Muffin Top | Clown Shoes

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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:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good marriage of Belgian and hops. Each sip was like manna, one can think Belgian or hoppy. Very good drinkability. Light coloured with lots of head. A bit aggressive carbonation, otherwise middling mouthfeel. Bottle from Winooski. Lemony, and yeasty. Pleasant.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very dark yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin white head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pale malts and citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of cloves.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness and flavors of spices in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and is also chewy with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a very interesting taste and has a much fuller bodied compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seemingly a Belgian-style Tripel Ale except with heightened hop character makes this currious ale authentic tasting as a Tripel, especially with the restrained hop character that pulls it nearly within range.

Very yeasty looking with a thick visual weight, the beer pours golden to orange in color. Very creamy looking, the beer builds a short-lived head of slighly off white foam and with surprisingly little lace. Despite the hop content, it seems that the density and alcohol of the beer impeeds more meaningful head character.

Yeasty and somewhat briny to the nose, other classic scents of fruity pears and apples and decorated with notes of orange peel, corriander, and white pepper. Grassy and citrusy hops allow a bold aroma of grapefruit pith and fresh sawn pine to balance just as much as the more peppery notes. An unsettled plastic scent reveals peculiar aromas of cheese and musty berry-like tartness.

Full flavored and richly malted, the beer's heavy malt components hold serve with the taste of light breads, honey suckle, and overall malt sweetness. Pears, apples, and under-rippened berries play into the acidic and estery balance. So also does the spicy notes of sweet orange peel, soft corriander, white pepper, and plastic. Foregone are the clean citrusy bitterness of fresh hops as the character of aged hops have derailed the early hop balance as well as the dry hop flavors to finish.

Much fuller flavored than is common for most ligher Belgian-style ales. The sugary weight of the beer keeps the mouthfeel from resembling the dryness of IPAs or Belgians more. Finishing semi-dry at best, the lingering sweetness prevents the signature dryness of either style.

Where the beer is tasty for the most part, the unresolved sweetness of malt and the abused hop profile keeps it falling short for either Belgian Golden Ales or IPAs.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. What would be wrong about destroying muffin tops (either kind) in the interest of producing a good beer?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a bit of sudsy caveman painting lace around the glass as it quickly hies it outta there.

It smells of dank pine resin, overripe orange and white grapefruit peel, bready, biscuity pale malt, earthy, yeasty banana chips, grape licorice vines, further white sugar notes, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is more musty, forest floor detritus pine/leaf flora, simple syrup, a mixed citrus rind bitterness, grainy and mildly creamy pale malt, peppery yeast, and a prominent spicy leafiness.

The carbonation is fairly active and frothy in its ministrations, the body a dense medium weight, mostly smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy, in an airy sense. It finishes generally sweet, the sugar, pale malt, and fruitiness all proving a steady counterpoint to all the potential pine bitterness and alcohol astringency that never was.

For a Belgian IPA, this is good. For an all around enjoyable brew, it's so-so, the faults inherent in the style exacerbated by the extra sugary notes introduced by the brewer. Whatevs, it goes down better than I would have thought, is hoppy and boozy, and those spicy-ass tacos (love ya, Mom, thanks for having put the 'life' in larger than life) cooking in my kitchen will make an excellent pairing for the rest of this, methinks.

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with two finger of thick, off white head that leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell is quite herbal with some malt and hops. I'm also getting some alcohol with a fruity malt sweetness.

Taste: There is a much stronger hop presence here than there was in the smell. The hops hit your tongue hard up front, and then the Belgian yeast kicks in. The middle and end of each sip have some herbal yeast and fruity malt notes joining the hops. The finish is bitter and herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The dueling tastes in this beer were a bit distracting. The herbal notes and the hops were a bit extreme, and that resulted in a slightly confusing taste. Not my favorite, but still pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2013. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, banana, clove, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, honey, light caramel, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, light pine, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Belgian IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt ,and yeast ester notes; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

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

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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