Clown Shoes Debut’s Eagle Claw Fist To Outstanding Reviews
A release party was held on August 16th at Deep Ellum’s in Alston, Massachusetts. Eagle Claw Fist, like its predecessors, is available in 22 oz “bomber” bottles, as well as sixth barrel and ½ barrel kegs.
At its base, Eagle Claw Fist uses Canadian Two Row, English Crystal, and a little Black Patent malt to provide a sweet, balanced backbone and healthy amber color. The unique hop profile is a result of the perfect marriage between Simcoe, Centennial, and Citra hops. The Simcoe and Centennial hops work together to provide the bitter side of the beer (it weighs in at over 100 IBU’s!), while the Citra hops provides aromas of tropical fruits. The same Chico yeast that shaped Eagle Claw Fist’s sister beers (Hoppy Feet and Brown Angel) is utilized.
Eagle Claw Fist provides an intense bitterness that manages to leave your mouth in one piece and is harmonized by flavors of tropical fruits and flowers. Basically it has the power and grace of a Shaolin Monk. Eagle Claw Fist is best served chilled rather than cold to allow the bitterness more time to mellow.
Clown Shoes Beer continues to show respect to what craft beer should be with its small batch, artisan approach. All four beers have gotten tremendous reviews from both casual drinkers to the hardcore craft beer fanatics. Hoppy Feet Black IPA, the brand’s flagship, was released in January 2010 to great reviews. Expectations were high as Brown Angel (a hoppy double brown ale) and Clementine (a Belgian Wit) were released in the spring and summer, respectively. With the arrival of Eagle ClawFist for the fall Clown Shoes has cemented itself as one of the new breweries to keep an eye on in New England. A multi-state expansion is underway as well as several new beers that will continue to push the craft beer boundaries. Breaking Clown Shoes news can be found on their Twitter (@clownshoesbeer) or Facebook (Clown Shoes Beer) accounts.