1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Galactica - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
GalacticaGalactica

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,138 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 41
Gots: 134 | 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)
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,138 | Reviews: 167 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kwc017
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Kind of a different color. Dark orange brown ish. Interesting.

S - Very nice. Oily hop resin, galaxy hops I'm guessing. Malt is there as well.

T - Hoppy. Wonderful. Malt backbone but not overbearing by any means.

M - Nice. Full bodied. Just what I would expect.

O - Very nice west coast tasting IPA from a east coast brewery. I would def seek it out and would love to try in on draft.

Photo of addiwilliams
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Ironman87
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Modernrickk
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a curious look to this DIPA as far as the color. It's a muddy sort of murky dark orange, almost brown but closer to it in the middle, thick and muddled. Due to the substantial thickness of the body, it's very opaque. The head is a creamy tan 1/2 finger or so with pretty good retention with a remaining foam, strong at the edges, sticking moderate patching to the glass.
I haven't smelled fresh pine like this in a while, and I'm brought back to earlier days as IPAs and DIPAs really started to get good; it's got more raw, fresh, crisp hops, and plenty, than a lot these days. Even as they get bigger, bolder, and more complex, this one hearkens back to some of the best at the beginning of the craft movement. It's got only enough malts, possibly crystal and caramel, to balance the hops and let them take charge completely. Then it's sticky pine resin, fresh hop oils, and raw, pithy citrus rind, as well as a little bit of a peppery bite.
Resinous hop oils coat the tongue as well, a little bready and caramel sweetness rolling in to balance the bitterness and the dryness of the pith. Something like toffee and nuts are also here, which I didn't get from the aroma. Hops still rule, but it's a complete flavor.
A medium body holds up nicely, while the crispness is light but firm and never tapers off. It moves with the carbonation to make it very smooth, creamy even, without being too filling.

Photo of skubas86
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DangerDawg
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Rob_Arrieta
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter. No bottled on date.

Really pretty golden-amber hazed body to this beer. The white cap got to about a half-inch in length, then settled to a film covering the lid. The soapy lace is clinging strong!

The aromas err on the sweeter side: guava, pineapple, grassy, piney, and herbal. The scents do not burst out of the glass, but good all the same.

Hops on the palate are not standing out from the clean cracker malt. Diving in deeper, there are flavors of orange jam on toast, pineapple candies, white pepper, garlic, and a burst of pine at the finish line. There should be maltiness here, but it is too strong mid-palate. The flavors are intricate and each quaff is enjoyable.

Medium-light body for Galactica, it is just a smidge closer to watery than creamy. This DIPA finishes dry as well, long aftertaste of aspirin from those hops. At 8% ABV, the alcohol is nearly imperceptible. Perfectly acceptable for the style, just no style points to be given here.

Galactica has a fun bouquet of aromas, albeit a little soft. And an interesting hop bill that plays out a lot of flavors on the palate, but the malt rides too high and cuts too deep. This is a good beer and I would have it again. I just lament at how close this beer was to being amazing.

Photo of baconman91
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of KennethPowers
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange, copper haze with small off-white head. Fades quickly never fully leaves.

S - Fresh hops, actually smells like opening a pack of hop pellets. I don't detect any malt in the nose.

T - Pine resin hops and now some caramel malt balances it off. Alcohol hides out until the end then it lingers.

M - Surprisingly light, very smooth. Very drinkable. IN between tastings I noticed the dry alcohol aftertaste.

O - A very good DIPA. I would try again. I haven't had much from Clown Shoes, so I look forward to trying other offerings from them.

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Adkins1203
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was nervous about this one because it has been on the shelf a little while, but man am I glad I picked this up. its a great ipa, unique west coast style hop profile, and very drinkable for 8% abv. clear bronze in color, glowing a little red at times, with an inch or more of foaming white head with a few minutes of retention. a huge hop nose comes out, sticky and fresher than I thought I would ever be. the galaxy hops are so pungent and distinct, they cannot be hidden, and apparently hold up will with a little time. sticky weed type nose and taste, with bitterness not showing up until the very finish, even after the swallow. the malt bill is big enough to stand up to the hops, but simple enough to let the uniqueness of galaxy hops to the heavy lifting. lots of body, a good cold weather ipa. carbonated well enough to be refreshing, but not so much so as to be a deterrent to quick guzzling. definitely one of the better beers ive had from clown shoes, and an ipa that honestly, can stack up with just about any other one on the market. surprised and impressed by this shelf turd.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm very happy that we are getting Clown Shoes in Ohio now. Bottled 10/25/13.

An aggressive pour gets me a finger of yellowy off-white head over a translucent orangey amber body. It retains a little ring of froth, and laces up rather well.

Smells of caramel and juicy hops. I get a hint of orange, some grapefruit and pine.

This is a little more mild than I was expecting, taking the nose into account. Caramel shines early one, with a bit of tropical fruit ushering in citrus and pine goodness.

This beer is very drinkable. It is medium bodied, and has a little bit of bite to it, but it is refreshing at the same time.

Photo of aengleman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BB1313
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/25/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange; fluffy white head that eventually fades and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are great. Lots of tropical notes. Lots of grapefruit and mango. Some hints of pineapple as well. Subtle hints of caramel malts. The flavors are very nice with a strong malt backbone. More citrus along with tropical fruits. There's a nice sweetness with a subtle bitterness. More grapefruit. Some pine resin. It's somewhat sticky. There's a nice amount of caramel. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is fun and easy to drink. Great brew.

This is a perfect example of West-coast IPA meets East-coast IPA. Lots of great hop aromas and flavors with a malt presence. I really like this. Well executed and very enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of CA_brewster
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a hazy orange color with a tan head that quickly fizzed away. No lacing. I am picking up on some pine in the aroma but there is a lot of malt to the nose of this beer. The flavor follows the nose. Very malty beer in terms of flavor for an IPA. It has some sweet toasted caramel characteristics. The hops only come across on the finish. It is nicely balanced but this beer could be hoppier for the style and the mouthfeel is a bit too sticky. Overall this is a fine IPA but there is better stuff out there for the price so I would not recommend it.

Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.