Clown Shoes

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,366
Ranked #9,837
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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Photo of CodyBasden
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

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Photo of JASnyder
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of GTC138
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.

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Photo of Tennisballa07
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of AndrewK76
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of generic_beer
2.82/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I feel compelled to comment about Clown Shoes Beer (CSB), Ipswich, MA.

While I appreciate their effort, CSB does not have have the chops to compete long term. Galactica is simply not a good DIPA. It is headache inducing. CSB is more concerned with over production/distribution and not quality. Sorry.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz can nabbed at a Total Wine & More in Austin, TX for $3.79 USD. Green with comic-like label art.

"Double IPA." "India pale ale." 8% ABV.

Bitter, sticky, resinous, piney, rindy. Imbalanced; too bitter. Unpleasant and unrefreshing. Alcohol warmth is evident.

Hop profile is uninteresting and the hop flavours get drowned out by aggressive bitterness. Malt backbone drifts towards English IPA territory, hitting on caramalt and biscuit if not toffee; this would be far better with all pale malt. I suspect some crystal was used. Malts seem mismatched to the hops.

Mouthfeel is dragging, scraping, rough, and somewhat stale...did I get an old can?

Tastes like a homebrew imperial English IPA. Not a beer I'd buy again at its unreasonably high price. A poor expression of a style oversaturated with myriad superior offerings...I'm surprised this even made it past QC.

High D+ (2.50) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of doktorhops
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It’s been a while between drinks for me and Clown Shoes, having tried Clementine and Chocolate Sombrero back in 2014 and liking both. Well fast forward to 2017 and Galactica Double IPA popped up in my local bottle-o (Black Sheep Newmarket). I usually avoid East Coast IPAs now due to the length of time spent in transit to Australia and my 1st hand experience with ‘hop fade’ (Google it). However this Clown Shoes is in a can, and I believe cans stay fresher for longer than bottles, I’m sure there’s some sort of science behind that theory. Armed with this (fervent) belief I eagerly cracked open the can to find inside: Beer! That delicious amber fluid I suspected I would find, yay! PS: Watch this space as I am coming up to a milestone review (#950) and I always go BIG or go home for those [I chose BIG again].

Poured from a 473ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy deep amber/orange body with a boisterous beige head that sits tall at an inch and remains resolute for some time before dropping back. Didn’t even give it that much of a hard pour either, just a bit of agitation... a jibe or two (“yo wort so ugly even hello kitty said goodbye” that sorta thing). 7/10.

S: Hmmm, piney, caramel, toffee, biscuits, earthy note, hint of passionfruit... yep, that there’s your standard West Coast Double IPA aroma, she’ll go from 0 to 60 (IBUs) in under 3.4 seconds, with a top IBU of around 105, whilst doing about 3-4 malts per gallon (of wort). Tasty drop that. 8/10.

T: Reminiscent of SN Torpedo and Founders Centennial, though armed with the knowledge that there was hop fade in both those brews when I originally reviewed them I’m now less impressed with this DIPA from Clown Shoes. Flavours are pretty malt forward (caramel, toffee, biscuits) with a piney/earthy hop presence, and if I close my eyes and try really hard to picture it there’s a touch of passionfruit in there as well. Finish has a medicinal herbal hop note with a medium bitterness. Little indication of the 8% ABV as well. This is a decent DIPA then. 7/10.

M: Mouthfeel could be better with peers like Founders (of course!) crushing this area, Galactica has left me wanting more with a medium body and a flat dense carbonation. 6/10.

D: Overall I might sound a bit harsh, and now spoiled by ‘hop fade’ facts and all the great beers out there now, but this is a middle-of-the-road brew from Clown Shoes, who are not known to play in the middle-of-the-road. 8/10.

Food match: Gourmet pizza - rocket, walnut, prosciutto and truffle pecorino... yeah?

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Photo of darktronica
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch canned 2017-09-26. Pours a bit of an orange-brown, with plenty of head in proportion to the aggressiveness of the pour. Lots of malty cracker and grass, contrasting with pineapple juice and bitter hops. The pineapple is strongest on the nose but loses out on the palate. Mildly resinous, with a non-distinctive finish.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold almost amber in color with a rich head and thick lacing. The nose is sort of light, hops, citrus, malt and floral tones. Taste is very good, nice bitter hops followed by some sweet floral/malt notes with a semi dry finish. This one comes in at 8% but very drinkable. Slight dry mouthfeel with a mild bitterness, overall a very nice DIPA.

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

Tall can

Pours with a light haze, medium almond, lasting khaki cap and leaves spotty and ringed lace all over the glass

Resin saturated hop nose, with grapefruit abounding.

Nose closely follows through onto the palate, resinous hops, plenty of biting grapefruit, oranges, mellow malt undercoating...big, brash and bold DIPA,,,can mentions "no pretension" and that rings true here...solid DIPA...nice night capper

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can dated 8/16/17, the beer is a rich copper color, a bit murky (but not "milkshake murky), and a full tan head. The nose is immediately caramalt - HEAVY caramalt - with an almost tea-like quality sneaking in, and a spicy, piney hop character.

The taste is led by the caramalt, but there's a significant piney, fruity hop presence that sets up camp on the back of the palate.

This is an old school DIPA, and it's very well executed, IMHO.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 7/27/17.

Pours clear copper with a minimal head, retention, or lacing. Aromatics lead off with earthy pine with grapefruit. Some faint wet paper and malt follow through. Medium bodied and a bit sticky. West-coast styling on the palate. Pine with grapefruit with some sweet malt to balance. Finishes bitter with some wet cardboard.

Tastes pretty old-school and getting stale as well.

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Photo of UWDAWG
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.
Look- copper, opaque, nice lacing, good head retention.
Smell- citrusy, slightly malty.
Taste- sharp citrus taste up front and a little weak on the finish, so a little unbalanced, slightly boozy.
Feel- nice consistency.
Overall- solid beer, but a touch to malty in my opinion.

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Photo of babaracas
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear (mostly, lots of very fine sediment is in suspension) copper with two fingers of creamy off-white head, settles slowly with thick rings trailing partway down the glass. Smell: dried grass, pine, whole grapefruit, background stone fruit sweetness. Taste: background is lightly toasted grain and steely caramel. Marjoram, candied grapefruit rind, mildly astringent pine upfront. A little overripe cantaloupe as it opens up. Finishes sticky with resin and grapefruit lingering. Just shy of full bodied, with a velvety feel. Canned 7/14. I assumed it would be galaxy heavy based on the name, but it's just not coming through. This is way too herbal / grassy / piney, rather than the galaxy sweet spot of tropical / citrus / melon. One of those "can't go wrong" hops that apparently can go wrong. Still, this is a decent throwback east coast DIPA.

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

Canned 7/14/17... features Galaxy hops - if you hadn't inferred as such from the name... Clear medium amber beer with a tall head of ivory foam that left nice lace sheeting behind... Aromas of passion fruit and citrus... On the sip, those fruity elements get a glaze of resin and pine, bringing the sugars and bitters into a nice balance... Medium-light, smooth and shellacky; mild carbonation, moderate bitterness... Good stuff...

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a couple of 12oz bottles out in The 'Zebo on a lovely summers day....

My recently empty tulip now holds a caramel colored adult beverage. Carbo is fine, slow and scattered, and the head is a quite thin layer of fine, beige foam. Most of the topping resides around the edges, with some wisps of lace here and there. Has a bit of caramel in the aroma, mixing with some dank hoppage. Body is a good medium, and it passes fairly smoothly on the tongue.

Caramel is killing it here... Look, aroma, and now in the flavor, where it leads off, along with some toasty action. That is balanced by an interesting mix of hop notes... there's some citrus and rindy, pithy qualities and then some dank, earthy lupulins. The caramel is what actually lingers on the palate in the finish. A tasty and interesting brew.... Prosit!

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


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-hazy amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Slight messy lace. The aroma had some piney/resin bitterness playing with some sweet biscuits/somewhat like breadiness. The flavor leaned into the malts with a sweet glance to pummel the hop tones down a little bit. Still, a nicely blended aftertaste running into the finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a decent sipping quality as the ABV felt appropriate. Carbonation felt fine. Overall, another one of those beers that I would say is an "old school DIPA," however, it's clean and well brewed. I'd have again.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque orange with a fine white head. Smells of citrus, lots of hops, and sweet malts. Tastes of bitter floral hops, citrus zest, malt, and some fruits. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty great and original IPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color, hazy, with a beige head. Excellent retention, and left streak lacing. The aroma was oranges and butterscotch, stone and tropical fruit. There is a nice sweetness from caramel malt. Well balanced, as there is also some grapefruit and spruce hops bitterness as well. I let this beer sit about 15 minutes before I drank it. The flavors really come to life as the beer warms up a bit. I would definitely drink this one again.

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