Space Cake | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Why are Miracle Mike and his dog, Bionic, being chased by many evil laser beam shooting cupcakes and two giant layer cake mother ships? Because we're straight lunatic fools? Well, maybe, but with a few brains cells remaining we managed to craft Space Cake double IPA, utilizing citrusy Mosaic hops and an immaculate West Coast style malt backbone. Dude... Chill out. Enjoy some Space Cake.

Added by braican on 02-22-2014

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211
Ratings:
1,699
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 1,699
Photo of gopens44
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice enough to look at. Slight haze to a bright yellow beer, foamy beige head with lacing that is somewhere between spotty and sticky.

Nose has two things right away - grass and candy maltiness. Further study allows for a little lemon .

Taste begins on the malty side (checks date, bottled on 1/17/2017, maybe a touch old but not unreasonable for me) that gives way to tart, lemony, grassy brightness. Maybe a teensie bit sweet, as there's a caramel thing going on in the finish.

Medium bodied, dry finish and some lingering sweetness but nothing even approaching hot or astringent.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at the famous and always excellent Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn. It paired great with a cheeseburger.
It poured a brilliant golden and amber color with a puffy foam head about a thumbnail length high. Good retention with lots of lacing.
An enticing tropical fruit aroma runs the gamut from grapefruit, mango, papaya and pineapple. In addition, an offering of pine laden caramel, with a slight lacing of alcohol, rounds things out.
In the mouth it is medium to full. Chewy, lush, plump and juicy, especially when as provided by the tropical fruit. There is a strong caramel malt backbone that, along with the fruit, provides a pleasant sweetness at first. However, it soon becomes evident that the caramel flavor has a sharp bitterness from the pine. Furthermore, mid palate, the hops begin to dominate and provide a spicy touch.
This is a double IPA that is dynamic, has a lot of flavor, and, lots of body yet easy to drink. Solid all around.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 01/10/17.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Mild aroma of tangy hops and some sweet malt.

T- Flavor is equally as mild with some candied orange flavor from the hops plus some more sweet malt. The ABV is very well-hidden but there's nothing really driving the profile. Bitterness isn't intense but also not very pleasant.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Surprised this beer has as high of a score as it does. Nothing really jumps out at me and it reminds me of the malty sweet DIPAs of old a la Dogfish 90 Minute. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it drinks more like a very hoppy barleywine than an IPA.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hash gold with a frothy head that leaves a nicely laced glass behind.
Nice malt aroma, hints of pine and citrus.
Flavor has some citrus notes and a bit of peppery spice.
Texture is relatively smooth for a beer I thought was heavily carbonated.
Glad I tried it, but it won't replace my go to DIPA bomber.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft, says #7 and 7.77% abv.

I value a good balance in most beers, but especially IPAs, and this guy nails it.

Even with the strong malt backing, the hops are rich and bright without over-bittering.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is pine, toffee, and light tangerine. Slightly bitter, way too smooth for a beer this big with medium body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is excellent on this one. Otherwise, makes for a decent DIPA. Worth a shot, but there are several others in the style I prefer.

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Photo of ElMariachi29er
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very odd DIPA poured from a bottle. Has a slightly chemical rubbery smell. The finish to me is more like a bandaid probably would taste. I don't get any of the fruity, citrus notes or hoppy flavor others describe. There is also black looking sediment floating in the beer? It may have just been a bad bottle but I will not repeat.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 22oz bottle and drank from a snifter. Here goes!

Look: pours a dark, hazy golden color, finger or 2 of white head that disappears rather quickly; fairly heavy lacing
Smell: more malt than anything else, but a bit of citrus in the background too
Taste: hoppy malt flavor with orange/ tangerine undertone. very faint pine note in the aftertaste. There's a good kick to this beer, but the alcohol taste definitely isn't overpowering.
Feel: body is on the heavier side, lightly carbonated. very smooth & easy to drink

Overall: for IPAs in general, I prefer more of a citrus/hoppy base than this beer has, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass. I may have waited too long to drink, and may be better fresh, but was a bit underwhelmed by this beer. Solid malt backbone, but was looking for a bit more fresh hoppiness to it.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why I've passed this by so many times. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with clingy top of white. Aroma is of peach, mango, apricot, and a bit of bread. Flavor is so balanced - just the right tang of hop, never biting or bracing, smoothed throughout the sip by a perfect malt backing. Smooth, perfectly lower carbonation, clean finish, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Ego
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I want to have my cake and drink it too...

eyes...
a label that is great american hero meets tron, plenty of fluffy white cake sitting on this on a soft pour (2 full fingers), light brown hue with a moderate amount of bubbleage, decent lacing, no spectacular celestial views here

nose...
the citrus mildness of tangerine, definite pine spikes into the nostrils, a little peach, slight candy esters, nice but again nothing other worldly

taste etc...
lower on carbonation than I would prefer, pretty thick mouth feel really gives this one some heft, the beer coats the mouth more than your thinner run of the mill-ky way DIPAs, good hops, solid bitterness, the kick of the ABV comes later on, the hop profile is not as aggressive as I personally prefer (call me an alpha centauri head so be it), very
easy drinking - smooth

verdict?
tasty, a solid DIPA, has some kick to it, a very balanced effort from big ABV punch to nice hop burn, not perfect but a really good one, definitely worth checking out if you find it in your orbit

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy bizzaro world sunset into the glass as the minimalist head retreats immediately to an effervescent lacing around the glass.

Smell is forward, terrific. I have a fan going and it's picking up the aromas from the glass and the intermittent quaffs of sugary apricot, mango, tangerine are pleasant and soothing.

Taste is a heavy bitter hop cut with a gooey malt. The bitterness fades and the fruity flavors come out. Flavors are similar to the aroma as dried tropical fruits wash down and finish with a desirable stickiness where the alcohol warms, but is unnoticeable from a tasting standpoint.

A great balance of flavors, true workmanship that hits the mark at every level. The flavors work as a compete unit with none overbearing and no flavors going into business for themselves.

This isn't my first time trying Space Cake, a fantastic name for a fun and flavorful beer. Clown Shoes has a lot more hits than misses and this Boston area brew clears the monster onto Landsdowne St.

Cheers

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold color with a 1 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles if all sizes, dissipating slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and leaving rings as it went down.

Smells of peaches, guava, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, brown sugar, piney hops, light peppery spices and a ton of fresh citrus fruit. It's so fruity that the malt backbone only dares to peek through. Not balanced but still really damn enjoyable.

Tastes of graham cracker, caramel, sweet malt and pineapple up front, followed by toasted grains, sweet malt, orange peel, wet citrus hops, mango, brown sugar, peaches, floral hops, peppery spices, coriander, lemon, clementine, toffee and a mix of other fruits like a browning pear and strawberry. Very fruity and hoppy, but the malt base is sweet, sturdy and full of nice crusty flavors like crisp French toast. Hides the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is crisp and on the creamy side with average carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that is as much toasted bread crust with syrup as it is fresh citrus hop oil. Overall a very enjoyable offering that I'd certainly have again. Price point was excellent up in Mass as this bomber was only $6.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh man is this a looker with a pleasing amber body and a firm, dense tan froth that goes on for days. Orange zest, light berry and herb in the aroma. Tastes of sharp piney goodness, apricot and caramel. Medium and very easy on the palate with few if any rough edges. You can definitely take this one home to meet the parents.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright, fruity hops with a bit of pine.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and guava. This gives way to pine and some floral notes as well. Malts add in with caramel and some syrupy sweetness. Booze is hidden pretty well. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering fruity hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty DIPA worth a look.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a transparent, but slightly hazy copper color with a creamy, eggshell white head that retains to a persistent thin head and leaves sheets of lacing.

The aroma is a plethora of sweet, ripe fruits, with a sweet malty backdrop. There's a nice balance of stone fruits and tropical fruits and citrus fruits; dried apricot, mango, papaya, and peach, and yellow grapefruit and candied orange. There's caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar malt sweetness with some faint twinges of alcohol, faint smashed blueberry that is the characteristic Mosaic note, and fresh green grass. There's also a faint sensation of some underlying earthiness.

Upfront, you get smacked with the dried apricot, mango, and papaya. This immediately gives way to citrus fruits; the candied orange, orange marmalade, yellow grapefruit. The malt kicks in near the finish, delivering a heavy dose of balance sugary sweetness. You get browned biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar. Finally, the lip smacking sweetness gives way to a medium hop bitterness, leaving lingering orange peel flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium, approaching full, creamy and full upfront, and then deceptively light and downable near the finish. The aftertaste is quite dry.

My palate has changed a little since I last reviewed it, hence the re-review. I find this is a little more malty-sweet than I prefer. It reminds me of some of Lagunitas's D/TIPAs, like The Waldo's Special Ale. However, it's still a really good and tasty DIPA, still up there as one of my favorites, and a good showcase of Mosaic hops.

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Photo of GStone899
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange color with lots of lacing and lots of head. Taste is fruit along with some caramel notes. Definite orange zest that plays nicely with the malts. Perfect amount of bitterness to finish. That being said, taste is solid but I've tasted this IPA before from many different brewers. It's a good IPA but nothing that should be rated a 90+. And I love Clown Shoes but this one isn't at the sterling level I've grown to know them for.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: A deep and rich colored orange with a healthy amount of head.

Smell: An interesting mix of pine (Christmas like) and fruits.

Taste: I detected a taste of some fruits at a reasonable level of enjoyment for me.

Feeling: Smooth start with a kick of carbonation.

Overall: I have enjoyed this beverage well enough to be excited to get more beers from this company!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottled on 03/29/16

Pours amber orange with a creamy off-white head. Smells like sticky mango, dank pine resin, candied tangerines, guava, musty papaya, passionfruit, slight spice, blueberry, with some caramel, toffee, pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like slightly boozy caramel malt, toffee, bitter pine, dank earthy grass, with some mango, papaya, slight onion, tropical guava, passionfruit, orange citrus, dark bread, blueberry, and white grapefruit. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice and unique tasting double IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Partially cloudy amber with a large creamy beige head.

Pine, caramel and orange aromas.

Tastes like apricot, except extremely bitter, with piney woody and earthy hops, and some nutty toffee.

A little frothy, with a substantial body, finishing semi-dry.

I bought this due to the recent upsurge of folks praising this beer more vocally, but I've had a lot of IPAs that are exactly like this from a lot of decent breweries . It's well done for the style, i.e. a bitter piney West Coast style IPA, but it's not a deserving of a big 91 score, at least for me.

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Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The date on the shoulder of the bottle reads "Bottled On 03/29/16" so this is just under a month old.

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium bronze body with a thick creamy eggshell white head. Great retention and spotty disjointed levels of lacing that look a bit like a Mario game.

Aroma: Big aromas up front with tangerine and a bit of garlic. Pretty catty. Some grapefruit. An odd but intoxicating aroma.

Taste: Not a whole lot going on in the flavor department. It's not devoid of flavor but it just doesn't have a lot. There are some faint orange pith and pine resin flavors along with a bit of what rye bread tastes like. It has a nice pithy bitterness with a bit of grapefruit character. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good bitterness for the beer. It's not over the top and it doesn't leave you wanting more bitterness. Light to medium bodied and a semi-wet finish.

Overall: It's a good DIPA and I would buy it to scratch that hop itch. It does a good job at delivering wonderful aromatics and good bitterness. It is a bit lacking in flavor. It's not bad or anything but it just didn't have a huge hop flavor and the malt flavor was also noticeably absent. I did enjoy this beer at just under a month from its bottle date so I would buy it again at one or two weeks old to re-review it. I would recommend to at least try it if it is available to you. I wouldn't go too far out of the way to get it though.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear medium light amber with a respectable cap of slightly foamy white head. Good retention, aided by steady carbonation, leaves a combination of small soapy and big sticky spots of lacing. The smell is good, if a little light, offering hints of caramel and citrus, flowers, and pine. The taste is much the same, with good characteristics that don't quite pop. The body is lighter and a too heavy on the carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Bot. on 09.22.15. Consumed 04.01.16. in a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dense tangerine orange with a bready one inch off white head that showed a long and steady retention. Good mixture of carbonation bubbles with a good amount of lace coverage on the vessel.

S: Fresh wet mangos, fresh grapefruit juice and some freshly squeezed oranges dripping with wetness. Very good strength, some wet lemons leaving a very good and lasting impression. It this is 7 months old, i can only imagine how fresh and wet this is from the bright tank. Holds up incredibily well.

T: Prickly dry citrus and lemon hopping of an aggressive nature hits you on the opening sip. Dry grapefruit pulp, citrus, dry grains with hints of dried tropical fruit. Orange-pine hops, toasted sweet speciality grains with some lingering orange-citrus bitterness that really delivers a hop bite along with a sting of lemony hop flowers on the swallow.

M: Good crispness, malty and creamy.

O: Aggressively hopped, even at 7 months layover you could never tell the age on this, the nose was as fresh and wet as one can expect, the hopping, dry and bitter, yet still defined with almost no signs of aging. Potently hopped, its hard to impress me now a days with the vast diversity of ipas, but this one is sure to stand out with a lasting bitterness and impression.

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Photo of Bretribution
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is golden, mild opacity. Thin, frothy head. Aroma is grapefruit and tangerine, and a subtle scent of pine. Taste is more malty than the aroma lets on, the citrus is forward and brief. Ends on the bitter side, but the malt is enough to ensure it doesn't linger too long. Feel is a bit boozy, you can tell it's a double. Overall it's a great double, but there are much better out there.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty orange with a big fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Notes of caramel, light toffee, pineapple, mango, pine, and citrus piths. Complex hoppy profile with restrained bitterness. Medium body with initial carbonation bite that smooths out and finishes semi dry and not a single hint of the ABV. This was really nice, great sipping DIPA that's complex but easy to have around.

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4.08 out of 5 based on 1,699 ratings.
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