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:
109
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of retreminy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish-mahogany with a off-white head that fades to a thick ring and thin layer of haze. Mild aromas of caramel and amber malts, resinous hops, orange peel, and grains. Taste is similarly resinous, with more citrus, moderately sweet amber malt, and cereal grains. You can definitely taste the oatmeal, and it certainly adds a nice dimension to the mouthfeel, resulting in some lush, creamy textures. Body is a bit over medium, with ample carbonation and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Solid beer, and I really appreciate the use of the oatmeal, hopefully we see it more in hoppy beers in the future.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of shand
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third Party Candidate pours out a murky red-brown color with a tiny head and spotty lacing. The aroma is heavy on caramel malts, with candied tropical hops hanging out on top. The candied hops come out more on the forefront on the tongue, until they give way to the assertive, slightly grainy caramel malt base. A bit of pine on the finish. Pretty simple, but tasty. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium-bodied, and possibly a touch too carbonated. The drinkability is great. Overall, this is a solid brew that's worth the modest price.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 9/2012 on the side. Pours a murky brownish amber color with very little head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is mostly of piney hops with some bread and caramel malts. The taste is a mix of the piney hops and caramel malts. Some vanilla towards the end. Not picking up on much of the oatmeal. Bitter, piney finish. Can definitely taste the ABV. Creamy mouthfeel. I dig this one a little more than Eagle Claw Fist. Overall, solid Imperial Red worth grabbing again.

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Photo of dsuedbeck
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Maxwell
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice candied amber with brown notes. It sits in the glass a very dark amber color bordering on garnet. The head sits nicely at a fingers width with a yellowing cream colored head with tight small bubbles and sheet-like fangs of lacing on the walls. The beer smells of candied malts and booze. Sweet caramel and cloying alcohol are very strong with bready notes and a faint hint of citrus and pine hops. Overall this beer smells very much like a barley wine to me, but far less like an imperial red. On the tongue, the beer tastes very malty and sweet with a very bitter backing that coats the mouth in a resinous grime and lots of spicy alcohol. The beer begins with sharp alcohol that works towards cloying as a relatively tasteless bitter works itself over the tongue, hinting oh-so-slightly at citrus and pine while alcohol burns in the mouth. On the after taste there are hints of malty, almost cloying caramel and sweet bread which suggests the oatmeal of Three Head’s Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly prickly in the initial sip, with both carbonation and astringent alcohol. The mouth is left with thick gobs of bitter spittle and a tight astringency over the tongue, which is left surprisingly dry while the rest of the mouth holds the gobs of sweet and bitter spittle. Overall I am indifferent to this beer, much as I am to third party candidates; it just doesn’t stand a chance in holding any place in my mind simply by what it is… I find it to be far more of a barleywine red like Flying Mouflan than other examples I have had of Imperial Reds. It is too sweet with nowhere near enough hop tastes to balance out the cloying feel. I would definitely not buy this beer again, seeing as how Clown Shoes has so many better offerings, and because this was a one-off beer. Perhaps a little cellaring would be good for it and help to kill the alcohol bite and bring forward the malts, but overall it is just underwhelmingly sweet with no complexity. As far as imperial reds go, I just want to taste and smell the wonderful hops that other examples of the style have but this beer lacks. This beer is a meh to me, there is some nice complexities, but it just doesn’t do it for me.

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of jhhollier
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Third Party Candidate from Clown Shoes
3.86 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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