Josh the Revelator by Clown Shoes brewing

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Josh the Revelator by Clown Shoes brewing is a 10.2% Double India Pale Ale Dry hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Ella hops.

Label:
We feel this label, which depicts Josh Baggett shredding a bridge building guitar in space as a he pedals a pin training-wheeled bicycle while baby unicorns are born in his wake, fairly represents Josh’s rigourous path promoting craft beer to Texas. Josh, we love you man! Dry hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Ella hops.

==Introduction==

Exclusive to Texas, I was able to bring this brew to the website thanks to my friend and fellow reviewer Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. Clown Shoes has been very good to our states providing certain exclusive beers to certain markets and since we are able find these, the opportunity to send each other the beers helps so that this way you can decide if you will do the search for the beer yourself. This beer was in tribute to one of their reps, Josh Baggett who lives and sells Clown Shoes in Texas. Some good stuff and definitely something I would like to try from Clown Shoes. Cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit peaches, apples, tangerine gummy bears, tropical fruit like dragon fruit, papaya, kiwi, honey dew melon, strawberries, passion fruit, prickly pear, papaya, guava, wild flower honey, grapefruit, piney, grassy and mildly herbal hops, caramel, biscuit bread, toffee, orange peel and vanilla.

Flavors:
Rich wild flower honey, caramel, biscuit bread, toffee, old oranges, orange peel, grapefruit, piney, grassy and mildly herbal hops, tropical fruit like dragon fruit, papaya, kiwi, honey dew melon, strawberries, passion fruit, prickly pear, papaya, guava, stone fruit peaches, apples, tangerine gummy bears, raspberry notes and mild strawberries

Aftertaste:
Finishes with a candied orange notes, tropical and stone fruit hints, earthy, piney and grapefruit hops. No alcohol in the despite the ABV, Golden Amber honey full body, silky, crisp, refreshing and rich mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very good DIPA showcasing many of the flavors that I enjoy from Double IPAs like tropical fruits and citrucy hops. It is a limited release IPA but in case you don’t get a chance to try it, there are many other nice IPAs. It was difficult for me to differentiate it from other IPAs I have tried. I guess the strongest notes of like strawberry were some flavors that were outstanding. I recommend this one for sure if you can get it but there are other great IPAs out there.

Anime Corner:
Mioda Ibuki from Super Danganropa 2 was used in this pairing to pair with the colors of the label representing Josh as he uses his guitar and other musical instruments to make some awesome music flow like the flavor of this IPA to the taste buds as music would for the ears. Some deep IPA stuff.

Sources:
http://i.imgur.com/tbFxW8J.jpg
http://static.zerochan.net/Mioda.Ibuki.full.1798834.jpg

Ground Control by Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ground Control by Ninkasi Brewing Company is a 10% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with Oregon Hazelnuts, Star Anise, Cocoa Nibs and Ale Yeast Sent Into Space!

Label:
NSP (Ninkasi Space Program)
Born from a relentless pursuit for innovation, this limited release Ninkasi Space Program beer is brewed with yeast that went into space and back.

Seven years after we started brewing in Oregon, we decided the sky was not the limit. One year, two rockets and
countless lab hours later, we successfully launched a payload of brewer’s yeast into outer space with the help of rocket
scientists. After a much awaited return to Earth, the mission of creating space beer is now complete.

Ground Control boldly combines local and out-of-this-world ingredients. This rich, complex Imperial Stout is brewed
with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back.
Mankind will enjoy the sweet finesse of this beer that only fares better with time.

Beer Stats
• Name: Ground Control
• Style: Imperial Stout
• Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, Draft
• Enjoyed Since: 2015
• Date Available: April 13, 2015
• OG: 1100
• IBU: 80
• ABV: 10.0%
• Malt: 2-Row Pale, Black, Chocolate, Munich, Crystal, Honey,
Special Roast, Peated
• Hops: Apollo, Bravo, Comet
• Special Ingredients: Oregon Hazelnuts, Star Anise, Cocoa Nibs
http://nsp.ninkasibrewing.com/assets/Press/NSP-Ground-Control-Fact-Sheet-0326.pdf

==Introduction==

The Metroid/Yeast is in captivity… The Galaxy Hops are at peace [Since they were not included]… To boldly go where no yeast has gone before… and new hope in brewing, from the dark side with the force of space… The Final Frontier!! I bring forth, a brew from none like any other… a brew who’s yeast took a long field trip into space and has returned, brewed and tells a store. The space alien colony that has fermented this dark liquid brings forth a flavor from its new explorations. Whether this is a gimmick or not, Space and SciFi fans rejoice! Let’s explore the darkness of eternal ether… get ready to Blast off!!

Aromas:
Rich dark chocolate, coffee notes, mocha, anise, molasses, licorice, vanilla, caramel, tobacco hints, mint chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, oreo cookies, rich cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, oak notes, pecan pie, walnuts, earthy hop notes, dragon fruit notes, toffee, cinnamon, candi sugar, rock candy, star burst hints, chocolate abuelita, rye bread, tobacco, leather, and banana notes.

Flavors:
Rich Dark chocolate, clove spice, anise, mint chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, oreo cookies, rich cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, oak notes, mild bourbon notes, vanilla, caramel, smokey notes, rich dark fruit raisins, plums, dark cherries, rich coffee notes, mocha, hazelnut nectar, peanut butter hints, pecan pie, walnuts, earthy hop notes, dragon fruit notes, toffee, cinnamon, candi sugar, rock candy, star burst hints, chocolate abuelita, rye bread, tobacco, leather, banana notes, phenolic notes, stone fruit apricots, coriander spice, ginger bread notes and espresso.

Aftertaste:
Rich dark fruits, hazelnut nectar, mocha coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, anise, molasses, earthy notes, vanilla and caramel linger for while. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV, Pitch Black Hole body, Silky, syrupy, smooth, creamy and velvety mouth feel, easy to drink despite the ABV.

Overall:
Exceeding my expectations for beer. This really reminded me of the W00tSt0ut from Stone but also like Black Xantus but then also has some hidden Belgian Stout characters in there. The beer is delicious regardless of balance or what not. It is freaking way more than what the ABV shows it almost with a Dark Lord syrupy mouth feel. You can almost cut this one like you would a dessert. Is it worth the 20$ just to say you had a beer made in Space? Maybe, but I would really want to see what from what I tasted in the flavors actually contributed from it’s space voyage! I’m sure “Gravity” (ABV/Sugar measurements) has drastically changed due to a change in thinning atmosphere and low gravity. Who knows, but I really damn well enjoyed this one regardless.

Anime Corner:
Samus Aran from Metroid , the bad ass space bounty hunter is back to represent some space black gold here. When it comes to space and adventuring the universe, not many characters come close to space exploration like Samus does, (except maybe KOS-MOS) but to get to the real nitty gritty of space, Samus does it. Her colors as well as her Varia Space suit go well with complimenting the colors and the label of the beer. She has successfully gone to space and back on many missions. The vial colony of yeast can be represented in the baby metroid she brought to the space station in Super Metroid for the SNES. So yeah, pretty bad ass.

Sources:
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http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/170/4/7/samus_by_jimbo0311-d542a9j.jpg
http://freezeex.deviantart.com/art/Samus-Badass-Bounty-Hunter-411542716