Rating: 4.05

The second of four beers from Clown Shoes Beer that I picked up from the Brewdog online shop now, this one a double IPA from the brewery to follow on from their fairly enjoyable Clementine witbier that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. This was a beer that I was surprised to be able to pick up in the UK as it is not one of the usual suspects of Clown Shoes beers that can be found of various other online shops such as Beers of Europe, so I was pleasantly surprised when Brewdog started selling this one and for a reasonable price too; most of their beers of other sites come in somewhere in the region of £10, albeit for a bomber sized bottle. Seeing as summer is fast approaching, I was in two minds about keeping this one until I could enjoy it outside in the sun but in the end I opted to drink it quite fresh and thankfully it proved to be a good decision.

Appearance (4/5): A bright and fairly clear looking amber colour  with a large, two and a half centimetre tall head that is creamy looking and white. The head holds quite well with plenty of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass as it settles and the surface remains covered for the duration.
Aroma (8/10): Fruity with strong pine resin coming through along with some tropical fruits that includes some grapefruit, orange and a little citrus with some caramel as well and to a lesser extent some floral notes.
Taste (8/10): Bitter and hoppy initially with the grapefruit and citrus from the nose coming through strong. There is some caramel and touches of citrus as well, with some malts come through and whilst it is definitely American is style it isn’t quite as hop filled as I had been expecting but it’s still a great tasting beer.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and bitter with a medium bodied and similar carbonation. There is a great balance to this one with touches of sweetness coming through in places and the finish is a crisp and slightly dry.

Overall (17/20): Another very good Clown Shoes offering, this one tasted even better than the first from the brewery that I tried, Clementine. The taste was very American IPA in style with plenty of bitterness and tropical fruit notes but one of the best things about this one was how well it managed to hide the alcohol content of the beer because you really couldn’t tell this one was an 8% abv. beer; it was so easy to drink and as a result it almost seemed more like a regular, American IPA than a double. Either way, it is a very nice beer and one that is well worth picking up if you get the chance.

Brewed In: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States of America
Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer
First Brewed: 2013
Full Name: Clown Shoes Galactica IPA
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Price: £3.50

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