Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
American Strong Ale
3.36 | pDev: 21.73%
Aug 25, 2020
May 18, 2016
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Overall this one isn't terrible. It has some definite lactic undertones, but it's fairly drinkable as long as you can stand a little acididty. The sourness doesn't overwhelm the base beer so the beer isn't one note and it still has some decent complexity.
Aug 25, 2020
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Reviewed by thegreatnicoli from Texas

1.96/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
First time I've ever poured a beer down the sink. I made my account specifically for rating this beer because it was undrinkable. I will stay though, I like this place.
Apr 10, 2019
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Rated by bigred89 from Maryland

2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Yep, infected.
Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by BarrelAgedG from California

2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Tough break being too drunk after the Chico Beerfest yesterday to be bothered to look this beer up and realize it was infected before I bought it... oh well.. don’t make the same mistake as me.. IT’S INFECTED
Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 2.88 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Nov 08, 2017
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

2.14/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
So I was pumped when I bought this, with the pedigreed brewer and cool name and awesome artwork on the label and cellared it for six months. Now, it appears the bomber I paid fifteen bones for is well known as infected. Uncool.

This appears as a strong dark ale, with a big beige head. Nose is heavily malty , with dark fruit, vanilla, and whiskey.

Oh, yeah. Definitely infected. Yeast and sour is all I taste. I don't think I can finish ths. What a waste.
Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 3.41 by DruC4 from Michigan

Jun 14, 2017
Rated: 2.99 by BdM from Netherlands

Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 1.93 by Eziel from Ohio

May 30, 2017
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Bottled on 8/1/ some age here.Pours into an impy nonic slightly murky amber color with lacey off white head atop.Muted caramel/biscuit aromas are about all I get,no hops and no whiskey to speak of.Somewhat lactic on the palate with caramel and mild whiskey notes,no hop profile really going on here.I'am a big fan of Clown Shoes beers (although the not of some of the labels)but this not so good to put it plainly.
Apr 24, 2017
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: It pours a hazy opaque reddish brown with streams of slowly rising bubbles. Has a thin, light tan cap with poor retention.

S: a whiff of whiskey, fruit, light berries and mild alcohol.

T: This bottle has a trace of lactobacillus giving the beer a tart and sweet palate over caramel. It is like an Irish Red married a Flanders Red. It has the Irish Red's grainy malt flavors and some of the caramel but these are somewhat muted. It also has the Flanders Red tart berry to cherry flavors and some yeasty notes. The yeasty berry flavors are above average. A bran flakes sweet flavor follows the berries and then the beer finishes with a grainy, oak drying astringency leading to a lingering bran flakes and tart dried cherry aftertaste.

F: The feel starts creamy and then ends with a lactobacillus acidic prickliness. The body is medium to medium full. This interesting, complex beer is not what Clown Shoes intended but it sort of works.

O: As an Irish Red it disapoints as the anticipated big, rich malt flavors with a light whiskey note are not there. Had Clown Shoes intended a Flanders Red, the brewer would have pushed the beer form more fruit flavors and a slightly darker, molassey malt character. Despite this, the result is an interesting, drinkable beer.
Mar 28, 2017
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Reviewed by h4ger from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I was excited about this beer and on the pour she looked really good. Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations.

It started with a slight booziness, which turned to a tart, acidic flavor. Not a lot of barrel flavor but it does have a slight whiskey flavor on the finish and nose. Overall, It reminded me of homemade wine that was a bit off. One of the few brews from Clown Shoes that i have not loved. Drinkable, but not something I would seek out again.
Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 3.28 by brunop from Massachusetts

Feb 13, 2017
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
Unfortunately, this has been confirmed as infected by Clown Shoes. I had one when first released and hesitated to rate it, but their customer service team was great when I contacted them. After six months, I tried another bottle to see if it had evolved into something still-infected but better; it had gone in the opposite direction, to my dismay. Even for a fan of sours, I wouldn't say that this is even accidentally decent. The one bad experience I've had from what is otherwise a favorite brewery.
Feb 11, 2017
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
This is not a good looking beer, muddy ice tea with a beer head is what it reminds me of. The aroma is pretty good but the flavor is sour (infected?). I wouldn't recommend.
Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.39 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 3.37 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut

Dec 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Clear burnt red with a moderate khaki head.

Smell is wet, aged, mossy oak, caramel and an appley tartness.

It's a confusing combo overall I'm not sure I've had in anything, but the overall essence I get from this is red caramel apple.
Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 2.89 by Tim725 from New Jersey

Dec 09, 2016
Archdruid from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 76 ratings