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Third Party Candidate - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 6.48%
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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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) (921 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/2012.

A: Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a big and dense tan head. Fades slowly, leaving nice streaks of lacing behind. Quite good head retention.

S: Surprisingly hoppy. Lots of pine in the nose. Sort of medicinal hop quality that a lot of amber ales have. Lots of caramel and toasted malt helps back it up. Some oatmeal to boot.

T: Quite hoppy up front with lots of pine and grapefruit. Quite medicinal in the middle with some toasted malt and a little caramel. Finish is piney and resinous. Overall quite bitter, from start to finish. Quite drying.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation to cut that 10% ABV. Super drying.

O: An extremely hoppy amber ale. It's surprisingly unbalanced, much less balanced than even most IPAs. Very bitter - and this is coming from a hop lover. Overly drying due to all of the hop bitterness. It's not bad but everything is pretty much drowned out by all the bitterness. Thus it ends up losing complexity and balance. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it enough and drank the whole thing, but definitely needs a little "fine tuning". (1,086 characters)

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! (332 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

collaboration with Three Heads Brewing. bottled 8/2012

darrrk mahogany color with an off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin film leaving behind some decent lacing.

piney hops, caramel malts, some toffee, earthy hops, orange marmalade on toast.

caramel malts start first. goes very grainy in the middle with a quick rush of hops and a sticky sweet finish reminiscent of Clown Shoes Eagle Claw Fist. alcohol heat throughout. could be compared to arrogant bastard in terms of hop profile complementing the strong malts and booze, though not quite as refined.

medium bodied and resiny with a caramel candy feel left after the swallow that leaves a lingering sweetness and a weird graininess.

not bad. not one I'd drink over and over again, though. the graininess and stickiness detract from the good qualities a bit. (834 characters)

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