Eagle Claw Fist | Clown Shoes

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Eagle Claw FistEagle Claw Fist

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mduncan on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650 ml bottle courtesy of myspoonistoobig. Thanks Michael. Pours a hazy copper amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with big sugar cookie, light caramel, and some light floral and citrus hops. The taste is really sweet with sugar cookie, caramel, and some light citrus. The finish has a light bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. This beer was just too sweet with nothing to balance it out. It was quite bland as well. It could have used a much bigger hop presence.

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Photo of JimboHD2005
2.34/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First brew I've tried from Clown Shoes.

Poured murky dark amber with a tight cream head into a 16 oz mug.

Sweet smell of malt, resiny pine. Has an overly hopped unbalanced taste with a moderate mouth feel. I get what they were trying to do here but tastes like another episode of add more hops = better beer, which certainly isn't the case with this beer.

After half the bottle the rest went the way of the drain. Such high hopes for this brewery but this beer tasted much like a batch of malt extract homebrew that was overly hopped. Really hoping their other offerings are better.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - The brew pours a deep caramel hue and is capped with a filmy off-white head.

S/T - The brew is just boring and bad. Comprised of little beyond a cardboard-y caramel malt and bitterness seemingly in the form of leather and weeds (not weed, which would be 1000% better), I really can't stand this beer.

M - It's not the feel's fault.

O - Not impressed.

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Photo of jrsone
2.59/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color of a cigar, not amber really. Harsh bittering hops rule the taste with a little citrus/ floral hops on the finish. Unwelcome scent of booze with some dank hoppiness.
Caramel mouthfeel weak, booziness lacks discipline and hop flavor is a dojo disgrace.
Your Eagle Claw technique is no match for most red ales Clown Shoes.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$7.00 bomber from Bottles in Boston.

Hazy dark orange body with reddish highlights, topped by an enormous creamy slightly off-white head.

Aroma is mix of pine and oranges, but could be more assertive.

Semi-sweet caramel slides by quick. Juicy fruits - orange, apricot - follow, then a pine finish.

Watery mouthfeel for an imperial amber. Needs to be fuller and firmer.

I'm a big fan of imperial reds/ambers, but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of gameface23
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had really high expectation for this beer, but I was pretty let down. Pours a burnt amber color with an off-white head. Speckled lacing is left on the glass. The smell is pretty weak. The flavor has a mix of caramel, pine and citrus hops, but has a burnt wood/ash finish. Maybe it is Caramel 120 or some sort of roasted malt for color or something, but there is definitely a burnt aspect to it that is a little offputting. The mouthfeel is much too thin for an 8% Amber ale and the finish is watery.

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Photo of BigBarley
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy amber, with a cap of white foam floating atop

Aroma is sweet, fresh tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Nice aroma with some nice caramel hidden way way beneath for balance.

Unfortunately the hops and tropical fruit from the nose are covered up by a complete messy execution. The hops are there, and they're bitter, but they don't blend well, and the malt tastes like barrel-aged RIS minus ALL the flavor... just that after burn of odd oaky madness. This beer is weird and disappointing and that makes me sad. I don't think it held up very well but it's lacking a bottling date, so... this kinda sucks!

Mouthfeel is decent but not enough to save it.

Believe me, if you find it fresh, try it. But uh... yeah, I think the older bottles taste awful by this point.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split the wife and the classic

Pours soapy amber

Meh...metallic and tinny, bitter. Supposed Citra additions are nowhere to be found here. Malts and bittering hops steal the show. Disappointing...not much more to say.

One and done on a first visit to this brewery.

Edit: bottled January 2011...has this beer fallen this fast? Other reviews seem impressed by this. Maybe this bottle felt its age.

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Photo of corby112
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber received in a recent trade with mkabull. Thanks a lot Alec!

Pours a deep dark copper/chestnut brown color with a one finger frothy light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with hints of earthy pine but surprisingly the nose is dominated by the sweet malt notes. I was expecting more of a resinous, citrus hop presence but there's only some earthy pine and subtle spicy hops. The nose is very malt forward with lots of caramel, toffee and rye.

Full bodied with more of a hop forward presence than the aroma suggested but still with a strong malt character. There's a nice bitter, earthy hop presence up front with hints of pine and grapefruit that gives off a nice amount of bitterness that lingers throughout. This is countered mid-palate by a strong sweet malt presence. Hints of toffee, biscuit, chocolate, rye and caramel. A bit too malty for my liking with a dry finish.

Overall this is a decent hoppy beer but the malt backbone is way too strong and takes away from the hop flavor a bit too much. The ABV is well masked and it's easy to drink but in my opinion it's too "balanced" for it's own good.

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Photo of FungusBrewer
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crater full rocky head of foam that sticks around for your whole drink. The beer itself is cloudy and dark amber color. It tastes what I would expect for an imperial amber- heavy, alcoholic, with strong malt notes and a light hop character. Not so much the dried fruit date flavors from "old ale" styles, more of a brighter aftertaste. Eagle Claw Fist has a sort of grainy, chewable mouthfeel to it that's nice on a chilly evening indoors, but cloying when paired with heavier foods. Enjoy!

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Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Queen Vic in Houston, TX

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A one finger light beige head forms with poor retention. No lace is left behind.
S: Toasted and caramel malts up front. Some dark fruits of plums and raisins. A large lingering grapefruit bitterness as well.
T: Toasted and caramel malts up front. Lots of residual sugars initially. Though a huge lingering grapefruit bitterness lingers. The alcohol is noticeable as well. The malt, sugars, and bitterness do not mesh right for me.
M/D: A medium to full body that is a bit low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated. I wish it was cleaner with more of a crispness though. Nothing meshes right for me, and add to that plenty of alcohol. Not something I care to come back to.

I am not really digging the Clown Shoes offerings so far. This, specifically, does not mesh right for me. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Union Ale House

Appearance: dark amber in color with 1/4 inch head, clear

Smell: pine hops, slight caramel malt

Taste: This one is super hoppy--a bit of caramel malt starts, then a big dose of pine hops and small citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate/light carbonation, sweetish start--then a super bitter spike and less bitter but still very bitter end

Drinkability: If you like hops,this is the amber for you. If is super bitter in places and is very in your face. The pine taste is there and is good. I wish the malt was a bit more present to balance this out. One is enough for me, but very good for hopheads.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky red/copper with a small tan head that dissolves quickly. Spotty lacing left behind.

S: Hints of citrus and grass up front, but dominated by malt. Was hoping for it to be a bit hoppier on the aroma, but mostly caramel and some bready malt.

T: Slight metallic/oxidized flavor, again light citrus, with a heavy hand of caramel, toffee, and doughy malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry and sticky.

O: Not bad, but a bit too malty for how I like beers in this style. Easy drinking, but will pass on this one in the future probably.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Moderate lacing, sticky body allows some presentation. Hazy, funny to say, amber body with caramel edges. Carbonated to the point that dozens of little streams can be seen when held at the right angle.

S- Nice mango and tropical fruit presence. Definitely contains some tangerines and eventually as it warms more orange citrus than anything else. This is way hoppier than I was expecting. Smells better than some IPA/IIPAs.

T- Opens with a back end of orange pulp and a front end of bitter biscuits. Not as much malty sweetness, mostly fructose. Super bitter through and through. The middle allows the pine to percolate come forth and dominate the finish. Unfortunately it doesn't taste as fantastic as the nose.

M- Medium bodied, mild creamy texture. The carbonation supports it rather than causing an overly crisp body. Actually allows that smooth presence up front while bubbling away the back of the tongue hiding some of the unwanted bitter. Of course this can't hide it forever, it lingers beyond its welcome.

D- Some of the alcohol does bother in the flavor profile. Counteracts the fructose in a disjointed manner. Lingering flavors take a toll here as well. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. Better than the last one from Clown Shoes. I probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From Spec's in Dallas.

A ~ Pours filtered Red with beautiful delicate beads of carbonation characteristic of Clown Shoes. Looks incredible.

S ~ Candied fruits, dried peaches, sliced oranges...Resin notes & multivitamin are in there as well.

T ~ Fruits reappearing in their freshest form: navel oranges, apricot, key lime, & peach. This fades fast into Acetaminophen & Coffee dregs. Aggressive Pine resin aggressively on the finish with an odd off flavor.

M ~ Not elegant by any means, very muddy & murky on the palette. Bittering is crushing on the finish which has an odd phenolic note in it that I simply cannot place.

D ~ Drinkability is low unfortunately on this Clown Shoes beer. It's a shame because at first the flavors are there. The freamwork of a good Amber but falls short fast.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber, bottled 8/11 (woohoo, this month!), new to Texas.

Appearance: Amber glass with golden edges, good clarity, holds a thin white head long and collar well into the glass.

Smell: Lots of hops, but they smell more in the boil than in the finish, not "fresh and floral", more piney and bitter.

Taste: A bit worty and watery at the start, then a slow oily bitter hop burn sets in and takes a long while to fade. A little cotton candy sweetness at the back end as well. Odd flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Oily, slick texture, medium body and firm carbonation.

Overall: Was expecting
Was more of a

Still, a pretty good beer, interesting, a really hoppy red.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 sendsilk
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz poured into a pint glass.

A- Beautiful red color with a 1/2" head. Who cares, it's an amber, let's move on.

S- Really piney and hoppy for an amber ale. some caramel and bread on the nose.

T- Wow, holy hops Batman, the most hoppy Amber Ale that I have had in a while (aside from Nugget Nectar, but DAMN that's a good beer!). Finishes a little too piney and dry for my taste.

M- Average for the style.

O- Glad to try it, but once is enough for me.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pretty dark chestnut color with a creamy one finger head.

S-A bit of caramel and possibly some chocolate with orange and piny hop notes.

T-Bitter pine and orange that is balanced by some caramel and earthiness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a dry and bitter finish; carbonation is low to medium.

D-I've never been a fan of the combination of dry and bitter, a little more caramel malt would have gone a long way to round this one out for me.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a large mug.

Bottle has been sitting quietly in the fridge for a couple week, yet when I open it, and bubbles over. Pouring it into the glass results in a 50/50 split between head and beer. Head is light tan, a mixture of coarse and fine bubbles, big and fluffy. Fades at a medium pace, leaving a cone of head and what looks to be huge clumpy lacing. Beer itself is a dark dingy cloudy brown.

Smell is surprisingly mild for a beer that is clearly releasing a lot of gases. What I do smell is fairly rough, grainy and strangely spicy.

Taste is grainy and sourish, medium hoppiness (maybe high hoppiness for an amber), some slight roast bitterness.

Mouthfeel is coarse and rough. Overall, this seems like an OK beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

I do so love chop socky and whatnot... This stuff pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light lemongrass, white bread, light caramel, and light orange peel. The taste holds notes of caramel, honey, light white bread, orange zest, grapefruit peel, light lemon zest, light cilantro, and light grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Overall, a nice little beer, nothing spectacular, nothing bad, just kinda there. I'd have another, but I wouldn't exactly be excited about it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mike, beer served in a snifter. Beer is amber, mostly clear, off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly weak, some malt perhaps some citrus hops.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, some malt, mild tropical hop flavors but overall just a boring pale ale or whatever this is. Clown shoes does some interesting beers, this is not one of them.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz poured into a pint glass.

A-nice deep amber, almost molasses thick in appearance and darker than i expected.

S-is this an red amber ale or an IPA? This is hops and pine all the way in the nose.

T-and the pine/hops continue to roll right on through with some sour, peppery citrus on the back end.

M-a bit dry and acidic. moderate carbonation and medium body.

O- Not a bad beer, certainly something i could deal with again sometime but probably not something i'll prioritize as an instant repeat buy before moving on to try some other new things first

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled first week of Dec 2010

I was really upset with this offering. Pours a dark amber red with a very smal thin head. Aroma is good with hints of pine, hop oil, and some citrus. However the taste really dissapoints. Its an almost dusty dry bitter, instead of a good crisp bitter. Its almost like chewing on a dried out grapefruit rine. Just leaves a unappealing dry feel in the mouth. Overall not a winner for me.

Edit. I have now had a much fresher version of this brew. This one bottled last week of Jan 2011. The taste is much better, no more dry musty bitter. Its a much more clean hoppy bitter. Still could use a little more malt for balance, but still a very nice beer.
Also thanks to one of the guys from Clown Shoes who saw my original post and offered a free fresh bottle to try. That is the kind of service you get from a small brewery who cares what its customers think. I will definately be willing to try anything new they come out with, as well as purchasing some of my favorites from them, such as Tramp Stamp! Thanks again!

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Photo of Dope
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark, almost opaque amber pour. Big bubbly off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Big caramel malt. Nice citrus hops and a light tea character.

T: Whoa, surprisingly bitter. Strong grapefruit, citrus and even a little pine on the backend. Some heavy tea character in the aftertaste. Malt isn't nearly as strong as the color or the aroma suggests. It's more like an unbalanced IPA than an amber ale.

M: Pretty thin given the ABV and the expected usual heavy maltiness of your average amber.

O: Quite bitter and missing out on the balancing malt I feel. It's not terrible but it misses the mark for the style I think.

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