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Clown Shoes Swagger is a liquid strut, a summertime quaff with attitude, a crisp red lager dry hopped with Simcoe and Citra. Perfect for a barbecue or a picnic at the beach, as well as to pacify your inner peacock.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fishonmyplane (469) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2014
A light-bodied, slightly hoppy amber lager. Caramel malt, roasted/burnt malt and citrus hops. Sort of a hybrid style of beer. Flavor is a little too light - needs more swagger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1363) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2014
A very nice amber beer, with a hoppy nature. A bit thin on the tongue is the only bad thing. But actually an excellent beer. Sweet and hoppy. Hoppy aroma, and all in all very balanced. A very excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keanex (1493) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottled August 21, 2014.
Glass: Dogfish Head signature glass.
Appearance: Clear reddish amber body with a tall and frothy light tan head. It’s a beautiful looking beer.
Aroma: Hints of bready and caramel malts with a matching orange, grapefruit, mango and pine hop aroma. Really nicely balanced and very pleasant.
Taste: Wow! Sweet bready and caramel malts are slightly outmatched by a mild bitterness and big hop flavor of pine, mango, orange, and that dank Simcoe finish. This is quaffable as fuck, I’d drink it every day after work.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderate to highly carbonated.
Overall: Stellar fucking beer. This is infinitely quaffable. I love the mild hop skew here to an otherwise excellent Vienna lager. The price is right too. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
closey22 (935) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Red amber thick foamy lacy lasting offwhite head; aroma is of hops and mild grain; Flava is rich of hops but mellowly bitter some notes of tea; feels medium foamy slight fizz bite; finishes tangy and hoppy slight bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (227) - HONG KONG - JUN 8, 2014
From Bottle Shop. Pours a very cloudy amber-brown with wet bubbly off-white head and legs. Smells of sweet nutty malt, wet grass, juicy hop. Tastes crisp but not sharp - body is where this seems like a red lager and not a red ale. Sharp acidity/spice with piney hop. Less malt than in the aroma. Looks and smells terrific; taste is good and drinkable but less interesting. Would get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (284) - HONG KONG - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle from Bottle Shop at home. Opaque dark amber pour. Thin foamy head. Lager-y juicy hops aroma with a bit of nutty maltiness. Really interesting flavors - great juicy citrus hops (Simcoe?), citrus bitterness, mild nutty finish. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bittersweet slight roasted smell. Brown amber color light head. Hop bitter front over whelmed by a roasted malt finish. Left with a sticky coal, bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (3953) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle: Pours cloudy amber with a huge tan head. Caramel, tea-leaf aroma. Earthy, leafy hops and caramel taste. Slightly medicinal bitter alongside earthy hops. Ok....but not overly memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1330) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark red colored body. The aroma is a dank lemon and grapefruit and wet hay, all the in the best way. The taste has a strong lemon bitterness upfront, loaded of malt in the background, but it’s a hoppy beer. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1224) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.89 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: Pretty red/maroon hue with brown highlights. Carbonation visible through a hazy body. Pours to a large, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Clean, hoppy aroma of citrus plus some bready maltiness.

Taste: You don’t see too many breweries doing an amber lager these days, though Clown Shoes Swagger is hardly to traditional specifications, anyway. Stronger than your average red lager in terms of malts, hops, and overall body. Distinct bready malts up front, slightly sweet but nowhere near cloying. Followed by a strong hop presence of light pine and some orange citrus flavor. Slightly dry on the finish, though it complements the rest of the palate. I’d venture to guess this particular bottle was old (hence the importance of freshness dates!), but there’s still plenty of flavor to taste here. Enjoyable to be sure, though not quite as impressive as the other offerings from the brewery.

Drinkability: Billed as a “hoppy red lager,” Clown Shoes Swagger drinks more like an amber ale. The mouthfeel is bigger in body than most lagers; as well as softer, smoother and calmer. It goes down quite easily and leaves just a slightly dry, albeit tolerable, aftertaste. The 6% ABV weight seems dead on, though the beer is too big to session, but would work well with food.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
giancarloh (53) - - MAY 2, 2014
For a lager beer it has a really good taste and it keeps his name as it is a red beer very good another success for clown shoes

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