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Swagger - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phillyz on 07-31-2013)
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Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Trashcat, Thursday at 08:21 PM
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, having never had this before. I don't tend to drink a lot of beers of this style but I wanted to give it a go to see if this leaned more towards the American Amber side and not the Red Lager. There was enough to like here and since the alcohol was not that high, the flavors came through really nicely, even though none of them were particularly pronounced.

Nice pour to this, as the cloudy bright almond hue, frothy head, and hop aroma all combined for a solid first impression of this beer. Lots of lacing could be seen once the head settled and I worked my way through this. A good amount of caramel malt was what I noticed more than anything else, along with earthy hops, a hint of tropical fruit, and some lingering toastiness. Reminded me a bit of the Sam Adams Boston Lager but without the stickiness and a bit more of a bitter edge to it. The carbonation wasn't strong but certainly present and there was a mild warming aspect to this after each sip went down.

Maybe it was from the alcohol but had I bought another bottle, it would have been easy to polish that off in a sitting. While not a session beer, there was enough to like here without this feeling weak or watered-down and this was about as balanced a beer as I've had for this style. A bit of brown sugar would have made this stand out more but as it was, I enjoyed this more than I would most other lagers, because of how much it resembled an ale. Worth a go one for anyone who loves balanced beers or American Ambers.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Nichols33, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Dope, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasing robust hop aroma. Full tan head over a reddish (as much orange) very clear drink. Hop forward drink as well with some holding back on the bitterness, but there is drying, bitterness and hop flavors linger long and prominent in the finish. Shot of warmth in the gut seems unusual for a 6% beer, but maybe I just haven't eaten recently enough. Firm malt holding up the hop forward drink. Moderate feel that seems to lean more towards an ale than lager- not quite as clean as I'd expect.
Overall a nice drink. I like it.
Thanks Sparky.

garymuchow, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Chaz
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Chaz, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev -14%

bigbluebeerguy, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

beerfootfreak, Sep 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

GarthT, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Gdirt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Gdirt, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of TEdubbaD
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

TEdubbaD, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Shawnspl, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +5.8%

HoistinBrews, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured it has a dark reddish color body with a small foamy head. The smell has a grapefruit, fruity hop aroma to it. The taste has a citrus hop up front, then the a little bitterness comes into play. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a great hop flavor.

chefhatt, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev +5.8%

MattXT, Jul 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

TigerOwl, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Jmbbabson
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Jmbbabson, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

plumcrazyfx, Jun 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

tbone64, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Durge, May 24, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark red colored body.
The aroma is a dank lemon and grapefruit and wet hay, all the in the best way.
The taste has a strong lemon bitterness upfront, loaded of malt in the background, but it's a hoppy beer.
It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

Fatehunter, May 23, 2014
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Swagger from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.