Third Party Candidate | Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
76.4%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by silentjay on 09-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
110
Liked:
84
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
9.56%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled date of 8/2012

appears a dark amber color, slightly hazy. light tan head. great retention. some lacing. nice hoppy aroma, and toffee sweet malt flavors. taste is nice and big in both the hops and malt. good combination. sorta spicy aftertaste. medium thickness, medium to higher carbonation. works for the beer.

overall - nice interpretation of the amber style.

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Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jaxon53
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 Dope
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/2012.

A: Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a big and dense tan head. Fades slowly, leaving nice streaks of lacing behind. Quite good head retention.

S: Surprisingly hoppy. Lots of pine in the nose. Sort of medicinal hop quality that a lot of amber ales have. Lots of caramel and toasted malt helps back it up. Some oatmeal to boot.

T: Quite hoppy up front with lots of pine and grapefruit. Quite medicinal in the middle with some toasted malt and a little caramel. Finish is piney and resinous. Overall quite bitter, from start to finish. Quite drying.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation to cut that 10% ABV. Super drying.

O: An extremely hoppy amber ale. It's surprisingly unbalanced, much less balanced than even most IPAs. Very bitter - and this is coming from a hop lover. Overly drying due to all of the hop bitterness. It's not bad but everything is pretty much drowned out by all the bitterness. Thus it ends up losing complexity and balance. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it enough and drank the whole thing, but definitely needs a little "fine tuning".

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Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/2012

Collaboration with Three Heads Brewing. 50% Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Amber Ale, 50% Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale

A: Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers worth of off-white head

S: Sweet malts are at the front, with a big hop presence that bring forward some earthy and citrusy notes. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is toned down from all the malts

T: Follows the nose. Sweet malts meet alcohol and a boatload of hops. Bready, sweet, earthy, fruity. Slight alcohol. Bitter throughout

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy, but nice and creamy from the oats

O: A very bold, in your face beer that brings forward the best of both beers. Nice and hoppy from the Eagle Claw Fist and a solid feel from the oats in Loopy. Complex yet simple. Definitely a solid collaboration. This has got to be up there in terms of IBUs too, seeing as Eagle Claw Fist is 100+ and Loopy is 64 (I think)

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Photo of Domvan
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%

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 JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange/dark rust, 2 finger khaki head, awesome lacing

S: sweet malt, pine and grass, big sugar

T: sweet bread malt, candy, long mellow bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/creamy mouth, hint of oily

O: POW, good stuff here. Amber/bready fans
and hopheads will both be pleased with this offering.

QUITE SENSATIONAL; TREAT YOURSELF!

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Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 09/2012. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours murky red tinged brown with almost one full finger beige head. Plenty of lace anywhere the head rests.

Smells robustly hoppy with biscuity malts discernable in the back.

Tastes of piney, citrusy and dank hops. Plenty of sweatbready malts back up the abundant hops. The booze can be detected but this drinks much smoother than expected for 10% abv.

Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Pleasant bitter "hop muffin" finish.

This is my kind of imperial red/ amber. Drinks like a DIPA with a bigger, creamier malt backing. Another stellar offering from Clown Shoes (and I guess Three Heads Brewing but I know nothing about them). This is highly recommended to fans of huge hoppy DIPAs or imperial reds. I sure plan to buy more before they are gone.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 76.4% out of 100 with 110 ratings
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