Clown Shoes Lubrication Black Ale

Tasting: August 16, 2012
Style: Black Ale

Clown Shoes Lubrication

Clown Shoes Lubrication

Nuances are lost on me. When I cook, I tend to go a little crazy with the spices. I want and appreciate big flavors. It’s no surprise that I like hot, spicy and salty food for this reason. Tell me that there’s an underlying nuttiness to the brown rice, I reach for the red hot sauce to kick it up. Same goes with beer and it’s turned me into a beer snob. With so much selection, just looking at the alcohol by volume (ABV) on the label usually will tell me whether I should buy a beer. I make this pre-judgment that under 7% ABV and it’ll be underwhelming in flavor or just watery. A high ABV is a result of lots of fermentable sugars and probably a result of using more solids in brewing. It’s like a using more lemonade powder makes a stronger lemonade.

I was a little torn about picking up this beer when I was in Delaware. On the plus side, I’ve heard a lot about Clown Feet and I can’t buy it in New Jersey but, the ABV comes in below my new snob ABV threshold of 7% (this one is 6%). I guess the forbidden fruit nature of this wins out because here I am with a chilled bottle of Lubrication.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a little about the brewery name. From the brewery’s website: Clown Shoes has come to mean a lot to me on a lot of levels. Clowns are questionable but the shoes make me laugh. They remind me about humility and to find humor in life. Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. We hope you enjoy the beers.

Really well put. I’ll have to drop my own pretense and approach this one with an open mind. About the name, Clown Shoes Lubrication. According to the label, you should get your mind out of the gutter as they mean “social lubrication” which means people getting together to unwind. I’ve never heard of it but, I’ve been out of the hip-loop for some time.

Clown Shoes Lubrication pour is very active with a massive head with big bubbles over a dark brown body. Weird plastic aroma mixed in with some roasted grain. First sip, fizzy and pretty solid with that roasted flavor – grains and coffee. Still has that off plastic flavor and really no hop quality for what’s supposed to be a black IPA. I’ll commend them for breaking my stereotype because this one isn’t watery at all. It is full of flavor. Unfortunately, it’s one dimensional says the snob — 78 points says the slob.

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