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Galactica | Clown Shoes

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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 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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Photo of bluehende
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +2.8%
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 +4.3%
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 +1.5%
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 +5.3%
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 -7.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +8.1%

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 -5.9%

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 +0.5%
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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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too much like Saranac - in that forest floor way - to love, but better. Gets better as it warms.
A: not much lace from a white head over a dark body, very dark for IPA. So-so.
S: Better - Lots of woods, forest floor, grass, decay over a malt pale body.
T: follows smell with that unique woodsy flavor, more of a winter pale, but good and complex.
F: All tho good mouth feel weight, not quite as freshening as I would like, a bit thick.

All in all a NE beer for sure, more woods than shore.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Single bottle from a 4-pack poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy reddish orange amber brew with two fingers of creamy beige head. Aroma is citrus (grapefruit), melon, guava, and flower shop in equal measure, rather green and vegetal perhaps but pleasant. Crisp and smooth, with a gentle but flavorsome (non-coarse) bitterness. Relatively light bodied and moderately carbonated, the malts are subdued and the hop flavors themselves are dank and redolent with citrus rind, kiwi, and pot resin notes. Finishes quite piney and resinous, with lingering lemon/lime rind, fresh cut grass, and flower water. Great showcase for the aggressive side of Galaxy hops, less tropical than advertized but massively floral and aromatic. A peppery, musty, earthy spice (anise seed?) emerges late. Although workmanlike and solid enough on first impression, this one is not a world-beater. Could grow on me with repeated consumption.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: The color is very pretty--a deep golden orange shade that reminds me of dried apricots. Some chill haze, and a soft, snow white head. 3/3

Aroma: Equally lovely is the aroma. A mixture of apricots and honey is most evident. The smell is very sweet. So sweet, in fact, that it had me thinking of gummy bears. This might sound sickening, but a solid malt backbone somehow managed to keep things balanced, as did the refreshing nature of the hops. 11/12

Taste: A medium-high bitterness level counters the flavor of sweet mandarin orange marmalade. As the beer warns, a bit of additional complexity is found in buttery biscuit malt, grapefruit, and passion fruit. Likable, but there is a bit of a fight between the sweet and the bitter. 16/20

Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel--the beer pulls off a neat trick by being crisp and refreshing, as well as chewy and buttery. Medium carbonation, and a dry finish. 5/5

Overall: The abundance of galaxy hops make this beer memorable, but I still expected more. It's good, but I certainly wouldn't rank it among my favorite IPAs. It's flavor seems to rock back and forth between sweet and bitter, never quite holding steady. 6/10

TOTAL: 41/50

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a light copper color with plenty of lacing and good retention. The aroma is hoppy, with floral and citrus notes and hints of sweet malts. The flavor is piney, with some grapefruit and lemon flavors. Solid bitterness and a good malt balance. Drinks more like an IPA than an Imperial version of the style. Goes down smoothly and very nice. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. One of the simpler and more tasteful labels from this brewer's marketing minds that I've yet seen.

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark bruised apricot amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves layered ice cream cake lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of fairly sweet bready caramel malt, hard toffee, mildly dank (thanks for that!) pine resin and edgy leafy bitters, spearmint, a muddled juicy citrus rind fruitiness, and further perfumed floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, dry butterscotch, a bit of white chalk, pine needles and that sticky stuff you get all over you when you handle them, still indistinct citrus pith, an emerging tropical fruit essence, ethereal field honey, and a mere suggestion of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is present and duly accounted for, but hardly overwrought, the body a stocky medium weight, and perhaps a bit slick in its otherwise holding-pattern form of smoothness. It finishes still more sweet than bitter, but tasty and hoppy all around, so who's counting?

A generally agreeable and well-constructed American DIPA, with a little help from the bounty of the south seas, but that's a-ok with me. Well balanced, with a saucily (erp!) integrated 16-proof booze quotient, and I'm starting to think that I should have procured a few more of these for this Labour Day of ours!

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Photo of LovingCup
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Pairs well with cannabis. Will get around to doing full review at some point but it's like whatever maan. Overall very good stuff. Had Galactica with Hoptinum and while I mean no disrespect I preferred the former ifi had to choose. I'm feeling strong 4.25 to light 4.5 on this one. in other words i agree with the B

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Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A - Required a vigorous pour to pull out thin bubbly head. Body is somewhat murky light amber. Nice retention though, and good lacing.

S - Citrus hops, lots of lemon, slight malt

T - Really nice rounded flavors. Dry citrus hop upfront, somewhat floral. Moves to caramel with some spiciness. After taste transitions into a cloying sweetness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and finishes slightly syrupy.

O - Really enjoyable but I don't really dig the back half of the drink. Both the syrupy mouth feel and cloying sweetness in the end are strangely unappealing compared to the freshness of the first half. I've never had an observation like that before, so I could potentially have gotten a bad beer.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full discloser, this beer is dated 2/11/14 and I'm drinking it on 8/11/14. My brother picked it up at a little bottle shop that may not have much turnover.
12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Redish/ copper with very little head
S- Fruity hops... sweet tropical-DIPA smell. Smells like it may be a bit malty too.
T- Yep, sweet malts on front and back. A bit of bitter hops in the middle. On the maltier spectrum.. but being old maybe the hops faded?
M- Standard IPA/DIPA mouth feel. A bit sticky in a good way.

O- Kind of average. Nothing outstanding, but not bad my any means. I would try again fresh.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber-orange color. Lots of sediment, causing the color of the beer to appear gradient like. Decent sized light brown head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is bursting with citrus and floral hops. A good deal of pine. Some lightly roasted malts. A tiny bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste leads with some citrus, followed by sweet caramel malts and some pine resin. Overall pretty malt heavy. One of the less hoppy DIPA you'll find, but still tasty.

Medium mouthfeel. A little thick. Easy to down one but I don't know how many more than that I could have.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I would recommend it to newcomers to the style. Nothing too crazy tastewise, but it gives you an idea of what to expect from the style.

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Photo of stewart124
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a fluffy off white head. Beautiful lacing.

A big dose of citrus and pine in the nose.

Medium and smooth mouthfeel. Big bitterness throughout. More pine and slight vanilla coming through. Some pineapple esters with a very dry finish. Just a touch of hot alcohol as this warms. Decent amount of light bready characters that blend well with the hop bitterness.

Nice beer. Solid DIPA on the lower end of the abv for the style but still holds up. Nothing really wrong but it doesn't blow me away. Maybe a little harsh from some hot alcohol notes and this causes a white pepper character to come put. Coupled with the pine this all adds up to a bit much.

Lingering pine and dryness on the palate.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the better IPA's out there. Unfortunately, not many of these (or any Clown Shoes) around me in New Jersey. The first thing I noticed was the smell - sort of a sweet organic scent on top of the "IPA" smell. Looks to me like there is some sediment turning with the carbonation. Middle of the road in terms of lightness and darkness for color. Taste and aftertaste are relatively similar. Definitely a good beer, and one that I can have at least 3 of before getting tired of. Will buy again.

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.