Third Party Candidate | Clown Shoes

Third Party CandidateThird Party Candidate
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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sparx1100
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mishtif
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 wburch1967
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChitownEddy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 chefduff2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 blmar311
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 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 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 Ted
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of EFresh
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown that is pretty hazy, if not murky...

First whiff gives strong caramel malts with hints of roasted malt way in the background. The hops come through as mostly floral and perfume...

Taste is a great combination of malts up front with crisp caramel taking the forefront. Slight alcohol comes through in the middle and fades away quickly. the after leaves with an earthy and spicy note of hops...

Mouth feel is especially smooth and velvety with a moderate thickness...

Overall this is a great, complex mix of styles. The % is hid well by flavorful malts and satin smoothness. Definitely a decent beer, especially for the money.

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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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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

22oz. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 8/2012.

Pours out a deep red, with some orange/ brown color as well. Some haziness. A nice big fluffy light tan to off white colored head with some big as well as some tight bubbles. Lots of good sticky lacing and some good head retention.

Hoppy aroma. Lots of dry grapefruit citrus, woody, and piney hops. A bit of booze comes in as it warms. And some caramel malts hide behind all that.

Hoppy, but it still has a nice balance of hops to malt. Booze is just barely there for a 10% beer. Some nice grapefruit citrus, piney, woody hops that are balanced nicely by a hefty caramel/ crystal malt with some toffee as well. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

Medium to heavy bodied, mouthfeel and carb feels good for the style. Very smooth drinking. Resiny hoppy feel.

A good hoppy red ale that borders on a dipa. A nice collab.

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