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Third Party Candidate | Clown Shoes

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3.87/5
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110 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed dark copper body. Voluptuous and billowy head of khaki froth. Lacing is quite nice. Nice aroma on this badboy. Juicy malt aroma mixed with some floral cascade -like wafts. Solid flavor profile as well, though not quite as much of an attention grabber as the nose was. Caramel/crystal malt foundation without any cloying whatsoever. Juicy flavor, with juicy bubblegum like hop notes. Medium-full body and moderately carbonated. For 10%, the alcohol flavor/bitterness/sting is absent. That is nice. Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/12 so it has some age,Iam still dissapointed from the election I would have voted for this guy over...well nevermind.Poured into an impy nonic a deep amber color with a large light tan colored head that left one full ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass,love the rich color.A blast of citric/resiny hops is the first thing I notice in the nose,then comes the brown sugar,caramel,and alcohol blast,it's a shock to the nose in a good way.A big mix of resiny hops and brown sugar cakey notes on the palate,I love big hopped up red and this delivers just a heavy does of alcohol and brown sugar.It's a really good beer,kinda old school left coast with big alcohol,I liked it.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle: this one pours a clear, dark amber color. There was a small light tan head that didn’t linger very long. Interesting nose. Molasses, a touch boozy, bready, toasted malts and some faint coffee and roasted malts. The taste is good, and a little interesting. Some coffee, almost a slight burnt grain taste, some hoppiness, good caramel body in the background. Interesting.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, rust-toned body with a ill-formed, short-lived, just off-white head. No real lace accumulation.

Smell: Sweet-scented, well-toasted, bready, and simply crackling with cooked brown sugar. Wafting, stinging alcohol all the while. Hoppy, poppy notes of pine, pithy citrus peels, and shredded mint leaf.

Taste: Toasted bread, toasted nuts, and big, sweet gulp of brown sugar linking to a seer of alcohol. Bold crystal malt quality. It's plenty sweet and sugary, but, there's alot of resiny bitterness, hot alcohol, citric orange pinches to balance it out. Even a sliver of mint. Moderate bitterness. Sugary, spicy, bitter, and a bit boozy on the bitter, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It'll do.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber pours a ruddy brown color with a rapidly diminishing tan head, moderate lacing.

Nose is definitely toasty with some sharp, citrusy hops. Smells like it is a pretty big beer, the alcohol is duly noted. I know this is a fairly new release, but it has a little bit of the caramel/oxidation aromas normally found in an aged beer.

Tastes kind of like a Bigfoot with more rounded (not in a good way) edges. Caramel, toffee, toast and hops. Remind me again how this is not a barleywine? Alcohol is big and the hop bitterness is there...but I expect more hop flavor from an imperial red ale. I would never guess it had oatmeal in it without reading the label; maybe as it warms up you can get some silkiness out of it. This beer also does not make me overly eager to try the Eagle Claw Fist. Just has a very ‘rough’ feel to it. Not a big fan, I’ve generally been pretty happy with Clown Shoes despite some of the negative vibes I feel they undeservedly get on the interwebs, but this one is a big time miss for me.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into becker.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a large, cascading, frothy, brown white head. Craters very slowly leaving plenty of dry sticky residue in its wake. Something like a root beer float. Lots of spider web lacing too.

S: Roasted malt, pecan, molasses.

T: Charred grains, coffee, pecan, molasses peat, and hickory chips.

M: Hearty and robust. Peaty finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, giant head, and tons o' lacing. Roasted malt, nuts, and sweet molasses. Char roasted grains, with pecan, sweet molasses, a peaty character, and some woody tones. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber almost copper color with as huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Smells of spicy earthy piney hops with a solid bready caramel and brown sugar backbone. The flavor is malty and sweet with a bit of a bitter mineral bite to it. A fair amount of earthy spicy hop flavor cuts through the malty sweetness to provide some balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Solid drinker with an obvious English influence. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of blmar311
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 8/2012, a couple days before election so good time for it.

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, crystal clear darker maroon reddish beer.

Nose is tons of reddish malts, candy, caramel, toffee, light toasty, some oats, candy syrup like reddish malts, etc. Also plenty of hops, earthy hops, light citrus, candy orange peel hops, earthy and a bit gritty. Hint of booze.

Taste starts quite hoppy, a big bitter spicy hop rolls right in, chewy spicy earthy hops really dominate at first, light candied orange peel hop flavor as well, big. Then tons of malts, syrupy candy reddish malts, chewy malts, candy reddish flavors, caramel and toffee, big sweet malts, little reddish toasty but mostly the candy flavors and sweeteners. Light fruity esters from the big booze, some warming booze kicks in but lighter than expected for 10%. There is a light flaked oat creaminess and flavor. Finish is long and fairly bitter, drier but still kinda sticky sweet, more candied orange peel, long spicy bitter chewy earthy hop lingering, some citrus orange peel and light caramel toffee reddish malts.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze, a little creamy oat.

Overall pretty good, a bit too spicy earthy bitterness, but balanced fairly well with the big malt profile, booze is in check for what the beer actually is, and nice mouth profile.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a hazy brownish color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus and bitter, resinous hops. This definitely smells like a hop bomb. The flavor is pretty much what I expected. I get some toffee and a hint of biscuit malt, but what really comes through is the bitter orange and pine from the hops. There is also a good bit of alcohol in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: red and hazy. Decent size off white head. Not bad looking, nothing too delectable.
Smell: very pleasant malty with some hoppy razor. A bit of fruitiness.
Taste: hoppy edge up front. Balanced with malty offset. Still, a bit of bitter finish.
Overall: tasty enough. Not a standout but a nice amber.

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Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick bubbles with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of toasted and caramel malts with a hint of oatmeal plus a significant amount of pine and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of toasted and caramel malts with some light sweetness and just a touch of oatmeal. Following that is the dominant flavor of the pine hops with just a light amount of herbal/medicinal hop flavors. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy upfront with significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink due to the heavy amount of bitterness in this beer even though the 10% ABV is very well hidden - the hops just give a little too much bitterness and dryness to the brew. I like the flavors and the beer is balanced when you first drink it but the bitterness from the hops builds over the drinking of the beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- 50% Eagle claw fist and 50% Loopy oatmeal red. Bottled 8/12. Consumed 1/13.

A: Coppery pour, dark english red in the glass. A creamy khaki head sits at a finger high with steady streams of micro-beads rising along the vessel walls. Long lasting head retention stays slight and creamy while providing concentric circles of lacing down the vessel.

S: Fresh toasty caramel with some dry pine and dry herbal hops. Some dry underbrushing is hinted upon along with a slight mention of smoked dry caramel.

T: The flavor is sweet at first, almost candy like, soon followed by some dry grassy citrus hops. A dry booziness of caramel laced woodiness is touched upon along with some oats, and flashes of toffee sweetness. Things conclude with a dry sility malt finish with some dry lemon peels and dry apple.

M: Frothy mouthful, lush, the oats show thier presence here, with only a slight mention of carbonation. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

O: Overall i like the concept of mixing batches, just this doesnt seem like a worth whiled venture. Things just dont mesh well together and seems like a perfectly good waste of a batch of eagle claw fist which i highly enjoyed to this which was a bit confusing and muddled at times.

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Photo of jhhollier
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with red highlights in a pilsner glass. A half inch, creamy beige head has amazing retention over the clear beer with some carbonation while lace coats the glass.

Sweet caramel malt is countered by floral and spruce notes with orange marmalade throughout.

This one is surprisingly bitter given the sweet nose. Grapefruit and some toasted character are followed by late sweetness and lots of caramel in the finish. Caramelized or burnt sugar slowly tapers off in the finish with a lingering bitterness. Warmth tames the bitterness and accentuates the caramel and biscuit flavors. Late in the session, bubblegum is clearly detectible.

The body is full, almost dense, and smooth. Alcohol is present but controlled for a 10% ABV. Fine prickly carbonation helps to lift the palate-coating beer, but ultimately residual sugar sticks to the lips.

This makes for a nice sipping ale which, for me, is unexpected for the style. I consumed this slowly while reading from a warm oasis on a cold sunny afternoon.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kemoarps
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep ruby amber with a frothy head. Pretty

Nose is weak. Little bit of spicy hop with a caramel backbone

The spicy piney hops jump out. A little alcohol and a bit of caramel malt. Weaker in person than in the nose.

Sharp and carbonated, its an interesting venture. Worth drinking

EDIT: as this warms it settles in quite nicely. Better balance and complexity. I like it more now.

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Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 110 ratings