Supa Hero | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
301
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
22
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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 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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 UTCengOwl
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Longstaff
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting hoppy flavor that is not all in your face and melds well with malt character. Alcohol stayed well away from detracting from hoppiness, but it needed more to me to jones over it. A decent try for $7/btl. but a little pricey for me to drink this like it is meant to be.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ryanpj
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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 Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Duhast500
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sebago pin glass.

The color is a hazy copper/brown with some slight orange highlights and a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is bitter with some grapefruit aroma and a little bit of pine mixed in. There is some nice malt aroma way back there as well.

The taste is quite bitter with some citrus flavor around this hop bomb. This hits hard with big bitterness that it pushes aside alot of the malt background I was looking for. The piney flavor washes of the tongue a bit and seems to limit the flavor of this beer.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and nothing but bitterness. Hops are in ever part of this beer and stays there even after it goes down.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured worthily into a Duvel glass an orange amber with a thick white froth appearing and clinging nicely as a sip smelling of glorious flowery pine, dank indeed, bursts into bitter pine in the front of the mouth before cascading oily bubbles across just enough malt to save the day, without much ABV burn, from what is otherwise a seriously bitter villain lacking a bit of nuance.

As far as an IIPA goes - it doesn't fit my bill. It's seriously a bitter exercise but it still made for an enjoyable beverage.

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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 Bilco
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 silentjay
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rather deep copper/amber color with a generously sized off-white head that laces real well while it slowly recedes.

aroma of pine, citrus, some caramel sweetness, pretty standard.

bitter grapefruit and pine with some grassy hops that go herbal and bitter on the swallow. a bit of caramel sweetness comes through after the swallow that lingers along with a considerable bitterness.

medium bodied and oily on the finish with an abundance of prickly carbonation.

I had high hopes for this one, as I am a big fan of the hoppy Clown Shoes beers. Hoppy Feet and Hoppy Feet 1.5 are excellent. I figured, if they can make such a great black ipa and a decent hoppy amber and a wonderfully hoppy RIS, imagine what they could do with a straight-out IPA. It's good, but didn't quite meet my lofty expectations. There are better options out there.

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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 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 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 kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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