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Muffin Top | Clown Shoes

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Muffin TopMuffin Top

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just wow. .
Tastes like candy and beer. . Fruity delicious wheat. Probably the best wheat beer I've ever tasted.
Candy up front. Hoppy after taste. Leaves you wanting another sip after every sip.. well done.
So good i cannot believe it. Nice head that lasted on top. Hazy gold cloudy. Light Hoppy taste just keeps you wanting more. Just wow. Nicest Belgian style beer ever. .

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4.88/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received today from Mr. ClownShoes himself today. Thanks, Gregg! Bottled August 2011.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, rocky white head. Head drops slowly leaving a ton of chunky lacing and a thin wisp of foam as a cap.

Aromas of big citrusy hops. Sweet orange peel. Spicy yeast notes, and a whiff of alcohol.

Flavors of big bursting oranges, orange zest, spicy belgian yeast bite, candied oranges and tangerines. Very intense. Long lasting bitterness and an alcohol bite at the end of a very long finish.

Mouthfeel is jaw clinching, tongue scraping bitterness, medium bodied, a little drying, spot-on level of carbonation.

Overall a fantastic brew. Big, bold, complex, very intense, definitely a sipper. Worth seeking out.

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4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
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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4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This look of this one was startling, almost off putting. Hazy, murky, thick. Big head though, tons of lace. I think it may have just been extremely fresh and the yeast hadn't settled yet.

S: Boozy, hoppy, orange, citrus, bready, very complex and inviting.

T: Holy crap! I love Clown Shoes beers because of the intensity. This is the most intense of them. MT tastes like an explosion of hops, oranges, and yeast. Unbelieveably complicated and totally delcioous.

M: Thick, oily, rich, complex, mouth stimultating.

O: Wow. Just wow.

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4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very interesting brew. Lots of orange peel and coriander smell. The taste starts off sweet, as expected from a Belgian tripel, but immediately you begin to get the bitterness of the hops (ipa). Really a fantastic beer, the alcohol isn't too prevalent. I don't review a lot of beers but felt I had to with this one, it's That good!!

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4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel Chalice. Label shows two fat people walking hand in hand on the beach with giant Clown Shoes made of sand. Cool.

Beer pours a hazy orange on the first glass, and a hazier orange/brown/yeasty pour on the second.

Smells of oranges, yeast, grapefruit, slight alcohol.

Taste is an explosion of Belgian and Amercian flavors, almost out of joint for me, but as it warmed it came together. Orange, bread, west coast hops, pretty great. The second glass was almost like beer soup.

A very good beer!

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4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label on this bottle is epic! This is the hardest Clown Shoes beer to find in my experiences. This is actually my first CS beer, so I'm fairly excited.

22 oz. poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Vigorous pour yields a hazy light brown liquid with a thick off-white head that leaves behind a very nice lace.

S: Whew...smell is very heavy hops. It also has a bit of a spicy clove-like radiance coming out of it. Also smells of heavy yeast.

T: Wow. Really heavy minty/piney hops up front. It's very brief, though, and then the spiciness and yeast of the tripel kick in. The front of the brew is DIPA and the latter half is tripel. This brew is very sweet and extremely tasty.

There is also bit of warming in the throat.

M: Pretty much exactly medium. The carbonation is really nice and what you'd get with a tripel.

O: Haven't had hops like these in awhile. These tasted very strongly of mint and pine; they had a very odd cooling effect, which offset the warming of the alcohol. Quite an interesting experience. Nice change of pace from the heavy grapefruit flavor that a lot of DIPAs have.

There is a lot of complexity here. The IPA they used is extremely interesting and the tripel was damn good. I hate to say it, but I think I like this one more than Le Freak, so I'll grade accordingly.

This is the first CS brew I've had, and it makes me want to try others. It is really an interesting take on the style, mostly because of the DIPA used. This is one of the harder-to-find CS brews, but it's definitely worth a shot for hopheads and pretty much any beer enthusiast.

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4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice translucent copper colour with a thick white head which turn a creamy mousse like. The extensive bubbles created a almost fire like quality when held up to the light. An nice citrus happiness to the smell along with some light grassiness. There is a definite malty sweetness to really balance out the nose. Wow, the malt really comes forward in the mouth. That doesn't mean there is no hops like you'd expect in a tripel IPA, just not the punch in the face you might expect. And that grassiness sticks around in the mouth with almost a honey sweetness as well. That alcohol warmness you'd expect from a 10.5% ABV is there but not in mouth burning way. Awesome beverage. A very well balanced IPA.

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