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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gushue3 on 12-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is amber in color and clear. On the pour i was unable to really produce much in way of a foamy cap and what little i did get faded in a blink of an eye.

During the pour the aroma came through beautifully but faded, like the head, way to fast. The aroma was bright and citrusy and the malts were sweet giving a nice balance.
Taste finds a small amount of pineapple and grapefruit hops with sweet malts.
Smooth and easy drinking with a good dose of bitterness that lingers quite awhile.
A take it or leave it beer.

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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 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 jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a dense white head that settles to a splotchy haze, leaving some spotty lacing. Big aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and orange peel. Very resinous and "sticky". More grapefruit and orange peel with a moderately sweet caramel malt backbone and a long-lasting bitter finish. Smooth and slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. A solid DIPA that somehow remains extremely drinkable despite the "big" feel.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy in body a very dark brown red with a 1/2 an inch of opaque colored head (almost tan) Lacing is excellent btw.

S - Not very hoppy but... damn I just noticed it was bottled in 2/2012 so that's... fuuu! over 5 months old. Hop the hops hold up well since it smells mostly malty.

T - Well it sure is malt forward with only a slight twang of bittering hops. At this point it's almost like a barleywine and yet it's not bad! Hops and malts still balanced with a biting finish and the ABV is well masked. Pretty much all I ask for in a DIPA.

M - Medium and kind of chewy.

Overall wow even after five months this beer still has some bite. Age has been kind to this one and thankfully it wasn't just dead hop water. Worth trying!

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-gold body. Light finger of off-white head.

Nose is sweet malt with a light grassy hop note. Not enough dry hops, I think.

Grassy and aspirin hop flavors dominate. Hmm, I'd really like more citrus. Still, it's good hop juice. Minimal malt body, the way Vinnie intended.

Mouthfeel is chalky and astringent. Tooth-stripping and delicious.

Good effort. I like the in your face-ness of it. Overall, it's really good stuff.

Stand aside, citizen, Supa Hero coming through!

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Photo of IronLover
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Weathered copper orange in color and murky. Poured with a nice off-white froth that reduced to a wispy cap. Resinous pine hop aromas are dominant with ripe citrus hop, sweet caramel malt and a hint of honey beneath. Thick, resinous feel with rich carbonation. Earthy pine hop flavors over ripe citrus orange and sweet caramel malt from start to finish. Finishes with a nice pine hop bitterness. Nothing terribly complex, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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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 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 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 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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3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 6fl oz bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Orangish amber color, chill haze. White froth & close crown. Tropical fruit hues, floral notes & mildy malt aromas. Gentle fruity bitterness & biscuit maltiness at first sip mixed with citric hoppy bitterness. Medium body, correct carbonation. A little bit longer finish is missed. Elegant & delightful AIPA.

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

Bomber purchased at Total Wine on the "newly arrived" shelf so I hope it is fresh because I can find no dating on the bottle or label. Pours a dark yellow, hazy body with a one-finger off-white head. Fairly good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is a little less than I had hoped for in a DIPA; pine notes and bit of a floral/tropical fruit background. Caramel malt base aroma; solid but not highly enticing in the aroma overall.

The flavor is a bit better than the aroma as the strong pine and tropical fruit hop flavor combines decently with a tasty, caramel malt base. The mix has just a bit of harshness to it that keeps it from rising to the highest level of DIPAs.

The mouthfeel is medium in thickness and has a preponderance of an oily hop feel and only a minor amount of alcohol burn. A solid DIPA overall but the mix is a notch short of excellent.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/tan cloudy, khaki head, mighty fine lacing

S: lemon peel/grassy, pine, malt

T: mild grapefruit, lemon peel/grass,
pine, caramel malt, long bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, oily/sticky mouth

O: Good stuff, fine beer for the money!
I would recommend and get again.


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Photo of BryanCarey
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Supa Hero India Pale Ale is a big beer with a nose that combines pine, citrus, and caramel malts. A good pour produces only a moderate amount of foam, but it maintains a thin white layer atop the orange- colored body as you consume.

Moving to the taste, this beer is a hoppy brew, as expected, but with a perfumy, herbal character as opposed to the strictly citrus- intense taste of many other IPA. Floral notes, pine, and a little bit of grapefruit are also present, along with some alcohol. The beer is bitter, as it should be, but not excessively so, even though you can most certainly feel the bitter sensation on the back of the tongue after each sip.

Supa Hero is a medium- bodied brew with a slightly oily mouthfeel. The beer is a little better balanced than other double IPA, but it is still a hop- accented brew through and through. Its taste, with the herbal flavors from the hops, is a nice alternative to some of the other DIPA I have tried.

I’m not in love with the taste of Clown Shoes Supa Hero India Pale Ale, but I agree that it is a solid DIPA. The hops just won’t quit and they stick with you long after the final sip.

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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 FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1333rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

Bottled 2/2012
Purchased for $5.99 at Lees Discount Liquor, Las Vegas

App- A orb looking dark orange with yellow highlights and a little gold in the bottom. Semi dense in the glass with a two finger light tan head. Great cling and lace.

Smell- A big beer to say the least. A bunch of caramel with a deep orange and creamy hops. Fairly dank as the label says. Very full on the nose with a good earthy base.

Taste- In the words of the label. Wicked nice. Nomah would be proud. Big dank and juicy hops. Not overly bitter with a deep citrus and a bit of a piney spice. Nice balance just a tad thick. Might be the age or just intended. Just large.

Mouth- A full medium body bordering on full itself. A medium thick carbonation level. A bunch of thick spicy malts and deep citrus with some creamy malts.

Drink- A good beer. Maybe a tad old but thats on me. Has good balance with a thick spicy malt creamy hop combo. I'd have this one again.

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

A DIPA at only 8%? Here goes:

Bottled 2/2012

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Poured a gold-amber color, with a slight chill haze and a very small head. My small, I mean nill.

S: More fruity than hoppy, but I guess that's the East Coast way overall. Sorta reminded me of a melted "Jolly Rancher," rose petals, and grapefruit.

T: Sweet and fruity, with a very fresh disposition. The marketing speak on the bottle didn't give me much, but I'm guessing Cascade is in there somewhere.

M: Not too bitter... very balanced overall, and with a slight bit of lacing was left on the glass.

O: While this was definitely not "supa," it was certainly a worthy entry into Clown Shoes' arsenal of brews.

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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly moderate amount), citrus (tropical fruits, grapefruit), and malt. This is an odd flavor in some respects because it isn't quite as well-hopped as other DIPA. It lies somewhere in between a regular IPA and a DIPA. Not a bad flavor, but not taken far enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: There are some deficiencies with this beer, but it is easy to drink.

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