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

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Added by mduncan on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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 jmarsh123
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with an everlasting tan head.

Smells of lots of caramel malt with some piney scent from the hops.

Taste is up front caramel what you'd expect from an amber, but also a load of piney and a bit of citrusy hops. Roasted malt notes are also detectable. Finishes extremely bitter and dry at the end of the palate.

Mouthfeel/carb are pretty spot on for the style.

I like my ambers hopped up, and this is a good beer, but I think they missed on the profile a little bit. Everything ends up being a bit too bitter when the roasted malts and piney hops are added together. Maybe a bit more lean toward a citrusy hop could have made it a tad less harsh.

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

Thanks goes out to Mess for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight citrus note, nice hop note as well. The taste, slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, slight citrus. Medium Body, very nice bitter/dry finish. This is my first brew from Clown Shoes, and it is a very nice one. A true to style brew. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 sendsilk
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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 AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, medium copper color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Pretty hoppy, good citrus with sweet malt, and a little peach.

T: Leads with light caramel followed quickly by mellow citrus hops. Nice pine bite on the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel and quite smooth.

O: I really liked this, a bit hoppy for the style but very nice. I would buy this again.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, malts, hops,

taste: caramel, malts, hops, dry finish,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent red ale. glad I got to try it. but probably wouldn't seek out again.


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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking beer, with a pour that's a very dark amber, almost burnt orange. reminds me more of a Scottish ale by appearance alone. Nice creamy head that leaves excellent lacing rounds it out. Smells quite malty, a bit sweet, and with notes of chalky fruit and some citrusy hops. Tastes very firm, with sweet malt, but dryer than the nose. It's quite bitter as well, with earthy and citrus pith flavors that make a nice hoppy counterpoint to all of the malt. Smooth and silky in the mouth, but not creamy- instead you're left with a long bitterness that races around the tight malt flavors. An interesting beer, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 glid02
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a cream-colored head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of heavy caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are large amounts of citrus and slightly herbal hops backed by smaller amounts of floral notes.

Tastes smoother than the smell intimates. Moderately dry caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by deep citrus and light pine hops. Midway through the citrus fades a bit and small amounts of bready and toasted flavors come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, it’s on the thin side with decent carbonation.

Overall this is one of my favorite styles but I couldn’t quite get behind this beer. The hops weren’t crisp enough and the malt profile seemed muddled. By no means a bad beer but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.
bottled 6/15/11.

pours a dark copper/deep amber tone with a good degree of clarity while yielding a 1" frothy, off-white head. good retention and loads of lacing.

nose is lead by caramel malt with some secondary hoppy notes.

flavor delivers more hop characteristics (pine, citrus) than the aroma led me to believe, but caramel malt still is the lead act. hoppy bitterness persists through the finish... medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying this a good deal. nothing transcendent, but very tasty. i'll be up for a revisit.

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Photo of elephantrider
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber pour with an off white head.

S: Caramel aroma with some bread. Piney hops with some citrus. Some grass maybe too.

T: Caramel with bread. Toasty. Piney hops with grapefruit smack you in the face. Finish is dry. Not too boozy

M: Meduim bodied, good carbonation and dry

O: The best thing about this beer are the hops. Being a hophead this was a good beer! If I could buy this in Michigan, I think I would revisit this one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
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 corby112
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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 Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep, deep amber. very hazy. frothy head with okay retention and fantastic lacing.

S: assertive pine interacts with a tangerine sweetness.

T: just the slightest bit of roast with caramel. sort of a burnt brown sugar flavor. bitterness in the finish might even show notes of smoke. delicious hoppiness.

M: mouthfeel is gentle and also assertive. works fantastically with the flavor.

D: very tasty double amber. i was worried the alcohol would be obvious but it actually is hidden under fresh hop/sweet flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Heavily hazed deep amber/light brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

4.0 S: This is hoppy! Mixture of citrusy, piney, and floral hops. Orange, mango, grapefruit, and a bouquet of flowers are the strongest. Despite the big hit of hops, malts are easy to pick out as well. Lots of caramel and toffee especially. The yeastiness is also in ample quantities. I'm not sure if it is coming from the yeast, but I'm picking up a faint "industrial" aroma, but it isn't as bad as it sounds.

3.5 T: Taste mirrors the nose. Grapefruit, pine, orange are strongest hop flavors with a light herbalness and general citrus underneath. Moderate to heavy bitterness. Lots of caramel malts and some toffee. The yeastiness combines with the malts to give a healthy breadiness. Lot of good stuff going on here, but I'd prefer that this be a bit cleaner.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess as well.

3.5 D: Good beer for what it is, but I'm not a big fan of hoppy beers that have strong bready flavors. Filter this and I think I'd love it.

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Photo of Chaney
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 2011.

100 IBUs huh? Can't wait!

A: Mildly hazy orange-red color, with a mean mildly off-white EXTREMELY frothy head that stuck around for a while... Okay, it's been five minutes... I'm growing weary.

S: Huge citrus blast, along with a healthy dose of fresh red velvet cake batter. Centennial, Citra, and Columbus: Gotta love it!

T: Imperial is right, but it's not as fruity as I was hoping. Darn! Still this was tasty. Teeth-stainingly bitter and extremely dry on the finish, but it was the type that true hopheads tend to love.

M: Kinda boozy, with is surprising since it's not that high an ABV. The lacing was somewhat ridiculous and the my hop bitter threshold was reached on this one.

O: The build up to this one was great, but the payoff wasn't as grand as I'd hoped. I liked this, but I'll take Nugget Nectar or Shark Attack over this any day.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber hue that sits very dark in glass. A big foamy off-white head forms and hangs around for a while. Great lacing.

S- Lots of sweet and tangy orange upfront. A solid malt presence. Aroma is close to balanced.

T- Lots of sweet ripe orange & tangelos. Some orange rind zest with a touch of piney hops. The malt provides a solid backbone. Hops are rather mild and subdued. The flavors do meld together quite well.

M- Medium bodied. Hop bitterness is rather light, but do manage to tingle the palate a bit. Smooth and mild from the malt bill. A nice feel, almost creamy.

O- I rather enjoyed this brew. It was an easy drinker and was pretty refreshing. I may have have an older bottle and would want to try on tap or again to see if I could get more hops.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz brown bottle is poured into a pint glass. Label says this was bottled the last week of January 2011.

As I pour, the glass is immediately filled with a cascading head of light tan foam. It has settled down to a few fingers in thickness, leaving some lacing above it a well of clear red liquid below. Carbonation clings to the sides of the glass within the liquid.

Lots of hop aroma in this beer! Plenty of citrus scents, as well as some pine. It all smells very fresh, like a pot of still boiling wort. The 4+ months since bottling haven't hurt the aroma at all.

Hops are present throughout each swallow of this beer, but they don't hit me as hard as they do in the nose. The malt base is hard to pinpoint, as the bitterness kicks in as soon as the beer hits my tongue. It starts out mild and oily. A bit of spiciness makes itself known as I hold the beer in my mouth. Big pine bitterness in the finish that lingers on after I swallow.

Somewhat sticky on my lips. Lots of coating, but it doesn't pack as much bitterness as I thought It would. The body is full and carbonation is low.

This beer is pretty good but doesn't blow me away. It may have degraded somewhat since it was bottled. I guess I'd like it to finish a little cleaner and have a less sticky mouthcoat, but otherwise it is enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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 dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 ktrillionaire
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty red color, with a decent sized head that has some retention, fades away to leave some small bits of lacing on the glass, starts out rather murky and as the pour settles it becomes clearer in the glass.

The aroma has mostly a strong caramel malt backing, light touch of hops to balance things a bit, the hops are more on the citrusy side of things.

Taste is definitely malt heavy, actually the body seems heavy at times even though the carbonation is spot on and provides some much needed lightness, aftertaste is mostly bitter hops where I'm picking up a hardcore citrus rind presence.

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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 375 ratings