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Space Cake | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
1,606
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
28.12%
 
 
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Space Cake a couple weeks ago for $6.49 at The lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a Double IPA tonight and i thought I would give this one a try tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it weirdly goes well with the name and in typical Clown Shoes style it's eye catching. It poured a nice hazy burnt orange color that took on more of a amber color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy off white/ very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed til the end and it left some nice patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops showing up first and they impart a mixture of citrus rind/ fruity hops and green onion like aromas with the fruity hops sticking out the most, but not by much and there's also some spicy hops that show up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some nice caramel malt, slight bready and sweet malt like aromas that provide some nice balance. This beer had a nice aroma, but I could have gone without the green onion like hop aroma.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus hops still sticking out the most and there seems to be a little bit of piney hops showing up in the back ground. Up next comes a slight alcohol flavor that's just slightly warming and it's followed by the malts which impart those same nice aspects that it did in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice citrus rind hop and caramel and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice DIPA, it had some nice balance to it, but i still could have gone without the green onion aspect.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, not too crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a solid yet unique example of the style, it didn't go the usual route when it comes to this style, I can appreciate that and I felt like it worked well with this beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little creamy, not too crisp, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have much of a problem drinking a bomber to myself, but I think that would be my limit, but I think it makes for a nice DIPA to enjoy on summer evening. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, it was just where it needed to be and I thought it was the highlight of this beer, the appearance was also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the green onion hop aspect, it wasn't too overpowering in this beer, but I think it would make this beer a little better if it wasn't even there to begin with. I might buy a bottle of this again and I would for sure get one if they choose to release it again. I would recommend this to anyone who likes their DIPA's balanced. All in all I thought this was a pretty solid DIPA, it was unique and it had just the right amount of balance to it. I think this beer is priced nicely. This isn't my favorite Clown Shoes beer or DIPA, but it's not a bad beer at all. Good job guys, I enjoyed this one, keep up the good work.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Enjoy

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Photo of WellRested518
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Hophazzard
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of 98green
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of legalag11
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Brent_B
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of woodchipper
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber bottled 5 wks ago
Poured to a shaker.
Dark amber, light head
Smell- Malty , slight yeast overtone
Taste- tips to the malty tide for a DPI
Feel, full mouth coating followed by good micro carbonation
Don't know if I would have it again, but its not bad.

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Photo of thakaz
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of AshlandNacho
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SpyderMan14
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter this beer was a clear gold color. There was a small head that left a smattering of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Pine and earthy hops. No fruit. A bit on the timid side.

Caramel malt taste. Pine and earthy hops. Still no fruit. The taste was better than the aroma suggested.

Hoppy, malty. I missed the citrus.

Don't think I'd try this again.

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Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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