Review: Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale

Review of Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale from Clown Shoes Brewing in Ipswich, MA.

Beer Type: White Ale  ABV: 5.9%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Clementine is Clown Shoes Beer’s Belgian style White Ale. Light-bodied and crisp, this is a terrific White Ale with plenty of zest! Hazy in appearance and healthily carbonated, it utilizes Chambly yeast to energetically shape its wheat malt base. Incorporated in the brewing process is Clementine, sweet orange peel, a hint of Coriander, and Summit hops. At a sly, easy-drinking 5.9%, Clementine is dynamic and flavorful enough to satisfy discerning craft beer palates, yet light enough to count among “sessionable” beers.”

The Reality: This beer has a bright citrusy scent and traditional white ale flavors of wheat and mild spice. These are accentuated by an extra dose of clementine that is balanced and not dominating. The tart orange notes give way to a bitter orange pith taste in the finish. The aftertaste is clean and crisp and this beer is highly carbonated, as they mentioned.

Final Verdict: There’s no false advertising here, as this beer really is a typical white ale with just a little extra clementine flavor in the background. It’s light bodied, refreshing and easy-drinking as they claim. If you’re a fan of white ales this should be right up your alley. It’s not ground-breaking or inspiring, but it’s good. I guess you can’t try to break the mold and revolutionize the industry with every new beer you make. All breweries need some classic staples in their lineup, and for a brewery that puts out as many innovative beers as Clown Shoes (see Chocolate Sombrero), this is probably one of them. Much like Starbucks still sells regular coffee (it is actually still on the menu if you look hard), as opposed to the latest Chai-Spiced Burnt Salted Caramel Pumpkinmint Latte with a pretzel crust rim.