Clown Shoes Mangö

Reviewed by on August 26, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Clown Shoes

  • Origin: Ipswich, MA, US

  • Rated On: August 26, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Clown Shoes has a reputation of offering brews that are Imperialized, i.e. big and brassy, so this lower-test Kölsch emulation seems out of sorts for them. Oh, I see, they’re still taking the piss out of traditional German brewing methods, got it!

This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent swollen rain cloud lace around the glass as it evenly blows off.

It smells of fairly fresh pureed mango, grainy, slightly doughy pale malt, and faint floral, leafy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a sort of acrid mango peel fruitiness (like they got some of the pit in there too), some mild stony notes, a further wheat cereal sweetness, and scratchy floral, weedy, and bland citrusy hops. The carbonation is quite low and ineffective in its weakly rendered frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really taking the time to muck about here – hello? It finishes off-dry, the waning mango fruitiness contending with a stalwart grainy malt character, and some flitting hop esters of no renown.

Not a bad brew overall, however, the subtle intricacies of the Kölsch style are more or less quashed by the heady fruit guest here. Just know that, and accept it, and you can bask in the summery, fruity flavour bomb that is Mangö! (not an SNL reference, FWIW).

Brady White

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