Galactica | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of CoachC
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass, a beautiful orange color with. 1/2 inch head.

S - notes of galaxy hops, with a piney, resinous odor

T - extremely hoppy with a distinct pine taste. I don't detect much citrus flavor.

M - mouthfeel is nice, not too syrupy yet not too watery either.

O - this is a solid IIPA, though I've had better. Still, I would drink it again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chill hazed amber with a small white colored head. Dark nearing the color red.

Smells VERY strongly of citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit and passion fruit are the two strongest scents. Little bit earthy with some mushroom and woody scent. Faint savory scent, mainly toasted onion. Can only think of two DIPAs that are better or even equal to this.

Starts out sweet and woody with a mellow yet bitter after taste. Woody with a little spice, I taste faint cinnamon. Distinct lemon flavor. Could be more complex but it is really tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a far above average DIPA. Only two better are Pliny the Younger and Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

24 oz. to a pint glass,

A: Pours amber with a small white with nevertheless good head retention, some thick spotty lace.

S: Pine box, grapefruit, very green and direct of a smell.

T: Pink grapefruit, lots of bitter citrus, but it's fruitiness comes through in the end. Light malt component, overall a little more East Coast, but it has a delicious factor for sure. Lemon custard in the end; I like that.

M: Medium-bodied, well structured, elegant, very light hint of booze which is fine by me here.

O: A very good IPA, sub-$6 a bomber if you put it together, so the price is right and the beer is good.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A dark amber boy with a two finger off white cap. The cap falls slowly to a thin layer of foam with some clingy lace around the edges.

The nose is of tropical fruits, earth, and caramel malt. Some nice galaxy hop notes from the dry hop, but loads of caramel malt get in the way. This was bottled--what looks like--May 7, so the hops haven't faded all that much to release all these malts.

Caramel malt, earthy hops, spice, and booze. Some blueberry notes, my guess is mosaic is in there somewhere. The hops are really taking a back seat here. Caramel and earthy notes with a touch of hop spice dominate. A burst of alcohol in the finish overtakes a mild bitterness.

Medium body with a bit of a slickness to the feel. Carbonation is on point. 8% is pretty noticeable.

Unless my bottle is older than I can make out, which I do admit, it is a little smudged, this is a remarkably average IPA. The galaxy dry hops are buried under a sturdy malt profile.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brass orange with a soft haze. No real head, but modest off white lacing.

Nose is big and juicy. Lots of citrus, starfruit, peach, grapefruit, and cantaloupe.

Flavor follows suit with a big burst of citrus up front followed by rich and deep bitter hops. Not a lot of resin, but a decent pine taste. Finish is largely dry hops.

Mouth feel is medium full. nice thickness to it.

Great DIPA. Lots of hops. Nice citrus character, but really focuses on the hoppy side. Uber drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About one month old.

A deep orange copper color. Medium had, decent lacing.

S: peaches, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, really pungent and super fruity and tropical

T: taste is a great blend of tropical fruit and citrus. Significant honey and caramel malt backbone. It's pretty well balanced for a hop bomb. Not overly bitter. Lots of peach, lemon, and blood oranges going on. Some dank herbal notes too.

M: very carbonated, super soft, quite sessionable for what it is.

O: AWESOME beer with a really interesting hop profile, super aromatic. Highly recommended. On par with hoponious union for local hop bombs.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 6/10/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA worth drinking for a long time.

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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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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A very hop forward aroma with big esters of tropical citrus fruits and grass. Upfront hops with earthy and floral hints of grass. Big citrus presence with hints of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, passion fruit, guava, apricot, melon, and lemon. Also some hints of piney hops. Malt hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and cracker. A very solid tropical hoppy aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose, a big taste of tropical citrus fruits along with a solid malt backing. Big hops upfront with lots of citrus fruit notes including mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, passion fruit, pineapple, apricot, guava, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop notes along with some grass and pine resin spice. Soft bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really good juicy and smooth taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and juicy with a fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really solid IPA. My first taste of this hop and I'm loving it. Very good citrus flavor.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled On 05/07/2013.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains very well before slowly dropping to an 1/8 inch head. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves streaks behind on the glass.

S- Sharp, citrusy hop aroma with some light cereal grain sweetness backing it.

T- Balanced malt/hop profile that's smooth and a bit sweet. Alcohol is nicely subdued. The hops are decidedly more earthy and herbal than citrusy. Very straightforward in its approach with no one flavor dominating over another.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body that's on the fuller side.

O- A very well-executed DIPA that goes down easy while still being decently bitter and flavorful.

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Photo of Thads324
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A : pours a deep and bright orange with thin off white head. Clear with few bubbles. Decent lacing.

S : smells like some hefty guava and passion fruit. Light pineapple and the slightest bit of caramel malt.

T : starts watery and thin. A bright wallop of hop flavor, exactly like the aroma. Zippy fruit juices, grass and the bitter rind of blood orange. Big heavy bitterness at the beginning of the second half, with the lingering zippy fresh hops. The tiniest bit of biscuit malt flavor. Finishes watery again.

M : thinner than expected for 8% but has good carbonation to carry the hop flavor across the palate. A nice dry finish.

Clean and flavorful. Easy as hell to drink for 8%. A borderline double ipa at a good price of 8.99 a 4 pk. Easily the best clown shoes brew yet!

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Photo of beagle75
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains in the glass and a few loosely-formed streams of tiny bubbles rise in the column.

S: Ripe tropical fruit and gentle pine--more lychee than fir, to be sure. Some black pepper and grainy cracker is also able to edge its way into the profile, making for a surprisingly balanced display. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with muted hops aromatics that are piney and earthy before esters-affected crystal malt takes over. Acidity is restrained into the middle where flavors remain malt-focused until sweetness abruptly turns needle-sharp in the presence of developing bitterness. Booziness is a transient question mark during the latter half of the profile, appearing distinct at times and absent during others. The finish is dry by comparison, moderately bitter, and dank.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous and syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is all IPA from top to bottom; unfortunately it tries to serve as a vessel for the Galaxy cultivar of hops but falls short. While the smell sees fairly well-represented Galaxy hops qualities competing for attention with malt, the flavors could have been derived entirely from Columbus hops. As with most commercially-produced pale ales boasting of Galaxy hops as an ingredient, this beer stumbles badly in its attempt to deliver.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

A Hazy amber. Little head and lacing.

S Hoppy and piney right up front. Cut grass.

T Really hoppy and flowery. A little soapy. Nice and bitter. There is a tangy taste at the finish. This is not unpleasant but kind of different for the particular style.

M Light. Watery. No carbonation or fizz. Finishes nice and clean.

O This is pretty good. Really hoppy and bitter. If that's your thing you will enjoy this. There's no balance, which is probably intended. Nothing special, just a nice easy drinking hop bomb.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 5/07/13. Pours a dark burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is tropical fruits and sweet citrus hops. Quite pungent. Notes of pine. The taste has more piney hops than in the aroma along with some bitter citrus peel and hints of tropical fruits. Bitter grapefruit peel and pine resin at the finish. Not much of a malt presence. Mild alcohol burn. Oily mouthfeel. Overall, solid Imperial IPA I'd grab again.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice collar of beige head. Color is a dark autumn orange hued gold. Sticky lace left.

Flavors are very fruity and tropical. A lot of orange flavors. Some pineapple and a bit of citrus. A bready malt backbone is present. A huge hop profile. Very floral and a bit grassy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was something I really enjoyed. A great dipa at a good price. I am glad to have this around.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden color with a huge off white head that rises quickly and makes pouring in one step tricky. Dank resinous pine and resin dominate the aroma. If there is malt in here I can't find it. The flavor is more of what the aroma promised. A faint and sweet bready malt sits way in the back as pine tar and dank assault the palette. This finish is quite abrupt and dry and leaves some sweet malt and earthy citrus lingering long after every sip. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. This smells a lot better than it tastes. Its a pretty good beer, but I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled On 05/07/2013

A: Pours a amber/copper color with a fingers worth of sticky head that settles down decently quickly but leaves some good lacing

S: Plenty of citrusy hops along with a solid maltiness. Hops are quite pungent

T: Starts off nice and citrusy and is held up nicely by the malts. Hops still manage to shine throughout, while still being well-balanced. Quite bitter into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily

O: The first IPA from Clown Shoes that I've actually felt held its own in the hops department. The malts usually overpower the hops in their other IPA's (I'm looking more so at you, Miracle) and are more like APA's in terms of their hoppiness and bitterness. Not so with this one. Good choice of hops with the Galaxy as well. Under $9 for a 4-pack as well, so this is worthy of a purchase

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Photo of mpedara429
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours out a burnished amber color with two fingers of off white head. Head dissolved quickly with thin lacing.

S: Huge piney and grapefruit smell. Some floral hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. Pine is a little more dank than the smell leads on.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: A pretty typical, slightly above average IPA. The smell was the most notable part, but I was hoping the piney taste wouldn't have been so dank.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Finishing off my birthday dinner at Firkin with a bit of Galaxy-hopped stuff. Why not? It pours a mostly clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises berry-laden greens, light caramel, and grapefruit zest. The taste brings in more of the same, with some flowers and a touch more fruit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty Galaxy beast, one that somehow doesn't overdo things. Not bad.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter. Pours a bright copper/grapefruit red color, hazy, with a slightly off-white head, which dissipates relatively quickly, leaving white bubbles along the inside of glass, and some thick but spotty lacing.

In terms of smell, I get more of a malt backbone with hints of citrus and light hops. Not particularly overpowering, but nice and light. Would have expected more, but not disappointed.

Taste is similar but a bit better. The malt/citrus hops blend is more balanced in flavor profile, with a minimal grapefruit/lemon rind aftertaste.

This has a great feel to it; smooth up front but crisp and bitter on the end, refreshing and sort of resinous at the same time.

Overall, I find Galactica to be really unique compared to what I am used to. It's a good DIPA, and good be mistaken for a session beer, largely due to 8% ABV. I would have this again for sure. Cheers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Snagged a single for $3.50 at my local House of 1,000 beers. Into my imperial pint glass.

A - Solid 1/2 inch of sticky white foam atop of of a rather hazy amber brown color. Excellent lacing.
S - A very inviting array of tropical piney hops, mostly getting melon and citrus with an equal balanced of gram cracker malts.
T - A very balanced DIPA it never comes off as too hoppy or sweet just citrus and melon hop taste then crystal and cracker malts. No alcohol taste which is sweet too.
M - Drinks a touch light with a light to medium body. No ABV taste and finished with a bitter twang.

Overall yet another great DIPA right up there with Heady topper (but easier to find) and Hopslam (with a more session-able ABV. A very well crafted beer!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruit, bubble gum, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: Same as above with don't lemon flavor, and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bitterness, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid American Double. Will look for more of this in the future.

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Photo of cfrivera1
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive solid copper/amber color with not much carbonation but with definite lacing. Nice looking beer which makes me want to taste it.

Smells fresh, hoppy, somewhat piney – the smell makes me want to taste it.

Taste (finally!) Starts out sweet and malty with sharp flowery hop profile which reminds you this IS definitely an IPA. That’s followed by an interesting bitter aftertaste, but which does not linger. Yummy stuff. GREAT balance between sweet malt, and bitter hops. After just a few sips, that bitter aftertaste all but disappears!! All you taste are delicious sweet malt and equally delicious bitter hops – very nice. I could not really taste the alcohol, but after just 6 oz., I got this warming sensation and very satisfying buzz which reminded me of its 8% ABV…and made me smile. 

Mouthfeel: some creaminess, not much carbonation, feasting tastebuds…

Overall a VERY solid and tasty IPA, with an awesome sweet and malty profile. I am buying more…

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very aromatic. Hops have a tropical fruit aroma also dank, wet and oily. Smells really good.
Appearance leaves something to be desired. The beer has an amber color and is hazy. The head on my pour was small and fades quickly.
Taste on the other hand is quite good. Tropical fruits and perhaps some floral notes can be tasted. I also detect some Beligum styling also, perhaps the yeast plays a part here.
Smooth easy to drink with a semi bitter finish, but with a tad bit of cloying.
As mentioned this beer drinks incredible smooth and quite good.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date, poured into a pint glass

look is a beautiful unfiltered copper. smell is flowery and herbal, sweet hops all the way. taste is sweet and malty, with tons of bright galaxy hops. pine tree, unripened banana and mangos.

sweet and tasty

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
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