Galactica | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rjd722
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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 -14.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +5.6%
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 -13.5%
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 +6.1%
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%
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%
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 -0.3%
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 -9.9%
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 +5.3%
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 -3.6%
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 -11.2%
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 -5.6%
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 +17.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +5.1%
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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Photo of deebo
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of brureview
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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