The Train I Ride
Clown Shoes

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American Imperial IPA
3.96 | pDev: 5.56%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
The Train I RideThe Train I Ride
Notes: 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.
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Photo of TerryMills
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im no ipa expert but as far as big ipa's go this is right up there with the best of them to me.. Plenty of big malt flavor to counteract the hop bitterness, nice balance imo..

Would drink again.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
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 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 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 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 craftbeersweden
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Total Wine & More, Wellington Florida.

The beer pours a little hazy, dark yellow with a thin white head.

Nose: Mandarin, orange, pine, grass and tropical fruit.
Taste: Orange peel, hops, pine resin, caramel, apricot and mandarin.
Mouth: Full body. Medium carbonation. Booze and heat from the ABV. Thick, dry and bitter ending.

This is very good!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours gold with a mild haze filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles that refresh a lacy 1" ecru foam blanket with good retention

S: Melon and fruit lead the aromas with some dank, fresh mowed grass, tropical fruit, and mint

T: Melon, tropical fruit and alcohol lead the flavors. A moderate bitterness starts at the front of the palate and grows to medium high towards the back

F: The beer has a very rich, creamy texture, medium plus body and medium carbonation

O: This is a big, luscious, full flavored beer full of bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Jack Brown's, poured into a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a two inch, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good, but not great, aroma of hops, malt, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine.

T: Tasted of a small amount of pine resin (not as noticeable), a fair amount of hops, light malt (mostly in the finish), citrus (lemon, orange), toffee, and tropical fruit (pineapple). A decent enough flavor, but it's a little on the thin side. It has its charms, but needs a boost. More like a regular IPA than a DIPA.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, if a little thin, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, but it has some good qualities. Drinkable enough.

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

The usual golden color with big frothy head and spotty lacing that is typical for a big IPA. Aroma is huge citrus and the taste is big hops and big malt battling it out for supremacy. This beer balances well and drinks similar to a DFH 120 minute IPA with the malt backbone being strong along with the hops. Finish is milder than I would have anticipated and the alcohol is a big player. Overall, taking it to the limits and stopping right before the jump!!

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Photo of bobhits
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A triple IPA that doesn't throw malt at you until you can't taste the alcohol.

The IPA is an double IPA or even a lighter IPA, gold and orange highlights, some lacing but nothing special. Pretty much what you'd expect given or take some yeast (this one is lacking)

Nose is fruity as hell. So much citrus. I really get a citrus juicy fruit here, with more citrus and orange on top of that. I'm really really digging the nose here.

The beer has a mix of cane sugar, citrus, orange, tangerine, apricot, pine, pine apple, a touch of spice giving me an almost hint of tobacco, and ending with caramel covered white bread.

You would never know this is 11% of a triple IPA on the body. It's a heavy iPA but more in line with a double ipa, and not the monster triple ipa's.

This is really great juicy stuff. As it heats up however the mouth feeling getting thicker and less pleasant, the abv is increasing, and the flavors are more intense. I recommend you keep this one under 55 so start 45ish (a bit cold for a huge beer).

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Photo of Vidblain
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with most triple IPAs, The Train I Ride is very, very rich - almost syrupy, cloying, thick as hell. I thought, for just a moment, that I was drinking something from Dogfish Head - the malt presence in the beer is huge, the hop bitterness is a slap to your tongue, and the booziness is a nice reminder to drink only moderately.

I'd hoped for a more impressive experience (this being the 8th anniversary ale), but the malt is just too much for me - there really isn't much beyond that: it's kind of a plain jane Triple in every other way. It's fine for what it is, but there's really nothing special about it.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a stemmed glass a honey tinged medium golden with a nicely formed nearly full finger slight off white head that settles into a frothy mass.Overripe citrus fruits and a tinge of melon in the nose,some sugary sweet alcohol as well.I like the near creamy feel of the beer,fuller bodied and it goes down well.Citrusy with a good shot of pine resin wich I didn't get in the nose on the palate,a slight peppery note is there as well,the sweet alcohol begins to creep as I drink more.Pretty darn good,nice hop complexity and it doesn't hit you over the head with sweetness and/or alcohol.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz Nordic glass, bottled on 12/11/18. Pours a beautiful dark slightly hazy orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves tons of lace behind.

Smell is apricot, papaya, mandarin, sour apple candy, pine resin, garlic, and pink grapefruit.

Taste follows apricot, papaya, mandarin, hard candy, hints of garlic Ann's pine, and a healthy shot of grapefruit and maybe a little boozyness.

Mouthfeel is pretty darn big, plenty of life for what it is, definitely a little on the dry side, and excellent drinkability for 11% ABV.

Overall I like massive slightly sweet and a little boozy IPAs and this falls in that category, not for everyone, but for me it is nice to have a change from The Haze n Confused brews.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy coppery orange color with over an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is piney and citrus hops along with caramel, earth and alcohol. The taste is boozey with piney and resinous hops. Floral as well with some wheat bread crusts, honey and caramel. Some light citrus at the finish with more pine and alcohol heat. Oily mouthfeel with a medium to heavy body. A bit barleywine-esk, almost like a boozier Bigfoot. Not overly hot from the high ABV. Well done.

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Juicy, floral, pine, honey, sharp booze.

Sweet and big, juicy, mango, pineapple, mandarin orange, wheat, honey.

Lively; maybe the smoothest TIPA I’ve had, and at 11%!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orange-colored body with hints of copper and had a fluffy head that died slow. Aroma is boozy, dank, slightly pungent as there are notes of earth and dirt in there as well (definitely not a NEIPA). The body is medium to heavy, has a booziness to it but the ABV isn't overpowering, has hoppy bitterness but not completely bitter/ruined as it has a touch of grapefruit and tropical fruit (apricot?) sweetness and then finishes dry w/ slight bitterness.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a shaped IPA glass.

Lightly hazy blonde. 2 fingers of creamy white head. Light carbonation.

Zesty florals, grapefruit, lemon, pine, passion fruit, dank, and candy sugar.

Earthy, zesty, and peppery florals. Grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and sun-dried pine needles. Candy sugar and slight toffee fueled by alcohol.

Medium bodied, crisp,w arming, dry, and moderately bitter.

Hides the alcohol fairly well and still remains very hop foward even though the 11% requires a heavy malt bill. Pretty refreshing for the abv.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescen thoney color with 3+ fingers of whippy pearl colored head. Sheets of lacing, very nice head retention

S: Pineyness, a little grapefruit, a little breadyness

T: Follows the nose, along with cakey dryness, a little orange peel up front. Grapefruit, pine, a little bozzeyness & cakeyness as this warms. Finishes with cakey dryness, pine, grapefruit & a kiss of booze

MF: Chewy, restrained carbonation, nicely balanced

A solid DIPA, but expected a little more from these guys, still well worth a go. More like the DIPAs we were raving about 10 years ago!

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Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange with one finger of soapy white head, streak of lace left behind. Smell: old school boozy west coast DIPA with minor updates from mosaic and galaxy... pine, notes of melon, tangerine, apricot, whiff of crusty bread. Taste: a bit more modern here, with astringent pine, berry skin, boozed melon, half-ripe mango, apricot, clean bitterness and plenty of it, pancake syrup. Fuller bodied but easy on the carbonation, mild booziness cutting through enough that the finish is on the dry side, making it a quick and easy sipper even at 11%.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/11/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden honey/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, grapefruit, lemon, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, honey, lightly toasted bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, grapefruit, lemon, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, honey, lightly toasted bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, grapefruit, lemon, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, honey, lightly toasted bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 11%. Overall this is a fantastic huge DIPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and pale malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Galaxy, Mosaic, and Columbus hops; love the hop profile as expected. Perfectly balanced juicy and dank hop complexity; nice malty backbone, but never overly sweet/heavy feeling for the ABV. Never overly aggressive, making this drink really smoothly. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DougT
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pourd into a tulip glass. Clear honey color with a 2 finger pillowy white head that clings to the glass in a nice lace. Typical American IPA citris scent albet a little light. A smooth delightful flavor. No hint of the 11% bill. Mouth is as expected for an American IPA. And it kicks like a mule. A solid citrus IPA with great balance that hides all that alcohol.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 64 ratings