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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 34
Gots: 38 | 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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12-07-2011 04:02:06 | More by jheezee
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-03-2011 06:29:22 | More by PissWarmChango
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-20-2011 16:09:41 | More by Jenkster4
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-22-2011 18:38:47 | More by CoolGuy42
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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.2%

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Washington

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-15-2011 06:34:48 | More by Abrengle
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received today from Mr. ClownShoes himself today. Thanks, Gregg! Bottled August 2011.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, rocky white head. Head drops slowly leaving a ton of chunky lacing and a thin wisp of foam as a cap.

Aromas of big citrusy hops. Sweet orange peel. Spicy yeast notes, and a whiff of alcohol.

Flavors of big bursting oranges, orange zest, spicy belgian yeast bite, candied oranges and tangerines. Very intense. Long lasting bitterness and an alcohol bite at the end of a very long finish.

Mouthfeel is jaw clinching, tongue scraping bitterness, medium bodied, a little drying, spot-on level of carbonation.

Overall a fantastic brew. Big, bold, complex, very intense, definitely a sipper. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:08:36 | More by JamnesCameron
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Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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Michigan

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Massachusetts

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New Hampshire

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Massachusetts

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Texas

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Texas

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BenjieK

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This look of this one was startling, almost off putting. Hazy, murky, thick. Big head though, tons of lace. I think it may have just been extremely fresh and the yeast hadn't settled yet.

S: Boozy, hoppy, orange, citrus, bready, very complex and inviting.

T: Holy crap! I love Clown Shoes beers because of the intensity. This is the most intense of them. MT tastes like an explosion of hops, oranges, and yeast. Unbelieveably complicated and totally delcioous.

M: Thick, oily, rich, complex, mouth stimultating.

O: Wow. Just wow.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 19:15:34 | More by BenjieK
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wburch1967

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel Chalice. Label shows two fat people walking hand in hand on the beach with giant Clown Shoes made of sand. Cool.

Beer pours a hazy orange on the first glass, and a hazier orange/brown/yeasty pour on the second.

Smells of oranges, yeast, grapefruit, slight alcohol.

Taste is an explosion of Belgian and Amercian flavors, almost out of joint for me, but as it warmed it came together. Orange, bread, west coast hops, pretty great. The second glass was almost like beer soup.

A very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 18:26:20 | More by wburch1967
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palphen

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very interesting brew. Lots of orange peel and coriander smell. The taste starts off sweet, as expected from a Belgian tripel, but immediately you begin to get the bitterness of the hops (ipa). Really a fantastic beer, the alcohol isn't too prevalent. I don't review a lot of beers but felt I had to with this one, it's That good!!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 07:10:05 | More by palphen
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label on this bottle is epic! This is the hardest Clown Shoes beer to find in my experiences. This is actually my first CS beer, so I'm fairly excited.

22 oz. poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Vigorous pour yields a hazy light brown liquid with a thick off-white head that leaves behind a very nice lace.

S: Whew...smell is very heavy hops. It also has a bit of a spicy clove-like radiance coming out of it. Also smells of heavy yeast.

T: Wow. Really heavy minty/piney hops up front. It's very brief, though, and then the spiciness and yeast of the tripel kick in. The front of the brew is DIPA and the latter half is tripel. This brew is very sweet and extremely tasty.

There is also bit of warming in the throat.

M: Pretty much exactly medium. The carbonation is really nice and what you'd get with a tripel.

O: Haven't had hops like these in awhile. These tasted very strongly of mint and pine; they had a very odd cooling effect, which offset the warming of the alcohol. Quite an interesting experience. Nice change of pace from the heavy grapefruit flavor that a lot of DIPAs have.

There is a lot of complexity here. The IPA they used is extremely interesting and the tripel was damn good. I hate to say it, but I think I like this one more than Le Freak, so I'll grade accordingly.

This is the first CS brew I've had, and it makes me want to try others. It is really an interesting take on the style, mostly because of the DIPA used. This is one of the harder-to-find CS brews, but it's definitely worth a shot for hopheads and pretty much any beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:04:44 | More by TTAmod
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Pennsylvania

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Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.