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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

882 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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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New York

5/5  rDev +26.9%

06-24-2013 18:22:24 | More by wetwhale
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Connecticut

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Pennsylvania

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +26.9%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +26.9%

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Ohio

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +26.9%

07-01-2014 15:48:23 | More by SimonPuggle
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I felt compelled to write this review after the rating for Galactica seems to hover below 90 and in my humble opinion it does not do this beer justice.
Appearance is not a factor for me, so I'll skip right to the smell. Deliciously hoppy. Love Galaxy hops. Tropical fruit - mango, guava, perhaps a bit of peach in the background. Pine notes and a hint of resin.
The taste follows the bouquet quite well and leaves nothing to desire.
Mouthfeel is full and extremely satisfying.
Overall this has become my go-to double IPA as it is (thankfully) readily available from my local liquor store. The guys at Clown Shoes have knocked this one out of the park with an incredible balance that makes the beer oh so drinkable while hiding the alcohol really well. I would have it every day if my wife would only let me :)
The only thing I have noticed on this one is that the taste does fade a bit the older the beer gets (a true statement for most IPAs). If you can find it, make sure you stay within 8 weeks of the bottling date to get the most out of the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:37:35 | More by Oidmoe
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear amber body with a small offwhite head.

Nose is insane. Holy shit! Is the phrase most offen spoken upon first smell. Huge citric fresh hops and clean fresh grain. Right up there with the best DIPA.

Taste is medium bodied. Smooth caramel malt follow by huge citric and floral and resin hop flavor and bitterness. Just lush flavor from start to finish. Huge and in charge nd well balanced in every sip. Ends with a lingering resin hop. Nice.!!

How is this beer getting such low reviews? This beer is like a clear clone of Heady Topper. Absolutely spectacular beer. A big hop heads wet dream.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 17:55:18 | More by taez555
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stella goblet. Bottled on 1/22/14 and drunk on 3/5/14.

A- pours an amber orange color with a white frothy head. Extravagant lacing all around the glass as I sip and a thin filmy head that stays on too of the beer.

S- smells of crystal malt and perhaps carapils. Galaxy hops are a strong presence but a heavy malt base is what makes this brew smell delicious! 8% abv? I can't tell. Nicely done.

T- tastes of bready malts and earthy hops with a slightly bitter, citrus flavor on the finish. A whole lot of flavor packed into this brew, it begins as a sweet succulent malty delight and finishes like a bitter ex girlfriend with a bite of dirty hops. Surprisingly the abv is not present whatsoever!

M- quite prickly on the tongue at first but then finishes off very slick. Leaves the tongue with a dryness for a few minutes, however leaving me salivating after those few minutes. Very drinkable for an 8% abv

O- a well done brew. Very earthy with a drinkable character despite the higher abv. Much unlike other IPAs, this is not ridiculously over hopped nor is it too "hot" in flavor. Overall a delicious brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 08:38:35 | More by Budinetz
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

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Michigan

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Massachusetts

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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

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BigEZ_VZ

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Jamison85

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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BenjieK

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Turbodog666

Connecticut

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wburch1967

Massachusetts

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Cobrito

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7-5-13

Fairly dark amber, not much head, but nice webs of lacing formed along the side of the glass as I drank.

Love the aroma--a combination of bready and caramely malts are there, but the hops dominate the nose, as both dank vegetal (dried sage?) and unsweetened raisin fruitcake smells waft out of the glass. There is something vaguely Christmasy about this beer.

But not in a cloyingly sweet way. Thankfully, this is a hop-lovers delight, and very drinkable. Taste follows aroma pretty precisely. I find it to be on the border of IPA and DIPA, the 8% alcohol feels about right, and the flavors are well integrated into a delicious, balanced yet hop-forward taste. No doubt this beer is best when fresh.

Galactica is definitely on the oily side, but not to the point that it affects overall crispness or or gets too heavy.

I disagree with reviewers who see this as just another run-of-the-mill IPA. It has several unique aspects, including the integration of Galaxy hops into an interesting malt complex that does not overwhelm with sweetness or doughiness, and an intriguing mouthfeel. Galactica is a stellar new choice for lovers of hoppy beahs.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:48:48 | More by Cobrito
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer pours hazy amber with a thin, quickly dissipating white head and lots of visible tiny rising bubbles. If you like galaxy hops, you can smell them prominently in the aroma. There are nice aromas of citrus and passionfruit as well as some of the toffee sweetness you'd expect from a DIPA. The flavor is much maltier than you would expect. The citrus and passionfruit are there in the flavor along with the strong malt backbone with some nice sweetness. The body is full with moderate carbonation. This is a sipping beer, but a pleasant one. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:41:31 | More by acevenom
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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.