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Eagle Claw Fist | Clown Shoes

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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 rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a thick off white head. There is good head retention and nice la ing on the glass as the head recedes. Thesmell is a lot of floral and citrus hops as well as a small but noticeable amount of malt. The taste is fairly similar to he smell with a nice hop presence and bitterness. The mouthfeel of this bee is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overal the beer is awesome and will definitely be drinking this beer the ten to eleven minus of he year that nugget nectar is not available.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a mug.
The beer was a dark amber color with a thick tan head that persisted well. A nice amount of lacing.
A floral and herbal aroma for the most part. Some caramel malt.
Big, big hit of piney hops. The hops linger and build. Sweet caramel. Earthy.
This beer was very well-hopped and had a real zing in the mouth.
Would drink this beer anytime.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a really dark amber with a big, just off-white head that leaves good lacing behind. On the nose there is a malt backbone of caramel, but over and above all that is a huge pine presence, maybe with just a faint bit of biscuit. In the mouth, the sweet caramel notes hit first, but the hops come in a rush, bone-dry pine hanging around forever. The feel is quite smooth, nicely carbonated ... perhaps just a bit too much, though. The finish is long, but the pleasant bitterness turns harsh after a while, limiting drinkability for me. This is my second Clown Shoes beer after Hoppy Feet, and I think I may have liked that one more. Overall, this is a good beer that I'd recommend to anyone who likes big ambers in particular and hoppy beers more generally.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber color with very vibrant carbonation and a foamy off white layer of head.

S - Toasted caramel, bread crust, mild pine, semi-pungent earthiness, grass, and a very mild dose of slightly acidic citrus aroma.

T - Toasted caramel, bread crust, and earthy grass lay a very thick blanket down, before a large dose of pine and grapefruit bitterness comes rolling in. The malt dies down after the sip while the piney citrus sucks the spit off your tongue for a long, sharp, almost puckering dry finish. There's a slight alcohol effervesence rising out of the throat but not so overpowering that it would be considered "boozy".

M - Medium body, sprightly carbonation on the tongue, very dry finish.

D - Good, but I couldn't do more than one bomber.

I really like the generous hopping which is the best quality of this beer. I can see this turning into a total malt bomb if it gets too much age on it. I found this bottle at RSVP in Portland, ME while traveling through the area on business. I've heard about this brewery and was thrilled to finally try one of their beers.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this last night after enjoying Nugget Nectar over the weekend. this is a very different beer. If you like dry and bitter, this is for you! A dark amber body is dominated by aggressive piney, citrusy hops. It says 100 IBU, and I believe it. Very powerful and complex, but very, very bitter. Not as drinkble as Nugget Nectar, but a great beer.

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Photo of gameface23
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had really high expectation for this beer, but I was pretty let down. Pours a burnt amber color with an off-white head. Speckled lacing is left on the glass. The smell is pretty weak. The flavor has a mix of caramel, pine and citrus hops, but has a burnt wood/ash finish. Maybe it is Caramel 120 or some sort of roasted malt for color or something, but there is definitely a burnt aspect to it that is a little offputting. The mouthfeel is much too thin for an 8% Amber ale and the finish is watery.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle into my Rodenbach tulip, bottled last week of January 2011... Looks great, a super dark dark with amber, shiny. The head is tope, great retention and lacing... The aroma is equally nice, very hoppy (light car pissyness and a hint of citrus) but balanced with some spicy rye notes. Very strong but I like it... The taste loses my love a little as there is way to much rye with a pine resin finish, way too bitter for me. Nice caramel notes on the front, just hate the feel and finish... The alcohol is hidden very well, despite the finish still easy to drink.

Too much harsh hops for me to love it, but this is still pretty good and worth trying

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Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled first week of jan. 2011

pours clear dark amber orange with a 1+ finger off white head with great retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is all hops grapefruit pine and hop resin

taste is like the nose very hoppy very west coast - bitter pine grapefruit ashy - not much malt here just a touch to give a little sweetness on the end

mouthfeel - medium body good carb very smooth and creamy

drinkability - one of the better ambers - @ 8% drinks like a lighter lower abv beer so watch out

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Photo of BenjieK
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Downtown Wine and Spirits. this is the only Clown Shoes beer I had yet to try, and i was very excited, as they have quickly become my top local brewery. This one did not dissapoint.

Says on the side: third batch, bottled first week of december, 2010.

A: color is a dark amber with a big white head that left delicate lace.

S: The smell was a mix of piney and tropical hops, with some sweet malt, and coffee.

T: Complex. Bitter, sweet, layers of hops and malts. Love this,

M: Rich and silky.

D: Downed my bomber in forty five minutes!

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled first week of Dec 2010

I was really upset with this offering. Pours a dark amber red with a very smal thin head. Aroma is good with hints of pine, hop oil, and some citrus. However the taste really dissapoints. Its an almost dusty dry bitter, instead of a good crisp bitter. Its almost like chewing on a dried out grapefruit rine. Just leaves a unappealing dry feel in the mouth. Overall not a winner for me.

Edit. I have now had a much fresher version of this brew. This one bottled last week of Jan 2011. The taste is much better, no more dry musty bitter. Its a much more clean hoppy bitter. Still could use a little more malt for balance, but still a very nice beer.
Also thanks to one of the guys from Clown Shoes who saw my original post and offered a free fresh bottle to try. That is the kind of service you get from a small brewery who cares what its customers think. I will definately be willing to try anything new they come out with, as well as purchasing some of my favorites from them, such as Tramp Stamp! Thanks again!

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pretty dark chestnut color with a creamy one finger head.

S-A bit of caramel and possibly some chocolate with orange and piny hop notes.

T-Bitter pine and orange that is balanced by some caramel and earthiness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a dry and bitter finish; carbonation is low to medium.

D-I've never been a fan of the combination of dry and bitter, a little more caramel malt would have gone a long way to round this one out for me.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a clear deep amber with orange highlights. Light tan head of about two fingers, slowly drops, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of pine and citrus hops, light caramel malt. Lemon and orange zest.

Flavor of an orange ice pop (frozen summer treat), with a bitter twist. Orange and lemon, sweet malt, caramel. Finish is medium, with orange flavors dominating, then fading into bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a full of mouthcoating resins. Good level of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. The orange hop flavors really dominate, turning it almost into an orange soda quality.

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer for a few months now, purchased from Julio's. Surprisingly not my favorite Clown Shoes, unfortunate really.

A - Poured into my Clown Shoes pint glass a very nice reddish amber colour with a fizzy one finger head that faded into a nice white halo.

S - Picking up nice citrus hops first and foremost followed by some sweet and roast malt qualities.

T - Big, bold pine hope qualities as well as some nice carmely sweet malts. Some really nice earthy qualities too. At the end though there is some intense bitterness that well, just doesnt work for me.

M - Sits nice in the mouth with the appropriate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

D - This is a nice imperial amber, with a really lovely aroma, however, that super bitter finish really hurts this for me. Others might like it but for me it just distracts.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Cambridge Common in a 13.25oz tulip glass.

A: Practically jet black, yet very very dark red. Big frothy tan head with decent retention.

S: Caramel malts, Macintosh apples, fresh earthy hops. Notes of dark bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee roasts follow.

T: Smooth chocolate and caramel malts. Very earthy hop bite and flavor. Smoked wood and oak chips, citrus flavors and dark chocolate give the body a very complex taste. Mild citrus and coffee permeate their way through the body very well.

M: Malty, very sweet, and hoppy. Nice heavy bitterness! Medium body, very low carbonation. Tastes like a combination of an IPA and a milk stout.

D: Great, but for personal preference the bitterness throws me and the flavor off a ton.

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Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice surprise that I found at my local place today.

This is a really nice brew and as a imperial amber gives maines zoe a run for it's money.

A - Nice frothy head is matched with a copper body once poured into a glass.

S - Nice piney smell, slight malt not alot else.

T - really a good taste liked it sticks with you.

M - Again it sticks with you the piney flavor and taste is really good.

D - Great Price nice flavor at this price it has great drinkability.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!) - poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark rust colored liquid with amber highlights and a voluminous lasting soapy pale-peach-yellow head. Unpasteurized, so nearly opaque. Rich sticky lacing.

Big fresh hop aromatics - Simcoe/Citra being the most obvious and delivering heavy doses of passionfruit, apricot, peach, and other fruit notes. Faint pink peppercorn and malt notes are there as well.

Caramel apples, light brown sugar, bright apricot preserves, grapefruit pith, light pine; bitterness and sweetness conjoin into a superior flavor profile. Malt is faintly toasted at times, but primarily clean and gently sweet. Hops come through powerfully, though the malt contributes balance, especially in the finish which is crisp despite being a touch sugary.

Lush, creamy, with moderate carbonation and a lively mouthfeel thanks to the hops.

Really impressed with this, right up there with Nugget Nectar for the style.

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber in color. Forms a large light khaki colored head. Decent retention, good lacing.

S: A weak blend of citrus, orange, and caramel malt with some seltzer in the background.

T: Begins with a blend of caramel malt and orange that fades to a more dominant orange flavor before moving onto a pronounced and lingering pine resin bitterness. A subtle bit of alcohol shows through on the end.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A bit creamy, but not viscous. Rather dry on the finish.

D: A very nice, heavily hopped red ale offering a well balanced blend of malts and hops.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a standard pint. Bottled December 2010 indicated on the label. Pours caramel/amber in color with a hazy clarity and a loose, half inch off-white head embedded with ringlets. Head dissipates into a thin, almost consistent, soapy skim that coalesces around the edges of the glass. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus and bitter rind. There's also a bit of an earthy/herbal aromatic in the mix, as well as a trace of caramel. Taste consistent with nose; however, a metallic quality permeates the flavor profile. Finish expresses a lightly lingering, slightly acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a prickly carbonation and some acidity that stimulates the salivary glands. Fortunately, the metallic flavor dissipates slightly as the brew warms, so it doesn't kill the overall experience; however, the bitterness and carbonation impacts the overall drinkability.

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Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz beer with no bottling date, unfortunately!

more brown than amber, but settles between the two with a huge-bubbled and large sandy colored head that sticks around for a bit and laces well.

caramel malts sit behind a good amount of piney hops. not exactly reaching Nugget Nectar levels, but its nice, hoppy, and with a decent malty aroma similar to most amber ales.

pretty well-balanced, but the caramelly malts take center stage with plenty of juicy citrus and a bit of woody, earthy, piney hops as well. a bit of fruit and ripe berries. its tasty, but the 100 IBUs it states on the bottle have been lost somewhere. I wish I knew if they had aged out, but without a bottling or best by date, I'll never know.

on par with the style with enough carbonation and a bit of a melted butter stickiness left behind in the sides of the mouth.

drinks well. 8% is definitely well integrated, some more subtle flavoring than I expected from the bottle's description, but one that I would drink again and recommend to others on occasion.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22oz bomber today at The Liquor Shoppe for $7.99. Befitting the brewery name, it has an odd label with a short blurb about the ingredients. Time to drink, grasshopper....

Color is a hazy yet striking chestnut. Carbo can been seen through the cloudiness rapidly rising, and the head is thin, off-white and wispy. Even with the thin head, the lacework is quite nice. First thoughts on the aroma are of rindy, pithy hops, with a subtle suggestion of mint. Body is solidly medium to medium-plus, and there's a touch of chewiness to the liquid. Overall, it is quite smooth on the tongue.

While there is some malty sweetness, and a crystally caramel touch, most of the action is on the hop side of the ledger. Has a good deal of citrus, with the Simcoe and Centennial lending a solid piney, resiny lean to things. There's a light bit of tropical fruitiness, as in pineapple, mango and melon, but it's restrained. The finish is dry, almost in a chalky kind of way. Despite the offbeat name, this is pretty decent, though a tad overpriced, in my opinion. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4


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Photo of Doomcifer
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a nice off white head. Smells delicious!!! Caramel, pine, grassy, extremely hoppy, ....taste is equally hoppy and impressive. Huge caramel and toffee flavors collide with a massive hop punch..some green apples. Great body and dry finish. Tastes like a fantastic american barleywine. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a real revelation. Amber highlighted by red, they could easily called it a red in fact, is capped by a slowly falling head that leaves a great head. Cold out of the fridge the bitterness was almost overwhelming, so out of fairness I need to mark them down on drinkability, but as it warmed it became one of the more complex and DELICIOUS hop bombs EVER. Pine, rose, grass, tropical fruits, and BRACING BITTERNESS. Love the dryness, as most super hoppy beers overdo the sweetness.

Edit: Tried this on cask at Cambridge Common. Was smoother and even hoppier. This is a combined review.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Moderate lacing, sticky body allows some presentation. Hazy, funny to say, amber body with caramel edges. Carbonated to the point that dozens of little streams can be seen when held at the right angle.

S- Nice mango and tropical fruit presence. Definitely contains some tangerines and eventually as it warms more orange citrus than anything else. This is way hoppier than I was expecting. Smells better than some IPA/IIPAs.

T- Opens with a back end of orange pulp and a front end of bitter biscuits. Not as much malty sweetness, mostly fructose. Super bitter through and through. The middle allows the pine to percolate come forth and dominate the finish. Unfortunately it doesn't taste as fantastic as the nose.

M- Medium bodied, mild creamy texture. The carbonation supports it rather than causing an overly crisp body. Actually allows that smooth presence up front while bubbling away the back of the tongue hiding some of the unwanted bitter. Of course this can't hide it forever, it lingers beyond its welcome.

D- Some of the alcohol does bother in the flavor profile. Counteracts the fructose in a disjointed manner. Lingering flavors take a toll here as well. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. Better than the last one from Clown Shoes. I probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of neophilus
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color, clarity in the middle of the glass with a deep red amber hue around the edges. Resilient white head foams at the top. The aroma is intoxicating with a beautiful hoppy floral bouquet greeting the nose.

Taste of dark caramel immediately balanced by the flowery hop flavors. Amazing balance of the sweet malt and the the floral hops. Finishes extremely clear and sharp with a lingering caramel malt flavor and hop bitterness.

This beer completely took me by surprise, I was not expecting such complexity in an amber ale. The malt body generously lends a sweet, caramel body to this wonderful ale which is perfectly complemented by the floral hops. It represents the best of both worlds as I enjoy a malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness and floral taste and aroma.

Definitely the best of all of the Clown Shoes offering I have tried. This is an amber ale not to be missed.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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