Galactica | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Man, been wanting to try this beer for years...for what ever reason it just popped up at Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach - instantly hyped obviously, so I picked up a single 12oz for $2.99 and poured it into an Odell's branded stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clean rusted copper hue with a fat white head that lingers a while leaving massive amounts of lacing that coat my glass from start to finish. Upon pouring this beer, i'll be honest - the smell instantly made me chalk this brew up as another, and no offense intended to my East Coast brethren, an East Coast style malt bomb IPA...anyways, a lot of caramel malt up front, raw cookie dough, citrusy hop aroma and herbal tea. Flavor is definitely more East Coast than West, but not in a bad way - I actually really like the perfect balance of malt and hop bitterness...and I would even say that the hop wins out in the long run with an intense bitterness that lingers well pass the malt back on this one - absolutely delicious and extremely well balanced - tropical fruit and black tea are in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth drinking with a dry finish...lingering bitterness from the hops stick around for a while.

Very much diggin this one - good job fellas!

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

Weathered copper orange in color. Started with a heavy haze that slowly clarified as this warmed. Poured with a short white dense foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap leaving random sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrus hop aromas, ripe pineapple and grapefruit with a solid malty backbone. Medium bodied with rich carbonation and tangy feel. Pungent citrus hops up front, ripe grapefruit, blood orange and pineapple with a tangy, spicy hop bite in the middle. Citrus hop character slowly transitions to light pine hoppiness to the finish. Similar to aroma, there's a strong malty backbone from beginning to end. Finishes cleanl with a pleasant, lingering pine hop aftertaste.

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Photo of asdfx0rz
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA. Bottled on 5-30-2013

Appearance: Golden amber with a decent amount of thin and quickly diffusing white head.

Smell: Strong presence of the galaxy hops in the aroma. Slight hints of grapefruit and citrus with a clean bitterness. Quite a pleasant and refreshing smell.

Taste: Malty and hoppy, but in almost perfect harmony. The hop character is very forward, but doesn't overpower, and doesn't overstay it's welcome. The taste hangs around just long enough to be important, and then gently fades into clean citrus aftertaste. As it warms up, the malt becomes stronger, and the sweetness really comes forward. I didn't taste any alcohol, however, I have made a habit of drinking some pretty punchy beers so 8% comes on the mellow side of things for me. Regardless, I tasted no astringency.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, refreshing. I could drink a truckload of these on a hot summer day. The carbonation is spot-on. Not overdone, so you could really put these down before you became full.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. I will admit, I live about 10 minutes from the brewery, so pretty much anytime I grab a CS brew, it's pretty fresh. Being a local beer, however, I am not biased in any way. I've had a couple CS brews that have really disappointed me and let me down. Galactica is a near perfect beer. I've grown tired of IPA's recently, but I could revisit this one at any time and really enjoy it.

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Photo of mmalon78
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a tulip beer glass.

Apperance: The color is a deep golden amber and with a moderate off white head.

Smell: The immediate and most prevalent aroma that comes off right away is the intense resinous Galaxy hops.

Taste: The flavor is pure citrus fruits with a heavy taste lean towards passion fruit with some candied sugar. Malty sweetness pairs well with the bittering hops, but more importantly to cover the 8% alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Again malty sweetness drives this beer, but carbonation is right there to support you with every sip.

Overall: This really is a good beer. It evolves and changes with each taste. Like the "Risk" of beer every ingredient is looking for total domination, but in the end balance is king.

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Pint glass.

A: An orangish copper color that is not crystal clear. The decent 1 in. head diminishes but leaves a good lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity and fun, the sweetness of the malts make almost tropical. Mangos or pineapples come through and make the mouth water.

T: The hops are strong and fruity, not too citric but balancing with the malts makes it keep with the tropical aroma, mainly pineapples. Leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste that reminds you that you are drinking an IPA.

M: Juicy and wetting, with a great poppy carbonation.

O: Great brew. The juicy hopped up flavor is balanced by the sweet malts and makes for a great fruity DIPA. 10/10 will drink again. Stoked that it came in a 4 pack!

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Photo of SigEp
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber hued with a small/medium frothy head, not completely clear but not opaque

Nose: Hops; juicy , fruity citrusy hops, a little backend hop-funk; clean grain malt smell

Taste: up-front hop character, citrusy, juicy, coating and nuggety hops balanced by a significant sweet maltiness. Finish is rather bitter but not unpleasant; hops stick around longer than a lot of it's double IPA competitors.

Overall: Excellent; fares well against other double IPAs in it's category; as this was a fairly young (less than a month from bottling) bottle, a lot of the hop freshness was there. Definitely a brew that should be drank young.

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Photo of Danpisco12
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my first time trying anything from Clown Shoes and I was pretty surprised with how much I enjoyed this beer.

A - The beer poured a dark amber-ish color with a sizable foamy head which dissipated rather quickly.

S - The smell was very reminiscent of citrus, namely pineapples. Very noticeable.

M - The mouthfeel is somewhat thick but extremely pleasing nonetheless.

T - The first taste that is noticeable is of bitter hops. After the initial bitterness subsides the taste is very "citrusy" - in a pleasant way.

O - This was an extremely enjoyable beer. Although very much less hoppy and bitter than my normal favorites this is a great beer in its own right. Also extremely drinkable at 8% ABV. I would certainly recommend this beer.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden honey-colored amber. Somewhat cloudy. About a finger's worth of frothy off-white head. Mild retention ending in swirling patterns and a thin rim. Very little visible carbonation and not much lacing

Aroma: Bright tropical and orchard fruits. I smell apples and some pears as well as lemon, grapefruit, mango, and faint oranges. For malts I smell sweet toffee and grainy bready notes. There's a little pineapple in there for good measure

Taste: Big and juicy. A lot of the aromas show up in the flavor profile but a bittering citrus/grapefruit takes over and lingers. Sweet to start and the sweetness never really goes away, it just takes a backseat to the juicy hops

Mouthfeel: Juicy, medium bodied. Rather coating

Overall: Pretty damn good overall. Clown Shoes does it again. While I prefer their stouts I would recommend their IPAs to first-timers and die-hards alike. Well played

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 20 oz. of this bad boy on tap at The BBC in Norwood, MA. It's my first Clown Shoes experience and I liked it a lot.

First, it looked great. It was a nice amber color with a bit of a haze and very alive. The smell made me dive right in. Like all best from my favorites in one glass.

But when it comes down to it I'm a taste and mouth feel guy. I need my taste buds to do a dance when they are introduced to a new brew and I wasn't let down. The other thing that will drive me away from a brew is a watery mouth feel but this offering has nothing to fear.

I really enjoyed it and will be on the hunt for their other selections.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy, darker amber color. The head is weak and almost one with the beer s body; a lot of good IPAs pour like this. Mild lacing.

S-A very juicy hop aroma. Ripe fruits. Loads of citrus and florals with a bit of weed. Caramel and cereal malt.

T-Bitter yet bright in its hoppiness. Grapefruit and coarse grass. Very Galaxy-esque. Sharp hoppiness. Just barely enough malty sweetness. Hints of apricots.

M-Sprightly body for an 8%er. Bitter but juicy. Modest carbonation.

O/D- Galaxy is a great but easy hop to stress.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very east coast dipa. Very piney resin on the whole thing with a deeper character than you would certainly get from a west coast interpretation. Reminiscent of Double Simcoe, by Weyerbacher. Smooth feel and easy to drink. I like this one. Nothing mindblowing or out of this...galaxy. But it's solid and well made.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass. Bottled 5/17/13.

A - Pours a cloudy, auburn with very little head. Decent lacing. I was in a rush and threw this in the freezer for a half hour to chill it down, so I attribute the murkiness and lack of head to it being a little bit too cold. I will let it sit for a bit before going any further.

S - Biscuity malt and sweet mandarin orange on the forefront. A hint of spicy, grassy hop in the background. Only a month old, but the aroma would indicate it favors the malty side of DIPA.

T - Familiar citrus, grapefruit notes dance on the tip of the tongue. Musty, piney, and grassy hops follow with a distinctly sweet and bready malt backbone. It is very smooth and drinkable despite a big bitter hop finish.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Soft, medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

O - I have been waiting for this beer to reach my state since the first announcement this past winter. I love Clown Shoes and appreciate that they have added 12 oz. offerings to their supreme selection of bombers. This was a good, but not great DIPA for me. I really don't have any complaints, but nothing wowed me. For $8/4-pack, it is a good value that I will probably explore again. Clown Shoes can do no wrong with their dark beers, but this one was nothing more than good.

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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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Galactica from Clown Shoes
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,597 ratings.
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