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:
2
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Photo of Radome
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Color is light copper with lots of orange; slightly hazy. White head is initially 1" high, then fades to a thick sheet with some huge individual bubbles. Sticky, solid lacing.

S - Aroma is dominated by piney, grapefruity American hops. Behind that is grainy and bready malt, along with some spicy and fruity yeast character in the background.

T - Soft, bready malt at first, but it is quickly overwhelmed by hops--citrus, grapefruit, pines. There are some spice and bubblegum yeast notes in the background. Layered and complex.

F - Medium to thick body. Medium carbonation. High hops bitterness with moderate alcohol burn. Well balanced.

O - A very enjoyable beer. I was put off by the strong hops aroma because I was expecting a tripel, but the beer is complex and interesting. A good mix of US IPA and Belgian characteristics.

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Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brismit
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HaightAshbury
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CJNAPS
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Shockey
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulWaters
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattBreight
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cultclassic89
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of funjack5150
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that I say "this is not for me, but I'm glad I tried it" I more of a stout guy, so maybe I'm not being fair on my rating.

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

Photo of dot_tod
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twillingthenoz
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of datalager
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale surprised me. I didn't expect such goodness with their attempt at a style twisted hybrid. First off, it's a beautiful beer. The look is a rich, murky amber with a thick, tight froth from a moderate pour. Cracking the bomber emits very nice aromas. Rich pine trees, sweet citrus, background of dates and funk. Yup, a mix of IPA and Belgian. Flavors are still good, if not quite as appealing as the smells. Immediate hit is that of a quality IPA, followed by an almost clashing Belgian style (to me, more of a dubbel) and then drifting into a strong DIPA-like fade. Individually the flavors are all of apparently high quality. I'm just not convinced the flavors match so well side by side. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right carbonation to match the IPA backbone. Overall a very good beer. I'd buy it again. For those Clown Shoes brews that are mediocre, this one definitely stands quite a bit higher, IMO.

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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Absolut
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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