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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

412 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,382
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 82
Gots: 229 | 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:
Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009

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Photo of yesyouam
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet is a solid black ale with a huge, lumpy, tan head that stays put and leaves outstanding lacing. It turns into a ceramic, nitrogen-looking head. I've never seen a head like that from a bottle. It has an aroma of sweet malt, grass, flowers and a soft roastiness. It's full bodied, super smooth and creamy with a clean, dry finish. The flavor is a perfect balance between soft roastiness and a botanical bitterness. There's just a touch of sweetness that is erased in the bitter finish. The aftertaste is kind of ashy. Wow, I could drink a bathtub full of this. These Clown Shoes guys are really on the ball. (628 characters)

Photo of JamesFNomar
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at the Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA. It has now taken my #1 spot as the best beer I've ever had.

The beer was surprisingly dark, appeared opaque. Nice, good size head. Smelled unbelievable. Very hoppy. Also hints of either coffee or chocolate. My mouth was watering before I had a sip.

Taste was excellent. The intense hop flavor assaults your taste buds. Great bitter yet smooth aftertaste. Probably can't have more than one pint in a row, but why would you want to spoil the fun all in one night?

My first post but since it's the best beer I've ever tasted I had to rate it. This is a limited brew so go out and find one now. (653 characters)

Photo of BeerMePlze
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours oil black, but not very viscous. Nice amount of tan head

S: I get both the hops and the roasted malt equally, very well balanced.

T: Amazing!! apparently I need to drink more black IPAs if this is what the style can taste like. Along with the smell, the balance of almost charcoal malts with the west coast IPA style bitterness creates one of the most amazing flavors i've ever experienced.

M: Coats the mouth fully with the bitterness of the hops, but the malts put out the fire perfectly.

D: I could drink this all day (until I pass out!) This is such a delight! (578 characters)

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Brown bottle Bomber, really cool label.

This beer pours black hence the "Black IPA" thay dont joke. nice light brown head with amzing lace down the glass.

Smells superb with hops up front and chocolate coming through as well.

The taste of this beer is PERFECT! Super Hoppy with an amazing Dark Roasted Malt Backbone. YUM.

Clown shoes Black IPA is Bottle conditioned which makes for a nice natural carbonation that is spot on for the complexity of the flavors.

This beer is so easy to drink but at the same time delicate and a super treat. I could not see myself drinking more than two bombers is one sitting.

This beer is super interesting and good. My first ever "Black IPA" absolutely a must try! (711 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of MA08
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass at 40 degrees.

Extremely strong contrasting roasted chocolate malt and grapefruit hops. Taste matches with a surpsringly well balance, dispute the strongness at both ends. Drinkablity is high and mouthfeel is good. The best Black IPA out there in a bottle. (278 characters)

Photo of BenjieK
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black, big tan head slow to fall, lots of lace

S: Chocolate, coffee, pine, grapefruit. Intense.

T: Even better than the nose, because those flavors actual balance.

M: Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Very, considering this beer is loaded with super bitter hops. (273 characters)

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Wow. I mean seriously. This was my first Black IPA and it rocked. Massive hops on the nose, pine, grapefruit, some flowers, basically what you want to smell in a great IPA. The flavor whacks you with bitter citrus and lots of pine, but then you get some nuances like in a stout: chocolate, smoke, roast. I loved this beer. (374 characters)

Photo of telecomz
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I know the Snobs among us despise the term Black IPA; however, I effing love this beer. Gots to say, I'm a fan my neighboring homies. I dig Clown Shoes.

That said:

A - Pours light tan foam. Body is a dark brown. Red highlights.

S - Aroma is everything - Almost sweet. Grapefruit and floral hop. Cocoa and roasted malt.

T - Bitteriffic. An intoxicating punch in the face of pampelmousse and pine that mellows to roasted choco-malt. The bitterness doesn't abate. It lingers and builds in layers.

M - Smells sweet but feels dry and light.

D - One at a time baby. One at a time.

I bought a case for cellaring. Will be interesting to see how it ages. (653 characters)

Photo of prg1976
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super-dark brown, with an off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing, and about 1/4" head hanging around the whole time.

Smell is hops up front-citrus mostly, with a lot of caramel, sweet malt. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

Taste is roasted malts. The sweetness is countered with the hops. Lots of Cascade flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, not super carbonated.

Overall, one of the best black IPA's I've had. Very enjoyable. I'll be seeking this one out in the future for sure. (490 characters)

Photo of parris
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is as advertised, black, except for some shine through near the thinner part of the glass. The head is very thick and pillowy. Plenty of thin carbonation, but I think it's from my dirty glass rather than the actual beer.

Smells great, very toasty, not super hoppy. I'd totally believe it if this beer was called a "Brown Stout" rather than black IPA.

Also tastes like a stout, a really good, slightly thin, slightly over carbonated stout. It has the crispness and finish of an IPA but up front all you have is chocolaty toastyness.

For some reason the label of this one put me off from trying it for a while, too bad, I really like it. (644 characters)

Photo of REIFICATION
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with shades of deep red when held up to light. A light brown, bubbly, pillowy head. Some good lacing and head retention.

S - Fresh, citrusy and piney hops. Very inviting.

T - Awesomely roasty and hoppy at the same time. Great balance with a great finish. Sweet roasted malt complemented by slightly bitter, fruity hops.

M - So incredibly smooth and refreshing. Goes down way too easy. The palate is hit with roasted malt but cleansed by delicious bitter hops.

I must say, with the "Black IPA" increasing in popularity, this is one of the finer examples of the style. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now on to Hoppy Feet 1.5... (633 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

I have this idea of what a black IPA should be like. This wasn't it. This was great in its own way. My expectations come from those beers that give a balance between strong hops and strong dark malts, as in a malt profile - just good old malted barley that's been roasted. This goes another direction.

This pours deep and dark, black you might say. A nice dark khaki head. The aroma previews some hops, but not as strong as my West Coast brands do. And then the coffee. Not malt, coffee. The taste was the surprising, but dare I say awesome combination of an IPA and a stout. My hometown fav's do this thing where they bring the hops and the dark sweet malts in big numbers. This did the IPA-Stout combo and nailed it. (719 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It’s always exciting to have a brewery come to Indiana for the first time – here’s to beer without borders.

Brewed four months before the date of this tasting – Bottled on 11/08/2012.

A: I love the color on this one – it’s a deep mahogany, dark, but with a significant amount of light pouring through to illuminate the body. Bubbles rise up to a short, fleeting head, then leave a string of lace as they quickly descend.

S: An earthy nose consisting of roasted malt scents of peat, flint, burnt toast, and strong black coffee, some of the most natural aromas from dark malts I’ve ever come across; I feel like I’m sticking my face in a big bag of chocolate malt at the homebrew shop. Hops provide a complementary pine and grass character, but, interestingly enough, an unexpected kick of lemon, lime, and orange, too. Rounded out by bittersweet chocolate toward the back end, these West Coast hop notes finish the nose with a tone not unlike those chocolate oranges you have to smack before you eat.

T: All hops on the front of the palate, with tastes of lemon rind, citrus fruit, and bright, herbal pine shining in true IPA glory. This is a beer of hop flavor, not just bitterness – the descriptor “sticky” has no place here, as this is more of a rindy, plant-like hoppiness. This tastes authentic, and I love that about it. As it continues on, the malt tastes unfold in a bevy of roasty coffee, soil, bitter cocoa, and smoky, burnt biscuits, adding flavor and balance rather than thick sugars to counteract the hops. This is how a beer should be put together: natural ingredients in subtle yet fulfilling dimensions. The aftertaste here is similar to what you would get after drinking your cappuccino in the morning, darkly roasty, dry, though slightly metallic, extending for quite a long time.

M: Perfect for the style – velvety, real ale carbonation and a relatively light body. Great mix of the refreshing and filling qualities that brewers should strive to achieve. Is there really nothing amiss in this beer?

O: I love this beer, and that’s coming from a guy who doesn’t particularly treasure this style. Clown Shoes seems to have an incredible grasp on the beauty of natural brewing ingredients, and for that, they’ve instantly gained my respect and attention. (2,305 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Good Life

L - black with a khaki colored head that thinned to a layer leaving a good coating on the inside of the glass.

S - bitter citrus rind and light roastiness.

T - citrus hops upfront with a roasted malty middle finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a very enjoyable Black IPA. (332 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is smoky AND hoppy, and I like both! It has an undertone of chocolate and a hint of fresh-cut wood, enough to get me drooling. It pours a luscious dark chocolate brown with a fluffy and rather persistent light tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some good lacing. Flavor is hoppy and bitter with a hint of evergreen and a mocha undertone and a touch of licorice. Full-bodied texture is smooth yet edgy, and quite fizzy, leaving a hoppy and chocolaty finish. Hoppy Feet will give you a happy mouth! (516 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a well made balanced beer that i would definitely get if i see again. Reminds me of Victory's Storm King and He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
Smell: molasses, wet hops, roasted malt, brown sugar and caramel
Taste: bitter taste that mixes roasted malt and hops that changes to dark chocolate, caramel and wet hops combined
Mouthfeel: Creamy heavy feel that finishes crisp and clean (394 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Reviewed from 5oz sample

A - Black with a slight beige foam. Decent lacing.

S - Scents of roasted malt, cocoa, and a mild hoppy aroma.

T - Freaking awesome! The flavor of mocha is about the best I can recall. There is a blended hop component too, but the dominant flavor is this mocha taste that is smooth, consistent, and rivals that of some major stotus. I'm wowed by this.

M - Smooth as silk, feels medium bodied yet has some major flavor. Perfect beer for imp stout lovers that don't want a heavy beer.

O - Easily the best black ale I've had. So glad to try this beer, and I'm getting a bottle as we speak. (622 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle to snifter, bottled on 8/23

Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha toned foam. Good amount of carbonation on the sides, great lacing

Smells of hops, coffee, earth tones, chocolate, oak, tobacco, and alcohol. Some sweet bready malts compose a solid back bone, really enjoying the smell of this beer!

Taste of flagrant hops, followed by a strong bitter chocolate. Coffee and some floral tones make up the back, with a good sweet malt finish.

Feel is smooth and creamy, coats the mouth and gives a nice tingle on the tongue. Very easy to drink

Over all a greatly done black ipa. Very balanced and well made. Kudos clownshoes, my first beer of yours didn't disappoint (680 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite its name, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet is no laughing matter: its body is black and even against bright backlight will concede little highlighting. It may be hoppier than some IPAs but it definitely don't look like many! Its head is like a sponge and leaves a spattering of lace that looks as though someone stuck a pin in a balloon that was filled with glue.

It still takes some getting used to seeing such dark, effectively black beers brimming with such piny, fruity hoppiness, despite that so many examples of the style (which goes by a dozen different names) now abound. Central to all of them, however, is the plump juicy fruitiness of American "C" hops, like the kind that flourish in this one.

And while white and red grapefruit and papaya are indeed plentiful, the beer has the milky chocolate and mocha qualities of a good American porter. Roasted (but not too roasted) malts provide a coffee-and-cream backdrop for all the herbal resins, citrus zest and weedy pineyness. It tastes like cocoa sweetened with mint and pine serum in lieu of milk.

The beer finishes on such a scathing bitter note, it's as if the palate is being punished for peeing on the rug or something. Fortunately, that bitterness carries with it a piny, citrusy, minty quality that is welcome on my palate any time. And besides, a hazelnut-biscotti taste replaces it soon enough. This bomber could be twice the size and I'd still finish it.

To make a long story short, Hoppy Feet has the minty, piny, citrusy hoppiness of an American IPA and all the bold, roasty, bittersweet chocolaty flavours of an American porter - and is perhaps the best example of the style I've come across. It's character and quality are both telling about the mentality of this new, up-and-coming brewery. Recommended. (1,782 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass

The color is a dark black with about two or three fingers of light brown head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a little malty at first but then lets some nice hop flavor come out and is a bit like leather or veggie flavor. No fruit flavors in the nose.

The taste is bitter with some nice hop flavor. There is a major malt flavor at first and feels a bit bready with a nice grain flavor. The back end is hoppy with a slight plumb flavor.

The feel of this beer is is pretty smooth with some nice creamy feel of this beer and goes down quite well. It is pretty refreshing and has only a mild aftertaste. (655 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-has a good cocoa backbone with a hint of weedy hops in there as well. Good strength

T-comes in with a good flavor of aged cocoa and wood. It's a really good flavor along with some of the weedy hops from the nose. The after-taste is mostly of the cocoa. Good complexity and balance to this.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-actually one of the better black IPAs I've have. It focuses more on the cocoa than the hops, while still keeping a slight hint, enough to keep it from being a full blown porter or stout. I recommend this. (584 characters)

Photo of CaptainAM
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tommy Doyles. Big foamy head, tan, lace was nice. The smell floored me. Grapefruit assault. Pine. Hops in abundance. Also peat, smoke or roast?, dark chocolate. Complex. The taste was similar but more bitter than expected. Really bitter, with a long after taste that I liked. Agressive stuff. Enjoyed this one. Reccomend. (331 characters)

Photo of mcflypie
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown in color. Great two-finger head.

S: Hints of coffee, hops, chocolate, sweetness, and malts are present.

T: Bitter hops and bitter coffee in nature...with chocolate and slight brown sugar tastes.

M: A malty and hoppy feel with coffee added.

O: A great BIPA. Very bitter and hoppy with nice coffee tones. Bitter yet smooth. (347 characters)

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.