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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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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 86
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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 +10.5%
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 +8.2%
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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Photo of lordofstarside
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber to a snifter, bottled in 5/12, pretty old :/

Pours with a ridiculous amount of foam, a little over three fingers. I don't know if it got shaken up at all during transit, but I know this is unnatural. I won't hold it against the beer much as a result, so other than that a nice thick golden copper, can't see through anything on the other side, good retention (unfortunately in my case) with almost no lacing. All the good about the look cancels out the bad

Smell of hops, a little citrus, and sweet malts. Good, but not any of the complexity I'm used to in my IPAs. Not very pungent

Taste of hops and some strange malts I've never had anything like before. Some citrus and other fruits are here, but the malts really seem dominant

Feel is pretty medium bodied, nice bitter bite, good tingle from the carbonation. Most redeeming part of the beer.

Overall tolerable. I knew for 5.5% this wouldn't have too big a punch, but living on the west coast this east coast ipa is pretty foreign to me. I don't think I'll pick any more, good to try though. Also very admirable of the brewery to donate some of the proceeds

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of obywan59
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly cloudy golden orange. I could see through it, but just barely. 3 finger off white head that rises above the glass, becoming thick and chunky as it recedes, leaving thick, sticky lacing.

The aroma is impressive. Very hop forward, not surprisingly. Fruity and piney with ripe citrus and light spice and honey. The malt lends a light sweet aroma that contributes to the fruitiness.

The carbonation seems to inhibit the taste for a second, before the sweet citrus blows through it. This is followed by a rising bitterness, like grapefruit rind, that finally outlasts the sweetness in the end. Spicy pine in the middle.

Medium in body with a good bite of carbonation, especially early. Light oily burn in the throat. Somewhat drying.

Tasty and sessionable. Fairly light, but not a light weight. A good followup for a turkey dinner.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in a generic flared pint glass, showing a golden amber coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of active white bubbles, with good retention. Thick sheets of lacing coated the glass’ walls entirely. There was a chill haze, no sediment, and highly active carbonation. The aroma showed booze, mud mineral, gritty citric hop cone and rind, raw pine cones, light woodiness, and sticky nectarine sweetness. This component of the beer was rather light and subdued. Our first impression was that the flavoring was robust, with a nice balance of malt and gritty hop flavoring. The beer opened with paler toasted malts, and hints of grapefruit flesh, and lemon peel. The latter drove to the peak, where a piney hop rumble came in, full force. A hint of booze began here, giving peppery, and herbal notes of dill that brought us to the finish. The end was characterized by more bittering hop citrus, with more herbal hops, and those same notes of dill, with mineral and mustard seed to cut any final sweetness. The aftertaste breathed simply, of citrus, pine, mud, and mineral. The body was medium, and the carbonation was lighter. A fine astringency permeated the mouth, with a light crispy toast, and some heat on the back. There was smooth sip, slurp, and cream to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robustness of flavoring. It followed the nose nicely, showing all the flavoring therein. The original aroma, however, was where we lost major points, in that everything seemed a bit dull, but with great potential. The feel was softer, and lightly creamy, helping to make this beer not seem overly heavy, or overwhelming at any point.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with an inch of white foam. Lots of foam. Laces, sticks everywhere. Strong pine smell. Grassy.Firm. Hoppy start that slides into a juicy malt. Bitter fades, but lingers too. Very nice blend. Good IPA.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty clear copper-amber color with a decent off-white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma includes floral and leafy grapefruit hops wonderfully blended with orange toffee edges. Real scrumptious for the hop head! The flavor brings harsh citrus grass hops and biscuit caramel. Simple but undeniably good. This IPA is medium-light bodied with a very crispy feel and full, but tasteful carbonation. A swell IPA that brings pretty heavy hitting, dry bitterness that should please most hop heads.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy orange-golden amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon and light biscuit malt. Starts with citrus hops and sweet malt with a bit of light fruit juice, but finishes dry and a bit stark with strong hop bitterness without as much malt support. Medium bodied. A decent citrusy IPA, but somewhat unbalanced in the finish.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber from the Potsdam NY IGA 6$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There a an above average amount of carbonation (large bubbles) and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit and oranges. There is also a bit of a guava/strawberry like sweetness and some resin and a slight chalkiness. It ends with a fairly bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - A decent beer, but I was expecting more from this brewer. It just seems like it is missing something. Still well worth the price, just not something I'd return to. I'd give it a bunch of 3.75's if I could.

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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a small head.

The smell is citrus,lemon and grapefruit as well as some dark roasted malts and pepper.

The taste is fruity with the grapefruit flavour of the hops at first then a malty flavour takes over.

The flavour is medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

Overall this isn't bad but it's definitely more malty than hoppy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Miracle has a very thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head, a significantly hazy, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong grapefruit and bread, and the flavor is of fruity, grapefruit hops, sweet bread, caramel, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and viscuous. Clown Shoes Miracle finishes dry and even crisp to some extent. This really is a session IPA. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I strongly recommend you giving it a try! RJT

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Miracle from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 295 ratings
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