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Third Party Candidate - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/2012

Collaboration with Three Heads Brewing. 50% Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Amber Ale, 50% Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale

A: Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers worth of off-white head

S: Sweet malts are at the front, with a big hop presence that bring forward some earthy and citrusy notes. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is toned down from all the malts

T: Follows the nose. Sweet malts meet alcohol and a boatload of hops. Bready, sweet, earthy, fruity. Slight alcohol. Bitter throughout

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy, but nice and creamy from the oats

O: A very bold, in your face beer that brings forward the best of both beers. Nice and hoppy from the Eagle Claw Fist and a solid feel from the oats in Loopy. Complex yet simple. Definitely a solid collaboration. This has got to be up there in terms of IBUs too, seeing as Eagle Claw Fist is 100+ and Loopy is 64 (I think)

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Photo of ryanonline
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark amber brown with some serious red hues, very little head dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of sheets of lacing.

lots of grainy malts and citrussy hops and a slight honey aroma. not much else, pretty straightforward.

taste starts out sweet and transitions into a slightly roasty grainy malt flavor with a big flush of lemony zest and a slightly bitter pine finish with a slight honey compliment.

mouthfeel is constituted mainly of a semi thick syrupy body and a light creamy carbonation that gently caresses the tongue and a light dry finish.

this beer has a fair amount of drinkability, but still manages to be a bit heavy in my stomach. otherwise it is quite nice.

nice beer, it sticks to the amber formula while kicking it up a notch. nothing particularly new, but nothing wrong with it at all.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger off white head on a slightly hazy deep amber body. Nice lacing

S: fairly malty and sweet once you really take this one in but at first the grapefruit and musty, earthy hops an be noted.

T: toasted and mildly smoked malts. Sweet caramel and toffee, hops are earthy and first moving to mild pine bitterness in the finish. The hops are actually fairly complex and dynamic and though this one initially feels malt forward the finishing hops balance this one out.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not as good as g'knight or other imperial reds but one if the better beers I have had from this brewer.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed dark copper body. Voluptuous and billowy head of khaki froth. Lacing is quite nice. Nice aroma on this badboy. Juicy malt aroma mixed with some floral cascade -like wafts. Solid flavor profile as well, though not quite as much of an attention grabber as the nose was. Caramel/crystal malt foundation without any cloying whatsoever. Juicy flavor, with juicy bubblegum like hop notes. Medium-full body and moderately carbonated. For 10%, the alcohol flavor/bitterness/sting is absent. That is nice. Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
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