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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 45
Gots: 164 | 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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy light copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight tropical flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops and caramel malts are present in the nose. The tropical fruits seem to become stronger as the beer warms up and passionfruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and passionfruit from the Galaxy hops, but there are also strong notes of underlying caramel malts. The hops contribute a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Only a little crispness is noticeable, and this is similar to what you would get from drinking grapefruit juice.
O: This IPA isn't a hop bomb, but is instead a beer that has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; the head lifts two inches, sticks nicely and leaves a strand or two of lacing

Smell: There is a butter pecan/toffee malt base but the hops are very different, bringing peach tones

Taste: Butter pecan and toffee malt flavors, up front, with the peach tones building into the middle, along with a lemon/lime bitterness; rather balanced, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer; I appreciate the nuances but don't know that I could get hooked on them

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice copper color with a white head on top. The retention was thin but stuck around for quite a while. The lacing was sticky leaving some nice suds on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy and rightfully so. Some subtle citrus and pine resin aromas on the nose as well as a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is also big on the hops, more fruity citrus and a pretty good malt backbone to it. The mouthfeel is rather easy going for 8%, decent carbonation and texture. Overall pretty solid IIPA in my opinion. Enjoyable.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was nervous about this one because it has been on the shelf a little while, but man am I glad I picked this up. its a great ipa, unique west coast style hop profile, and very drinkable for 8% abv. clear bronze in color, glowing a little red at times, with an inch or more of foaming white head with a few minutes of retention. a huge hop nose comes out, sticky and fresher than I thought I would ever be. the galaxy hops are so pungent and distinct, they cannot be hidden, and apparently hold up will with a little time. sticky weed type nose and taste, with bitterness not showing up until the very finish, even after the swallow. the malt bill is big enough to stand up to the hops, but simple enough to let the uniqueness of galaxy hops to the heavy lifting. lots of body, a good cold weather ipa. carbonated well enough to be refreshing, but not so much so as to be a deterrent to quick guzzling. definitely one of the better beers ive had from clown shoes, and an ipa that honestly, can stack up with just about any other one on the market. surprised and impressed by this shelf turd.

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 07/05/13.

Appearance: Pours a dingy, orange-tan body with a diminutive, wispy, off-white head. Admirable lacing.

Smell: Honeyed, cookie notes atop more base scents of toasted, pale malts. Slightly spicy, oniony, citrusy dipping sauce kick.

Taste: Honeyish, lightly toasty pale malts launch into tropical, herbaceous, lightly cooked ramps, citrus, and resinous pine. Medium-plus bitterness. A little sweetish, fruity on the backhalf as the onion, resins, and bitterness drops down a tad. Fruity, bittersweet finish with a lingering pithiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall: A well-built IPA displaying the Galaxy hop.

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz bottle. One of the simpler and more tasteful labels from this brewer's marketing minds that I've yet seen.

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark bruised apricot amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves layered ice cream cake lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of fairly sweet bready caramel malt, hard toffee, mildly dank (thanks for that!) pine resin and edgy leafy bitters, spearmint, a muddled juicy citrus rind fruitiness, and further perfumed floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, dry butterscotch, a bit of white chalk, pine needles and that sticky stuff you get all over you when you handle them, still indistinct citrus pith, an emerging tropical fruit essence, ethereal field honey, and a mere suggestion of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is present and duly accounted for, but hardly overwrought, the body a stocky medium weight, and perhaps a bit slick in its otherwise holding-pattern form of smoothness. It finishes still more sweet than bitter, but tasty and hoppy all around, so who's counting?

A generally agreeable and well-constructed American DIPA, with a little help from the bounty of the south seas, but that's a-ok with me. Well balanced, with a saucily (erp!) integrated 16-proof booze quotient, and I'm starting to think that I should have procured a few more of these for this Labour Day of ours!

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Finishing off my birthday dinner at Firkin with a bit of Galaxy-hopped stuff. Why not? It pours a mostly clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises berry-laden greens, light caramel, and grapefruit zest. The taste brings in more of the same, with some flowers and a touch more fruit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty Galaxy beast, one that somehow doesn't overdo things. Not bad.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 6/10/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance semi-clouded caramel copper body with a big khaki head, mellows quick. Fine lacing around the edges of the chalice. Aroma grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical notes with sticky resinous hops bound together, I'm liking the smell so far. Sugar coated hops aka man candy in a glass, either way that's a bad innuendo but relevant to the beer I'm drinking right now. This is a kick ass DIPA brewed with galaxy hops portraying a female heroine wearing clown shoes and using a hop gauntlet named Galactica. Something out of a hophead's wet dream comic book, either way the beer is legit. Flavors have those same tropical fruits colliding on the palate with a layer of alcohol a bit uncomfortable to classify this is a standard IPA, it's definitely a double IPA at 8% with a bit of heat. Great complexity, hops bring the earthy, citric, and tropical fruits enough malts to sweeten it up and balance out this beauty. The mouthfeel is actually quite smooth other than the touch of hops brought onto the palate. Overall, I'm glad I finally found some Clown Shoes to try on, a perfect fit for someone like myself.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very east coast dipa. Very piney resin on the whole thing with a deeper character than you would certainly get from a west coast interpretation. Reminiscent of Double Simcoe, by Weyerbacher. Smooth feel and easy to drink. I like this one. Nothing mindblowing or out of this...galaxy. But it's solid and well made.

Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice looking creamy semi thick 1/2 finger head that retains well and leaves a nice rich foamy lacing, a hazy darker coppery reddish orange color.

Nose brings big meaty hops, very earthy and spicy, possibly astringent, chewy, light citrus orange peel and a little candied orange peel, bit of a juicy malt character with caramel malts, little reddish candy malts, hint of booze and big sweetness most likely.

Taste brings more of the same, big beefy hops, quite earthy and spicy, fairly piney as well like chewing on the ground in a pine forest, and some citrus, little orange peel and again candied orange. the malts are candy like again, little caramel and the candy apple reddish candy flavor, fair sweetness to balance the fair bitterness that isn't as bitter and astringent as I expected. A hint of warming booze as well. Finish gets quite bitter as it dries and the sweet balance disappears, then it starts to get a little astringent, more pine and grassy earthy soil hops lingering, little spicy too, mild sweet candy flavor and candied orange peel lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, a little light on the carbonation, light warming booze.

Overall not bad but nothing special, an older version of the East Coast style IPA that's more piney earthy spicy chewy bitter hops with big malty balance, a pretty nice flavor but not to great.

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.