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Swagger - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: Phillyz on 07-31-2013

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The hops shine through and make up for the fruity flavors that ale yeast would usually supply with fresher flavors.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freshcarl
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bathtubwarrior
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of miguellunarusso
3.64/5  rDev -4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.77/5  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.

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Chaz
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of beerfootfreak
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GarthT
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Gdirt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TigerOwl
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Jmbbabson
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Swagger from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.