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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 33
Gots: 36 | 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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Ohmmygawd

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Belgian IPA thickness that should only be sipped. Beautiful head and carbonation.

Smell- Fruity and malty. A little less fruit than the typical belgium beer.

Taste- Great depth of fruit on the back with a big bite.

Mouthfeel- I love savoring this beer because the bite is strong but the rush of flavor feels great.

Overall- I love a good Belgium beer but at 10% ABV the alcohol takes too much of the taste. The fruitiness is lost behind the bite.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:50:34 | More by Ohmmygawd
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-21-2013 00:59:57 | More by Dave_Treat
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balinor

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-20-2013 01:24:08 | More by balinor
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meltroha

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

11-19-2013 02:34:57 | More by meltroha
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-19-2013 01:34:44 | More by nmann08
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Brenden

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is that odd but often beautiful mix of bright and murky, ultimately colored gold but quite hazy. It has a large, firm yellow head that rests in place with strength, dense and craggy. It moves very slowly, leaving very nice lacing on the glass.
This beer offers a pretty big hit of grapefruit right up front that continues all the way through. it has some softer notes running alongside, with some light earthiness and a hint of must along with pale fruits flesh that adds soft sweetness and an almost tangy nip but gently. The grapefruit and citrus overtones are the main event all the way, mostly juice with some rind.
The light to medium body has a nice, even softness and fluffy smoothness all the way through without giving up its crispness at any point. It sort of skirts either style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 20:12:43 | More by Brenden
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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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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2013 14:14:13 | More by mmulebarn
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-10-2013 03:49:35 | More by Adkins1203
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user785335

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-03-2013 17:27:32 | More by user785335
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-02-2013 04:15:07 | More by kbuzz
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-02-2013 03:07:18 | More by Rick778
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-01-2013 18:53:26 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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zimm421

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-31-2013 00:44:25 | More by zimm421
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Bonsai

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-23-2013 22:01:36 | More by Bonsai
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arnold931

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

10-23-2013 02:33:50 | More by arnold931
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bvermilion

California

4/5  rDev +5%

10-22-2013 05:51:42 | More by bvermilion
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kushlash23

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%

10-21-2013 13:47:03 | More by kushlash23
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

10-21-2013 13:42:49 | More by FrankHammer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

10-18-2013 23:20:11 | More by Haybeerman
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Tarmac_Monster

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5%

10-18-2013 02:03:30 | More by Tarmac_Monster
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

10-12-2013 19:19:08 | More by Syraquse
Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.