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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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very good

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 40
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +5%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bryang002, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jacob007, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ComRock12, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ladyivory, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

bostonryan, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Sammy, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

JohnBender, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip

Hazy darker orange, dense offwhite head - thick lacing and fantastic creamy retention. Nose has lots of citrus/orange zest, candied malt flavours and big dry, Belgian yeast qualities. Hint of spice/clove but the American hopping and the yeast (moreso) is right at the forefront. Taste has dry yeast qualities upfront, some melon, subtle spice and bitter/herbal and citrus hop qualities. Touch of raw banana. Full feel, no alcohol (just barely) and drying. A big yeasty beer all round, fairly enjoyable.

liamt07, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

allhaildracula, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

sailorastro, Aug 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

jeffcook, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

cosmonick, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

csmartin6, Jul 31, 2012
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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
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a cloudy caramel amber, nice fine two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, pine hops and Belgian spicing, smells good. Flavor is very malt forward, caramel malt, strong bittering hops and mild Belgian spices. Flavor is understated but well integrated. Finish Is malt with very strong bittering hops that seem to concentrate on the back of the tongue where there is no real herbal hop flavor, but a lingering hop bite. Interesting subtle flavor to start, but the finish is a bit on the astringent side. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess; good mouth feel. A well made imperial IPA that tastes good but could use some more herbal hop flavors and a bit more flavor in the finish to balance the hop bitterness.

LiquidAmber, Jul 27, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - muddy caramel coloration, somewhat hazy. Head isn't very large, retains poorly, and leaves no lacing.

S - Aroma is very malt-forward. Dark malts, cherries, plums, booze. Some spices in the aroma as well.

T - Malt-foward taste. Dark malts, cherries, plums, a tart sourness reminiscent of green apples, coriander, sage, lemon rind.

M - Medium to full bodied. Not overly balanced.

D - A good beer. In the middle between a Belgian IPA and a Tripel; I'd have preferred it more if Clown Shoes had committed to either one or the other.

jmerloni, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

buckyp, Jul 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

UNCCTDawg, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

rderedin, Jul 15, 2012
Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.