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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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 296
Photo of beyah
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - Gold in color Hazy even after it warms up. One finger white foam, good lacing hangs in there

Smell - smells bitter and sweet, not pleasant

Taste - The hop flavor and malt flavor don't complement each other bitter and sweet

Mouth feel - smooth and the right amount of carbonation.

Overall - I've tried a ton of IPA's most of which I enjoyed immensely, this is definitely the exception.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on date hard to read but I think it says 3/6/13.

Appearance: Golden orange and hazy to the point of being opaque. One finger frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Not much there besides a touch of biscuit and some sweet tangerine.

Taste: Quite watery at first sip. At 5.5% ABV I wasn't expecting a super robust IPA but this is a tad underwhelming. Starts with a moderate bitterness that continues throughout. However, there isn't any hop flavor which I was looking forward to given the description on the bottle. The malt flavor comes in about halfway through and contributes a sort of freshly baked bread/yeasty taste. Overall the flavor is like a wet blanket on the palate (figuratively).

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body and barely carbonated. Easily drinkable but not a vibrant enough mouthfeel to be enjoyable.

Final Thoughts: There were no off-flavors or anything to suggest a bad bottle, but Miracle didn't deliver the flavor I expected. The bland nature of the beer is it's downfall. Would I drink it again? Unlikely.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is orange in color with a white head. Smells like candied oranges, sugar, and caramel. Not much else going on here. Super sweet flavor. Some tangerine, candied oranges, floral hops and a mild pine. Tons of sugar, caramel, and bread. This is just not good.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with Bottled 5/12 on the side. Pours a cloudy dark orange with very little head. Some lacing. Aromas of some citrus and caramel malts. Somewhat bready. The flavor is a small amount of citrus and floral hops with some caramel malt. Orange peel at the end. Has somewhat of a cereal flavor. Not all that bitter. Light and crisp. Alot more malt than hop flavor. Overall, meh.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this at Princeton's eagerly, since most of the Clown Shoes I see in Minnesota has been on the shelf since they first shipped here. 12 oz. bottle dated 3/6/12, so reasonably fresh.

The pour is full frontal IPA, mildly see-through dull orange. Nose chips in citrus, faint sweetness, but there's less than one full nostril to find.

This Miracle is minor enough to be called Everyday Event. Dominated by clean, fresh pale malts that lean into a light sweetness. Malts are timidly floral & the bitterness has a rather limp handshake. Slice of orange. Easy to drink, I suppose, if you're not thinking about it.

Kind of a 'mail-it-in' beer. Not bad, not good, just a decent amount of taste. Defines mediocre, completely forgettable.

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Photo of AlCzerik
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This had to be an old beer or one that had gone bad because I like everything else that Clown Shoes does so I had high expectations for this beer and it just didnt live up.

I will remain loyal to the brand and may even try this again in the future. But this was overally carbonated and just all around bad.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: peach/orange, finger tan/white head, fine lacing

S: light pine, biscuit malt, lemon grass

T: biscuit malt, pine, mild bitter grassy finish

M: med body, slight oily mouth

O: Solid IPA and good start for a newbie, nearly
sessionable for a hophead.


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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. The glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Slightly earthy, floral hop aroma with a nice balance of resinous pine needle and sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange zest as well as some caramel malt and biscuit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a strong dry, bitter hop presence that lingers throughout into a very dry finish. Dank and sticky with a prominent soily/pine needle flavor. There is some subtle sweetness but not nearly enough for my liking. The citrus/tropical fruit presence that I found in the nose is very faint. The dry bitterness pretty much overpowers the other hop flavors. Strong malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Not a bad beer just a bit one dimensional in the hop department and too malt forward for my preference.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip....

A - Pours a crystal clear golden orangecolor, with a foamy 1 finger off-white head. Really nice lacing left behind on this one.

S - Bready with notes of citrus.

T/M - The flavor notes are very plain and mild for me. Its very malt forward, and not as hop forward as I prefer an IPA to be. Light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - This drinks more like a regular pale ale for me. It just falls short to be called an IPA for me.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber to a snifter, bottled in 5/12, pretty old :/

Pours with a ridiculous amount of foam, a little over three fingers. I don't know if it got shaken up at all during transit, but I know this is unnatural. I won't hold it against the beer much as a result, so other than that a nice thick golden copper, can't see through anything on the other side, good retention (unfortunately in my case) with almost no lacing. All the good about the look cancels out the bad

Smell of hops, a little citrus, and sweet malts. Good, but not any of the complexity I'm used to in my IPAs. Not very pungent

Taste of hops and some strange malts I've never had anything like before. Some citrus and other fruits are here, but the malts really seem dominant

Feel is pretty medium bodied, nice bitter bite, good tingle from the carbonation. Most redeeming part of the beer.

Overall tolerable. I knew for 5.5% this wouldn't have too big a punch, but living on the west coast this east coast ipa is pretty foreign to me. I don't think I'll pick any more, good to try though. Also very admirable of the brewery to donate some of the proceeds

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a cloudy copper pour with a finger of head..no lacing left behind, which is weird for an ipa. herbal grassy hop notes, some slight citrusy grapefruit, a bit of caramel. this is a malt heavy english style ipa, sweet and bready with some grassy bitter hop notes. slight grapefruit citrus lingers.. lots of caramel and bready yeast take over most of the flavor profile. the mouthfeel is a bit watered down.. with low-ish carbonation.. kinda weird for the style too. this is only about 2 months old according to the bottling date, so none of this makes sense. maybe i'll just stick to their dark beers from now on since none of their "pale" ales have been very flavorful (to me).

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8.20.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, light orange with a two inch off-white head that slowly fades.

S - Some light citrus and heavy, bready malts.

T - Bready and subtle grass.

D - Solid carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Malt forward, grasy taste, pretty muted all-around.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an Ipswich pint glass with a dark amber body. Light tan head forms atop the beer with a two finger size and good retention. Huge thick lace ring at the top with smaller patches down the whole glass.

S- Definitely comes off as a more "East Coast" (don't kill me BAs) IPA here. More bready, caramel malt, nutty than the pine and lemon zest citrus hops it contains.

T- Yeast bread forward with caramel, toffee, biscuit and nutty malts up front. Hops round it out and add some balance with of pine, earthy, herbal and floral notes.

MF- Fairly creamy light-end body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a light bitterness for modern IPAs.

Malt and yeast carry this with just enough hops to round it all out. Doesn't have the big fruit and citrus presence that most modern IPAs strive for but still drinks nicely and refreshes.

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Photo of babbules
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle into a weisen glass. I was pretty happy with the smell and nice white head, it was a bit downhill from there. I found the maltiness mild, but nice. The real disappointment came from the hops, or lack thereof. I expect more from an IPA. Nonetheless, there was a good bit of citrus and a slight floral finish. Overall, a decent beer, but nothing to brag about. Based on color, taste, and smell, it was kinda like a hoppier version of Blue Moon.

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Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a decent white head that persists for a bit before leaving a fair amount of lace on the way down. Smells of earthy citrus hops with a solid bready caramel malt to back it up. Solid sweet sugary malt background never dissipates balancing the earthy citrus a bit too much. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not a bad IPA, certainly nothing flawed here, but just a bit boring in today's market.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice clear golden/copper/amber color with a grainy thick of bubbles on top that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Damn, dirty hops, some pine needles in there, but also dirt. Maybe some citrus and bready malts but that's a stretch.

Taste - Dirty hops, like an amateur homebrewed IPA. Tastes like they just threw everything they had into primary and expected liquid gold. Instead they got liquid dirt.

Mouthfeel - Gritty, grainy mouth feel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is undefined bitterness. I've done better with my homebrews (and I'm not good).

Overall - I wouldn't buy it again. Most homemade IPAs I've tried have been similar in caliber to this. Plus for the price it's completely out of line.

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Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden hue. Heavy carbonation clings to the sides of the glass, and effervescence continues to rise throughout. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving sticky residue in its wake. Slight spider web lacing.

S: Pine and a little Italian spice, not much else.

T: Really hoppy, with a very subtly sweet butterscotch or something....very light and very indistinct, but definitely there.

M: Feels a little shallow in the body; but light, crisp, and full flavored. Bitter hop bite clings to the palette throughout, but subsides just long enough for that sweetness to poke through for just a second, between the initial shock and dry, bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy....the bitterness will dictate it.

Atmosphere is good. Nice appearance, great head, and some slight lacing. Nose is simple, but characteristic of the style...hops. Really hoppy with a subtle sweet note. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper/golden with a huge white head that sticks around forever leaving behind chunky lacing.

lots of biscuity and caramelly malts and herbal hops with a good amount of tropical fruit and grapefruit hops behind that.

herbal and citrus hops start first with a big caramel/biscuit background. drinks more like a pale ale. this is uber-fresh too since it was bottled in April. I'm just a little let down as I expected a bit more flavor and complexity, however, it does drink pretty easily.

lighter side of medium-bodied with enough carbonation to make me start burping.

meh. way too many IPAs I like better out there (many available for cheaper) for me to revisit this one. It's not bad by any means, it just doesn't stand up to the competition.

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