Miracle | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our boy, Miracle Mike, represents the good we hope to do with the Clown Shoes Minor Miracle Fund. A percentage of profits from this juicy, sessionable IPA will be used to help real people (and maybe a puppy or two).

Added by Dope on 04-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange color.

Citrusy, but not a whole lot else going on.

Flavor is identical to aroma, citrusy but not great.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, bitter.

Overall, a let down.

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Photo of DrJay
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, burnt orange with a fine, beige cap. Decent head retention with sticky lace. Looks good. Floral aroma with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus, caramel, pith, and biscuit. Moderate bitterness, more oranges and grapefruit, toast, caramel, with a hint of alcohol and spice. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed the balance, more of an easy drinking IPA than a powerhouse.

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Photo of AlCzerik
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This had to be an old beer or one that had gone bad because I like everything else that Clown Shoes does so I had high expectations for this beer and it just didnt live up.

I will remain loyal to the brand and may even try this again in the future. But this was overally carbonated and just all around bad.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice clear golden/copper/amber color with a grainy thick of bubbles on top that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Damn, dirty hops, some pine needles in there, but also dirt. Maybe some citrus and bready malts but that's a stretch.

Taste - Dirty hops, like an amateur homebrewed IPA. Tastes like they just threw everything they had into primary and expected liquid gold. Instead they got liquid dirt.

Mouthfeel - Gritty, grainy mouth feel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is undefined bitterness. I've done better with my homebrews (and I'm not good).

Overall - I wouldn't buy it again. Most homemade IPAs I've tried have been similar in caliber to this. Plus for the price it's completely out of line.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with an impressive creamy foam topping. Plenty of lacing down the pint. Aroma of caramel and citrus hops. In the taste, citrus, mild licorice and herb. Citrusy and piney all day, some caramel and gingerbread like malt. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this was a nice IPA. Too bad it's retired.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dense cadmium orange has a rush of effervesce with a 3+ inch cornsilk, mushroom capping that retained nicely for several minutes with only minor decay. Heavy chunky lace deposits cling to the vessel with about 50% coverage.

S: soft, dry toasted malt, flowery orange, soft citrus peel with a trail of pilsner grains. Strength is light per style.

T: Flavor was sweet initially, toasted malt with a fresh citrusy-orange hopping. Floral lemon, semi-dry crystal malt finish. Fresh grapefruit hints, spicy with a touch of tropical fruit.

M: softly carbonated with a quiet demeanor, lighter end of medium body with a smooth texture, somewhat buttery, with a dry lemon toasted finish.

O: Overall a fairly easy session style ipa, decent lingering hoppiness, the body is light, though feels like it thins out a bit off the tongue. final verdict is okay.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very large head which has incredible retention on a copper with golden hues body. Aroma of breads, club soda, caramel malts, grapefruit and biscuit. Flavors is also very bready with more of a pale malt base and hop flavors that are earthy with hints of citrus but the hops seemed washed out and understated. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. It's Drinkable but boring.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. It pours a golden, overcast color with some tangerine edges; translucent, yet pretty damn murky. Not much of a head at all, rather, it's just a thin, swampy film that barely stretches across the top of the beer, with a slightly thicker collar that outlines the circumference of the beer.

The aroma is laden with primarily two things: (1) pines, and (2) orange, orange, orange. Heavy orange and various citrus peels with a collision of pines, hop oils, and plenty of leaves. It could stand to be a bit stronger, but there's a pretty good balance of leafy and fruity. Nothing amazing, just good ol' balance here.

A mild bitterness wafts in with the first sip, backed by a super strong orange character; so strong that it even is a bit juicy and sweet. I'd be surprised to find that all of this orange flavor is solely from hops - orange adjunct perhaps? Oily, slightly resinous hops combat the fruit, creating that nice bittersweet balance that was on the nose. Faint pale malt in the finish; oily and crisp on the mouth with heavy carbonation.

Definitely not a bad beer, just nothing that puts it up and over the edge, either. The orange flavor is far too strong and juicy to be from hops alone, so my guess is that this has some kind of orange addition to give it that extra burst. Something that can easily be put back, and I'd smash it if offered one; the problem is that I couldn't see myself ever buying or ordering it again.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight haze to this amber brew. Nice attractive head builds and slowly settles to a thick, pillow type cap. Quite a bit of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a combination of bready malt and fruity hops. Not the most powerful aromatics but has some nice subtleties.

Nice balance of flavors. Clown Shoes is not trying to blast anyone's taste buds off with this IPA, but giving a well rounded beer. Slightly sweet malt, fruity esters, and bitter citrus hops.

Light bodied IPA. Good carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this offering from Clown Shoes. A little expensive for what one gets, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper amber with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits and resiny hops and some sweet biscuit malt.

The flavor is sweet biscuity toffee malts with a little tropical fruit and a decent amount of bitterness but not a lot of flavor from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is retired and cannot review anymore. It was heavy on the citrus and had a nice piney resin finish to it. Wish it was still around to try again.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes - Miracle, poured into a pint glass.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy but mostly clear brown with a ruby amber hue. Decent sized soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves chunky lacing.

Smell - Sweet almost cloying caramel malts, bready. Faint citrus hops here, needs more oomph.

Taste - Rich and bready malts with some hops that start citrus and end piney and fairly balanced. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and slightly sweet, not overly boozy but "sessionable" is debatable. Great drinkability.

Overall - Not bad, solid brew. A bit on the sweet side. Not the best of its style but not the worst, good in a pinch if there's nothing else to get. Would drink again but not seek out.

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Photo of SMiles1976
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It wasn't what I was expecting which may have led to the 3.5 overall review. The taste of the beer was refreshing but it was not what I had come to expect for an IPA. The appearance was a nice amber color. Didn't burn when I drank it. The smell....well I didn't sniff but I am sure it was just fine. All in all, the beer had a good flavor and was enjoyable to sit and drink but it is not one that I would rush back to the store to buy again. However, if I found it at my local grocery store, I would pick it up over most of what you would find there in the way of IPA's.

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

An immodestly-named IPA, unless the brewer thought it was a miracle it turned out at least decent.

Poured into an Innis & Gunn flute from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: An eye-appealing almost clear amber, a finger thick white head dwindled to a thin surface foam with some lacing.

s: Oops I forgot to smell it before I drank it. I don't usually don't go out of my way to smell a beer unless I know it's likely to have a definite odor such as a double IPA or a stout. Or if I know I will be reviewing it here.

t: Moderate resiny hops. Pretty tasty!

m: Moderate feel due to the considerable hop presence.

o: A good solid quality IPA in the middle range of strength; quite sessionable. I believe Clown Shoes may be the brand name for some premium Mercury Brewing Co. brews, Ipswich being their more budget priced craft line. So far I've enjoyed the Ipswich Ale and Summer brews a lot, albeit they are far less hoppy than this. I have yet to drink anything by Mercury that did not make me hoppy - er happy.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows piny, grapefruity hops along with some sweet light malt and soft apple/pear notes.
Nice malt characters as flavours, some soft cookie dough notes amidst bold piny hop notes.
Good moderate carbonation.

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Photo of IrishJames
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear amber. Moderate head to start dissipating quickly to thin head retained throughout. Clouds of lacing to the end.

Smell: Malty grain aroma with heavy floral influence.

Taste: Excellent balance of floral hops, alcohol, and grains. Lingering mild bitterness as if to raise it's hand reminding me it's an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin mouthfeel with only mild carbonation, which interestingly suits the beer well.

Overall: Very sessionable. Fine IPA which I would pursue again. I consider this beer on the slightly lighter side of the Sweetwater/Lagunitas IPAs, which is a compliment.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a cloudy copper pour with a finger of head..no lacing left behind, which is weird for an ipa. herbal grassy hop notes, some slight citrusy grapefruit, a bit of caramel. this is a malt heavy english style ipa, sweet and bready with some grassy bitter hop notes. slight grapefruit citrus lingers.. lots of caramel and bready yeast take over most of the flavor profile. the mouthfeel is a bit watered down.. with low-ish carbonation.. kinda weird for the style too. this is only about 2 months old according to the bottling date, so none of this makes sense. maybe i'll just stick to their dark beers from now on since none of their "pale" ales have been very flavorful (to me).

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Slightly cloudy orange colour. Nice head that fades to nothing. Smallest bit of lacing.
S: Pineapple, citrus and grapefruit
T: Firm bitterness. Bitterness doesn't completely overpower the malt. Flavour is fairly short lived.
M: A tiny bit thin on mouthfeel.
O: A nice enough session IPA. It would benefit from a little more hop flavour.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on date hard to read but I think it says 3/6/13.

Appearance: Golden orange and hazy to the point of being opaque. One finger frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Not much there besides a touch of biscuit and some sweet tangerine.

Taste: Quite watery at first sip. At 5.5% ABV I wasn't expecting a super robust IPA but this is a tad underwhelming. Starts with a moderate bitterness that continues throughout. However, there isn't any hop flavor which I was looking forward to given the description on the bottle. The malt flavor comes in about halfway through and contributes a sort of freshly baked bread/yeasty taste. Overall the flavor is like a wet blanket on the palate (figuratively).

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body and barely carbonated. Easily drinkable but not a vibrant enough mouthfeel to be enjoyable.

Final Thoughts: There were no off-flavors or anything to suggest a bad bottle, but Miracle didn't deliver the flavor I expected. The bland nature of the beer is it's downfall. Would I drink it again? Unlikely.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy orange with brownish amber hues. Some slow carbonation. Patchy off-white head with a defined rim. A little lace

Aroma: Lots of toasted bready malts. Definite caramel aroma with a little toffee. Citrus and slightly earthy hops with some floral notes

Taste: Sweet apples and pear start things off followed by juicy grapefruit and lemon bitterness. There's a strong malt backbone of caramel and biscuits. The finish is somewhat dry with oily pine notes

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated but smooth. Refreshing. Light to medium bodied

Overall: A really nice IPA for someone who isn't looking for a hop bomb. Sweet with a respectable hop profile. Approachable. This isn't Clown Shoes' best but solid nonetheless

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer looks great. The nose is nice too. Tastes pretty good with a thick hop presence that leans towards the east coast style side. Pine is quite prevalent. Resin is there also. Smooth and rounded flavor profile. Feel is pretty nice. As I alluded to, this is very much an east coast kind of ipa. Rustic and earthy and not carrying the vibrance of west coast types. I like this one.

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


"Clown Shoes"? I couldn't say "no" - HAD to try it. This IPA poured very nicely - beautiful amber with a minimal haze - plenty of bubbles to keep a thick stubborn head afloat.

A = Bell ringer, clean amber with nice ivory, velvety cream head.

S = Sharp nose tweaking citrus and cut grass

T = Surprisingly mellow - checked for a bottle date - none. Nice flavor but quite reserved for the IPA style. My wife would like it - as is - but I wonder if it is a little past due.

M = On target; light. crisp and bubbly.

O = A serviceable IPA; redeemable for IPA veterans. I won't say no to another.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a decent white head that persists for a bit before leaving a fair amount of lace on the way down. Smells of earthy citrus hops with a solid bready caramel malt to back it up. Solid sweet sugary malt background never dissipates balancing the earthy citrus a bit too much. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not a bad IPA, certainly nothing flawed here, but just a bit boring in today's market.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a good sessionable ipa, with some proceeds to charity. I can get behind that. it pours a crystal clear orange tinted golden color, radiant and attractive, with a little more than an inch of pure white fluff. the nose is the best part, citrusy as anything, not bitter at all, not super resinous, but fresh and clean, lemony. citra hops or similar was used here no doubt. the flavor though doesn't hold up the citrus nearly as well. its overcrowded by some pale malts and a faint sweetness. the hops do finish a little bitter, but its extremely mild. the feel is very light and the carbonation is good, which makes this a pretty nice easy drinking summer time ipa. my biggest critique of this one honestly has nothing to do with the beer itself. why package this in four packs? its a session beer, put it in an eight pack! 10 bucks for four of these is not worth it, but even a sixer would make this a beer worth filling the fridge with for the warmer months. refreshing a little different. I am a fan.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this at Princeton's eagerly, since most of the Clown Shoes I see in Minnesota has been on the shelf since they first shipped here. 12 oz. bottle dated 3/6/12, so reasonably fresh.

The pour is full frontal IPA, mildly see-through dull orange. Nose chips in citrus, faint sweetness, but there's less than one full nostril to find.

This Miracle is minor enough to be called Everyday Event. Dominated by clean, fresh pale malts that lean into a light sweetness. Malts are timidly floral & the bitterness has a rather limp handshake. Slice of orange. Easy to drink, I suppose, if you're not thinking about it.

Kind of a 'mail-it-in' beer. Not bad, not good, just a decent amount of taste. Defines mediocre, completely forgettable.

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Miracle from Clown Shoes
3.64 out of 5 based on 297 ratings.
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