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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Added by Neorebel on 04-17-2013

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good and just my style. Galactic hoppiness abounds in this suprising offering. Deep amber color and a terrific mouth feel make this one of of the best I've had recently. Love the bottlecaps with the lil clown shoes.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alphakitty
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, it pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that leaves plenty of lace. Aroma is lead by citrus and malty sweetness. Also some candied orange, orange juice and peach. Taste features lots of citrus and malty, almost sugary sweetness with tropical and stone fruit notes and a hint of pine. A nice, long, lingering bitter. Quite chewy. Mouthfeel is medium and a touch sticky. This one hit my palate just right. Outstanding.

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

Photo of AJmon13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Pours cloudy copper/amber color with a thick 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which popped and moved as the head dissipated very slowly, leaving foam craters and really impressive foamy lacing coating the sides. A layer stuck around on top for a while, adding to the overall good looks of this brew.

Smells of fresh citrus fruit and graham cracker up front, with lemon zest, biscuit, orange peel, grapefruit, tropical fruit like guava, caramel, sweet malt, mild floral hops and a dank hoppy aroma which is part maple syrup and part wet cone floral hop. Fresh hops blend well with the malt backbone, but it's a little sweeter smelling than expected.

Taste is very similar to the nose with fresh citrus fruit, dank hops, sweet malt and graham cracker up front, followed by orange peel, grapefruit, tropical fruit, tangerine, guava, toffee, caramel, fresh cut grass, peppery spices, buttery biscuit, toasted grains and finally some piney hops and pine cone notes. The Galaxy hops bring a lot of zest which blends well with the sweet, bready malt base. Seem like more floral notes and some yeast comes out as it warms, making it even more complex and hiding the 8% ABV very nicely.

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

While the appetite for hops remain insatiable, there not be any frenzy. And that's because of Galactica- a hop bomb of a beer with the strength to match which celebrates the Galaxy hop- one of the most sexy flavors on the lupulin map. In waltzes Clown Shoes with their bitter cheer, sprinkling citrus and herb upon the tip of the hop-headed tongue.

Dank, fruity, herbal and piney; the beer's earthen perfume is of rustic hops with a grassy, floral and cannabis potpourri. Underneath, the deep amber ale is laced with a hoppy haze and a creamy eggshell froth. Caramelized to taste, a firm toasty taste of granola and graham cracker soon takes hold.

As the rich middle palate takes hold, the bulk of taste is equally sweet malt and bitter hops. Grapefruit and orange peel continue to the hoppy show along with a quick follow-up of lemon, apple, pineapple, apricot and mango. As the ale trends less floral and fruity toward more bitter and resinous, the beer's peppery pine flavors tighten their grip in the gullet.

Medium-full in body, the hops surpass fruit and pine and land in grassy terrain with cannabis, fresh grass clippings, herbal sassafras and cannabis- all with a peppery alcohol spice and a long bitter, solventy aftertaste.

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Photo of Lucular
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Booze, booze, booze. A sweet, cloying, sickly mess. Some bitterness (it is a DIPA after all) but the booze is predominant. Shockingly so for a mere 8% abv.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zshaft
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

looks nice. kind of hazy orange. dark with nice head. nose is kind of faint. earthy. maybe some light grapefruit. taste is fairly one dimentional with bitterness evident and nice mid to end palate showcasing galaxy hops. nice malt backbone. overall a good beer that hides the alcohol well and has nice flavors throughout. good for a single but prob would pass on the 4 pk cause there are better options out there.

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 07/18/2016

Pours rich amber orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like peach, orange, mango, papaya, pineapple, toasted nutty biscuity dark caramel malts, passionfruit, spicy guava, grapefruit, with herbal earthy grassy resinous pine. Tastes like passionfruit, spicy guava, peach, mango, pineapple, papaya, melon, dank herbal earthy grassy resinous pine, some toasted nutty biscuity caramel malts, with orange and grapefruit citrus. Feels medium bodied, slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice DIPA.

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Photo of Jack74
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Klister
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of R11415
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seanchai
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- 12oz bottle pours into a tulip with a ever-so hazy medium golden-orange and a white, frothy cap. Good retention as it falls down to a big island and a wide belt. Lacing begins with a huge sheet and falls down with webs.

S- Hops lead the aroma but are neither pungent nor do they really bring any intensely unique notes; more of a balanced out hop profile. All come in at a laid back strength but tangerine, orange, stone fruits, floral and herbal hops combine well. A touch of sweet pale caramel grains and some bread.

T- Pretty much a carbon copy of the aroma but a slight dank feel opens up as well as more of a juicy mango stone fruit influence. Sweet oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, melon, herbs, flowers, pine and earth beyond that. Well rounded hops but once again not a hop bomb. Finishes with slight sweetness and pale cracked grains. ABV extremely well hidden; thought this was more like 5%.

MF- Thick body to support the 8% with a slickness as well as a foamy and frothy consistency. This is brought on by a medium level of carbonation. Ends with sweetness and a clean bitterness.

Clown Shoes can handle the hops. A good DIPA which could be great if the sweetness was toned down just a tiny bit.

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Photo of gopens44
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, decent head receded to a thin fizziness with sticky lacing. Tons of dank nose (that admittedly sounds stupid. ...) that turns into candy clementines with a dash of green onion. Taste is exactly the same, save for a tiny bit of heat on finish. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, which I honestly appreciate in a DIPA, as something with a high ABV should be a little self governing.

Overall, nice job on this Mr. Clown Shoes dude.

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Photo of Jodio
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustinSparks
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Galactica from Clown Shoes
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,618 ratings.
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