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Galactica - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,101 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,101
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 44
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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Photo of xseanprimex
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
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +1.5%

tobelerone, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev +1.5%

morningthief, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Absolut
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Absolut, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Sludgeman, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of SigEp
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber hued with a small/medium frothy head, not completely clear but not opaque

Nose: Hops; juicy , fruity citrusy hops, a little backend hop-funk; clean grain malt smell

Taste: up-front hop character, citrusy, juicy, coating and nuggety hops balanced by a significant sweet maltiness. Finish is rather bitter but not unpleasant; hops stick around longer than a lot of it's double IPA competitors.

Overall: Excellent; fares well against other double IPAs in it's category; as this was a fairly young (less than a month from bottling) bottle, a lot of the hop freshness was there. Definitely a brew that should be drank young.

SigEp, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Danpisco12
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my first time trying anything from Clown Shoes and I was pretty surprised with how much I enjoyed this beer.

A - The beer poured a dark amber-ish color with a sizable foamy head which dissipated rather quickly.

S - The smell was very reminiscent of citrus, namely pineapples. Very noticeable.

M - The mouthfeel is somewhat thick but extremely pleasing nonetheless.

T - The first taste that is noticeable is of bitter hops. After the initial bitterness subsides the taste is very "citrusy" - in a pleasant way.

O - This was an extremely enjoyable beer. Although very much less hoppy and bitter than my normal favorites this is a great beer in its own right. Also extremely drinkable at 8% ABV. I would certainly recommend this beer.

Danpisco12, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +1.5%

petermethot, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of MistahBeah
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden honey-colored amber. Somewhat cloudy. About a finger's worth of frothy off-white head. Mild retention ending in swirling patterns and a thin rim. Very little visible carbonation and not much lacing

Aroma: Bright tropical and orchard fruits. I smell apples and some pears as well as lemon, grapefruit, mango, and faint oranges. For malts I smell sweet toffee and grainy bready notes. There's a little pineapple in there for good measure

Taste: Big and juicy. A lot of the aromas show up in the flavor profile but a bittering citrus/grapefruit takes over and lingers. Sweet to start and the sweetness never really goes away, it just takes a backseat to the juicy hops

Mouthfeel: Juicy, medium bodied. Rather coating

Overall: Pretty damn good overall. Clown Shoes does it again. While I prefer their stouts I would recommend their IPAs to first-timers and die-hards alike. Well played

MistahBeah, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of tbergsli
3/5  rDev -23.9%

tbergsli, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of jkroese
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jkroese, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 20 oz. of this bad boy on tap at The BBC in Norwood, MA. It's my first Clown Shoes experience and I liked it a lot.

First, it looked great. It was a nice amber color with a bit of a haze and very alive. The smell made me dive right in. Like all best from my favorites in one glass.

But when it comes down to it I'm a taste and mouth feel guy. I need my taste buds to do a dance when they are introduced to a new brew and I wasn't let down. The other thing that will drive me away from a brew is a watery mouth feel but this offering has nothing to fear.

I really enjoyed it and will be on the hunt for their other selections.

ExtraStout, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mctizzz, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ezperkins2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ezperkins2, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of RWNay
4/5  rDev +1.5%

RWNay, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of wetwhale
5/5  rDev +26.9%

wetwhale, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of JOrtt
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
Galactica from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.