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Third Party Candidate - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: silentjay on 09-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep ruby amber with a frothy head. Pretty

Nose is weak. Little bit of spicy hop with a caramel backbone

The spicy piney hops jump out. A little alcohol and a bit of caramel malt. Weaker in person than in the nose.

Sharp and carbonated, its an interesting venture. Worth drinking

EDIT: as this warms it settles in quite nicely. Better balance and complexity. I like it more now.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

age may have done this blended beauty some good, almost a year old now it must have mellowed some. it pours a luxurious orange brick red, cloudy and thick, with a frothy lacey oatmeal colored head. nose of warming alcohol, both sweet and dry red malts, a splash of pink grapefruit, and rich caramel, and flaked oats. less sweetness in the taste than the nose, and the complex red malt bill dances in front of a pine tree hop palate. resinous bitterness finishes it out, with the smooth texture oats always seem to add. lots of body, soft in feel though. my main complaint here is just a little too much alcohol. it doesn't add much, it detracts from some of the more subtle flavors, and it definitely gets me too drunk for more than one of these. a uniquely crafted collaboration brew here. big thanks to my brother for hooking this up for me through his wedding. hell of a gift man.

Photo of bmwats
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into becker.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a large, cascading, frothy, brown white head. Craters very slowly leaving plenty of dry sticky residue in its wake. Something like a root beer float. Lots of spider web lacing too.

S: Roasted malt, pecan, molasses.

T: Charred grains, coffee, pecan, molasses peat, and hickory chips.

M: Hearty and robust. Peaty finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, giant head, and tons o' lacing. Roasted malt, nuts, and sweet molasses. Char roasted grains, with pecan, sweet molasses, a peaty character, and some woody tones. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick bubbles with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of toasted and caramel malts with a hint of oatmeal plus a significant amount of pine and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of toasted and caramel malts with some light sweetness and just a touch of oatmeal. Following that is the dominant flavor of the pine hops with just a light amount of herbal/medicinal hop flavors. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy upfront with significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink due to the heavy amount of bitterness in this beer even though the 10% ABV is very well hidden - the hops just give a little too much bitterness and dryness to the brew. I like the flavors and the beer is balanced when you first drink it but the bitterness from the hops builds over the drinking of the beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 8/2012, a couple days before election so good time for it.

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, crystal clear darker maroon reddish beer.

Nose is tons of reddish malts, candy, caramel, toffee, light toasty, some oats, candy syrup like reddish malts, etc. Also plenty of hops, earthy hops, light citrus, candy orange peel hops, earthy and a bit gritty. Hint of booze.

Taste starts quite hoppy, a big bitter spicy hop rolls right in, chewy spicy earthy hops really dominate at first, light candied orange peel hop flavor as well, big. Then tons of malts, syrupy candy reddish malts, chewy malts, candy reddish flavors, caramel and toffee, big sweet malts, little reddish toasty but mostly the candy flavors and sweeteners. Light fruity esters from the big booze, some warming booze kicks in but lighter than expected for 10%. There is a light flaked oat creaminess and flavor. Finish is long and fairly bitter, drier but still kinda sticky sweet, more candied orange peel, long spicy bitter chewy earthy hop lingering, some citrus orange peel and light caramel toffee reddish malts.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze, a little creamy oat.

Overall pretty good, a bit too spicy earthy bitterness, but balanced fairly well with the big malt profile, booze is in check for what the beer actually is, and nice mouth profile.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with red highlights in a pilsner glass. A half inch, creamy beige head has amazing retention over the clear beer with some carbonation while lace coats the glass.

Sweet caramel malt is countered by floral and spruce notes with orange marmalade throughout.

This one is surprisingly bitter given the sweet nose. Grapefruit and some toasted character are followed by late sweetness and lots of caramel in the finish. Caramelized or burnt sugar slowly tapers off in the finish with a lingering bitterness. Warmth tames the bitterness and accentuates the caramel and biscuit flavors. Late in the session, bubblegum is clearly detectible.

The body is full, almost dense, and smooth. Alcohol is present but controlled for a 10% ABV. Fine prickly carbonation helps to lift the palate-coating beer, but ultimately residual sugar sticks to the lips.

This makes for a nice sipping ale which, for me, is unexpected for the style. I consumed this slowly while reading from a warm oasis on a cold sunny afternoon.

Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Redemption10
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Kappy's in Peabody, Massachusetts. Pours a dark amber color. One finger of head.

Nose-somewhat almost astringent-in a good way. Malty with slight hop spice.
Taste-Bready and slight alcohol burn but not overpowering. Malty and some earthy background notes. I like this one. A great offering from Clown Shoes. Cheers!

Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.