Zebra Jon

American Double IPA Clown Shoes Beer


Zebra Jon American Double IPA by Clown Shoes Beer

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Zebra Jon is an American Double IPA brewed by Clown Shoes Beer, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.


The IPA pours a hazy, golden orange with a thick cap of white foam that offers nice retention. Patches of sticky lace cling to the glass as the head recedes.


A pleasant aroma features a scent of tropical fruits and a hint of pine. A touch of booze appears in the nose as the beer warms.


The palate opens a touch tart with a juicy blend of tropical fruits and citrus. The label mentions the use of pink guava and mango and that’s certainly possible. Mosaic hops then power the bite for this brew, bringing notes of grass and pine to the middle before finishing with an earthy and herbal taste. A relatively high ABV is masked generally well.


Mouthfeel has a medium body and moderate carbonation.


Zebra Jon gets high marks for its aroma and appearance. Hopheads will certainly appreciate the palate’s ample bite but its transition to herbal hops nearly turns medicinal.

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About the American Double IPA

Also known as an Imperial IPA, the American Double IPA is a stronger and higher hopped version of the American IPA. The style originated in the 1990s when craft breweries wanted to provide a more intense offering to hopheads. The DIPA has more hop bitterness than Strong Ales and Barleywines but has less alcohol.