Monday, December 12, 2016
Clown Shoes Mango American Kolsch
Um... Welcome Back, Clown Shoes to the Miami market! We used to have dozens of beers from this brewery here at super reasonable prices. I used to think the awesome label art was a gimmick to buy the beers but quickly found out the product was legit too!
Anyway, originally a Total Wine "Brewery Direct" option, these guys are returning with a more traditional distributor middle man approach, a little more pricey and definitely more limited options. Probably what they were going for right!?!
Today I'm checking out Mango American Kolsch. Honestly, I can't understand the Crunkle Sam story on the neck label, something about bastardizing, and I really don't get the Barleywine mention at all. I think it has something to do with not following the German purity laws and adding in some Mangoes to the mix! The label art is awesome as usual! 5.5% alcohol.
Sweet mango aroma. Crackery malty flavors to start with some floral hoppy balance. Sweet mango washes over the palate, juicy but not overdone. Maybe a hint of honey. Just enough bitterness and spicy nips at the palate to bring the sweetness into check. Nice beer.