I try to keep this blog focused almost entirely on beer, occasionally I mix in some personal stories or something to do with Boston sports, but most of the posts are beer-centric. That doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions about other important topics, I have a number of very strong views about current events and politics. People who follow my personal Facebook page will occasionally see these opinions, mixed in with a heavy dose of pictures of my adorable 15 month old son. I just know that people can have irrationally strong opinions when it comes to politics, and the only debates I want to have on Hoppy Boston are about favorite breweries and beer styles. That being said, it’s a presidential election year and politics is seeping into everything, even the beer world. One example is Third Party Candidate, a beer re-issued by Clown Shoes Brewing Company with a new label and recipe. The new version of Third Party Candidate is an India Pale Lager that also acts as an official announcement of the presidential candidacy of their sales rep Phil “Filthy” Thomas. I’ll be interested to see how many write-in votes he gets, it might be quite a few considering the popularity (or lack thereof) of both major party candidates. Clown Shoes Third Party Candidate is available for a limited time on draft and in 22 oz. bombers.
Clown Shoes Third Party Candidate pours bright orange with a small white head. The scent is a scant mixture of floral and citrus hops. The hops lead the flavor, touches of lemon, cut grass, herbs and tangerine along with a little bitter bite. This is balanced by some light malt, notes of pale barley and white bread. Third Party Candidate is light bodied and very easy to drink, but packs a little punch at 7% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with a little lingering hop flavor. Clown Shoes Third Party Candidate is a solid beer, I personally could have used more hop aroma. Hoppy Boston score: 3.75/5.
Previous Clown Shoes Reviews:
Clown Shoes Mango, Clown Shoes The Peace That Money Can’t Buy, Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher, Clown Shoes Swagger
Interesting, I really liked the previous incarnation of this beer (think it was a big red ale?) so I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one. Cheers!