Eagle Claw Fist | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
374
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 374
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Heavily hazed deep amber/light brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

4.0 S: This is hoppy! Mixture of citrusy, piney, and floral hops. Orange, mango, grapefruit, and a bouquet of flowers are the strongest. Despite the big hit of hops, malts are easy to pick out as well. Lots of caramel and toffee especially. The yeastiness is also in ample quantities. I'm not sure if it is coming from the yeast, but I'm picking up a faint "industrial" aroma, but it isn't as bad as it sounds.

3.5 T: Taste mirrors the nose. Grapefruit, pine, orange are strongest hop flavors with a light herbalness and general citrus underneath. Moderate to heavy bitterness. Lots of caramel malts and some toffee. The yeastiness combines with the malts to give a healthy breadiness. Lot of good stuff going on here, but I'd prefer that this be a bit cleaner.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess as well.

3.5 D: Good beer for what it is, but I'm not a big fan of hoppy beers that have strong bready flavors. Filter this and I think I'd love it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a mug.
The beer was a dark amber color with a thick tan head that persisted well. A nice amount of lacing.
A floral and herbal aroma for the most part. Some caramel malt.
Big, big hit of piney hops. The hops linger and build. Sweet caramel. Earthy.
This beer was very well-hopped and had a real zing in the mouth.
Would drink this beer anytime.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, dated bottled March 2011. Can't get much fresher, drinking it as I type.

Poured into a Sierra Hop Tulip Pint, brilliant clear amber to light copper with some red highlights and a dense light tan head with nice thick lacing.

Nice kick of pungent Columbus hops on the nose, sticky sappy resinous lots of ripe mango, grapefruit with honey, spearmint. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste is a big rush of tropical fruit and caramel. Mango, Papaya, pineapple lightly roasted grain and brown sugar. Some alcohol on the mid palate and a touch in the finish.

Bitterness is a tad harsh, but overall a dry but resinous mouthfeel. A little warming on the tongue through the finish. High bitterness, medium carbonation.

Like this one a lot. I love how Columbus hops express themselves in the flavor profile especially when a beer is made well. Really leaves an impression. More please.

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Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Thisisjosh
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bigorange
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a nice off white head. Smells delicious!!! Caramel, pine, grassy, extremely hoppy, ....taste is equally hoppy and impressive. Huge caramel and toffee flavors collide with a massive hop punch..some green apples. Great body and dry finish. Tastes like a fantastic american barleywine. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Fermenticusrex
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is hazy dark amber with a 1-finger light-khaki head. Good foamy lace rings.

S: Some caramel malt, some roasted grains and a touch of generic hops.

T: First impression is the finish: tongue-shreddingly bitter. Burnt grains underneath, also some sweet malt and nuttiness. Hops are metallic/minerally, and add a taste of grass and pine needles. Really bitter - surprisingly so given the style.

M: Carbonation is quite active and sharp. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: Too bitter, carbonation is too active. I can appreciate a hoppy amber or red ale, but the hops used here provide too much on the straight bitter side and not a more flavorful, balanced approach. Not impressed.

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Photo of kizyle
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Extra special thanks goes out to Duhast500 for this from our trade!

A: Pours a gorgeously hazed rusty amber. The tan foam rises to about 1 1/2 fingers thick before settling down to a bubbly collar. Most of the lace was left at the top of the glass with only a speck or two down below.

S: Holy hops! Killer pungeant hoppy nose that consists of pine needles, fresh cut pine bough, and maybe a pine cone or two. As it warmed, the subtle influences of grapefruit, toasty caramel malt, and clementine were felt.

T: Exactly as above. Period.

M: This beer is, initially, thick with bitter, oily, and astringent piney hops. As mentioned before, when it comes up to temp other subtle nuances emerge. Sweet caramel malt, white pepper, and tangy citrus.

D: Wow! What a great beer. I was amazed that this was packing 8% because I had a hard time picking up much alcohol presence. I must try their other beers!

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Photo of ggodzik
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of server222
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GPHarris
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick, creamy tan head into a snifter that left nice sheeting throughout. it also billows nicely. the body was a bright red-brown color.
s - caramel, chocolate, piney hops.
t - piney and grassy hops dominate. a hint of some toffee.
m - medium and chewy mouthfeel.
o - decent beer but i love this style and this one falls short. the flavor and aroma profiles don't seem to mesh. it's hard to explain but this feels a bit off.

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Photo of windelbo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Chaney
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 2011.

100 IBUs huh? Can't wait!

A: Mildly hazy orange-red color, with a mean mildly off-white EXTREMELY frothy head that stuck around for a while... Okay, it's been five minutes... I'm growing weary.

S: Huge citrus blast, along with a healthy dose of fresh red velvet cake batter. Centennial, Citra, and Columbus: Gotta love it!

T: Imperial is right, but it's not as fruity as I was hoping. Darn! Still this was tasty. Teeth-stainingly bitter and extremely dry on the finish, but it was the type that true hopheads tend to love.

M: Kinda boozy, with is surprising since it's not that high an ABV. The lacing was somewhat ridiculous and the my hop bitter threshold was reached on this one.

O: The build up to this one was great, but the payoff wasn't as grand as I'd hoped. I liked this, but I'll take Nugget Nectar or Shark Attack over this any day.

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Photo of jlove5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hoton
1/5  rDev -73.7%

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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 374 ratings