Galactica - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 1,350
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 52
Gots: 234 | 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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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We crack the top, pouring a brew of amber sunset oranges into our Founders snifters. It holds a tight and foamy two finger head of French vanilla colored bubbles, with a thin top layer of bigger soapy bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving ridged patterns of lacing around the glass as it slowly descends. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives hops of fruity, lightly citric, and heavily earthy tones, with amber and pale malt base, passion fruit, tinny metallics, light sulfurs, booze, sweet caramels and cane sugar, distant peaty smokiness, brown bready sweetness, and light notes of buttercream as it warms. Our first impression is that the hops remain sweet throughout, adding synergistically atop the bready, buttery, sugary maltiness at the core. As we sip, the taste opens with birdseed, walnut oils, peach and passion fruit, orange rind bitters, tinny metallics, spruce, pale toast, fusel booziness, and faint pumpkin spiciness. The middle peaks with brown sugar and honey sweetness, light maple sugars, continued pale and amber malts, tannic teas, green plant resins, ginger earthiness, and a toasted sesame seed breadiness. The finish washes through with lightly soapy and citric hops, chalky pale maltiness, clean cotton, toffee, green tea essence, revived passion fruit juiciness, honeysuckle, coiny metallics, and white pepper spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of sweet alcohols, perfumed florals, earthy hops, wet moss, curious chocolate sweetness and depth, soaps, clean cloth, raw honeycomb, cereal and pale grain, drying yeastiness, green grassiness, and red apple fruitiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left watery and only slightly coated, dripping quickly into a chalky astringency across the hard palate, with otherwise satiating wetness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its sweet hoppiness through the aroma and the taste. From the pour you know this is going to be a nice treat, as we keep the coloring deep and the head standing tall and proud. The aroma starts nicely, but with warmth the booze eventually washes out some of that initial fruity sweetness. This, mixed with the already lacking inherent juiciness of the hops makes for a lesser nose. The taste, on the other hand, enhances with warmth, with the sweetness blending well between the bready malts and the sticky, rather fruity hop flavors. Otherwise this is your relatively standard, caramel-laden DIPA, and while it comes off a little hot around the edges, it will certainly get you through the night. (2,726 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (1,889 characters)

Photo of LovingCup
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 (316 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (632 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +12.4%

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. (511 characters)

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.