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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009)
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Reviews by GoldHorde:
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second CLOWN SHOES offering from Mercury Brewing in Ipswich MA is their Black IPA. I have had a handful of Black IPA's - some of which I have reviewed here - and I am certainly a NOVICE to this style in my own consideration.

THIS particular brew rings the bells of what I first expected in the category pf "Black IPA": namely an IPA style (highly hopped) straddling the category with STOUT. I think the category would make more sense as a "hopped stout" rather than a black IPA but, nonetheless, THIS beer DEFINES the category the BEST so far. It has all the aggressiveness of an IPA with the smoky, creamy charm and appearance of the STOUT.

WELL DONE Mercury! I think this beer should define the category...course, I'm far from done in sampling this style - BUT for now CLOWN SHOES BLACK INDIA PAL ALE holds the crown of Black IPA.

A = Opaque dark brown with a tan head and medium lacing
S = Definitely more STOUT than IPA at the SNOUT - only a hint of citrus hop
T = Smoky coffee STOUT with the familiar IPA hop kick and afterburn
M = Creamy

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 03:25:24 | More by GoldHorde
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass, it has a jet black color body with a thick cream head. The smell has a roasted malt aroma to it. The taste has a dark chocolate and roasty ness to it, I get a little hop on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is good and overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 01:55:13 | More by chefhatt
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aslamm75

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-23-2014 01:12:37 | More by aslamm75
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wildcatboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-22-2014 21:21:44 | More by wildcatboy
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled Jan. 9 2014 and served moderately chilled.

Pours an opaque brownish-black colour with crimson highlights under the light. Seated atop the liquid is just under two fingers of creamy, light tan-coloured froth that manages to retain cohesion for a good 5+ minutes before eventually fading into a messy cap and collar. Beautiful lace. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, raisins and grapefruit, with a hint of pine resin and booze in the background. About what I expect from this style.

Not bad at all, though I think this one's age is starting to show. Lots of dark, roasted malt flavours come through initially - toasted bread, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate the foremost among them. Citrusy notes of grapefruit pith and some resiny pine bitterness begin to seep through toward the finish, culminating in an interesting finish that combines roasted malts, bitter resin and mild ethanol warmth. The resiny bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a decent bite to distract you from the astringency.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Certainly one of the better black ales I've had in recent memory. While I am enjoying this glass of Hoppy Feet, the beer itself is pushing 7 months of age and I am inclined to believe that the hop profile has suffered as a result. Considering both of those facts, I'll more than likely revisit this one at some point when I find a younger bottle, and adjust the score accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 17:12:30 | More by thehyperduck
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-21-2014 13:33:50 | More by harsley
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2014 00:04:33 | More by LoudRed
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-19-2014 22:19:29 | More by Bwagner1122
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.6%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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AngryPenguinBrewCo

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: poured into pint glass from a 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a foamy 2 finger head which dissipates to a half inch ring and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Black with an amber hue.

S: Smells of dark malts, leather, and resin.

T: Dark fruit, leather, sweet dark malts and coffee with some bitter pine on the back of the palate. Enough booze, enough IBUs and plenty of character.

M: Excites the mouth with with carbonation, dark malts coat the tongue without being cloying.

My first black IPA, the style is complex and interesting. This was like drinking a Black and Tan made from a porter and an IPA, delicious and worth the experience!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 03:23:01 | More by AngryPenguinBrewCo
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.