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Miracle - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 295
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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: 295
Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very large head which has incredible retention on a copper with golden hues body. Aroma of breads, club soda, caramel malts, grapefruit and biscuit. Flavors is also very bready with more of a pale malt base and hop flavors that are earthy with hints of citrus but the hops seemed washed out and understated. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. It's Drinkable but boring. (381 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a good sessionable ipa, with some proceeds to charity. I can get behind that. it pours a crystal clear orange tinted golden color, radiant and attractive, with a little more than an inch of pure white fluff. the nose is the best part, citrusy as anything, not bitter at all, not super resinous, but fresh and clean, lemony. citra hops or similar was used here no doubt. the flavor though doesn't hold up the citrus nearly as well. its overcrowded by some pale malts and a faint sweetness. the hops do finish a little bitter, but its extremely mild. the feel is very light and the carbonation is good, which makes this a pretty nice easy drinking summer time ipa. my biggest critique of this one honestly has nothing to do with the beer itself. why package this in four packs? its a session beer, put it in an eight pack! 10 bucks for four of these is not worth it, but even a sixer would make this a beer worth filling the fridge with for the warmer months. refreshing a little different. I am a fan. (1,000 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent fluffy 1 finger creamy white head that fades at a med pace with nice lacing, a slight hazy and chill hazy, creamy copper cranberry juice like color.

Nose has a bit of fruity hops, hint fluffy hops, some grassy herbal hop aromas, light sweet reddish malts, almost candy like and a hint of candy citrus hop aroma.

Taste starts bitter, earthy light grassy and some herbal hop flavors. Then light fruity, barely any fruit or citrus, mostly just earthy bittering hops. Some juicy sweet reddish malts, again with an herbal slight grassy hop and light oily hop feel and flavor. Finish is fairly bitter, earthy herbal hops lingering, light oily feel, slightly dry but fairly sweet still, hint of copper malts all linger.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not their best beer, nice hops and decent bitterness that isn't too bitter, but the hops are much more english style with a bit of american that doesn't quite float my boat. (953 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured orange amber in color with a thick, foamy, sticky head to it. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The first thing I notice in the aroma is actually the big bready, biscuity malt profile. I do get the hops coming through and adding some zesty, slightly resiny, citrus rind flavors. The hops are a little more reserved then I prefer for the style, but the flavors are pretty good and also well balanced.

The taste also shows a lot of bready, slightly grainy malts to it. The hops contribute more of a zesty, moderately bitter, citrus rind flavor. Orange peel is one of the things that keeps coming to mind as I drink it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought the hops were a little overshadowed by the bready malts for an IPA. It did have some really nice flavors to it, and managed to balance them well. In my opinion, I think they really should have labeled this an APA. I really like it as an APA, I just don't think it really fits what I'm looking for in an IPA. Ignoring labels and styles, it was a pretty good beer overall. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with an impressive creamy foam topping. Plenty of lacing down the pint. Aroma of caramel and citrus hops. In the taste, citrus, mild licorice and herb. Citrusy and piney all day, some caramel and gingerbread like malt. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this was a nice IPA. Too bad it's retired. (325 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, burnt orange with a fine, beige cap. Decent head retention with sticky lace. Looks good. Floral aroma with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel, pith, and biscuit. Moderate bitterness, more oranges and grapefruit, toast, caramel, with a hint of alcohol and spice. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed the balance, more of an easy drinking IPA than a powerhouse. (415 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild amber/brown with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice lacing too.

Juicy with a good hint of citrus and buttery malt upfront. Very relaxed.

Much of the same here. Pine, citrus and buttery malt flavors dominate the palate. Bitterness is restrained.

Lingering buttery malt, pine and citrus flavors form the mouthfeel. Not much lost here.

A nice and drinkable IPA. (382 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber from the Potsdam NY IGA 6$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There a an above average amount of carbonation (large bubbles) and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit and oranges. There is also a bit of a guava/strawberry like sweetness and some resin and a slight chalkiness. It ends with a fairly bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - A decent beer, but I was expecting more from this brewer. It just seems like it is missing something. Still well worth the price, just not something I'd return to. I'd give it a bunch of 3.75's if I could. (794 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick pale wheat head. Flavor is typically hoppy, not at all bitter, with malty and citrus hints. Body leaves something to be desired, but not the lively fizz. If not a miraculous IPA, worth at least a try. (309 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (868 characters)

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