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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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Photo of stephens101
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A large and thick tan froth settles slowly across this burnt orange brew.

A deep and musty herbal hop aroma rises distinct from underlying vanilla and caramel notes.

The hops aren't as prominent on the tongue as they are to the nose, but there's plenty of bitterness to go around. Faint notes of orange, gum and caramel linger.

Goes down quite smooth and weighed down by very little baggage. A stellar DIPA without a doubt.

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Photo of Beglane
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dark Amber color with thin white head which covers the side of the glass with some lacing - citrus fruits, pine, apricots. starts almost Raisony, then the familiar citrus but with sweet brown sugar finishing off with a piny bitterness - Dry with good medium overall carbonation. Pretty good, but unbalanced

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy darker golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with citrus and pine, a little grass too. Decent, but mostly average DIPA.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/27, still under one month, very fair assessment.
Pours a clear light copper/pink with solid one-finger dense white head. Staid and heavy to the eye.
Smell is sticky pine, honey, lime juice, bubblegum, orange rind, some sour mash.
Taste mostly lime juice and pine boughs. It's not an aggressive hoppiness, but rather that there's so much volume of hop treatment on this, it's thick with competing hop notes. Any pale/amber/copper maltiness is relegated to the last part of the swallow, when it does seem to have a little honey-amber gravity to it. Finish/aftertaste is tingly sharp pine.
Feel is in the same ballpark as 90 min. very thick/heavy all the way through. Not an alcohol taste, but you feel the abv in the body the whole time.
Overall, I almost really like it. Nice quantity of and focus on various hops. Nice gravity in the body. Does not translate all the hop smells to taste, as it's dominated by lime/pine. Does not get much counterbalancing sweetness or toastiness from the malt body, so that aspect is felt in weight only and doesn't broaden the palate for me. Where I shop, this is a buck cheaper than 90 min., which makes it a perfect buy on a very good, but not mind-blowing, dipa. I will buy again on occasion.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, hazy orangey-amber with a nice solid cap of creamy light-tan head. The head holds up well and leaves nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malt sweetness and floral, citrus, and tropical fruit hops. The taste is much the same and is quite tasty. The body has a nice unctuous feel to it, a little thick, mostly smooth with just a little tingle of carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber/cooper with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Hazes a little, stellar lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, faint citrus notes, expected more nose

T: Breadyness, a touch of pine, more pineapple, plus just a little woody hops up front. More breadyness, pineapple, dryness & woody hops as this warms, some mango. Finishes a little dry with woody hops, breadyness, a little pear, & mango

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy, not as good as the draft version, but well worth buying

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Photo of NathanR
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent reddish-orange color with a creamy top when poured correctly (use a snifter). Reminded me of oranges and citrus with a splash of brandy.


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky copper color. Two fingers of beige frothy/creamy head. Retention is about average and a good finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Nose screams of peach and tropical fruits, specifically mango and orange with a touch of pineapple underneath. Formidable bready yeastiness. This may be the first CS IPA that isn't overtly sugary. Instead, it's rather balanced despite the strong fruity hoppiness. Caramel with a moderate neutral maltiness.

3.5 T: Taste is similar to nose. Lots of bready yeast, fruity hops per above, and a balancing caramel maltiness. Mild-moderate bitterness with the end result being mildly sweet. Booze is well hidden with just the slightest warming finish.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy that offsets the heaviness on the tongue that the yeast delivers. Very smooth and easily quaffable.

3.75 D: This is a good, well balanced brew. No real faults. Enjoyable by all who can take the heavy yeastiness that all CS brews seem to have.

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5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No clowning around here. .
Nice floral aroma citrus notes. Really nice overall ipa . Bitter but not really. .great feel great taste. Hoppy smell taste like an ipa should.
Should be considered a world class.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice slightly hazy gold with a slight orange tint.

Nose and flavor line up - citrus and a bit of pine in the hop and a decent malt sweetness that was a touch high for me (perhaps not overly fresh - looks to be bottled in August but no date).

Overall a nice DIPA, glad I tried it but not one I'd actively seek out.

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Photo of jwwjd
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An enjoyable, balanced beer. It has a slightly bitter finish that an ipa lover would expect from a double ipa. It does not have much of a nose. I would not seek this beer out, but would be happy to have it again. This was poured from a growler filled yesterday.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was not as flavorful as I expected it to be. It tasted a little boozy, which is to be expected from an imperial IPA, but it is not over the top.

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Photo of kitch
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Strangely no bottled on date considering all my other Clown Shoes beer show it on the neck.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy dark orangey amber colour with a slightly more than one finger off-white head that leaves stringy lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruits dominate especially peach and apricot with hints of mango, some citrus grapefruit and light caramel malts.

Taste: A backbone of nice light caramel malts, followed by floral and citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and pine but there’s also tropical hints with peach, apricot and mango. Finishes with a nice lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, as it wasn’t overly caramel-ly. A nicely balanced Double IPA.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a half finger of sticky foam. Looks quite viscous. Aroma is very resiny, full of hop oil and a touch of dank hoppy flavor. The first sip a an initial rush of sweetness that is quickly overtaken by dank, woody hop flavor. This a catty, tea-like dry hop flavor as well. Substantially bitter finish.

This is a solid IIPA. The hop profile is not my favorite, but it does a good job rounding out the sweet body and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of hophead723
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: The body is slightly hazy thanks to the hopping. The head settles to a veil that drags lacing down the glass. Not your traditional lacing but good-looking nonetheless.

Smell: Tropical fruits, honey coated biscuit, and a good amount of floral aromas here. The fruitiness of the ale yeast takes a back seat here.

Taste: Pineapple, melon rind, pine, a touch of clove, and orange blossom honey.

Feel: Just above medium-bodied, but this is a double IPA. It is 8% ABV but drinks like a 6.5%.

Overall: Quite tasty and robust, but it is hop forward so I would look forward to having this one on tap or filling up a growler.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this last night out of a pint glass. Pours a bright amber color with some haze, and an aggressive pours yields a frothy head. Balanced aroma of a sweet malt bill and some delightfully fruity hops. Flavor, however, is a bit of a disappointment. Instead of the galaxy hops being on display this is an average DIPA. Very sweet, malty, big bodied, fruity hops in the backbone. Overall fairly tasty, just not what I expected, pretty fresh bottle, too.

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Photo of obrike
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single at Round Rock World Market.

Another winner from Clown Shoes. These guys make some great stouts for sure, but this is a heck of a good DIPA as well. Great burnt orange look, clingy lace. Well balanced, hoppy, uber-smooth... delicious.

I'm getting it again soon...more than one next time.

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Photo of rjd722
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, bottled back towards the end of March so definitely an "aging" IPA but didn't disappoint. Solid and nice looking one-finger of foam with a very nice hazy (opaque), golden-orange color. Rye aroma with hints of wood. Taste is somewhat floral, but not overly floral; dry-hops and rye seem to be most present. The aftertaste is astringent and especially alkaline at the very end of the hop explosion.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet malts, bitter hops. A touch of citrus. Good DIPA, but not the best from Clown Shoes though. I was expecting more from the galaxy hops. I enjoyed Clown Shoe's Tramp Stamp more so then this one. Worth trying though...

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/28/15; into pint glass. Pale, cloudy amber with a one-finger eggshell-colored head. Medium carbonation. Distinct citrus and peach up front, quickly followed by bready malt. Hops bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue, but some subtle grapefruit/peach is also persistent. Mouthfeel is not sticky, not heavy, but certainly not light either - has some substance to it. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Very smooth, very well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve started trying beers by Clown Shoes one by one and so far they are definitely above average, but not stellar, but then again I have been spoiled by giants such as Ommegang, Great Divide, and Sierra Nevada. This American Double/Imperial IPA weighs in at 8.0% ABV which is on the low end or maybe about average alcohol content for Imperial IPAs

Look-It pours a mildly hazy orange golden amber color with no real head. The lacing is delicate and moist.

Smell-I smell bready yeast and malts with noticeable grapefruit, peach, and apricots. The aroma is not very bitter smelling, but definitely foretells of an enhanced flavor. Let’s see what it tastes like.

Taste-It taste of caramel and bready yeast malts that the nose picked up on, but it is more noticeable than the nose told. Then you get floral and citrus hops that shine through on the tongue obviously and are composed of grapefruit, peach, and apricots. The floral component also has slight clover, but that shows up on the back palate after the medium carbonation fizzles away which is nice timing. The bite of the alcohol is a bit more substantial than I anticipated from a medium level 8% and plays well with the carbonation on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-It is not syrupy which I usually hate, but this one is more of a full-bodied crème type of beer with plenty of hops to give it a well-balanced experience. The coating on the tongue lingers for a long time and is pleasantly bitter but is kissed by peaches and crème, dare I say (LOL!). And lastly, I even feel the fizz after
several moments which is nice.

Overall-This beer started out a bit dull, but quickly turned around into a B+/A- class beer that is able to compete with a large fraction of Imperial IPAs out there, however it isn’t on par with giants such as Rebel Rouser Sam Adams or Rampant IPA by New Belgium. You’ll enjoy this one though. Cheers!

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Photo of Melakatim
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice taste that starts smooth, but then finishes with the hops.....maybe a bit more bitter than ideal. The hops are surprisingly strong for a double IPA. A good beer, but there are better. The Clown Shoes Space Cake IPA is much better.....

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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 16Mar15) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of off-white foam that shrinks down to a finger's worth within two minutes. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing is nice and high. Of course bubbles are in excess. Something has to support that sexy head.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of bready and caramelized malts, citrusy and floral hops, mango, peach, and apricots that mix with a hint of earthy yeast.
TASTE: Initial taste is a strong combination of bready malts, mango, peach, apricot, and citrusy hop flavors. Mild caramelized malt and floral hop flavors enter immediately after as citrusy hop and fruit flavors persist, but bready malt flavors shrivel down to mild. A touch of smokiness and earthy yeast flavors seal off the final taste.
FEEL: This definitely a full-bodied IPA. Very creamy and smooth with little carbonation. But of course, it has that infamously and overly dry finish that is known from IPAs.
NOTE: This was a very malty IPA. Most IPA fans would probably not like the malty unbalance, but I'm not an IPA fan; I'm a beer fan. And I loved it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice shiny copper penny color with a half inch of tightly knit off white head. Heavy lacing. Aroma is a combination of ester like Belgian yeast and citrus hops. The flavor is just as advertised in the nose. The citrus is also blended with pine as I taste it. The Belgian yeast is more of like a wine like fruity ester note. The mouth is slightly sticky and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of mhbach97
1.77/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I bought a bottle from a large store in RI with a long aisle of bottles that you could mix/match your own six pack. Picked out 6 bottles I had never seen before. Brought home, chilled and tried. I'm sorry, maybe I got a bad bottle, it looked okay, but it tasted like IPA mixed with grass clippings. Sorry, but it was totally horrible.

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Galactica from Clown Shoes
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,573 ratings.
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