Happy news beer lovers! Clown Shoes Galactica is on the shelves again. That being the case, I thought it a good idea to drink my bottle that’s been dwelling in the depths of one of my DBRs (Dedicated Beer Refrigerators) since shortly after July of 2013. Yes, I know the current crop of purists will assail me for ageing an IPA, but to paraphrase Yukon Cornelius, you drink what you like and I’ll drink what I like.
I do like the way flavors evolve over time, and to me as IPAs and DIPAs get older their citric notes tend to go from grapefruity to orangey. That was the case here anyway as we shall soon see. Just for fun, though, I think I’ll seek out a fresh bottle and compare.
From the label:
Galactica, a hop staff wielding heroine, patrols in karate kick mode through the heavens. Her mission: cosmic combat to promote good beer. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops, a clean malt backbone enhances the dark and luscious IPA flavors.
Clown Shoes Galactica has an alocohol contnent of 8% by volume and runs $9.99 a 4-pack at Total Wine here in Georgia. This was the second Galaxy hopped beer I enjoyed back to back after a can of Ska Rudie Session IPA.
Clown Shoes Galactica pours to a bright orange color with a moderate head of creamy white foam and a juicy orange citrus nose. Taking a sip, the beer has a moderate caramel maltiness up front followed by orange and pineapple hop notes then bitter grapefruit and resiny pine. The beer finishes quite bitter but not as bitter as I expected. Smooth and remarkably drinkable for an 8% beer, it does warm with alcohol at the last and display some peppery hops there too. I get a tea-like aroma from the dry hopping.
This is very tasty and a beer I’d certainly buy again, though not as often at the price.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.