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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - Belgian
3.78 | pDev: 12.17%
Dec 04, 2018
Jan 15, 2011
Very Good
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3.79 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
3.58 by SargeC from California on Aug 07, 2018
3.77 by Tripel_Threat from Michigan on Mar 11, 2018
4.19 by SDL1911 from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes taken in December 2013: Pours an opaque pale amber producing 2+ fingers of an off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice chunky coating of lace. Aroma is a heady hop presence of orange, lemon/lime zest & resinous pine, with some herbal/floral notes, spice, yeasty fruit esters in a malty background of pie crust, bread & biscuit. Taste is resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine & pineapple hop hints, cloves, spice, alcohol, biscuit malts, with a sweet (fruit & honey) undertone. The finish rapidly drops this sweetness & transitions more to pine resin & bitter grapefruit with the bitter becoming dominant in the tropical fruit/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, peppery but smooth & silky on the tongue with the light but lasting astringency the aftertaste.

Mar 08, 2017
4.19 by JuiceMan818 from California on Feb 23, 2017
3.28 by hotsudge from Canada (ON) on Oct 15, 2016
3.88 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Aug 12, 2016
4.1 by Stephan16 from Connecticut on Aug 04, 2016
3.17 by shivtim from Georgia on Jul 04, 2016
3.42 by Lodisgrisen from Finland on Jun 29, 2016
4.23 by NotoriousBAC from Massachusetts on Jun 18, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dalizzie from Virginia

Poured from glass bottle dated from mid-January.

(L) The color is cloudy burnt amber. Good head retention and nice lacing. (A) Smell is hoppy, pine and citrus. (T) Taste follows aroma but more of a bite. Mango finish. (F) Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth.

Usually prefer other style IPAs but this was a solid Belgium. Also wonder if date affected taste.

Jun 12, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

This Belgian IPA pours a slightly opaque, orange color with a medium to thin white head that leaves a nice lacing. The smell is hoppy pine and a little orange. I’ve kind of been into Belgian IPAs lately and some that I’ve tried I’ve found to be better than the sum of their parts. I’ve never tried this brewery, but I thought I would give it a go. The taste isn’t as complex as some of the style that I’ve tried. It tastes of orange, faint yeasty malts, and a generous amount of hops that leaves a bitter aftertaste. This is more an IPA than a Belgian. Besides the orange there isn’t really anything that separates this from a normal IPA and really just a fairly average one at that. Not bad by any measure, but not the best example of the style that I’ve tried either. Stone Cali-Belgique and Green Flash Le Freak are much better for example.

Jun 08, 2016
3.83 by Jack74 from Michigan on May 20, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MikeZ9654 from Michigan

Just ok

May 20, 2016
2.69 by DanCataline from Michigan on May 20, 2016
2.49 by npendres from Wisconsin on May 14, 2016
3.85 by Bissel328 from Massachusetts on May 12, 2016
4.52 by stevem1206 from Massachusetts on May 01, 2016
3.57 by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota on May 01, 2016
3.67 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
4.41 by JimT01851 from Massachusetts on Apr 11, 2016
2.28 by Mpsmooth31 from Massachusetts on Apr 10, 2016
3.5 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York on Apr 01, 2016
3.82 by 2ellas from New Hampshire on Mar 30, 2016
4.04 by cgrunin from Texas on Mar 17, 2016
3.58 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire on Mar 06, 2016
4.01 by donspublic from Texas on Mar 06, 2016
3.89 by Euroglot from Belgium on Mar 05, 2016
4.09 by 50StateBeerTour from Arkansas on Mar 02, 2016
3.99 by life_of_agony from Australia on Feb 12, 2016
3.95 by Gsdmica from New Hampshire on Feb 08, 2016
3.93 by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania on Feb 01, 2016
3.1 by JBudraux from Massachusetts on Feb 01, 2016
4.36 by arini10 from Oregon on Jan 28, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought 12oz bottle from Bev Mart.
Cloudy orange amber color
Fruity smell
Smooth taste with tastes of orange
Medium mouth feel
Overall a good beer that I wish was cheaper in price

Jan 19, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Raime from Korea (North)

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Only ever had one other brew outta these guys ( Undead Party crasher ) and it was quite phenomenal. I found a single of this at my local bottle shop and I immediately thought somebody leaked a picture of your wifes ass to be put on a beer bottle but I was wrong since this one actually has a touch of definition though flat. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle poured at a moderate pace into a dimpled pint glass. Beer pours that trademark Californian sunset through the cloudburst type of orange that you come to expect out of most ipas these days. For being our of Massachusetts they sure got the Best Coast vibe down with the looks. The head is a complete monster, firming quickly like a mountain range of gargantuan proportions and dying down into pits amongst craters. Be careful pouring this guy, those mountains wish to form quickly and without forgiveness. Carbonation is as high as snoop dog. Lacing is sticky like the load of unborn children I left on your girlfriends stomach.

Smell - Melon. Melon. Melon. This beer smells like a fucking melon. With! Small hits of the expected yeast and a shake of pepper amongst the nostrils though without the sneezing. More melon. A few more melons. And last but not least,some melon. It uh..smells like melon is the main point I'm trying to get across here. Some citrus too.

Taste - Well would you believe it if I told you this beer has the most melon forward flavor I have ever come across in any beer in the history of my roughly five year craft beer drinking career? ( Damn I can rhyme! MC Tyler coming to a bar near you! ). In all seriousness, melon is truly dominant though it is met in a portion by the Belgian yeast that is very heavy though clean and prevelant without going barnyard. That pepper spice is nice for rounding things out. But still, more melon than a citra hopped melon pale ale I had a few weeks back.

Feel - The body on this brew lived up to my exact expectations given the flavor profile. Body is quite large and heavy like a reticulated python slithering across your shoulders. Moderate level of cream despite a thick cap which should make it heavy feeling though the carbonation is quite high meaning it cuts through that jazz. Yeast takes a dominance as it sits about 65/35 over the melon with some subtle mustard seed. Beer swallows between easy and moderate with a lingering fruity Belgian aspect.

Overall - Surely the best Belgian style ipa I have ever had and what makes this even better is the brew was bottled in September ( didn't see that until I was nearly done with the beer ). Clearly anything made Belgian can hold up longer than your American standard without a doubt. Maybe even got better with age, what the hell would I know. As always, try it out and come to your own conclusions .

Jan 09, 2016
3.88 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Dec 30, 2015
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Dec 15, 2015
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