Galactica - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 220 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Neorebel on 04-17-2013

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Reviews by Halcyondays:
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

24 oz. to a pint glass,

A: Pours amber with a small white with nevertheless good head retention, some thick spotty lace.

S: Pine box, grapefruit, very green and direct of a smell.

T: Pink grapefruit, lots of bitter citrus, but it's fruitiness comes through in the end. Light malt component, overall a little more East Coast, but it has a delicious factor for sure. Lemon custard in the end; I like that.

M: Medium-bodied, well structured, elegant, very light hint of booze which is fine by me here.

O: A very good IPA, sub-$6 a bomber if you put it together, so the price is right and the beer is good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LovingCup
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Pairs well with cannabis. Will get around to doing full review at some point but it's like whatever maan. Overall very good stuff. Had Galactica with Hoptinum and while I mean no disrespect I preferred the former ifi had to choose. I'm feeling strong 4.25 to light 4.5 on this one. in other words i agree with the B

Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of aquazr1
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

12 oz bottle.Poured ito a 12 chimay goblet.Golden pour with a 1.5 inch head.Nothing here that i would say is outstanding.Middle of the road IPA.Respectable 8.0 ABV but the taste is nothing fancy.Would not buy again.

Photo of deebo
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid big ipa. Nothing jumps out but is easy to drink without a harsh finish. Enough malt to carry the big hop bill. Notes of citrus, evergreen dominant this brew. Low carbonation. Solid brew.

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lively amber body with a light copper tint under a 2" finely bubbled bone white lacy foam cap. Smell: Big grassy spicy hop nose, fresh fragrant flowery meadow – early spring to mid-June – some fruit as well along with tons of honey.Taste: Clean malt flavors laced wuith light, large pitted fruits and a variety of citrus with a big background citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel: Very creamy texture with a medium full body and medium levels of carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A very hop forward aroma with big esters of tropical citrus fruits and grass. Upfront hops with earthy and floral hints of grass. Big citrus presence with hints of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, passion fruit, guava, apricot, melon, and lemon. Also some hints of piney hops. Malt hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and cracker. A very solid tropical hoppy aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose, a big taste of tropical citrus fruits along with a solid malt backing. Big hops upfront with lots of citrus fruit notes including mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, passion fruit, pineapple, apricot, guava, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop notes along with some grass and pine resin spice. Soft bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really good juicy and smooth taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and juicy with a fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really solid IPA. My first taste of this hop and I'm loving it. Very good citrus flavor.

Photo of bbudnik
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

very good

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance semi-clouded caramel copper body with a big khaki head, mellows quick. Fine lacing around the edges of the chalice. Aroma grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical notes with sticky resinous hops bound together, I'm liking the smell so far. Sugar coated hops aka man candy in a glass, either way that's a bad innuendo but relevant to the beer I'm drinking right now. This is a kick ass DIPA brewed with galaxy hops portraying a female heroine wearing clown shoes and using a hop gauntlet named Galactica. Something out of a hophead's wet dream comic book, either way the beer is legit. Flavors have those same tropical fruits colliding on the palate with a layer of alcohol a bit uncomfortable to classify this is a standard IPA, it's definitely a double IPA at 8% with a bit of heat. Great complexity, hops bring the earthy, citric, and tropical fruits enough malts to sweeten it up and balance out this beauty. The mouthfeel is actually quite smooth other than the touch of hops brought onto the palate. Overall, I'm glad I finally found some Clown Shoes to try on, a perfect fit for someone like myself.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I was happy with this beer, It poured a smei-amber color with a small whitish head.
The aroma was definitely hoppy, but you would know its not a very hoppy bitter type of IPA, just enough. The typical grapefruit and citrus nose came right through during each sip.

I was very surprised just how easy this one was to drink. It was so drinkable, sort of difficult to imagine for a beer with a 8%ABV.

The mouthful was very nice, not over the top, not too big, not too light, just in the middle.
The aftertaste was very good and clean.

The best I can say is that is that I enjoyed this beer, I will have it again My only reservations, would be in the price. There are many other 4packs out there close in prize that I would first gravitate towards.

Photo of Hopglow
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA. Tropical notes, piney hoppy punch.

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. One of the simpler and more tasteful labels from this brewer's marketing minds that I've yet seen.

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark bruised apricot amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves layered ice cream cake lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of fairly sweet bready caramel malt, hard toffee, mildly dank (thanks for that!) pine resin and edgy leafy bitters, spearmint, a muddled juicy citrus rind fruitiness, and further perfumed floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, dry butterscotch, a bit of white chalk, pine needles and that sticky stuff you get all over you when you handle them, still indistinct citrus pith, an emerging tropical fruit essence, ethereal field honey, and a mere suggestion of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is present and duly accounted for, but hardly overwrought, the body a stocky medium weight, and perhaps a bit slick in its otherwise holding-pattern form of smoothness. It finishes still more sweet than bitter, but tasty and hoppy all around, so who's counting?

A generally agreeable and well-constructed American DIPA, with a little help from the bounty of the south seas, but that's a-ok with me. Well balanced, with a saucily (erp!) integrated 16-proof booze quotient, and I'm starting to think that I should have procured a few more of these for this Labour Day of ours!

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full discloser, this beer is dated 2/11/14 and I'm drinking it on 8/11/14. My brother picked it up at a little bottle shop that may not have much turnover.
12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Redish/ copper with very little head
S- Fruity hops... sweet tropical-DIPA smell. Smells like it may be a bit malty too.
T- Yep, sweet malts on front and back. A bit of bitter hops in the middle. On the maltier spectrum.. but being old maybe the hops faded?
M- Standard IPA/DIPA mouth feel. A bit sticky in a good way.

O- Kind of average. Nothing outstanding, but not bad my any means. I would try again fresh.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours two and half fingers of head on a hazy darker straw colored body.
The aroma is lots of mango and papaya with grapefruit in the background.
The taste starts with a dry bitterness, mild honey sweetness, then super bitter pine, some tropical fruit to mellow it a bit and finishes on a mild bitter note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Big bitter, but with a variety of flavors.

Photo of Rob23
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A~~Hazy copper
S~~sweet and hoppy
T~~Again sweet with a slight piney taste but not harsh.
M~~First taste I thought was a DFH 90 min.Very tasty and sweet.
O~~Very solid IPA.

I rather enjoyed this IPA.I would drink it again.Do not know why it is scored so low.Cheers.

Photo of mjstacker
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't mean to be a hater but this one's not for me. Bottle poured into an IPA glass, bottled on 12/31/13 (23 days old).

The appearance is dark, in my opinion way to dark for an IPA.

The smell is too toasted, not fruity at all.

The taste is all malt, dark and toasted and heavy.

Mouthfeel is fine, good carbonation.

Overall, this beer reminds me of "Zoe" by Maine Beer Co. Which they claim to be an Amber. I'm not a fan of the malty, toasted beers (if that's not obvious by this review). I've tried "Tramp Stamp", "Clementine" and now this and I still can't find a bottle of Clown Shoes worth drinking. I really want to like them since they're so close, it seems like their Stouts do well so I guess I'm on to those.

Photo of FamousCharlie
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i love this beer so much. the overall taste is just great i always have trouble not buying this beer for the night of drinking. recomend this to everyone.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale copper color that appears to have some haze. One finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

Smells resinous and dank. The Galaxy hops shine through the malt. Hints of tropical fruit and citrus.

Tastes just like the aroma would lead you to believe. Dank hops with more subtle tropical fruit notes. Enough malt sweetness and caramel flavor to balance out the bitterness which makes this beer quite palatable and easy to drink.

Feels quite full in body with a mellow carbonation. Feels creamy and rich. Nice compliment to the flavors.

Does a nice job of showcasing Galaxy hops. Not a complete hop bomb as there is enough malt, although not balancing the bitterness, but enough to ease the hop attack.

Photo of Wendigo
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on 04/12/13 so a little more than 2 months old

A: Light copper/reddish color with a half inch off white head with very little lacing

S: Some citrus and floral notes but also some caramel malt on the nose as well

T: Slight citrus hop quality but more caramel malt flavor than anything else, it may be from it not being very young. Hop flavors seem to have faded. A very slight piney and dank aftertaste.

M: Definitely not heavy, medium bodied. A mild alcohol warmth. Dry.

O: I gave this beer a 3.5 because the hop aroma and flavor was not there, as stated earlier probably from the age of the beer; Too much caramel and not enough hops to my liking for a double.Overall not a bad imperial IPA though.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 25, 2014.

The pour is amber-copper with a lingering, silk of-white head Some lacing. Sedimentary bits floating about.

The aroma is very pungent and strong with caramel and butterscotch malts and earthy, resiny, floral hops pounding my senses.

Medium body with a slick, chewy texture.

Then there are those barley malts again jumping into the flavor with the earthy bitterness falling in right behind and coating my tongue with a lingering finish. 8% but no alcohol burn.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: With backlighting, a bengal tiger orange is bright with a dense protien haze and a strong misty rise of effervesce. A cushy 2 finger oatmeal tinted head has a whipped, frothy texture with a good rate of stay. A thick spongy band encompasses the glass. Head lapses to a lasting, milky skim coverage.

S: Lemon herbal nose, dank green hops, lemon peel, with a light tropical fruitiness and toasted honey malt. Light to moderae in strength.

T: Malty flavor, lightly dry, spicy citrus and spruce, lemon herbal hops. Some wheat, flowery dry orange, parsley, with a spicy fruitiness, flashes of peach juice before settling to a warm honey pine/citrus finish.

M: Creamy, smooth maltiness, milky textured, moderate carbonation with a dry toasted backing and a honey-pine spiciness off the tongue.

O: Overall a good ipa, one that warrants a try. Good creamy malt base, smooth with a quick flash of spicy, tropical hops and multiple layers of west coast influence. Wheaty dry orange and spicy honey-pine hops are the highlight here.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Big resinous hoppy aromas with some peach and piny hops too. Lots of sweet caramel malt underneath.
A similarly hefty malt presence as a flavour too, almost syrupy. Lots of hops as well, mainly resinous pine. Some booze in the sharp, bitter finish. A bit too sweet.
Nice high carbonation.

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