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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,002 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 41
Gots: 101 | 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)
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Photo of taez555
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear amber body with a small offwhite head.

Nose is insane. Holy shit! Is the phrase most offen spoken upon first smell. Huge citric fresh hops and clean fresh grain. Right up there with the best DIPA.

Taste is medium bodied. Smooth caramel malt follow by huge citric and floral and resin hop flavor and bitterness. Just lush flavor from start to finish. Huge and in charge nd well balanced in every sip. Ends with a lingering resin hop. Nice.!!

How is this beer getting such low reviews? This beer is like a clear clone of Heady Topper. Absolutely spectacular beer. A big hop heads wet dream.

taez555, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice looking creamy semi thick 1/2 finger head that retains well and leaves a nice rich foamy lacing, a hazy darker coppery reddish orange color.

Nose brings big meaty hops, very earthy and spicy, possibly astringent, chewy, light citrus orange peel and a little candied orange peel, bit of a juicy malt character with caramel malts, little reddish candy malts, hint of booze and big sweetness most likely.

Taste brings more of the same, big beefy hops, quite earthy and spicy, fairly piney as well like chewing on the ground in a pine forest, and some citrus, little orange peel and again candied orange. the malts are candy like again, little caramel and the candy apple reddish candy flavor, fair sweetness to balance the fair bitterness that isn't as bitter and astringent as I expected. A hint of warming booze as well. Finish gets quite bitter as it dries and the sweet balance disappears, then it starts to get a little astringent, more pine and grassy earthy soil hops lingering, little spicy too, mild sweet candy flavor and candied orange peel lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, a little light on the carbonation, light warming booze.

Overall not bad but nothing special, an older version of the East Coast style IPA that's more piney earthy spicy chewy bitter hops with big malty balance, a pretty nice flavor but not to great.

jlindros, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of kjlcm
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not overwhelmed by this beer to say the least. It looked nice and smelled nice but that is where it ended for me. I had high expectations but it was certainly a more floral type fruity DIPA. Not enough hop profile for me. This was a midweek afternoon beer for me which is a nice mellow sipping type serving. I I kept trying to appreciate throughout the entire beer but in the end it did not work for me.

kjlcm, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Yeti1979, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4/5  rDev +1.3%

BeerBuckeye, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

FrankHammer, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Tracker83, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of AlCzerik
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

AlCzerik, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
3/5  rDev -24.1%

eulerthegrape, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jplopez21, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ryancl, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-caramel coloring with a frothy, off-white surface coat of head that clings to the glass. Aromas of tropical fruit forward, with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, with some toffee notes mixed in as well. Flavors are roasted and bitter forward, with a resiny bolt of pine and pepper spice, followed by the tropical fruit blend to help round the edges a bit. The beer has a decent malt profile to really help keep the palate smooth and balanced. Mid-bodied and robust, the beer has a piney and grapefruit aftertaste, both tart and bitter, leading to a dry, lingering finish. Very solid brew, and very refreshing for the style.

GarthDanielson, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Jtrigonis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Jtrigonis, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of cistercian12
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

cistercian12, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

HookemHops13, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

SpongeRuiner, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of BigEZ_VZ
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

BigEZ_VZ, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark golden orange color with burnt orange edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. This beer is really dark and almost brown which is strange for the style. Decent head retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with a strong onion-y, summit-like presence along with some grassy pine, sweet citrus and a strong sweet malt backbone. Resinous oils with pine sap and grass followed by onion, grapefruit and biscuit. The malt presence is really strong, however, substantially taking away from the hops. Lots of caramel sweetness along with toffee, roasted nut and light roast. The aroma has the potential to be incredible but it's a bit too " balanced" for it's own good in my opinion.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with an even stronger malt character than the nose hinted at. Dry and bitter with a blast of dank, sticky hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes, onion and sweet malt flavors into a bone dry finish. Earthy pine needle, grass and spruce tip followed by subtle sweet citrus/tropical fruit, especially grapefruit and orange peel. Some summit/onion flavor coming through mid-palate but its not as strong the aroma suggests. Toward the finish, there is a huge sweet malt presence that kills off a lot of the interesting hop flavor. Slightly roasted/smokey with some tobacco, caramel sweetness, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer pretty easy to drink, but what starts off as a very interesting IPA falls off half way through resulting in an average beer.

corby112, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

zekeman17, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap in a tulip glass

A) Cloudy, copper orange color, dark orange center. Thick 2 finger head that has an orange hue with lots of lacing.

S) Wow reminds me of a west coast DIPA, citrusy fruits, apricot, mango, sour candy, honey

T) Honey, hard candy, citrus type fruits, no lingering alcohol

M) Juicy, thick and creamy. Low carbonation.

O) Absolutely delish!, one of my new favorite DIPAs very West Coast for an East Coast.

NewGlarusFan, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

twenty5, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of bcsbeer
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single a Total Wine in Orlando Fl $2.49

Poured into a DFH signature glass. Second beer of the night.
Appearance was the color of a used penny, with a tall two finger rocky head that hung around for my enjoyment. This had the mouthfeel of a good malty beer with the great aroma and taste of a quality IPA. Big presents of grapefruit , tropical fruits and pine with out being too bitter. I could drink this for a month straight with out complaining.
Galactica is my heroine. Kicking ass with her clown shoes and hop staff.

bcsbeer, Sep 23, 2013
Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.