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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 jlindros:
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh clown shoes, you so crazy! Bottle art is ridiculous, names are interesting and sometimes funny, but the best part, even with all the crazy antics, you still brew great beer. And even dated bottle!!! 2/19/14 Still quite fresh

Pours a nice creamy rich looking 1 finger head fades pretty slowly as I can see a streaming column of bubbles rising from the bottom, nice lacing on the sides even, a head much better than it should for a 9% beer. A very clear amber orange beer with a nice reddish hue, and the column of bubbles never seems to stop, it's like a highway of bubbles rising up during rush hour, only from the apex at the bottom, or opposite of apex I guess, the bubbles rise up and seem to dance in a hypnotic fashion.

Nose, right... I could smell this as soon as the top popped off the, um, top. So much hop aroma, just wafting this way and that, fruity hops, just lots of fruit, some citrus, a little tangerine and nectarine, mild tropical fruit too, some pineapple, little melon, mango, etc, and into the stone fruit with some apricot goodness and juicy but candied orange, then a mild earthy spicy note, and even a touch of resin. The list never ends. Also some candy malts, caramel, bit syrupy and sweet I think, with a bit of a booze tickle in the nose. I even get a hint of candied apple.

Taste, I keep hesitating, the beer is so good so far, I really don't want the taste to fall short. Taste again brings hops and malts, well duh... a candied fruit out of the gate first, little caramel candied apple, and candied orange marmalade but very light on the orange and no zest like. Then back into the hop fruits, very little tropical now with a touch of pineapple and guava even, just faint hint of mango. Very little citrus overall, no real tangerine like fruit but maybe a faint rind that starts to increase as it goes. A mild stone fruit again, generic like stone fruit, nothing to really pick out. The malts are there again and strong presence, but can't overpower the hops, with some caramel and candy malts, fair sweetness but can't really cut through the big hops. Hops get a nice spicy earthy quality on the back end, as the beer tries to dry but can't do too well, a little fluffy malt on the finish, little caramel sweetness and syrupy note but not very sticky, hint of booze finally coming through, bit more citrus and spicy hop lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent fluffy feel with nice fluffy carb, just a hint of warming booze.

Overall quite nice, appearance and aroma were awesome, taste was good but a little step back from those, but mouth was quite nice as well. The flavor just lost out on the hops that really made the aroma awesome, but still had a great balance of malt and hops without either getting overpowering or too sharp, pretty nice, I mean the taste is still great, nothing to really complain about this beer at all. Thanks again Clown Shoes for making MA, and New England continue to be a beer Mecca!

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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%

Photo of sabitu
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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