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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,124 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 119 | 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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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

I'm at my parents house for a week of vacation and their only pint glasses are Guinness labeled - this beer is colored to fit the glass.

Deep brown, maybe as dark as any beer of this style. What started as nearly an inch of tan head bubbles down to leave only thick lace behind.

Chocolate, coffee, toffee and piney hops jump out of the pint, quickly filling your nose.

Big time pine in the mouth, long-lasting and hanging onto the tongue. It's got a great deal of strong dark chocolate as well - almost like cooking chocolate, holding fast on the tongue and wedging its way to the back of the throat.

Mildy abrasive on the tongue, slightly burning from a high level of carbonation.

That's an incredibly complex beer, with huge flavor, but one that is remarkably balanced. What a beer - easy to drink and pleasing for hop-heads and malt lovers alike.

08-13-2011 02:44:24 | More by mdcrouser
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-21-2014 00:10:00 | More by Turbo
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-08-2014 01:57:45 | More by OhioBobcat
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REIFICATION

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

01-02-2012 19:30:04 | More by REIFICATION
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%

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.

01-11-2011 18:16:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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steelerguy

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

10-28-2011 23:00:18 | More by steelerguy
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supa0525

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-12-2013 16:58:37 | More by supa0525
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markmo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

07-18-2014 02:02:44 | More by markmo
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

03-30-2011 21:16:52 | More by lordofthewiens
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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-21-2012 01:57:56 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-06-2013 16:39:25 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

05-03-2013 22:27:23 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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

02-25-2011 16:04:23 | More by bishopdc0
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77apm

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

03-29-2014 05:04:59 | More by 77apm
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-15-2012 20:40:51 | More by Twifiter
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-01-2014 14:59:10 | More by Doomcifer
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-18-2013 04:31:20 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

12-21-2010 01:57:53 | More by Billolick
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ElSid

California

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

07-15-2013 04:47:10 | More by ElSid
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-29-2012 17:10:39 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

01-29-2010 17:51:43 | More by tigg924
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locckdown

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-24-2012 21:39:34 | More by locckdown
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-10-2013 01:23:40 | More by aquazr1
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Motleydrunk56

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-03-2014 16:28:50 | More by Motleydrunk56
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

11-21-2011 05:32:13 | More by Mora2000
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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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