Saturday, December 2, 2017

Clown Shoes Josh the Guava King IPA

Beer Name: Josh the Guava King
Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer (Ipswich, MA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 16 oz. tallboy cans; 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $4.67 for 16 oz. single tallboy can

Date Canned: July 28, 2017
Date Purchased: August 12, 2017
Date Opened: August 18, 2017
When brewed? Limited-time beer.

What's on the Can/Bottle: "This label, which depicts Josh Baggett shredding a guitar in outer space as he pedals a pink training-wheeled bicycle while baby unicorns are born in his wake and the monkey on his back juggles guavas and his crown, fairly represents Josh's rigorous path promoting craft beer to TX. Josh, we love you man! Brewed with fresh guava puree, with Mosaic hops."

Where distributed: As of October 2017, Clown Shoes distributes to many states, mostly in the Midwest and East Coast. They actually distribute to Oregon, despite not having it listed in blue (as of October). See if Clown Shoes Beer ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Pours slightly hazy golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head, considerable lacing on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Definitely a tropical guava aroma. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Guava from start to finish. Very pleasing, comes as advertised. It's also easy drinking for 8%, an added bonus. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Leaves a dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. I routinely find some Clown Shoes beers in Portland, and I think they make very solid beers from the ones that I've had. Being from Hawaii, the guava reminds me of home (and yes, you can get Clown Shoes beers in Hawaii). The easy drinkability scores extra points with me. Belmont Station is traditionally on the pricier side in the Portland area, but I'm OK with the price. I'm a fan of this brewery. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.363/5

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