Clown Shoes

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,198
Ranked #14,787
3.92 | pDev: 10.46%
Apr 21, 2022
Apr 18, 2013
Very Good
Notes: A balance of clean malt flavor and bitter hoppy notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
3.73 by KT3418 from Colorado on Apr 21, 2022
3.75 by shigg85 from Japan on Feb 17, 2022
Photo of harrypowers
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a foamy white head that ends as filmy lacing.

Smells slightly piney with some citrus.

Tastes of malt and slightly dank hops with some light citrus and melon with the slightest bitter finish.

Medium body and light carbonation. Light clean mouthfeel.

This is nice old school west coast IPA

Jan 16, 2022
4.04 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 24, 2021
3.82 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 25, 2021
4.11 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Aug 25, 2021
3.77 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Aug 24, 2021
Photo of BrewMaven
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BrewMaven from New York

Rich near clear amber with a whopping off white head that laces and lasts. I'm getting a whiff of mellow pine through the head. Hefty malt and hops play nice together and offer a fair bit of sweetness to this brew. I'm drinking it on the warmer side of the temp range. Decent medium body and mellow bubbles. Nice!

Aug 18, 2021
3 by prisdefer from New York on Aug 17, 2021
4.24 by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2021
4 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on May 09, 2021
Photo of SmoothOverEverything
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

Classic, smooth IPA taste. Reminds me of why I first fell in love with IPAs. Great aroma. Crisp and clean taste stays consistent start to finish. Beautiful orange hazey hue.

May 08, 2021
Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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
3.68 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jan 25, 2021
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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
4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2021
4.07 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Dec 30, 2020
Photo of Pegasus
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Pegasus from Texas

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
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

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
Photo of damndirtyape
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

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
3.75 by Allurex from Kansas on Dec 26, 2020
Photo of mushroomcloud
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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
4.21 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Dec 18, 2020
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 18, 2020
4 by chebode2 from Germany on Dec 15, 2020
3.83 by wilfonzo from Florida on Dec 08, 2020
Photo of Sippinonsomedunkel
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sippinonsomedunkel from Texas

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
4.01 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas on Dec 06, 2020
Photo of RedStickPhil
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

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
3.9 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Nov 21, 2020
3.9 by heysuz from Indiana on Nov 21, 2020
3.61 by Tiernan from Texas on Nov 10, 2020
4.03 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2020
4 by zotzot from Vermont on Oct 29, 2020
3.24 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland on Oct 23, 2020
Photo of Ahypercube
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Ahypercube from California

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
3.93 by DOCRW from Washington on Oct 04, 2020
Photo of jkblr
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

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
4 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2020
Galactica from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1785 ratings