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Galactica - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.

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very good

210 Reviews
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Reviews: 210
Hads: 1,428
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 27.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 262 | 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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Reviews: 210 | Hads: 1,428
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. 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 -11.6%
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of Zombie Dust but with a bigger body and maltier taste. I like it.

8% ABV, close to a DIPA, but not quite there. Pleased that it's not too difficult to find.

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Photo of Zach136
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Typically I don't review IPAs that I know are more than 2-3 months old... but this is a from a shipment that Clown Shoes just sent to it's GA distributor, or knowingly allowed said distro to buy from another. So I guess they're OK with me drinking it like this.

Bottled 6/2/14, reviewed 12/1/14

Appearance: Orange with a thin white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity, bordering on malt forward. Sweet fruit hop and caramel malt sweetness.

Flavor: Again, hops have faded and made this a pretty malty beer, the hop character I do get it orange juice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky.

Overall: I bet this beer is pretty good fresh. Possibly still a bit too big bodied for my tastes... but I'll find out when I get a fresh bottle. Very disappointed in the supply chain break down with this beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color. The nose is nicely hoppy. This offering is well-balanced between malt and hops. The maltiness comes through upfront and the hops come rushing in on the finish.

An enjoyable but not exceptional DIPA.

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Photo of anthony-martinez
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

i got it 4 pack bottles and i pour it into wine glass. gives great aroma then foam head settles at two fingers. tasted great and would love to drink it again.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Body is a medium orange color. Very hazy-with uniform translucency. Pours with a 2-3 finger creamy white head that has great retention. Lots of lacing left behindin the glass.

S- Nose is extremely faint. Orange, citrus, tropical fruit, and a hint of caramel malt.

T- Flavor is good. Tropical fruits and orange upfront with a mild caramel malt backbone. More fruit flavor come through for the finish with a hint of floral hop bitterness. Little lingers.

M- Smooth. Low to medium carbonation and a medium weight body.

O- This is a good drinkable IPA. Somewhat unique in profile and not as bright as expected. This is more of a fruit juice IPA than anything else.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz bottle.Poured ito a 12 chimay goblet.Golden pour with a 1.5 inch head.Nothing here that i would say is outstanding.Middle of the road IPA.Respectable 8.0 ABV but the taste is nothing fancy.Would not buy again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 4, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on July 7, 2014

Poured an orange, caramel, hazy color with three fingers of frothy white head. Calm and serene on the top and underneath. Above average-to-good spiderweb foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top of the glass all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled caramel malts up front and then a lot of hops. Got Citra hops, pine, sharp grapefruit, soapy notes, floral hops, spicy Simcoe (I think) hops, faint buttery malts, lime and bitter tangerine rind. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was a lot more potent than the smell, but in a bad way. More gritty and malty and just stronger. No hiding the 8 percent ABV here. Got boozy grapefruit, Citra hops, wet Cascade hops, soapy pine, lime rind, buttery notes (much stronger than the nose), sharp tangerine juice, caramel, vegetable hops and some floral hops. Reminded me somewhat of a combination of Manzanita Chaotic (one of my favorites) and New Belgium Rampant (one of my I hate you, but I God damn do I still respect you beers). (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, buttery, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This beer was so almost exceptional. I really liked the look and smell, but the taste and feel dropped off. However, I enjoyed it overall and would have more in the future. (Overall - 4.00)

3.95 | 89 | B+

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