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Third Party Candidate - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 09-14-2012)
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

MAUEX_MFA, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +29.5%

CEDAMA, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

kylehay2004, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of blmar311
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

blmar311, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber almost copper color with as huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Smells of spicy earthy piney hops with a solid bready caramel and brown sugar backbone. The flavor is malty and sweet with a bit of a bitter mineral bite to it. A fair amount of earthy spicy hop flavor cuts through the malty sweetness to provide some balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Solid drinker with an obvious English influence. I enjoyed it.

johnnnniee, Dec 29, 2012
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.

SLeffler27, Dec 28, 2012
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.

dbrauneis, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Ted
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ted, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of EFresh
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

EFresh, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kemoarps
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.

kemoarps, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 8/2012.

Pours out a deep red, with some orange/ brown color as well. Some haziness. A nice big fluffy light tan to off white colored head with some big as well as some tight bubbles. Lots of good sticky lacing and some good head retention.

Hoppy aroma. Lots of dry grapefruit citrus, woody, and piney hops. A bit of booze comes in as it warms. And some caramel malts hide behind all that.

Hoppy, but it still has a nice balance of hops to malt. Booze is just barely there for a 10% beer. Some nice grapefruit citrus, piney, woody hops that are balanced nicely by a hefty caramel/ crystal malt with some toffee as well. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

Medium to heavy bodied, mouthfeel and carb feels good for the style. Very smooth drinking. Resiny hoppy feel.

A good hoppy red ale that borders on a dipa. A nice collab.

dogfishandi, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ncpogs, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

halo913, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

retreminy, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled date of 8/2012

appears a dark amber color, slightly hazy. light tan head. great retention. some lacing. nice hoppy aroma, and toffee sweet malt flavors. taste is nice and big in both the hops and malt. good combination. sorta spicy aftertaste. medium thickness, medium to higher carbonation. works for the beer.

overall - nice interpretation of the amber style.

jmdrpi, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

tdm168, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

ThickNStout, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of carlitos92
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

carlitos92, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish-mahogany with a off-white head that fades to a thick ring and thin layer of haze. Mild aromas of caramel and amber malts, resinous hops, orange peel, and grains. Taste is similarly resinous, with more citrus, moderately sweet amber malt, and cereal grains. You can definitely taste the oatmeal, and it certainly adds a nice dimension to the mouthfeel, resulting in some lush, creamy textures. Body is a bit over medium, with ample carbonation and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Solid beer, and I really appreciate the use of the oatmeal, hopefully we see it more in hoppy beers in the future.

jsanford, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jmick28, Nov 18, 2012
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.

shand, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jheezee, Nov 12, 2012
Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.