make an excellent pairing for the rest of this, methinks.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 06:04:29 | More by biboergosum
Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.