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Music & Beer: Clown Shoes Clementine 1.5

Posted: 06/23/2013 By: Nick Bailey

Clown Shoes Clementine 1.5

It’s still summer, it’s still hot, and I’m still thirsty. The huge bright Sun isn’t doing me any favors. This weekend when I was doing some “home improvements,” and PBR wasn’t cutting it, I had to grab something new. When all else fails, there are a few breweries I can always count on, Clown Shoes is one of them. So buying a bottle of Clementine 1.5, a double White Ale, wasn’t that much of a risk. Now White Ales, or Witbiers, are not my favorite and I usually try to avoid the style, but a friendly face at Hop City inspired me to try this one.

As with all Clown Shoes beers, the label on my 22 oz. bomber is cool. The orange sunset, the blossoming clementine tree with of course clown shoes at the roots, and a single citrus fruit on the grassy hill are very pleasing to the eye. Oh, and if you didn’t know, the labels on their beers are removable stickers. Okay, on to the beer, the look of this brew is very different compared to my typical brews of choice. Hazy, and golden, with a quickly fading white head, this beer looks a lot like orange juice. Don’t be worried with the sediment settling on the bottom of the glass, that’s just yeast. Now, the aroma, I detected strong citrusy orange notes, with hints of wheat. Yeast and a slight alcohol scent were also there. The flavor was a little more complex. Tart and acidic, I can taste orange, but there’s more. This beer is spicy, really spicy. Not like habaneros, but more like ground white pepper. Of course, there was that generous bready, wheat like flavor typically found in this style. The beer was a little heavier and creamier than I would have expected. At 8%, this is the heavy weight sister beer of the standard Clementine White Ale. I did enjoy this beer, I liked it a lot for the style, but I’m going to give it a 6.5 out of 10. If I were a fan of Witbiers, I probably would have gone higher. White Ale loving vegans, you are safe with this one.  

This beer further proves my opinion of Clown Shoes. If I don’t love one of their beers, I’m sure I’ll at least like it. This rose of a beer fits right in with their other offerings. So next time you’re making some improvements to the house, or contemplating a new addition, don’t be afraid to try something new. Craft beer and music are great ways to do just that. Check out some new bands right here on the site, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. 

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