fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2014Minnbrewer (37) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2016
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.
Lagers reveal flavor problems more readily than ales and this one proves it. Quite frankly, American [imperial] ale hop flavors and bitterness rarely work well in lagers when used heavily....and a clown size foot packed them in here. The beer is harshly bitter and not appealing...no lager refinement here. Pass on this one. I love the several Clown Shoes Ales I have tasted, so I was hesitant to leave this review.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Surprised by how solid this beer was...bottle was 8 months old and full of dust...gotta try this one fresh...i liked it and it was old. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, dark copper color with burnt orange edges and a one finger frothy, off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Pretty good retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Very bland aroma with lager yeast notes, spicy and earthy hops, and prominent sweet malts. This beer is dry hopped with Citra and simcoe but the hop presence in the nose is almost undetectable. Slightly spicy witj very subtle grass and pine character but lacking complexity in the hop profile. Slightly floral but really boring with some sweet caramel malt, toffee and cracker-y malt.
On the fuller end of medium bodied and a bit more complex than expected. Thankfully, the hop presence is stronger and more interesting than the aroma hinted toward. Some dank,sticky bitterness with resinous oils, pine needle and grass followed by a subtle summit/onion presence before the malt backbone comes in. Sweet caramel flavor along with toffee, hazelnut, some dark fruit, biscuit and graham cracker. Well balanced, flavorful and decently drinkable. Nothing too exciting going on her but itís a interesting take on the style. cheap (5791) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Smell is a little malty but mostly hoppy. An orange brown colored beer. Nice head. Big hoppy bite. No way is this a Vienna. Do we know how to say IPL? No wonder its rated so high, its in the wrong style category! Yes, borders on IPA territory fer sure. Some co2 just barely makes it taxable. What else can be said? Just a big rude hoppy lager masquerading as Vienna, HAH big nasty surprise to my lager loving taste buds. BeerRenter76 (1004) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on6/6/14. Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel.
dmac (6198) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2015
12oz bottle from Joe Canals. Poured an unimpressive murky brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma of. Bad malts, bread, light hint of molasses, dry brown sugar. Flavor is like the aroma with some addition of super old and dry citrus rind and tonic water. arminjewell (9581) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, bread, dough, some slight yeast into a bit of grass, slight pine into a bit of orange, hints of grain. Taste was a mix of caramel, bread, dough into a bit of yeast, slight grass, some earth, finishing slightly bitter. ilovedarkbeer (2737) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Pours a reddish color with a foamy off white head. Notes of candied pineapple, citrus hops, and brown sugar. Bit thin. SWAGGGGGGGG reorulezzz8 (11) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Hands down one of the best hoppy lagers iíve had. Nice big body with great malt flavors and the hop choice was perfect. Ericular (1016) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2015
5 months old, so maybe on the edge of freshness. Pours a nice clear golden color with thin lasting head and good lacing. Aroma is earthy, spicy, bready malts. Taste is nice semi-sweet caramel and bready malts. with some hop bitterness in the background, bringing a little citrus. This is good, and Iíd like to try it fresh sometime as I imagine it would be much better.