Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.14/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up the other day in Totowa, not having a beer from Clown Shoes in quite some time. With all of the Black IPA's out there now, I thought that this would get lost in the shuffle but this was enjoyable and pretty easy to drink, once I let the voluminous head settle down after a while.
No doubt that the pour and appearance were the best aspects of this beer, not that the other features weren't enjoyable either. The head had to be the thickest that I've ever seen for anything out of a bottle that I've emptied into a pint glass, as the bubbles rapidly filled up to the top and didn't quit for quite some time. It was like an ice cream float squared as the tan, creamy suds stuck around for a while, nearly looking solid in nature. The beer itself was quite dark with garnet edges and a good amount of carbonation to boot. Not a strong aroma to this but there was some dark fruit and a toasted maltiness to this. Both of those were found in the taste as well, along with some dark bread and dry, earthy hops that subtly shone through in the back. The IBU's were just right and this came across as a Schwarzbier of sorts to me, but just a bit stronger that a typical one would be.
This had booze for sure but it didn't detract from the taste of this beer and I could only feel a slight warming once I polished this off. The recessed dark fruit tones were enhanced licorice sweetness that tied everything together, without making this seem artificial or not true to style. There's a lot to like here and as this warmed up, it grew nicely on me. A good take on the style that's easy to enjoy year-round and possibly, the best current offering from Clown Shoes.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 08:25:50 | More by JerzDevl2000
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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
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
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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