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Miracle - Clown Shoes

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 296
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
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 BenjieK
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled April 2012

A: Brownish amber, big white head, geat lace. Looks awesome!

S: Tripical Fruits and some bready malts, smells really good too.

T: Juicy! Bitter enough to be an IPA, abrely, with grapefruit and citrus on a light malt body.

M: Medium, smooth, good carbonation.

O: Very easy drinking and flavorful, reminds me of some of the hoppy low abv beers from the midwest, liek daisy cutter and gumball head. So, basically, it is Awesome!!

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly cloudy dark amber with a short off white head. Really great aroma filled with apples, peaches, pine, floral hops, herbs, citrus and malt. Smooth hops, peaches and creamy malts on the first sip. Nice floral body with simple flavors of molasses and malt and citrus fruits with a bitter, smoky espresso-like finish. Sticky, bitter mouthfeel with a medium sized body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/25/2012 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The golden amber body was clear, with large head and below average lacing. The smell was pine and grapefruit from the American hops. The taste was very citric, with grapefruit, tangerine, and lime, and some pith like bitterness. The malt was evident in some candy like sweetness. The finish was mineral laced and dry. Mouthfeel was spot on for the style, balanced between sticky and slippery. Another quality offering from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle, just released a few days ago.

A: A surprisingly dark amber/reddish pour. Almost ruby red. Mostly clear. Large fluffy white head atop it. Head retention is great and lacing is thick all over the glass.

S: Wonderful sweet grapefruit and some orange. Tropical fruit like pineapple and tangerines. Nice caramel malt backing it up. Enjoyable but not super strong like some IPAs.

T: As in the nose, nice tropical fruit and citrus flavors. A bit of a bitter bite up front but very well balanced. Simple yet tasty.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable.

O: Wow, great IPA from Clown Shoes. I liked Supa Hero a lot but it was definitely a big hop bomb. This is smooth, slick, and very drinkable. Balance is great, not too sweet and not overpoweringly hoppy. "Sessionable" for sure, as the bottle states.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to baconsausage for including this as an extra in a trade.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with a rocky, one finger white head that sticks around for quite some time. It appears to have a high amount of carbonation with numerous bubble streams rising vigorously to the top.

S: This has a wonderful hop profile. It has big citrus (orange and lemon) and tropical fruit (pineapple and mango) aromas. A touch of piney hops finishes it off.

T: The taste is much more piney than the aroma led me to believe. The tropical fruits have essentially disappeared and have been replaced with the piney hops. A touch a caramel malts are noticeable, and provide a nice malty backbone.

M: Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. It has a very resiny feel to it. The bitter bite in the finish is very light.

O: This was my first beer I've had from Clown Shoes and now I want more. It wasn't the best IPA I've had, but it was damn good. I look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty clear copper-amber color with a decent off-white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma includes floral and leafy grapefruit hops wonderfully blended with orange toffee edges. Real scrumptious for the hop head! The flavor brings harsh citrus grass hops and biscuit caramel. Simple but undeniably good. This IPA is medium-light bodied with a very crispy feel and full, but tasteful carbonation. A swell IPA that brings pretty heavy hitting, dry bitterness that should please most hop heads.

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Photo of obywan59
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy marmalade color. Head is medium sized and frothy. Head retains quite well. Head also leaves consistent rings of lacing.

S-Dank and juicy. Has an almost hempy aroma. Also, there is a ton of juicy citrus hops. Light pine and grassy as well. Nice hop profile. Malt backing helps to balance the nose a tad but this one is all about the hops (as it should be).

T-The flavor stresses a bright and juicy citrus theme. Tastes like clementine flesh. Very lively and bright. Not very intense, but the flavor is nice and it goes down very easily. Finishes a bit grassy and the malt is smooth.

M-Light and easy to imbibe. Mellow carbonation. Crisp, especially for the style.

O/D-A light, refreshing IPA not as intense as I usually want from the style. A nice, little and local IPA. Missing that "oomph" that the true studs of the style have. Good but not great.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled in April 2012. Pours a beautiful bright reddish orange, with a half inch of white head, with plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, grass, and carmel. Taste is mainly citrus up front, with a little carmel and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, nice carbonation, not very dry, and very drinkable, taste bigger than its 5.5%. This is another nice beer from a good brewery. One of the best little IPAs I have had.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer looks great. The nose is nice too. Tastes pretty good with a thick hop presence that leans towards the east coast style side. Pine is quite prevalent. Resin is there also. Smooth and rounded flavor profile. Feel is pretty nice. As I alluded to, this is very much an east coast kind of ipa. Rustic and earthy and not carrying the vibrance of west coast types. I like this one.

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Photo of IrishJames
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear amber. Moderate head to start dissipating quickly to thin head retained throughout. Clouds of lacing to the end.

Smell: Malty grain aroma with heavy floral influence.

Taste: Excellent balance of floral hops, alcohol, and grains. Lingering mild bitterness as if to raise it's hand reminding me it's an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin mouthfeel with only mild carbonation, which interestingly suits the beer well.

Overall: Very sessionable. Fine IPA which I would pursue again. I consider this beer on the slightly lighter side of the Sweetwater/Lagunitas IPAs, which is a compliment.

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Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a small head.

The smell is citrus,lemon and grapefruit as well as some dark roasted malts and pepper.

The taste is fruity with the grapefruit flavour of the hops at first then a malty flavour takes over.

The flavour is medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

Overall this isn't bad but it's definitely more malty than hoppy.

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

Beer is retired and cannot review anymore. It was heavy on the citrus and had a nice piney resin finish to it. Wish it was still around to try again.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours copper-amber with a foamy ivory colored head that holds good retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are bready malt, caramel, citric grapefruity hops. Tastes are bold and juicy with a solid bready, caramely malt backbone that is balanced with juicy grapefruit, and piny hops. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, creamy, and goes down too well. Overall, nice American IPA, that is actually quite sessionable.

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


"Clown Shoes"? I couldn't say "no" - HAD to try it. This IPA poured very nicely - beautiful amber with a minimal haze - plenty of bubbles to keep a thick stubborn head afloat.

A = Bell ringer, clean amber with nice ivory, velvety cream head.

S = Sharp nose tweaking citrus and cut grass

T = Surprisingly mellow - checked for a bottle date - none. Nice flavor but quite reserved for the IPA style. My wife would like it - as is - but I wonder if it is a little past due.

M = On target; light. crisp and bubbly.

O = A serviceable IPA; redeemable for IPA veterans. I won't say no to another.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy orange, with 2 fingers of head. Lots of sediment and carbonation in the brew. Lace left all over the glass as it goes down. Impressive.

S - Nice citrus notes shine through. Orange and coriander. Maybe some pineapple too. Not a kick in the nostrils aroma, but good none the less

T - Starts out tasteless, than a huge citrus and piny hops kick in and give your tastebuds a nice jump start! Dry finish. Well balanced. Very good IPA.

M - High in carbonation

O - Definitely an excellent "session" IPA. 5.5%, and has a huge flavor for the potency. Well done.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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...

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass. Glad to see yet another IPA in my area.

A- Miracle looks the part, a nice mix of deep yellow with some bronze mixed within. A nice frothy 1 inch head that comes and goes, nothing a few swirls cant fix. Not much lacing.

S- Not a overly hoppy IPA, I really had to get my nose in there to smell out the goodness, but it is there. I can smell the west coast influence with a big bouquet of citrus and floral hops giving off some of the usual fruits plus some pine with a malt base.

T- Is a very simple and straight forward IPA. It does not bombard your senses with IPA flavor, it just sort of rolls on and off the tounge rather quickly leaving me to really try to pick up the taste. What I get is grapefruit slight mango plus some pine resin towards the back finishing off with some sweet malts to cover all the bases.

M&D- The feel was fine on this, I would say a small step below medium bodied with light but ample carbonation. There is some bitterness in the middle but it's rather light. The malts do a good job of washing the ipa tastes away leaving little in the dept. of lingering flavors. I had a pint of this stuff and could of went for more. A nice simple ipa that does not stray much. I still won't pick it up in a bottle though.

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Miracle from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.