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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,044 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 44
Gots: 108 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Neorebel on 04-17-2013)
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Ratings: 1,044 | Reviews: 163 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: long, egg white head. Light brown, fairly translucent. There is interesting suspended sediment? Not sure I've noticed this before.

S: rich and woody smelling. Atypical of ipas. Smells almost a little sweet.

T: first taste, it almost is like a brown ale. The hoppiness comes after. It isn't super hoppy. It is pretty malty. Many flavored coming in the finish.

M: quick finish. Very little residual taste. Very crisp in that regard.

O: overall, an interesting ipa. Not outstanding but decent. If it were labeled a brown-ipa hybrid it would be very accurate. I am not particularly fond of browns, so my review is a little low, but this is a great ipa for those who don't love hoppiness.

Mightykingmalard, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of BobsledTM
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BobsledTM, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +1.5%

verdict603, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +1.5%

salthemonster, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of DerrickW
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

DerrickW, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

let8it8grow, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: pours a vibrant, hazy orange-amber colour with plenty of fine carbonation visible. A one-finger white head drops quickly to a thick cap with decent lacing.

Aroma: a big note of sweet malt and hops - toffee, citrus fruits and some stone fruits. Refreshing.

Taste: plenty of grapefruit and peach up front with caramel / toffee malts behind. Very refreshing - a great IPA. Not much evidence of the high ABV either.

Aftertaste: more hop bitterness on the finish, which is nice.

Mouth feel: crisp in feel with a moderate body. Plenty of carbonation - a great sessional beer.

Overall: a fantastic example of the American IPA style - complex yet well structured, with multiple hop and malt characteristics. My only (slight) concern is the complete lack of alcohol flavour / fug for such a high ABV - this beer is very easy to put back, and that could be disasterous on one's viscera, and wallet.

SmashPants, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Sean66
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Sean66, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice bar pour head. Requires two visits to the tap--served with a single finger of foam. The beer deep orange amber with a haze.

Strong spruce and grapefruit rind aroma. It's also a bit floral. Overall, this overwhelmed any malt nose there might be.

Better presence of the malt in the initial taste, but it's rather nondescript--just neutral pale malt. The tell of the tale is the hop, a strongly peppery with a bit of astringent bite. Long lasting aftertaste. Good body with an elevated carbonation.

smcolw, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of zero_signal
4/5  rDev +1.5%

zero_signal, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ms11781, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of billhelm
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Mikus, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mpenning13, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Mmcdonald79
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Mmcdonald79, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ummswimmin, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of TTAmod
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle made on 3/17/14...so pretty much a month old. This beer was poured into a normal pint glass.

A: Pour hazy, dark orange. There is a lot of yeast sediment present and a high amount of carbonation. Head is thick, tan, and long-lasting. Not great looking, but pretty decent.

S: Smell is very dank and tropical. Lots of herbal/weed type smell with a nice dose of orange and grapefruit. Love the Galaxy hop smell profile.

T: Dankness continues into the taste....one of the more danker beers I've had in awhile. Very herbal. However, there is a nice dose of tropical notes as well some earthy, zesty notes, too. There's a lot of depth here. One of the things I love about Galaxy hops is the amount of depth that the taste has. No bitterness at all. A bit of lemon rind and alcohol on the back end.

M: While it looks overcarbonated, it's pretty much carbonated perfectly. Fairly light body and easy to drink.

O: Pretty good double IPA. The Galaxy hop profile is always nice and complex. Clown Shoes IPAs are generally hit or miss, but I'd say this one is worth a try, especially at a $8/4 pack price point.

TTAmod, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Jimmys
2.38/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. bottled on 03/03/14.

A: pretty muddy, a lot of haze on a dark orange body. very frothy slightly off-white head. bubbly. good retention. lots of lacing. don't like this haze though...

S: bright and tropical. a little bit of coconut. not oxidation, but there is a soapy aroma in there. I take that back, this is oxidized. a cardboard blah flavor.

T: not very enjoyable on this front. that cardboard shit flavor becomes more and more prevalent as I keep drinking. grainy. unpleasant.

M: carb is a little low. medium bodied.

D: only a month old and it already turned to complete shit? that's a huge fucking pass from me. reminds me of a homebrew and I mean that in a bad way. really bad. step your shit up clown shoes.

Jimmys, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Lukass, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-14-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Appearance is a cloudy and dark copper-colored beer. The head, off-white and tall, shows excellent retention and a pretty good tracing of lace.

Aromas are mostly of hops -- big citrus hoppy smells with tropical fruit notes like pineapple that also lend a little sweetness.

Taste is rich and hoppy. Bitterness is fairly strong, but there is a current of caramel malts to act as a counter-balance. I also can feel some alcohol warming.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The beer finishes with a semi-dry aftertaste of pine and citrus hops, leaving you with a memory of spicy hops.

My first beer from Clown Shoes and I liked it. I like Galaxy hops and this is a good vehicle for them.

Shout out to Craig for grabbing this one for me!

sommersb, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ccurrid, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Rob_Z
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Rob_Z, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of wafers
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

wafers, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of TimHitchings
4/5  rDev +1.5%

TimHitchings, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Robjm1987
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The problem with this beer...it's more of a malt then an IPA. It poured and looked more malty then a pale ale.

Appearance: Nice dark, malty color. (My favorite part of the beer)
Smell: Apricot, figs.
Taste: Malty, hops are weak (to me, i love hoppy beer)
Mouthfeel: Filling
Overall: I would not order this IPA again.

Robjm1987, Apr 13, 2014
Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.