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Third Party Candidate - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 09-14-2012)
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Reviews by watsonmd:
Photo of watsonmd
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, served at 52 degrees, snifter.... bottled 08/2012

Nice beer, but served as last one of the evening, so unfair advantage noted...

A: Darker than expected. Brown, but not black. Nice foamy head initially, lacing throughout out, but sparse.

S: Toffee, malty, slightly boozy. balanced.

T: Nice, caramel, toffee, toasty with a slight hoppy edge.

M: creamy feel, nice carbonation. Heavy feel to the overall beer, but again, followed a HopSlam and a twin-sister DIPA.

O: Would buy more. nice beer.

watsonmd, Apr 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/12 so it has some age,Iam still dissapointed from the election I would have voted for this guy over...well nevermind.Poured into an impy nonic a deep amber color with a large light tan colored head that left one full ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass,love the rich color.A blast of citric/resiny hops is the first thing I notice in the nose,then comes the brown sugar,caramel,and alcohol blast,it's a shock to the nose in a good way.A big mix of resiny hops and brown sugar cakey notes on the palate,I love big hopped up red and this delivers just a heavy does of alcohol and brown sugar.It's a really good beer,kinda old school left coast with big alcohol,I liked it.

oberon, May 13, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a hazy brownish color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus and bitter, resinous hops. This definitely smells like a hop bomb. The flavor is pretty much what I expected. I get some toffee and a hint of biscuit malt, but what really comes through is the bitter orange and pine from the hops. There is also a good bit of alcohol in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Moo5152
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Moo5152, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 8/2012.

Pours out a deep red, with some orange/ brown color as well. Some haziness. A nice big fluffy light tan to off white colored head with some big as well as some tight bubbles. Lots of good sticky lacing and some good head retention.

Hoppy aroma. Lots of dry grapefruit citrus, woody, and piney hops. A bit of booze comes in as it warms. And some caramel malts hide behind all that.

Hoppy, but it still has a nice balance of hops to malt. Booze is just barely there for a 10% beer. Some nice grapefruit citrus, piney, woody hops that are balanced nicely by a hefty caramel/ crystal malt with some toffee as well. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

Medium to heavy bodied, mouthfeel and carb feels good for the style. Very smooth drinking. Resiny hoppy feel.

A good hoppy red ale that borders on a dipa. A nice collab.

dogfishandi, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +3.4%

dsauter, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of EFresh
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown that is pretty hazy, if not murky...

First whiff gives strong caramel malts with hints of roasted malt way in the background. The hops come through as mostly floral and perfume...

Taste is a great combination of malts up front with crisp caramel taking the forefront. Slight alcohol comes through in the middle and fades away quickly. the after leaves with an earthy and spicy note of hops...

Mouth feel is especially smooth and velvety with a moderate thickness...

Overall this is a great, complex mix of styles. The % is hid well by flavorful malts and satin smoothness. Definitely a decent beer, especially for the money.

EFresh, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JamesStreet, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ABokononist, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +3.4%

whatname, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this one.

A - deep amber with a big, off white head that has great retention

S - big hoppy aroma, citrus, pineapple, pine, bread

T - citrus, pineapple, pine, underlying sweetness, bread, cake batter

M - medium bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a fantastic amber ale. It's incredibly hoppy and has a solid, balanced flavor profile. The malt is sweet but not cloying and the hops are complex and diverse. This is definitely a beer I would have again.

tdm168, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jheezee, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Keith_R, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- 50% Eagle claw fist and 50% Loopy oatmeal red. Bottled 8/12. Consumed 1/13.

A: Coppery pour, dark english red in the glass. A creamy khaki head sits at a finger high with steady streams of micro-beads rising along the vessel walls. Long lasting head retention stays slight and creamy while providing concentric circles of lacing down the vessel.

S: Fresh toasty caramel with some dry pine and dry herbal hops. Some dry underbrushing is hinted upon along with a slight mention of smoked dry caramel.

T: The flavor is sweet at first, almost candy like, soon followed by some dry grassy citrus hops. A dry booziness of caramel laced woodiness is touched upon along with some oats, and flashes of toffee sweetness. Things conclude with a dry sility malt finish with some dry lemon peels and dry apple.

M: Frothy mouthful, lush, the oats show thier presence here, with only a slight mention of carbonation. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

O: Overall i like the concept of mixing batches, just this doesnt seem like a worth whiled venture. Things just dont mesh well together and seems like a perfectly good waste of a batch of eagle claw fist which i highly enjoyed to this which was a bit confusing and muddled at times.

beerthulhu, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MAUEX_MFA, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

buzzy, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -16%

EgadBananas, May 12, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Hopmodium, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +29.2%

CEDAMA, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish-mahogany with a off-white head that fades to a thick ring and thin layer of haze. Mild aromas of caramel and amber malts, resinous hops, orange peel, and grains. Taste is similarly resinous, with more citrus, moderately sweet amber malt, and cereal grains. You can definitely taste the oatmeal, and it certainly adds a nice dimension to the mouthfeel, resulting in some lush, creamy textures. Body is a bit over medium, with ample carbonation and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Solid beer, and I really appreciate the use of the oatmeal, hopefully we see it more in hoppy beers in the future.

jsanford, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: red and hazy. Decent size off white head. Not bad looking, nothing too delectable.
Smell: very pleasant malty with some hoppy razor. A bit of fruitiness.
Taste: hoppy edge up front. Balanced with malty offset. Still, a bit of bitter finish.
Overall: tasty enough. Not a standout but a nice amber.

cindyjeffsmith, May 29, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 09/2012. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours murky red tinged brown with almost one full finger beige head. Plenty of lace anywhere the head rests.

Smells robustly hoppy with biscuity malts discernable in the back.

Tastes of piney, citrusy and dank hops. Plenty of sweatbready malts back up the abundant hops. The booze can be detected but this drinks much smoother than expected for 10% abv.

Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Pleasant bitter "hop muffin" finish.

This is my kind of imperial red/ amber. Drinks like a DIPA with a bigger, creamier malt backing. Another stellar offering from Clown Shoes (and I guess Three Heads Brewing but I know nothing about them). This is highly recommended to fans of huge hoppy DIPAs or imperial reds. I sure plan to buy more before they are gone.

ThickNStout, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber pours a ruddy brown color with a rapidly diminishing tan head, moderate lacing.

Nose is definitely toasty with some sharp, citrusy hops. Smells like it is a pretty big beer, the alcohol is duly noted. I know this is a fairly new release, but it has a little bit of the caramel/oxidation aromas normally found in an aged beer.

Tastes kind of like a Bigfoot with more rounded (not in a good way) edges. Caramel, toffee, toast and hops. Remind me again how this is not a barleywine? Alcohol is big and the hop bitterness is there...but I expect more hop flavor from an imperial red ale. I would never guess it had oatmeal in it without reading the label; maybe as it warms up you can get some silkiness out of it. This beer also does not make me overly eager to try the Eagle Claw Fist. Just has a very ‘rough’ feel to it. Not a big fan, I’ve generally been pretty happy with Clown Shoes despite some of the negative vibes I feel they undeservedly get on the interwebs, but this one is a big time miss for me.

twiggamortis420, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of carlitos92
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

carlitos92, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third Party Candidate pours out a murky red-brown color with a tiny head and spotty lacing. The aroma is heavy on caramel malts, with candied tropical hops hanging out on top. The candied hops come out more on the forefront on the tongue, until they give way to the assertive, slightly grainy caramel malt base. A bit of pine on the finish. Pretty simple, but tasty. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium-bodied, and possibly a touch too carbonated. The drinkability is great. Overall, this is a solid brew that's worth the modest price.

shand, Nov 13, 2012
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Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.