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Miracle | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 297
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A bright golden yellow hue somewhat hazy with a 1/2 inch of head. Lacing is decent giving me some stick to the glass.
S - Very herbal sort of English IPA with tea leaves and sweeter hops highlighting. It doesn't smell too sweet so I assume there is some hop bitterness under there.
T - To me it doesn't really come off as an IPA more like a hopped up pale ale. Sweet malts and tea leaf bitterness meet citrus hops and some gram cracker crust. Even has some bitterness on the tongue but that might be the Hoppy Feet I had earlier.
M - Light to medium, easy to drink, session able indeed.

Overall like all the other clown shoes beers this one was sort of worth the single price ($3.50) but I would much rather have the Galactica for the same price and a more crisp balanced hop experience.

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Photo of beyah
2.18/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - Gold in color Hazy even after it warms up. One finger white foam, good lacing hangs in there

Smell - smells bitter and sweet, not pleasant

Taste - The hop flavor and malt flavor don't complement each other bitter and sweet

Mouth feel - smooth and the right amount of carbonation.

Overall - I've tried a ton of IPA's most of which I enjoyed immensely, this is definitely the exception.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's always a fine selection of Clown Shoes brews at Gasbarro's - I'm hoping to finally try the majority of them in the next couple months. I've tried Hoppy Feet and Muffin Top and enjoyed them both.

Miracle is a semi-sessionable (5.5% abv) IPA - it looks good - ample head/lacing, dark gold in appearance. I'm having a hard time pinning down the aroma but I would say it's woody and has somewhat of a tea leaf scent. Interesting.

The taste is nice and balanced - I'm getting the tea leaves again, mild hop bitterness (for an IPA) and a general earthiness. I feel like I'm drinking a holistic conconction of some sort, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

I've had other IPAs that claim to be "sessionable" but really aren't (due to too much bitterness and/or a strong aftertaste..like All Day IPA), this one is sessionable without a doubt - complex enough to be considered an IPA and flavorful without a strong aftertaste.

Another winner from Clown Shoes. Hoping the Cs can pull out a win tonight to top off a night of good food, beer, and cake.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New in Colorado ... 12 oz bottle.
Poured in a Eku tulip glass.
Light copper color...small amber head with lace.
Aroma of grassy hops, white grapefruit rind, light pepper.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of funky fruit rind...white grapefruit, grassy hops, burnt brown sugar, slight cream of tartar/chalk. Overall tasty with significant body, but there's some astringency that takes away from the ideal quaffability, meaning, I can finish a glass/bottle, but would choose something different next.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found a few new bottles in the singles cooler at Coaltrain Wine and Liquor in Colorado Springs. Clown Shoes, eh...??

Very pleasant fruity, pine, and citrus hop aroma wafting up from a nicely carbonated, golden body, all topped with a thick, rich, white head. Biscuit and light toast grain taste with a nicely done hop bitterness. Juicy, clean, medium-bodied feel.

A nicely brewed IPA. Good balance between the grains and hops with a decent complexity. Rich and flavorful without being over-the-top.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/6/13.

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams shaped pint glass emerges clear and a beautiful orange bronze color, with a small, one finger sized white head on top.

Pleasing aroma. Floral with some citrus characteristics. Slight bit of rosemary in the aroma, which I dig. Fruitiness such as mangos and pineapple entice the nose, slight vegetal qualities

Taste mimics the flavor nicely. Definitely more of the floral flavors with bitter bits of grapefruit and orange. A subtle, earthy hoppiness adds a different dimension. Bitterness is spot with a very long finish.

I enjoyed this one. Not really an IPA; not enough abv, hops, mouthfeel, etc. This is a very nice APA. The mouthfeel could use a little more substance as this one is slightly watery and very dry. I cant help but want another one of these, however. An easy drinker and could be a could everyday beer.

Thanks to Sean Geary for this one.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: 03/06/2013

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that retains for a while

S: Juicy citrusy hops come out first, along with a lightly sweet malt backbone that provides some earthiness

T: Follows the nose. Very balanced, with citrusy hops coming out first and then being swallowed up by lightly spicy and earthy malts. Bready into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A little too malty for my tastes, as the hops come out quickly but exit just as fast. The malts more or less make the beer, which isn't a usual characteristic in a good IPA. This was bottled less than a month ago, so it's not like the hops have faded all that much, either. They just aren't really there. Not bad, just not what I expect from an IPA

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick pale wheat head. Flavor is typically hoppy, not at all bitter, with malty and citrus hints. Body leaves something to be desired, but not the lively fizz. If not a miraculous IPA, worth at least a try.

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

A - A cloudy orange, with 2 fingers of head. Lots of sediment and carbonation in the brew. Lace left all over the glass as it goes down. Impressive.

S - Nice citrus notes shine through. Orange and coriander. Maybe some pineapple too. Not a kick in the nostrils aroma, but good none the less

T - Starts out tasteless, than a huge citrus and piny hops kick in and give your tastebuds a nice jump start! Dry finish. Well balanced. Very good IPA.

M - High in carbonation

O - Definitely an excellent "session" IPA. 5.5%, and has a huge flavor for the potency. Well done.

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Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear apricot colored with a thick and dimpled beige head that lingers long. Low aroma of citrus and honey. Bright and fresh flavors of citrus and honey, lots of tangerine and grapefruit, some pithy orange rind. Moderately assertive bitterness, but good balance against the honey malt. Wait, here comes more citrusy hops and bitterness, forget balance. Even mouthfeel, a bit tingly. Very good beer overall.

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