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 PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a murky brown with a massive, foamy tan head. Lots of lacing. Going to be waiting a while to drink this one. Aroma is piney hops, grass, and sweet malts. Hints of caramel. Taste is alot of piney hops. Some grassy, floral notes. Sweet brown sugar towards the end. Pretty heavy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Overall, solid and worth a second try.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in September of 2011, wish I had inspected it closer before I bought it a couple of weeks ago. But at 8%, we'll see how it goes.

Pours a nice deep amber with a decent sized tan head with good retention. Nice lacing is left along the glass as well. In the nose, piney hops take center stage with some caramel and amber malts in the background.

Good hop bitterness up front in the taste, mostly earthy and pine with a bit of citrus. Solid caramel malt in rounds it out with maybe even a hint of brown sugar. Medium in carbonation with a creamy medium body.

Even with some age on this I was still pleasantly surprised. I'll be trying to find a fresher bottle pretty soon.

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Photo of Durge
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden brown colored brew hazed with tiny particulate and crowned with a sturdy light tan foam and very generous lacing. The aroma brings mild grassy brown sugar malt. Not too impressive but nothing bad here. The first taste offers grass and evergreen over tea and more brown sugar, with a leafy bite and gentle malt. Well balanced while delivering a decent hop bitterness in a solid medium bodied brew with fine, balanced carbonation as well. Pine and grass. Very nice.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, bottled Feb 2012, pours a ruddy brown with some amber hues when held to the light, full beige head leaves chunky lace all over the glass. Aromas fill the nose with caramel malt with floral and citric hops. Tastes are full as well with huge up-front malts carrying caramel, brown bread crust, brown sugar across the palate before pine and pungent grapefruit dominate and linger to an astringent resin. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, sharp, and the ale doesn't go down too well due to the heat of the alcohol. Overall, if I had this blindly I would guess West Coast, but the East brings it with a punch here. I wasn't crazy over the alcohol being hot and the lingering dry finish, but still was enjoyable nonetheless.

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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 ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper leaving a two finger creamy head with lacing everywhere,the smell is piney hops and to be quite honest not much more the piney hops really dominate the smell,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of piney hops,boiled candy,a light touch of toffee apple and finished with the ever present piney hop bitterness and overall its nice but pretty one dimensional and abit of a hop bomb and personally id prefer a better malt character to even this out and probably would not revisit cheers.

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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 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 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 Fubar1453
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep amber color with a small head that leaves good lacing.

S: Dark fruit and hops.

T: Bitter up front, sweetness in the middle and dark fruits on the end.

M: Creamy and sticky, medium carbonation.

O: An ok amber, best to be sipped. Not interested in trying again.

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

Consumed 2/12
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, ruddy brown with a one finger of light khaki, foamy head. Big chunks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is big thick grapefruit and orange hops with an undertone of caramel.

T: Taste is caramel at the forefront with orange peel coming through. Some grain and light lemon and grapefruit are present. Finish is grassy, toffee and a hint of chocolate... who saw that one coming?

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, light and slick with an oily slick finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style. This is another solid offering from Clown Shoes.

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

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Eagle Claw Fist pours into the glass a dark amber color with some dark orange and bronze in the color. A firm cap of off white foam that sticks pretty nice. Smell is fairly hoppy with a grapefruit scent and some underlining malt. Trace amounts of grain and some lemon in the scent. Taste is a hoppy amber with the malt in the back. Jumbled. Reminds me of what all beer tastes like after a long day drinking different beer at a bottle share event, muddled. I like it though, to an extent. Body is medium in build with a faint bitterness and a lasting aftertaste. Carb is present and pronounced. Interesting beer, just not something to drink tons of.

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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 bigaltemple
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz "Bottled in the Middle of April 2011"

A - Deep amber in color. Huge khaki-colored head builds quickly requiring multiple pours to fill a pint. Very slowly, but eventually, settles to a thin film leaving sticky lacing.

S - Big piney and floral hops aroma. Some notes of caramel and bready malts.

T/M - Sweet maltiness up front quickly transitions to the hops bite. Comes across more citrusy than the nose. Medium bodied, not over carbonated.

O - I like it. First chance I've had to sample anything from Clown Shoes and I was not let down.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger dark cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a very good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose, grapefruit flavor, some caramel with a dry finish. Bottled 1/2011. $6.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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

Growler, Purchased a DeCicco's on 01/21/12, Consumed on 01/22/12

Poured into a Tulip

A: Dark Amber, Pillowy white head, recedes to thin film, decent lacing

S: hops and malt, not incredibly citrusy, more herbal hops, and obviously a well malted beer

T: interesting....plenty of hops and plenty of malt, not a classic Imperial Amber, but I like it. Tinge of sweetness form the malt is backed up by a swelling bitterness. They didn't forget the hops with this one.

M: Thin and smooth. It doesn't instantly coat the palate the way other Imp. Ambers do, which I appreciate.

O: An excellent beer that may veer more towards the strong ale category, but I like the playful take on the style.


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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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Photo of omnigrits
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz nonic.

A. Seriously dark amber with an off white head. Not much lace but decent head retention.

S. Even with a good head on this beer I'm not getting much aroma off it. Some malts, maybe some spicy hops.

T. Now this is more like it. Lots of medium roasted malt flavours, a good dose of yeasty fruitiness and a delicious bite of hoppy bitterness. Not too much in the way of sweetness here, just a hint of toffee and caramel.

M. Medium bodied, not over-carbonated.

O. I like this a lot. Plenty of the right kinds of flavour for the style, but the lack of aroma let it down a little for me, plus the fact that it's hardly a session beer. I'd love to drink this all night long like a good ESB, which it reminds of in many ways.

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

22 oz bomber pours deep amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is citrus hops, sweet malt, and cotton candy. This is pretty hoppy for an amber, somewhat surprising for an East Coast brewery. Suspect this beer would be too sweet without the great blend of bitter and citrusy hops - really a very nice balance. Medium mouthfeel with dry finish and tongue-coating aftertaste that begs for another sip. I love these West Coast style hop-heavy ambers!

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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 imintune2
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into 14oz. tulip (bottled on 6/15/11)

A: dark amber color with very little head (big bubbles leaving a globby lacing).

S: grapefruit, grains, grass/hops

T: sweet, citrusy taste on the front-end. the hops take over as it funnels down the tongue, leaving a crisp, bitter trail. after swallowing, the hops settle down and a sweet caramel tone lingers.

M: there's a midline sharpness and tingling sensation in the back of the throat immediately proceeding the swallow, but the bitter quickly smooths-out leaving a thin, sweet coating.

O: though relatively tame in each category, this amber ale offers a body of citrus and hops without completely overwhelming the tastebuds (vs. an IPA). this beer has become a trusty standby when i search the shelves and find nothing in particular. wish it was sold in a 6pack.

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Photo of Ratman197
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Half Time poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, grapefruit, lemon and grassiness. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, grassiness, grapefruit, lemon and light pine with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

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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 avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very sharp, hoppy aroma, with good shot of caramel in it as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot more than I expected), caramel, grapefruit, and malt. The hops content almost pushes this beer into another style - it almost tastes like a weak barleywine - but it's still very flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has a pretty big flavor for its style, but it's very well made.

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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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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
3.82 out of 5 based on 375 ratings.
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