Galactica - Clown Shoes
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4/5 rDev +1.3%
I've always been a fan of single hopped beers. I don't want them all the time, mind you, but I love experiencing the characteristics of an individual hop. In this case, the beer itself is a bit chewy, and on the sweeter side without being too sweet. There is also a nice creaminess that is enhanced by the notes of spearmint from the hops, and some citrus and herb notes that play nicely with the malt. A solid beer and an interesting introduction (for me) to Galaxy.
08-16-2013 03:08:00 | More by Georgiabeer
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
Picked up this beer from Total Wine last week, having never tried this before. I find the name "Clown Shoes" to be funny but in all seriousness, this was an unexpected surprised and a great take on the style. Because the body was so full and the alcohol was hidden, this was easy to down and easily mistakable for something from the West Coast. Yes, this was that good!
Nice copper pour to this with a decent had and a sufficient amount of lacing that left nice rings on the side of my pint glass throughout my session. Lots of copper, earth, and British hops in the nose, with the hint of tropical mango and papaya in the taste to back it up. Near perfect carbonation and body to back it up with just a hint of floral notes in the aftertaste to ease out every sip. This was really smooth and easygoing for an IPA, without the booze, bitterness, and burning that characterizes the stronger takes on this style.
The alcohol was only felt and not tasted too, which was a testament to how well-crafted this was. American Double/Imperial IPA's may be a cliche soon but with a beer this enjoyable on hand, it's not in danger of becoming passe anytime soon. Hopheads need to give this a go and see what all the fuss is about - there's a lot to like here.
08-14-2013 15:39:02 | More by JerzDevl2000
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
Coppery look, check. I like the metallic appearance. Filmy top foam settles in. Holds its mouth well. I sensed more of the northern pinewood than the citrus. This was no let-down brew. Paired with some great creole and it rounded the meal perfectly. Put my hop radar in full tilt by the end.
08-14-2013 01:51:49 | More by HopDaddyo
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Clown Shoes Galactica India Pale Ale. Alc: 8% by volume, Mercury Brewing Company, Ipswich, MA. Cool label art. Let's see if the beer matches it.
Bright, beautiful crimson coloring, long-lasting, lace-leaving, creamy white head.
Aroma: big burst of luscious hop aromatics, all the fruity esters, the grapefruit, the lime and mango, plus the pine. Maybe some apple and cherry. Little herbal, some malty aromatics.
Taste: Mmmm, yummy, hoppy, yeah. Herbal, earthy malty bottom, hops on top. Not exactly a West Coast IPA, not nearly an English-style, this is just an all-around great, good-drinking IPA. Little high on alcohol for a session IPA.
More fruity flavors bump up, some melon here, orange, then creamy and just plain ol' utterly delightful.
I feel like reading the label copy: "Galactica, a hop staff wielding heroine, patrols in karate kick mode through the heavens. Her mission: cosmic combat to promote good beer. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops, a clean malt backbone enchences the dank and luscious IPA flavors."
08-12-2013 02:23:52 | More by feloniousmonk
4.68/5 rDev +18.5%
Fairly dark amber, not much head, but nice webs of lacing formed along the side of the glass as I drank.
Love the aroma--a combination of bready and caramely malts are there, but the hops dominate the nose, as both dank vegetal (dried sage?) and unsweetened raisin fruitcake smells waft out of the glass. There is something vaguely Christmasy about this beer.
But not in a cloyingly sweet way. Thankfully, this is a hop-lovers delight, and very drinkable. Taste follows aroma pretty precisely. I find it to be on the border of IPA and DIPA, the 8% alcohol feels about right, and the flavors are well integrated into a delicious, balanced yet hop-forward taste. No doubt this beer is best when fresh.
Galactica is definitely on the oily side, but not to the point that it affects overall crispness or or gets too heavy.
I disagree with reviewers who see this as just another run-of-the-mill IPA. It has several unique aspects, including the integration of Galaxy hops into an interesting malt complex that does not overwhelm with sweetness or doughiness, and an intriguing mouthfeel. Galactica is a stellar new choice for lovers of hoppy beahs.
08-11-2013 05:48:48 | More by Cobrito
3.91/5 rDev -1%
my first clown shoes brew. I have been hearing more and more of this brewery....
dark orange color pour. no head.
smell is sweet caramel-y malts.
taste is sweet, but wit some bitterness from the hops. nothing overly remarkable. as much as I've been hearing about 'clown shoes' I suppose I was expecting a little bit more. maybe we've just covered "all the bases" with beer this decade.
a 'filmy' or 'oil-ly taste to this one. i'm not much impressed, but it does deliver a certain amount of alcohol which, in the long run, is the ultimate goal. I don't see the seriousness in the beer (or the website), so i'm not taking it seriously. the name is a novelty.
08-11-2013 00:22:29 | More by pkalix
Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.