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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

996 Ratings
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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 41
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Neorebel on 04-17-2013)
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Reviews by Brenden:
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a curious look to this DIPA as far as the color. It's a muddy sort of murky dark orange, almost brown but closer to it in the middle, thick and muddled. Due to the substantial thickness of the body, it's very opaque. The head is a creamy tan 1/2 finger or so with pretty good retention with a remaining foam, strong at the edges, sticking moderate patching to the glass.
I haven't smelled fresh pine like this in a while, and I'm brought back to earlier days as IPAs and DIPAs really started to get good; it's got more raw, fresh, crisp hops, and plenty, than a lot these days. Even as they get bigger, bolder, and more complex, this one hearkens back to some of the best at the beginning of the craft movement. It's got only enough malts, possibly crystal and caramel, to balance the hops and let them take charge completely. Then it's sticky pine resin, fresh hop oils, and raw, pithy citrus rind, as well as a little bit of a peppery bite.
Resinous hop oils coat the tongue as well, a little bready and caramel sweetness rolling in to balance the bitterness and the dryness of the pith. Something like toffee and nuts are also here, which I didn't get from the aroma. Hops still rule, but it's a complete flavor.
A medium body holds up nicely, while the crispness is light but firm and never tapers off. It moves with the carbonation to make it very smooth, creamy even, without being too filling.

Brenden, Dec 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 20 oz. of this bad boy on tap at The BBC in Norwood, MA. It's my first Clown Shoes experience and I liked it a lot.

First, it looked great. It was a nice amber color with a bit of a haze and very alive. The smell made me dive right in. Like all best from my favorites in one glass.

But when it comes down to it I'm a taste and mouth feel guy. I need my taste buds to do a dance when they are introduced to a new brew and I wasn't let down. The other thing that will drive me away from a brew is a watery mouth feel but this offering has nothing to fear.

I really enjoyed it and will be on the hunt for their other selections.

ExtraStout, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

OhioBobcat, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

tbryan5, Feb 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

wetwhale, Jun 24, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

sprestridge, Dec 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

MikeC144, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

warnerry, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

DWolf, Oct 31, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +12.4%

Jardbark, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a smallish off white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet nutty caramel malt (kind of imperial reddish), with some tropical fruit and resiny hops. It's a little subdued.

The flavor is sweet nutty malts with some ripe fruit and fresh resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, seems more like an OK "imperial red" type. Sweet nutty caramel malts with resiny hops and some fruit.

Beaver13, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

TTripp725, Sep 12, 2013
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Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
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nstroup, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

megamass, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

SuperbikeShaun, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mctizzz, Jun 25, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Imbibe. Pours an orange amber color with a short head that quickly dissipates into light lacing. The nose on this is nice, with lots of citrus influences. The taste has more malt influences leaning towards toffee and caramel with some bitterness at the end. A nice medium bodied beer that drinks easily and covers the alcohol content well.

aquazr1, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.