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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 41
Gots: 134 | 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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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 05/01/2014
Appearance is hazed brown orange with lots of bubbles
Fruity hoppy nose, kind of orangy citrus tropical. Hints at floral a tad for a second
Juicy and fruity full hop flavor on the first sip. Matches with the sense you get from the smell. Matly backbone emerges when reaching halfway through the glass, sweet mixed with hops. Balanced w bitterness
Mouthfeel is medium body, good carbonation, dry finish, a bit of heat and spice
Overall really solid hoppy ipa

Photo of Pahn
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a red wine glass. Bottled 6/02/14 (AKA 7 days ago). Big thanks to BA ClownShoesDreams!

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 2 inch frothy offwhite head with great retention. Pours a semitranslucent copper and leaves tight lacing.

Smell: Starts out very tropical fruit and tangeriney, with sweet malty undercurrents (malty as in "malt sweetness"; not bready or anything distinct like that) and some of that earthiness of other New Zealand hops. With time it gets profoundly herbal, like Perle hops on steroids (I hate to use "on steroids," but this is a beer review not a novel)--minty, earthy, and REALLY strong. As the beer warms up more, the previous aromas transform into powerful dank, weedy hop aroma.

Really exceptional nose on this beer; exemplifies why you need to chase down IPAs super fresh. The hop aroma is so profound that it bounces from savory and vegetal to citrus tinged strawberry and tropical fruit. A bit of a hop catalog happening here, like the best IPAs.

Taste: All the hops from the nose up front, leading to a surprisingly well-held up malt backbone; cereal grain and crystal malt flavor. Tangerine and weed up front; as mentioned in other reviews, I love the flavor combination of that kind of hop flavor and fresh cereal grain malt. The crystal malt flavor brings a sweetness that I normally find unwelcome, but it transitions to a sort of biscuity toasted malt flavor that brings out the spiciness of the hops. Relatedly, I'd usually want a bone dry finish, but the somewhat softer, less-attenuated finish just provides some prolonged enjoyment of the great malt backbone.

The hop flavor isn't as multifaceted as the aroma, but it kind of doesn't need to be. When the glass is in front of me, I'm taking in all that amazing aroma with every sip, and the dank, earthy, straightforward, slightly pine-tinged oily hop punch in the flavor serves as an exclamation point to it. Then it's a long malty finish that should satisfy any beer lover.

Additionally, at 8% the alcohol is maybe a bit TOO well hidden. This is so easy drinking that I could imagine a 4pack getting me into some trouble.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low side of moderately carbonated, which is actually ample. Slight dryness in the finish but not much.

Overall: Fresh Galactica is a "wow" beer. That big, insistent marijuana and tangerine note in the aroma and flavor is enough to make me love the beer, and the not-so-trendy choice of having some sweetness and biscuity malt to counterbalance the monster hops makes it all the better.

I feel like I'm repeating myself, but Clown Shoes just keep putting out well-thought out beer after well-thought out beer. If you see fresh Galactica, don't sleep on it.

P.S. Shout out to Racetrack in Battestar Galactica, whose dispassionate performance implies that she's intimately familiar with at least one of the things this beer smells like.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A~~Hazy copper
S~~sweet and hoppy
T~~Again sweet with a slight piney taste but not harsh.
M~~First taste I thought was a DFH 90 min.Very tasty and sweet.
O~~Very solid IPA.

I rather enjoyed this IPA.I would drink it again.Do not know why it is scored so low.Cheers.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy burnt orange; 1 finger head that receded to a thin film; nice lacing;

S: grapefruit juice, pineapple, tropical

T: follows the nose; some pine toward the finish; minimal bitterness;

M: medium bodied; low to medium carbonation; hides the ABV very well;

O; this clearly features hops, but isn't a total hop bomb; nicely done; it's deceptively easy to drink for 8% ABV;

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop:
Bright looking amber with a 2.5cm head that is creamy & white, holding well with plenty of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Fruity with strong pine resin coming through along with some tropical fruits that includes some grapefruit, orange & a little citrus with some caramel as well & to a lesser extent some floral notes.

Bitter & hoppy with the grapefruit & citrus. There is caramel & citrus. Some malts come through as well with some nice hops throughout.

Smooth & bitter with a medium bodied & similar carbonation. There is a great balance to this one with touches of sweetness coming through in places & the finish is a crisp and slightly dry.

Very American IPA in style with plenty of bitterness & tropical fruit notes but one of the best things about this one was how well it managed to hide the alcohol content of the beer because you really couldn't tell this one was an 8% abv. beer; it was so easy to drink.

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.