Galactica - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 1,347
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 52
Gots: 235 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Melakatim
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice taste that starts smooth, but then finishes with the hops.....maybe a bit more bitter than ideal. The hops are surprisingly strong for a double IPA. A good beer, but there are better. The Clown Shoes Space Cake IPA is much better..... (244 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice shiny copper penny color with a half inch of tightly knit off white head. Heavy lacing. Aroma is a combination of ester like Belgian yeast and citrus hops. The flavor is just as advertised in the nose. The citrus is also blended with pine as I taste it. The Belgian yeast is more of like a wine like fruity ester note. The mouth is slightly sticky and moderately carbonated. (384 characters)

Photo of mhbach97
1.77/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I bought a bottle from a large store in RI with a long aisle of bottles that you could mix/match your own six pack. Picked out 6 bottles I had never seen before. Brought home, chilled and tried. I'm sorry, maybe I got a bad bottle, it looked okay, but it tasted like IPA mixed with grass clippings. Sorry, but it was totally horrible. (334 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

East coast double IPAs should have a substantial malt backbone and in that regard this beer doesn't disappoint. The aromas of citrus and sweet grains could have been a little more pungent to awaken my senses further. Mouthfeel is on the tackier side due to the sweetness combined with only moderate carbonation. A nice beer to have at the pub, not a trophy but it gets the job done. (382 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pie Dog in Fullerton.
Beautiful light in pour. Tightly packed off-white foam head 3 fingers high. Drops off to a lite lily pad of loose bubbles within a few minutes.
Smell is subtle lightly citrusy and malt undertones.
Flavor is understated for an IPA/DIPA. Malt is present hops give it a gentle earthy meets citrusy taste that continues uh trough to finish.
Overall, it's ok. (390 characters)

Photo of username
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 05/11/2015

Looks amazing. Very nice amber color with a tinge of red-orange. Nice and frothy, rocky head albeit a bit loose - not a dense foam. Laces.

Botanical fruity citrus. Lemon and orange peels. Sweet smelling, rather pleasant. Hops in the background.

Taste; here comes the hop bitterness primarily. Like a total reversal of the smell. The hops shine through while a almost tangerine-sweet aftertaste lingers.

Feel is substantial, feels right for the percentage.

Really good, really enjoyed this. (513 characters)

Photo of rorykanderson
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More malt than hops, this IPA has a distinctly sweeter and more malty taste than I was expecting. It's a good beer regardless but it doesn't have the fruit and citrus notes that I look forward to in an IPA. (206 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a little malty hoppy bombastic.....no fruit notes in the hops....but still I have had worse! Had it on tap with lunch.
I was with a friend that hates fruity IPA and prefers the malty hoppy IPA....so I thought this would be right up his alley.....but his opinion was pretty much the same as mine....very drinkable but ehhh (326 characters)

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how old this was, as there was no date on the bottle. Best thing about this was the appearance, which was a dark copper. Malty, slightly funky nose and it was, as they say, a malty mess with a fairly bitter/harsh finish. Pairs well with a hearty meal. Not sure I would try this again unless I was certain it was fresh. (331 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Chill haze may have affected this brew as I poured. Head was average in height and off white in color. Caramel and dried fruit aromas hit the nose first, followed by a brilliant earthy profile of aroma hops. This brew wows in the taste department with an amazing malt base consisting of caramel and deep fruity flavors. The taste finishes with substantial but not overpowering bittering hops. Not too carbonated and feels balanced on the palate considering its deep flavors. Overall an amazing brew. (499 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with thin white top. Heavy, pleasant aroma of citrus and resin. Flavors are bold, bitter, and slightly harsh aftertaste. Pretty solid offering, and worth trying. (179 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber and hazy with a short head. Smells of floral - sweet citrus. Goes down bitter and somewhat bold. Strong, but drinkable. A solid IPA. (154 characters)

Photo of FamousCharlie
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (192 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of cyguyjg
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well balanced - the alcohol stays in the background. Slightly sweet, thus the hops take an evident but back seat. This is not a one and done for me. I tried this because their Hoppy Feet 1.5 is outstanding. Although this Double IPA is not outstanding, it is very good. (278 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A : Pours a nice Amber color, with nice two finger off white head at the top, with some nice lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: Lots of tropical fruit coming through, with some brown sugar, nice resin note as well.

T: Lots of tropical fruit up front, with hints of resin and some biscuit notes as well, pine notes throughout.

M: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, some stickyness at the tail end as well.

O: Overall a good DIPA, nothing over the top, good flavors and well balanced as well, enjoyed this brew From CS. (554 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid example, lots of stone fruit, lychee, aromas and taste are the same but aromas dominate the balance.
Creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol. Nice to have fresh. (156 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resinous overall, in an less-piney more earthy way. Not the strongest nose, but really nice Galaxy hop flavour, carrying a good balance of tropical juice and pine. Malt bill is a little roasty, which isn't my preference, but enough sweetness as well to highlight the juicy, tropical flavours you get with Galaxy. Overall tasty and drinkable, but personally I wouldn't buy a 4-pack at this price or even a pour on draft if there were something else familiar or new. (464 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden copper color with a two finger head which quickly resolves within minutes.

The aroma: grapefruit, very strong citrus, a hint of earthiness.

The beer is very carbonated: I can feel a bitterness on the back of my tongue.

Taste: excellent- smooth citrus a hint of orange, and bitter.

As the beer warms up it has a big bitter hoppy finish.

Excellent beer and similar to a West Coast DIPA. Best to start colder and note the taste difference as it warms up.
There is more fruit at colder temps and more hoppiness at warmer temps. (559 characters)

Photo of bluehende
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. Very malty with a lot of caramel notes. The hops were enough to shine through. This beer would not be for everyone with a sweetness to it that I liked. (182 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus, piney, and leafy hops, grapefruit peel, hint of pine resin, tropical fruits (passion fruit, pineapple, mango), bready caramel malts, and hint of toffee sweetness.

Taste - The citrus, piney, and leafy hops start this off. The grapefruit peel and hint of pine resin come in next with a hint of the tropical fruits followed by the bready caramel malts and hint of toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness along with the toffee sweetness.

Overall - A well crafted DIPA. This may not be "hops" to the extreme but is definitely an enjoyable brew. The malts and hops are balanced in this one. I could easily have another but alas one 12oz bottle is all she wrote. (812 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a little orange tint with a white head. Smells of citrus, mild grapefruit. Taste has a malt background with a citrus finish. Clean mouthfeel with a nice finish. Mild IPA with a malt background. (210 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

Hazy copper, tiny dense layer of white foam

Nice aroma of pine , grassy malt

Hops on the tip of the tongue, pine hop in the middle. Lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Low sudsing , taste of alcohol.

Good beer (244 characters)

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.