Miracle - Clown Shoes

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80
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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 9
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:
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).

(Beer added by: Dope on 04-04-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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 philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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 babbules
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of rajendra82
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of PissWarmChango
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of SenorHops
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours out a slightly hazy orange color with a large head. The aroma is a balanced amount of piney and hops and caramel malts. It smells a touch oxidised, which is strange, since it was bottled a mere two months ago. The taste is a mix of a citrus hop, a touch of pine, and a solid amount of caramel malts. Again, I'm getting just a hint of oxidation going on here, which is a bit concerning. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's a solid beer that is already going downhill after a couple of months. Shame.

Photo of TexasMartin
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of DreaminBeer
4/5  rDev +13%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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 billab914
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Pamola
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Miracle from Clown Shoes
80 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.