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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 45
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

st9647v3, Jul 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

George1799, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

billnet, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of Kyle...thanks! No dating detected, not unlike my early formative years.

Pours a ruddy dark orange with tinges of red and some sparse whisps of white float atop.

Smell is rather muted, but clean with a healthy caramel malt and some apple? Touch of peach as well, but my snout is working overtime to grab the goods here.

Clean and nicely executed. Malts and hops go fiercely at one another. Not that Anderson Silva taking a flop bullshit...seriously, what he hell was that? Zing of peach supported by a firm and supple malt bill. Tingling and lasting bitterness holds strong and lingers. There's nothing overly bruising or brawny here, but there's a balance that is appreciated. Best of all, the overdone sweet syrupy DIPA monster is told to hit the fucking highway. Hopefully to find a cave to dwell with Albi, only to be found by the badly burned Albanian boy. In the Marmalade Forest...

Medium bodied, aptly carbonated, and with only a hint of burn, this is a nicely executed...if not anything spectacular...beer. Thanks again Kyle.

BarrytheBear, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Man, been wanting to try this beer for years...for what ever reason it just popped up at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach - instantly hyped obviously, so I picked up a single 12oz for $2.99 and poured it into an Odell's branded stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clean rusted copper hue with a fat white head that lingers a while leaving massive amounts of lacing that coat my glass from start to finish. Upon pouring this beer, i'll be honest - the smell instantly made me chalk this brew up as another, and no offense intended to my East Coast brethren, an East Coast style malt bomb IPA...anyways, a lot of caramel malt up front, raw cookie dough, citrusy hop aroma and herbal tea. Flavor is definitely more East Coast than West, but not in a bad way - I actually really like the perfect balance of malt and hop bitterness...and I would even say that the hop wins out in the long run with an intense bitterness that lingers well pass the malt back on this one - absolutely delicious and extremely well balanced - tropical fruit and black tea are in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth drinking with a dry finish...lingering bitterness from the hops stick around for a while.

Very much diggin this one - good job fellas!

DeanMoriarty, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Blaze5445, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

lic217, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Rob_pbr81, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sierrahopdevil05, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Crimsontider22, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jbertsch, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jul 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Turbodog666, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of IronLover
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weathered copper orange in color. Started with a heavy haze that slowly clarified as this warmed. Poured with a short white dense foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap leaving random sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrus hop aromas, ripe pineapple and grapefruit with a solid malty backbone. Medium bodied with rich carbonation and tangy feel. Pungent citrus hops up front, ripe grapefruit, blood orange and pineapple with a tangy, spicy hop bite in the middle. Citrus hop character slowly transitions to light pine hoppiness to the finish. Similar to aroma, there's a strong malty backbone from beginning to end. Finishes cleanl with a pleasant, lingering pine hop aftertaste.

IronLover, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

cfinch2, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

AJ01923, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mportnoy, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

cfitterer, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of asdfx0rz
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA. Bottled on 5-30-2013

Appearance: Golden amber with a decent amount of thin and quickly diffusing white head.

Smell: Strong presence of the galaxy hops in the aroma. Slight hints of grapefruit and citrus with a clean bitterness. Quite a pleasant and refreshing smell.

Taste: Malty and hoppy, but in almost perfect harmony. The hop character is very forward, but doesn't overpower, and doesn't overstay it's welcome. The taste hangs around just long enough to be important, and then gently fades into clean citrus aftertaste. As it warms up, the malt becomes stronger, and the sweetness really comes forward. I didn't taste any alcohol, however, I have made a habit of drinking some pretty punchy beers so 8% comes on the mellow side of things for me. Regardless, I tasted no astringency.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, refreshing. I could drink a truckload of these on a hot summer day. The carbonation is spot-on. Not overdone, so you could really put these down before you became full.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. I will admit, I live about 10 minutes from the brewery, so pretty much anytime I grab a CS brew, it's pretty fresh. Being a local beer, however, I am not biased in any way. I've had a couple CS brews that have really disappointed me and let me down. Galactica is a near perfect beer. I've grown tired of IPA's recently, but I could revisit this one at any time and really enjoy it.

asdfx0rz, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

nickapalooza86, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

PatGreer, Jul 04, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a tulip beer glass.

Apperance: The color is a deep golden amber and with a moderate off white head.

Smell: The immediate and most prevalent aroma that comes off right away is the intense resinous Galaxy hops.

Taste: The flavor is pure citrus fruits with a heavy taste lean towards passion fruit with some candied sugar. Malty sweetness pairs well with the bittering hops, but more importantly to cover the 8% alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Again malty sweetness drives this beer, but carbonation is right there to support you with every sip.

Overall: This really is a good beer. It evolves and changes with each taste. Like the "Risk" of beer every ingredient is looking for total domination, but in the end balance is king.

mmalon78, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BeerBeast, Jul 03, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Pint glass.

A: An orangish copper color that is not crystal clear. The decent 1 in. head diminishes but leaves a good lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity and fun, the sweetness of the malts make almost tropical. Mangos or pineapples come through and make the mouth water.

T: The hops are strong and fruity, not too citric but balancing with the malts makes it keep with the tropical aroma, mainly pineapples. Leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste that reminds you that you are drinking an IPA.

M: Juicy and wetting, with a great poppy carbonation.

O: Great brew. The juicy hopped up flavor is balanced by the sweet malts and makes for a great fruity DIPA. 10/10 will drink again. Stoked that it came in a 4 pack!

xseanprimex, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

tobelerone, Jul 01, 2013
Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.