Tonight I will be checking out an American Double IPA from Clown Shoes called Space Cake, which has 9% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). I had a sample of this beer not too long ago with a few work buddies, but tonight will be the first time I sit down with a bottle of my own.
Clown Shoes Space Cake is a copper colored beer, a fair amount of haze, with a medium sized, bubbly cream colored head.
Resinous hops stand out in the nose, complemented with citrus and floral notes, with some caramel malts in the background.
Toasty and caramel malts start off the taste, hints of lighter fruity esters in the transition, with the hops taking center stage. Starting floral and citrus, grapefruit, with a touch of pine and a lingering resinous bitterness in the finish. Alcohol does provide a bit of warming spice. Medium bodied, smoothly carbonated, with a touch of lingering sweetness intertwined in the bitter aftertaste.
Clown Shoes Space Cake could probably be fermented just a touch cooler, as the alcohol does provide a bit more spice than I would hope for, but overall it is brimming with nice hop flavor. A lot of IPAs and Double IPAs have a pretty basic malt profile, but this beer adds some complexity through that department as well. Overall Space Cake should please any hop head in search of their next fix.
Clown Shoes Space Cake : B+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz