The Train I Ride | Clown Shoes

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3.96/5
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58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,360
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
58
pDev:
4.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Vidblain:
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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More User Reviews:
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 Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 kwkdmk
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Justdoit1234
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 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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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 BdM
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

February 21, 2018.

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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 Lingka
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well balanced, a bit of a haze, light aroma, surprisingly easy to drink at 11%. Grats on 8yrs!

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Overall
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 jaxon53
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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

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

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 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 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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The Train I Ride from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 58 ratings