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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,292
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 69
Gots: 179 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice beer received from lnashsig. Poured into globe tulip...

A- Blackish brown, two fingers of a light brown head. Not incredible lacing, but a few clumps stick to the glass here or there.

S- Very tart. Not fully infected, but its on the verge? Reminds me of that damn chalky pacman yeast, made famous by Rogue.

T/M- Fairly dull and character-less bitterness. Its there, but its just there; doesn't seem to contribute much to the flavor posdible as a whole. Again, chalky. Slight roast, with a grassy and floral hop offering. Body is exactly what you'd expect- medium, slightly acidic, well carbonated.

O- It was ok... Not great, not bad... Just an ok beer. Wouldn't give another go I think. Didn't have any substantial differentiating factor. I was looking forward to trying Clown Shoes, bit of a let down... Maybe Eagle Claw Fist will change my mind

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown color, thick lacy head.
Aroma: Chocolate hoppy aroma.
Flavor: Dark chocolate flavor, very hoppy body and bitter finish. This is a full bodied brew with slightly acidic carbonation.
Overall: This beer's taste like a dark ale/stout-hybrid. It’s true to its name; it is bitterly hoppy.

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3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the BBC.

The pour revealed a black beer with a nice head on the lighter side of tan. The lacing was spectalur and followed the beer all the way down the glass. The nose has citus hops and a slight tinge of dark malt. The taste was light on the citrus hops, one dimensional malts(porter like) and a bitter afterbite that was quite pleasant. This beer was smooth with a good carbonation level. Overall, this was a decent beer.

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3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance -Not black, as one might expect from the name, but a deep brownish red that unwillingly allows light through. Mocha colored head of about ¾ inch formed in my tulip taster, and it faded pretty quickly. The second pour (after it warmed a bit) produced a much more impressive head, yet is still subsided swiftly. A bit of lacing, but not a bunch.

Smell -I noted a spicy, piney hop scent and not much else. Perhaps a bit of malt sweetness in the nose as it warms.

Taste -It's interesting how the initial hop taste was of a compost-y variety; not unpleasant but not your typical IPA hop profile, either. Heavy on the pine, with a bit sweet malt aroma. That sweetness dies a quick death, though. The roasted grain character rears its head in the middle but disappears as quickly as it arrived. There's a dry-ish finish that gives way to an even later bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -The mouthfeel is quite creamy, yet not as viscous as, say, a Baltic porter. Carbonation is perfect; spot-on for the style.

Drinkability- The hop profile is not to my liking. Still, the interesting malt bill and dry finish makes it pretty drinkable in my book.

Comments- I would have liked to have seen much more roasted malt character in this brew to balance out the pine-sol hop profile.

A baseball analogy seems appropriate for this beer overall: not a swing and a miss, but this one only has warning track power.

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3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of lacing left behind.  

Earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by a roasted malt character.  More malty than hoppy with hints of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toffee.  Theres a floral hop presence but it's a bit too malty with no citrus or sweetness and the hops are overpowered by the roasted notes.  

Medium bodied with a nice bitter, dry hop presnce up front with hints of floral hops and earthy pine.  Underneath there is a prominent roasted malt character with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmealal.  Slightly acrid but not overly bitter.  Faint sweetness and subtle lactic cream but overall the bitterness from the hops compliments the roasted malt.  A bit bitter, dry and earthy but not from the hops.  Too malty to be an ipa and not enough complexity to be a hoppy dark beer.  

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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