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Galactica - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.

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very good

210 Reviews
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Reviews: 210
Hads: 1,427
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 27.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 258 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Neorebel on 04-17-2013

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very aromatic. Hops have a tropical fruit aroma also dank, wet and oily. Smells really good.
Appearance leaves something to be desired. The beer has an amber color and is hazy. The head on my pour was small and fades quickly.
Taste on the other hand is quite good. Tropical fruits and perhaps some floral notes can be tasted. I also detect some Beligum styling also, perhaps the yeast plays a part here.
Smooth easy to drink with a semi bitter finish, but with a tad bit of cloying.
As mentioned this beer drinks incredible smooth and quite good.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date, poured into a pint glass

look is a beautiful unfiltered copper. smell is flowery and herbal, sweet hops all the way. taste is sweet and malty, with tons of bright galaxy hops. pine tree, unripened banana and mangos.

sweet and tasty

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Photo of Florida9
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is a darker shade of copper. Forms a moderate sized cream colored head. Tight, creamy bubbles. Good retention, eventually falling to a patchy surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Moderate, clumpy, lacing.

S: Aroma is full of Galaxy hops. Lots of citrus, orange, mango, and tropical fruit. Moderately sweet with an appreciable bit of caramel malt.

T: Taste is a blend of caramel malts and orange-citrus hops. Fairly sweet. There are notes of orange and some tropical fruit salad, but unfortunately, these don't come through in the flavor as they did in the aroma.

M: Full bodied and too malty for my personal preference. Moderate bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: A good beer and a well done expression of the Galaxy hop, though it was too malty for my tastes. Certainly an East Coast IPA, but, considering this is from Mass, I'd say you can't get anymore East Coast than that.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I was happy with this beer, It poured a smei-amber color with a small whitish head.
The aroma was definitely hoppy, but you would know its not a very hoppy bitter type of IPA, just enough. The typical grapefruit and citrus nose came right through during each sip.

I was very surprised just how easy this one was to drink. It was so drinkable, sort of difficult to imagine for a beer with a 8%ABV.

The mouthful was very nice, not over the top, not too big, not too light, just in the middle.
The aftertaste was very good and clean.

The best I can say is that is that I enjoyed this beer, I will have it again My only reservations, would be in the price. There are many other 4packs out there close in prize that I would first gravitate towards.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dri copper body beneath the generous off white head which hangs around for most of the beer and leaves a thin, sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Abundant hop aromas of citrus and spices float from the glass with a fair malt presence as well. The malt is bread like, maybe borderline rye.

The flavor is great offering palate coating citra and spiced hops with a generous bread like malt backbone. The hops are just awesome and pack quite the punch.

The body is quite full for the style with medium carbonation and a resinous hop finish.

This is a nice DIPA with lots to offer the senses. A overall great example of the style.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy dark yellow, almost bronze. Pretty fat off white head.
smell: Tropical fruit, a bit of floral.
taste: Much like the nose. Tropical fruit, floral, a mildly bitter, dry finish.
overall: A damn good DIpa. Goes down fast, an easy drinker for a 8% beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA.

A: Copper in color with an amber hue. Creamy, thick, off white head. Light lace and retention.

S: Huge hops. Resin, pine, sap, evergreen, fresh cedar.

T: Delicious hop profile supported by a solid malt backbone. This one isn't hiding the hops. Very one sided. For the hop head. But fresh and tasty.

M: Sharp, bitter, fresh, resiny, heavily hopped, and properly carbonated.

O: I thought Clown Shoes fell off. Hadn't heard from them in a while. This is a very impressive beer to put them back on my map. Although...it is a relatively easy style to do well. Just kidding.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Darkened amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy with light carbonation.

Mango and papaya with notes of pineapple. Caramel and pale candy sugars with hints of pine.

Mango, papaya and hints of pineapple forefront. Thick caramel backbone balances out the hops with traces of toffee and candy sugars. A touch of spearmint in there. Tangerine juice and pine sap finish out the profile.

Medium-full bodied, oily, slick and smooth.

Very balanced with a light bitterness. A lot of mango and tropical fruit notes. The flavor profile remains very mellow. Very easy drinking. I'm really glad this one came out in the 12oz format.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 9.99/ 4-pack. Bottled 4/12/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours clear amber orange with a half finger cap of pale head that fades to a hazy layer, leaving nice little lace splotches.

Smells of fruity, floral and piney hops. Sweet mango, pine, orange, flowers and caramel.

Taste is a nice blend of mango, orange, citrus rind, sweet bread, earthy floral, an almost rye spice, caramel and biscuit. No alcohol heat at all and this goes down very easily.

Slick, medium feel with moderate carbonation. Long, dry, semi bitter orangey aftertaste.

A seriously tasty IPA from Clown Shoes. This is by far my favorite IPA I've had from them. Great balance of smooth sweet malts and bitter fruity hops. I will most certainly be buying more if this.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The highly anticipated new IPA from Clown Shoes is here, and she's gorgeous! This brew pours a radiant shade of amber, with crimson undertones. Absolutely stunning appearance. Intermittent bubbles are rising to the surface, indicating light carbonation. There is a faint haze to the liquid, and a healthy, cream-colored head gracing the surface. The initially huge effervescence wanes to about a quarter-inch in time, and there is some light lacing to be found on the glass as well.

The aroma is extraordinarily enticing, as the essence of sweet mango, passionfruit, and Valencia oranges are drawn into my nose with each whiff. Once tasted, I found the flavor to be much more sturdy than the ethereal aroma would suggest. Very tart malts and bittersweet, resinous hops traverse the palate in what is quite the fine balance! Many IPAs smack the drinker upside the head with a drying bitterness, and then, an afterthought of sweetness may follow... not so with this one. Galactica has a more refined taste. A pleasant tingling sensation accompanies the gradual fade of flavor in the finish, leaving me wanting more. Its moderate mouthfeel is a huge positive... the beverage goes down quite easily. The ABV seems almost non-existent initially, but as my insatiable urge to consume this continues, I am feeling a satisfying warming sensation.

Overall, I am very excited to have experienced tasting this beer, because it means that there's only going to be much more greatness to come from Clown Shoes. I had a discussion with a fellow BA about the best breweries recently, and one thing we could agree upon was that the best have sensational examples of stouts and IPAs. We already know Clown Shoes knows stouts... Now the entry of Galactica into their roster is going to increase their prominence in the beer enthusiast community, without any doubt. I'm going to drink another one.

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.