Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,348 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,348
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 78
Gots: 209 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bottled first week of February, 2011.
In a pint glass the beer the beer was a black color with a thick tan head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some sticky lace.
Very fresh, outdoors aroma. Floral. Sweet chocolate. Some peppery hops.
Taste starts off with some caramel chocolate, then some piney hops. Grapefruit next, which builds in intensity. At the end, we're back to caramel and chocolate.
Nice smooth mouthfeel.
To my mind, this is the embodiment of a black IPA, kind of the best of both worlds.

Photo of REIFICATION
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber bought in Somerville. Had straight from the bomber, no time for pouring into a glass. I can still tell it has quite a nice foam head, and a very dark color, precise analysis of shades and tints unnecessary. Whiff of both hops and malts, exactly what you want in a black IPA. Same goes for taste, both a nice malt flavor, not too choclatey closer to nutty, and the hops leave a citrus note and are not over powering. Not overpowering on either stout or IPA qualities, I'd say almost a 50/50 blend of a standard nutty stout and a citrusy IPA. It works well. This is a great black IPA! regularly available and is of high quality. If you are into black IPA's this is one you can put in the books as one you can rely on.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

The hops provide an impressive head, not pitch black, though certainly dark enough for the style. Soft resin hop nose builds to piney, minty and ruby red grapefruit heights--combined with brownie batter and a faint alcohol there's a complex aroma. Very lush and creamy body; a pleasure to sip. Hoppiness is bold but not too aggressive, though the bit- terness does come on strong. Dark chocolate and toasted bread graininess displays a great base. Some yeast and fruiti- ness in the back are covered for the most part by the blanket of piney citric hop flavor. East Coast flexing its muscles.

Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, opaque, tall tan head, leaves a good bit of lacing. Low carbonation as far as I could tell by tilting glass.

S - Roasted malt followed by a bit of chocolate then some citrus hop notes.

T - The malt takes the front seat in this beer, lots of roasted and chocolate flavors. The first second had me thinking porter but then the citrus hop flavors start to come through, but never take over.

M - Moderate body, a bit of acidic bite from the roasted malt. Hope notes at end keep it feeling fresh.

O - A nice black IPA, will enjoy again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/21/13. Pours dark brown with a big pillowy tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and a little fruit with some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts and a little fruit and coffee with a big bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good black IPA. A bit too much roast and tarry notes.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very similar to stones sublimely self righteous

The look is dark brown with a thick thick tan head

The aroma sweet to start it is hops that speak the loudest. Citrus and spicy hops love it

The beer starts with a sweet malt it quickly becomes light in the tongue but hops take over, spicy and citrus pair to a dry slight roasted finish leaving a big bitter on the tongue

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, Ma.

No freshness info to be had.

Pours black, mocha head that lifts and stays, leaves better then average high sheeting and wild lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate and citrus in the nose.

Flavorful offering. Black malts, more dark chocolate, lite coffee, super dry with citric hops/grapefruit crashing the party. Very nice, complex, bold and well worth seeking out and enjoying.

Photo of ElSid
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness Date: None

A: Black with deep brown highlights. The head is fluffy and tan, spreading in sheets of microbubbles on the glass.

S: The scent is surprisingly sweet sporting strong notes of caramel, cocoa, and brown sugar. There are also hints of espresso and earth.

T: Smooth and sweet with nice malt complexity. The sweetness is the cornerstone comprised of cocoa nibs, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The is also some toasted grain which transitions to a mild bitterness that is predominately earthy with a touch of citrus zest, flowers and pine. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth and creamy with faint to moderate carbonation. The soft feels synergism with the sweet palate culminates to a chocholate milk like experience.

O: An enjoyable dark brew but in the end lacked the hop feel and complexity of a great black IPA.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: citrus hops and a touch of malt

Taste: a bit of malt, citrus hops, and a touch of dark chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, bitter with a slightly sweet end, light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice surprise. This is complex but still hits the hops I look for in an IPA very well. It has some dark malt which balance out the hops well. I like it and could have two or three.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is full of piney hops, as well as a good dose of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a lot of bitter chocolate and burnt malt notes, with some pine from the hops also mixed in. The bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.51/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark brown with hints of dark ruby, a small business town head. Nose is a bit off, it's malty and a bit astringent and just not exciting.

The taste has an iron flavor along with some light astringency, there is a light hop bite on the finish. The Mouthfeel is fairly thick and rich but it's just not an impressive beer.

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Brilliant deep dark beown with a 1” light tan foam cap that produces light lace. Smell: Smells like a light chocolate cola with races of hops. Taste: Very creamy palate chocolate, cola, anise – the hops give the chocolate a bittersweet character. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium carbonation, fine and soft, creamy.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "bottled the middle of april" on the label (about 3 1/2 months old).

pours out pretty much black, but when held to the light reveals some dark ruby red. big 2 fingers of creamy, almost velvety light tan colored head. very nice retention and some good sticky lace.

in the aroma, lots of woody and piney hops, some roasted malt with maybe a touch of caramel.

woody, piney and citrus hops mingle with a very nice roasted, caramel malt. maybe a little cocoa in there. lots of sharp piney bitterness in the finish, almost leaves a slight bitter aspirin aftertaste in your mouth.

medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel.

overall, a solid black ale, not a huge fan of the style, but this has to be one of the better ones out there. definatly worth a try and im looking forward to hoppy feet 1.5

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Nearly black in color with a quickly forming, moderately sized brown head that leaves spots of lace down the glass. Very nice for the style.

The aroma is mostly of roasted and dark malt with a bit of floral hop character. Nicely aromatic, and appropriate for the style, though this leans further to the stout side of the spectrum than the IPA side.

The hops are nearly lost in the flavor with the roasted and dark malt characteristics dominating--good thing they're quite tasty. There's a lingering aftertaste of coffee that lingers on and on. Very nice, though certainly not complex.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A true pleasure to drink.

A great beer, though I wish it had more hop character.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottled-on date of Sept 2014. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. A black IPA hopped with Columbus and Amarillo - bring it on!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark brown hue that appears black in the glass. Produces a huge head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of intense hop notes and dark malt with hints of pine, weed, grapefruit, peel, citrus, roasted grain, caramel, mild brown sugar, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Delicious and well balanced.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops and dark malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, spice, subtle roasted malt, faint burnt grain, molasses/caramel, a twinge of coffee, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust, hop-driven bitterness upons swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils tickle the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of intense aromatic hops, pine, roasted malt and earthy yeast.

O: Very nice - vigorous yet balanced. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a fantastic blend of bitter aromatic hops and dark malt characteristics, underpinned by delicate yeast. The flavour elements simultaneously compete and complement each other; a skillful combination. Lovely body. Excellent - one of the best black IPAs I've tried. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored with ruddy highlights and an inch-high head of frothy cratered rocky light brown foam. Rings and webs of oily lace rise up as I sip.

Inviting aroma of citrusy hops and lightly roasted malt, faint notes of cocoa.

Flavor is initially a fairly even mix of malt and hops, perhaps just a tad more hoppy, but nicely balanced between a roasty malt and some grapefruit and orange rind. Notes of cocoa and smoke, perhaps a slight metallic bit. Pine and orange rind bitters linger. Hops seem to expand as the flavors open up, pushing the malt back a bit.

Full and rich mouthfeel, just a bit dry and crisp. Tasty and interesting beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color, mostly black, a little bit of brown, dark tan head around 1". Aroma was really roasty, didn't impart much in the way of hops, I dunno, maybe its the 3000 miles but the hop quotient in Clown Shoes stuff has always been kind of missing for me.

Plenty of bitterness in the taste, still has the roastiness that I don't prefer in a black ale. Body is legitimate, not a thin beer, but nothing special. Just really wanted more of a discernable lush, green hop flavor. Too much burnt malt flavor. If you want to make a porter, go ahead, but call it that already, I realize it isn't as sexy these days to make a porter v. a black ale/ipa type of beer, but I dunno.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really liking their labels and the concept, and the fact started on sort of a joke. Brewing this black IPA, sometimes you stumble onto something good. These guys are contract brewed at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, MA. This pours pitch black, and meets the perfect mix of dark porter and hefty balls out IPA. Dark tan khaki head almost pitch black body except for some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Aroma has herbal, pine, and citric notes amongst a back drop of dark malts roasted dark coffee and chocolate notes I'm liking the marriage of the two. I know this style but it's been awhile since I've had a really well balanced version of the Cascadian Black Ale, or Black IPA. In the nose I'm even getting hints of licorice and salted caramel, don't call me crazy I'm seriously getting a mix of those aromas. Flavor is dry dark roasted malts, with hints of cocoa and nearly burnt espresso. Big vegetal bitter, earthy notes, reign supreme with citrus peel and pine cone needles kicking in, there's a bit of a hop assault here. However, the dark creamy chocolate notes take on some of the harshness and I'm left finishing this beer at a surprisingly quick rate. Carbonation is dead on mellow but carries the resinous hops quite well, medium to full bodied range leaves a lingering hop bitterness between sips, with hop burps to follow. Overall, quite an impressive beer that I can appreciate the complexity of all the elements that and the fact that it hit at exactly the right time around the height of the black IPA craze a couple years ago.

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with Jan. 2014 bottling date, served in a snifter.

Pours opaque and essentially black with a small, semi-durable head.

As per the looks, this is loaded with dark roasted grains. No shortage of hops either, but these two flavor components clash a bit, as is common with black IPAs. More burnt grain flavor and burnt toast than I'd prefer. Black coffee appears mid-taste and lingers on well after the swallow.

O: strongly flavored black IPA with hoppy, if not happy, feet.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris – thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. Also present are slight amounts of crisper black malt aromas.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine influence fades a bit and softer, more herbal flavors come into play. Hints of dark chocolate make an appearance near the end of the sip before carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, it does a nice job of straddling the fine line between DIPA with dark malts and a hoppy porter/stout. Well worth a shot.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Feet is dark brown, almost black with a cola-like look to it but for the head, which is a soft and fluffy but firm one finger tall. It condenses, in a way, to be craggier and thicker while retaining its height for most of the duration and depositing rings and patches as it recedes.
This beer really displays all character this style brings in mixing two different elements as it does. It's as hoppy as any IPA out there, with pine resin and grapefruit along with a drier leafy bitterness and orange peel. This is contrasted with lots of roast, sans char and with no astringency to speak of. There's a nice mix of roast and toast, with complements of freshly ground coffee and wood. The balance of these elements is found in both the aroma and the flavor, and the complementary notes are also found in each.
The mouthfeel strikes the same difficult balance found in the aroma and the flavor. It's dry all the way, toasty and almost chalky but also bright. The medium body works for both elements, and the crispness is good for an IPA without clashing against the roastier character. It's also got a nice smoothness from beginning to end.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle - the label imagery resonates well right now, as I watch the sun fade over my west-facing deck.

This beer pours a very dark, cola syrup highlighted russet brown colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and generally creamy beige head, which leaves some nice gear chain webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty, slightly dank pine resin, dry powdered dark cocoa, muted orange and grapefruit bitters, old leather couches, black bread, and a slight herbal, leafy astringency. The taste is gritty chocolate-ensconced caramel malt, hard toffee, wet ash, still mildly dank pine forest floor, an acrid grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, more tanned leather, and subtly metallic cold alcohol.

The bubbles are nothing special, but supportive enough, just the way I like 'em, the body an adequate medium weight, and a bit too astringently hoppy, toasty, and well, boozy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the bready caramel flailing in a wind of agreeable char, hop, and sublimated liquor.

An approachable and drinkable version of a style to which I'm still coming around. The hop yin and roast yang bang heads (or touch tips, whatever) well enough, leaving my gustatory expectations generally satisfied. Worth a go if you like your dark roasty beers hoppy, or your decent IPA dragged through the coals.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with deep, dark ruby red highlights when held to light. Tan, 2 finger head with good retention, resulting in a fine, consistent film of suds across the surface. Leaves a fair amount of lacing with good stick.

Smell - This smells promising! Big citrus notes and a touch of pine and hop spice backed by solid notes of chocolate malt.

Taste - Mostly an earthy, bitter baker's chocolate character upfront, but there's also a noticeable metallic twang which resonates throughout. Hops are subdued, but a subtle citrus pith peaks through near and into the finish, as well as a mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Thins out toward the end and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall - No decipherable freshness date (I found on the bottom of the bottle, and held at a specific angle against a close light source, '2013 B1 0435'. Anyone know?), so unfortunately I cannot cornfirm if this is just an old bottle or just a beer that isn't quite my ideal CDA. A bigger hop bite would be nice.

Photo of asabreed
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at Lord Hobo for $6.

Appearance: Very very dark, nearly opaque, with a rich mocha-colored head lingering at the top for a very long time, and after each sip.

Smell: I'm getting milk stout aromas here, which is weird. Bright and sweet dark sugars, brown mostly, along with ripe beets and beet sugar, some coffee with about five sugar packets, and more sugar. Not nauseatingly sweet, but it's getting there. So... where does the IPA come into play here?

Taste: Again, a lot of sweetness. Dark sugars, mild dark berries and fruit esters. Almost milk sugar and a milk-like taste to it in its richness, with some coffee and mild mocha. Lingering porter-like mild charred burnt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, and one of the best things about the beer, with solid carbonation from first sip to last swallow.

Drinkability: I'm a bit confused, because this is supposed have IPA characteristics, no? But there were very few, if any. Hardly any hops or citrus flavors, and mostly porter or milk stout-like sweetness. Again, very, very confused. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but for the style, either I don't dig it, it's deceiving, or something was weird with the brew here. Not sure.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,348 ratings.