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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 1,369
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 242 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Neorebel on 04-17-2013

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a deep and hazed orange with a finger of dense off white head that leaves good lacing but lacks retention
S: smells of orange marmalade , tropical fruit, and some caramel
T: taste is citrus, pineapple, a little caramel sweetness at times and the swallow is dank and resinous pine and citrus
M: This beer sits on the heavier side of medium with soft carbonation and a refreshing oily hop finish
O: This beer has good hop flavors and the slightest bit of malt balance to try and bring things back in line. It's well made and tastes great. It's sure to please a hop head but the brash finish makes it a little too harsh for people not into the style. (673 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dateless 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Dark copper color with a frothy and moderately retentive beige head that leaves a huge, solid sheet of lacing.

Massively juicy aroma. Tropical and citrus fruits. Peach and passion fruit aromas indicate the heavy use of Galaxy hops in here. Caramel notes show with lightly bready and toffee aromas. No noticeable alcohol aromas.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet, between the caramel/toffee and slightly honey-like flavors. Nonetheless, it is definitely still a hop-forward beer. Only a slight touch of bitterness, but tons of big, fruity, southern hemisphere hops, particularly what tastes like candied peaches (which seems like a wonderful idea for a dessert). Dry and relatively (for a DIPA) balanced finish. Only the slightest alcoholic taste.

Medium-heavy bodied with good carbonation. Just a little chewy, but not sticky. A small amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, this is a little fruitier than I generally prefer in a DIPA, but it is very pleasant. The tropical fruitiness from the Galaxy hops combine with the malts to give it a bit of a sweet, but definitely not cloying flavor. Relatively balanced and it deceptively hides its ABV. (1,185 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 25, 2014.

The pour is amber-copper with a lingering, silk of-white head Some lacing. Sedimentary bits floating about.

The aroma is very pungent and strong with caramel and butterscotch malts and earthy, resiny, floral hops pounding my senses.

Medium body with a slick, chewy texture.

Then there are those barley malts again jumping into the flavor with the earthy bitterness falling in right behind and coating my tongue with a lingering finish. 8% but no alcohol burn. (517 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark Amber with thin white head which covers the side of the glass with thick lacing

S - sweet citrus fruits, pine, passion fruit, pomegranate

T - starts almost Raisony, then the familiar citrus but with sweet brown sugar finishing off with a piny bitterness

M - Dry with good medium overall carbonation. Great DIPA (324 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (476 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (2,911 characters)

Photo of Rob23
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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; (377 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops and caramel malts are present in the nose. The tropical fruits seem to become stronger as the beer warms up and passionfruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and passionfruit from the Galaxy hops, but there are also strong notes of underlying caramel malts. The hops contribute a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Only a little crispness is noticeable, and this is similar to what you would get from drinking grapefruit juice.
O: This IPA isn't a hop bomb, but is instead a beer that has a good balance between the malts and hops. (985 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a nonic pint glass. Purchased in New Orleans.

Hazy, orange/amber/copper in colour. Off-white head is big and foamy on the pour, over 1 inch in height. Big gobs of lacing down the side.

Aroma is fresh and fruity with some caramel in the background.

Flavour is dominated by alcohol. Burns my tongue a little actually. Fairly well balanced between the hops and malt, but the hops win out in the end. Citrus and floral.

Medium bodied but a little oily and the alcohol burn is forefront.

Just looking at and smelling this beer had me almost foaming at the mouth, but then I took a sip and the alcohol is just too strong. (667 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
L - very hazy, rusty colored ale with a frothy ivory head
S - fresh, dank piny hops, bready malt, caramel
T - huge malt profile up front with bread, caramel, brown sugar; piny earthy spicy hops, faint grapefruit-orange citrus for hops
F - fuller body, creamy yet resinous, finishes fairly balanced, which I appreciate
O - missing any sort of wow factor, but this is a very solid DIPA (395 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden copper with a billowing, frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Toasted bread, sweet caramel malt, and resin open the aroma. Pine and muted citrus add complexity.

Flavor reveals more citrusy notes, which reside on a slightly sweet, bready malt backbone. The finish is toasted and nutty, slightly bitter, with a reprise of citrus in pith form. Grapefruit and pine weave throughout the profile. Floral hops surface in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch full, with carbonation on the low side, and noted alcohol warmth.

Very well balanced dipa, between malt, flavoring, and bittering hops. Not reminiscent of a typical American ipa because of the muted citrus and floral hop character, but very drinkable. (749 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.59/5  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. (694 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.41/5  rDev -39%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (880 characters)

Photo of Robjm1987
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice glowing orange color, sticky white foam cap that bows in the middle, lots of clarity so you can watch the game of bubbles battling in the brew, lacing is superb, a great looking brew

stinky weed hops, the hops are strong with this one, absolutely delicious hop aroma, damn fresh green goodness is gronking my schnozz, beyond the lovely hop aroma there is a lemony effervescence to balance things out, the guiding light to the heavens is the hops and man does
this bring it correct

taste etc...
carbonation is pretty subtle, mildly prickly, medium of the road bitterness with an interesting almost orange note (but not citric/acidic), the hops are not as aggressive as they are in the nose, if they were this would be a home run, that said this is a solid double to the gap (hey,
baseball season just started cut me some damn slack), this certainly is an easy drinker, the ABV is well hidden and sneaks up on you (even with those big doofy shoes), this really has some heft to it which is definitely the malt carrying the load with the hops holding up the canopy (and a subtle lemon finish)

this beer is a bit of a quandary, but one I don't mind finding myself in, while I don't love it, I love lots of parts of it, overall this is a really enjoyable beer, and it definitely is not just another IPA in the crowd, it stands on its own for sure, which is a good thing, definitely worth checking out, glad this brewery's wares are locally available now (1,483 characters)

Photo of VTEno17
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: maybe my fav aspect of this beer, poured a beautiful dark, cloudy apricot color.

S: This is not a bright flowery ipa, smells sweet but more like brown sugar or figs. Hints at the malt backbone an I think I detect alcohol.

T: sweet figs like the smell, def smokey tone

M: considering the huge influence of the malt in this beer, it isn't two syrupy and the hops adequately cuts through. Front of the tongue is hit by sharp bitter hops, quickly moves to smooth malty feel mid mouth and finally a little bubbly tingle in the back of your throat, pretty nice actually.

O: I'm impressed, reminds me of sixpoint resin but a bit scaled back. Most IPAs with this much smokey malt leave too much of a syrupy feel, but this is cut nicely by the hops. (748 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Instead of this being a hop bomb, this is a malt bomb. I get some apricot in this one, very dank. I like this IPA, but the malt is a bit much for my liking. Trying to get past the malt is hard. I want more hops, but I didn't come through.

Wouldn't pick this one up again. (273 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours hazy dark orange, with a two inch sticky white head, that leaves loads of lacing.

Smell is tangerine, pine, grapefruit, earthy hops, and pineapple.

Taste follows the nose very well, very tropical and some nice bitter grapefruit in the finish. Really balanced well.

Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and drinks very easy!

This is a very good beer and also a excellent price. (430 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
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! (1,145 characters)

Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.