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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 648
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 50
Gots: 94 | 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:
Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 09-02-2011

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.
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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 648
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass at Capitol Tap Room.

A: Great lacing. Golden hazy.

S: Citrus peel and floral sweetness.

T: Interesting and tasty! A little sweeter than I'd hoped; there are very citrusy hops amidst sweet malt and spicy-floral Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is obviously and pleasantly hoppy. Almost too much so.

M/O: Just a little thin and abrasive at times; then sugary sweet at others. Strange. I don't think I'd have another, but I'm glad I tried it. (489 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks, Kevin. Orange-y orange body, like the flesh of a nectarine. A bruised, somewhat darker nectarine. Cloudy and muddled, not surprising for a Belgian-yeast including ale. A yellow tinted, soapy and lavish head spouts like it was part of a bubble bath, taking forever to sink and leaving behind generous amounts of lacing as it does so.

Hmmm... first whiff... the aroma is... peppery. Lots and lots and lots of white pepper spice, right in your face - no shame. Ashy hops, highly leafy with some minty bubblegum that leads way into the collage of Belgian yeast and applicable esters. Mildly earthy, some lightly sweet taffy, and a bit of clove and kitchen rack spices. Very, very influenced by the Belgian yeast - it basically has a stranglehold on the aroma and outshines the hops by quite a large margin.

The taste is quite minty and full of clove, and it's phenolic to the core... Lots of phenolic-like alcohol which isn't too appealing, really. The Belgian yeast is center-stage yet again; chunky and gummy wintergreen spice with some sharp, black pepper on the back-end. Ashy hops squander around and try to peak their head up above the flotsam, but the surface is covered up pretty well by the heft of the Belgian yeast.

Bitterness is prevalent, but so is a mild bready sweetness from the malt and the yeast, as well as a bit of a burn from the heavy alcohol character. It's a little too phenolic and medicinal in the finish for my liking. Medium bodied, not quite syrupy or sticky, but a little thicker and viscous than the first few sips reveal. Medium-high carbonation; not shocking, given the enormous head formation.

Eh, I really wasn't on board with this one. Just didn't fit my flavor preferences, I guess. I do like Belgian ales, and well made tripels, but something about this one just wasn't cutting it for me. Hope you like your Belgian ales spicy and minty, because that's what this one is all about. The almost-hot alcohol presence wasn't helping either. Not awful, but not a constant rotator, either. (2,028 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice-looking beer. In a tulip it was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head and a good deal of lace.

Yeasty, candy aroma. Orange. Spicy.

The taste was a little much for me. Started off with that candy taste. Coriander noted. The orange taste was very bitter, almost unpleasantly so. It was like they put the whole rind, and not just the zest, in.

Too bitter for me, and a little on the hot side.

One and done. (425 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.96/5  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. (1,547 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Greg (Reagan1984) for this one - hot off the presses, bottled August 2011. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - A thin white foam settles to an even thinner cap, thick collar, and no lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Smells like a tripel, but with some citrus and tropical hop influence. There are also the standard tripel notes - stone fruits, sugary malts, some phenolic yeast, and a touch of alcohol.

T - Taste is again a mix of sweets and spicy alcohol. The hop character fades to the periphery and leaves minimal bitterness in the finish. It's a bit sweet for my liking, either as a tripel or as a Belgian IPA.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, smooth chewy texture. Some mild alcohol warmth.

D - Well - this beer delivers exactly what it promises, a blend of American hops and Belgian Tripel flavors. That being said, the alcohol is a bit harsh, the beer is too sweet, and I don't find this particular marriage of flavors all that appealing. That being said I can see others enjoying this quite a bit. (1,019 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazy peach infused lighter golden with a sticky large white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass.Yeasty phenols,overripe fruit,and citric/medicinal hop flavors,the yeast gave off quite spiced element.Again yeasty spiced flavors upfront with the hops giving off a sharp lemony note,sweet alcohol and more spiced phenols in the finish.This is a yeasty BIPA normally not my thing but this was decent,still not something I would search out again. (483 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, $10.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No bottling date or best before date type info. to be considered.

Pours hazed darker tangarine, medium tan head, stays at the 1/8 inch level, then to a thin film and fine bits of lacing.

Tropical fruit nose, with some pungent hops added to the mix.

Flavorful and tasty take on a well liked style. Smooth honey notes abound. Smoke, lime, more tropical fruit and yeasty phenolics. Well done, likely the best I've had from Clown Shoes. (485 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is quite floral and candy-like, with some pine and orange citrus notes, as well as some biscuit malt notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of floral and orange notes from the hops, along with some pine, Belgian yeast and biscuit malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (372 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy gold to amber, 2” rocky off-white foam cap. Lacy. Smell: Traces of Hoegaarden over dark malts with and slight orange and banana and spice combined with grassy hops. Taste: Big flavors wrapped around a dark moist bran muffin – caramel, fruit, over ripe fruit, orange peel, big hop bitterness, toffee, candi sugar, cardamom, and dark dried fruit. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, fine soft natural carbonation, medium body. (433 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.