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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

209 Reviews
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Reviews: 209
Hads: 1,426
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 27.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 258 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -3%

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 +3.8%

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 +1.3%

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%
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 +7.6%

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 -5.1%

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 -6.6%
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%
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 -2.8%
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 +10.1%
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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;

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.