Muffin Top | Clown Shoes

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709 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Reagan1984 on 09-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
709
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
121
For Trade:
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Photo of joemochas
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of KurtE
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikebu
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of myuncle
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of IronLover
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cavmacb2s
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobprice
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fabiand
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoGators
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
3.87 out of 5 based on 709 ratings.
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