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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 1,396
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 28.17%
Wants: 57
Gots: 251 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
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 oldn00b
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice slightly hazy gold with a slight orange tint.

Nose and flavor line up - citrus and a bit of pine in the hop and a decent malt sweetness that was a touch high for me (perhaps not overly fresh - looks to be bottled in August but no date).

Overall a nice DIPA, glad I tried it but not one I'd actively seek out.

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Photo of jwwjd
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An enjoyable, balanced beer. It has a slightly bitter finish that an ipa lover would expect from a double ipa. It does not have much of a nose. I would not seek this beer out, but would be happy to have it again. This was poured from a growler filled yesterday.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was not as flavorful as I expected it to be. It tasted a little boozy, which is to be expected from an imperial IPA, but it is not over the top.

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Photo of kitch
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Strangely no bottled on date considering all my other Clown Shoes beer show it on the neck.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy dark orangey amber colour with a slightly more than one finger off-white head that leaves stringy lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruits dominate especially peach and apricot with hints of mango, some citrus grapefruit and light caramel malts.

Taste: A backbone of nice light caramel malts, followed by floral and citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and pine but there’s also tropical hints with peach, apricot and mango. Finishes with a nice lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, as it wasn’t overly caramel-ly. A nicely balanced Double IPA.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a half finger of sticky foam. Looks quite viscous. Aroma is very resiny, full of hop oil and a touch of dank hoppy flavor. The first sip a an initial rush of sweetness that is quickly overtaken by dank, woody hop flavor. This a catty, tea-like dry hop flavor as well. Substantially bitter finish.

This is a solid IIPA. The hop profile is not my favorite, but it does a good job rounding out the sweet body and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of hophead723
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: The body is slightly hazy thanks to the hopping. The head settles to a veil that drags lacing down the glass. Not your traditional lacing but good-looking nonetheless.

Smell: Tropical fruits, honey coated biscuit, and a good amount of floral aromas here. The fruitiness of the ale yeast takes a back seat here.

Taste: Pineapple, melon rind, pine, a touch of clove, and orange blossom honey.

Feel: Just above medium-bodied, but this is a double IPA. It is 8% ABV but drinks like a 6.5%.

Overall: Quite tasty and robust, but it is hop forward so I would look forward to having this one on tap or filling up a growler.

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Photo of obrike
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single at Round Rock World Market.

Another winner from Clown Shoes. These guys make some great stouts for sure, but this is a heck of a good DIPA as well. Great burnt orange look, clingy lace. Well balanced, hoppy, uber-smooth... delicious.

I'm getting it again soon...more than one next time.

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Photo of rjd722
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, bottled back towards the end of March so definitely an "aging" IPA but didn't disappoint. Solid and nice looking one-finger of foam with a very nice hazy (opaque), golden-orange color. Rye aroma with hints of wood. Taste is somewhat floral, but not overly floral; dry-hops and rye seem to be most present. The aftertaste is astringent and especially alkaline at the very end of the hop explosion.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet malts, bitter hops. A touch of citrus. Good DIPA, but not the best from Clown Shoes though. I was expecting more from the galaxy hops. I enjoyed Clown Shoe's Tramp Stamp more so then this one. Worth trying though...

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/28/15; into pint glass. Pale, cloudy amber with a one-finger eggshell-colored head. Medium carbonation. Distinct citrus and peach up front, quickly followed by bready malt. Hops bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue, but some subtle grapefruit/peach is also persistent. Mouthfeel is not sticky, not heavy, but certainly not light either - has some substance to it. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Very smooth, very well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of Melakatim
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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.....

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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of mhbach97
1.77/5  rDev -55.1%
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.

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Photo of dd43
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of username
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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. The aroma is very telling as is mostly malt with heavy notes of bread and slight caramel. It's a good beer regardless but it doesn't have the fruit and citrus notes that I look forward to in an IPA.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of FamousCharlie
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.