Miracle - Clown Shoes

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dope on 04-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our boy, Miracle Mike, represents the good we hope to do with the Clown Shoes Minor Miracle Fund. A percentage of profits from this juicy, sessionable IPA will be used to help real people (and maybe a puppy or two).
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Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. It pours a golden, overcast color with some tangerine edges; translucent, yet pretty damn murky. Not much of a head at all, rather, it's just a thin, swampy film that barely stretches across the top of the beer, with a slightly thicker collar that outlines the circumference of the beer.

The aroma is laden with primarily two things: (1) pines, and (2) orange, orange, orange. Heavy orange and various citrus peels with a collision of pines, hop oils, and plenty of leaves. It could stand to be a bit stronger, but there's a pretty good balance of leafy and fruity. Nothing amazing, just good ol' balance here.

A mild bitterness wafts in with the first sip, backed by a super strong orange character; so strong that it even is a bit juicy and sweet. I'd be surprised to find that all of this orange flavor is solely from hops - orange adjunct perhaps? Oily, slightly resinous hops combat the fruit, creating that nice bittersweet balance that was on the nose. Faint pale malt in the finish; oily and crisp on the mouth with heavy carbonation.

Definitely not a bad beer, just nothing that puts it up and over the edge, either. The orange flavor is far too strong and juicy to be from hops alone, so my guess is that this has some kind of orange addition to give it that extra burst. Something that can easily be put back, and I'd smash it if offered one; the problem is that I couldn't see myself ever buying or ordering it again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy gold color with a medium-sized white head. There was a tiny bit of lace.

Mostly citrus aroma, some pine. A good amount of sweet malt.

Lots of grapefruit. Lots. A little resiny pine. Some biscuit.

Astringent, hoppy.

Nice enough.

Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper amber with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits and resiny hops and some sweet biscuit malt.

The flavor is sweet biscuity toffee malts with a little tropical fruit and a decent amount of bitterness but not a lot of flavor from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear orange color with a large, fluffy white head. The aroma has some biscuit and toffee malt, with some pine and a little bit of resin thrown in. The flavor is very similar, with the pine mixing very well with the juicy orange citrus notes from the hops. There is also some biscuit malt and a low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear apricot colored with a thick and dimpled beige head that lingers long. Low aroma of citrus and honey. Bright and fresh flavors of citrus and honey, lots of tangerine and grapefruit, some pithy orange rind. Moderately assertive bitterness, but good balance against the honey malt. Wait, here comes more citrusy hops and bitterness, forget balance. Even mouthfeel, a bit tingly. Very good beer overall.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a reddish hued deep caramel body with a sea of microbubbles pushing up a beige cream head.

S- The aroma of resin piny hops is full but a bit one dimensional. It fades a bit as the beer opens up.

T- The woody green hops turn spicy in the finish with very little bitterness lingering in the dry finish. As the beer opens the bitterness grows but never to strong.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz that enhances the hops a bit and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a bit dry and has a fizz that starts to overpower the flavor. There is some nice hop flavors but a bit one dimensional and the malt is pretty hidden.

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

A friend borught a bottle to a neighborhood get together. The beer poured a clear orange color with white foamy head that laced. The smell had some biscuit and toffee malt, with some pine and a hint of citrus. The taste is very similar, with the pine and citrus notes being more prevalent from the hops. There is also some biscuit malt and a low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer.

Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight haze to this amber brew. Nice attractive head builds and slowly settles to a thick, pillow type cap. Quite a bit of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a combination of bready malt and fruity hops. Not the most powerful aromatics but has some nice subtleties.

Nice balance of flavors. Clown Shoes is not trying to blast anyone's taste buds off with this IPA, but giving a well rounded beer. Slightly sweet malt, fruity esters, and bitter citrus hops.

Light bodied IPA. Good carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this offering from Clown Shoes. A little expensive for what one gets, but still worth a try.

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with an inch of white foam. Lots of foam. Laces, sticks everywhere. Strong pine smell. Grassy.Firm. Hoppy start that slides into a juicy malt. Bitter fades, but lingers too. Very nice blend. Good IPA.

Photo of angusblackheart
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was super fresh, April 2012.

Clown Shoes continues to release cool new beers, i am having trouble keeping up.

This one is a blanced IPA, small head but plenty of lace, clean, juicy hops, decent amount of malt for the ABV.

As usual, I am impressed by these guys!

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on July 14, 2012 at the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival. The pour is golden yellow with a full off-white head and good clarity for an IPA. The aromas are of pine and floral with bread and malts balancing it out. The body is light to medium. The taste begins sweet then momentarily becomes very hoppy and bitter. This is a nice IPA and is recommended.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dense cadmium orange has a rush of effervesce with a 3+ inch cornsilk, mushroom capping that retained nicely for several minutes with only minor decay. Heavy chunky lace deposits cling to the vessel with about 50% coverage.

S: soft, dry toasted malt, flowery orange, soft citrus peel with a trail of pilsner grains. Strength is light per style.

T: Flavor was sweet initially, toasted malt with a fresh citrusy-orange hopping. Floral lemon, semi-dry crystal malt finish. Fresh grapefruit hints, spicy with a touch of tropical fruit.

M: softly carbonated with a quiet demeanor, lighter end of medium body with a smooth texture, somewhat buttery, with a dry lemon toasted finish.

O: Overall a fairly easy session style ipa, decent lingering hoppiness, the body is light, though feels like it thins out a bit off the tongue. final verdict is okay.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows piny, grapefruity hops along with some sweet light malt and soft apple/pear notes.
Nice malt characters as flavours, some soft cookie dough notes amidst bold piny hop notes.
Good moderate carbonation.

Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Voluminous head of delicate and fluffy light tan colored head comprised of big chunky bubbles with a bit of a batter-like top... The color is a deep, darker than expected, copperish amber... Moderate to quick paced micro-bubbled carbonation...

S - The nose delicate and a bit understated, but still quite pleasant... Hops lead the charge in the form of citrus and floral... Lemon zest... A slight spicy component sits atop a malty cracker base...

T - Malt to start in the form of biscuits and cracker... Next is a subtle hop bite... Lemon is a dominant player throughout... A hint of caramel sweetness... Some subtle spice and peppery notes... A slightly metallic character lingers...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light and airy... Smooth... Sleek... Goes down real nice... Light carbonation... A slight bitterness lingers...

D - Insanely quaffable... A very nice American IPA that will never be accused of being a "hop bomb..." However, subtleties win the day and this one brings lots of charm and character... A very nice beer and pleasant introduction to Clown Shoes...

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out a nice burnt orange color and is very hazy filled with carbonation and topped off with a semi thick head. There’s some good lacing going on too. The smell is very hoppy, spice, grapefruit and orange zest all fill your nose. The hops are well presented in this beer, but not over powering (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). It’s pleasant to drink, you can taste the sweetness with an underlying tone of bitterness, it’s really great tasting but I can’t quite identify any specific flavors(spices, hops, floral notes). It has a medium mouthfeel, the aftertaste is pretty much the same with the exception of a slight alcohol flavor.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate that this is a lower ABV IPA.

Poured a beautiful golden color with a quarter inch light copper head. I could hear the bubbles receding and it sounded like rice crispies. Smelled sweet like nectar, apple, and slight malt. I hate to use this phrase, but here it goes. The brew had a solid malt backbone. It was biscuity, slightly metallic and faintly bitter, but in a deliberate rather than offensive way. Carbonation rolls around the mouth with a dry finish. Bottled in April and it seems to have lost some of the hops. I prefer a piny or citrusy hops, which this did not have. This was a good brew, but not what I prefer in an IPA.

Nonetheless, I’ll have another.

Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled sometime in April 2012, according to bottle. Reviewed 6 May 2012.

Amber color, pretty clear. Decent head. Carbonation visible.

Nice citrus and tropical fruits on the nose, lightly sweet and with light cracker-type malt as backing.

Flavor is relatively light but hop-forward--pine and lemon-y citrus notes. Some tropical notes. Light malt backbone. Nice and non-overwhelming hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

This is a really good session IPA--light and tasty and drinkable. Seems like it'd be a better pick for a six-pack than a bomber, though I must note it was a decently priced one.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy orange-golden amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon and light biscuit malt. Starts with citrus hops and sweet malt with a bit of light fruit juice, but finishes dry and a bit stark with strong hop bitterness without as much malt support. Medium bodied. A decent citrusy IPA, but somewhat unbalanced in the finish.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Miracle has a very thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head, a significantly hazy, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong grapefruit and bread, and the flavor is of fruity, grapefruit hops, sweet bread, caramel, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and viscuous. Clown Shoes Miracle finishes dry and even crisp to some extent. This really is a session IPA. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I strongly recommend you giving it a try! RJT

Photo of obywan59
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly cloudy golden orange. I could see through it, but just barely. 3 finger off white head that rises above the glass, becoming thick and chunky as it recedes, leaving thick, sticky lacing.

The aroma is impressive. Very hop forward, not surprisingly. Fruity and piney with ripe citrus and light spice and honey. The malt lends a light sweet aroma that contributes to the fruitiness.

The carbonation seems to inhibit the taste for a second, before the sweet citrus blows through it. This is followed by a rising bitterness, like grapefruit rind, that finally outlasts the sweetness in the end. Spicy pine in the middle.

Medium in body with a good bite of carbonation, especially early. Light oily burn in the throat. Somewhat drying.

Tasty and sessionable. Fairly light, but not a light weight. A good followup for a turkey dinner.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottled 4/2012 pours a hazed, dark gold color with a fluffy cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Hops have more of a Euro leafy/herbal smell to them and the malt backbone is grainy and sweet.

Taste is surprisingly (for Clown Shoes) light on the hops and is really grainy and malty. There is a freshly crushed grain/toast flavor that is real nice, but I am not getting a whole lot of bitterness or hop flavor. Pretty good beer, although it is not all that good of an IPA. I would think pale ale would fit better stylistically. I would say this is one of the weaker offerings from CS that I have had to date. I am becoming increasingly annoyed at not having anything in six-pack format, this one would be a perfect candidate.

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Slightly cloudy orange colour. Nice head that fades to nothing. Smallest bit of lacing.
S: Pineapple, citrus and grapefruit
T: Firm bitterness. Bitterness doesn't completely overpower the malt. Flavour is fairly short lived.
M: A tiny bit thin on mouthfeel.
O: A nice enough session IPA. It would benefit from a little more hop flavour.

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet, toasted malt with some citrus peel hops in the mix too.

Taste: More malt that I would have expected going in. Citrus peel hops are there, but the bready, toasty malt is making its presence known. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: More malt forward than I expected. This beer is just alright, and I don't think I would have it again given all the options on the market.

Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear gold color with a thick white head that laces the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malt and citrus hop with a touch of pine.

T: Initial taste is of toasted grain the hops really fall out of the flavor in the finish where a bit of citrus hop shows up. A touch too sweet for me. Much more hop aroma than flavor.

M: Light in body and a bit watery feeling. Low carbonation. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

O: A little bit better than average overall. Flavors are OK, aroma is good.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A bright golden yellow hue somewhat hazy with a 1/2 inch of head. Lacing is decent giving me some stick to the glass.
S - Very herbal sort of English IPA with tea leaves and sweeter hops highlighting. It doesn't smell too sweet so I assume there is some hop bitterness under there.
T - To me it doesn't really come off as an IPA more like a hopped up pale ale. Sweet malts and tea leaf bitterness meet citrus hops and some gram cracker crust. Even has some bitterness on the tongue but that might be the Hoppy Feet I had earlier.
M - Light to medium, easy to drink, session able indeed.

Overall like all the other clown shoes beers this one was sort of worth the single price ($3.50) but I would much rather have the Galactica for the same price and a more crisp balanced hop experience.

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Miracle from Clown Shoes
81 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.