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 atr2605
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a golden orange color with a white fluffy head with good retention
S-citrus, pine, and a bit of a yeasty smell that fades as it sits
T-Lots of pine up front that is followed by the citrus, malt provides a decent backbone to support the large amount of bitterness.
M-medium-light bodied
O-pretty solid ipa. At times is almost out of balance and seems as if it needs a touch more of malt, but I think it hangs in there. I would get it again

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Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden hue. Heavy carbonation clings to the sides of the glass, and effervescence continues to rise throughout. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving sticky residue in its wake. Slight spider web lacing.

S: Pine and a little Italian spice, not much else.

T: Really hoppy, with a very subtly sweet butterscotch or something....very light and very indistinct, but definitely there.

M: Feels a little shallow in the body; but light, crisp, and full flavored. Bitter hop bite clings to the palette throughout, but subsides just long enough for that sweetness to poke through for just a second, between the initial shock and dry, bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy....the bitterness will dictate it.

Atmosphere is good. Nice appearance, great head, and some slight lacing. Nose is simple, but characteristic of the style...hops. Really hoppy with a subtle sweet note. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate that this is a lower ABV IPA.

Poured a beautiful golden color with a quarter inch light copper head. I could hear the bubbles receding and it sounded like rice crispies. Smelled sweet like nectar, apple, and slight malt. I hate to use this phrase, but here it goes. The brew had a solid malt backbone. It was biscuity, slightly metallic and faintly bitter, but in a deliberate rather than offensive way. Carbonation rolls around the mouth with a dry finish. Bottled in April and it seems to have lost some of the hops. I prefer a piny or citrusy hops, which this did not have. This was a good brew, but not what I prefer in an IPA.

Nonetheless, I’ll have another.

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

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours hazy golden orange with a white head and plenty of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and side of the glass. The head leaves some lacing behind. I pick up grapefruit from the hop aroma. I pick up some of the piney hop aroma as well. There are some malts in the smell as well. There are bready malts and citrus hops in the taste. I can pick up some the pine as well. It's a pretty straightforward IPA. The body is light with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is very high. This is a very good beer. This is a very sessionable IPA that doesn't quite get into the excellent territory, but still manages to be a solid beer. Perhaps a fresher bottle would change my point of view.

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Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear gold color with a thick white head that laces the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malt and citrus hop with a touch of pine.

T: Initial taste is of toasted grain the hops really fall out of the flavor in the finish where a bit of citrus hop shows up. A touch too sweet for me. Much more hop aroma than flavor.

M: Light in body and a bit watery feeling. Low carbonation. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

O: A little bit better than average overall. Flavors are OK, aroma is good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottled 4/2012 pours a hazed, dark gold color with a fluffy cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Hops have more of a Euro leafy/herbal smell to them and the malt backbone is grainy and sweet.

Taste is surprisingly (for Clown Shoes) light on the hops and is really grainy and malty. There is a freshly crushed grain/toast flavor that is real nice, but I am not getting a whole lot of bitterness or hop flavor. Pretty good beer, although it is not all that good of an IPA. I would think pale ale would fit better stylistically. I would say this is one of the weaker offerings from CS that I have had to date. I am becoming increasingly annoyed at not having anything in six-pack format, this one would be a perfect candidate.

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

Sampled on July 14, 2012 at the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival. The pour is golden yellow with a full off-white head and good clarity for an IPA. The aromas are of pine and floral with bread and malts balancing it out. The body is light to medium. The taste begins sweet then momentarily becomes very hoppy and bitter. This is a nice IPA and is recommended.

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Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Voluminous head of delicate and fluffy light tan colored head comprised of big chunky bubbles with a bit of a batter-like top... The color is a deep, darker than expected, copperish amber... Moderate to quick paced micro-bubbled carbonation...

S - The nose delicate and a bit understated, but still quite pleasant... Hops lead the charge in the form of citrus and floral... Lemon zest... A slight spicy component sits atop a malty cracker base...

T - Malt to start in the form of biscuits and cracker... Next is a subtle hop bite... Lemon is a dominant player throughout... A hint of caramel sweetness... Some subtle spice and peppery notes... A slightly metallic character lingers...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light and airy... Smooth... Sleek... Goes down real nice... Light carbonation... A slight bitterness lingers...

D - Insanely quaffable... A very nice American IPA that will never be accused of being a "hop bomb..." However, subtleties win the day and this one brings lots of charm and character... A very nice beer and pleasant introduction to Clown Shoes...

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Photo of babbules
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle into a weisen glass. I was pretty happy with the smell and nice white head, it was a bit downhill from there. I found the maltiness mild, but nice. The real disappointment came from the hops, or lack thereof. I expect more from an IPA. Nonetheless, there was a good bit of citrus and a slight floral finish. Overall, a decent beer, but nothing to brag about. Based on color, taste, and smell, it was kinda like a hoppier version of Blue Moon.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The golden amber body was clear, with large head and below average lacing. The smell was pine and grapefruit from the American hops. The taste was very citric, with grapefruit, tangerine, and lime, and some pith like bitterness. The malt was evident in some candy like sweetness. The finish was mineral laced and dry. Mouthfeel was spot on for the style, balanced between sticky and slippery. Another quality offering from Clown Shoes.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours out a slightly hazy orange color with a large head. The aroma is a balanced amount of piney and hops and caramel malts. It smells a touch oxidised, which is strange, since it was bottled a mere two months ago. The taste is a mix of a citrus hop, a touch of pine, and a solid amount of caramel malts. Again, I'm getting just a hint of oxidation going on here, which is a bit concerning. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's a solid beer that is already going downhill after a couple of months. Shame.

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

22oz bottle with Bottled 5/12 on the side. Pours a cloudy dark orange with very little head. Some lacing. Aromas of some citrus and caramel malts. Somewhat bready. The flavor is a small amount of citrus and floral hops with some caramel malt. Orange peel at the end. Has somewhat of a cereal flavor. Not all that bitter. Light and crisp. Alot more malt than hop flavor. Overall, meh.

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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. The glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Slightly earthy, floral hop aroma with a nice balance of resinous pine needle and sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange zest as well as some caramel malt and biscuit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a strong dry, bitter hop presence that lingers throughout into a very dry finish. Dank and sticky with a prominent soily/pine needle flavor. There is some subtle sweetness but not nearly enough for my liking. The citrus/tropical fruit presence that I found in the nose is very faint. The dry bitterness pretty much overpowers the other hop flavors. Strong malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Not a bad beer just a bit one dimensional in the hop department and too malt forward for my preference.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a reddish hued deep caramel body with a sea of microbubbles pushing up a beige cream head.

S- The aroma of resin piny hops is full but a bit one dimensional. It fades a bit as the beer opens up.

T- The woody green hops turn spicy in the finish with very little bitterness lingering in the dry finish. As the beer opens the bitterness grows but never to strong.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz that enhances the hops a bit and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a bit dry and has a fizz that starts to overpower the flavor. There is some nice hop flavors but a bit one dimensional and the malt is pretty hidden.

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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured orange amber in color with a thick, foamy, sticky head to it. It left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The first thing I notice in the aroma is actually the big bready, biscuity malt profile. I do get the hops coming through and adding some zesty, slightly resiny, citrus rind flavors. The hops are a little more reserved then I prefer for the style, but the flavors are pretty good and also well balanced.

The taste also shows a lot of bready, slightly grainy malts to it. The hops contribute more of a zesty, moderately bitter, citrus rind flavor. Orange peel is one of the things that keeps coming to mind as I drink it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought the hops were a little overshadowed by the bready malts for an IPA. It did have some really nice flavors to it, and managed to balance them well. In my opinion, I think they really should have labeled this an APA. I really like it as an APA, I just don't think it really fits what I'm looking for in an IPA. Ignoring labels and styles, it was a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an Ipswich pint glass with a dark amber body. Light tan head forms atop the beer with a two finger size and good retention. Huge thick lace ring at the top with smaller patches down the whole glass.

S- Definitely comes off as a more "East Coast" (don't kill me BAs) IPA here. More bready, caramel malt, nutty than the pine and lemon zest citrus hops it contains.

T- Yeast bread forward with caramel, toffee, biscuit and nutty malts up front. Hops round it out and add some balance with of pine, earthy, herbal and floral notes.

MF- Fairly creamy light-end body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a light bitterness for modern IPAs.

Malt and yeast carry this with just enough hops to round it all out. Doesn't have the big fruit and citrus presence that most modern IPAs strive for but still drinks nicely and refreshes.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: peach/orange, finger tan/white head, fine lacing

S: light pine, biscuit malt, lemon grass

T: biscuit malt, pine, mild bitter grassy finish

M: med body, slight oily mouth

O: Solid IPA and good start for a newbie, nearly
sessionable for a hophead.


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Photo of Rizalini
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip....

A - Pours a crystal clear golden orangecolor, with a foamy 1 finger off-white head. Really nice lacing left behind on this one.

S - Bready with notes of citrus.

T/M - The flavor notes are very plain and mild for me. Its very malt forward, and not as hop forward as I prefer an IPA to be. Light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - This drinks more like a regular pale ale for me. It just falls short to be called an IPA for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear orange color with a large, fluffy white head. The aroma has some biscuit and toffee malt, with some pine and a little bit of resin thrown in. The flavor is very similar, with the pine mixing very well with the juicy orange citrus notes from the hops. There is also some biscuit malt and a low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours copper-amber with a foamy ivory colored head that holds good retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are bready malt, caramel, citric grapefruity hops. Tastes are bold and juicy with a solid bready, caramely malt backbone that is balanced with juicy grapefruit, and piny hops. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, creamy, and goes down too well. Overall, nice American IPA, that is actually quite sessionable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy marmalade color. Head is medium sized and frothy. Head retains quite well. Head also leaves consistent rings of lacing.

S-Dank and juicy. Has an almost hempy aroma. Also, there is a ton of juicy citrus hops. Light pine and grassy as well. Nice hop profile. Malt backing helps to balance the nose a tad but this one is all about the hops (as it should be).

T-The flavor stresses a bright and juicy citrus theme. Tastes like clementine flesh. Very lively and bright. Not very intense, but the flavor is nice and it goes down very easily. Finishes a bit grassy and the malt is smooth.

M-Light and easy to imbibe. Mellow carbonation. Crisp, especially for the style.

O/D-A light, refreshing IPA not as intense as I usually want from the style. A nice, little and local IPA. Missing that "oomph" that the true studs of the style have. Good but not great.

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

Miracle pours a clear light amber/yellow with a small frothy white head on top. A few spots and lines of lace remain as the foam fades away.

The aroma is light with orange and lemon citrus notes. A touch of light fruit aroma is also present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery and soft on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance between caramel malt, hints of light fruit (mango?), and orange and lemon citrus. It finishes dry with lingering caramel and citrus notes.

This is a very easy drinking, well balanced beer. More of a pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly cloudy dark amber with a short off white head. Really great aroma filled with apples, peaches, pine, floral hops, herbs, citrus and malt. Smooth hops, peaches and creamy malts on the first sip. Nice floral body with simple flavors of molasses and malt and citrus fruits with a bitter, smoky espresso-like finish. Sticky, bitter mouthfeel with a medium sized body with moderate carbonation.

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

Bottled sometime in April 2012, according to bottle. Reviewed 6 May 2012.

Amber color, pretty clear. Decent head. Carbonation visible.

Nice citrus and tropical fruits on the nose, lightly sweet and with light cracker-type malt as backing.

Flavor is relatively light but hop-forward--pine and lemon-y citrus notes. Some tropical notes. Light malt backbone. Nice and non-overwhelming hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

This is a really good session IPA--light and tasty and drinkable. Seems like it'd be a better pick for a six-pack than a bomber, though I must note it was a decently priced one.

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

Served on tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass. Glad to see yet another IPA in my area.

A- Miracle looks the part, a nice mix of deep yellow with some bronze mixed within. A nice frothy 1 inch head that comes and goes, nothing a few swirls cant fix. Not much lacing.

S- Not a overly hoppy IPA, I really had to get my nose in there to smell out the goodness, but it is there. I can smell the west coast influence with a big bouquet of citrus and floral hops giving off some of the usual fruits plus some pine with a malt base.

T- Is a very simple and straight forward IPA. It does not bombard your senses with IPA flavor, it just sort of rolls on and off the tounge rather quickly leaving me to really try to pick up the taste. What I get is grapefruit slight mango plus some pine resin towards the back finishing off with some sweet malts to cover all the bases.

M&D- The feel was fine on this, I would say a small step below medium bodied with light but ample carbonation. There is some bitterness in the middle but it's rather light. The malts do a good job of washing the ipa tastes away leaving little in the dept. of lingering flavors. I had a pint of this stuff and could of went for more. A nice simple ipa that does not stray much. I still won't pick it up in a bottle though.

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