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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1,725
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Photo of TCMike
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigdog3838
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with well over a finger of head. The nose has distinct notes of over-ripe fruit. The flavor has a solid bitterness but there is also an astringency present. The body is solid for the style.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy solid orange with two fingers of creamy white foam, settles in a minute to a thick ring, leaves a mess of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: sweet...sweet...melon, overripe berry, papaya note, candied citrus peel. Malt backdrop is pretty nondescript other than being sweet. Space cake? Yes it smells like hopped frosting. Taste: candy sweetness, honeyed biscuit black plum sans peel, papaya, strawberry jam note, citric bitterness. Full bodied, creamy feel cut by a significantly boozier aspect than expected at 9%. It's pretty good... quite sweet, overly so... not sure whose "west coast malt backbone" they're referencing, but it would have to be a sugary outlier.

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Photo of EMV
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Indianapolis. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Nearly clear medium golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus. Resinous pine.

T/F: Big malt backbone upon which crazy amounts of hops are gleefully added. Loads of tropicals and citrus. Grapefruit and pine. Pepper and spice. Medium in body.... almost rich. Oily on the tongue. Finish is bitter and fruity.

O: An outstanding big DIPA. Great flavor and bitterness. Everything I look for in the style.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 39 days ago.

Pours medium-dark orange with a finger of short-lived white head.

Nose is Mosaic-y goodness, with some stinky earthiness and booze underlying it. Orange, caramel, and berry. A bit astringent as it warms.

The taste follows, with orange rind, sweet doughy malts, and mild tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, a solid DIPA, especially for a shelf beer. I suspect the variation in reviews has something to do with freshness. At just shy of 40 days, this is worth picking up. As it gets older, the already substantial malt profile might become too much. Fresh, this is balanced and drinkable, but better chilled than it is at room temperature. 8/10

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Photo of Junichi
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leefx
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow/gold with thick head and lacing. Smells of bread, wheat, banana, toasted oat, and honey. Loving the flavor, tons of malty goodness backed with a biscuit flavor and notes of sweetness. This is a great beer, I am blown away how good it is, cheers and good drinking!

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Photo of Coho11
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ladle69
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jplake85
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorites. Drank from a snifter. Pours a nice amber color with two fingers of creamy white head. Smells sweet caramel malt with piney citrusy notes. Very malty aroma to this. Taste caramel malt with some pine and peach. Maybe some pineapple. Delicious DIPA always grab it when I see it on shelves

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 806beerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GWalk612
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P- Poured from a 22 oz bomber,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.Bottled on 03/15/17.

L- Thick creamy yet stony head that stands 2 finger widths talk,with very good retention and sticky lacing.Amber colored body with moderate clarity,and slightly distorted light showing through the glass.High amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get toasty bread and caramel malt notes,nicely balanced by pine and citrus hops.Also a very nice undertone of lemongrass,and a hint of floral spice.

T- The palate follows the nose with caramel malts up front,grapefruit and pine hops in the middle,and floral spice hops nicely balanced with bready malts on the back end.

F- The mouth feel is full bodied,thick,and chewy,with a surprisingly silky texture.Low amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a nice smooth finish.

O- This is a very good IPA,even though it is pretty malty.Very good balance between the malts and the hops.Not an overly bitter IPA,which is a good thing to me.I can see myself drinking this one again.I would recommend to IPA lovers,but caution it is a little malty.But give it a shot, and try it for yourself.

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Photo of vikingpillager
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy, unfiltered amber color. Doesn't have a piney hop smell or taste, but it does carry some tropical fruit notes (thinking mango). Overall it's very good but quite thick and a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of jdell15
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griphon
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I picked up 2 bombers of Space Cake DIPA from a local grocery store. Bottled date is 02/28/2017. ABV is 9.0%. Cool-looking label -- distinctive and well-done. I also love the absurdity of the "Clown Shoes" name -- somehow it just works. Finally, this is an East Coast DIPA from Massachusetts -- nice to finally see a fresh East Coast DIPA here in California.

Space Cake pours a cloudy amber with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of off-white, luxuriant fine foam. Nice lacing.

The smell is strongly dank and grass with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. The taste starts with a moderate malt note, followed immediately by the combination of tropical fruits, citrus and grass. The slight bitterness of the hops against the moderate malt backbone holds the whole mixture together. The alcohol taste is present without distracting too much from the hop aftertaste. What I particularly like about Space Cake is the luxurious mouth-feel (and fine foam) with each sip.

This is a very good DIPA. Another reviewer described Space Cake as "chewy, lush, plump and juicy." I couldn't have said it better.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
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