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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,043 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 43
Gots: 108 | 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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Ratings: 1,043 | Reviews: 163 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jaxon53, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of BenjieK
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

BenjieK, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

24 oz. to a pint glass,

A: Pours amber with a small white with nevertheless good head retention, some thick spotty lace.

S: Pine box, grapefruit, very green and direct of a smell.

T: Pink grapefruit, lots of bitter citrus, but it's fruitiness comes through in the end. Light malt component, overall a little more East Coast, but it has a delicious factor for sure. Lemon custard in the end; I like that.

M: Medium-bodied, well structured, elegant, very light hint of booze which is fine by me here.

O: A very good IPA, sub-$6 a bomber if you put it together, so the price is right and the beer is good.

Halcyondays, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Acoma
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Acoma, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A dark amber boy with a two finger off white cap. The cap falls slowly to a thin layer of foam with some clingy lace around the edges.

The nose is of tropical fruits, earth, and caramel malt. Some nice galaxy hop notes from the dry hop, but loads of caramel malt get in the way. This was bottled--what looks like--May 7, so the hops haven't faded all that much to release all these malts.

Caramel malt, earthy hops, spice, and booze. Some blueberry notes, my guess is mosaic is in there somewhere. The hops are really taking a back seat here. Caramel and earthy notes with a touch of hop spice dominate. A burst of alcohol in the finish overtakes a mild bitterness.

Medium body with a bit of a slickness to the feel. Carbonation is on point. 8% is pretty noticeable.

Unless my bottle is older than I can make out, which I do admit, it is a little smudged, this is a remarkably average IPA. The galaxy dry hops are buried under a sturdy malt profile.

ColForbinBC, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4/5  rDev +1.5%

MAUEX_MFA, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Drucifer, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of mmmaaattt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mmmaaattt, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of LoFiDave
4/5  rDev +1.5%

LoFiDave, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of gkoz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

gkoz, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of brudz2134
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

brudz2134, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of -ronin-
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

-ronin-, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Hefewiseman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Hefewiseman, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of dheacck11
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brass orange with a soft haze. No real head, but modest off white lacing.

Nose is big and juicy. Lots of citrus, starfruit, peach, grapefruit, and cantaloupe.

Flavor follows suit with a big burst of citrus up front followed by rich and deep bitter hops. Not a lot of resin, but a decent pine taste. Finish is largely dry hops.

Mouth feel is medium full. nice thickness to it.

Great DIPA. Lots of hops. Nice citrus character, but really focuses on the hoppy side. Uber drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

dheacck11, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of jwps214
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jwps214, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Tucquan, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +1.5%

FreshmanPour77, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of BigCheese
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About one month old.

A deep orange copper color. Medium had, decent lacing.

S: peaches, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, really pungent and super fruity and tropical

T: taste is a great blend of tropical fruit and citrus. Significant honey and caramel malt backbone. It's pretty well balanced for a hop bomb. Not overly bitter. Lots of peach, lemon, and blood oranges going on. Some dank herbal notes too.

M: very carbonated, super soft, quite sessionable for what it is.

O: AWESOME beer with a really interesting hop profile, super aromatic. Highly recommended. On par with hoponious union for local hop bombs.

BigCheese, Jun 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Anino531, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of stanowsf
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

stanowsf, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

s35keith, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 6/10/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Dizzy242, Jun 10, 2013
Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.