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Supa Hero - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 299
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass. Great label on the bottle.

S: Toasted malts with a strong citrus hop aroma.

T: A big toasted and caramel malt base with a nice floral and citrus hop flavor. The malts are very forward and continue through the finish.

M: Medium body with average carbonation and a slightly oily feel.

O: My first clown shoes beer and I have to say that I really like it. Maybe I've been driking too many IPAs lately, but to me this one is very caramel malt forward. The hops take a backseat to the malt and give it a nice sweet flavor. The hops are still there though and give it a nice flavor. (654 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours hazy orange with a thin off-white head that leaves some of the best lacing I've seen. Aromas are citric grapefruit & orange, earthy, caramel, brown sugar and bread crust. Tastes are pungent from the get-go, grapefruit rind, oily leafy fresh piny hop, earthy, peppery, solid bready & caramely backbone almost holds up to the pungent hop punch, but not quite. Mouth-feel is thick and full bodied - maybe too full. It's oily yet very creamy, coats the palate well with sticky hop resins, finishes with a prickle on the tongue and a slight astringency with the bitterness. Overall, I wasn't sure if I liked this from the start, but it really does bode well. It's both super malty while being super hoppy, giving it great complexity. I'd go back to this one again if the price was right. (801 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

$6.50 bomber from Abe's.

Crystal clear copper topped by five fingers of level but bubbly off-white froth. Highly stretched lacing.

Aroma mixes grapefruit, apricot, and pine, but seems to fade in and out. Took a deep sniff and it's like the entire aroma is in my nose and there is now a void in the glass. So it's pleasant and inviting, but not intense enough.

Light caramel splash to begin. A quick dash of juicy fruit. Building bitterness. Only the bitterness makes it to the afterglow. Little alcohol belly burn.

Mouthfeel wimpy for a beer this size, nothing to chew on.

Nothing really wrong, but nothing special either. Clown Shoes has cool labels and names, but this makes three out of four beers unimpressive for me, and in my favorite styles. At bomber prices I'm passing on the rest. (795 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/11. 22 oz bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper orange. 1 finger of thick white head with average lacing. Aroma is dank hops. Pine, resin, grapefruit, and a bready maltiness really show strong. Flavor is close to aroma. A very piney, resinous bite mixes with a caramel, toffee malt back. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and the pine and sour citrus flavors linger. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Overall a good session ipa. (439 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 1/2012 in the corner. Pours a murky dark brown with half an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Sweet aroma of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits and bready. Taste is really bittter pine hops and grapefruit rind. Some caramel malt mixed in there as well, but hops dominate. Grapefruit finish. Chewy mouthfeel. This beer packs a great bitter punch of hops. Overall, solid bitter Imperial Ipa with a great deal of grapefruit and pine hops that is worth drinking often. (484 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours w/short cream-colored head over a very deep (yet clear) amber body. Nice lacing. Good looking beer.

Aromas are full of grapefruit first, then pine tree, and finally some caramel malt. Light bready quality as it warms, too.

Flavors leave no question as the the style. Packed with astringent hop bite - pine needles, fresh grapefruit juice, and just a drop of sweetness. Finish is quite sharp... the hops never let go. Mouthfeel is dry, with the right amount of carbonation.

I thought this was just an IPA when I dove into it, but it doesn't take long to realize this thing has some power to it. Not bad if you're into sharp hop bombs. (644 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.  (857 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with a frothy two fingered head, creamy foamy, and very sticky.

S - Citrus rind, floral, and caramel malt. All components blend very well in the nose but overall, is light.

T - Caramel malt base stays there throughout and a generous amount of oranges, grapefruit, floral, and pine bittering over the top. Everything is well blended throughout the sip and at the very end the malt fades to leave a coating of oranges, pine, grapefruit, and floral bite. The aftertaste is lingering oranges and pine.

M - Light medium body and a watery, yet dry finish.

O - I'm all over the place with this one. I really dig the bitter finish but I wish it had more body (too watery) and aroma. (707 characters)

Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a super-hazy deep orangey color with a small head. The aroma is wonderfully bitter, with citrus and floral hops galore. The taste is also excellent, it's an unrestrained IPA with nothing to hold back the bitter punch of the hops and grapefruit. There's really not much else to ruminate here on the flavor section than "bitter and hoppy". The mouthfeel doesn't get in the way, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's a solid hop bomb of a beer. The flavors are missing something to make it exceptional, but it's still a very good effort. (596 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed dull brassy color with a small white head that thinned leaving specks of lacing.

S - pine and citrus rind.

T - balanced out taste, solid malt upfront and midway with bitter citrus rind to the finish and beyond.

F - medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - it's good and I'd have this beer again. (347 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supa Hero pours a clear copper color with a frothy white head on top. A coating of white lace covers the glass as the foam fades away.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of orange citrus, lemon rind and pine. A little caramel malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor has a nice balance of orange and lemon citrus, a touch of pine with toasted and caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness leaving a lingering citrus and caramel malt when gone.

A very easy drinking, well balanced beer with lots of hop flavor. (598 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into block 15 snifter. Thanks go to Rizalini for this one.

A: Pours a dark pumpkin color with a thick, dense, and oily off-white head that slowly faded into a chunky, greasy film that left sticky rings of laceing down the glass.
S: Hop resin, grapefruit, citrus rind and sweet malts come through on the nose. I get a few notes of lemon juice and sugary caramel as well.
T: The flavors from the nose are prominent, although I’m getting more sweet caramel that I’d like. There is a good balance of leafy hops though. The finish is full of citrus rind and lemon zest, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter.
M: Medium-light body, soft but bubbly carbonation, but the mouthfeel is just a tad watery and thin. I noticed this before anything else, and I wish it was just a bit fuller and chewier.
O: A solid hoppy beer but it was lacking something. A thicker mouthfeel would have done wonders. It still really hit the spot though. Thanks again Bryin! (964 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-copper with a bubbly, white head. A bit of lace and head retention.

S: Hops dominate with some fruit and earthiness at the front while the nose finishes with some sweet, slightly toasted malt. A bit of booze at the end, as well.

T: Good hop flavors. Fruity, pine, wood...all the prominent hop characteristics. Well balanced. Tastes and drinks more like a hoppy Pale Ale.

M: Smooth, flavorful, and easy to drink. A pleasant IPA. A bit of booze comes through to remind you it's an IPA rather than a PA, but it could easily be construed as a PA judging by the look, smell, and taste.

O: Awesome beer once it warms toward room temperature. Great example of an IPA from Clown Shoes. Very consistent brewery. (716 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear orangish ruby color. 2 finger off white head falls into some nice lacing.

S - Faint aromas of piney hops, slightly floral. Struggling to get anything more.

T/M - Cloying bittering moutherfeel that tugs at the edges of my tongue. More a spicy, piney hop flavor with a little alcohol heat. Light medium mouthfeel with average carbonation.

O - Just an average IPA IMO. I think the hop profile is off tho. Once again, just my opinion. (508 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fluffy and creamy off white 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with some decent lacing, super clear toasty orange amber brown light caramel colored beer, with tons of bubbles rising from teh etch at the bottom.

Nose is a bit lighter than expected, some light fresh hops, with a bit of citrus and hint of tropical fruit, light musty resin and bit of floral hop, hint of tangerine and grapefruit, touch of malt sweetness, seems like there is more bittering hops than aroma or flavor.

Taste is a bit better, a touch of booze kicks in quickly, with some malty sweetness, both bringing a sense of a big beer. Then bittering hops, quite a decent kick in the teeth of hops and bitterness, but definitely east coast style practically DIPA. The hops bring a candy flavor and light citrus candy, touch of resin and tangerine but very little of each. The hops turn to a bit of a spicy and earthy character with a light briny astringency, and a bit salty spicy hop. Sweetness is pretty big, with mostly lots of pale malt, and hint of reddish malt, and bit syrupy. Finish is still quite bitter, very bitter, with a bit more briny astringent spicy. Then syrupy malts really kick ass, lingering and coating the mouth for a while, with a long bitter hoppy flavor, and a syrupy hop extract flavor.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, some booze, with decent carb.

overall meh, too syrupy, too sweet, too bitter, too much of a lot of things. The hops they use are overpowering bitter and not enough flavor/aroma, and it gets a hop extract like flavor, with a bit of booze and tons of syrupy sweetness. Very hard to drink an entire bottle. (1,621 characters)

Photo of biker30x
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass, a deep honey orange, very hazy with a dense white head that faded slowly, leaving a lot of lace behind. Nose was soft citrus and sugar.

First taste is sharp hops and piny resin. The pine surfs in on a firm backbone of citrus and malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly viscous, again with the prickly pine and some stinging carbonation. Everybody plays nice and the overall feel is of a big balanced hop bomb.

At 8%, this won't be a session beer. But it's a nice start or a great way to finish with a flavorful sipper. (559 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I missed this one but it seems like the perfect beer for the moment.

Pours a dark amber color with a frothy white head into my glass. A bit darker than I expected but still acceptable.

A blast of grapefruit/citrus aromas in the nose with just a hint of a malt backbone.

Mmm, mmm, mmm! It has that west coast grapefruit blast crossed with the superb malt backbone of the east coast.

Very bitter and very appropriate! This is a lupulin lover's delight and it warms up the throat going down. Whoa baby!

A great example of the style. It's not Heady and it's not Pliny. It's a SUPA HERO! (602 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, with a nice white cap of foam, decent retention, solid lacing.

Good aromatics, fresh pine needles, resin, and citrus fruits, just a trace of caramel sweetness.

Lots of citrus and pine with strong but not overtly assertive bitterness. Very mildly sweet without too much malt backbone to get in the way of the fresh hops. Resiny. Booze is totally hidden. Very tasty.

Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation on draft, a little bit creamy, with a lingering aftertaste that’s a bit sweet and a bit bitter.

Nicely done in the west coast style. (562 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle says it was bottled February 2012. That's why I bought it! Thanks for the bottle dating, Clown Shoes! Poured into a pint glass. The color is slightly hazy and red orange. There is a large 2 inch off-white head with decent sticky lacing. This looks pretty good.

The aroma is slightly sweet with cantaloupe and honeydew aromas. There is just a faint hint of citrus. This isn't quite a hope explosion in the nose, but the aromas are there and decent.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with some caramel malt showing. The finish is very melony as the aroma indicated. There is a hefty dose of bitterness in the finish as well

The body is medium, with decent carbonation.

This is good, but I was hoping for more considering the freshness of the bottle. Still, this was good enough and I'd buy a fresh bottle of this over something not bottle dated. (858 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Supa Hero comes out looking hazy orange with some yellow in between. The head is bright white a few centimeters high, than dies. Faint lines on the glass left behind. Smell is very hoppy, with high grassy notes, some grapefruit, papaya, and bitter pine. Some alcohol. Taste is jumbled, the hops clash together leaving a grassy bitter taste that is not my hop cocktail. Feel is highly bitter and medium bodied with a slightly prickly carb going for it. Not really juicy in any way. This really missed the mark for me. (537 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (805 characters)

Supa Hero from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.