Third Party Candidate | Clown Shoes

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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:
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Added by silentjay on 09-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
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5
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger off white head on a slightly hazy deep amber body. Nice lacing

S: fairly malty and sweet once you really take this one in but at first the grapefruit and musty, earthy hops an be noted.

T: toasted and mildly smoked malts. Sweet caramel and toffee, hops are earthy and first moving to mild pine bitterness in the finish. The hops are actually fairly complex and dynamic and though this one initially feels malt forward the finishing hops balance this one out.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not as good as g'knight or other imperial reds but one if the better beers I have had from this brewer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

age may have done this blended beauty some good, almost a year old now it must have mellowed some. it pours a luxurious orange brick red, cloudy and thick, with a frothy lacey oatmeal colored head. nose of warming alcohol, both sweet and dry red malts, a splash of pink grapefruit, and rich caramel, and flaked oats. less sweetness in the taste than the nose, and the complex red malt bill dances in front of a pine tree hop palate. resinous bitterness finishes it out, with the smooth texture oats always seem to add. lots of body, soft in feel though. my main complaint here is just a little too much alcohol. it doesn't add much, it detracts from some of the more subtle flavors, and it definitely gets me too drunk for more than one of these. a uniquely crafted collaboration brew here. big thanks to my brother for hooking this up for me through his wedding. hell of a gift man.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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 johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this one.

A - deep amber with a big, off white head that has great retention

S - big hoppy aroma, citrus, pineapple, pine, bread

T - citrus, pineapple, pine, underlying sweetness, bread, cake batter

M - medium bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a fantastic amber ale. It's incredibly hoppy and has a solid, balanced flavor profile. The malt is sweet but not cloying and the hops are complex and diverse. This is definitely a beer I would have again.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown in color. Clear in appearance. 2012 is malty, smooth and complex. Slightly oxidized but still delicious. Caramel. People at the #election2016 party liked the 2012 more.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
3.86 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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