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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

Hoppy FeetHoppy Feet

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970 Ratings

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Ratings: 970
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009)
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Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with Jan. 2014 bottling date, served in a snifter.

Pours opaque and essentially black with a small, semi-durable head.

As per the looks, this is loaded with dark roasted grains. No shortage of hops either, but these two flavor components clash a bit, as is common with black IPAs. More burnt grain flavor and burnt toast than I'd prefer. Black coffee appears mid-taste and lingers on well after the swallow.

O: strongly flavored black IPA with hoppy, if not happy, feet.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:26:47 | More by chinchill
Photo of SmashPants


3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: a very dark black colour without much in the way of highlights. No carbonation visible through either. A small off-white head pops up and hangs about for a good time before settling to a thick ring with great lacing.

Aroma: a pretty demure aroma, but what is evident is roasted malts, some nuts, and coffee.

Taste: roasted malts and some citrus hops, with rich tropical fruits. A combination I don't think I have come across too often - and it works.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with some hop bitterness biting at the end. A great beer.

Mouth feel: well-rounded in the mouth - a good structure. Smooth also - a nice easy sipper.

Overall: a great black ale - very different to most of the black ales I have had. More nuances to this one, and richer. Well worth the slightly over AU$100 a case price.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 11:58:31 | More by SmashPants
Photo of drdiesel9483


2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look - Very dark with slight head that went away quick. The way a black ipa should look.
Smell - I can barely smell it. After trying really hard I can slight smell toasted malty slight coffee smell
Taste - when I first tasted it I hated it due to the bitterness and lack of hop taste. After a few sips the maltiness calmed down and I could start getting the hop taste. This beer is very dark tasting with not enough hops for a black imperial ipa. Taste more stout.
Feel - medium body with slight carbonation.
Overall - not a fan of this black iipa. Lacking way to much. Black ipa's are a hit or miss and this is a miss. I don't plan to drink this ever again. I'm hoping this beer was skunked and if for some chance I try it again it taste better!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:49:39 | More by drdiesel9483
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 15, 2014.

Deep dark brown to black pour with a tan head that erupts and becomes a ring.

Great earthy hop character on the nose intermixed with roasted dark malts, vague chocolate, and molasses.

Medium body with a nice smooth texture.

The bitterness roars forward in the first few sips after my palate enjoys the dark, sweet malt character at the beginning. Highly balanced and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 18:14:25 | More by puboflyons
Photo of admiral


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong flavoursome beer that has a good contrast of sweet and bitter

aroma: quite fruity upfront with orange standing out - roasted malt and yeast are also there

taste: grapefruit, orange, orange peel and slight pine all stand-out with a good roasted malt backbone. Good bitterness balanced with a fruity sweetness.

Nice, enjoyable beer to sip on - one bottle is the right amount for me in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 09:33:52 | More by admiral
Photo of Paincane


3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown brew with a generous creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Roasted dark malt, coffee and pine aromas.
T: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark malt backbone and a significant hop profile. M: Medium bodied, smooth with a dry clean bitter finish.
O: Full-flavored balanced black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 23:26:31 | More by Paincane
Photo of lochef81


4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with a Clown Shoes product and it was definitely a good one. This ale pours a hearty cola color with a thick tan head which lasts longer than most black ipas. There is substantial lacing and a nice mouth coating chewiness to this ale. The aroma is malty sweet and hoppy bitter with a blend of floral citrus notes and a deep smoky coffee smell. The flavor follows suit. A perfect blend of the hoppy bitterness of an ipa and the sweet smoky maltiness of a porter. This is everything I want and expect from a black ipa. May have even surpassed sublimely self righteous as my new favorite black ipa. Can't wait to try the bottle of Hoppy Feet 1.5 that I picked up at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:24:35 | More by lochef81
Photo of jmdrpi


3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, no date

pours almost black, just a bit of brown around the edges of the glass. thin white head that fades. more roast in the aroma than expected, with with some earthy hops. taste is fairly bitter, and quite acidic. very dry aftertaste. medium body and carbonation level.

after having the hoppy feet 1.5 and thinking it was great, I was very disapointed in this beer. the flavors just don't jive together very well.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 04:24:59 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Mike_Moe


3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:40:36 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of IronLover


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally black in color. Poured with a short beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left fingers of sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted and lightly charred malt aromas with citrus hops, and touch of sweet dark chocolate. Medium bodied with rich carbonation through the middle and slick oily feel at the end. Dark roasted and burnt malt flavors up front with a touch of chocolate sweetness.  Tangy pine hop bitterness builds through the middle with a hint of citrus hop underneath. Well balanced aromas, intense maltiness, and flavorful hoppiness. I solid black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:42:58 | More by IronLover
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Feet is dark brown, almost black with a cola-like look to it but for the head, which is a soft and fluffy but firm one finger tall. It condenses, in a way, to be craggier and thicker while retaining its height for most of the duration and depositing rings and patches as it recedes.
This beer really displays all character this style brings in mixing two different elements as it does. It's as hoppy as any IPA out there, with pine resin and grapefruit along with a drier leafy bitterness and orange peel. This is contrasted with lots of roast, sans char and with no astringency to speak of. There's a nice mix of roast and toast, with complements of freshly ground coffee and wood. The balance of these elements is found in both the aroma and the flavor, and the complementary notes are also found in each.
The mouthfeel strikes the same difficult balance found in the aroma and the flavor. It's dry all the way, toasty and almost chalky but also bright. The medium body works for both elements, and the crispness is good for an IPA without clashing against the roastier character. It's also got a nice smoothness from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 19:49:54 | More by Brenden
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with deep, dark ruby red highlights when held to light. Tan, 2 finger head with good retention, resulting in a fine, consistent film of suds across the surface. Leaves a fair amount of lacing with good stick.

Smell - This smells promising! Big citrus notes and a touch of pine and hop spice backed by solid notes of chocolate malt.

Taste - Mostly an earthy, bitter baker's chocolate character upfront, but there's also a noticeable metallic twang which resonates throughout. Hops are subdued, but a subtle citrus pith peaks through near and into the finish, as well as a mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Thins out toward the end and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall - No decipherable freshness date (I found on the bottom of the bottle, and held at a specific angle against a close light source, '2013 B1 0435'. Anyone know?), so unfortunately I cannot cornfirm if this is just an old bottle or just a beer that isn't quite my ideal CDA. A bigger hop bite would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:30:28 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of DaveBlack


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark, not quite totally opaque, with a finger's width of tan head that has a long retention.

S: Dark roasted malts, and piney hops. Not a lot to say about the aroma because there isn't much of one.

T: Big flavor on the beer, though. Deeply roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, char. The woody hops fit in perfectly, transitioning through the chocolate malts into pine bitterness that holds through until the end.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. The beer is actually not as heavy as the color would indicate, feeling much more like an IPA than a stout or porter.

O: One of the better Black IPAs that I've head. The flavors are well balanced, and play very nicely together. Neither character overwhelms the other, and the lightness of the body really adds to my enjoyment of the bee. A well crafted brew to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:42:29 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of BrewUSA


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet

Look 9/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

Nice and smooth, much lighter tasting than the malt shows as the the look is a straight flat black. Very way to drink, yet doesn't stand out as a powerhouse~

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 16:51:09 | More by BrewUSA
Photo of mattcrill


3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Aroma: Firm earthy, piney, and cedar-like hop aromas up front. A hint of chocolate that reminds me of the chocolate oranges you get around this time of year. Fermentation character is clean. No esters noted.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a low khaki head that doesn't last long. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More assertive earthy hop bitterness followed by piney and orange-like hop flavors. A bit of chocolate powder hints get dominated by the pine and orange hop flavors. Balance is clearly hoppy. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat. Slight hop derived oily character. No astringency.

Overall impression: A distinctively American hopped Black Ale. The hops are in charge with enough malt character to keep it interesting but definitely plays a background supportive role. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 22:31:19 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Alextricity


4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.49 single poured into a weird 10oz looking pint glass thing since nothing else was clean. No bottling date that I can tell.

Appearance: A dark, clear, ruby black. Small fizzy brown head doesn't last long. Minimal lacing. This is the worst part of the beer, but also the least significant.

Smell: Surprisingly bright hops coming through on the forefront in this dark beer. Smells awesome. A bit of citrus fruit, floral hops, and dark fruits (may be the citrus mixing with the dark malts doing that to me).

Taste: One of the best black ales I've had, without a doubt... hopped up very nicely with that "dark" character, without adding a face walloping roast bitterness, or char flavor. Really almost a perfect balance. A bit sweet on the front, a bit bitter on the finish, with that deep roasted malt taking over on the finish, but leaving that lingering hoppiness that makes you want another sip.

Feel: Medium feel and carbonation, which is working just about perfectly for me on this beer. The carbonation brings the taste buds to life to experience all that hoppy goodness. Semi-dry and bitter finish. Mouthfeel actually feels sort of creamy? Just tasty stuff.

Hoppy Feet is better than I thought it would be. A flagship beer any brewery would be lucky to have.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 16:45:26 | More by Alextricity
Photo of BB1313


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/12/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some light getting through; off-white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate malts along with hints of citrus. There's some sweet grapefruit in the mix alone with some pine. Hints of orange peel as well. Flavors are nice, but they seem redundant and subtle. The hops do their thing though, giving this is a solid bitterness. More chocolate and cocoa malts which are balanced out by the hops. More citrus. Orange zest and pine resin is there. Finishes with some grapefruit. Finishes pretty dry for the most part. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat light. It has moderate carbonation and is smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is an easy drinker.

This is a very solid Black IPA. There's alot to like about it. I do like it, but it leaves me wanting a little more from it. I do appreciate it though. It's pretty good, overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:45:07 | More by BB1313
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany tint, half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark toasted malt. Flavor of toasted malt, charred coffee, mild dark chocolate, grassy hops. Long lingering dark malt and grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice hoppy CDA with good char notes of coffee and malt. Malt body is slightly light to support the coffee and hop bitterness, making the finish a bit dry and less balanced, but still an enjoyable black ale that hits all the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 06:05:07 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of mcflypie


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:57:24 | More by mcflypie
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with tan tint, minimal 1/4 inch head, some nice lacing.

Smell - Much like a stout, roasted malts, smoke, brown sugars, licrose mixed in with some hops. A little molassess and honey also is present.

Taste - First sip is a mix of roasted malts, coffee and piney hops. There is some brown sugar added in along with honey and molasses that balances out the bitterness. Chocolate and cococa add a dark, bold flavor that works really well with the malts.

Mouthfeel - The tongue really gets the smokey malts, along with some hops. Palate is coated with malts, bitter hops and a nice mix of brown sugar, coffee and chocolate. Aftetaste is malty, sweet and bitter.

Overall - A nice beer, really is a mix of stout and ipa with excellent amount of added sweetness to really make it a enjoyable brew. The coffee aspect mixed with the hops, might be a little too bitter for some, but other then that a soild beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:20:34 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really liking their labels and the concept, and the fact started on sort of a joke. Brewing this black IPA, sometimes you stumble onto something good. These guys are contract brewed at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, MA. This pours pitch black, and meets the perfect mix of dark porter and hefty balls out IPA. Dark tan khaki head almost pitch black body except for some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Aroma has herbal, pine, and citric notes amongst a back drop of dark malts roasted dark coffee and chocolate notes I'm liking the marriage of the two. I know this style but it's been awhile since I've had a really well balanced version of the Cascadian Black Ale, or Black IPA. In the nose I'm even getting hints of licorice and salted caramel, don't call me crazy I'm seriously getting a mix of those aromas. Flavor is dry dark roasted malts, with hints of cocoa and nearly burnt espresso. Big vegetal bitter, earthy notes, reign supreme with citrus peel and pine cone needles kicking in, there's a bit of a hop assault here. However, the dark creamy chocolate notes take on some of the harshness and I'm left finishing this beer at a surprisingly quick rate. Carbonation is dead on mellow but carries the resinous hops quite well, medium to full bodied range leaves a lingering hop bitterness between sips, with hop burps to follow. Overall, quite an impressive beer that I can appreciate the complexity of all the elements that and the fact that it hit at exactly the right time around the height of the black IPA craze a couple years ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 17:40:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of WunderLlama


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours like a stout with millions of bubbles. Impenetrable black liquid. Thick, billowy foam clouds. Big, fluffy lacings.

Aroma of coffee, black licorice, sweet raisin, malt.

Taste of strong coffee, slight bitterness in the front of the tongue, clean smooth finish. A hint of the alcohol as well.

Medium , medium heavy mouthfeel, chewy.

Reminds me of a stout with some hops tossed in. Smooth, rich flavor and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:48:36 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated "bottled on" 3/18/2013 (so aged a few months), into a pint glass.
Appearance - darker than most black IPA's, no mahogany hue when against the light. Thick, creamy, meringue head! Lacing is sticky and thick!
Smell - cocoa, dark chocolate, brownies; not much early on in the hops department.
Taste - more malt forward than hops upfront, but a nice hop and dark chocolate bitterness present.
Feel - medium body with some bitterness, but more bitter chocolate, as opposed to hops.
Overall - admittedly, I really love the American Black Ale/Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA style, so I find this beer to be outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:31:35 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of patpbr


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Brown, little head retention
S - Roasted Malt , Chocolate
T - Bitter upfront with Dark Chocolate tones, Lots of hops a little sweet and added to with Pine and Coco.
M - Medium Body, nice Carbonation
O - Like most Black Ales Its several things.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:12:45 | More by patpbr
Photo of DoubleJ


2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/29, so you know it's still good. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Like the name, this beer is black bodied with two fingers thick of head. The aroma has the standard roasted malt component, also astringent malt, and...nail polish remover? A wee bit of hops make their mark as well, but it's the nail polish remover which concerns me.

Taste; nail polish remover first thing. Talk about a mood dampener. It adds an unpleasant bitterness to what looks like an otherwise good beer. The malt has a bittersweet taste, then it seems to go semi-sweet. A little bit of hops and resin and ending with a dry finish. The beer is medium bodied and soft with a texture which is almost creamy.

What a tease. Hoppy Feet has so much promise if it weren't for that off-note. Next time, no quality control problems please.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 05:36:02 | More by DoubleJ
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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.