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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mduncan on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
376
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
36
For Trade:
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Ratings: 376 |  Reviews: 177
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premiere Gourmet. Pours amber body with enormous lasting tan head in my case one-and-a -half inches. Initially, malty aroma, also some faint hops. Mostly a well malted melange of hops. Good balance, though very roasted to burnt malt as well.Good drinkability and above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head hardly faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit along with notes of caramel malts. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very aromas and flavors of hops similar to that of an IPA but has an excellent balance with the malts so the beer is not overpowered with bitterness.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky two-fingered head; strong retention and a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Fruity caramel elements dominate, with piney hops in the mix, as well

Taste: The malt profile tastes very much like an ESB, with a fruity caramel character but by mid-palate, the pithy hops dominate and bring an aspirin-like bitterness to the finish, though there is plenty of sweet caramel that lingers on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very hoppy amber which is no less than might be expected from this brewery; I'm not a big fan of ambers and have only come across a few of the hoppy ones that I have enjoyed; I think I would prefer this beer with a different selection of hop varieties

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mercury Brewing / Clown Shoes
Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Amber Ale
22 oz. / $5.99 @ Total Wines & More, Claymont, DE

Brand and marketing vs. the beer inside the bottle... interesting. Perhaps both are equally matched, and perhaps not. The Clown Shoes name holds a high bar, and under that the Eagle Claw Fist holds an even higher bar. In fact, legend tells of a beer so legendary that it became legend before it was even conceived...

All joking aside, and who can blame me (seriously, they've asked for it), this is a decent beer.

Appearance: It's cloudy and darkish copper, OK, but it's got great head retention and lacing. It doesn't say it's bottle conditioned, but even if it's not... we can just pretend, can't we?

Smell: Hoppy! Grapefruit, citrus rind, aged (read as almost souring and headed towards tartness) berries, pine/spruce... and a little bit of hardened dark-caramel maltiness. Bright and inviting!!!

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is not a sweet or malty beer. The hops commandeer the ship and sail decisively forward. The base malt has a bit of bready caramel to it and it balances, but the hops are more dominant in the end (or at least in the finish). It's floral, and a touch spicy; and it's citrus-rind drying with lots of tropical fruit to boot. Hop juicy! But it's also balanced, and it's kept in check by a solid bitterness that runs start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Gently crisp.

Overall: Quite nice. Worth trying.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a two-finger off-white head that is quite thick and creamy. Good retention. Lots of ringy lacing on the way down. The nose has some strong piney hops and quite a bit of amber malt. Mild amount of caramel there as well. The flavor brings a good amount of piney hops with a bit of earthy hops there as well. Good hoppy character throughout. Moderate amount of caramel malt and also some bread. No real sweetness. Medium body with good bitterness coming through into the finish. Solid brew all around.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Clown Shoes beer.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich deep bronze with a large blooming light tannish colored head atop,globs and chunks of broken lace left behind as it settled very slowly.A healthy dose of citric/resiny hop in the nose wich I enjoyed,a sweeter caramel and brown sugar maltiness holds up well to the big hops.A little light in the mouthfeel in the back end,eathy and citric hops are big and really hit home over top of a biscuity and lightly sweet caramel base.The alcohol is extremely well hidden,this is the kinda stuff I like, an amped up hoppy red.Solid.

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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 dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium amber in color. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a half finger tall ring at the edges of the glass with a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Very significant lacing is observed.

S: Fairly strong aroma of citrus hops which really dominate the smell of this beer. The citrus hops are primarily grapefruit with a light hint of lemon peel and there is light bitterness.

T: Huge upfront flavor of grapefruit/citrus of hops with lighter notes of caramel malt sweetness. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers lightly.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Seems to be more of a hybrid of an IPA/DIPA and an Amber with the intense amount of hops in this beer. Well balanced, since it is not overly sweet or bitter. Enjoyable and one to get again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

All signs seem to point to this being an attempt at a Nugget Nectar clone. Poured a darker amber-copper, slightly hazy, with a moderate white head, decent retention and lacing. Hop-dominant aroma, citrus and pine, with a toasty bready malt base. More hoppiness in the taste, almost closer to an IPA than an amber ale (kind of like Nugget Nectar, whatdoyouknow), good mixture of citrus, pine, and floral hops; dry, bready malts, cereal grains. Good, but a bit lacking overall in complexity and freshness. Medium mouthfeel, dry and bitter in the finish, and a bit stale. Decent overall and pretty easily drinkable. One of the better selection from this brewery.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head settles to two-fingers leaving extensive lace on the glass. The broth is very cloudy and is a single tone below brown.

Pine hop aroma covers the other potential smells. Reminds me of a DIPA, but without the warm alcohol nose.

Starts with a malt base that doesn't taste as dark as the color. The hop is the story of this beer, dominating the swallow and aftertaste. I've had some IPA's with less bitterness (not a complaint). One criticism would be the lightness of the body for an Imperial style. Still, this is an easy beer to enjoy flavor wise.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispenses a lightly hazed, dark copper-amber body with a foamy, lasting, ecru-colored crown. Sufficient lacing on the way down.

Smell: An earthy aroma compounded with a heap of essential citrus oils and punchy pith shards over the lesser malt hints of toast and caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel and an additional light sprinkling of sugar atop toasted bread and toasted grains at the opening. Pithy, fruity and the concentrated quality of citrus oils providing flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and, just maybe, some dried bitter orange peel. Then, it quickly switches over to being earthy and firmly resinous, and, though there's a small rebound of that initial sweet maltiness, it snaps back to those sharp resins and the cumulative bitterness. Longly bitter, rather dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A smoothness is noted, friends.

Overall: At a punchy 8%, I'd say it's better lumped in the catch-all American Strong Ale category, but that's okay, I can go with the flow.

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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 paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber/reddish hue with a nice cream colored head. Smell was sweet caramel malts with a hint of a corn or grain in it. The taste was very much sugary malts with again a bit of a grain or earthy back to it. Very nice actually. This is very nicely carbonated and goes down smooth. A good beer from clownshoes simple and effective, this could easily be an all night beer as it is light and tasty!

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