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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,668
Ranked #11,435
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: A balance of clean malt flavor and bitter hoppy notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops.
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 12 of the 12 Beers of Christmas pack. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of fresh citrus hops with just a hint of grassiness. Tastes of grassy and citrus hops. Beer is light/medium bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Feb 02, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Galactica (2020) from Clown Shoes. Purchased 16/11/20 for $ 28.00 (Including tax) for mixed 12-pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.194/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. On shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 20/1/21.
Stamped on the bottom “Best By 1/31/21”. Served at 49.1 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.9 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), clear. Second pour is murky and produces a minimal head.
Body – Pale Gold (SRM 4), slight chill haze. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), old lace, medium density, average retention, leaving a four to twelve mm crown with a lacy butte edge and a thin cap with a thick, rocky peninsula. Some pieces of lacing remain on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide band of tiny to small bubbles with jagged upper edge and connected to the next ring by many short, thin columns. See also above.
Aroma – 4.25 – Strong toasted malt, caramel and peach, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with slightly bitter toasted caramel and dried peaches, no yeast. No alcohol (8 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends malty and slightly bitter with a bit of peach.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Very nice IPA with a solid malt background balanced by a peachy fruitiness – looks, smells, tastes, and feels good. Definitely one I’d revisit.

Jan 20, 2021
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Pegasus from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow-brown in color, with a large, moderately-beaded cream white head with superb retention. Lacing resembling ancient hieroglyphs adorn the glass wall. Minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface, while the occasional large outlier races upward.

Aroma: Grapefruit rind utterly dominates the aroma, though there is pineapple, mango and orange, as well as resinous pine. Moderate caramel malt helps to offset the pronounced hop aromas. The alcohol at 8% ABV is utterly absent from the aroma.

Taste: The taste opens with sweet caramel malt arrayed against a massive wave of tropical and pine hops. There are flavors of pineapple and orange juice, mango, grapefruit, and resinous pine. While the hops dominate, the undercurrent of sweet caramel is present, throughout. The moderately high ABV of 8% offers only a little warmth as a token of its presence. Late in the taste, resinous pine hops come to the fore, leaving a strong presence that lingers on, well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, quite full, with very slight carbonation, offering only the lightest touch.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-made, a quite drinkable example. Interesting, also is how different Galactica is from Clown Shoes other Imperial IPA, Space Cake. One would never be mistaken for the other. This is the twelfth beer in the Clown Shoes "Twelve Days of Christmas" package.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Duvel tulip glass. "Best By" date is 01/30/21.

Dec 30, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head is craggy and airy and leads to odd, spotty lacing. Body is a clear honey. Scent leans toward the tropical side of the hop spectrum with a serious malt undercurrent. Tastes pretty damn good; pineapple and mango and shit lead into a honeyed malt sweetness with a pine hop finish. This is the flavor profile and mouthfeel I like. Fuck your Haze, bro. This is where it's at.

Dec 28, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, best by 01/31/21, date stamp 268 10:44. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden amber with a bit of haze, massive thick off-white head, lots of strands and sheets of persistent lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruit, with some underlying citrus and a hint of cedar.

Taste: Pleasantly hoppy with fresh cut tropical fruits (mango, a bit of pineapple), some lemon and orange, and a good biscuity malt for balance. There is a lingering bitter finish that is citrus rind and a bit of pine.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, good thickness, dry finish, some hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good DIPA - lots of interesting flavor. The bitter finish does build up though, making one enough per evening. I had this by itself, but it seems like it would pair well with food - but not sure what.

Dec 27, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best by 1/31/21. Opened 12/25/20.
1 finger off-white head with good retention.
Orange-gold and slightly hazy. Sticky web of lacing.
Pineapple, orange, light pine and a bready malt undertone.
Ripe tropical fruit - mango, pineapple. Bitter orange peel. Green in the form of pine needles.
Medium + body, medium carbonation. Bright entry with some prickly heat. Moderate bitter punch with a off-dry finish.
Simple. Good to Very Good.

Dec 26, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 2020 Clown Shoes Christmas Pack (Number 12), the can pours a hazy amber with a modest off-white head that slowly reduces and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is citrus and a touch of malt. In the mouth, it is strongly piney bitter, with a lingering aftertaste.

Dec 25, 2020
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Sippinonsomedunkel from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn’t even going to have a beer tonight....but I’m glad I did. First of all, the can is like an LSD trip on its own. Who’s this star goddess?? But I digress. The taste does not disappoint. Very heavy hops with a smooth creamy finish. I’m not even a huge fan of IPAs but this double could easily find a home in my refrigerator. Very aromatic. Grapefruit overpowers the pallet then it turns into an apricot wood flavor. Instantly lifted my mood almost like a good sativa. Relaxing feel. 90/100.

Dec 07, 2020
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great, gentle on the palate, some coniferous stuff lingers. Revisiting this, I'm thinking it deserves better numbers. I'm biased against clowns, but these people do some good work.

Dec 05, 2020
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Ahypercube from California

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The can art has come a long way throughout the life of this beer. I'd like to think that the brew itself has aged beautifully as well. Driftwood and sea foam patterns form on the glass, from a single finger of white head atop a medium-bodied amber-orange mostly-transparent base.

The aroma evokes notes of mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and cantaloupe, with hints of chamomile, basil and whole wheat bread.

On the palate, mango and orange compete for dominance upon a canvas of bread, basil and arugula. Tasty, but not mindblowning.

Medium-full bodied and a tiny bit dry, but not crisp enough for my taste. Still very smooth for a double IPA.

Great brew from some awesome dudes. Cheers!

Oct 21, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can stamped pkg 07/20/20 ( about 2 months ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours just slightly hazy in a light amber color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild to moderate in strength featuring caramel malt and earthy hop notes. The taste is semisweet caramel with up front balancing bitterness. Hop flavors of pine, resin and earthy dankness are ever present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. I bought this at room temperature at two months old. Clown Shoes just started to distribute to Indiana again and I wanted to gauge their ability to remain fresh in the can. Two months will be my limit, but I'm hoping for some fresher stuff as this one shows promise.

Sep 25, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate showing of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of tropical fruit aromas of papaya and mango along with some very heavy smells of tangerine. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a cracker malt as well as a little bit of pine and herb.

Taste – The taste begins less sweet than one may have anticipated from the nose. It begins with a mix of a cracker and bready malt flavor that has a touch of the tropical fruits that were detected in the nose. As the taste advances the bready becomes more cracker in nature all while the tropical fruits fade a bit. Upfront there is a grapefruit and herbal hop taste, but overall, these are lighter. Toward the middle of the taste profile the herbal hop begins to surge and is joined by some pine. At the same time the grapefruit fades away, allowing the more dank hops to shine. With some light grainy flavors and a bit of hay coming at the very end, one is left with a nice, crisp, and somewhat dank taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly lower. For the dank hop, the lower carbonation is awesome, and really allows for the hop flavors to shine, with the medium body keeping the brew flavorful, but yet, still crisp enough to match the more cracker-like tastes.

Overall – A rather nice, slightly more dank, and crisp double. It's very approachable and very enjoyable

Aug 14, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

mediocre entry for an exceptional brewery. middle of the road, but still a reliable experience. just isn't quite worth the cost of the bomber it comes packaged in. know it's not their "thing" but a sixer would do this better so one could properly break up the experience, and gauge expectations etc.

3-something points to freakin-knows-better Gryffindor

Aug 11, 2020
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had a few clown shoes lately, and this is perhaps my favourite of them. Very drinkable. Great balance. Lots of hops. Worthy of the clown shoes great bottle art.

Jul 18, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned 3/16/20. i like this beer. maybe more than it deserves, but i like it a lot.
L: it's a pretty beer. tonight i'm drinking it from the can. it's a nice can...
S: pine, citrus, caramel. nice!
T: I like it. It's not what you would call balanced. Big mishmash of grapefruit, pine, sweetness. bitter aftertaste. it's like everything hops flung at you all at once.
F; smooth with nice level of carbonation.
O: I am probably over rating it but there's something about it that just appeals to me... Try it yourself & see what you think!

Jul 09, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark hazy amber very thick fluffy head with lots of lacing and retention, citrusy smell, taste doesn't really follow the smell no citrus but a mellow to strong bitterness, medium body very low carbonation

Jun 16, 2019
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JASnyder from Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What stands out about this beer is the nasty bitter taste. I love a double IPA; I hate this double IPA. It pours with a nice big foamy head. It's a very orange clear amber color with no Haze. Smells okay. This is an 8 week old can. If it's bitter now I can only imagine how bitter it is when it's fresh! Some people like that. Not me.

Feb 26, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper hazy with lots of small bubbled carbonation, and a few big ones mixed in. Topped with a finger of creamy off white head.

Smells of pine, citrus, grapefruit pith, and a rich caramel backbone.

Tastes of creme brulee, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit pith, and a dull, lingering bitterness.

Medium, syrupy body with moderate, fine bubbled carbonation.

I got this in Sacramento, and am drinking it in Redding, Jan 3rd, 2019. Ok double ipa, not outstanding.

Jan 04, 2019
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GTC138 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This neat looking can contains a double IPA known as Galactica. The Galactica is 8% abv with 86 IBUs as well. The Galactica has a slightly pine, grapefruit body. With a nice copper color, this brew is not overly complex, but loaded with bite and alcohol. Despite its awesome can I would say that this brew is rather generic.

Aug 26, 2018
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Tennisballa07 from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden amber color. Hop forward and hop finish, pure hops throughout. Strong pine bitterness on the finish. Polarizing DIP, but excellent for the hop fanatics.

Jul 31, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber. Head is off-white with excellent retention. Lacing is minimal but there.
The nose is fruity upfront. You get pineapple, orange and a piney bitterness. Standard but very good.
The taste has a caramel malt sweetness to it right out the gate, but then immediately hits you with a pine bitterness. The taste is a bit one dimensional compared to the nose but not bad.
The mouthfeel if full bodied with light carbonation. Wouldn't mind some more bubbles.

Jun 26, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazy golden amber pour. 2 fingers of fluffy foamy white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops and citrus.

T/F: Sweet toasted malts... gives way to a nice bitter hop presence. Nix mix of pine and citrus... not a juice bomb, more of a classic DIPA. Resinous and sticky. Medium bodied.

O: An outstanding DIPA. Well made, great flavor, and dangerously drinkable at 8% ABV.

Jun 08, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with very nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice subdued piney and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balance of piney and hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer with a lot of character and a slight bitterness
O-A well made well balanced beer

Apr 15, 2018
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AndrewK76 from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m not concerned with catigorizing good beer. Is this a IIPA, I would think so. To the more important point, this is a tastey beer for those of us who enjoy taste and quality.

Apr 07, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Whole Foods P Street. Medium/dark golden with small, but dense head. Aroma is mild, citrus, hops, malts. Taste is more citrus, slightly tangy, getting dry towards the finish. Does not come across as imperial, its pretty damn smooth, I was even surprised to see it was 8% ABV. Easy drinker.

Mar 21, 2018
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