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From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 6.02%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
40
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 24, 2017
Added:
Jul 12, 2016
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  8
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Rated: 3.82 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.97 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

May 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.54 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota

Mar 17, 2017
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Rated by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Giving this one the benefit of the doubt considering it was bottled on September 12th.
Mar 09, 2017
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I will start by saying that my bottle was dated Sept 2016, so it may not be representative of a fresh sample. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Good start. Get some piney hops on the aroma. Malty and caramel. Same goes for the taste. There is a caramel malt up front followed by a big hoppy bite, but nothing on the back end but some fizzing. Somewhat crackery. Mild astringency. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Would like to try a fresher sample, but looks like I won't get to because it is retired.
Mar 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by batt6343 from Texas

Feb 26, 2017
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Reviewed by wethorseblanket from California

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22-ounce bottle a slightly hazy sunset orange under a thin (1/4") white head which leaves splotchy lace. Aroma is malt, cracker, mild citrus and tropical fruits. Flavor follows the nose. Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Finishes mildly bitter and malty. Eh.
Feb 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle on February 4, 2017. The sweet malt overpowers the hops. Not horrible, but I won't buy it again.
Feb 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Feb 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jan 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jan 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Jan 01, 2017
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, herbal floral notes, pine, and some hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with pine and citrus. Not overly complicated but good.
Dec 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by jaydoc from Kansas

Dec 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Dec 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by DangerDawg from Ohio

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a short lasting 1" head.

Smell: orange and some mild earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, some fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterness makes up a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting orange aftertaste.

Overall: an easy to consume IPA that is straightforward but not overly exciting.
Nov 24, 2016
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle (@ 6.85% ABV) - it's a shame we couldn't have got this one a little while earlier, to put back on that fucked-up Tuesday a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fat-cat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent gear chain lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of mixed domestic citrus peel, bready and doughy caramel malt, weaker toffee notes, some lightly buttered white toast, a muddled tropical fruitiness, and further leafy, piney, and well-perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some watery orange, red grapefruit, and tangerine citrus, more white crackers/toast (sans the butter now, thank Jebus), a still hard to parse exotic fruit bowl, subtle hints of wayward son yeastiness, and more laid-back piney, grassy, and musty floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite light on its fizzy and frothy feet, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, no real threats to the status quo detected or inferred here. It finishes off-dry, the wishy-washy caramel malt carrying on amongst the lingering detritus of citrusy, tropical, and verdant hop esters alike.

Overall, I don't presume to know exactly what this contract brewery was going for with this particular blend of hops (Mosaic, Motueka, and El Dorado), but it comes off as sort of plain and unassuming, and not the brash West Coast IPA that was implied. Easy enough to drink, I suppose, and with just enough wowee sauce to be worthy as a coping mechanism against inanity.
Nov 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by tbryan5 from Louisiana

Nov 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.72 by Big_V from Maryland

Nov 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Nov 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Golden orange in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Fruity, melon, and kiwi. Some citrus. Good level of sweetness. Solid. if they put this into 4 packs, I could get behind it.
Nov 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by BigMFDaddy from Massachusetts

Nov 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Nov 08, 2016
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a clear copper body with billowing head that left lace patches everywhere. Juicy, citric, soapy hop aroma with hints of grapefruit. Soapy, dry, bitter, earthy, citric hop presence that has a touch of malty sweetness on the end. More hoppy than malty but not a bad beer at all and worth having.
Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Nov 05, 2016
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Rated by mdfb79 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Lemon zest and citrus
Nov 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.04 by pveilleux from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by HermitDan from New Jersey

Oct 24, 2016
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Clear amber color with a finger of head that settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of tropical fruit, orange zest, and fruity sweetness. I feel like I have tasted this IPA many times over the years. Does not seem like the new school hops really changed an IPA recipe from 10 years ago. Notes of citrus, particularly orange that plays against caramel sweetness. Medium body and appropriately carbonated. Not that impressed with this East Coast type of IPA but it does have some good qualities.
Oct 23, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: A good deal of citrus, especially orange, up front along with a solid maltiness that lends some sweetness. Some light earthiness in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some citrus and earthiness and goes into a bit of caramel maltiness and light bitterness. Finishes with more earthiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid IPA that is easy to drink and not overwhelming on any front. The hops could deliver a bit more in the taste, but it's still solid
Oct 23, 2016
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured into a nonic pint to a golden orange topped by a dense and slightly soapy two finger off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of caramel and toasted malts, citrusy and herbal hops with just a little bit of pine.
T: Taste is nice and herbal and earthy hops up front with a little toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Some juicy citrus and pine comes in toward the middle of things . Swallow is oily and resinous with some more earthy hops and toasted malt.
M: This beer has a medium body with a soft and almost prickly level of carbonation with a refreshing oily hop finish
O: Overall this beer looks smalls and tastes the part. The hop notes are nice and the malt is there in balance as well. Definitely one to try while it's fresh if you're into IPAs.
Oct 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by scottspencer from Indiana

Oct 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by krome from Illinois

Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Oct 17, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/12/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep medium orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, lime, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, passion fruit, melon, pear, berry, light pepper/pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, passion fruit, melon, pear, berry, light pepper/pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, passion fruit, melon, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/grainy/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as exprected of 6.85%. Overall this is an outstanding IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very easy to drink with the very smooth bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.
Oct 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.64 by nmann08 from Virginia

Oct 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by BdM from Netherlands

Oct 15, 2016
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 59 ratings