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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

998 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 41
Gots: 100 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

shoretaxi, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Budinetz
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stella goblet. Bottled on 1/22/14 and drunk on 3/5/14.

A- pours an amber orange color with a white frothy head. Extravagant lacing all around the glass as I sip and a thin filmy head that stays on too of the beer.

S- smells of crystal malt and perhaps carapils. Galaxy hops are a strong presence but a heavy malt base is what makes this brew smell delicious! 8% abv? I can't tell. Nicely done.

T- tastes of bready malts and earthy hops with a slightly bitter, citrus flavor on the finish. A whole lot of flavor packed into this brew, it begins as a sweet succulent malty delight and finishes like a bitter ex girlfriend with a bite of dirty hops. Surprisingly the abv is not present whatsoever!

M- quite prickly on the tongue at first but then finishes off very slick. Leaves the tongue with a dryness for a few minutes, however leaving me salivating after those few minutes. Very drinkable for an 8% abv

O- a well done brew. Very earthy with a drinkable character despite the higher abv. Much unlike other IPAs, this is not ridiculously over hopped nor is it too "hot" in flavor. Overall a delicious brew!

Budinetz, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JohnnyNicks, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

TriageStat, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

FightinIrish88, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

jpd7374, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a orangish gold with decent head and lace patches and ring that stick to glass as I drink. Aroma is strongly hopped with piney and citric notes dominating and touches of caramel and bread malt. Fuller bodied with a decent malt backbone, the bitter hops (that are both slightly oily and sticky) are the star of this beer. Easy to drink, crips and dry finish, not complex but the hops are a treat and a touch of sweetness never hurt anyone. Pretty good hop forward beer that was enjoyable to relax with.

clayrock81, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

bdelonj13, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Chevelle66, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mkel0365, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

BMos, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Dracarys, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

cavemanlawyer1999, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

imhoudinibitch, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

dazedandconfused, Feb 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Vanz, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

clogger3030, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

anaids, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Oidmoe
4.98/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I felt compelled to write this review after the rating for Galactica seems to hover below 90 and in my humble opinion it does not do this beer justice.
Appearance is not a factor for me, so I'll skip right to the smell. Deliciously hoppy. Love Galaxy hops. Tropical fruit - mango, guava, perhaps a bit of peach in the background. Pine notes and a hint of resin.
The taste follows the bouquet quite well and leaves nothing to desire.
Mouthfeel is full and extremely satisfying.
Overall this has become my go-to double IPA as it is (thankfully) readily available from my local liquor store. The guys at Clown Shoes have knocked this one out of the park with an incredible balance that makes the beer oh so drinkable while hiding the alcohol really well. I would have it every day if my wife would only let me :)
The only thing I have noticed on this one is that the taste does fade a bit the older the beer gets (a true statement for most IPAs). If you can find it, make sure you stay within 8 weeks of the bottling date to get the most out of the experience.

Oidmoe, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes Galactica has a thin, off-white head, a hazy, bubbly, orange appearance, and a lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is the stereotypical (and, played-out) hop resin/oil/grape fruit rind smell that many parties are becoming so weary of, and the flavor is also the expected, run-of-the-mill grapefruit, white bread, and underwhelming bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, and slick, and Clown Shoes Galactica finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and not terribly bitter. Alcohol is not detected with this one. Overall, it’s certainly worth trying, but don’t except anything new or exciting.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Thedaver4220, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

AnitaBrewski, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of TheFizzinator
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a local brewpub it has a delicious looking color only to be backed up by the awesome citrus smell. I love hop forward beers so this seemed right up my alley. Until I took a sip, the malt backbone is overpowering the hops to my palate. Making this a really sweet almost caramel malt beer. Not a bad thing, but the nose threw me for a loop.

Overall this was an enjoyable drink, just not balanced enough for my liking. But if you're looking for a beer with a nice heavy and sweet maltiness to it, look no further.

TheFizzinator, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ChrisMyles, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

aasher, Feb 15, 2014
Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.