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Muffin Top - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 44
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 09-02-2011

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.
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Photo of MattBreight
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cultclassic89
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice translucent copper colour with a thick white head which turn a creamy mousse like. The extensive bubbles created a almost fire like quality when held up to the light. An nice citrus happiness to the smell along with some light grassiness. There is a definite malty sweetness to really balance out the nose. Wow, the malt really comes forward in the mouth. That doesn't mean there is no hops like you'd expect in a tripel IPA, just not the punch in the face you might expect. And that grassiness sticks around in the mouth with almost a honey sweetness as well. That alcohol warmness you'd expect from a 10.5% ABV is there but not in mouth burning way. Awesome beverage. A very well balanced IPA.

Photo of funjack5150
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that I say "this is not for me, but I'm glad I tried it" I more of a stout guy, so maybe I'm not being fair on my rating.

Photo of A-Sox
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dot_tod
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twillingthenoz
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of themegamancave
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of datalager
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale surprised me. I didn't expect such goodness with their attempt at a style twisted hybrid. First off, it's a beautiful beer. The look is a rich, murky amber with a thick, tight froth from a moderate pour. Cracking the bomber emits very nice aromas. Rich pine trees, sweet citrus, background of dates and funk. Yup, a mix of IPA and Belgian. Flavors are still good, if not quite as appealing as the smells. Immediate hit is that of a quality IPA, followed by an almost clashing Belgian style (to me, more of a dubbel) and then drifting into a strong DIPA-like fade. Individually the flavors are all of apparently high quality. I'm just not convinced the flavors match so well side by side. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right carbonation to match the IPA backbone. Overall a very good beer. I'd buy it again. For those Clown Shoes brews that are mediocre, this one definitely stands quite a bit higher, IMO.

Photo of chrispaulgeorge
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Absolut
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Advocaate
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

This one is unique in my experience. Advertised as an IPA/Trippel, resembles neither, but is interesting and worthwhile nonetheless.

A: Almost geometric lacing. Slightly cloudy and a rich, deep copper.

S: Closest thing about it to either an IPA or a Trippel: definitely gets that citrus Hop aroma IPA fans will recognize. Is definitely more sugary than a traditional IPA.

T: Previous commenter was dead on, unmistakable tangerine notes here. There is the yeast heavy profile of a good trippel, but it's off a bit, a little too saccharine. Very explosive flavour. Alcohol is not at all invasive considering the ABV.

M: Bready and dry; surprising bitter finish for such a sweet beer.

O: If you are expecting an IPA/Trippel merger you will be disappointed. It is far sweeter than any of those have a right to be. Despite that I really enjoyed it...would never drink more than one in a sitting (and even more than about 12 oz is an ask) but a truly unique flavour. Would wish for the hops to be more prominent and the yeast to be more authentically Belgian, if that makes sense. But would still drink again.

Photo of Reginato
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dannymo24
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bigotecircus
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Not at all what I expected... Poured a gorgeous, extremely hazy orange-ish color with a nice rocky, off-white head. Tasted wonderfully citrus, tangerine-like, with a touch of clove. Very good flavor. I drank one that was a little over a year old, so not sure how much of the flavor can be attributed to that. Oops.

Photo of merock1402
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bresnab
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jmiller86
1.1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of TimG_0913
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Nice tripel

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.