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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 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)

Photo of kemoarps
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (2,233 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 watsonmd
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (510 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 EFresh
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (650 characters)

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