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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

202 Reviews
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Reviews: 202
Hads: 1,392
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 28.17%
Wants: 57
Gots: 251 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a red wine glass. Bottled 6/02/14 (AKA 7 days ago). Big thanks to BA ClownShoesDreams!

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 2 inch frothy offwhite head with great retention. Pours a semitranslucent copper and leaves tight lacing.

Smell: Starts out very tropical fruit and tangeriney, with sweet malty undercurrents (malty as in "malt sweetness"; not bready or anything distinct like that) and some of that earthiness of other New Zealand hops. With time it gets profoundly herbal, like Perle hops on steroids (I hate to use "on steroids," but this is a beer review not a novel)--minty, earthy, and REALLY strong. As the beer warms up more, the previous aromas transform into powerful dank, weedy hop aroma.

Really exceptional nose on this beer; exemplifies why you need to chase down IPAs super fresh. The hop aroma is so profound that it bounces from savory and vegetal to citrus tinged strawberry and tropical fruit. A bit of a hop catalog happening here, like the best IPAs.

Taste: All the hops from the nose up front, leading to a surprisingly well-held up malt backbone; cereal grain and crystal malt flavor. Tangerine and weed up front; as mentioned in other reviews, I love the flavor combination of that kind of hop flavor and fresh cereal grain malt. The crystal malt flavor brings a sweetness that I normally find unwelcome, but it transitions to a sort of biscuity toasted malt flavor that brings out the spiciness of the hops. Relatedly, I'd usually want a bone dry finish, but the somewhat softer, less-attenuated finish just provides some prolonged enjoyment of the great malt backbone.

The hop flavor isn't as multifaceted as the aroma, but it kind of doesn't need to be. When the glass is in front of me, I'm taking in all that amazing aroma with every sip, and the dank, earthy, straightforward, slightly pine-tinged oily hop punch in the flavor serves as an exclamation point to it. Then it's a long malty finish that should satisfy any beer lover.

Additionally, at 8% the alcohol is maybe a bit TOO well hidden. This is so easy drinking that I could imagine a 4pack getting me into some trouble.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low side of moderately carbonated, which is actually ample. Slight dryness in the finish but not much.

Overall: Fresh Galactica is a "wow" beer. That big, insistent marijuana and tangerine note in the aroma and flavor is enough to make me love the beer, and the not-so-trendy choice of having some sweetness and biscuity malt to counterbalance the monster hops makes it all the better.

I feel like I'm repeating myself, but Clown Shoes just keep putting out well-thought out beer after well-thought out beer. If you see fresh Galactica, don't sleep on it.

P.S. Shout out to Racetrack in Battestar Galactica, whose dispassionate performance implies that she's intimately familiar with at least one of the things this beer smells like.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve started trying beers by Clown Shoes one by one and so far they are definitely above average, but not stellar, but then again I have been spoiled by giants such as Ommegang, Great Divide, and Sierra Nevada. This American Double/Imperial IPA weighs in at 8.0% ABV which is on the low end or maybe about average alcohol content for Imperial IPAs

Look-It pours a mildly hazy orange golden amber color with no real head. The lacing is delicate and moist.

Smell-I smell bready yeast and malts with noticeable grapefruit, peach, and apricots. The aroma is not very bitter smelling, but definitely foretells of an enhanced flavor. Let’s see what it tastes like.

Taste-It taste of caramel and bready yeast malts that the nose picked up on, but it is more noticeable than the nose told. Then you get floral and citrus hops that shine through on the tongue obviously and are composed of grapefruit, peach, and apricots. The floral component also has slight clover, but that shows up on the back palate after the medium carbonation fizzles away which is nice timing. The bite of the alcohol is a bit more substantial than I anticipated from a medium level 8% and plays well with the carbonation on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-It is not syrupy which I usually hate, but this one is more of a full-bodied crème type of beer with plenty of hops to give it a well-balanced experience. The coating on the tongue lingers for a long time and is pleasantly bitter but is kissed by peaches and crème, dare I say (LOL!). And lastly, I even feel the fizz after
several moments which is nice.

Overall-This beer started out a bit dull, but quickly turned around into a B+/A- class beer that is able to compete with a large fraction of Imperial IPAs out there, however it isn’t on par with giants such as Rebel Rouser Sam Adams or Rampant IPA by New Belgium. You’ll enjoy this one though. Cheers!

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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 16Mar15) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of off-white foam that shrinks down to a finger's worth within two minutes. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing is nice and high. Of course bubbles are in excess. Something has to support that sexy head.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of bready and caramelized malts, citrusy and floral hops, mango, peach, and apricots that mix with a hint of earthy yeast.
TASTE: Initial taste is a strong combination of bready malts, mango, peach, apricot, and citrusy hop flavors. Mild caramelized malt and floral hop flavors enter immediately after as citrusy hop and fruit flavors persist, but bready malt flavors shrivel down to mild. A touch of smokiness and earthy yeast flavors seal off the final taste.
FEEL: This definitely a full-bodied IPA. Very creamy and smooth with little carbonation. But of course, it has that infamously and overly dry finish that is known from IPAs.
NOTE: This was a very malty IPA. Most IPA fans would probably not like the malty unbalance, but I'm not an IPA fan; I'm a beer fan. And I loved it.

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Photo of LovingCup
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

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Photo of kitch
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Strangely no bottled on date considering all my other Clown Shoes beer show it on the neck.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy dark orangey amber colour with a slightly more than one finger off-white head that leaves stringy lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruits dominate especially peach and apricot with hints of mango, some citrus grapefruit and light caramel malts.

Taste: A backbone of nice light caramel malts, followed by floral and citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and pine but there’s also tropical hints with peach, apricot and mango. Finishes with a nice lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, as it wasn’t overly caramel-ly. A nicely balanced Double IPA.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.44/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.