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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 44
Gots: 109 | 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 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
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Dizzy242, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of PerHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

PerHops, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice copper color with a white head on top. The retention was thin but stuck around for quite a while. The lacing was sticky leaving some nice suds on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy and rightfully so. Some subtle citrus and pine resin aromas on the nose as well as a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is also big on the hops, more fruity citrus and a pretty good malt backbone to it. The mouthfeel is rather easy going for 8%, decent carbonation and texture. Overall pretty solid IIPA in my opinion. Enjoyable.

Knapp85, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A very hop forward aroma with big esters of tropical citrus fruits and grass. Upfront hops with earthy and floral hints of grass. Big citrus presence with hints of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, passion fruit, guava, apricot, melon, and lemon. Also some hints of piney hops. Malt hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and cracker. A very solid tropical hoppy aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose, a big taste of tropical citrus fruits along with a solid malt backing. Big hops upfront with lots of citrus fruit notes including mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, passion fruit, pineapple, apricot, guava, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop notes along with some grass and pine resin spice. Soft bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really good juicy and smooth taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and juicy with a fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really solid IPA. My first taste of this hop and I'm loving it. Very good citrus flavor.

MattyG85, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Jeremy_H
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jeremy_H, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled On 05/07/2013.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains very well before slowly dropping to an 1/8 inch head. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves streaks behind on the glass.

S- Sharp, citrusy hop aroma with some light cereal grain sweetness backing it.

T- Balanced malt/hop profile that's smooth and a bit sweet. Alcohol is nicely subdued. The hops are decidedly more earthy and herbal than citrusy. Very straightforward in its approach with no one flavor dominating over another.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body that's on the fuller side.

O- A very well-executed DIPA that goes down easy while still being decently bitter and flavorful.

Immortale25, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of lonewolfcry
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

lonewolfcry, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Claytonbrewsby
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Claytonbrewsby, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Sarmartay
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Sarmartay, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Camjmorton, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Thedrizzle, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1.5%

HattedClassic, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jkane101, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Mark5252, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +1.5%

SebD, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Thads324
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A : pours a deep and bright orange with thin off white head. Clear with few bubbles. Decent lacing.

S : smells like some hefty guava and passion fruit. Light pineapple and the slightest bit of caramel malt.

T : starts watery and thin. A bright wallop of hop flavor, exactly like the aroma. Zippy fruit juices, grass and the bitter rind of blood orange. Big heavy bitterness at the beginning of the second half, with the lingering zippy fresh hops. The tiniest bit of biscuit malt flavor. Finishes watery again.

M : thinner than expected for 8% but has good carbonation to carry the hop flavor across the palate. A nice dry finish.

Clean and flavorful. Easy as hell to drink for 8%. A borderline double ipa at a good price of 8.99 a 4 pk. Easily the best clown shoes brew yet!

Thads324, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

CharlatanSin, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of hit728
4/5  rDev +1.5%

hit728, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of CCutch
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

CCutch, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains in the glass and a few loosely-formed streams of tiny bubbles rise in the column.

S: Ripe tropical fruit and gentle pine--more lychee than fir, to be sure. Some black pepper and grainy cracker is also able to edge its way into the profile, making for a surprisingly balanced display. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with muted hops aromatics that are piney and earthy before esters-affected crystal malt takes over. Acidity is restrained into the middle where flavors remain malt-focused until sweetness abruptly turns needle-sharp in the presence of developing bitterness. Booziness is a transient question mark during the latter half of the profile, appearing distinct at times and absent during others. The finish is dry by comparison, moderately bitter, and dank.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous and syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is all IPA from top to bottom; unfortunately it tries to serve as a vessel for the Galaxy cultivar of hops but falls short. While the smell sees fairly well-represented Galaxy hops qualities competing for attention with malt, the flavors could have been derived entirely from Columbus hops. As with most commercially-produced pale ales boasting of Galaxy hops as an ingredient, this beer stumbles badly in its attempt to deliver.

beagle75, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jriggins6, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of HawkIPA
4/5  rDev +1.5%

HawkIPA, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of dllman25
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

dllman25, Jun 02, 2013
Galactica from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.