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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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971 Ratings

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009)
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Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 15:27:17 | More by yesyouam
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4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 00:35:54 | More by JamesFNomar
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4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 22:25:19 | More by BeerMePlze
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4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 15:42:52 | More by hopheadjuice
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 19:02:38 | More by MA08
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 20:42:23 | More by BenjieK
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4.72/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 13:54:19 | More by BeerMusketeer
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 17:20:59 | More by telecomz
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4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 22:13:32 | More by parris
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4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:37:41 | More by prg1976
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 20:34:39 | More by socon67
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4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:38:52 | More by Gatch


4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 23:37:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:36:36 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 03:29:31 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:06:17 | More by biegaman
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4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:09:43 | More by lordofstarside
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Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 05:22:45 | More by Duhast500
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4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 21:20:33 | More by CaptainAM
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4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 04:41:01 | More by AdamBear
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/10

A: This beer pours a rich deep dense brown with a two finger of creamy, rocky light coffee/khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice spider lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is strong piney hops, hint of floral hops, with a rich roasted malt back bone and just a slight hint of coffee.

T: Taste starts with some malt flavoring then a touch of floral hops that blend nicely in with light toasted malts. Heavey piney and grassy notes come burtsing through and are then overtaken by a strong roasted malt and coffee flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily with a dry finish.

D: Highly drinkable, very tasty and goes down extremely easy. The malt and hops really play off one another throughout this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 00:33:36 | More by Jayli
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought bottle of this beer for the first time and was impressed.

Appearance: Black with nice 1 inch foam which remained for several minutes. Lacing continued to linger through out the tasting.

Smell: You can smell both the hops and the roasted barley/dark chocolate. The balance here works perfectly and is smooth yet subtle.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Like the aroma the taste comes through with a good roasted/chocolate flavor finishing with a nice hop bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 00:42:36 | More by IHC
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black. Fluffy tan head

S: Hoppy and roasty. The fight between the hops and the roast was a draw as this is pretty well balanced

T: Very Good. I personally like Black IPAs alot and this one did not disappoint. A little bit of charcoal flavor with a nice hoppy bite.

T: medium bodied

O: I could drink this alot if only it was available in Michigan

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:40:27 | More by elephantrider
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter. Says Bottled 6/14/11.

A- Pours a black color with zero light penetrating. Has a 1/4 inch head that reduces to a thick white ring around the edge of the glass and shredded foam patterns on the surface.

S- Can smell the hops considerably well for such a dark beer. They have a perfume quality about them that's actually kind of offset by the heavy malt presence causing them to be complimentary. Alcohol is apparent followed by some semi-roasty coffee notes. Good lacing.

T- Hm. When I saw the name of the style as American Black Ale, I thought, "have I ever had an American Black Ale?" The only thing I could think of was Dogfish's Indian Brown Ale, but there it is right in the name: brown not black (although it looks and tastes black). I was sure I must have had an ABA but, now that I'm tasting it, I feel like it's something I've never imbibed before! This combines the vibrant, almost citrusy hop flavors with a delicately subdued roasted malt body like I've never witnessed. And everything is balanced, not overbearing. It's simple: Loads of hops and loads of malt, working together cohesively. Brilliant. Only problem is a slight metallic aftertaste that lingers but is only noticeable when swished. Some faint coffee notes.

M- Light and thin for such a dark beer. Medium carbonation and quite dry.

O- Way to go Clown Shoes. You've melded two worlds together in one memorable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:00:14 | More by Immortale25
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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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