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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 44
Gots: 113 | 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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

wetwhale, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JOrtt, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of DooshBagalow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DooshBagalow, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Topher78
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Topher78, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +1.5%

GeoffreyM, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy, darker amber color. The head is weak and almost one with the beer s body; a lot of good IPAs pour like this. Mild lacing.

S-A very juicy hop aroma. Ripe fruits. Loads of citrus and florals with a bit of weed. Caramel and cereal malt.

T-Bitter yet bright in its hoppiness. Grapefruit and coarse grass. Very Galaxy-esque. Sharp hoppiness. Just barely enough malty sweetness. Hints of apricots.

M-Sprightly body for an 8%er. Bitter but juicy. Modest carbonation.

O/D-I really enjoyed this brew. Galaxy is a great hop to stress. Clown Shoes did quite a good job here.

VelvetExtract, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of JMurphy41
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JMurphy41, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of yanosh
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

yanosh, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

SaxmanRick, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very east coast dipa. Very piney resin on the whole thing with a deeper character than you would certainly get from a west coast interpretation. Reminiscent of Double Simcoe, by Weyerbacher. Smooth feel and easy to drink. I like this one. Nothing mindblowing or out of this...galaxy. But it's solid and well made.

RblWthACoz, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass. Bottled 5/17/13.

A - Pours a cloudy, auburn with very little head. Decent lacing. I was in a rush and threw this in the freezer for a half hour to chill it down, so I attribute the murkiness and lack of head to it being a little bit too cold. I will let it sit for a bit before going any further.

S - Biscuity malt and sweet mandarin orange on the forefront. A hint of spicy, grassy hop in the background. Only a month old, but the aroma would indicate it favors the malty side of DIPA.

T - Familiar citrus, grapefruit notes dance on the tip of the tongue. Musty, piney, and grassy hops follow with a distinctly sweet and bready malt backbone. It is very smooth and drinkable despite a big bitter hop finish.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Soft, medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

O - I have been waiting for this beer to reach my state since the first announcement this past winter. I love Clown Shoes and appreciate that they have added 12 oz. offerings to their supreme selection of bombers. This was a good, but not great DIPA for me. I really don't have any complaints, but nothing wowed me. For $8/4-pack, it is a good value that I will probably explore again. Clown Shoes can do no wrong with their dark beers, but this one was nothing more than good.

NoLeafClover44, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

kawilliams81, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

dcbdc1, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of RemyLebeu
4/5  rDev +1.5%

RemyLebeu, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Shnanign, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of CoachC
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass, a beautiful orange color with. 1/2 inch head.

S - notes of galaxy hops, with a piney, resinous odor

T - extremely hoppy with a distinct pine taste. I don't detect much citrus flavor.

M - mouthfeel is nice, not too syrupy yet not too watery either.

O - this is a solid IIPA, though I've had better. Still, I would drink it again.

CoachC, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chill hazed amber with a small white colored head. Dark nearing the color red.

Smells VERY strongly of citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit and passion fruit are the two strongest scents. Little bit earthy with some mushroom and woody scent. Faint savory scent, mainly toasted onion. Can only think of two DIPAs that are better or even equal to this.

Starts out sweet and woody with a mellow yet bitter after taste. Woody with a little spice, I taste faint cinnamon. Distinct lemon flavor. Could be more complex but it is really tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a far above average DIPA. Only two better are Pliny the Younger and Dreadnaught.

Zorro, Jun 16, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Drucifer, Jun 15, 2013
Galactica from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.