Space Cake | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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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#5,532
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
1,838
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of turbasco
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevepat
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber/orange with a robust and active off white head that lingers with bubbles growing to the size of small peas.
Smell is freshly herbal with a mild citrusiness and a moderate malt sweetness.
Taste is dominated by a floral/herbal character. There is a creaminess and a hint of the sweeter citrus. Taste trails off towards more bitter citrus notes.
Mouthfeel is wonderful for such a big beer. Drinks very much like an honest american IPA. Full bodied but not overly syrupy.
Overall this is a really nice DIPA. The flavor isn't my personal favorite but it is also not bad at all and the beer does a wonderful job of carrying itself. Great choice and a great value

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Photo of Mickt465
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iftcoach
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fieceheart
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

malty, some alcohol sweetness, you wouldnt confuse this for a session ipa. Not getting that much hop profile but there is nothing jumping out as unpleasant. Just feels like a malty alcohol bomb.

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Photo of Curt3
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eddue
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Went down so fast I accused my table mates of drinking it when I wasn’t looking. Favorite beer ever. Can’t find anywhere

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Photo of omahawk
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meatyard
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matthewbrown324
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pint can

A red and gold style coloration. Hazy, not NE style hazy but certainly hazy. Chunky foam, off white, clumpy lace, sea foam look.

A strong fruity hop laden aroma is impressive. Candy apples, strawberry and very sweet citrus fruits pop right out of the glass. Caramel sweet and Amber, west coast hefty malty presence looms in the corner.

A burst of tropically sweet fruity flavor from the hops kicks in right off. Sweet, caramel and dark wheat style malty backbone holds down the low end. High tones from the higher alpha, bitter and dry side of the hops seems to dial in late for the finish. The hops become very earthy and leafy as the session rolls along. The hops have a hefty complexity, with a multiple personality disorder, that ranges from fruity sweet to grainy earth. The malt is also very deep, my reaction is...oooh too much depth in this IPA, but I must remember, this is NOT a New England Style dipa's!. It's a classic, west coast beast. But from Boston.

The mouthfeel starts off with a decent, dry bite, quickly becoming a bit malty slick, picking back up to medium bodied with a kick and fading nicely to transition into a dry, crisp finish.

I must admit, the lighter toned New England style malt approach is where it's at for me. Light, lush and bright looking ipa's have taken command of my taste buds, but damn if this isn't a mighty fine, throwback to when the West Coast ipa's dominated the scene. Highly enjoyable in all aspects.

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Photo of Gasp262
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleManDan
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I’m a fan of great IIPAs...meaning, I don’t usually go for the juicy double too often because many of them are just too malty for me...but Space Cake is a GREAT West Coast style imperial IPA and worth a try for any hop leaning gentlewoman.

Looks: slightly hazy, orange-yellow (there are some darker malts). Lots of small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells: IPA stone fruits and sweet malts. Marmalade, citrus, sweet bready malt.

Flavor: bursting hop flavors held back by a strong malt background but nicely balanced. Sweeter as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: very well balanced. Dry enough to make this a worthy $3+ 16 oz can of beer.

Clown Shoes is great! I loved their hoppy Pale Ale and this double is great. I’ll be picking up more soon down at the Marly Mart here in Murrieta, CA.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer was recommended to me by a friend with horrible taste in beers. I was skeptical, however I was very surprised by this beer. Poured a hazy color with a light head. Smelt of piney hops and a bit of malt. This is so smooth and tasty with a rich citrusy taste with a solid malt back bone.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

canned 08/22/18

L-The beer pours a deep slightly hazy amber. The head is a couple of fingers worth of white foam. The head recedes slowly to a thin film. Lacing is gorgeous curtains that show no signs of rejoining the beer.
S-The nose is less impressive than the look. The malt backbone is readily apparent here with some sweetness competing with citrus from the hops.
T- On the palate the beer doesn't come across as sweet as the nose. Up front the malt backbone remains pretty stiff and starts slightly sweet. Mid palate you start to get some grapefruit and pithy bitterness. The beer finishes with that light pithy bitterness lingering after the sip. If it didn't say 9% abv on the can I'd never guess it.
F-Mouthfeel overall is medium. There is a nice slickness to it. The carbonation is light.
O- This is nice West coast leaning DIPA. It's kind of a throwback, but I'm digging it. Recommended if you want something that isn't a NEIPA.

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Photo of Phil9250
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skup33
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smhill
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 4/12/18.

Poured into Sierra Nevada IPA glass, a burnt orange color with a firm fluffy off-white head of 3 fingers. Lots of lace left lingering.

Aroma is of grapefruit, citrus peel, floral notes, slight caramel malt, and tangerines.

Flavor is simply delicious. I mean, I guess I can pick out descriptors like grapefruit, lemon peel, orange peel, slight pine, and slight floral characteristics, but it's way too easy to drink that you don't even focus on it.

Feel is crisp and resiny. Nice presence overall.

Really nice beer and you should check it out if you haven't yet. Love the simplicity, it's not presumptuous, it's just a really good textbook double IPA.

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Photo of Jleford
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around good beer

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Photo of Happyyb
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluescooter
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Space Cake from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,838 ratings