Space Cake
Clown Shoes

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IPA - Imperial
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4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
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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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Stoutmaster9 from California

3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden-orange. Somewhat murky, 3 finger head.
Sweet & sour scent.
Subdued grapefruit on point,
lively carbonation beneath the half hazy heath;
sharp citrus aftertaste, beyond a thankfully temporary dull, stale layer.
Watery burn, before warming up.

Quite proper West IPA pint,
as the crow flies ...

Aug 07, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

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

Canned April 26, consumed July 13, 2021. To me this is an excellent example of a well-crafted DIPA. Beautiful clear amber color, voluminous head that lasts a long time and leaves nice lacing. The smell and taste are both indicative of well balanced mix of hops and malt. It is quite bitter, perhaps as expected for a DIPA, but probably at the limit of what I like. Complex enough flavor that I did not immediately pick up the fact that this is Mosaic hopped. Nice clean mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation and body.

Jul 14, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't not like it. This IPA is the exact opposite of what I normally prefer. This IPA is malty and sweet on the nose and has a medium hoppy finish. I usually like my hoppiness upfront with a sweet finish. Still, this is a pretty nice beer but probably won't become a normal part of my rotation.

Jun 27, 2021
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dcotom from Iowa

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at the Lava Lounge, Waterloo, IA. Can-shaped glass, but drawn with a bit of head. Although the place was quite dark, I could tell that the color was a crystal clear dark amber. Long- lasting head, with some nice sticky lacing. Aromas and flavors were toward the malty side of the spectrum, reminiscent of Hopslam if I may make a comparison. Lots of hop bitterness keeps it interesting. I like the overall balance: nice stand-alone sipper, but would make a great food beer as well. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, with a slightly oily finish. Very easy drinking, maybe too easy. The ABV is well hidden, so beware!

Apr 02, 2021
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Single, 12 ounce can copped from Ridgedale Liquors in East Hanover. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of grapefruit and pine. Good stuff. Highly recommended.

Mar 24, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Space Cake from Clown Shoes. Purchased 16/11/20 for $ 28.00 (Including tax) for 12-pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.194/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. On shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 13/1/21.
Stamped on the bottom “Best By 1/31/21”. Served at 48.2 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.0 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Gold (SRM 4), hazy.
Body – Deep Gold (SRM 6), murky and opaque. When rear-lite, deep gold and slight haze.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), white smoke, medium density, short retention, leaving a three to eight mm crown fed by effervescence, and a thick island capping about half of the surface. A narrow band of torn curtain lacing remains at the top of the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Very good. Irregular bands of mostly tiny to small bubbles connected by grotesque columns and having a few globular stalactites. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Noticeable malt with coniferous and pineapple hoppiness, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly malty and astringent, no yeast. The hops are less noticeable on the palate than in the nose, but still balance the malt backbone nicely. No alcohol (7 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends like a bitter herbal tea and slightly malty.
Palate – 4 – Medium, approaching creamy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Very nice DIPA that could masquerade as a lawnmower beer. I’ll be looking for more of these.

Jan 13, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a best by of 1-31-21. Opened 1-8-21.
2 finger off-white head, dense foam, fine bead, and very good retention.
Orange-gold with limited visibility due to the last 1oz of the pour - pet peeve. Full, sticky lacing.
Fruit cocktail aroma...some citrus, some peach, some cherry, some berry, with a bready malt base below.
Fruit medley, ripe...almost overly so. Some pine and a big malty flavors of caramel / bread.
Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness in a fruity and off-dry finish.
Good to Very Good.

Jan 09, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Day 4 of the 12 Beers of Christmas pack. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours deep orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus hops with slight notes of grassiness. Tastes of citrus hops with slight creaminess and grassy hop notes. Beer is light/medium bodied but still very drinkable with good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Jan 04, 2021
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head.
S - Smells floral and of caramel.
T - Tastes of citrus and caramel malts.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - After all of the recent New England IPAs that I’ve had lately, this was a great beer for a change.

Jan 03, 2021
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best before 01/31/21, served in a tulip glass. Date stamp of 268 23:51.

Appearance: Hazy, mostly translucent copper-amber, with a thick off-white head and lots of lacing (strands and islands) all over the glass.

Smell: Oddly....not a lot. A little bit floral and herbal.

Taste: Hoppy - pine/tropical fruits/citrus rind, then some bready malt sweetness for balance, and then a bitter finish of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness and carbonation. A bit stickly on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I'm finding this one a bit ho-hum. It's a DIPA, it's well balanced, but there is nothing about this beer that really stands out at all. I'm not getting anything to stand out with this beer. It's just okay, and one is enough.

Jan 01, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2020 Clown Shoes Christmas Pack (Number 04), it pours a hazy amber color with a very nice white head that slowly reduces and leaves a lot of lacing. In the nose, it is pungent pine and citrus. In the mouth, it is a touch citrus bitter with a malt base.

Dec 30, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden orange in color, with a large, billowy, coarse white head with very good retention. Irregular rings of foam adorn the glass walls. Lots of fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Grapefruit rind, orange juice, mango, and tangerine rind are prominent initially. There are also pine notes, but these are fairly restrained. Also notable, sweet caramel that, if not for the strong hop presence, would probably dominate the aroma. As well, there is a fleeting sense of pastry with orange marmalade.

Taste: My initial impression is of grapefruit rind, with a smattering of unsweetened grapefruit juice, with ripe pears following on. Later in the taste, pine hops are more prominent. These dominate the taste from midway to the end, leaving a lingering herbal and medicinal note. There seems to be a fairly substantial caramel malt presence, but it struggles to shine amidst the strong hops presence. A bit more caramel would be welcome, as a counterpoint to the hops. The considerable ABV of 9% is very well-concealed, offering only a late and gentle warming note, lacking any harshness, whatsoever. The taste draws to a close with a lingering, fairly substantial medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Exquisitely soft and full, with a gentle wave of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A gloriously over-the-top example of an over-the-top style, well worth a try. This is the fourth beer in the Clown Shoes "Twelve Days of Christmas" package.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Duvel tulip glass. "Best By" date is 01/30/21.

Dec 17, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look...Amber brown. Looks like beer
Smell...Light hint of hops. Very little citrus hint
Taste...ehh not bad. Citrus bitter, traditional IPA flavor. Something i would have thought average 10 years ago.(not a compliment)
Feel...probably the best value of this beer. Ample carbonation and a good lacing.
Overall.. Don't want to spend too much time on this review but many better options to me but i do understand that other people might like this . No recommendation for me

Dec 15, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L: nice amber color little hazy with a off white thick bubbly head that holds and leaves lacing not a lot of carbonation streams
S: good citrus punch with what smells like pears
T: hoppy taste not a lot of citrus to it like the smell, mild bitterness with an ending of pear and malt and lingering bitterness
F: medium thick body low carbonation leaves your mouth a little dry and sticky at the end
O: average to good ipa its your pretty generic ipa

Dec 10, 2020
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WIllBonds from Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised by this very drinkable Imperial IPA. Cloudy orange look, but minimal juice. First sip reminds me of Sixpoint Resin. Traditional IPA, great piney scent, yet not as crisp as Resin. Would buy again.

Nov 17, 2020
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penguinsgoboom from California

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a half finger head that's nice and rocky. Color is a hazy sunset with an almost pinkish hue.

S: Piney hops lead the way. I sense grapefruit, perhaps pineapple or some other tropical fruit. and maybe banana?

T: Such a progression of flavors. Grapefruit and guava sweetness is the first thing that hits your mouth. Then it transitions into a restrained hop bloom which bows out to some malt and then finishes clean. The hop kick plays so well with the malt core

O: Tremendous beer. Surprisingly a little sweet. I would have preferred a bit more carbonation to balance that out. Very drinkable for a DIPA.

Oct 24, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.26/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This one pours a dark orange-ish amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like astringent and old hops with a huge malt backbone.

I like West Coast style IPAs, this is just a very bad one. There's hardly anything enjoyable about it. It's so malty, with the only hop character being a kind of overboiled and astringent/vegetal hop character. This is just a mess, and it honestly is painful to drink.

There's no drinkability to this - it's just too bitter and difficult to drink.

This was canned about a month ago, so I can't imagine it was that much better "fresher." This is a disgraceful IPA.

Sep 10, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear, bright, golden orange topped by a fluffy white head. It retains the way attendees of a graduation ceremony do: the instant its allowed to leave without incurring disgrace, it vanishes.

Brûléed caramel languishes on sticky sweet molasses layered over grapefruit hops and malt grains.

A syrupy, full body that’s rife with carbonation. In the midst of such heft, the lively carbonation can only muster a consistent, soft tingle that’s quite pleasing and keeps the ale refreshing despite its density.

A landslide of brawny wheat-malts attempts to muscle over the pungent, bitter hops, forcing them to smoothness; while the hops, tenacious, numerous, and sharp, slash their way to the surface in a dozen places. The clash of between mighty and piercing creates a shower sparks in the form of baking spices. Mere spectacle compared to the grand struggle for supremacy, but you notice them for sure.

Aug 31, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a pale orange Amber with a one finger foamy white head that has good retention. Citrus-forward aroma with undertones it mango, guava and some herbaceous aromas. Underlying bready malt. Tastes of tangerine and grapefruit zest up front, followed by some tropical notes of pineapple and mango, toasted bready malt balances it out on the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish.

Aug 22, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a stovepipe can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 6-2-20 for $4.99. Canned 5-11-20; consumed 7-7-20.

Beer poured old school orange with a very nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is nice, kind of that old school caramelly grapefruit fragrance.

Taste is old school WCIPA, big biscuit and caramel malt backbone that is infused with generous amounts of grapefruit and pine hops. Finishes semi-sweet but balanced; 5/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and old school smooth.

Overall a throwback beer that takes me back about 10 years when DIPA's were chewy, smooth, and on the sweeter side. Pretty sure i have had this in years past but nothing was in the database.

Jul 07, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

May 24, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Mar 05, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Feb 12, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Feb 01, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Oct 04, 2019
Space Cake from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1962 ratings