Space Cake
Clown Shoes

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,416
Ranked #4,479
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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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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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. Another Mosaic bomb, cloudy orange amber with three fingers of persistent rich and foamy off-white head. Amazing head retention, just sits there like a dollop of thick cream. Huge fresh fruit aromas ... Guava, papaya, mango, tangerine, blueberry, orange, yellow grapefruit, nectarine. These are meld together on the palate to yield a Juicy Fruit gum effect. Is it almost too much of a good thing? Seriously, its sweet. More citrus on the nose and tropical fruit/nectarine on the palate. There is a resinous bitterness that saves the day over the course of multiple sips. Alcohol is prominent, particularly in the piney and herbal yet still somehow fruity finish. Malts are in the background, just a light butterscotch vibe. The candied peachiness cannot be escaped. Thick bodied, which adds to the sweet impression, with moderate carbonation. Is it getting hard to find a DIPA that does not showcase Mosaic lately? Probably should not complain, particularly when such a brew is done well. I do dig that almost rank, dank blueberry flavor. If fruity is your thing, this is your concoction. Its going down dangerously quickly. The cake in the name seems apt.

Dec 19, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle reviewed to full notes a few nights ago. Clown Shoes has been rising up my ranks lately with the hops and the barrels.

A- Yellow orange pour from a 22oz into two pint glasses. The crown makes it above one finger with a white frothy foamy consistency.. Plenty of webs of lace.

S- Citrus is very strong with the hops making up a large majority of the aromatics. Medium tropical and stone fruits as well as floral hints. Tiniest bit of caramelized sugars.

T- Oranges are the forerunner. Grapefruit is there right beside its cousin. Apricot, peach, slight melon, pine and tangerines. Floral, low caramel compliments, herbal. Yeast bread but a very clean 9% fermenatation. Orange citrus is what you will remember about this one.

MF- Medium bodied overall thickness of body. Creamy and frothy; slight foamy consistency. High end zesty carbonation and bitter orange oil high finish.

Damn smooth 9% IPA with a focus on citrus and balance of stone, floral, pine hops. The oranges are strong and Clown shoes continues its success with an especially easy drinker for 9% ABV.

Dec 19, 2015
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RoddyMedina from Arkansas

4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was my first beer from Clown Shoes and it't the one that got me hooked on all their stuff. I've not had one bad beer from them.

A: Light amber/ gold tinge to it with a slight head to it.

S: Up front very fruity, mangoish smell to it, getting some papaya scents to it. Just a big load of fruit in general with a great hop presence.

T: Definitely not as fruity as the smell, but fantastic and easy to drink for a DIPA. Well carbonated all around.

O: Fantastic DIPA this beat my favorite DIPA which was the Maharaja by Avery-still a fantastic brew but we don't get Avery brews in NWA.

Dec 19, 2015
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I wonder if this will make me feel like that time I was in Amsterdam...?

A: Tangerine to medium orange/caramel. Hazy and tropical looking. Whipped cream like head supported by 2 fingers of micro-sized bubble. Persistent with exquisite lacing.

S: Lots of tropical fruit. Mango and orange work very well with the sweet malts. Nice pine and resin with grassy notes. Light peachiness and apricot as well.

M: Creamy but stiff feeling with a good amount of alcohol warmth. Pretty thick, sticky. The head clings to the lips on each sip and as it dissipates you get a nice popping sensation on the tip of the mouth. Medium carbonation, active carbonation, which leads to a nice dry sensation on the palate.

T/O: If you drink this too quickly your palate can become overloaded to only taste the pine and resins with the malt sweetness, tropical and fruit notes being lost. Has a pleasant citrus character, refreshing stone fruit aspect and a more savory mango puree as base. Grassy and dank throughout. Complexity of the hop flavor is outstanding, and for those fans of Mosaic this is a must have beer. Good malt toastiness compliments the high bitterness extremely well. Clean and easily recognizable flavors.

Wishing I bought a couple more of these, considering they were only $6 for a bomber. I picked up some peaches. Thinking this might pair well with a peach cobbler maybe, or pineapple cake.

Jul 31, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

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

Purchased at Champagne's outside Detroit for $7.00 650ml bomber. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white thick creamy head that films out within a few minutes. Dark golden color and unfiltered

S- Oodles of hops. Sweet

T- Hop bomb and a nice one at that. Yup a bit sickly but it is a nice blend of high hop brew. Particularly like the C hop bombardment

M- Not that dry surprisingly

O- Very nice brew. This one has a malty and hoppy backbone that really stands out

Food Pairing

This wonderful big little IPA went well with........ Sloppy Joe's. Some ground beef, onion, green pepper and that can of mix and voilà! Don't like it often but every once in a while you get that craving.


Aug 04, 2015
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98green from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Look is a touch light for a double but that usually means light malt which I like. Smell if brilliant juicy hops, all kinds of fun. Taste delivers the juicy citrus. Not much malt so the alcohol heat comes through nicely in the feel. Love a light malt juicy hop bomb with a good burn. I'm not buying bombers to get this on the reg, but will surely grab one when I see it on tap. Top quartile for sure

Dec 24, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

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

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Crystal clear golden color with just over 1 fingers width of light tan colored head that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Lots of sweetness, and quite boozy. Fairly big citrus rind, grapefruit, and some pine. Lots of malt. Smells like its past its prime, but still quite good. 4

T: Citrus rind, pine, bitterness. More hop forward then the nose implied, but solid malt backbone is there with some malty sweetness. A bit of booze. Tasty. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, fairly smooth actually, booze is noticeable, drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I would have again. 4

Dec 02, 2014
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MikeyBadnews from Massachusetts

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.


Jun 28, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

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.

Jun 11, 2016
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mkh012 from Colorado

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- smelling 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

Jun 12, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. More seemingly nonsensical comic fan-boy imagery on the label.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sudsy streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of big tropical and domestic fruit - pineapple, blood orange, guava, kiwi, and mango - with an equally pungent leafy and resinous pine tree essence, some dense bready caramel malt, sticky toffee, and further herbal, grassy, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is a little drawn back from all that, the malt ascending with its biscuity, bready, and grainy caramel sweetness, while the citrusy, piney and leafy hops quickly muscle out that robust tropical manna from the nose, and the herbal character gets (I almost said 'hops') into bed with the sneaky alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly active in its tightly swirling frothiness, the body a steady medium weight, and plainly smooth, both the acrid hops and bristling alcohol leaving a few permanent dents here. It finishes off-dry, sort of, as the piney, leafy, and herbal hops continue their unchallenged run of the table.

A well-wrought DIPA, one that draws you in with the big tropical, almost candied notes, and then drops the hammer with a straight up west coast bitter deluge of the forest floor and citrus grove ilk. Yup, this is much more of a regular IPA, taste-wise, one that does a bang-up, commensurate job of hiding the otherwise damning big ABV. Worthy as sin of checking out.

Nov 25, 2014
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Hophazzard from California

3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought 2 bottles against my better judgement because I didn't see a bottled on date. Normally I would never buy an IPA that doesn't show a bottled on date, but I'd never seen this one around here and was eager to try it.

When I got home a poured a glass it appeared very flat. Smell was only sweetness, very little hops. Taste was terrible, flat and syrupy sweet. Then I checked the bottle again and saw a faint date printed in black ink on the dark brown bottle. Beer was bottled in Oct 2014, I purchased in late March of 2015.

Never again Clown Shoes!! I'll never buy another IPA from Clown Shoes until they CLEARLY mark the bottled on date on the label so it's readable in the store.

Mar 28, 2015
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WellRested518 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Great things will come. Burnt orange with a one and a half finger head on the pour. Great lacing and a steady crown.

S- Pine, Mango, Papaya, Cucumber, light grapefruit, and a faint maltiness. The hops are HUGE in the aroma.

T- Pine and Mandarin Orange. A slightly maltier backbone than I expected really dials this thing in. There's a wave of pine in the aftertaste to let you know that you're drinking a DIPA. Alcohol is nonexistent due to the mix of malt and bitterness... well played.

M- Medium-low carb that fits the style. The big, slick and creamy mouthfeel is the only thing that hints at high alcohol content. Honestly , it works great with the brews overall bitterness and aroma.

O- How the tables have turned... this thing is FANTASTIC! VT has some serious competition.

Edit- Fairly fresh. 8/20/15

Sep 30, 2015
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morningthief from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Aug 08, 2014
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Jul 30, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 07, 2015
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DrewRPS from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Aug 04, 2014
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glf60 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Apr 17, 2014
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jpuetz from South Dakota

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sep 28, 2015
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CtSoxFan from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 30, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle shared with friends at an Independence Day gathering. Sampled on July 4, 2014.

The pour was an attractive looking light to medium amber color with a modest, lingering head and pretty decent clarity.

For a DIPA I almost expected an in-your-face sort of floral hoppiness but instead it was more earthy with a mild roasted malt aroma intermingling with it all. Clean nose.

The body was in the medium range but it had a smooth texture to it along the lines of honey.

Biscuit malts at first which are taken over by the earthy hops and basically no booze to speak of. This was finely crafted and tasty.

Jul 05, 2014
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jimmerz from Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No true review here. But, I'm a hop head and drink ipa/iipa's and dipa's almost exclusively. This is my current favorite dipa! If I can only find it by the's that good! My tastes seem to adjust and change from time to time and I've only had 3 different beers from clown shoes, this one my favorite but galaxy and hoppy feet weren't bad. Victory Dirtwolf was at the top of my list along with fatheads hop juju and the West coast Imperial ipa, but they are all in the backseat now. Sierra Nevada hoptimum and Lagunitas operation shut down ale are delicious but I can't find them anymore.

Drink and enjoy, if you like this style of beer you will NOT be disappointed.

Apr 29, 2014
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

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

Apr 11, 2015
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Joe_Grizzly from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

Sep 07, 2014
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