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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
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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Photo of katan


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color, light amount of carbonation. Head formation is pearly white, quite a bit of lacing.

S - Strange fruity nose - quite a bit of orange and almost sour notes. There is a deeper darker fruit in the background. Not much for hops or alcohol.

T - Starts off with a light sweetness, nothing IPA like, just a simple malt. Mid-stream gets more hoppy and spicy at the same time. The white pepper from the yeast finally comes through, but there is a strong citrus like hops there as well. Finishes clean, little alcohol.

M - Moderate to low carbonation, but a strong and full body. Finishes clingy, but not sticky sweet. Not much alcohol warmth.

O/D - A very interesting beer of little style designation. I thought perhaps this would be a tripel, but it clearly pulls through the hops. However there isn't enough yeast notes to make me think Belgian IPA. The result however is pretty tasty - reminds me of some japaneese beers surprisingly.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:55:57 | More by katan
Photo of Mora2000


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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 04:03:37 | More by Mora2000
Photo of ridgeline23


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-23-2012 23:16:22 | More by ridgeline23
Photo of JohnK17


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-22-2012 21:34:14 | More by JohnK17
Photo of BeerT3ch


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer. Plenty of Belgium and American pride mixed in a bottle. Full Mouth, citrus, earthy flavor. Consistence Drink from the front to the back end. ABV is obvious! 10% +.... Very good Pour. I was hesitant to try the new Clown Shoes Brewery, but I'm glad I did. Vampire Slayer's next. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 03:11:01 | More by BeerT3ch
Photo of rusty3335


4/5  rDev +5%

04-21-2012 00:22:34 | More by rusty3335
Photo of mdillon86


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-20-2012 02:48:42 | More by mdillon86
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of citrus - oranges especially - and hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), orange, malt and a bit of yeast thrown in. At first the flavor was a bit harsh and overbearing, but it gradually grew on me. .

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 13:19:44 | More by avalon07
Photo of Tumble


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-17-2012 21:22:20 | More by Tumble
Photo of jkane


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-16-2012 23:23:38 | More by jkane
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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
Photo of bigdavid77433


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-14-2012 16:06:46 | More by bigdavid77433
Photo of whatname


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-13-2012 12:52:36 | More by whatname
Photo of oline73


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with two finger of thick, off white head that leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell is quite herbal with some malt and hops. I'm also getting some alcohol with a fruity malt sweetness.

Taste: There is a much stronger hop presence here than there was in the smell. The hops hit your tongue hard up front, and then the Belgian yeast kicks in. The middle and end of each sip have some herbal yeast and fruity malt notes joining the hops. The finish is bitter and herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The dueling tastes in this beer were a bit distracting. The herbal notes and the hops were a bit extreme, and that resulted in a slightly confusing taste. Not my favorite, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:42:05 | More by oline73
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep honey amber, with the color spectrum leaning more towards oranges than reds. There is very little head, but what does appear is a thing off-white ring around the edges.

S: The nose is floral with hints of citrus. I'm also picking up slight banana, and a bit of funk. I wouldn't say that it has brett in it, but there is a twangy bite to it. It's nice.

T: The beer starts off slightly sweet, with a big lemony citrus note coming through. It gets a bit tart in the finish, with that banana funk. There is a solid alcohol kick in the finish, but it's not overwhelming.

M: Light bodied beer, even for a 10% triple. It's way easier to drink than I would have imagined. It starts out sweet but not coating. The finish is dry.

O: I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's a big beer, but the flavors are solid, and it's really drinkable. I don't know if I'd want more than one bomber in a sitting, but I'd buy this beer again if I was in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 19:35:22 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

04-07-2012 00:45:56 | More by jlogan7
Photo of Fitzmke


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-04-2012 21:21:53 | More by Fitzmke
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this to the tasting.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a hazy orangish amber with some noticeable yeast floating around. There's a big, soft, white head that has great retention. The nose has a typical Belgian yeast funk as well as some faint spice, bread, and fruit aromas. The taste is very similar to the nose; Belgian yeast first, faint bready malt, faint spice, and mild, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, smooth, and a bit crisp.

This is a pretty good beer. It's definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs that I've had. It has balance. It's smooth and drinkable. It's not overly flavorful, but it doesn't disappoint either. I will probably have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 13:11:59 | More by tdm168
Photo of Gatordaddy


4/5  rDev +5%

04-02-2012 03:23:13 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not typically a fan of triple IPA's, but I hoped that the belgian angle would take the edge off.

This bottle was about six months old on the shelf, which beneficially help the flavor. I used a pint glass to let the beer really open up.

The coloring was muddy yellow with minimal foam. There was a weird mix of belgian and citrus notes in the bouquet. And the smell was not as stong as you would expect.

The flavor was biting, and the bitterness came in thoroughly (which isn't a surprise). I was right about the begian helping with the over-hopping. The balance wasn't correct though. Just don't let this beer warm too much, it really falls off if it hits room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:05:13 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of notalumberjack


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-28-2012 20:39:47 | More by notalumberjack
Photo of thydarkprevails


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber poured in a duvel tulip. Somewhat hazy orange with a foamy 2 finger white head. Eventually it recedes leaving a foamy center that actually resembles a muffin top. Aromas are yeast, bread, orange zest, pumpkin spice. Flavor is bread, Belgian yeast, orange, grapefruit, fall spices. The mouthfeel is chewy and there is noticeable alcohol as expected. Pretty decent. This is my first clown shoes offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 12:08:25 | More by thydarkprevails
Photo of TexAggie011


4/5  rDev +5%

03-18-2012 21:29:07 | More by TexAggie011
Photo of robieobie1


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-16-2012 01:34:48 | More by robieobie1
Photo of cjgator3


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a tulip. Pours an orangish anger color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity malts, spices, orange peel and citrusy hops. 

T- The taste like he aroma has a lot of citrusy flavors with some malt in the background. The finish is grapefruit, some alcohol and citrusy hops creating a nice amount of bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I love the label. The beer is pretty solid as well, definitely worth a try! 

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:58:16 | More by cjgator3
Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.