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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

Muffin TopMuffin Top

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BA SCORE
86
very good

445 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good marriage of Belgian and hops. Each sip was like manna, one can think Belgian or hoppy. Very good drinkability. Light coloured with lots of head. A bit aggressive carbonation, otherwise middling mouthfeel. Bottle from Winooski. Lemony, and yeasty. Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:47:31 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 01:24:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eep golden, straw color coming forward right away. Nice two fingers of white foam quickly come up and over the top of the glass settling down with a nice amount of lacing that quickly takes over the glass. Very cloudy, even through the final pours. First thing I notice is the aroma of honey, lots of grains, bready malts and a noticeable amount of honey, whether intentional or not it is there. Grape skins start to come forward now as does a light touch of grass, nothing really bowling me over though. First sip is very smooth, rich and well carbonated the flavor is allowed to explore the palate quite nicely and really makes for a very full feel. Light grains, pears, peaches, apples, all seem to be well represented, but something seems to be missing with the depth here. Just not as full as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:02:49 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seemingly a Belgian-style Tripel Ale except with heightened hop character makes this currious ale authentic tasting as a Tripel, especially with the restrained hop character that pulls it nearly within range.

Very yeasty looking with a thick visual weight, the beer pours golden to orange in color. Very creamy looking, the beer builds a short-lived head of slighly off white foam and with surprisingly little lace. Despite the hop content, it seems that the density and alcohol of the beer impeeds more meaningful head character.

Yeasty and somewhat briny to the nose, other classic scents of fruity pears and apples and decorated with notes of orange peel, corriander, and white pepper. Grassy and citrusy hops allow a bold aroma of grapefruit pith and fresh sawn pine to balance just as much as the more peppery notes. An unsettled plastic scent reveals peculiar aromas of cheese and musty berry-like tartness.

Full flavored and richly malted, the beer's heavy malt components hold serve with the taste of light breads, honey suckle, and overall malt sweetness. Pears, apples, and under-rippened berries play into the acidic and estery balance. So also does the spicy notes of sweet orange peel, soft corriander, white pepper, and plastic. Foregone are the clean citrusy bitterness of fresh hops as the character of aged hops have derailed the early hop balance as well as the dry hop flavors to finish.

Much fuller flavored than is common for most ligher Belgian-style ales. The sugary weight of the beer keeps the mouthfeel from resembling the dryness of IPAs or Belgians more. Finishing semi-dry at best, the lingering sweetness prevents the signature dryness of either style.

Where the beer is tasty for the most part, the unresolved sweetness of malt and the abused hop profile keeps it falling short for either Belgian Golden Ales or IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 07:04:42 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

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

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very dark yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin white head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pale malts and citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of cloves.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness and flavors of spices in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and is also chewy with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very interesting taste and has a much fuller bodied compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 00:17:09 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 13:28:35 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Another Clown Shoes brew to prep for an upcoming tasting. It pours a partly cloudy sunset golden-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises honeydew, pine resin, light balsa, grapefruit, orange zest, coriander, clove, banana peel, and sweet honey. The taste brings in more of the same, but the citrus fruits are now favoring their rinds and peels, bringing out a decidedly more bitter situation. It's not too bitter, but I think the new lack of fruitiness is a general detriment. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a generally solid BIPA, but one that falls just shy of making me really happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 19:47:51 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 23:43:47 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/11/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a complex combo of spices, citrus, caramel and Belgian yeast up front that stays predominantly sweet. There’s a hearty malt character and a slightly alcohol sting. There’s a decent hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s certainly not as good as the regular version and is proof that “Imperial” doesn’t always make a better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 01:29:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 ounce bottle into a Clown Shoes shaker pint, because I can. At the time of this review, this is the #38 top Belgian IPA on the "Top Beers - Belgian IPA" list.

Beer is orange / amber, really hazy, nice tight off white head, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation.

I really feel like I was there when this style exploded onto the scene and this has the exact aroma I've come to expect from Belgian IPAs. The hops are earthy, mildly piny, mildly citrusy, the yeast and breadiness comes through well.

Beer is a little dry on the finish, light in body, earthy, sweet, bready, biscuit, aromatic, nice. Carbonation dances on the tongue. A good Belgian IPA but nothing makes it stand out. Just another BIPA. But I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:01:10 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy head that fades semi slowly with lacing, very hazy orange tangerine colored.

Nose is loaded with Belgian aromas, some yeast, Belgian golden malts, spices, citrus, light lemon, fruit from the yeast maybe apricot. Then comes plenty of fruity floral hops, with a hoppy bitter kick.

Taste brings spices and bitter hops, light Belgian tripel spices, citrus lemon peel hops, and a big kick of booze, its quite hot. Some bitterness blends with the booze and esters, some golden Belgian malts come thorough the middle bringing a bit of sweetness at first, and hint of creamy malt taste. The bitterness really kicks in on the finish as it dries quite a bit, with more hot booze, citrus, and Belgian yeast fruit with spices.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, good carb, hot tingly booze.

Overall not bad but kind of a mess, mix of spices, malts, lemon and citrus hops, booze galore, esters, etc. it doesn't really know what out wants to be. Although despite all that its still fairly tasty, just not very drinkable. I know most Americans and hop heads will love this beer though, but I'm not really sure what to think of it since it's just all over the place. And not sure when I've ever had a Belgian IPA that is 10%, although this is more tripel than IPA I think.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:40:44 | More by jlindros
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: yeast, fruity sweetness, and hop bitterness creates a pleasant aroma.

Taste: big spicy yeast flavor with loads of malt and fruity sweetness. There is some honey or candy sweetness here too. Bitterness is hearty and nicely balancing. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late. Long lasting spicy yeast flavors ride the tongue.

Overall: a nice Belgian IPA that hits the spot. Easy to quaff despite high ABV. Sip this one slowly and enjoy the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 16:26:38 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a medium white head with good retention, some spotty lace.

S: Definite peppery yeast with grapefruit pith.

T: Lots of bitter melon and orange, white grapefruit with white pepper. An interesting flavour, but never gets really good.

M: Medium-bodied, a big beer in a way, resiny with a long aftertaste.

O: A solid big Belgian IPA. I have no reason why a bomber of this costs 13 bucks, a $5.50 pint at Happy Hour is much more reasonable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 06:01:23 | More by Halcyondays
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a hazy orange-amber color with a small cap of foamy white head. Didn't get much in the aroma, but it was still nice, with scents of bready yeast, and citrusy hops. Taste was good: notes of bready yeast detected in the nose, citrus zest and fresh fruit, honey and malty sweetness. Crisp, sharp, dry finish. Higher alcohol was no more noticeable than most other IPAs I've had. Medium body, and fairly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 03:06:50 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Ugly, muddy amber color, big mistake pouring all in glass - tons of floaties that don't settle plus a ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose, sweetened grapefruit flavor, dry bitter finish. Disappointing Belgian triple IPA. $9.60 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:09:47 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Chill hazed reddish amber colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly malty and hoppy. Strong honeysuckle with tropical hop aromas. Pine and papaya with some pineapple and passion fruit. Coriander and a little cinnamon bark. An unusual aroma for the beer style.

Starts out sweet and a little sharp hop hit. The flavor takes a little time to settle in on the tongue. One of the more hopped up Belgian IPAs I have yet sampled. Strong wood and tea flavor. The flavor doesn't really deliver what the scent promised. Mostly this is sweet and bitter, everything else is overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a pity the smell is so good but not the taste. Need fewer IBUs to allow the other flavors to be sensed.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 23:41:00 | More by Zorro
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a frothy two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a ton of citrus and tropical fruit along with estery light fruit notes and candy sugar. Huge grapefruit presence along with orange peel and pineapple. There's also some earthy, grassy pine needle before the pale malt and Belgian characteristics come through in the nose.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that lingers over the sweeter and spicy notes into a dry, boozy finish. The hop profile isn't as complex as the aroma suggests with only faint fruit sweetness. Instead, it's mostly dominated by a dry, earthy presence with resinous oils and grassy pine. As it warms I'm picking up more citrus, notably orange zest but it's still subtle. The slickness from the hops are complimented by candy sugar. Other than that there aren't many Belgian qualities. Finishes with lots of sweet, boozy heat. The ABV is not well masked leaving lots of warmth in the chest.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:32:55 | More by corby112
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Muffin Top does indeed look like a thick beer; there's enough sediment at the bottom that the last couple ounces come out viscous as syrup - it felt like I was pouring from a bottle of Aunt Jemima. The golden complexion, as result, is obviously sludgy. Its head doesn't exactly spill over the sides of the glass, but it is rather plump.

The aroma is brimming with notes of tangerine and has a bitter 'green' quality; it smells something like an Asian salad. Or at least it would if not for the yeast - Belgian yeasts can pack quite a wallop of spice and this particular strain is driven by mace-like spice and hints of other things you might put in a pumpkin pie.

The malts have an almost pancake-like flavour, or maybe I'm just thinking that because the hops provide such an abundance of syrupy tree resins that it puts maple on the brain (birch and pine too). The citrus notes are again appreciated, and plump, ripe orange wedges again lead the way. (The label twice states "flavors added". I assume orange is said flavor.)

Hops and alcohol combine for a piercing, thinning mouthfeel; the lemony acidity and booze make it feel as though the beer was cut with a cleaning product. Luckily malts come to the rescue with a spongy texture that reminds one of a soft, fresh-baked loaf of white bread (or, you know, sponge cake). The impression of orange creamsickle never goes away either.

Top of the Muffin to You! The exclamation mark is definitely needed. Muffin Top is an excellent Belgian-style IPA that has bold elements of both Belgian yeast and American hops. Ironically enough, Clown Shoes don't joke around - don't let the names and labels fool you, many of their beers deserve serious consideration as being top examples of their respective styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:51:34 | More by biegaman
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body with a fluffy off white head. Lace is minimal. Aroma brings bright citrus and bready belgian yeastiness. Some alcohol on the nose as well. Flavor is pretty good, but the heat is noticeable in this one. Also get the bready,cakiness and birght hop tones. This is definitely a Belgian IPA kicked up a notch. I actually prefer a straight Belgian IPA....like their Tramp Stamp for instance, to a higher alcohol version like this. Good beer, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:29:40 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold/amber with some haze and a thin whitish cap. Decent head retention and lacing. Hops were apparent as soon as the bottle was opened. Fruit candy aroma, pineapple and citrus, dry malt and bread, hint of phenols and alcohol. Sweetness in the flavour was mostly caramel with some sugar and malt. Bitterness was more prominent in the finish, along with alcohol warmth and peppery spice. Grassy, citrus, a bit fruity. Full bodied, lowish carbonation, smooth, almost creamy texture. Not bad at all, but a little on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 00:58:04 | More by DrJay
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2013. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, light pine, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Belgian IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt ,and yeast ester notes; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:42:52 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to copper in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces slightly but has great retention properties - the head eventually reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of thick patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are aromas of citrus hops, pale malts, spice/clove, and Belgian yeast which are moderately strong. I like the smell of this beer and it entices me to want to try the beer.

T: The flavors of this beer are similar to the smell. The taste starts out slightly sweet with the pale malts and hints of caramel. That is followed by the citrus hops which are primarily bitter orange rind flavors. There are also some light citrus notes and the finish has the Belgian yeast notes and the clove/spice.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: This is a very interesting styled beer, not quite what I expected from the Belgian IPA - more like a Belgian tripel merged with an IPA. I enjoyed the flavors and found the beer pretty easy to drink. I think the flavor is quite refreshing and one I would be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:11:47 | More by dbrauneis
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Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.