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Third Party Candidate - Clown Shoes

Third Party CandidateThird Party Candidate

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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%


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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 09-14-2012)
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shand

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:21:06 | More by shand
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 9/2012 on the side. Pours a murky brownish amber color with very little head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is mostly of piney hops with some bread and caramel malts. The taste is a mix of the piney hops and caramel malts. Some vanilla towards the end. Not picking up on much of the oatmeal. Bitter, piney finish. Can definitely taste the ABV. Creamy mouthfeel. I dig this one a little more than Eagle Claw Fist. Overall, solid Imperial Red worth grabbing again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 04:18:29 | More by PicoPapa
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 03:28:46 | More by Maxwell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:02:52 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 03:46:21 | More by Mora2000
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 05:26:07 | More by Bighuge
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:41:53 | More by BEERMILER12
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ryanonline

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 06:07:24 | More by ryanonline
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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".

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:14:22 | More by Dope
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Redemption10

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:53:34 | More by Redemption10
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 05:15:51 | More by silentjay
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