Galactica | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Neorebel on 04-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,624
Reviews:
249
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
353
For Trade:
2
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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 chrissy820
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ER527
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Murphysxm
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of fitz284
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Melakatim
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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 +5.8%
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 Mattymystique
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrand2621
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riderwbd
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdoggg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
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 JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickshep7
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goblue3509
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimWakimika
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pfsron
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragon14Breath
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Power Hop Skunk Batch Kick Puncher . Daddy Likey

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Photo of Cooker_stp
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidRandall
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Galactica from Clown Shoes
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,624 ratings.
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