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Gregg Berman always dreamed of running away to the circus, but he also had a powerful thirst, so it only made sense to combine these two desires into a carnival of small batch brewing called Clown Shoes. Berman brewed the first of his beers in 2009 and the thirsty beer drinkers of Boston hailed its arrival. On the heels of this success, Berman joined forces with Dan Lipke, who became the Head Brewer. Together they grew the production from 700 to 1500 barrels annually, and within two years their beer had broken out of the confines of Massachusetts. In 2017 they joined with Mass. Bay Brewing to bring their beer production up to a national level - now you’ll find them creeping into a cooler near you. Five beers remain on the slate year-round, with over a dozen beers rotating through their limited release schedule. The Space Cake is a Double IPA, chalked full of juicy tropical fruit flavour and aromas. A sweet malt foundation combines with raw hop power for a bold beer. Serves well at 8°C and should be enjoyed right away.

How it looks

Pours a deep gold, almost amber colour with a clear body and light carbonation. A thick pad of fluffy head out of the can really sticks to the top of this beer and the glass.

How it smells

Fairly mild nose despite the hype of double IPA – muddled tropical fruit, a sharp edge of citrus zest and lighter aroma of the flesh, and a strong pine resin aroma from the hops.

How it tastes

There’s a lot going on in this beer and you may find you need a few tastes to sort it all out. Take your time and let it rest on the tongue to get a clearer picture. The citrus zest is stronger on the palate than the nose, and combines with the tropical fruit notes, although they never sharpen up to a specific fruit. As it warms the hops really kick into gear and a strong bitter note chops off the fruit. Strong pine flavour takes the taste into a lingering bitterness before it leaves, with a slightly dry finish.

Recommended food pairing

Big pine notes will do well with Sweet Potato Fries with garlic dip. Or get into street tacos with cabbage and carrot slaw.

Clown Shoes Space Cake

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