Swagger - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Phillyz on 07-31-2013

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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a becker a clear deep bronze with a large blooming head that leaces two full rings of broken lace as it settles oh so slowly into a frothy mass.The Simcoe hops stand out in the nose along with caramel malts and mild toast,like a hopped up Vienna lager to me.Dryer on the palate with toasted grain,earthiness,and leafy hop goodness,a little more oomph from the leafy hops and it would bump up my score.A damn fine amber lager,a healthy dose of hops, and on the dryer side.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bulldog during a Clownshoes tap take over. This is a big bold beer with some lager crispness and smolthness but it has the big IPA hop character. Very nice, reasonably light, refreshing and full flavored.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows tropical fruit including melon and fruit confectionery alongside some sweet clean malt.
More fruity hops as flavours with big confectionery notes. Also a fair whack of sweet clean malt before an aggressive but balanced bitterness enters.
Could use more carbonation.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes Swagger has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, brown-red appearance, and some light lacing left on the glass. The aroma is rich- sweet bread crust, tea, and hop oil. Taste is of sweet brown bread crust, tea, and floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Clown Shoes Swagger finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and refreshing. Well, it’s a rather simple beer and overly hoppy for a lager (a style issue), but it’s also very delicious.


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

Twelve ounce bottle, dated 8/5/13.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with a finger thick off-white head which leaves splotches and spots of lace.

N: Floral and herbal, citrus (orange and grapefruit) zest, some toffee malts.

T: Grainy malts, mildly sweet caramel, bready, faint grilled toast, wood/earthy.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Crisp and malty finish.

O: I've relearned the importance of looking for bottle dates very carefully before purchasing anything hoppy. The dry-hopping with Simcoe and Citra just wasn't there for me.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dirty amber brown with a solid 1/2 inch of head. Very sticky and stays around for a while.
S - Very hoppy and citrus forward heck I can smell it from my desk! Other than that it does have some distinct sweet malts. In a way it kind of smells like Nugget Nectar.
T - Kind of hollow so this may be a touch old. The hops are rather timid, some orange rind hop bitterness and malts do a pretty good job of balancing. It is quite good.
M - Light to medium in body. Goes down smooth.

Overall quite a good deal mixed and matched for $2.50 and I found it quite worth it. A great tasting hoppy red ale despite if its a few weeks or months old.

Photo of gonzo000
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is good, but a-typically low for clown shoes. Not as hoppy as I expected for a hoppy red lager. Has a plastic taste. Maybe I have an old beer - there is no born on or expire date. The color was a nice reddish brown and the 2 finger head dissipated to a floating film of bubbles that lasted through the beer. The lacing was good. The smell was flat, some malt, some carmel, not very inviting. Mouthfeel was very good.

Photo of BB1313
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/18/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing amber with a fluffy off-white head that leaves great lacing and retention. Aromas are very nice. Very tropical along with strong citrus notes. Pineapple along with some strong grapefruit notes. Some caramel in the mix. The flavors have nice hop flavor and nice hop bitterness. Some berries. More citrus. Grapefruit leads the way with some orange notes. Lemon zest too. Some fresh pine needles in the mix. Slightly earthy. Maybe some rye or black pepper giving it some subtle spice. Mouthfeel is light, but has body to it.

This is a really nice brew. It's basically like drinking an IPA. I didn't pick up a ton of lager characteristics, but oh well. Nice job of showcasing simcoe and citra hops. Recommended.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazed amber color with a nice 2 finger head and good lacing thru-out
S- dank hops smells of pine and tropics with caramel malts
T- dank citra hops a musty earthy hop profile with notes of floral citrus and pine followed by malt and bread
M- creamy but full bodied with hops but still very drinkable on the session side
O- loads of flavor could drink the whole 4-pk again its dank and full bodied but also creamy delicious

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. There are some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good hoppy representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent lacing, hazy amber rosy slight orange-red colored.

Nose big hops and nice hops, bit floral, some citrus, big tangerine citrus, little grapefruit, nice musty resin with touch of passion fruit, bit of a spicy earthy hop too, all that with a nice big sweet reddish toasty malt, slight caramel candy.

Taste starts mild sweetness, more reddish toasty malts, little candy like, nice caramel, toffee, candied biscuit, etc. That balances the hops nicely that come on with fair bitterness at first, light citrus again but more spicy earthy hop character, fair fruity hop character, mild grapefruit and tangerine. the bitterness tries to ramp but the sweet malts keep it in check, nice fluffy malt character. Finish is fairly dry, light sweet candy caramel malt, fair bitterness, light spicy earthy hop with light citrus as well.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall pretty nice hoppy red ale, good malts and nice bitterness balance, nice hop character, fairly tasty, good body, overall pretty nice beer. I was worried this would get too hoppy, too bitter, or too much sweet candy malt character since it's Clown Shoes, but this was pretty nice.

Photo of bmwats
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving a foamy blanket. Spotty but persistent lacing.

S: Tree bark, butterscotch, some savory spice (maybe oregano).

T: Woody roasted malt with some hints of savory spice, grapefruit, and licorice. Roasty with a nice hop bite.

M: Full and hearty body. Pungent, bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Foamy head, and some persistent lacing. Wood, spice, and buttery goodness. Roasted malt, with a really woody tone and hints of spice and a nice does of grapefruit. Earthy and hoppy. Well-balanced combination. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear reddish-copper with more than a finger of head that lingered a bit and left intricate lace in its wake. The nose is quite hoppy for a lager. The flavor profile is dominated by hops, as well. There is not much malt to balance out the hoppiness - my only real concern.

Good, but not quite true to style.

Photo of Neorebel
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes Swagger is one attractive looking Amber Lager. It's color is somewhere between Sepia and Copper tones, and the creamy looking cap of foam looks dense and sticky, like the froth that sits on top of a cafe latte. So, excellent retention here. The beer itself is translucent, with good decent clarity, and seems well-carbonated by the numerous bubbles seen rising to the surface. Note that this also is extremely fresh being only a few weeks old, according to the date.

The label states that the hop varieties used are Citra and Simcoe... a detail which is immediately apparent after one takes in the brew's aroma. For me, Simcoe is one of those substances that stands out as unique. I love it. It's easy to constant;y write and read reviews that state a beer's hops smell 'resinous,' or 'earthy...'And while I would describe Simcoe that way, it's a unique kind of resinous or earthy. I would describe it as having a quality a fine cigar has when you give it a whiff. There's also a slight herbal element, perhaps Rosemary, and a fresh mango fruit ester.

After one sip, I quickly realize that there are complex layers of flavor at work on my palate. This is exactly why I like Clown Shoes beers. I can't determine which plays a larger role, the malty lager characteristics, or those from the high hop content. I love how there's a toasty, yet sweet, like grape juice flavoring accompanied by the earthy, herbal hop bitterness.

The finish is bitter, and gets increasingly sharp and drying as a few moments go by after swallowing. This definitely leads me to crave another sip right away. As usual with Clown Shoes beer, the glass is almost empty by the time my review is coming to a close. It feels rather full-bodied for a beer only 6% ABV, and it also fully coats the mouth, as I would prefer. Overall an American Amber Lager is is a vague style, and may not conjure the most excitement when compared to others. Thankfully Clown Shoes took a little bit of an experimental approach that yielded a very flavorful, yet easily drinkable beverage. If you're bored of the average lager, definitely give this one a try - especially if you're an IPA fan, as it bares some resemblance to East coast IPAs and to things like Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA. You've gotta love that name, too!

Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy reddish-amber with 2 fingers of off-white head. Low carbonation and good retention.

Dough, bread, pineapple, pine, lemon and tangerine.

Very doughy and bready malts with a good dose of honey. The sweetness is complimented by balanced notes of pine, tangerine and lemon with nuances of pineapple.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Super-clean and delicious. This is a downright stellar Red Lager. This deserves to be at the top of its class. Thank you, Clown Shoes!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, amber coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a thin, sparse, off-white surface coat of head. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel, resiny and piney hops, grapefruit and mango sweet, and a subtle roasting. Flavors are roast and rich caramel sweet forward, with a very quick hops bitterness to follow. Tropical fruit notes combine with the piney notes to balance the rich, sweet backbone. Light, effervesced body keeps this beer very drinkable, with a tangy, tropical sweet aftertaste. Clean, effervescent finish with a subtle drying. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swagger pours a clear copper color with a moderate sized, creamy head on top. The foam lingers and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass with each sip.

The aroma has some orange citrus along with bready wheat. Almost reminds me of rye. The aroma also fades pretty quick.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor leans on the malty side with tastes of bread, copper, and rye. There's probably no rye in this beer, but that's the closest thing I can think of to describe the malty flavor. Towards the end citrus notes of orange and lemon peel appear. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering malt flavors and hop bitterness.

An easy drinking beer, nice balance of flavors, good for any occasion.

Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant auburn, almost completely opaque. One finger fluffy white head. This beer also has pretty decent lacing

Smells of lager yeast, with mild hop characters peeking through.

Taste is... holy crap. A party. Simcoe and citra dominate the taste with very mild bitterness. It is almost hard to believe that this is a lager. it could probably pass as an amber ale.

Overall this is an awesome beer from Clown Shoes and I'll gladly drink more of it.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good robust Red/Amber Ale. Pours a bright copper color with a good sized off white head and good lacing. Head retention is better than average. Nice hoppy aroma...the citra and simcoe hops are a nice combination. Good strong citrus aroma with some floral and earthy highlights.

Taste is more of the same. Good hoppy presence....bitter without being a real headshrinker but with some balancing caramel malts. This is not one of those bland, too-sweet red ales/lagers.

Mouthfeel is rich (for a lager) crisp and nicely bitter.

The session police say that 6% abv is not a session beer, but a few pitchers of this with friends would be very welcome. A good everyday beer.

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Chicago Plymouth Clown Shoes tap invasion. Nice dark amber with a thinnish cap of foam. Heavy lace. Smells orange, flowerys, hay, grassy. Taste is crisp, lightly citric and floral. Moderately bitter. Medium body. Easy to drink and great flavors.

Photo of Mikecap
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of whitish lace that fades quickly to a spotty lace.

Smell: Citrus forward with grapefruit and lemon, a vegetal note, and a blend of hoppy notes. Almost reminiscent of a west coast IPA, but not as hoppy.

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit and peach up front are balanced by a hoppy backbone with pine and grass. Not overly malty as amber ales can be, thanks to a nice happiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a nice hop kick, but not overly bitter. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall: A quite solid beer from Clown Shoes that I would drink again. This bottle wasn't extremely fresh so I'd love to get my hands on something fresher.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a deep copper color with a chill haze.
SMELL: Pine, resin, tropical, very nice hop character in the nose.
TASTE: Has a strong hop flavor and bitterness. Pine, grapefruit and citrus zest. Mild faintly nutty malt note but mainly hoppy, with the citrus flavor and pine.
FEEL: Medium bodied brew with a good level of carbonation.
OVERALL: A very hoppy, citrusy amber ale. Quite tasty and worth revisiting.

Photo of ISmith87
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 4.0 - Dark kind of hazy reddish brown color. Thick film of off white bubbles that leaves a nice lacing.

S - 3.5 - smells like caramel, saaz hops, bready malts, peppery,

T - 3.5 - peppery, bready malt taste, saaz hops, slight caramel in the background, not that great, but better than tasteless american lagers

M - 3.5 - light-medium, pretty bitter aftertaste, alc covered.

O - 3.5 - It's not that great. Little bit of a dirty/earthy taste.

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.

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Swagger from Clown Shoes
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