Muffin Top
Clown Shoes

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From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
IPA - Belgian
ABV:
10%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.86%
Ratings:
709
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 21, 2018
Added:
Sep 02, 2011
Wants:
  51
Gots:
  120
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Muffin Top combines the attributes of a Belgian Tripel with a huge burst of American hops. Intense flavors from the Belgian yeast, reminiscent of candied fruits, mix with the hop bitterness and sweet orange peel to create a unique take on a Belgian-Style ale.
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3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

Triple with a not of spiciness to it, less flowery. Darker in color also,minimal head, but long lasting. Malt also more evident, savory finish. Belgian yeast throughout.

Mar 21, 2018
 
3.85 by Tripel_Threat from Michigan on Mar 11, 2018
 
3.41 by joemochas from Florida on Nov 30, 2016
 
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 19, 2016
Photo of Viaduck
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Viaduck from California

It pours a golden orange color, lovely off white head. Smells very pretty: bread, yeast, fruits,pine, floral hops & orange. Tasre: where's the bread? The rest is there with a little too much saltiness but that Belgium breadlines is missing. Finish is of a very tangy carbonation & orange. Very good

Nov 05, 2016
 
3.85 by peabody from Kentucky on Oct 14, 2016
 
4 by deac83 from Texas on Oct 09, 2016
 
4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri on Sep 23, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured into a taster glass. A clear golden straw color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Interesting mix of aromas with pine, citrus, floral notes, caramel, and white bread. The taste was that of a great Belgian IPA: fruity esters with American hoppy flavors as above. A nice candied orange taste on the finish. Dry and medium-bodied.

Aug 28, 2016
 
3.53 by Keananmichael5 from California on Aug 28, 2016
 
3.84 by kmanjohnson from California on Aug 28, 2016
 
4.38 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas on Aug 22, 2016
 
3.74 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jul 07, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

Muffin Top brewed by Clown Shoes, with an ABV of 10.00%. This brew pours out a a deep golden amber color with a nice off white head. The smell of this brew is rich with grains, malts and hops. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold but smooth with flavors. You pick up on hops, grains and malts in the taste of this brew. You can pick up on the 10.00% ABV in this brew. Nothing bad so far, it is a smooth for being an IPA. Muffin Top , has an ok balance to it, there is really nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Muffin Top, is bold, clean, smooth and refreshing . This is one of the more milder Belgian IPA's I have had. Not saying that is a bad thing. Overall I'm giving Muffin Top a 4,25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Clown Shoes, did a real nice job with this one.
This was an aged brew, trying it out would like to get my hands on a fresh one.

Jun 22, 2016
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4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Caveworm from Ohio

Muffin Top | Clown Shoes. Bottled on 8/15/14. Poured from the bottle into a goblet, this beer's head is three fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a hazy body.

I smell a profound Belgian yeast complex, with sharper pepper and lemongrass notes being bashed over the skull by the hop oils aged for nearly two years.

Tastes like a mellower version of what I'd described with the scent. Actually has a pleasant sweetness almost reminiscent of butterscotch and candied dark fruits.

The mouthfeel here is medium with mild carbonation

Overall, I'll rate Muffin Top | Clown Shoes with a 4.75. A very complex, yet easier going than most Belgian IPA's.

Jun 22, 2016
 
4.13 by KurtE from Illinois on Jun 15, 2016
 
4.02 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on May 28, 2016
 
4.13 by mikebu from Canada (AB) on May 23, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Picked up an old bottle of this for 7 bucks hope it held up well!

A - Dense oily looking beer with a very hazy dark orange brown hue. Head is minimal just a 1/4 inch but it does pull back to great lacing.
S - Fruity topical esters meet with some traditional mango and papaya hops in a good mesh of fruity goodness.
T - Not as bitter as I expected so a good mash of hops and orange peels. Fruity esters are good with a bitter finish.
M - I could see this had better days the hops have taken a bit of a backseat leading to a bit of boozy body but each sip is enjoyable.

Overall worth the cost and would love to try it again fresh or on tap.

Apr 30, 2016
 
3.5 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
 
4.06 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2016
 
2.92 by myuncle from Illinois on Apr 24, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and heavy haze. Poured with a thick, dense, bright white foam with good rwtention. Aromas of medium malt and medium high ripe tropical citrus with light estery banana notes. No spiciness.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel and medium, soft carbonation. Pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium maltiness up front followed by by medium ripe tropical flavors and medium light esters. Medium high hop bitterness from the middle to the end with citrus hop flavors beneath. Bitterness nicely calms the boozy warmth at the finish. Esters are a bit low foe the style but smooth, flavorful and drinkable nonetheless.

Apr 24, 2016
 
4.04 by cavmacb2s from Georgia on Apr 24, 2016
 
4.5 by Jacobprice from Louisiana on Apr 09, 2016
 
3.75 by Fabiand from Texas on Apr 09, 2016
 
3.56 by KingforaDay from New Jersey on Apr 08, 2016
 
3.87 by bnes09 from Illinois on Apr 08, 2016
 
3.77 by mig100 from Texas on Mar 08, 2016
 
4.33 by Blakehreha from Minnesota on Mar 07, 2016
 
4.01 by dragonbite from Hawaii on Mar 05, 2016
 
4.09 by NatoMasochism from Tennessee on Feb 29, 2016
 
3.33 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Feb 24, 2016
 
3.89 by Gsdmica from New Hampshire on Feb 23, 2016
 
4 by jduprey007 from Michigan on Feb 20, 2016
 
4.25 by MtOrion from Nebraska on Feb 16, 2016
 
3.75 by fosters9 from New York on Feb 08, 2016
 
4.23 by Dsimenson from California on Feb 03, 2016
 
4.25 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Jan 30, 2016
 
3.58 by bobbyhands from California on Jan 26, 2016
Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 709 ratings