Supa Hero - Clown Shoes

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299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gushue3 on 12-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 299 | Reviews: 103
Reviews by Longstaff:
Photo of Longstaff
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting hoppy flavor that is not all in your face and melds well with malt character. Alcohol stayed well away from detracting from hoppiness, but it needed more to me to jones over it. A decent try for $7/btl. but a little pricey for me to drink this like it is meant to be.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a hazy cherry amber color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Great aroma: pine, really vibrant citrus, and sweet malt. I wanted to keep on sniffing this beer.

The taste was quite good, just not as good as the aroma had promised. Sweet biscuity malt, piney hops. Some grapefruit and tangerine.

Plenty hoppy, with a lingering bitterness.

One of the better offerings from Clown Shoes.

Photo of Beaver13
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden copper with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary melon and dank piney peppery hops.

The flavor is is a let down - earthy grassy bitterness, a little sugary fruit, and some cardboard notes. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very watery.

Overall, I was excited after pouring, but the flavors are not bright and a bit off and it's really watery.

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a nice warm shade of medium amber, lightly clouded, under a long lasting and near creamy lite tan head, that leaves a thicker film and all sorts of ringed sheeting and bits and blobs of thick stick.

I get some bready malts and mild hops on the nose. Smells like a milder British style IPA.

British theme continues for me onto the palate, hops are present but not crunchingly "in your face", depends who you talk to but this is not neccesarily a good thing...notes of toffee, whole wheat toast, a hint of alcohol/gin/lime.

Easy drinking and somewhat on the tame side flavorwise. However, I found this offering to be quite enjoyable and to go well with a garlicky BBQed pork tenderloin and a salad.

More better then respectable beer from Clown shoes.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma has an interesting mix of malt and hops. I get some nice orange and grapefruit notes, as well as some other tropical and citrus notes. There is also a nice sweet biscuit malt character to the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some bitter grapefruit and pineapple notes, as well as some biscuit and toffee from the malt. The sweetness and the fruit notes go very well with the bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot colroed with a thick beige head of foam that lingers long and slowly recedes. Low aroma of citrus hops, some lightly toasted malt. Fresh hoppy flavors full of tangerine and grapefruit rind, some piney notes. Good honied malt backbone, but the hops really shine through on this one. Dry mouthfeel, a bit puckery in the cheeks from the hop bitters, but full. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.34/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice appearance, yellow/gold/copper/light orange amalgamation, small 1/2" head on the top. Aroma lacked hoppiness. That's what we're here for right? Just like cereal grain and that was about it.

Taste, wow, stale, lacking hop flavor. How old is this? Who knows, Clown Shoes doesn't want you to know. Bought the same day I bought a six pack of Lakefront IPA (Milwaukee) from total wine, so if they can get 2000 mile away ipa to me that is fresh, I guess they can do 3000? Apparently not. Utterly devoid of hop flavor. Just some chunky bitterness and cereal grain flavor. No pine, citrus or whatnot, just bleh. Some caramel.

I won't pay for it again until they have bottle dating. I've liked most of their beers, but this was one of those bottom 20% of all ipa territory.

Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served chilled into a shaped Sam Adams glass.

Supa Hero is a hazy yellow orange color with thick white head. It's tight and sticky leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh with great citrusy hops. Accurately described as dank on the label.

Flavor has lots of great hop flavor. Surprisingly not that bitter but full of fresh hops and a lemony citrus character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very well balanced for a double IPA.

Overall a pleasant surprise. This one tastes better than the reviews had me expecting.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow coloured body, leaving lace. Fresh from Rhode Island, thanks Americo for bringing back. Lemon bitterness. Long bitter finish. The malting could have been more complementary. Boozy and more of a hop deliver system. Drinkable, but not great for the style.

Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice off-white head. 

S- The aroma is malt and fresh citrusy and fruity hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and a lot of lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.

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

O- Overall, this is a solid IPA and another thumbs up beer from Clown Shoes.

Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a toasted golden color, close to amber. The head is short and dense and settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of fragrant hops, though not very strong. The hop aroma is floral and grassy. This mixes with a powdery yeast, kind of musty. Meh.

The taste is a mix of tropical fruit and floral hops with a bit of a piney bite in the end. The malt is bready and neutral. The yeast is powdery and gives that homebrew sort of taste. A small hint of a lemony brightness.

Moderate to full body with soft carbonation. Mild sweetness with a piney bitterness and finishes with some asprine notes.

A rather disappointing DIPA. It is hoppy bitter but no nice hoppy flavors. The powdery yeast doesn't help.

Photo of scootny
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear dark copper with an off white head and of course nice lacing. Little carbonation evident. Smell is rich with caramel malt and pine. A fruit melange has tropical notes as well as alcohol and medicine. Taste is sweet with caramel and burnt brown bread as well a wisp of Irish coffee. Medicinal facets show for a moment as it moves to grapefruit in the firmly hopped finish. Hop oil lingers and coats the sides of my mouth and a light biscuit malt flavor. Feel is slightly slippery and on the lighter side of thick with a nice amount of carbonation to break it up. A good solid offering.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured worthily into a Duvel glass an orange amber with a thick white froth appearing and clinging nicely as a sip smelling of glorious flowery pine, dank indeed, bursts into bitter pine in the front of the mouth before cascading oily bubbles across just enough malt to save the day, without much ABV burn, from what is otherwise a seriously bitter villain lacking a bit of nuance.

As far as an IIPA goes - it doesn't fit my bill. It's seriously a bitter exercise but it still made for an enjoyable beverage.

Photo of angusblackheart
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2011

Ruby tinged, orange tinged, amber. Big tan head. Great lacing along the sides of the glass. looks awesome!

This beers smells intensly of citrus and pine as well as an almond like malt aroma. A little alcohol.

The taste is absolutely terrific. A massive blast of bitter piney hops hit you at first, then pink grapefruit and apricot comes out more and more as the beer warms. Palate wrecking but delicious!

I loved Supa Hero!!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rustic pale orange with a neat clarity shows a moderate and slow rise of spacious effervesce bubbles. The head is bready, frumpy in texture, 2 fingers high with a cream tint to it. Retention was incredibly lasting, sturdy in show even after 8-10 minutes with hardly any decay. Stratified ring lacing with a 60% area coverage.

S: Pink grapefruit juice, bright zing, with a fresh and wet nature to it. Sweet caramel backing. solid.

T: Flavor was sweetened pink grapefruit with a strong toasted backing. Fresh,wet hops drip and ooze resinous juices. Toasted citrus and grapefruit with a strong show of toasted malt back this up. A finish of toasted dryness. There are some instances of fresh wet pine and a warming of flowery hoppiness.

M: Fairly crisp and bubbly, body is a bit lighter then anticipated. Dry finish of warm hop flowers.

O: Overall the flavor is crisp, toasty with a respectable amount of hop backing. Good drinkability factor.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's.

A: The double IPA is amber, golden brown, with a thin white head. Barely transparent.

S: The nose is nondescript, neither hops nor malts seem willing to stand out. Gradually pine aromas waft out.

T: Again, nothing to get excited about. The booziness strikes me as the stand out feature. Hops add pine and citrus in the finish; malts add ample caramel. Only problem - neither one stands out. Sometimes wanting is more pleasing than having.

M: An inauspicious introduction to Clown Shoes - not enough of the hop bitterness to work.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows lychee, peach, orange blossom, pine and sweet cookie dough-like malt. Nice.
Pretty aggressive flavours. Not much malt, just a soft clean hit. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Sharp aggressive bitterness in the finish.
Soft carbonation could be higher.

Photo of jsh420
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours clear copper with a 2 finger white head that left lacing all down the flass

smell is ver faint but what i did pick up on what a little caramel malt

taste was much better then the nose - pine citrus herbal hops with a nice tangy malt semi sweet backbone - good ashy hop after taste

mouthfeel - medium body good carbonation very creamy and smooth

overall - with an abundance of great dipas on the shelves this beer will passed over by me and others -- doesnt help that it is in 22oz only

Photo of Sensaray
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks really nice with a deep burnt orange red that's crystal clear. Has a yellow hued half inch of head.

Smells of some tropical, big orange citrus. On second pour some slightly sweet caramel malt appears in the scent.

The bitter is huge on the front end of this beer with a piney grapefruit taste. Hops. Citrus emerges and is pleasant.

Nice spicy mouthfeel with an excellent alcoholic burn in the finish. Medium bodied.

The bitter on this reminds sometimes of eagle claw fist. Really tasty wicked hoppy bitter ctirusy dipa.

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic and a tulip glass. Uh oh, bottled Feb 2012...

A real nice fluffy and large three finger head, off white in appearance, sitting on a real nice red and orange amber body. Nearly cherry in color, but with a big orange appearance. Very impressive body color, and lots of retention cap in the nonic.

Nose is malty, hops have probably faded on this. English tea like herbal sense on this, with a good chunk of earth with a malty sweetness. Still not bad, just not very big in the DIPA realm, but then again I am sure this is quite different fresh.

Taste hits with a very noticeable sweet malt orange, then gives a very lingering dry hoppy pine blast. Malt sugar sweetness mixes with citrus orange bent, with a hint of juice. Hop angle seems to become a little more varied than what is smelled on the bouquet. Mouthfeel is very full too.

Overall it would be quite interesting to try this beer fresh, but it still is worth drinking even this late in the game. Feels like a more varied and muted Deviant Dale's at this stage.

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a dense white head that settles to a splotchy haze, leaving some spotty lacing. Big aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and orange peel. Very resinous and "sticky". More grapefruit and orange peel with a moderately sweet caramel malt backbone and a long-lasting bitter finish. Smooth and slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. A solid DIPA that somehow remains extremely drinkable despite the "big" feel.

Photo of Immortale25
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Label says bottled 1/2012

A- Pours a hazy dark copper color with a 1/4 inch head that doesn't retain well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a fine print of surface foam in the center. Below average lacing.

S- Decent flash of caramel malt and grassy hops. Smells a bit funky actually, although I'm not sure if that was intentional.

T- Heavy onset of metal and unsettling bitterness. It's actually so bitter, my tongue shrinks up and cowers in fear. The caramel maltiness tries to put up a fight but the hops over-impose themselves on the palate. Alcohol is way too apparent and it becomes a chore to drink. There's a note of some spice, probably from the hops, but it's such a mess of a flavor profile that I can't enjoy it.

M- Biting and dry. Water is almost mandatory to have on hand when drinking this one. Medium-low carbonation. Overall unpleasant.

O- What a sad fail (IMO) for a brewery that was starting to grow on me. I hope it's just a bad bottle because I can't imagine they actually meant for it to taste like this.

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some flavors of citrus along with hints of the underlying caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a moderate amount of hops in it but is an average Double IPA compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Total Wine (St Pete, FL). 6.99. Bottled 01/2012. Served in a snifter. 

Pours hazy orange with 1.5 finger off white head. Not much lacing. 

Piney hop nose. A little sweet biscuity smell too. 

Vicious bitter hop bite in the taste. There's some piney and floral hops too but this is freakin bitter. Long dry bitter finish. So bitter you can't taste the alcohol. 

Mouthfeel is medium bodied that is pretty highly carbonated. Slightly stickyness that coats with bitter hop resin. 

Did I mention this is bitter? Seriously. Overall I'm let down. I've been very pleased with Clown Shoes but this is not up to my expectations from them. Their Eagle Claw Fist is a much better balanced hoppy beer. This one just doesn't do it for me. Is it bad? Not really. But even if you just love bitter IPAs there are several better options out there. 

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 6fl oz bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Orangish amber color, chill haze. White froth & close crown. Tropical fruit hues, floral notes & mildy malt aromas. Gentle fruity bitterness & biscuit maltiness at first sip mixed with citric hoppy bitterness. Medium body, correct carbonation. A little bit longer finish is missed. Elegant & delightful AIPA.

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Supa Hero from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.