Muffin Top - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by M_C_Hampton:
4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber colored with a huge foamy off-white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy
S: very yeasty up front, notes of banana, corriander, clove, spice, slight lemony hop
T: bitter up front, grapefruit, immediately changes to a wheat beeresque yeasty banana flavor, finish is quite sweet
M: fullier bodied, alcohol completely hidden
O: an odd hybrid brew, flavors are more belgian strong ale that IPA
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2013 01:49:15 | More by M_C_Hampton
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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 tacos (love ya, Mom, thanks for putting the 'life' in larger than life) cooking in the kitchen will make for an excellent pairing, methinks.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 06:04:29 | More by biboergosum
Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.