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

Thanks for the bottle, Jeff.

The beer is amber in color with an off-white head. A very sweet nose to this: lots of caramel and brown sugar notes. There's a little bit of citrus hoppiness on the back end, maybe some sweet fruits like mangos. There's definitely some hop bitterness to it, but not too much hop flavor. Toffee and caramel malt flavors give it a fair amount of sweetness, too. Maybe a bit of pine hop flavor on the back end. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

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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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onto Blind beer #5 from Kyle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my new Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep, hazy reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two minutes and then leaves an inch of frothy head throughout drinking it, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruits, and light pine. Smells like a very nice, hoppy DIPA, though the deep color makes me think it could be another hoppy red ale? Either way it smells great.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and alcohol. Light pine hops as well. The taste is a bit bitter from all the hops, but still really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, with a tiny bit of bitterness up front.

o - Overall another really nice hoppy beer. Smell and taste reminds me of a DIPA, but I am going to guess it is a very hoppy red ale based on the appearance. No idea what beer though.

And the beer is...Clown Shoes Eagle Claw Fist. Got the style right and looking at the side of the bottle, it looks like they do use a lot of hops in this one. One of the better Clown Shoes beers I've had; thanks for another great beer Kyle.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with an orange hue; huge, dense, off white head that has incredible retention

S - bread, melon, grapefruit, alcohol

T - bread, citrus, faint toast, faint roasted malts, pineapple, alcohol

M - warm, medium to full bodied, good carbonation

This is a pretty solid, flavorful amber ale. It's intense, hoppy, malty, and potent. It's definitely worth a try.

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

Bomber $7.99 at Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, MA.

Pours murky darker almond, with an orange hue. Loose fluffy lite mocha head, stays nicely, leaving thick sheeting, then nice fine lacing. Everybody enjoys quality head and this beer has it.

The sniff reveals big waves of maple malts. With some gritty hops in the rear.

Lucious and flavorful offering. Maple theme continues, great flavor loads of maple, vanilla, honey infused malts. Nice. Hops are there but basically to balance not take over. Quality amber ale. More good stuff from Clown Shoes/Mercury.

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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 Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber with a one inch head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of citrus, not unlike an grapefruity IPA.

T- Bitter, definitely on the hoppy side. Caramel malt. "Its like a mix between an amber and an IPA" Hah.

M- Somewhat on the syrupy side but with adequate carbonation.

D/O- An imperial amber, and quite drinakable at that. My first Clown Shoes...enjoyed it, even not being a huge amber fan.

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

A: poured amber brown in color with burgundy highlights and a half finger of bubbly head that left little wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: caramel malty sweetness is noticeable on the first whiff alongside good hop character, some citrusy notes, faint chocolate, subtle earthy grass and hints of nuts.

T: caramel nuttiness with malty sweetness were dominant on the palate alongside a pretty good hoppy profile with grassy citrusy accents and a touch of underlying chocolate.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a a fair amount of carbonation which had a malty, nutty, sweet, hoppy, semi bitter, citrusy and oily finish.

O: pretty decent beer all around and glad to try another offering from clown ahoes.

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Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of caramel, grapefruit, and a strong hop presence.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, a sharp and biting bitterness, some apple sweetness linger in the background. Alcohol is mildly noticable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. The bitter aftertaste lingers long on the tongue.

Overall: this is a slow sipping big amber ale, and the bitterness is a bit off puting as the glass empties. Needs a bit more balance here.

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

Had a goblet at MexiQ. Certainly a double red type ale – it is red and hoppy after all. But I don't get much malt from it. The hops were a bit one-dimensional and defined by a dry, biting citrus rind character. There wasn't a lot of flavor up front, and the beer never got into any fruitier or floral notes. By no means a bad beer, but not my favorite from Clown Shoes.

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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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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
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