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 bpmorrissey
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Coorsy
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boogski
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redgoatman
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMIKEHUNT
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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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Photo of MikeLegen
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is sweet, malty, hoppy, with some citrus notes. The taste is pretty nice, malty, nice sweetness, hoppy, nice little touch of citrus, nice little touch of fruityness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew, nice touch on the style.

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Photo of Kwak
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

Photo of WeedWolf
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bomber to a Tulip... Good song title...
A: beautiful hazy gold with thick frothy white head. Lacing slides away quickly unlike the sturdy head retention that sticks around till the end.

S: tropical hops with fruity Belgian yeast with a hint of funk.

T: Epic balance of the above mentioned components with a slightly dank finish.

F:Thick and juicy. Almost chewy with a minor sticky finish and very smooth! Can barely taste the alchohol.

Overall one of the best examples of this style I've had yet from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me so far. Very smooth and well balanced. Almost too drinkable!

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Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of DBosco
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrand2621
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chef74
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattmarchand
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deakin
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of do_ob
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a straw golden and settles into a rich, vibrant amber in the glass. An aggressive pour yielded a 2 finger head of white, sticky foam. Cloying boozy sweetness, tropical fruit, malt, and notes of orange peel on the nose. Medium weight, and quite creamy on the mouthfeel. Sweet, ripe fruit up front with a decent alcohol bite. There is some hoppy bitterness in there but it is somewhat overrun by a barage of sweet alcohol and toasty malt. More hops on the finish, but still incredibly sweet. Finishes mostly smooth with a light booziness.

Overall, this is a pretty good Belgian IPA (or Triple IPA, going by the bottle). Entirely too much sweetness for my liking, though.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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