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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,062 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 56
Gots: 102 | 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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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-13-2013 00:31:43 | More by jngrizzaffi
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BeerMusketeer

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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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telecomz

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 17:20:59 | More by telecomz
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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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parris

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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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REIFICATION

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:30:04 | More by REIFICATION
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socon67

New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 20:34:39 | More by socon67
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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
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jaredseaman77

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-04-2012 15:04:14 | More by jaredseaman77
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-27-2011 02:21:38 | More by OBIrish24
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Aeromaximus

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-28-2012 05:21:21 | More by Aeromaximus
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-11-2011 00:45:16 | More by brokentee
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bkonk10

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-24-2013 22:15:08 | More by bkonk10
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GuyIncognito

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-16-2012 03:44:49 | More by GuyIncognito
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timbobandit

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-23-2012 22:12:14 | More by timbobandit
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-02-2014 17:32:38 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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pgofman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-28-2012 03:07:07 | More by pgofman
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-08-2012 17:50:37 | More by kevgod
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David_C

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-08-2013 01:30:10 | More by David_C
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Modernrickk

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-19-2013 23:45:55 | More by Modernrickk
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Bromine

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-03-2013 12:08:21 | More by Bromine
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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MaddGeneral

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-16-2013 06:48:06 | More by MaddGeneral
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BryantForestry

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-27-2014 01:33:20 | More by BryantForestry
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-20-2013 23:57:05 | More by msondel
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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