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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 45
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Neorebel on 04-17-2013

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We crack the top, pouring a brew of amber sunset oranges into our Founders snifters. It holds a tight and foamy two finger head of French vanilla colored bubbles, with a thin top layer of bigger soapy bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving ridged patterns of lacing around the glass as it slowly descends. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives hops of fruity, lightly citric, and heavily earthy tones, with amber and pale malt base, passion fruit, tinny metallics, light sulfurs, booze, sweet caramels and cane sugar, distant peaty smokiness, brown bready sweetness, and light notes of buttercream as it warms. Our first impression is that the hops remain sweet throughout, adding synergistically atop the bready, buttery, sugary maltiness at the core. As we sip, the taste opens with birdseed, walnut oils, peach and passion fruit, orange rind bitters, tinny metallics, spruce, pale toast, fusel booziness, and faint pumpkin spiciness. The middle peaks with brown sugar and honey sweetness, light maple sugars, continued pale and amber malts, tannic teas, green plant resins, ginger earthiness, and a toasted sesame seed breadiness. The finish washes through with lightly soapy and citric hops, chalky pale maltiness, clean cotton, toffee, green tea essence, revived passion fruit juiciness, honeysuckle, coiny metallics, and white pepper spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of sweet alcohols, perfumed florals, earthy hops, wet moss, curious chocolate sweetness and depth, soaps, clean cloth, raw honeycomb, cereal and pale grain, drying yeastiness, green grassiness, and red apple fruitiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left watery and only slightly coated, dripping quickly into a chalky astringency across the hard palate, with otherwise satiating wetness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its sweet hoppiness through the aroma and the taste. From the pour you know this is going to be a nice treat, as we keep the coloring deep and the head standing tall and proud. The aroma starts nicely, but with warmth the booze eventually washes out some of that initial fruity sweetness. This, mixed with the already lacking inherent juiciness of the hops makes for a lesser nose. The taste, on the other hand, enhances with warmth, with the sweetness blending well between the bready malts and the sticky, rather fruity hop flavors. Otherwise this is your relatively standard, caramel-laden DIPA, and while it comes off a little hot around the edges, it will certainly get you through the night.

Photo of MSL94
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raul done just got hit in the head with a shovel - but that shovel may have been laced with ecstasy. Can Raul get a wowie to the zowie? Because this lil sucker is more than off the hook; it is a big mouth bass that even Earnest Hemingway couldn't catch. It's not perfection, but it's solid. Like a 2x4 across your head "solid."

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

I've always been a fan of single hopped beers. I don't want them all the time, mind you, but I love experiencing the characteristics of an individual hop. In this case, the beer itself is a bit chewy, and on the sweeter side without being too sweet. There is also a nice creaminess that is enhanced by the notes of spearmint from the hops, and some citrus and herb notes that play nicely with the malt. A solid beer and an interesting introduction (for me) to Galaxy.

Photo of danpam1024
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MontereyBay831
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of davet100
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer from Total Wine last week, having never tried this before. I find the name "Clown Shoes" to be funny but in all seriousness, this was an unexpected surprised and a great take on the style. Because the body was so full and the alcohol was hidden, this was easy to down and easily mistakable for something from the West Coast. Yes, this was that good!

Nice copper pour to this with a decent had and a sufficient amount of lacing that left nice rings on the side of my pint glass throughout my session. Lots of copper, earth, and British hops in the nose, with the hint of tropical mango and papaya in the taste to back it up. Near perfect carbonation and body to back it up with just a hint of floral notes in the aftertaste to ease out every sip. This was really smooth and easygoing for an IPA, without the booze, bitterness, and burning that characterizes the stronger takes on this style.

The alcohol was only felt and not tasted too, which was a testament to how well-crafted this was. American Double/Imperial IPA's may be a cliche soon but with a beer this enjoyable on hand, it's not in danger of becoming passe anytime soon. Hopheads need to give this a go and see what all the fuss is about - there's a lot to like here.

Photo of HopDaddyo
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coppery look, check. I like the metallic appearance. Filmy top foam settles in. Holds its mouth well. I sensed more of the northern pinewood than the citrus. This was no let-down brew. Paired with some great creole and it rounded the meal perfectly. Put my hop radar in full tilt by the end.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes Galactica India Pale Ale. Alc: 8% by volume, Mercury Brewing Company, Ipswich, MA. Cool label art. Let's see if the beer matches it.

Bright, beautiful crimson coloring, long-lasting, lace-leaving, creamy white head.

Aroma: big burst of luscious hop aromatics, all the fruity esters, the grapefruit, the lime and mango, plus the pine. Maybe some apple and cherry. Little herbal, some malty aromatics.

Taste: Mmmm, yummy, hoppy, yeah. Herbal, earthy malty bottom, hops on top. Not exactly a West Coast IPA, not nearly an English-style, this is just an all-around great, good-drinking IPA. Little high on alcohol for a session IPA.

More fruity flavors bump up, some melon here, orange, then creamy and just plain ol' utterly delightful.

I feel like reading the label copy: "Galactica, a hop staff wielding heroine, patrols in karate kick mode through the heavens. Her mission: cosmic combat to promote good beer. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops, a clean malt backbone enchences the dank and luscious IPA flavors."

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Cobrito
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7-5-13

Fairly dark amber, not much head, but nice webs of lacing formed along the side of the glass as I drank.

Love the aroma--a combination of bready and caramely malts are there, but the hops dominate the nose, as both dank vegetal (dried sage?) and unsweetened raisin fruitcake smells waft out of the glass. There is something vaguely Christmasy about this beer.

But not in a cloyingly sweet way. Thankfully, this is a hop-lovers delight, and very drinkable. Taste follows aroma pretty precisely. I find it to be on the border of IPA and DIPA, the 8% alcohol feels about right, and the flavors are well integrated into a delicious, balanced yet hop-forward taste. No doubt this beer is best when fresh.

Galactica is definitely on the oily side, but not to the point that it affects overall crispness or or gets too heavy.

I disagree with reviewers who see this as just another run-of-the-mill IPA. It has several unique aspects, including the integration of Galaxy hops into an interesting malt complex that does not overwhelm with sweetness or doughiness, and an intriguing mouthfeel. Galactica is a stellar new choice for lovers of hoppy beahs.

Photo of jryanj927
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pkalix
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first clown shoes brew. I have been hearing more and more of this brewery....
dark orange color pour. no head.
smell is sweet caramel-y malts.
taste is sweet, but wit some bitterness from the hops. nothing overly remarkable. as much as I've been hearing about 'clown shoes' I suppose I was expecting a little bit more. maybe we've just covered "all the bases" with beer this decade.
a 'filmy' or 'oil-ly taste to this one. i'm not much impressed, but it does deliver a certain amount of alcohol which, in the long run, is the ultimate goal. I don't see the seriousness in the beer (or the website), so i'm not taking it seriously. the name is a novelty.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of gashmoney
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.