Galactica - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.71/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2013 03:48:36 | More by TheBrewo
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United Kingdom (England)
3.94/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark Amber with thin white head which covers the side of the glass with thick lacing
S - sweet citrus fruits, pine, passion fruit, pomegranate
T - starts almost Raisony, then the familiar citrus but with sweet brown sugar finishing off with a piny bitterness
M - Dry with good medium overall carbonation. Great DIPA
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 17:38:21 | More by Sam-VW
Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.