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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

536 Ratings
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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours out a cloudy golden color with two fingers of cream-colored foam on top that lasts for about two minutes. Medium-heavy body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes like candied orange peel with a side order of peach preserves and medium amounts of yeasty phenols and booze. Actually, the nose is a bit hotter with booze than it seems to present to the tongue, and the nose has more coriander than the flavor does. It's really sweet in an odd way, however, more akin to a Tripel than the bottle's claims of Belgian IPA-ness. In fact, overall, it presents as a mediocre tripel *because* of the overly citric hopping and as a poor IPA for the same reason. This beer is good evidence for why three-way mixing of styles tends to be risky business, the most common result is mediocrity.

12-24-2012 03:19:03 | More by WastingFreetime
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%

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.

07-30-2012 13:28:35 | More by oberon
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.26/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

09-22-2013 19:41:29 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-16-2013 21:21:24 | More by OhioBobcat
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-13-2013 21:24:32 | More by tbryan5
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

08-18-2014 18:03:47 | More by GameOfBeers
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supa0525

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

07-12-2013 16:58:58 | More by supa0525
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-19-2014 00:02:24 | More by FadetoBock
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lordofthewiens

Maine

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

10-10-2011 20:47:01 | More by lordofthewiens
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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-31-2012 00:59:18 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-21-2014 01:19:09 | More by warnerry
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-14-2012 21:20:46 | More by TimoP
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

11-08-2011 03:43:03 | More by Billolick
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-01-2013 23:39:09 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

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.

04-24-2012 04:03:37 | More by Mora2000
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Meyers1023

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-18-2014 20:47:54 | More by Meyers1023
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-08-2014 02:54:49 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-30-2013 17:09:50 | More by Janeinma
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Moo5152

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-14-2013 17:11:44 | More by Moo5152
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-16-2013 01:12:10 | More by Cynic-ale
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KirkFrancis

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

08-02-2014 21:55:26 | More by KirkFrancis
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wo87810

Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

05-30-2012 16:06:50 | More by wo87810
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-12-2014 23:26:30 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +11%

Pours into a chalice with a deep slightly hazed body, big off white head flowing thick. Fine Belgian style lacing in this Belgian Style IPA from the folks at Clown Shoes. Aroma is full of spicy yeast character, citric notes from the big hops, hints of coriander and citrus peel as well. There's even hints of cotton candy, tropical fruit notes...think mango/papaya action, with big luscious bready malt layers. Flavor profile a hint of acidic notes from the citrus peel but a super sugary sweet experience, you better have your sweet tooth craving before cracking this decadent dessert like beer. Big flash hop profile, layers citrus fruits, tropical fruit especially mango/pineapple/papaya with a touch of black pepper and full on yeast phenol party. Hiding in the mix of all the flavors going on is a bruising 10% alcohol by volume, hard to believe there's absolutely no heat in the chest with each sip maybe a bit of warmth on the palate but it's well hidden. Mouthfeel is big chewy and on the edge of cloying, healthy dose of natural feeling carbonation saves all of the sweetness from becoming too much along with the hop bill of big alpha acids to dry the palate enough to achieve enough balance. Overall a big interesting beer that I'm glad I caught, by chance while out hunting for some 3F's Zombie Dust in a remote but well stocked beer store in south central Ohio.

10-20-2013 23:32:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-02-2013 22:12:12 | More by kwkdmk
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Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.