Clown Shoes Muffin Top

So, it’s 0300 and I’m sitting here watching the news about this pending hurricane. Although I really enjoyed my time in EMS (who knows, I may go back as a volly), it’s nice just sitting here watching the tv and not being worried about getting into work. It’s really different. I remember Hurricane Irene and sleeping on the floor of my office on a stretcher mattress, praying that we didn’t lose power. Now, I get to sit here and hope that my office gets closed on Tuesday…very different. So, here’s a brew that my parents brought me back from Massachusetts that I was crazy excited to try.

ABV: 10%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hoppy Belgian-Style Tripel – ABV 10% Muffin Top combines the attributes of a Belgian Tripel with a huge burst of American hops. Intense flavors from the Belgian yeast, reminiscent of candied fruits, mix with the hop bitterness and sweet orange peel to create a unique take on a Belgian-Style ale.”

Random: Why does News 12 keep repeating the same feed? I’ll take annoying for $1000, Alex.

This one poured with a thick, three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange color with light to moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose was more Belgian than IPA. I got orange and clove with some yeast and not much bitterness. The more I sniff, the more I could infer a hint of bitterness to it. The taste was the exact opposite of the nose. It started with a lot of bitter grapefruit and hops. It ended with Belgian yeast and clove. I really liked this one. The booze was really hidden as well. The body was thinner than I was used to for the style, but it worked, especially given that the carbonation was less than expected. The finish was long and hoppy and sticky with some booze warming as well. This wasn’t as amazing as I expected, but it was a solid beer that is worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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