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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow coloured body, leaving lace. Fresh from Rhode Island, thanks Americo for bringing back. Lemon bitterness. Long bitter finish. The malting could have been more complementary. Boozy and more of a hop deliver system. Drinkable, but not great for the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a murky crimson with golden hues body.

S: floral and earthy hops. nice amount of malt, some citrus.

T: bitterness from pine and strong tart orange (not sweet) notes. Nice caramel malt backbone. The taste leaves you wanting more.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: There are so many strong DIPAs out there that this one doesn't at all stand out or is memorable in any way. I have had 3 beers from this brewer and I am not impressed.

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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 metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some flavors of citrus along with hints of the underlying caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a moderate amount of hops in it but is an average Double IPA compared to other beers in the style.

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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 jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big fluffy and creamy off white 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with some decent lacing, super clear toasty orange amber brown light caramel colored beer, with tons of bubbles rising from teh etch at the bottom.

Nose is a bit lighter than expected, some light fresh hops, with a bit of citrus and hint of tropical fruit, light musty resin and bit of floral hop, hint of tangerine and grapefruit, touch of malt sweetness, seems like there is more bittering hops than aroma or flavor.

Taste is a bit better, a touch of booze kicks in quickly, with some malty sweetness, both bringing a sense of a big beer. Then bittering hops, quite a decent kick in the teeth of hops and bitterness, but definitely east coast style practically DIPA. The hops bring a candy flavor and light citrus candy, touch of resin and tangerine but very little of each. The hops turn to a bit of a spicy and earthy character with a light briny astringency, and a bit salty spicy hop. Sweetness is pretty big, with mostly lots of pale malt, and hint of reddish malt, and bit syrupy. Finish is still quite bitter, very bitter, with a bit more briny astringent spicy. Then syrupy malts really kick ass, lingering and coating the mouth for a while, with a long bitter hoppy flavor, and a syrupy hop extract flavor.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, some booze, with decent carb.

overall meh, too syrupy, too sweet, too bitter, too much of a lot of things. The hops they use are overpowering bitter and not enough flavor/aroma, and it gets a hop extract like flavor, with a bit of booze and tons of syrupy sweetness. Very hard to drink an entire bottle.

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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 dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden orange in color. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus hops with strong notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

T: The beer starts with a light caramel malt body and then finishes with lots of citrus hop flavors - mostly orange and grapefruit. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An average offering in the style and not one of the better beers from this brewer. Enjoyable but rather ordinary.

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Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured orange amber in color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice looking color to it.

The aroma has notes of vanilla, honey and orange blossom to it with a little bit of a tropical fruit presence. It has a pretty big sweeter, candied malt base to it as well. It feels a little overly floral and sweet to me though.

The taste also shows a lot of candied orange flavors to it with some vanilla and caramel sweetness coming through as well. I some juicy, tropical fruit and citrus rind hoppiness to it towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style with carbonation being below average. Overall, it was a decent beer but not an outstanding one of the style. The sweeter, candied malts and floral qualities dominated a little too much for me. Pretty decent overall though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

My first in a string of new-to-me Clown Shoes brews. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit peel, light cilantro, and light caramel. The taste holds notes of candied orange peel, light caramel, strong pine resin, cilantro, pine needles, and greens. A mild bitterness hangs around 'til everyone else has gone home. It's a bit much to begin with, but then it all kinda mellows out as time progresses. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, but one I can't see drinking all the time, nor one I would ever call great. Nothing against it, though...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #5 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Hop Leaf tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about two minutes and leaves an inch throughout drinking, and leaves a ring of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, honey, oranges, and light floral hops. Nice fruit up front, thinking this is a hoppy APA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, light pine hops, and light floral hops. Some decent bitterness in the taste; thinking it is an IPA/DIPA now.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter kick thanks to the hops.

o - Overall a pretty nice hoppy beer. I liked the nose quite a bit, though the taste was a tiny bit too bitter for me. Still a good beer and probably very good if you like a lot of bitterness in your IPA's. I'm going to guess this is a DIPA, right on the border of IPA/DIPA, in the 7-8% ABV range. No clue of the exact beer.

And the reveal is…Supa Hero from Clown Shoes, bottled in 12/11, so very fresh. Bottle says it is an IPA but at 8% I'm going to call this a victory. 3/5 on style, 0/5 on exact beer. We get some Clown Shoes down here but I've never seen or heard of this one, so very glad to try it. Thanks Kyle!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic and a tulip glass. Uh oh, bottled Feb 2012...

A real nice fluffy and large three finger head, off white in appearance, sitting on a real nice red and orange amber body. Nearly cherry in color, but with a big orange appearance. Very impressive body color, and lots of retention cap in the nonic.

Nose is malty, hops have probably faded on this. English tea like herbal sense on this, with a good chunk of earth with a malty sweetness. Still not bad, just not very big in the DIPA realm, but then again I am sure this is quite different fresh.

Taste hits with a very noticeable sweet malt orange, then gives a very lingering dry hoppy pine blast. Malt sugar sweetness mixes with citrus orange bent, with a hint of juice. Hop angle seems to become a little more varied than what is smelled on the bouquet. Mouthfeel is very full too.

Overall it would be quite interesting to try this beer fresh, but it still is worth drinking even this late in the game. Feels like a more varied and muted Deviant Dale's at this stage.

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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a nice warm shade of medium amber, lightly clouded, under a long lasting and near creamy lite tan head, that leaves a thicker film and all sorts of ringed sheeting and bits and blobs of thick stick.

I get some bready malts and mild hops on the nose. Smells like a milder British style IPA.

British theme continues for me onto the palate, hops are present but not crunchingly "in your face", depends who you talk to but this is not neccesarily a good thing...notes of toffee, whole wheat toast, a hint of alcohol/gin/lime.

Easy drinking and somewhat on the tame side flavorwise. However, I found this offering to be quite enjoyable and to go well with a garlicky BBQed pork tenderloin and a salad.

More better then respectable beer from Clown shoes.

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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 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 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 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 rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

A - Deep copper crystal clear pour with a one finger head that faded with minimal clouding.

S - Sweet malts followed by light musty dank hops.

T - Sweet malts, bitter grapefruit. Not really hoppy just well...bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too sweet and malty for an iPA.

O - Overall I felt this was an average offering from Clown Shoes. You can do much better.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice off-white head. 

S- The aroma is malt and fresh citrusy and fruity hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and a lot of lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a solid IPA and another thumbs up beer from Clown Shoes.

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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 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 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 akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's.

A: The double IPA is amber, golden brown, with a thin white head. Barely transparent.

S: The nose is nondescript, neither hops nor malts seem willing to stand out. Gradually pine aromas waft out.

T: Again, nothing to get excited about. The booziness strikes me as the stand out feature. Hops add pine and citrus in the finish; malts add ample caramel. Only problem - neither one stands out. Sometimes wanting is more pleasing than having.

M: An inauspicious introduction to Clown Shoes - not enough of the hop bitterness to work.

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