Supa Hero | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gushue3 on 12-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Supa Fresh: Bottled December 2011

Love the artwork of boston in the background!

The beer is a burnt ornage with a nice puffy head and good lace.

Smell is of piney hops, some citrus, and some malt.

The taste was bitterific! A blast of pine hops hit, then some floral and citrus hops. The malt is enough to give some balance.

Overall, this beer delivered as much hop force as two or three average IPAs. I like that!

Love me some Clown Shoes, and this is now my favorite!

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2011

Ruby tinged, orange tinged, amber. Big tan head. Great lacing along the sides of the glass. looks awesome!

This beers smells intensly of citrus and pine as well as an almond like malt aroma. A little alcohol.

The taste is absolutely terrific. A massive blast of bitter piney hops hit you at first, then pink grapefruit and apricot comes out more and more as the beer warms. Palate wrecking but delicious!

I loved Supa Hero!!

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Photo of Sensaray
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks really nice with a deep burnt orange red that's crystal clear. Has a yellow hued half inch of head.

Smells of some tropical, big orange citrus. On second pour some slightly sweet caramel malt appears in the scent.

The bitter is huge on the front end of this beer with a piney grapefruit taste. Hops. Citrus emerges and is pleasant.

Nice spicy mouthfeel with an excellent alcoholic burn in the finish. Medium bodied.

The bitter on this reminds sometimes of eagle claw fist. Really tasty wicked hoppy bitter ctirusy dipa.

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Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/11, maybe a week old I would assume.

A: A hazy amber pour with a big fluffy offwhite head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Wonderful sharp floral aroma. Tons of bitter grapefruit and citrus in general. Smells like a lot of simcoe, distinctive aroma. Strong bready malt breaks through quite nicely. Some nice pine as it warms up.

T: A metric ton of super bitter grapefruit up front like a wave. Another wave of earthy and pine hops in the middle. Finally settles down to a nice mellow orangey smoothness into the aftertaste. Strong bitterness carries throughout and for a long time in the aftertaste as well. Maybe just a touch of sweetness evident deep into the aftertaste too.

M: Super bitter drying sensation from the hop bomb that just exploded. Otherwise good carbonation and medium bodied.

O: If you love a hugely bitter DIPA then this one is for you, pick it up fresh! I think this is about as unbalanced as Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA (which is still a hop bomb months later). This almost makes my teeth hurt! Mouth is practically numb after just a couple sips. If you like balanced or sweet IPAs, forget it. Or let it sit for a month or two at least.

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Photo of Brad007
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I missed this one but it seems like the perfect beer for the moment.

Pours a dark amber color with a frothy white head into my glass. A bit darker than I expected but still acceptable.

A blast of grapefruit/citrus aromas in the nose with just a hint of a malt backbone.

Mmm, mmm, mmm! It has that west coast grapefruit blast crossed with the superb malt backbone of the east coast.

Very bitter and very appropriate! This is a lupulin lover's delight and it warms up the throat going down. Whoa baby!

A great example of the style. It's not Heady and it's not Pliny. It's a SUPA HERO!

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Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a super-hazy deep orangey color with a small head. The aroma is wonderfully bitter, with citrus and floral hops galore. The taste is also excellent, it's an unrestrained IPA with nothing to hold back the bitter punch of the hops and grapefruit. There's really not much else to ruminate here on the flavor section than "bitter and hoppy". The mouthfeel doesn't get in the way, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's a solid hop bomb of a beer. The flavors are missing something to make it exceptional, but it's still a very good effort.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served chilled into a shaped Sam Adams glass.

Supa Hero is a hazy yellow orange color with thick white head. It's tight and sticky leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh with great citrusy hops. Accurately described as dank on the label.

Flavor has lots of great hop flavor. Surprisingly not that bitter but full of fresh hops and a lemony citrus character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very well balanced for a double IPA.

Overall a pleasant surprise. This one tastes better than the reviews had me expecting.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown in the glass. Solid lacing on the glass walls. Mouthfeel is solid with good carbonation. Taste is solid hops up front - floral. The back end is more interesting with a smoky note that is atypical for this style of beer. Overall a great brew.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/11. 22 oz bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper orange. 1 finger of thick white head with average lacing. Aroma is dank hops. Pine, resin, grapefruit, and a bready maltiness really show strong. Flavor is close to aroma. A very piney, resinous bite mixes with a caramel, toffee malt back. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and the pine and sour citrus flavors linger. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Overall a good session ipa.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 1/2012 in the corner. Pours a murky dark brown with half an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Sweet aroma of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits and bready. Taste is really bittter pine hops and grapefruit rind. Some caramel malt mixed in there as well, but hops dominate. Grapefruit finish. Chewy mouthfeel. This beer packs a great bitter punch of hops. Overall, solid bitter Imperial Ipa with a great deal of grapefruit and pine hops that is worth drinking often.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a hazy cherry amber color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Great aroma: pine, really vibrant citrus, and sweet malt. I wanted to keep on sniffing this beer.

The taste was quite good, just not as good as the aroma had promised. Sweet biscuity malt, piney hops. Some grapefruit and tangerine.

Plenty hoppy, with a lingering bitterness.

One of the better offerings from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in but it’s a bit on the weak side for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although there are other beers in the style that I would pick first this is still a solid beer.

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass. Great label on the bottle.

S: Toasted malts with a strong citrus hop aroma.

T: A big toasted and caramel malt base with a nice floral and citrus hop flavor. The malts are very forward and continue through the finish.

M: Medium body with average carbonation and a slightly oily feel.

O: My first clown shoes beer and I have to say that I really like it. Maybe I've been driking too many IPAs lately, but to me this one is very caramel malt forward. The hops take a backseat to the malt and give it a nice sweet flavor. The hops are still there though and give it a nice flavor.

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Photo of sjverla
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Lots of grapefruit and pine resin. Very mild currant notes. A little alcohol. It's prickly and intense.

Appearance: Very clear amber-copper. A skim of off-white head.

Taste: Super bitter and very piny. Just downpours of hops. Herbal - almost astringent - slightly medicinal. Nice, but gentle malts of caramel and brown sugar. The feel is very dry from the intense hopping.

Overall: A solid DIPA. They've got the hops covered. The short-lived maltiness is nice and could probably make for a good grain bill for a less brutal beer.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was brewed 12/2011 and enjoyed on 1/3/12…typically, IPA’s should be drank within 6 months or less of brewing, with purists saying less than 3 months…I’m expecting a more malty IPA, with the malts outlasting the hops in freshness…we’ll see…

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel orange color…has the look of a malty IPA rather than a west coast, citrus dominant IPA…nice thin layer of dense foamy bubbles, just a touch off white…tons of “legs” along the edge of the glass…(3.75/5)

Smell: Very much full of sweet, caramel malt…no surprise the hops aroma has faded over time and more of the malt is prominent…some deep earthy dankness, grapefruit and yeast to it as well…it’s got a richness to it that I like, though I wouldn’t call it aromatic…(4/5)

Taste: Tons of bready malt and yeast flavor in the beginning…piney/earthy/resinous hops break out in the middle phase, taking over the sweet, bready malt and returning this to a more conventional strong flavored IPA…it’s a bit robust once the brew really takes over the palate, leaving a earthy bitterness for me to chew on…some citrus hops notes very subtly shows up late…the flavor has borderline double IPA characteristics, reminiscent of Joseph James Hop Box I tried recently…it’s got a nice balanced flavor that I’m really enjoying…this is definitely more of a traditional, strong IPA and not a west coast, citra bomb…yum! (4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation…chewy…really nice…(4/5)

Overall: For being over a year old, this IPA has aged very nicely…I’m interested in seeing how the brewer intended the flavor to be, so I’m definitely getting another, fresher example…it’s got tons of balanced flavor, I suspect though it’s more malt dominant than it was when it was initially brewed…as it is, I’m excited I have over half a bottle left…it’s very much a sessionable brew that will bring about a happy buzz the whole way…very drinkable, very sip-on-able, this is a great brew that I recommend for your enjoyment…you’ll like it! (4/5)

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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle dated 1/12, its fresh. Pours a hazy reddish orange, with a 1 inch sticky white head, that laces the glass nicely. Smell tangerine, grass, pine, earthy hops, and grapefruit. Taste starts off really smooth with balance and finishes with a huge hit of grapefruit that stings in a good way. Body easy medium to large, with a nice amount of carbonation, maybe a little dry, and very drinkable for a IPA fan. May scare the non hop heads. I like this, more along the lines of a Ruination or Hop Wallup for bitterness, but more body like Maharaja or Green Flash Imp IPA.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter - bottled 12/2011

A: Pours a clear amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a bubbly layering and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of fruity hops and sweet malt. Nothing super special but it smells tasty. It's not as hoppy as I was expecting but it is a month old.

T: The taste reveals more of the DIPA I was expecting. Starts with a blast of grapefruit which moves to a sweet tropical fruit flavor and ends with more of that grapefruit bitterness.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy with a slightly oily finish.

O: Not bad even with a month of age. I will have to check this out when it comes around again to see if it's really the hop bomb all the other reviews are mentioning. It's pretty balanced right now though.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A The body is amber with an orange tint. The head is 1 finger and had some pretty decent retention that leaves a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Some islands and bubbles left on the top. looks pretty good.

S Big time citrus upfront with some earthy piney bitterness under the sweetness. Grapefruit, tangerine and orange come through and this smells pretty nice.

T Expecting citusy hops upfront I end up getting a sharp bitterness. Bitter hops taste like white grapefruit and pine which slowly turn to sweeter citrus and orange zest. Stays mainly bitter throughout with some citrus and sweetness behind it. After drinking half the bottle my tastebuds are shot. Very hoppy.

M Medium feel on the tongue with a smaller side of medium carbonation.

O Well done DIPA. Not a citrus bomb like alot of the recent DIPAs ive had of late. Light citrus compliments the strong bitterness nicely.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma has an interesting mix of malt and hops. I get some nice orange and grapefruit notes, as well as some other tropical and citrus notes. There is also a nice sweet biscuit malt character to the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some bitter grapefruit and pineapple notes, as well as some biscuit and toffee from the malt. The sweetness and the fruit notes go very well with the bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supa Hero pours a clear copper color with a frothy white head on top. A coating of white lace covers the glass as the foam fades away.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of orange citrus, lemon rind and pine. A little caramel malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor has a nice balance of orange and lemon citrus, a touch of pine with toasted and caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness leaving a lingering citrus and caramel malt when gone.

A very easy drinking, well balanced beer with lots of hop flavor.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, with a nice white cap of foam, decent retention, solid lacing.

Good aromatics, fresh pine needles, resin, and citrus fruits, just a trace of caramel sweetness.

Lots of citrus and pine with strong but not overtly assertive bitterness. Very mildly sweet without too much malt backbone to get in the way of the fresh hops. Resiny. Booze is totally hidden. Very tasty.

Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation on draft, a little bit creamy, with a lingering aftertaste that’s a bit sweet and a bit bitter.

Nicely done in the west coast style.

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Photo of threeviews
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 12oz stemmed tulip

A- Hazy orange with a white, fluffy 1+" head.

S- Citrus (Grapefruit & Orange), Piney, Floral...all the earmarks of a tasty, hop-forward, West Coast Imperial IPA

T- All aromas present in the flavor finishing dry and bitter with an adequate malt backbone. Again, all West Coast Imperial IPA traits

M- Smooth, unoffensive but adequate carbonation courtesy of the fungi known as yeast.

O- Although slightly unbalanced and hop-forward, this brew represents the West Coast IIPA very well. It has it all...aroma, taste and mouthfeel. Although not for all, East Coast hop heads can rejoice with a brew that has come to define a region nothing short of 3,000 miles away. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-copper with a bubbly, white head. A bit of lace and head retention.

S: Hops dominate with some fruit and earthiness at the front while the nose finishes with some sweet, slightly toasted malt. A bit of booze at the end, as well.

T: Good hop flavors. Fruity, pine, wood...all the prominent hop characteristics. Well balanced. Tastes and drinks more like a hoppy Pale Ale.

M: Smooth, flavorful, and easy to drink. A pleasant IPA. A bit of booze comes through to remind you it's an IPA rather than a PA, but it could easily be construed as a PA judging by the look, smell, and taste.

O: Awesome beer once it warms toward room temperature. Great example of an IPA from Clown Shoes. Very consistent brewery.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours hazy orange with a thin off-white head that leaves some of the best lacing I've seen. Aromas are citric grapefruit & orange, earthy, caramel, brown sugar and bread crust. Tastes are pungent from the get-go, grapefruit rind, oily leafy fresh piny hop, earthy, peppery, solid bready & caramely backbone almost holds up to the pungent hop punch, but not quite. Mouth-feel is thick and full bodied - maybe too full. It's oily yet very creamy, coats the palate well with sticky hop resins, finishes with a prickle on the tongue and a slight astringency with the bitterness. Overall, I wasn't sure if I liked this from the start, but it really does bode well. It's both super malty while being super hoppy, giving it great complexity. I'd go back to this one again if the price was right.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/2012

A: Pours a golden copper color with 2 fingers worth of sticky head. Sheets of lace follow the beer all the way down the glass

S: Get a dose of citrus and piney hops combined with a solid malt backbone

T: Follows the nose. Hops lend citrus and pine notes, and the malt provides a good backing. Very well balanced. Bitter, but it doesn't last for too long. Never too sweet either. Get a slight alcohol bite as it warms, but it goes well with the thickness of the malts

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Chewy and bordering on thick

O: A solid IIPA with great balance and drinkability. Good price point at under $6 for a bomber to boot. Worth a try if you can get it fresh, or even with a couple months on it. This one has 2-3 months on it and the hops are still very present

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Supa Hero from Clown Shoes
3.64 out of 5 based on 301 ratings.
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