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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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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Photo of rinhaak
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this to be a tremendously disappointing offering from Clown Shoes. While they can be very, very good at their best (Clementine, for example), they can also be quite bad at their worst. And sadly, for my tastes, this beer is among their worst offerings.

While I applaud their experimental efforts, this particular experiment needs a lot more time to work out the kinks. For beginners, it is neither an IPA nor a Belgian Tripel. Very little hop profile, it was way too sweet and tasted predominantly of canned mandarin oranges. None of the yeasty breadiness that one expects in a tripel, nor any of the hop zing one expects in an IPA. In short, it's a fruity, sweet, unbalanced beer.

A word of advice: don't bother with it.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Spartyfan21
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Bought this with hopes it'd be a great combo of my two favorite beer styles.....but it's not that great. Lacks the smell I hoped for and doesn't taste at all like a Belgian Tripel - mainly just boozy high alcohol content taste

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a good looking tripel. a nice golden orange color. perfect clarity and a off white head that leaves a lacing

Smell: not what I was expecting. a spiciness, hops and alcohol

Taste: opens up with spiciness and some belgian yeast. strong hops and an intense alcohol. I found it difficult to drink

Mouthfeel: intense heat and a strong bitterness.

Overall: I know they were going for a more americanized version of the classic style but I don't think it worked out well.

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

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2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Body is a uniformly hazy orangish yellow hue that pours with a 1-2 finger or so foamy white head. Head quickly fades to a moderate sized collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the translucency is non-uniform with a lot of sediment around.

S- The main character of the nose is belgian triple with apple, pear, peppery spice, and a lot of alcohol. There is also an over abundance of belgian candi sugar. Then there is something that seems a little off. There is a huge overtone of citrus and grapefruit with just a hint of pine and floral hops.

T- Upfront is alcohol, pear, citrus,pepper, and very minor floral hop overtones with a heavy belgian candi sugar background. Finish is very boozy, sweet, and hoppy. A lot of alcohol astringency, a lot of belgian candi sugar, and a lot of pine hops. Left to linger is hop bitterness, alcohol astringency, and a weird sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation with small bubbles and a slightly bready yet slightly dry, very astrigent body.

O- Clown shoes is theoretically a very good brewing company- and when executed correctly the "Belgian IPA" is my favorite style- but it is important to note that this is a belgian tripel/IPA which I perceive as a hybrid between american IPA and tripel...which is much different than an intensely hopped BSPA, saison, or tripel. There is way too much sugary sweetness to this brew...and the hop/belgian blend is just executed poorly. I was really looking forward to this brew but I am very disappointed.

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2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Murky copper color. Two fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Quite sugary. Cake frosting, peach, lemon. Lots of citrusy and grassy hoppiness. Yeasty breadiness, banana chips, and something quite distinct that my mind can't identify right now - something like a persimmon. Also a touch of vegetal aroma.

3.0 T: The taste has no real focus. It's moderately bitter and the predominant flavor is yeastiness. There's peach, lemon, and banana fruitiness, but there's also a lack of tripel spiciness. Less sugary than nose, but still there. Bready and biscuity.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Chewy, but lacking spritziness or creaminess, which is what I like in the style.

2.75 D: Eh, it's okay, but it doesn't work well as either an IPA or a tripel.

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2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice-looking beer. In a tulip it was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head and a good deal of lace.

Yeasty, candy aroma. Orange. Spicy.

The taste was a little much for me. Started off with that candy taste. Coriander noted. The orange taste was very bitter, almost unpleasantly so. It was like they put the whole rind, and not just the zest, in.

Too bitter for me, and a little on the hot side.

One and done.

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