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Third Party Candidate - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Third Party CandidateThird Party Candidate

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

32 Reviews
no score

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: silentjay on 09-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Maxwell
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice candied amber with brown notes. It sits in the glass a very dark amber color bordering on garnet. The head sits nicely at a fingers width with a yellowing cream colored head with tight small bubbles and sheet-like fangs of lacing on the walls. The beer smells of candied malts and booze. Sweet caramel and cloying alcohol are very strong with bready notes and a faint hint of citrus and pine hops. Overall this beer smells very much like a barley wine to me, but far less like an imperial red. On the tongue, the beer tastes very malty and sweet with a very bitter backing that coats the mouth in a resinous grime and lots of spicy alcohol. The beer begins with sharp alcohol that works towards cloying as a relatively tasteless bitter works itself over the tongue, hinting oh-so-slightly at citrus and pine while alcohol burns in the mouth. On the after taste there are hints of malty, almost cloying caramel and sweet bread which suggests the oatmeal of Three Head’s Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly prickly in the initial sip, with both carbonation and astringent alcohol. The mouth is left with thick gobs of bitter spittle and a tight astringency over the tongue, which is left surprisingly dry while the rest of the mouth holds the gobs of sweet and bitter spittle. Overall I am indifferent to this beer, much as I am to third party candidates; it just doesn’t stand a chance in holding any place in my mind simply by what it is… I find it to be far more of a barleywine red like Flying Mouflan than other examples I have had of Imperial Reds. It is too sweet with nowhere near enough hop tastes to balance out the cloying feel. I would definitely not buy this beer again, seeing as how Clown Shoes has so many better offerings, and because this was a one-off beer. Perhaps a little cellaring would be good for it and help to kill the alcohol bite and bring forward the malts, but overall it is just underwhelmingly sweet with no complexity. As far as imperial reds go, I just want to taste and smell the wonderful hops that other examples of the style have but this beer lacks. This beer is a meh to me, there is some nice complexities, but it just doesn’t do it for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, rust-toned body with a ill-formed, short-lived, just off-white head. No real lace accumulation.

Smell: Sweet-scented, well-toasted, bready, and simply crackling with cooked brown sugar. Wafting, stinging alcohol all the while. Hoppy, poppy notes of pine, pithy citrus peels, and shredded mint leaf.

Taste: Toasted bread, toasted nuts, and big, sweet gulp of brown sugar linking to a seer of alcohol. Bold crystal malt quality. It's plenty sweet and sugary, but, there's alot of resiny bitterness, hot alcohol, citric orange pinches to balance it out. Even a sliver of mint. Moderate bitterness. Sugary, spicy, bitter, and a bit boozy on the bitter, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It'll do.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber almost copper color with as huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Smells of spicy earthy piney hops with a solid bready caramel and brown sugar backbone. The flavor is malty and sweet with a bit of a bitter mineral bite to it. A fair amount of earthy spicy hop flavor cuts through the malty sweetness to provide some balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Solid drinker with an obvious English influence. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.