Supa Hero | Clown Shoes

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Supa HeroSupa Hero

Brewed by:
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 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 StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not retired, I had this on tap just yesterday. it pours a really light golden color for the style, soapy white head. tropical fruit aromatics, low on bitterness high on fruit punch vibes. not even real oily, sort of a funny east coast version. taste is light and bright and really clean. again, very low bitterness but a lot of delicate hop flavor. a touch of sweetness from the malt, and a well hidden alcohol content. the hops here are the best part, as they should be in an ipa. really clean and summery. melon and pineapple come to mind, peaches maybe too. only a little bitter as it swallows. I love the lightness in feel for a big ipa, its soft and thin, which usually isn't what I look for, but this is a summertime drinker for the hophead. it really works in that context. one of the better clown shoes beers ive had so far.

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Photo of Cresant
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes. Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was bright copper/apricot with a chill haze. The eggshell white head was quick to fade to a film leaving a sticky lace in the glass.

The smell was sour hard candy. Citrus and sourdough bread?

The taste was of dank hops. Earthy and less than sharp. Intense but not brash. Lots of hops oils and grapefruit pith. One of the best Clown Shoes beers I have had.

The body was medium to full and there was modest carbonation. I would pick this one up again if it were a regular offering. Flavorful and fresh.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an orange color, somewhat hazy, nice slightly orange head settled into a quarter inch cap and left nice lace.

Definitely pungent in both aroma and flavor, piney, hop resin, some grassy and floral notes, with a solid malty backbone.

Body is medium with medium carbonation, with a lingering pine resin and malt note.

Overall it's interesting, quite a malt-bomb of an IPA, but I did enjoy it. I'd be interested in trying more from this brewery.

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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 bmwats
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly. Leaves a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Pretty substantial beer ring lacing. Head renews with each new pour.

S: Pine resin, honey, and a little citrus, and a little butterscotch.

T: Papery and piney.

M: Kind of a chalky feel. Harsh piney hop, with no sweet balance. Dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The harsh hop character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark golden with a nice foamy head, and some persistent beer ring lacing. Nose is syrupy pine resin with some accentuates of honey and lemon citrus. Harsh piney hop, with a papery or cardboard character, a chalky feel, and a dry finish. None of the implied sweetness from the nose comes out in the flavor. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows lychee, peach, orange blossom, pine and sweet cookie dough-like malt. Nice.
Pretty aggressive flavours. Not much malt, just a soft clean hit. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Sharp aggressive bitterness in the finish.
Soft carbonation could be higher.

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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 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 far333
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot colroed with a thick beige head of foam that lingers long and slowly recedes. Low aroma of citrus hops, some lightly toasted malt. Fresh hoppy flavors full of tangerine and grapefruit rind, some piney notes. Good honied malt backbone, but the hops really shine through on this one. Dry mouthfeel, a bit puckery in the cheeks from the hop bitters, but full. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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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 JackieTH
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured orange coppery with a creamy head decent lacing. Smells citric and piney but with a strong sweet malt presence. A faint scent of lemon peel as well. Taste opens up with mild citrus and more prominent resin flavor then a wallop of sweet biscuit malt. Bitterness is moderate. Subtle dark fruit and semi sweet chocolate as well. Taken in total it's a bit of a mess, the flavors don't get along, leaving a general sourness on the palate. Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation strong. Mediocre effort.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber received as a Christmas gift

A - Deep golden, with a bit of clarity. 1 finger of head and lots of sticky lace left all over the glass.

S - Nice mix between piny and citrus hops. Lots of hops. Fresh dank hops. Very good.

T - A very well blend of citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit, lemon.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily, slick.

O - Def recommend to hop heads. Very tasty DIPA, and at 8%, it won't knock you out if you are planning to enjoy many more in your day/night.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter. Box below the bar code which usually has the bottle date is empty. First I've seen of it at my store though so here's to hoping it's fresh

Pours a dark orangish gold with a finger of foam that didn't stick around for too long. Lacing's alright, pretty average for a dipa. Nothing too special is going on here

Aroma of hops of course, strong citrus undertones cut with a sweet malt. Dark fruits are there with a touch of chocolate, some lemon and a hint of alcohol. Pretty complex, some smells out of the ordinary for the style. I like it

Taste doesn't lead me where I though the smell would take me. Quite hoppy, fruity, and malty. That said, they don't mesh together too well and leave a bit of a bland after taste.

Feel isn't too bad, nice crisp medium body with a dry finish. Leaves a nice sticky coat, pretty drinkable

Overall this isn't a bad beer, but aside from trying it I don't see much reason to buy it. It's pretty mediocre for a dipa, probably not something I'll pick up again for a while. Nothing really stands out with this one

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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 mjryan
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big India Pale Ale. Fruit Loop and brown sugar bouquet. Tropical hops, grapefruit bitterness. Burnt sugar sweetness lingers. Viscous mouthfeel. Bitter sweet finish. Pretty good stuff. Perhaps a lighter body/less residual sugar would liven this one up a bit, but I like it well enough as is.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rustic pale orange with a neat clarity shows a moderate and slow rise of spacious effervesce bubbles. The head is bready, frumpy in texture, 2 fingers high with a cream tint to it. Retention was incredibly lasting, sturdy in show even after 8-10 minutes with hardly any decay. Stratified ring lacing with a 60% area coverage.

S: Pink grapefruit juice, bright zing, with a fresh and wet nature to it. Sweet caramel backing. solid.

T: Flavor was sweetened pink grapefruit with a strong toasted backing. Fresh,wet hops drip and ooze resinous juices. Toasted citrus and grapefruit with a strong show of toasted malt back this up. A finish of toasted dryness. There are some instances of fresh wet pine and a warming of flowery hoppiness.

M: Fairly crisp and bubbly, body is a bit lighter then anticipated. Dry finish of warm hop flowers.

O: Overall the flavor is crisp, toasty with a respectable amount of hop backing. Good drinkability factor.

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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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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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Photo of scootny
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear dark copper with an off white head and of course nice lacing. Little carbonation evident. Smell is rich with caramel malt and pine. A fruit melange has tropical notes as well as alcohol and medicine. Taste is sweet with caramel and burnt brown bread as well a wisp of Irish coffee. Medicinal facets show for a moment as it moves to grapefruit in the firmly hopped finish. Hop oil lingers and coats the sides of my mouth and a light biscuit malt flavor. Feel is slightly slippery and on the lighter side of thick with a nice amount of carbonation to break it up. A good solid offering.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper hue with a creamy three finger dimple laden head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is nicely balanced with aromas of caramel candy,toffee treacle,passionfruit,peaches and a touch of liquorice,the mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch slippery with minimal carbonation and has tastes of passionfruit,lychees,mangoes in syrup,boiled candy,toffee treacle and finished perfectly balanced with a mix of sweet toffee candy and piney bitter hops,overall a nice balance of malt and hops and would drink again cheers.

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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 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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Supa Hero from Clown Shoes
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