Total Score: 7.3/10
It’s been a while between drinks for me and Clown Shoes, having tried Clementine and Chocolate Sombrero back in 2014 and liking both. Well fast forward to 2017 and Galactica Double IPA popped up in my local bottle-o (Black Sheep Newmarket). I usually avoid East Coast IPAs now due to the length of time spent in transit to Australia and my 1st hand experience with ‘hop fade’ (Google it). However this Clown Shoes is in a can, and I believe cans stay fresher for longer than bottles, I’m sure there’s some sort of science behind that theory. Armed with this (fervent) belief I eagerly cracked open the can to find inside: Beer! That delicious amber fluid I suspected I would find, yay! PS: Watch this space as I am coming up to a milestone review (#950) and I always go BIG or go home for those [I chose BIG again].
Poured from a 473ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Hazy deep amber/orange body with a boisterous beige head that sits tall at an inch and remains resolute for some time before dropping back. Didn’t even give it that much of a hard pour either, just a bit of agitation… a jibe or two (“yo wort so ugly even hello kitty said goodbye” that sorta thing). 7/10.
S: Hmmm, piney, caramel, toffee, biscuits, earthy note, hint of passionfruit… yep, that there’s your standard West Coast Double IPA aroma, she’ll go from 0 to 60 (IBUs) in under 3.4 seconds, with a top IBU of around 105, whilst doing about 3-4 malts per gallon (of wort). Tasty drop that. 8/10.
T: Reminiscent of SN Torpedo and Founders Centennial, though armed with the knowledge that there was hop fade in both those brews when I originally reviewed them I’m now less impressed with this DIPA from Clown Shoes. Flavours are pretty malt forward (caramel, toffee, biscuits) with a piney/earthy hop presence, and if I close my eyes and try really hard to picture it there’s a touch of passionfruit in there as well. Finish has a medicinal herbal hop note with a medium bitterness. Little indication of the 8% ABV as well. This is a decent DIPA then. 7/10.
M: Mouthfeel could be better with peers like Founders (of course!) crushing this area, Galactica has left me wanting more with a medium body and a flat dense carbonation. 6/10.
D: Overall I might sound a bit harsh, and now spoiled by ‘hop fade’ facts and all the great beers out there now, but this is a middle-of-the-road brew from Clown Shoes, who are not known to play in the middle-of-the-road. 8/10.
Food match: Gourmet pizza – rocket, walnut, prosciutto and truffle pecorino… yeah?