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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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 1,608
Photo of dmgallag
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh....hazy orange in color. Metallic nose with a little onion as well. Something just seems out of balance with this. It has a harsh mouthfeel and was not an easy drinker for me. The hop presence is there, but was too bitter and featured neither pine or citrus notes....just bitter. Probably won't go back to this one.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance is golden orange. Strong white head. Suspended globules. Aroma is lemon, orange, light pine. Taste is ash, pepper?, alka seltzer. Feel is a touch creamy, medium carbonation. Not great."

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head. The aroma is full hops. The taste matches the aroma. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Kdubzz
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange to light amber in color, slightly hazy, a finger of white head. Smells like oranges and tangerines, with a bit of piney hoppiness. Also a bit of a metallic/iron-like aroma as well, which sounds strange but actually goes well with character of the beer. Very balanced in taste between the hops and malty sweetness, but loses any citrus that the nose had. Finishes cleaner/dryer than many Double IPA's I've had. Medium mouthfeel and effervescence.

Overall a solid Double IPA, if not a bit underwhelming in the taste department.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 12oz bottle from Bev Mart.
Amber color
Smooth hoppy taste, slight sweetness
Medium Mouth feel
Low carbonation
Overall a good beer that I would drink again if it was cheaper.

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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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Galactica from Clown Shoes
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,608 ratings.
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