Friday, November 8, 2013

Clown Shoes Galatica IPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1004) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 10/7/13 and cost $4.09 ($0.34 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark orange/copper/burgundy hue. Clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to an average sized, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Dank, resiny hops with a hint of cat pee and pine trees.

Taste: I’ve been drinking so many West Coast IPAs lately that I’ve kind of forgotten what the East Coast can do with hops. I appreciate breweries that opt for the dank, resiny, almost sticky hoppiness. Clown Shoes Galactica IPA is a great double IPA to remind you of how good these types of beer can be. It’s flavorful and well-balanced - what more do you need?

The base maltiness is rather earthy - reminding me of unsweetened tea. It has a distinct woodsy character as well - like pine sap and soft soil. Of course, I mean all that in a good way. It’s not so much bitter as it is dank. This is the complete opposite of dry bitterness, it’s almost a moist sensation. The Galaxy hops complements the malt perfectly - creating for a great duality of sweetness and bitterness. Yet, both flavor components are kept in check as the beer is not cloyingly sweet or aggressively bitter. It might actually be better categorized as a single IPA than a double, but it’s still a good beer regardless.

Drinkability: Though technically a big beer at 8% ABV, Clown Shoes Galactica IPA drinks like something much less intimidating. The mouthfeel is energetic, but not abrasive. It’s full-bodied, but crisp, and the aftertaste is a subtle combination of hop resin and malty twang. It’s not refreshing, but it is versatile enough to pair with a variety of foods or situations. 
Grade: 9/10