Kudos to the marketing gurus at Clown Shoes… When I saw the advertisement for this beer a month or two before the beer came out, I knew I had to try this one! I mean… Space… Cake… a DIPA… What’s not to love?!? The question was, would the beer hold up to the sweet ass label? Read on to find out!
Space Cake pours a nice slightly hazy dark orange amber color. It has easily a one finger, off-white head that has excellent lacing and really nice retention.
When I first lifted the glass to check out the nose on Space Cake, the first thing I noticed is Mosaic hops galore, or as I’ve heard them called, Citra on steriods! Tons of citrus, as well as some other tropical fruits hit me in the nose quickly followed by a caramel maltiness. There is definitely a sweetness to the malts, the hops still win out here, but I can see why they threw cake in the name. To be clear though, it’s not overly sweet. I’m especially not a fan of sweet beers, and I could drink this one anytime.
Big hop flavors up front, and much stronger than I thought it would be based on the nose. I also get a ton of citrus and tropical fruit. The malt is nice, has a sweetness to it, but isn’t overpowering. The 9% ABV wasn’t really noticeable after I poured the beer from the refrigerator, but as I was sitting outside on a warm day, the alcohol quickly became more obvious as the beer warmed.
The mouthfeel on Space Cake is full-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit of sticky sweet resin, and a somewhat dry finish. Space Cake goes down much easier than it should for a 9% ABV.