Galactica | Clown Shoes

very good
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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 cbhuffman
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
L - very hazy, rusty colored ale with a frothy ivory head
S - fresh, dank piny hops, bready malt, caramel
T - huge malt profile up front with bread, caramel, brown sugar; piny earthy spicy hops, faint grapefruit-orange citrus for hops
F - fuller body, creamy yet resinous, finishes fairly balanced, which I appreciate
O - missing any sort of wow factor, but this is a very solid DIPA

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Photo of maxhock
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of MrDarcy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Pours a hazy golden copper with a billowing, frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Toasted bread, sweet caramel malt, and resin open the aroma. Pine and muted citrus add complexity.

Flavor reveals more citrusy notes, which reside on a slightly sweet, bready malt backbone. The finish is toasted and nutty, slightly bitter, with a reprise of citrus in pith form. Grapefruit and pine weave throughout the profile. Floral hops surface in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch full, with carbonation on the low side, and noted alcohol warmth.

Very well balanced dipa, between malt, flavoring, and bittering hops. Not reminiscent of a typical American ipa because of the muted citrus and floral hop character, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Mlawrence
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kidzord
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of justinp
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of RussBeercier
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of aguado
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: long, egg white head. Light brown, fairly translucent. There is interesting suspended sediment? Not sure I've noticed this before.

S: rich and woody smelling. Atypical of ipas. Smells almost a little sweet.

T: first taste, it almost is like a brown ale. The hoppiness comes after. It isn't super hoppy. It is pretty malty. Many flavored coming in the finish.

M: quick finish. Very little residual taste. Very crisp in that regard.

O: overall, an interesting ipa. Not outstanding but decent. If it were labeled a brown-ipa hybrid it would be very accurate. I am not particularly fond of browns, so my review is a little low, but this is a great ipa for those who don't love hoppiness.

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Photo of BobsledTM
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DerrickW
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: pours a vibrant, hazy orange-amber colour with plenty of fine carbonation visible. A one-finger white head drops quickly to a thick cap with decent lacing.

Aroma: a big note of sweet malt and hops - toffee, citrus fruits and some stone fruits. Refreshing.

Taste: plenty of grapefruit and peach up front with caramel / toffee malts behind. Very refreshing - a great IPA. Not much evidence of the high ABV either.

Aftertaste: more hop bitterness on the finish, which is nice.

Mouth feel: crisp in feel with a moderate body. Plenty of carbonation - a great sessional beer.

Overall: a fantastic example of the American IPA style - complex yet well structured, with multiple hop and malt characteristics. My only (slight) concern is the complete lack of alcohol flavour / fug for such a high ABV - this beer is very easy to put back, and that could be disasterous on one's viscera, and wallet.

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Photo of Sean66
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice bar pour head. Requires two visits to the tap--served with a single finger of foam. The beer deep orange amber with a haze.

Strong spruce and grapefruit rind aroma. It's also a bit floral. Overall, this overwhelmed any malt nose there might be.

Better presence of the malt in the initial taste, but it's rather nondescript--just neutral pale malt. The tell of the tale is the hop, a strongly peppery with a bit of astringent bite. Long lasting aftertaste. Good body with an elevated carbonation.

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Photo of zero_signal
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of billhelm
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Galactica from Clown Shoes
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,632 ratings.
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