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Galactica | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Neorebel on 04-17-2013

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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy light copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight tropical flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was nervous about this one because it has been on the shelf a little while, but man am I glad I picked this up. its a great ipa, unique west coast style hop profile, and very drinkable for 8% abv. clear bronze in color, glowing a little red at times, with an inch or more of foaming white head with a few minutes of retention. a huge hop nose comes out, sticky and fresher than I thought I would ever be. the galaxy hops are so pungent and distinct, they cannot be hidden, and apparently hold up will with a little time. sticky weed type nose and taste, with bitterness not showing up until the very finish, even after the swallow. the malt bill is big enough to stand up to the hops, but simple enough to let the uniqueness of galaxy hops to the heavy lifting. lots of body, a good cold weather ipa. carbonated well enough to be refreshing, but not so much so as to be a deterrent to quick guzzling. definitely one of the better beers ive had from clown shoes, and an ipa that honestly, can stack up with just about any other one on the market. surprised and impressed by this shelf turd.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice copper color with a white head on top. The retention was thin but stuck around for quite a while. The lacing was sticky leaving some nice suds on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy and rightfully so. Some subtle citrus and pine resin aromas on the nose as well as a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is also big on the hops, more fruity citrus and a pretty good malt backbone to it. The mouthfeel is rather easy going for 8%, decent carbonation and texture. Overall pretty solid IIPA in my opinion. Enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops and caramel malts are present in the nose. The tropical fruits seem to become stronger as the beer warms up and passionfruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and passionfruit from the Galaxy hops, but there are also strong notes of underlying caramel malts. The hops contribute a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Only a little crispness is noticeable, and this is similar to what you would get from drinking grapefruit juice.
O: This IPA isn't a hop bomb, but is instead a beer that has a good balance between the malts and hops.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While the appetite for hops remain insatiable, there not be any frenzy. And that's because of Galactica- a hop bomb of a beer with the strength to match which celebrates the Galaxy hop- one of the most sexy flavors on the lupulin map. In waltzes Clown Shoes with their bitter cheer, sprinkling citrus and herb upon the tip of the hop-headed tongue.

Dank, fruity, herbal and piney; the beer's earthen perfume is of rustic hops with a grassy, floral and cannabis potpourri. Underneath, the deep amber ale is laced with a hoppy haze and a creamy eggshell froth. Caramelized to taste, a firm toasty taste of granola and graham cracker soon takes hold.

As the rich middle palate takes hold, the bulk of taste is equally sweet malt and bitter hops. Grapefruit and orange peel continue to the hoppy show along with a quick follow-up of lemon, apple, pineapple, apricot and mango. As the ale trends less floral and fruity toward more bitter and resinous, the beer's peppery pine flavors tighten their grip in the gullet.

Medium-full in body, the hops surpass fruit and pine and land in grassy terrain with cannabis, fresh grass clippings, herbal sassafras and cannabis- all with a peppery alcohol spice and a long bitter, solventy aftertaste.

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4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. One of the simpler and more tasteful labels from this brewer's marketing minds that I've yet seen.

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark bruised apricot amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves layered ice cream cake lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of fairly sweet bready caramel malt, hard toffee, mildly dank (thanks for that!) pine resin and edgy leafy bitters, spearmint, a muddled juicy citrus rind fruitiness, and further perfumed floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, dry butterscotch, a bit of white chalk, pine needles and that sticky stuff you get all over you when you handle them, still indistinct citrus pith, an emerging tropical fruit essence, ethereal field honey, and a mere suggestion of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is present and duly accounted for, but hardly overwrought, the body a stocky medium weight, and perhaps a bit slick in its otherwise holding-pattern form of smoothness. It finishes still more sweet than bitter, but tasty and hoppy all around, so who's counting?

A generally agreeable and well-constructed American DIPA, with a little help from the bounty of the south seas, but that's a-ok with me. Well balanced, with a saucily (erp!) integrated 16-proof booze quotient, and I'm starting to think that I should have procured a few more of these for this Labour Day of ours!

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; the head lifts two inches, sticks nicely and leaves a strand or two of lacing

Smell: There is a butter pecan/toffee malt base but the hops are very different, bringing peach tones

Taste: Butter pecan and toffee malt flavors, up front, with the peach tones building into the middle, along with a lemon/lime bitterness; rather balanced, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer; I appreciate the nuances but don't know that I could get hooked on them

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/22/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy deep orange amber color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of peach, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good hop complexity and balanced malt notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, honey, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, tangerine, citrus zest, floral, honey, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt profile and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around nice complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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