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Clown Shoes Clementine

 Rating: 3.95

First Clown Shoes beer despite it being a brewery I’ve wanted to try something from for quite a while, the fact that Brewdog have recently taken delivery of several of their beers was the perfect excuse with me picking up this and another three of their beers last month. Surprisingly this one will be only my third beer from Massachusetts, the other two being Samuel Adams beers and to be honest it’s not often I actually see a beer from the state making it across the pond to the UK, the only obvious exception would be Samuel Adams Boston Lager but other than that it is really only various other beers from them, usually their summer seasonal or the like that make it as far as Scotland. I was also surprised that this  beer comes in at 6% abv., not that it’s excessive for a witbier but it is the strongest of the style that I have tried to date, although Hoegaarden Speciale doesn’t come too far behind this one really.

Clown Shoes Clementine

Appearance (4/5): Quite a light golden colour and a touch cloudy with a thumb-sized, bubbly white head on top that  reduces a little, holding about half its original size for the next couple of minutes.
Aroma (7/10): This one is quite fruity upfront with citrus notes made up predominantly of orange but with some lemon zest as well. There is also an pear and apple like aroma that is backed up with some coriander, cloves and a little wheat. There are a few light hops in the mix as well and the beer is closed with some faint yeast and a semi-sweet aroma.
Taste (8/10): Orange and wheat to begin then some lemon zest and a lot of coriander before some clove and yeast come through around the middle. The beer tastes a little sweeter than the nose indicated and some spice is present throughout, as is the faint hops from the aroma as well.
Palate (4/5): Incredibly smooth and refreshing, the beer is well-balanced throughout and goes down very easy despite the 6% abv. The beer is well-carbonated and seems quite lively giving it quite a crisp and dry finish that leave you wanting to take another drink.

Overall (17/20): This one from Clown Shoes was a beer that I really enjoyed and one that proved far too easy to drink. The fact that the taste is kept relatively simple would usually be a bad thing but it works very well in this case with the citrus fruits and orange complimenting the coriander and wheat flavours. This one tastes as a witbier should and is definitely one worth picking up.

Brewed In: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States of America
Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer
First Brewed: 2010
Type: Witbier
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.00

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  1. June 5, 2014 at 20:46

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