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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 48 | 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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Reviews by nhindian:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Bottle generously sent by 603BeerMe as an extra, thanks Clark!

Bottled in 8/11.

A - Pours a dark, rustic orange color with about 2.5-fingers of off-white head. Retention isn't bad, especially for the amount of alcohol, but the lacing leaves a bit to be desired for, with only smatterings of lace thrown haphazardly around the glass.

S - Quite a unique nose on this. I am definitely getting the C-hops that were so abundant in Tramp Stamp, but the Belgian influence is far beyond what was in that beer. There's a good amount of malts as well as yeast phenols that give off a strong grape bubblegum aroma. Also quite spicy with cracked pepper, cloves, and some sugar-coated banana.

T - Oh boy, Clown Shoes definitely packs on the Belgian characteristics in the taste. It's very malty and bready, and almost instantly you get the typical tripel notes in the form of the peppery spice, lemon, bubblegum, and banana. Even the alcohol heat is abundant here, lending a somewhat harsh finish. The hops add a bit of flavor, but it seems their main purpose here is to add some bitterness, as they don't contribute a juicy flavor like they did in Tramp Stamp. This bitterness combined with the alcohol heat is a bit off-putting.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. It definitely has a dry finish which helps with the crispness but kind of exemplifies the bitterness. Fairly smooth, though, and full-bodied.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Clown Shoes isn't kidding around when they say they added a tripel influence to this beer, but I feel it greatly overshadows the IPA portion, which I feel is quite weak when compared to the excellence of the hop flavor in Tramp Stamp. Combine that with the high alcohol heat, and you have a beer that is nice to sip, but I'd take Tramp Stamp any day of the week.

nhindian, Sep 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

oberon, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

OhioBobcat, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

tbryan5, Aug 13, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

supa0525, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

FadetoBock, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

csmartin6, Jul 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

warnerry, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

TimoP, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Billolick, Nov 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Meyers1023, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Janeinma, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Moo5152, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Cynic-ale, Nov 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

KirkFrancis, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

wo87810, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

williamjbauer, Mar 12, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kwkdmk, Aug 02, 2013
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Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
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