The Train I Ride | Clown Shoes

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3.96/5
Very Good
63 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The train I ride, I've driven it eight years on the rail, eight years on the rail. Gonna step out for a minute, catch space hops, then it's back on board to get to work so we don't fail, good lord, so we don't fail. This triple IPA commemorates 8 years of Clown Shoes. We dry hopped it with Mosaic, Galaxy, and Columbus. To all who ride this train with us, we love the company.

Added by superspak on 10-28-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
63
pDev:
5.56%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of sisterofba
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kaey
3.09/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Eddyx9999
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryan4120
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy, completely opaque golden orange with a medium white head that sticks around and leaves a lot of lacing behind.
S - Piney hops, sweet malt, citrus, and earth.
T - Follows the nose with piney, bitter hops up front followed by citrus, floral, and earth notes with a malt backbone to tie everything together. Slight notes of alcohol on the back end - nothing off-putting, just barely noticeable.
F - Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O - This is a really good IPA - nothing really staying from the norm (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but being advertised as a triple IPA kind of hurts this beer in my opinion - it's missing the ultra bitter, dank qualities that a triple IPA should have. A good IPA, but a triple it is not.

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Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griphon
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hogrider
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blkmagik98
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep orange gold with about a thumb and a half of fluffy white head. Break leaves a couple of islands of foam and some lacing.

Smell is malt forward, and is the high point of this beer. The malts, caramel in particular, dance on the nose. They are not quite enough to keep a touch of booze from getting through though. The finish is piney hops.

Taste is again malt forward. I definitely get caramel and cereal malts. Then I get tropical and pine hops. The tropicals work nicely with the malts. Finally the booze is definitely there and it can be tasted easily.

Feel is biggish, as in a middleweight punching above class. Carbonation is about medium and the finish is boozy and bitter.

Well, it's a nice beer, but I'm not sold on it. I might consider having it again, but the booze is just to obvious for my liking.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. Tastes tropical and peppery. Little grass and mint also lying low. Alcohol is well maintained considering its clocking in at 11%. It's a big IPA, just lacks some of the aromatics and hop bitterness to be great.

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Photo of PatGreer
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darktronica
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light, transparent orange with a full finger of head that leaves behind substantial lacing. Some dankness and pithy qualities on the nose, some orange gumdrop on the palate I typically associate with oxidation. Malty, biscuit sweetness to balance the bitter hop character on the palate.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of blueberries, tangerines, and papayas are present in the nose.
T: The taste has moderate flavors of papayas and tangerines with notes of black pepper in the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness. Only faint traces of alcohol are perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer masks its alcohol very well for something at is 11% abv—it tastes more like something that is 8-9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 1/12/18.

Pours clear gold with a moderate head of white and decent retention. Light citrus and pine in the nose with honey overtones. An the fuller side of medium bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet malt with candied grapefruit and pine on the palate. Funishes boozy, bitter, and a bit sweet.

Definitely a big bruiser of an IPA but lacking the aromatics and hop saturation on the palate expected of IIIPA.

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Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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The Train I Ride from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 63 ratings