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 vande
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ~ a strong amber pour. Bit more active than other beers I've had.

S ~ Initial thoughts of citrus, some breadiness....decent balance of malt/hops

T ~ kinda follows the nose on this one....dry, bitter finish.

M ~ Medium to lighter body, smooth drinker

O ~ pretty good. Glad I tried it, but nothing I'd go out of may to try and find again with so many to choose from out there.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep reddish amber with a frothy head that leaves immediate patches of lace as the head lingers.

S - Big dose of Citra hops with grapefruit, citrus zest rounded out by a sweet malt finish.

T - Bitter citrus, tangerine, a mineral maybe even metallic bitterness that lingers until the next sip. Pine, sweet malt, nutty and more bitterness. The bitterness strips away the flavor with each drink.

M - Medium body and creamy with a mouth coating bitterness.

D - A little too bitter. The bitterness takes over the beer with each sip.

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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 DrinkingDrake
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark burnt orange with a slight haze. A deceiving frothy head that thinly laces out quickly. The nose smells of some sweet toffee and tangy malts with strong hop notes. A faint fruity nose leaning towards from clementines. I'm impressed by the flavor. A good balance of a medium bodied almost red ale with a strong fruity faintly citrus hop character. The hops are balanced in their fruity flavors but the finish was very dry. A refreshing taste upfront but sucked dry at the end.

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

A - Bottled March 2011. It pours a small off-white head into a tulip glass. It has a decent retention and leaves a thick coating of lace as it fades. The beer itself is a dark amber.

S - It's got a strong dark caramel malt presence. There is also a good bit of hops that give it a somewhat fruity/spicy aroma.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation with a slightly creamy finish.

T - The taste has a strong caramel malt backbone that makes itself known in the beginning, but towards the middle the hops take over. The hops lend fruity and citrusy flavors first followed by bitterness. The bitterness overwhelms the fruit into the finish.

A very interesting twist on the amber ale. I enjoyed it very much. If the hops would have given more fruitiness this would be a really solid beer. Regardless, it's a great beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of spree92
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is classified on the well thought label as an Imperial Amber Ale, and at 8%, that seems right.

A dense deep amber pour with lots of sticky carbonation. Small head leaves a yeasty film all the way down. The bitter malts, yeah, I know, greet you as you first dive in. Malts as smooth with a sweet caramel scent and the the earthy hops back that up. Taste is slightly roasted malts quickly give wag to bitterness. Not too much though. Hops as definitely the dominate character and play so well with the smell and taste of malts. The more I consume, I am starting to think that maybe too many hops for an amber ale. This is a heavier beer and the higher alcohol is noticeable in taste and in the stomach.

I bought this mainly because of the label and name. Never had a Clown Shoes beer before today. I would make an effort to try others as they seem like very good beers.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a pint glass...decent color for the style. Not quite a bright orange amber like some of its brethren but still pretty bright. Smell is nice and hoppy. A hoppy amber. Ok, I've had ambers on the hoppier side before, so it's nothing too novel but they still made a nice effort. Mouthfeel is decent. Nothing amazing but fine. Pretty big beer that fills you up.

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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 pburland23
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Winchester Wine & Spirits over the Easter Holiday. Splitting it with my wife.

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a dark coppery bronze with a thin layering of cream colored head which has lingered nicely.

Smell is nice. There is more caramel malt aroma than in your face hoppiness. The hops are definitely there, but they play second fiddle to the malt in the nose. Kind of interesting to see the "Imperial" paradigm thrown on its head by stressing the malt over the hops.

Taste is very well balanced. Strong on the caramel malt. The sweetness is counteracted by some well placed, but not over the top hops bitterness. There is a touch of alcohol burn around the edge, but it isn't pervasive. Real nice muted version of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium, but still sticky and resinous. Carbonation is nice as well.

Overall, you hear Imperial Amber and you want to compare the beer to Nugget Nectar (which is exactly what the salesman said when I bought the beer). In reality, they are two different interpretations of the style. NN places a primacy on the hops, while Eagle Claw Fist emphasizes the malt and uses the hops as a supporting player. There is definitely room for both within the style.

ECF is a nice, well balanced beer. I'll be picking it up again when I'm in MA.

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Photo of tapman
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate red-brown color with a large, rocky head that blew up to four fingers and after settling down form a dense plateau at the center and lacing on the sides that looked like a photo negative of scattered puzzle pieces.

Big soapy hops and when I say soapy I mean like something out of the higher perfumed soaps, like Coast or certain Old Spice sticks. When I think soapy hops, I think of dry hopping with Centennial, so that's my guess. Some roasty, dark raisin puree notes underneath.

Once again, big soapy hops, but with the addition of a medium/strong bitterness, some astringent roast flavors, some light vanilla, and a very pungent, resinous, piney cling in the finish. Very cloying in the finish.

Sharp, yet sticky. Big amounts of unisomerized hop oils dry the palate and threaten to close your throat.

Fits the style, which is more than I can say for a lot of recent reds that I have tried. Sticky, too much dry hop materials floating around for my taste.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze and a little ruby coloring with a soft tan head that does not retain very well.

Citric hop resin hits the sniffer with grapefruit rinds and cut flowers. Just a little hint of toasted pretzel bread mizexs with the hoppy nose.

Grapefruit and flowers smash the palate with resiny bitterness from start to finsh. The middle lets some toasted malts shine through, but then back to the citrisy, resiny, floral hop bitterness. The finish has a tinny twang that doesn't last long, but the bitterness does. The alcohol seems to help the twinge along.

Maybe the most bitter beer I've had so far, in the way of IBU's that is.

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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 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 number1bum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of ivory head. Keeps a pretty thick and full lace, with a ring of stick on the side as well. It's somewhat cloudy and there is some sediment floating around.

Smell is very fruity, with sweet orange, pineapple and lots of tropical aromas going on. Fruits are juicy and quite nice. Has a syrupy sweetness to it as well; more sugary than caramel, although the caramel is there too.

Taste doesn't have quite the same level of juicy fruit flavors that the nose had, but there is some tropical fruit flavor, some mango and then some sweet blood orange. It's sweet like the nose implied but there is also a bready, almost toasty quality to it. Also a touch of alcohol and a decent a amount of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body but barely so. It's pretty creamy and smooth. Has a touch of heat to it but is pretty clean.

This is a tasty beer and quite solid. Some nice fruity qualities to it although I can't help but think it could be even better. Seems a tad unrefined, but still drinks quite nicely. Would pick this up again and would order a pint on draft if I saw it.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is hazy dark amber with a 1-finger light-khaki head. Good foamy lace rings.

S: Some caramel malt, some roasted grains and a touch of generic hops.

T: First impression is the finish: tongue-shreddingly bitter. Burnt grains underneath, also some sweet malt and nuttiness. Hops are metallic/minerally, and add a taste of grass and pine needles. Really bitter - surprisingly so given the style.

M: Carbonation is quite active and sharp. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: Too bitter, carbonation is too active. I can appreciate a hoppy amber or red ale, but the hops used here provide too much on the straight bitter side and not a more flavorful, balanced approach. Not impressed.

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Photo of shrek806
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Brilbecks in Syracuse. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a deep dark amber with a giant fluffy head that looked like tan=tinted whipped cream. excellent lacing

Smells of carmel malts and a light piney odor

Tastes of malty bitterness with a citrus finish (almost lemon). quite bitter without any balance.

the mouthful is alive and smooth. although bitter in the beginning, it finishes quite smooth.

The taste lacks the balance I was hoping and expecting. I was told this rivaled Nugget Nectar. Not a chance. NN blows it away.

Tastes more like a nut brown than an Imp Amber.

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

Bomber into a tulip. Bottled in March, reviewed April 5.

Cloudy ruby in color, kind of brownish. Didn't expect it to look like this. It looks like a Flanders Red. Head leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smells dankly like all sorts of tropical fruits, with some sweetness and darker caramel flavors beneath.

Taste is mostly very resin-y citrus hops, some pine flavors, with some darker, burnt caramel flavors and brown sugar. Pretty sticky and resiny and very hop forward. Not a crisp drinker. Finishes very bitter. ABV undetectable.

Mouthfeel is medium and leaves some sticky hops on the palate. Just enough carbonation.

An interesting beer. It's not like any other hoppy red I've had before. It's more abrasive and resiny, but it tastes good.

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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 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 Thickfreakness
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Really fresh, 3/11... poured into a tulip glass.
Beautiful, deep amber red with a nice creamy tan three finger head. Nice lacing... really sticky as it fades.

S- Tons of hops!!! Citra... maybe Simcoe as well? definately a few different types in here. Grapefruit, citrus zest, and a ton of tropical fruit! Nice sweet maltiness at the end. I like this!

T- Wow... bitter citrus! Not in a good way. The bitterness overpowers everything else that was going on in the nose. The tropical fruit is nowhere to be tasted. The nice maltiness is gone. Everything is stripped away by the bitterness... what a shame, the aroma had alot going for it! It gets a little bit better as it warms up.

M- Nice body and carbonation, but that bitterness just won't stop. It's making my teeth feel gritty.

O- Looks great, smells awesome, but hard to enjoy with this bitter citrus pith taste! It's like chewing on the rind of the grapefruit. I'm very saddened by this, I had high hopes! I was hoping this would kinda be like Nugget Nectar... not even close! No balance between the malt and hops at all.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, dated bottled March 2011. Can't get much fresher, drinking it as I type.

Poured into a Sierra Hop Tulip Pint, brilliant clear amber to light copper with some red highlights and a dense light tan head with nice thick lacing.

Nice kick of pungent Columbus hops on the nose, sticky sappy resinous lots of ripe mango, grapefruit with honey, spearmint. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste is a big rush of tropical fruit and caramel. Mango, Papaya, pineapple lightly roasted grain and brown sugar. Some alcohol on the mid palate and a touch in the finish.

Bitterness is a tad harsh, but overall a dry but resinous mouthfeel. A little warming on the tongue through the finish. High bitterness, medium carbonation.

Like this one a lot. I love how Columbus hops express themselves in the flavor profile especially when a beer is made well. Really leaves an impression. More please.

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

A-pots a nice dark amber looks akin to maple syrup two fingers width frothy head boatloads of retention and gobs of sticky lacing.

S-deep bitter twang citrus hoppiness dominates slight bready malts.

T-follows suit with the smell very powerful bitterness has total domination lingers quite a while.

M-medium bodied smooth and creamy.

D-as I am a hophead I love this brew not for the bitter timind could drink this one anytime.


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Photo of GarrettMD
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark ruby, almost brown color. 1 finger off white head that just sits there. Lacing is great.

S - Tropical hops, and a small malt background. Grapefruit, orange, and slight lemon aromas.

T - Slightly less dominant than the aroma suggests. Malts are more prevalent. Hops are still the same, maybe with a little more earthy hops thrown into the mix. Bitterness is a little overpowering, but not too far off balance.

M - Slightly wet mouthfeel, finish is dry and bitter, and little too much. Bitterness stays around a long time.

O - Even with the beer being slightly off-balance and a little too dry, it is still very good. I wasn't expecting this to be as much of a hop bomb as it was. Definitely can't compare this to something such as Hopback Amber, they differ too much. Though if I had to choose between the 2, I would probably go to Hopback.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a deep amber-red with a finger of off-white head. Excellent lacing. Head retention is excellent.

S - Plenty of hops. Lemon and grapefruit hops and a bit of a malt sweetness.

T - Grapefruit hop bitterness throughout and a grainy malt and hop bitter finish. Doesn't live up to the nose.

M - Medium body and good level of carbonation. Very dry finish.

D - A good beer. Much MUCH hoppier than I expected. Looking at the bottle I now know it is over 100 IBU, but before I had read that I didn't expect to be hit with so much hop. That said, it is quite tasty and I would drink it again. It doesn't hold up to Nugget Nectar, or even Hop Back, but it is a fine beer in its own right. Finish is too dry, which is the biggest complaint I can muster.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 3/20/11
*From notes

A: A cloudy and rich dark amber hue. A devistating 2+ finger head which is followed by some ridiculously sticky lacing.

S: Big league hops. A subtle amount of malt lingers around, but it's easily overwhelmed by the intensity of the fresh hop oil.

T: An explosion of juicy hoppiness. It takes one hell of a malt backbone to stand up, but it does, and it carries the beer from the mid to the finish, where a smooth bitterness hits the tounge.

M: A creamy, robust feel to it not seen in most ambers I've had. It's big - it overwhelms the mouth upon contact.

O: Outstanding. Clown Shoe's Eagle Claw Fist is one of the top five ambers I've had the pleasure of consuming. Period.

*On a side note, I'd like to add that Eagle Claw Fist sports one of the coolest, most badass labels I've come across. In fact Clown Shoes entire line up has some killer branding.


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Eagle Claw Fist from Clown Shoes
3.82 out of 5 based on 376 ratings.
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