Eagle Claw Fist | Clown Shoes

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Eagle Claw FistEagle Claw Fist

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mduncan on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of neophilus
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color, clarity in the middle of the glass with a deep red amber hue around the edges. Resilient white head foams at the top. The aroma is intoxicating with a beautiful hoppy floral bouquet greeting the nose.

Taste of dark caramel immediately balanced by the flowery hop flavors. Amazing balance of the sweet malt and the the floral hops. Finishes extremely clear and sharp with a lingering caramel malt flavor and hop bitterness.

This beer completely took me by surprise, I was not expecting such complexity in an amber ale. The malt body generously lends a sweet, caramel body to this wonderful ale which is perfectly complemented by the floral hops. It represents the best of both worlds as I enjoy a malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness and floral taste and aroma.

Definitely the best of all of the Clown Shoes offering I have tried. This is an amber ale not to be missed.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Downtown Wine and Spirits. this is the only Clown Shoes beer I had yet to try, and i was very excited, as they have quickly become my top local brewery. This one did not dissapoint.

Says on the side: third batch, bottled first week of december, 2010.

A: color is a dark amber with a big white head that left delicate lace.

S: The smell was a mix of piney and tropical hops, with some sweet malt, and coffee.

T: Complex. Bitter, sweet, layers of hops and malts. Love this,

M: Rich and silky.

D: Downed my bomber in forty five minutes!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
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 hopheadjuice
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date. I know this ones fresh though its a new beer. Fucking awesome label and blurb on the side.

Sample thanks to Gregg B. A very generous dude who cares about his beer. Thank you.

Pours a murky dark amber/red, tantalizing off white head leaves lacing in pleasant patches. Looks dangerous and sexy at the same damn time, nice.

I gots me a hop bomb! Bitter earthy and citrus hops dominate the nose becoming slightly, SLIGHTLY balanced by some sweeter candy like malts. There is a unique scent i get from clown shoes beer. I don't know if its the yeast or something else but I cant get enough of it.

Taste is drop dead powerful. Blasts of pine, grapefruit and some extreme earthy bitterness. The malts are more prevalent in the taste with a dark spicy bread like taste but never overpower the hops, just enough to balance this hop hog out. Hops dominate in the aftertaste leaving a great bitter feeling of ecstasy on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium/full with a creaminess that helps it move along. nice carbonation with a dry finish that keeps you going back for another taste.

Really good drinkability for an 8% beer. I will have to buy some and stock up as this beer is a perfect hop fix.

I highly recommend this brew to anyone who loves bitter dank hops. Keep up with the amazing beers Clown Shoes as I look forward to more and more tasty offerings from you!

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a real revelation. Amber highlighted by red, they could easily called it a red in fact, is capped by a slowly falling head that leaves a great head. Cold out of the fridge the bitterness was almost overwhelming, so out of fairness I need to mark them down on drinkability, but as it warmed it became one of the more complex and DELICIOUS hop bombs EVER. Pine, rose, grass, tropical fruits, and BRACING BITTERNESS. Love the dryness, as most super hoppy beers overdo the sweetness.

Edit: Tried this on cask at Cambridge Common. Was smoother and even hoppier. This is a combined review.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Dark deep reddish amber with a very slight haze from the hops under a 1” frothy off-white foam cap. Smell: Hop nose, citrus rind, but also some malt shows through.Taste: Big bitter and big malt join together with citrus rind, dark sugars, a suspicion of bourbon and a long lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium full body and medium carbonation. Overall: alcoholic, hoppy and malty.

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Photo of ambluhm
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky, dark, reddish-brown color. A very cool looking brew that matches the name of it perfectly, in the weirdest way. haha. The head is a light cream color with very small bubbles. It dissipates quickly leaving behind a nice lace.

The aroma of this beer is LOADED with hops. Very piney with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Just a touch of malt is hidden in the background, but appears more solidly as it warms up.

This one tastes delicious. Very nice malt and still LOADED with hops. The balance could be a little bit stronger in the malt category, but as it warms up the sweetness comes through, and that is definitely just a personal preference thing.

Overall, I'm a big fan. I was a bit skeptic as I'm generally not into overly hopped beers. But with a little bit of warmth, this beer grew on me. I'm thinking this will be a nice beer as winter comes into play. It definitely warms you up.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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 Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark cloudy amber with some orange highlights and a finger of foamy brownish head. Some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is straight up pine at first. All I can think about is a big pine tree, some spicy flavor in the background like a Christmas cookie. There is a small citrus flavor with a tiny tangerine flavor hiding way in the background.

The taste is a bit creamy at first with a nice hop flavor. Pine again that seems to coat the tongue a bit and stays with you for some time. Some nice sweet malt flavor with some caramel malt in there as well. One you are past the bitterness there is a citrus hop flavor and a nice creamy flavor that was a bit unexpected.

The feel of this beer is pretty full bodied. It goes down well but does take some time getting used to the deep bitterness. A really interesting pale ale that has some bite to it.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears dark oranger amber with a finger and a half light tan creamy head. Looks really good.

Smells of sweet malts and fresh hops. Citrus is noteable, and light tropical fruit is there too.

Tastes delicious. The first sip I let linger for awhile before taking the next. Excellent bitter thats builds and lasts through the finish. Nice pines and citrus qualities. The bittering hops are perfectly complimenting this beer. It tatses good. Nice resinous grapefruit and pine. Good underlying caramely sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and drinkable with light medium body.

Really good beer. Great bitter beer, with a great taste. A super hopped american amber.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness. The male character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Easter....y'all! Went over to a freinds this Easter to have a wonderful feast of ham and prime rib!!!! I brought with me a stinger of Clown Shoes Eagle Claw Fist! The beer poured to a very nice amber/re with slim white head that laced nicely. The nose on this beer was awesome...very nice hoppy bouquet! The taste however didnt quite match up. Certainly decent...but the smell made me wanting more to the taste. There was a bit of sourness aftertaste and hung on the pallete. Mouthfeel was fine...not sure I could hang at 8% ABV....but I would try.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!) - poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark rust colored liquid with amber highlights and a voluminous lasting soapy pale-peach-yellow head. Unpasteurized, so nearly opaque. Rich sticky lacing.

Big fresh hop aromatics - Simcoe/Citra being the most obvious and delivering heavy doses of passionfruit, apricot, peach, and other fruit notes. Faint pink peppercorn and malt notes are there as well.

Caramel apples, light brown sugar, bright apricot preserves, grapefruit pith, light pine; bitterness and sweetness conjoin into a superior flavor profile. Malt is faintly toasted at times, but primarily clean and gently sweet. Hops come through powerfully, though the malt contributes balance, especially in the finish which is crisp despite being a touch sugary.

Lush, creamy, with moderate carbonation and a lively mouthfeel thanks to the hops.

Really impressed with this, right up there with Nugget Nectar for the style.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Pale Ale is a copper colored brew with an intense nose that offers scents of caramel malt, citrus hops, pine, and some earthy hops hiding behind the citrus. The foam on the beer doesn’t last very long, but it does leave some lacing.

This beer offers an aggressive flavor profile of caramel malts, citrus, bread, grapefruit, toffee, and even a touch of chocolate in the finish. There is an alcoholic flavor as well, but not as much as I initially expected considering the alcohol level is 8 percent by volume. It offers a good balance between the sweet and bitter even though the taste tends to swing back in the bitter direction due to the alcohol. The flavor is more pronounced than the typical beer and it sets the imagination running wild as you contemplate the different flavors present.

This beer is full- bodied and rich- the type of beer tailor- made for beer geeks everywhere. It is a little too rich in flavor for everyday drinking, but it is certainly a beer made for the craft beer lover. The complexity just keeps on giving and while a tad stronger based on alcohol content, it is still a very tasty amber brew.

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Photo of pinyin
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on draft for the first time at The Gibson in Brooklyn summer 2013, and then managed to find some outdated 22 ounce bombers at Wine and More in Cranston RI, X-Mas 2013. The bombers actually aged well but sadly they are all gone.

I really love this ale and wished that Clown Shews didn't retire it. The aftertaste is what made it so unique and different than any other product on the market. It almost tasted like a strongly brewed Lipton iced tea, with the perfect amount of alcohol.

The coloring was amazing looking at it through the glass. Like a cranberry red with a brownish creamy head.

I have been trying a number of other red ales since this one was discontinued such as Elysian Mens Room (which is great) and Maine Brewing company's Zoe (mehhh..), but clown Shoes nailed it with Eagle Claw Fist.

From what I understand it is a very delicate and unique blend of hops and yeasts, so chances of anything similar coming along again are pretty slim, but if you can find any leftovers grab them, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this last night after enjoying Nugget Nectar over the weekend. this is a very different beer. If you like dry and bitter, this is for you! A dark amber body is dominated by aggressive piney, citrusy hops. It says 100 IBU, and I believe it. Very powerful and complex, but very, very bitter. Not as drinkble as Nugget Nectar, but a great beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled march 2011 (roughly 2 months old).

pours out a cloudy deep red orange, slightly burghandy and brown with a big, full, dense off white head. thick sticky lace with big rocky retention.

a nicely balanced aroma. pine sap, almost woody, biscuits and caramel malt. maybe a little citrus.

very nicely hopped, but still has a great balance. lots of resiny, woody pine sap, citrus with lots of bitterness in the finish. balanced by a bready almost biscuity caramel malt. just a hint spicy in the finsh as well...rye?

sappy resiny bitterness lingers all over the palate in a big way. medium to almost full bodied. carbonation is a bit tingly at times.

this is a very nicely done beer. i think this should have a higher rating here on BA. big hops, nice malts to balance. even at the high ABV this is a real easy drinker. very similar to the hop rod rye i just had, more a dryer bitter finish. ill come back to this, not too bad of a value either at roughly 6$ a bomber.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eagle Claw Fist pours an opaque dark amber color with a thick, creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with spicy notes of pine and a touch of citrus. A touch of caramel malt is also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy, dry, with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is a nice balance of spicy hops and sweet malt. It begins with bready pale malt and caramel. Quickly, spicy notes of pine and grapefruit citrus take over. It finishes bitter and once gone the citrus hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced tasty beer that hides it's 8% abv rather well. It's easy to drink and goes great with dinner.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 3/20/11
*From notes

A: A cloudy and rich dark amber hue. A devistating 2+ finger head which is followed by some ridiculously sticky lacing.

S: Big league hops. A subtle amount of malt lingers around, but it's easily overwhelmed by the intensity of the fresh hop oil.

T: An explosion of juicy hoppiness. It takes one hell of a malt backbone to stand up, but it does, and it carries the beer from the mid to the finish, where a smooth bitterness hits the tounge.

M: A creamy, robust feel to it not seen in most ambers I've had. It's big - it overwhelms the mouth upon contact.

O: Outstanding. Clown Shoe's Eagle Claw Fist is one of the top five ambers I've had the pleasure of consuming. Period.

*On a side note, I'd like to add that Eagle Claw Fist sports one of the coolest, most badass labels I've come across. In fact Clown Shoes entire line up has some killer branding.


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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a great mix of sweet and bitter. It's full of sweet caramel malts, yet bitter as hell with a really nice hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a damn fine hop character laid over a bed of sweet caramel malts. It's bitter from start to finish; a hopheads delight. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one heck of an American amber ale; full flavored and easy drinking.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a thick off white head. There is good head retention and nice la ing on the glass as the head recedes. Thesmell is a lot of floral and citrus hops as well as a small but noticeable amount of malt. The taste is fairly similar to he smell with a nice hop presence and bitterness. The mouthfeel of this bee is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overal the beer is awesome and will definitely be drinking this beer the ten to eleven minus of he year that nugget nectar is not available.

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Photo of maximum12
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kelp for this interesting-looking extra from a brewery that's brand-spanking-new to me. Always a bonus. Busting this open as my first beer in days, a tasting with Mr. & Mrs. beerloco, DBHog, & a couple friends who came & went obliterated my desire for beer for a while. But it's back!

Pours a mingled reddish-orange, as if the sun is in full eclipse around the snifter. Smells like...Surly Furious. That's high praise. This beer has been hard-hopped, with the mixed hops piling on every pleasing hop aroma imaginable, from citrus to grapefruit to pine. Smells better than most IPAs & IIPAs!

Eagle Claw Fist makes promises with its nose that its body can't keep; but it's close. Sweet, light malts are the first impression - very odd after the nose - but they are buried in an Alps-Parton level avalanche of hops, & quickly. Hops come in as mostly sappy, dripping pine, along with jets of floral & herbal notes. Perhaps a bit of well-toasted bread as it warms. Hops bitterness arrives after this cute little parade & crushes it under a jack-boot. The finish is tongue-bruising.

A solid body is holding up the hops. Despite the manna from hops, I could easily have doused the entire bomber myself. If you're not a hophead? Don't.

I have to go with an 'excellent' on this one. The hops don't cater to the usual description of an amber, & I wonder if this has been miscast. But when there are this many hops around, & they're this delicious, really, who gives a rip?

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes has finally made it to VT!

Pours a dark amber with a big, frothy head into my glass. I've seen a few imperial examples but I do wonder the following: Why?

Piney, citrusy hops greet the nose with only a touch of malt underneath. This is a hoppy monster, even if not a traditional DIPA.

Wow, I was right there. Lots of piney hops that pack a punch. Malt is crisp and a bit sweet, which compliments the hop punch.

Lingering piney, resiny hops with a soothing, dry finish.

I believe I can answer the question I originally proposed with a "why not?" This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, crisp, malty and fruity with an overtone of hops like an IPA. It pours a dark orange-brown, about halfway between coppery and mahogany, with a decent light tan head. Flavor has a strong, bitter hoppy overtone, more at an IPA than a "regular" ale, with woody and malty notes and floral and fruity hints. Firm-bodied texture is fizzy and lively, leaving a woody and hoppy finish. Let this eagle claw fist loose on your tongue!

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