Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

585 Ratings
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 40
Gots: 58 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Spartyfan21
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Bought this with hopes it'd be a great combo of my two favorite beer styles.....but it's not that great. Lacks the smell I hoped for and doesn't taste at all like a Belgian Tripel - mainly just boozy high alcohol content taste

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Body is a uniformly hazy orangish yellow hue that pours with a 1-2 finger or so foamy white head. Head quickly fades to a moderate sized collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the translucency is non-uniform with a lot of sediment around.

S- The main character of the nose is belgian triple with apple, pear, peppery spice, and a lot of alcohol. There is also an over abundance of belgian candi sugar. Then there is something that seems a little off. There is a huge overtone of citrus and grapefruit with just a hint of pine and floral hops.

T- Upfront is alcohol, pear, citrus,pepper, and very minor floral hop overtones with a heavy belgian candi sugar background. Finish is very boozy, sweet, and hoppy. A lot of alcohol astringency, a lot of belgian candi sugar, and a lot of pine hops. Left to linger is hop bitterness, alcohol astringency, and a weird sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation with small bubbles and a slightly bready yet slightly dry, very astrigent body.

O- Clown shoes is theoretically a very good brewing company- and when executed correctly the "Belgian IPA" is my favorite style- but it is important to note that this is a belgian tripel/IPA which I perceive as a hybrid between american IPA and tripel...which is much different than an intensely hopped BSPA, saison, or tripel. There is way too much sugary sweetness to this brew...and the hop/belgian blend is just executed poorly. I was really looking forward to this brew but I am very disappointed.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of glass_house
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of smi69
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. A hazy yellow-orange amber with some frothy off-white head that breaks down quickly to leave some creamy lacing rimming the sides of the glass. Intense medicinal/citrus/herbal aroma, a marriage of resinous hops and fiercely spicy/sour Belgian yeast with some big peppery notes. Like this brewery's Clementine white ale on performance enhancers. Tons of clove, licorice, and burlap sack phenols do battle with grapefruit, navel orange, lemon, and menthol cough drop to yield a pretty pummeling taste experience. Clown shoes has some pretty skanky Belgian yeast in their arsenal and they aren't afraid to use it. If in the mood this is great stuff, although I became satiated rather quickly and was pleased to share with some buddies, one of whom could not get past the initial sip while the other described some flavor notes like orange spice tea. Indeed, recalls an unsweetened orange-lemon creamsickle covered with coriander and cardamom seeds. Body on the thick side of moderate, a tad chewy and reasonably smooth. Carbonation quite bold and this enhances the "sour" citric effect. I think I prefer the less citric Tramp Stamp but this is well worth sampling if one is addicted to Belgian IPAs or the spicier tripels.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.88/5  rDev +28.4%

Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.