I believe this beer came to me by way of Derek, who left it with me with a “let me know what you think.” Well, I think. I. Love. It.
According to the bottle, this was bottled on 12/11, which makes it a bit old for an imperial IPA. It was in the beer fridge the whole time, but still… it’d be better a bit younger.
But still, it’s an amazing beer. Beautiful orange color with a nice head that clings to the side of the glass and sticks around for a while. Fresh smelling, with both pine and citrus hops on the nose. A great first taste, with a good dose of malt and a hop profile that’s consistent with the smell. The thing that blew me away is the balance… this is such a smooth drinking, balanced beer. Sure, the ABV is up there, but it’s well hidden with the hops and malt.
I can’t say why I hadn’t cracked this sooner. Maybe I just haven’t tried enough beers from the folks at Clown Shoes? Well, after Supa Hero I’m going to try a lot more of their brews.
Vitals: Served at 50F in my Portsmouth Brewing snifter. 8% ABV.
Taste: A-. Not too much not to like in this one. Looking fwd to trying a really fresh one.
Drinkability: B+. Smooth, but the ABV sneaks up on you. Take it slow.
Packaging: B. It’s an interesting design, but not much else.