Supa Hero | Clown Shoes

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Supa HeroSupa Hero

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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 rodbeermunch
2.22/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Better than average appearance, almost a full inch of dense head. Somewhere between yellow and orange appearance. Aroma lacked hops. Grainy and that's about all folks.

Totally lacking hop flavor taste. Same with mouthfeel. Bitter and malty. Caramel prominent because not much else besides the bitterness is.

In serious danger of failing, but I gave him a D+ for the ol' college try.

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Photo of utfiero
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Color- dark honey. Medium head.

Aroma- maple syrup, oatmeal, topaz hops.

Taste- Starts sweet and syrupy then finishes with a dank lingering hoppiness. Maybe this was not a fresh bottle? Just a disappointing brew in a very crowded market.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted December 2012.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice appearance, yellow/gold/copper/light orange amalgamation, small 1/2" head on the top. Aroma lacked hoppiness. That's what we're here for right? Just like cereal grain and that was about it.

Taste, wow, stale, lacking hop flavor. How old is this? Who knows, Clown Shoes doesn't want you to know. Bought the same day I bought a six pack of Lakefront IPA (Milwaukee) from total wine, so if they can get 2000 mile away ipa to me that is fresh, I guess they can do 3000? Apparently not. Utterly devoid of hop flavor. Just some chunky bitterness and cereal grain flavor. No pine, citrus or whatnot, just bleh. Some caramel.

I won't pay for it again until they have bottle dating. I've liked most of their beers, but this was one of those bottom 20% of all ipa territory.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden copper with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary melon and dank piney peppery hops.

The flavor is is a let down - earthy grassy bitterness, a little sugary fruit, and some cardboard notes. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very watery.

Overall, I was excited after pouring, but the flavors are not bright and a bit off and it's really watery.

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Photo of ms11781
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 12/2011 per the label. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, deep orange color with a good finger of off white foam for a head. The head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a soap-like ring around the glass. A little bit of foam clings to the glass with each sip.

Big piny hops hit first in the nose. There is a bit of earthiness that comes with the pine hops aromas but the pine is the dominant character. There is a touch of citrus that comes through at times, mainly when the beer is a bit colder. There isn't really any malt that shows up at all.

The taste is massively bitter, almost from the beginning to the end. Starts off with a huge pine flavor and what seems to be a slight floral character (and I mean slight) before a huge bitterness takes off and pretty much wipes out any chance of other flavors coming through.

Medium body with carbonation to match. It's a bit slick and oily but not as much as you would think with the huge sticky, bitterness.

The beer looks good and it feels good for a DIPA but the flavors and aromas don't hold up their end of the bargain. After a bit the bitterness becomes unpleasant and not much else is allowed to show through. It feels like it's bitter for bitters sake. It could definitely use some balance.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Supa Hero comes out looking hazy orange with some yellow in between. The head is bright white a few centimeters high, than dies. Faint lines on the glass left behind. Smell is very hoppy, with high grassy notes, some grapefruit, papaya, and bitter pine. Some alcohol. Taste is jumbled, the hops clash together leaving a grassy bitter taste that is not my hop cocktail. Feel is highly bitter and medium bodied with a slightly prickly carb going for it. Not really juicy in any way. This really missed the mark for me.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber, bottled this month (December). I dig the label and the elements of Boston in the background.

Pours an amber color with a 1-finger-sized white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma at first provides some citrus along with a little pine. But as I drank it further the citrus disappeared (or I was suffering olfactory fatigue) and all I smelled then was sharp pine with a barely - noticeable touch of malt in the back.

Its flavor served citrus up front which quickly gave way to bitter pine that lingers on the tongue, but the flavor itself is short. Just like the aroma, the citrus notes became unnoticeable after the first 3 or 4 sips. From then on it was almost purely bitter, and a bit too one note for my liking.

Mouthfeel was dry and fairly short. My tongue felt a little prickly from the bitterness that does linger.

Overall, I thought this was a bit unbalanced. A little too bitter, and not enough layers of hop flavor. Mainly, I wished the citrus notes were more prominent to help balance the bitterness. And I would have liked just a bit more malt.

I won't buy again, but anyone who enjoys bitter hop bombs should give this a shot. In fact, if you like the hop profile in Eagle Claw Fist, you may like this.

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Photo of Treebs
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber served in a Great Lakes Brewing shaker pint. Bottled December 2011.

A: Pours a solid amber color with golden edges and some bright orange notes circulating in the body as well. A one inch bone colored head forms on the pour and leaves cascades of thick down the glass. Great looking beer top to bottom.

S: There is some nice citrus notes, but it is mainly heavy on the bitter pine, resin-like oil and malts.

T: Straight malts and bitter pine. Resiny hop oils attack the tongue and really just drown out any flavor that there could be. I barely taste any citrus.

M: Medium bodied with a bitter finish that attacks the palate and leaves just as quick.

O: I was very disappointed in this beer. It was a just snowball down hill after it looked so good and it could never really recover. It needs to be toned down in the bitter and piney department to let some of the citrus fruits I found in the nose shine. Very unbalanced.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

$6.50 bomber from Abe's.

Crystal clear copper topped by five fingers of level but bubbly off-white froth. Highly stretched lacing.

Aroma mixes grapefruit, apricot, and pine, but seems to fade in and out. Took a deep sniff and it's like the entire aroma is in my nose and there is now a void in the glass. So it's pleasant and inviting, but not intense enough.

Light caramel splash to begin. A quick dash of juicy fruit. Building bitterness. Only the bitterness makes it to the afterglow. Little alcohol belly burn.

Mouthfeel wimpy for a beer this size, nothing to chew on.

Nothing really wrong, but nothing special either. Clown Shoes has cool labels and names, but this makes three out of four beers unimpressive for me, and in my favorite styles. At bomber prices I'm passing on the rest.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

unimpressed by this offering from clown shoes, didn't realize when I bought it that its not too fresh so that might have something to do with it, bottled on 1/25/13 and today is 7/22/13, so its a good 6 months out, not like its a year and a half old or anything but not within the 2 or 3 month window I really like to enjoy the extra hoppy beers within.

taste: its on the malty side and the hops that are in it are just "bitter" for a lack of a better word, not citrusy or earthy or dank or fresh just bitter.... i'd give this a 5 outta 10 on my scale, very average but would love to try fresh, price wise it was a good deal, 6.99 for a 22 oz bottle and the content is good for that price too, 8% but this is just a "meh" i.p.a.

p.s. also noticed that the top five "high reviews are from mass. where clown shoes is brewed, that's weird....but I'm sure the same would probably be true if I clicked on top reviews for surly, they'd all be from Mn.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Total Wine (St Pete, FL). 6.99. Bottled 01/2012. Served in a snifter. 

Pours hazy orange with 1.5 finger off white head. Not much lacing. 

Piney hop nose. A little sweet biscuity smell too. 

Vicious bitter hop bite in the taste. There's some piney and floral hops too but this is freakin bitter. Long dry bitter finish. So bitter you can't taste the alcohol. 

Mouthfeel is medium bodied that is pretty highly carbonated. Slightly stickyness that coats with bitter hop resin. 

Did I mention this is bitter? Seriously. Overall I'm let down. I've been very pleased with Clown Shoes but this is not up to my expectations from them. Their Eagle Claw Fist is a much better balanced hoppy beer. This one just doesn't do it for me. Is it bad? Not really. But even if you just love bitter IPAs there are several better options out there. 

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Photo of Immortale25
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Label says bottled 1/2012

A- Pours a hazy dark copper color with a 1/4 inch head that doesn't retain well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a fine print of surface foam in the center. Below average lacing.

S- Decent flash of caramel malt and grassy hops. Smells a bit funky actually, although I'm not sure if that was intentional.

T- Heavy onset of metal and unsettling bitterness. It's actually so bitter, my tongue shrinks up and cowers in fear. The caramel maltiness tries to put up a fight but the hops over-impose themselves on the palate. Alcohol is way too apparent and it becomes a chore to drink. There's a note of some spice, probably from the hops, but it's such a mess of a flavor profile that I can't enjoy it.

M- Biting and dry. Water is almost mandatory to have on hand when drinking this one. Medium-low carbonation. Overall unpleasant.

O- What a sad fail (IMO) for a brewery that was starting to grow on me. I hope it's just a bad bottle because I can't imagine they actually meant for it to taste like this.

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Photo of jsh420
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours clear copper with a 2 finger white head that left lacing all down the flass

smell is ver faint but what i did pick up on what a little caramel malt

taste was much better then the nose - pine citrus herbal hops with a nice tangy malt semi sweet backbone - good ashy hop after taste

mouthfeel - medium body good carbonation very creamy and smooth

overall - with an abundance of great dipas on the shelves this beer will passed over by me and others -- doesnt help that it is in 22oz only

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a D'achouffe tulip.

A- cloudy dark orange, 2" off-white head and blotches remain on glass.

S- toasted malts, lots of pine and earthy hops.

T- roasted/toasted malts, no citrus notes, very bitter pine, grass hops.

M- medium body and carbonation.

O- I have liked every beer from CS, until now. This is a very average ipa.

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Photo of match1112
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a dark burnt orange. a full finger of off white head recedes rather quickly while leaving a lot of lacing. the nose on this is mainly pine and malts with a touch of citrus in the back. taste is bitter pine and bready malts with more bitterness for the finish. mouthfeel is medium body with decent carbonation. real oily and bitter with a long dry bitter finish. overall i feel this beer missed the mark. it's overly bitter and unbalanced. clown shoes is usually a hit for me, but this is the first miss i've had from them.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear orangish ruby color. 2 finger off white head falls into some nice lacing.

S - Faint aromas of piney hops, slightly floral. Struggling to get anything more.

T/M - Cloying bittering moutherfeel that tugs at the edges of my tongue. More a spicy, piney hop flavor with a little alcohol heat. Light medium mouthfeel with average carbonation.

O - Just an average IPA IMO. I think the hop profile is off tho. Once again, just my opinion.

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Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - A malty aroma of bread and light caramel with some herbal hop notes and a bit of pine.

T - Sweet malt up front with some caramel and toffee. Hop bitterness shows up in the middle with notes of pine, grapefruit pith, and orange. Finishes with an oddly unsatisfying combination of muddy malt and mostly bitter, slightly grapefruit flavored hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Well, it has enough bitterness to be called an IPA, but it doesn't have much else going for it. There is almost a total lack of hop aroma of flavor and the malt is about as muddy as the beer itself looks. My third Clown Shoes beer and so far they are 1 for 3.

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Photo of TXBulldog
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Jester King goblet.
A- Cloudy orange pour w/ moderate head that lingers a while. Nice lacing.

S - Very mild aroma - a little citrus, but none of the floral hop notes you'd expect from an IPA.

T - The hops are there on the pallette, but not to the extent I expected from the decription of the beer. A nice balance between hop and malt, but definitely leans towards the bitter. Alcohol is a little more forward than I would have expected given the ABV. Not a lot of complexity though.

M - Light to medium-light mouthfeel, with a little bite from the carbonation.

O - Enjoyed it, but not something I'd go out of my way to trck down again. It does make a nice change of pace from some of the extremely hoppy IPA's that craft brewers seem focused on lately. Boozier and more bitter than a basic pale ale, which I suppose is the core of what an IPA is at the base level.

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Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange/amber with a light haze and creamy, light beige cap. Good head retention with sheets of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Citrusy aroma that faded into caramel. Some grapefruit and pine, a bit pithy, slight tangerine, powdery, wet grass. The taste was similar to the aroma profile, but everything was dialed back in power. Bitterness only took charge close to the finish and it had a slightly grainy quality, but alcohol was nicely controlled. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a bit of dryness.

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Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger white foam head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Spotty lace left behind.

Dank, resinous hop aroma with grassy pine and floral notes all countered by sweet citrus and tropical fruit.  Very floral but has strong grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel character.  Subtle pale malt and booze as well.

Medium bodied with a lingering earthy hop character up front that dominates the flavor with a lot of dry bitterness.  One dimensional hop profile with hardly any of the sweetness or citrus/tropical fruit found in the nose.  More sweet booze than expected with faint pale malt notes, notably bread and biscuit.  Kind of bland really with a bone dry finish and an odd, lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and rocky. Perfectly clear with a lively carbonation.

Smell: Caramel malts and grapefruit with a dash of pineapple thrown on the back. Biscuit dough and some sugary sweetness. Touch of caramel on the back. Hops are pretty mellow overall. Slightly peppery and minty. Are we sure this is an imperial anything?

Taste: Some pine and big hits of grapefruit and orange zest. Almost like a pine marmalade. Aggressive bitterness on the back is tempered by a solid malt presence. Biscuity, but man, it's a grapefruit pine bitter on the tongue that lingers. Solid depth of flavor, but it ends up playing a little one note in the long run. Lacking some balance. Floral and minty. Hint of booze at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Dry on the back from the booze and aggressive bittering. Drinks hotter than the ABV would indicate.

Overall: Solid, but nothing to write home about. needs a touch more balance, but they're definitely working with some nice hop flavors and a solid malt profile. Good things will come from this in the future.

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Photo of adkrogue
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangeish/Amber. Good clarity. Persistent white head with good lacing.

S: Piney hops, a little orange, little to no malt or yeast.
T: Pine, hops, alcohol is relatively mild for the abv. Hops overpower the malt IMO. Not unusual for the style, but the great ones have great balance. This doesn't. Its still better than most, but with some of Clown Shoes other offerings I think I set the bar too high.
M: Medium body, smooth. This one has been in the glass for awhile but its actually one of the nicer aspects of the beer.

Overall, a pretty decent beer but not outstanding.

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Photo of cpolking
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to tone77 for this beer!

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange amber in color. There is a half-inch of creamy off-white foam.

The aroma is orange and malty, not a whole lot going on in the aroma.

The taste is heavy on orange fruit, mandarin, lots of malt, some caramel, tea with cream, and, as the label indicated, a dank hop element.

The finish is very bitter and astringently dry in the mouth.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with a frothy two fingered head, creamy foamy, and very sticky.

S - Citrus rind, floral, and caramel malt. All components blend very well in the nose but overall, is light.

T - Caramel malt base stays there throughout and a generous amount of oranges, grapefruit, floral, and pine bittering over the top. Everything is well blended throughout the sip and at the very end the malt fades to leave a coating of oranges, pine, grapefruit, and floral bite. The aftertaste is lingering oranges and pine.

M - Light medium body and a watery, yet dry finish.

O - I'm all over the place with this one. I really dig the bitter finish but I wish it had more body (too watery) and aroma.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured an amber brown in color with yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: most bready malty sweetness coming out from the aroma with citrus fruit such as lemon and grapefruit, a little grassy note and very subtle signs of hops.

T: like the nose hops were almost absent on the palate but lots of bready malty sweetness, grapfruit bitterness, citrus lemon twang, a touch of pineapple fruit slight grainy character and some underlying earthy grassy flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bready malty, semi citrusy, very mild hoppy, slightly fruity and crisp finish.

O: I honestly thought the pale ale had more of a hoppy bite than the IPA.

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Supa Hero from Clown Shoes
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