Space Cake
Clown Shoes

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,015
Ranked #3,546
4.09 | pDev: 9.78%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Space CakeSpace Cake
Notes: 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.
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Photo of cjeep
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

packaged 2/24/20 - it's nice but i bet it would have been better if i found it sooner...
L: clear burnt orange, with a sizeable head that dissipates moderately qucikly. It's a nice looking brew!
S: rich sweetness and citrus notes
T: tastes strongly of caramel. i'd enjoy more of the citrus/piney hops. not sure if this would have been nicer if i'd gotten it fresher. still, very enjoyable. noticing a reasonably strong bitterness as a long aftertaste. nice!
F: rich and chewy. very nice again!
O: it's another winner from clowshoes. Someone below says that they are owned by Harpoon - news to me. If so, glad Harpoon is letting them "do their thing" and not making them conform to the big boy worldview...

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cjeep from Pennsylvania, May 24, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting to this one. It is one of my favorite autumn/winter brews.
Clown Shoes was an exceptional brewery. I remember having their draughts at Redbones in its heyday. Now Clown Shoes is owned by Harpoon, it tastes a bit more like their beers, but Harpoon does great seasonal and their Barrel Series, if I can find that again was amazing.
Space Cake has a golden hue, minimal haze and thin head
On the nose it has caramel and a nice brew tap aroma.
Deceptively strong at 9%. It has a caramel sweetness from the malt (two row and honey as I well guessed) well balanced by the Mosaic and Citra hops. I think this would be exceptional if it were dry hopped with the same

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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts, Mar 05, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can date 3/18.
Consumed 2/20.
Another ageing experiment of what is not supposed to be aged, @ 9% pushing the envelope here.

Pours the color of honey with 3 finger frothy white head off hard pour which dissipates within a few minutes. A few floaties are present but not many. A significant amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, citrus and hops.

Mouth is bitter hops floral, slight sweetness, caramel background with a dry bitter finish.

This aged fine but definitely lost some pop and hops mellowed a bit.

Rating is based on this specific ageing experience.

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Msp004 from New York, Feb 12, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 12/9/19
Consumed 2/1/20

First time I've seen Clown Shoes brews in my distribution area so I was happy to pick some of this up. Big white head with legs for days and lots of sticky lacing. Smells citrusy: lemon, grapefruit, tangerines and such. Taste follows, but with a meaty malt backbone for balance. Bitter, but not terribly so. A bit of a boozy hit on the back end. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Overall, very well-made and balanced. 5 soupbones outta 3!

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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania, Feb 01, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber (18) pour with excellent clarity; frothy beige foam, heavy ring, long lasting cap; medium heavy lacing remains sudsy and coats the glass as liquid is consumed. Sweet caramel malt and earthy hops nose with a whiff of lemon. Sweet caramel entry; earthy bitter lemon pith and orange rind hops; sweet malt finish. Medium lite body, sticky resin feel; moderate carbonation; ever so slight astringency from hops and/or 9% alcohol. Overall a tasty malt forward DIPA where the hop bitterness is kept in check by the sweet malt base; I’d gladly (and could!) drink a second one; a very good New England brewer’s take on the West Coast style.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed gold color with a medium sized white head. Pours thick.

Smells very sweet and fruity. Strong scent of passion fruit. Pine and pine resin scents. Scent of grapefruit peel.

Starts out very sweet with a strong caramel syrup taste. Passion fruit with a little bitterness. That is pretty much it. Slight taste of pineapple, just like passion fruit. Tastes good but sort of one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall not bad and certainly dangerously drinkable at this alcohol level. Worth a try.

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Zorro from California, Sep 15, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice DIPA. Aromas of citrus and berry and toffee malt. Flavors of orange rind, grapefruit pith, pine resin,with a big malt backbone holding it all together. Nice feel, slightly syrupy. Glad I gave Clown Shoes another try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange-amber color with a one finger head of fairly fizzy foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a trace of foamy lace on the surface of the brew.
Smell – The aroma is quite heavy of a bready and doughy smell that is mixed with s strong showing of tropical fruits of papaya and mango. Along with these smells comes some aromas of tangerine and banana and a little bit of candied sugar.
Taste – The initial taste was not what I was expecting. It began with a bready and lightly toasted flavor, but was rather light in tropical fruits with these flavors just playing a backdrop in the taste at the start. While the tropics began light, the hop was present right from the start with it maintaining a good strength throughout. Upfront the hop was mainly of a grapefruit and herbal nature, but as the taste advanced some light earthy tastes develop. All the while the tropical tastes seem to build up strength and are joined by some harvest fruit tastes of apple and peach, and with a hint of warming alcohol that comes to the tongue at the end, one is left with a satisfyingly warming and robustly flavorful taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thicker and chewier with a carbonation level that is average. The feel is fantastic as it keeps it smooth and refreshing all while highlighting the nice blend of fruit, hop, nad malt.
Overall – This was a very tasty double. Well crafted with respect to malt and hop balance with just the right warming and sweetness. Very nice!!!!

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Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly nice, flavorful, crisp double IPA but didn’t quite measure up to my expectations given this solid brewery’s reputation. Looks amazing, nice honeyed amber color with sheets of lingering lacing that lasted forever. Smells of some grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and orange hops with a little malt, floral hops, bread and vanilla in the background. Tastes similarly. Pretty good balance between the bitter hops and sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, slightly sticky, mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. A solid beer, just not outstanding.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Jun 17, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not writing a whole, full, thought out fancy review. Plenty of others you can get all that information from. Look, the beer is awesome. Everything about it is great. Buy it...drink happy.

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Photo of Benjamin_Wing
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m not an expert but I like this. First sip is great. I’m a big fan of Stoneface IPA, mostly because it is local, but I like this a lot. It’s a perfect taste till I find otherwise. Please fine a better review.

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Benjamin_Wing from New Hampshire, May 05, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ever since I embarked on a Clown Shoes brewery horizontal as part of New "Don't Call Me a 'Clown' Until You've Drank a CAN of Beer in My Shoes" Beer Sunday (Week 736), I CAN't seem to stop! Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Our Mission: To Produce Beer without Pretension while Being Free and a Little Crazy".

Man, it has been a couple/few days, but this is the end (for now). It beCAN with a Crack! of the vent & the beginning of a slow, gentle Glug. I am further gone that I had intended & a spill/mess would be nightmarish. The beer CANoperated as I had hoped that it would and before long, I had two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Ah, what a finish this was shaping up to be! Nose was kind of vague - pine, but with a tropical bent. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. I initially allowed it to roll around on my tongue, but it was having no playing-around B.S. It began drilling down on my already tenderized tongue & singling out the fatigued taste buds for special attention. Gahh! This is my idea of the style - a bit of fight-back on its way down my gullet! I made the mistake of a deep inhalation which only exacerbated matters. Phew! Anybody seen the back of my skull?!? it feels like it blew off after that last draught! Phew! Oh, man, I must be getting old. This struck me as a MUCH younger man's beer - the lad who could stand up to it without a failed L shoulder & R knuckles that CAN barely type at age 54 y/o. I blew it, thinking that I was Billy Badass & trying to prove it! This beer & I might be doing the dance, but it was going to win on points & rounds. It was a beautifully-balanced dance between biscuity malt and lightly tropical fruity hops, It was the ABV that tipped the scales & left me on the ropes. Finish was dry, in the way that a "Strong Beer" is dry - veddy dry. sucking the air out of everything. Phew! A Brut IPA next>

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Apr 04, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear medium amber with moderate effervescence rising from the bottom of the glass. The pour produces 4 fingers of billowy, frothy, off-white, moderately lasting, head that diminishes to a thick, clumpy surface cap and heavy collar ring leaving swirls and streaks of lace. Aroma is almost equal amounts of hops and malt: grapefruit and resinous pine with earthy herbal and tropical hints/caramel malt, bready dough and a hint of honey. Taste is caramel malt, dough, orange, grapefruit and pineapple with hints of pine resin and earth. A hint of honey. Bitter finish & aftertaste. The pine and earthy herbal dominate in the aftertaste. Balanced. Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with moderate carbonation, rich and smooth but a little scratchy on the tongue.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a regular IPA color, aroma is sweeter than mosteven has a banana bread hint in there, tastes equal parts hops citrus malt and again a banana aftertaste. Very drinkable, I usually prefer drier piney IPA's.

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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania, Feb 23, 2019
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5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint can poured into tulip mouthed pint glass. Pours a gorgeous, hazy burnt Amber with two fingers of silky, Snow White Head.

Smells of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and grapefruit.

Tastes full of vanilla, buttercream and citrus, with a pine backbone.

Mouth feel is pure silk, with a slightly resinous stickiness.

Without a doubt my new favorite!

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BoodahMoogle from Arkansas, Jan 17, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz pour on tap into a shaker pint.

A: Big Soapy white head that settles to a film. Body is a very light amber with great clarity.

S: Light pineapple and cantaloupe with a decent bitter smell and a little sticky resin smell.

T: Nice light fruitiness some pineapple and grapefruit a lingering bitterness throughout and it finishes fairly clean.

M: medium bodied good carbonation note. It is fairly smooth with a nice bite.

O: This is a nice clean old school DIPA and it’s really hitting on all four cylinders with me.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Fieceheart
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Fieceheart from Connecticut, Nov 02, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Oct 08, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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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AleManDan from California, Sep 26, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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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AfricanPete14 from South Africa, Sep 23, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Aug 20, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a Good DIPA, but too much malt for my liking. This is a old style Double which uses malts to hide the high ABV. My personal preference is more hops forward and NE style Doubles now. I started with malty DIPAs, but have gravitated away from them. I prefer to celebrate hops accents! It smells better than it tastes. Both Clown Shoes Doubles I have tried recently have too much malt for my liking.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid DIPA. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Good size off white foamy head and nice orange/amber hazy color. Head retention is good and there are thick bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and mostly piney hops with some orange/orange zest. Flaovr is more of the same. Good level of bitterness, nice balance between sweet malt and piney/orangy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, and nicely balanced. This is a winner.

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JayQue from Virginia, Apr 28, 2018
Space Cake from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1911 ratings