Which Clown Shoes beer is your favorite?

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  1. cjgator3

    cjgator3 Poo-Bah (2,914) Jan 19, 2006 Florida

    Such a great brewery in my opinion, but my vote goes to Luchador En Fuego.
     
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  2. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Never had the beer but I saw this today and it has to be one of the most random labels and name for a beer I've ever seen lol no one can say they aren't creative with naming and designing labels. The few beers I had from them so far have been top notch so far been meaning to try more.
     
  3. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Champion (889) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio
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    Crunkle Sam is the only one I've had so far.......so that one. They don't distribute here in Ohio. D: It was actually a nice American Barleywine, but it got a bit sweet as it warmed.
     
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  4. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Vampire Slayer.
     
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  5. shawnp

    shawnp Aspirant (240) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    I just picked up a bottle of Unidragon and I can't wait to try it. It will be my first bottle.
     
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  6. JOrtt

    JOrtt Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 North Carolina
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    Muffin Top
     
  7. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,805) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Luchador en Fuego. One of the best shelf stouts around.
     
  8. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

  9. Botulizard

    Botulizard Zealot (507) Jul 22, 2013 Michigan

    I've only had the Clementine, and it smelled more like deviled eggs or smoked ham to me than any kind of orange fruit.
     
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  10. martinjohnson23

    martinjohnson23 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Arizona

    porceine unidragon
     
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  11. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (98) Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    Might be just Mass. for now, but so you know they've started shipping some varieties in 4 packs of 12 oz. bottles, still not that cheap (around $9-10) but easier to swallow pricewise than the bombers. They'll probably make their way down there eventually if they haven't.
     
  12. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,104) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
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    I appreciate this thread because I really dig Clown Shoes. I haven't had a bad beer from them and I've tried every one I've seen. Good to see them getting some love here.

    My favorites:
    1. Very Angry Beast. The whole is so much better than the sum of it's already great parts.
    2. Luchador En Fuego. Awesome amped up barreled Chocolate Sombrero.
    3. Galactica. Freakin delicious.
    4. Blaecorn Unidragon. Great to start with and ages beautifully.
    5. Eagle Claw Fist. When fresh it's my favorite hoppy red. Unfortunately I think it's been phased out.
    6. Pimp. A double double brown collaboration with Brash that deserves honorable mention here.

    And just in case the right person reads this- ISO Clown Shoes snifter
     
  13. whatname

    whatname Defender (644) Jan 7, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I don't think you can go wrong with clown shoes. All of the beers I have had from them are really good to amazing!
     
  14. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,112) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Hoppy Feet 1 & 1.5
    Brown Angel
    Swagger
    Vampire Slayer
     
  15. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    I love black IPAs, but Hoppy Feet did not do it for me. It seemed more stoutish to me, and not really celebrating hops the same way Wookey Jack and Black Racer do, for example...
     
  16. MGambleWWS

    MGambleWWS Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2007 Massachusetts

    The right person just read it! Thanks for the kind words. Send me a beermail
     
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  17. LeeMarvin

    LeeMarvin Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2005 Massachusetts

    Clown Shoes has done some amazing things with their stouts. I haven't had one I didn't like. I've got a bunch aging as we speak.

    Crunkle Sam is a really great American Barleywine. I need to let one age to see what it does.

    I used to drink the Miracle all the time, but haven't seen it on the shelves.

    CS is a great area brewery that I feel good supporting.
     
  18. Massbmx

    Massbmx Devotee (425) Apr 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Very Angry Beast, Vampire Slayer, Porcine Unidragon and Hoppy Feet 1.5 are my favorites, seems they tend to do better with dark beer. Although Swagger is pretty damn good as well.

    Edit: Flight of the Pimp was pretty damn good also.
     
  19. jivex5k

    jivex5k Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    Unidragon, the original.
    Hoppy Feet 1.5 is a close second.
     
  20. Can_has_beer

    Can_has_beer Savant (947) May 14, 2013 Texas
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    1.) Vampire Slayer
    2.) Very Angry Beast
    3.) Lubrication
    4.) Brown Angel
    5.) Galactica

    ^^^All are really nice beers
     
  21. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 California
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    yep this one here is my favorite too aweome black IPA
     
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  22. mdvatab

    mdvatab Zealot (574) Apr 5, 2006 Indiana

    Same here. They've been in stores in my area for a few months now, and I've yet to try them. Sounds like I've been missing out...
    I think their marketing comes across as if they're trying too hard. I was assuming their beer was mediocre. Guess I'm gonna have to get over that and try a bottle!
     
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  23. TheGator321

    TheGator321 Aspirant (239) May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    how do you have an opinion if you have never tried them?
     
  24. dianimal

    dianimal Initiate (161) Apr 18, 2012 California

    *re-read P-Rod's post :sunglasses:
     
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  25. TheGator321

    TheGator321 Aspirant (239) May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    My bad.
     
  26. Gregg_Kawakami

    Gregg_Kawakami Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2013 Hawaii

    Chocolate Sombrero!
     
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  27. MikeWard

    MikeWard Meyvn (1,209) Sep 14, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Glad I read this thread. Wasn't impressed by Clementine, Hoppy Feet, or Tramp Stamp, but have some Galactica in the fridge that I'm now itching to sup.
     
  28. MGambleWWS

    MGambleWWS Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2007 Massachusetts

    It wasn't until this point where I really felt like we'd made it as a brewery. Mark this day down in the history books.
     
  29. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Disciple (326) Jan 7, 2010 North Carolina

    I have access to some year-round stuff like Tramp Stamp, Hoppy Feet, and Clementine. Are you saying that they also do their special releases in four-packs as well?
     
  30. Dhamma73

    Dhamma73 Aspirant (269) Feb 8, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Chocolate Sombrero and Luchador. Really want to try Vampire Slayer but haven't had the chance yet.
     
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  31. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (98) Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    Swagger and Galactica mentioned earlier are two that were first released in 4-packs - not sure if those are intended as specials or not.
     
  32. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (790) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Never bothered to try any. For some reason Clown Shoes (ouch, nice name) went with Total Wine here in N.C. for an exclusive distro arrangement. Like buying beer in a Walgreens with old and dated drugs.
     
  33. Goldfishman

    Goldfishman Disciple (366) Jan 29, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Mentioned a lot but my vote is for Galactica very very good beer !!!
     
  34. ISmith87

    ISmith87 Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2011 Arizona

    Damn, haha so do you get all your drugs from the compound pharmacist too? They can use vitamin b and prozac to treat your cancer, and they put it in a nice powder too! It doesn't work but it sure does make you feel smart and independent while you're doing it.

    I just got called out for making this same mistake (inadvertently ) with respect to breweries. Big and successful does not equal bad. There's nothing wrong with Total Wine and BevMo.
     
  35. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Galactica 4 packs are a great deal
     
  36. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (790) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Hey, I love Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, even Yuengling. It has nothing to do with "big and successful". It has everything to do with some of their practices. I have friends that work for Total and their business is their business; I just think that Clown Shoes could have made a wiser choice for distribution across such a diverse state as North Carolina. There aren't even any Total outlets in Asheville, so Clown Shoes misses a perfect market completely. A number of other statewide distributors could penetrate all of the nooks and crannies of retail and on-premise opportunities. Clown Shoes simply made an easy choice and sold pallets right off the bat. Building brands takes a hell of a lot more than single point distribution! Total was "smart" to sell the concept to the Clown Shoes folks. I really don't even know how it's working out for either party. What's more, I don't care. My inference was to old beer that somehow keeps sneaking around the bottom shelf. They (Total) have a tough task keeping up with their offerings. I do not envy them.
     
  37. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,502) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Had Vampire Slayer recently, was very impressed.
     
  38. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,183) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    Chocolate sombrero.
     
  39. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    Haven't tried Vampire Slayer yet, but Blaecorn Unidragon is excellent. I've actually never had a Clown Shoes beer I thought was bad, except Chocolate Sombrero and the first release of Supa Hero. When fresh, I thought Brown Angel, Eagle Claw Fist, Hoppy Feet, Galactica and Tramp Stamp were all good beers. I even enjoyed Lubrication, though it was a little thin. I thought Miracle was "meh".
     
  40. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    The Total Wine in my area started stocking Clown Shoes a few months back, and I was all excited to try Chocolate Sombrero. As I stated earlier, I thought the Hoppy Feet was more stoutish than IPA, but I honestly don't know how old those bottles were, either. Anyway, I grabbed two bottles of Chocolate Sombrero (one for me and one for my buddy). Mine was delicious. His (after sitting calmly in a beer cooler for 3 weeks) exploded all over the kitchen when he pried the cap off. Literally 3/4 of the 22 oz. bottle ended up on the kitchen floor, the walls, the counter top, and him... but mine was delish.
     
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