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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 104 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good hoppy black beer. Good hops, Amarillo gives it orange taste, its a little strange with the malted chocolate malts, drinkable but not as integrated as you would think. Dark black, a little retained head.Nutty, altogether good beer not not outstanding as the 1.5 Hoppy aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 00:13:50 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

09-15-2012 22:55:00 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/18/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the bitterness lingers long after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 02:41:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-20-2014 03:13:20 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by Huhzubendah. Thanks, Matt. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a fairly-good off-white to tan head. Mild lacing and a thin cap. The nose brings forward some slight roast as well as a bit of hoppy character--mostly a bit of pine. Some toasted malt in the background as well. Nothing really seems to gel here. The taste follows along the same lines. There's some roast and there's some pine, but I don't really get anything coming together. The finish has something off with a very strange dryness. A bit too much chocolate for the style. The finish is a bit astringent. I liked their brown much better; something about this one just didn't really work for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:49:02 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced and has lots of hops but isn’t overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:51:02 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso color and a sea-foam beige head that persists nicely and leaves clumps of lace behind

Smell: Roasted malts appear first, but the piney/minty hops eventually dominate

Taste: Black bread, up front, but by mid-palate, the piney hops assault the taste buds, moving in a minty-bitter direction; after the swallow, the flavors balance out, though the hops linger longer in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: A bitter assault on the taste buds and though I might prefer a fruitier hop profile, this is quite good

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 00:25:39 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here. Such a tight and very hoppy big IPA. I was very pleased with this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:01:27 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 22:29:48 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with semi bitter hops profile. Taste is also a mix between some roasted malt notes with dry notes and some medium bitter hops flavours. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Not bad though hops flavours could have been more upfront.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:53:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big on resiny bitterness and roasted grain character, this malty-rich hoppy ale is both robust and dry at once.

The appearance brings a dark brown, maybe black hue with moderate but expected dry-hopped haze. A densely packed ivory white head overlays the beer and holds very firm thereafter with sheets and rings of lace left behind. A very handsome beer!

The hops and grain dichotomy dictate aromas with the varying scents of white grapefruit, charred grains, orange peel, heavy toast, pine resin, coffee, and cocoa all take turns making an impression on the nose. Both savory and refreshing scents continue their march into flavor, but with a roasty phenolic scent that makes me hit the brakes just a bit.

Flavors follow suit with malty-rich elements making a big impact early with malted chocolate, coffee, charred woods, and burnt toffee. But the initial hearty sweetness is short lived as the rebuttal of citrusy grapefruit and orange pith usher in a more refreshing and zesty taste. Backed with complementary notes of grasses, bark, and spruce all work their way into a resiny, sappy bitterness in finish that just edges out the malt character. Only the phenolic and plastic taste accompanies the dry roast and hop bitterness late- a minor flaw, but certainly a distraction to the otherwise clean finish.

Robust with a voluminous carbonated expansion early, the beer envelops the mouth with malty richness and arid roast. The fuller body lingers just past mid palate where the carbonation and malt density waivers and the hop bitter dryness takes hold and aids the transition into a resiny bite and semi-dry roasty finish.

A tasty beer that settles on the line where drier American Porters meet IPAs. But with that plastic-like roasty astringent mix late, it just can't earn higher marks.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 05:07:27 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours black with a rocky tan head head and some nice lacing:

S: the nose is mostly just roasted malts with Some piney and herbal hop notes. There's a bit of citrus peel aroma and a mild tropical fruit character.

T: The flavor is quite bitter from the combination of roasted malt and piney hops. Decently herbal with some citrus peel flavors, too. Slightly chalky with hints of fruits.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Too much roasted malt without enough hop flavor or aroma to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:14:36 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-06-2011 16:06:32 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-27-2014 07:03:04 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-09-2013 22:14:46 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-28-2013 06:32:24 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color, When I had heard about it I was unaware that it was going to be a Black IPA. The brew has a very nice dark brownish black color with a pretty nice looking tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a big hop aroma on the nose which I found to be very nice. There is also some hints of chocolate in there as well. The taste had some lemony citrus to it along with a bitter dry aftertaste of chocolatey flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth and very drinkable. Overall this beer was quite good, I would enjoy having it again one day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 11:41:49 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of dusty tan micro-foam. The nose comprises chocolate, light roasted malts, dry pine needles, and very light sand (honestly, what my brain associates with this smell is sand...). The taste holds notes of coffee, darkly roasted malts, light leather, light char, sharp pine resin, and lime skin. Things come off decidedly bitter and acrid, to the point that my face evinces my body's inner wincing. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, what seems like a good beer decides to go all Mr. Hyde on my tongue, ruining everything. I'm not sure what happened, but it's just too darkly bitter and astringent for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 22:46:46 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: middle of April 2011.

Appears black in the glass, brown mahogany glints around the edges when held to the light. Ample tan foam, a finger's width initially, fading into a wispy broken skim after a few minutes. A cluster of larger bubbles clings to one side of the snifter. Drippy arcs of lace decorate the inside of the glass.

Soft roasty aroma, black malt and coffee with some leafy herbal hops at the edges. Not overly piney or fruity as some Black IPAs tend to be, this is more subdued but pleasant.

Ashy, roasty char, bitter with blackened carbon traces. Very roasty, moderately bitter from the seamless combination of roast malt and bittering hops. Somewhat resiny, but the roast dominates and the bitterness lingers long into the dry aftertaste. Somewhat light bodied. Again I find myself slowing down with this as I did with the Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA from yesterday.

It's ashy bitter roast is distinctive, this is a Black IPA for lovers of hoppy Stout & Porters.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 01:20:00 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-01-2014 00:22:15 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by Arbitrator. Thanks, bud. The beer has an inky black body and is topped by two fingers of bone-colored froth. The head sustains well and leaves strands of lacing.

Citrusy hops are strong in the aroma. It's clean and sharp, only faintly malty with a hint of roast. Herbal undertones round out the hop profile.

Very hop-forward on the tongue, citrusy and lightly herbal with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Light and semi-crisp, the malt profile is pretty dry and subtle, taking a backseat to the big hop flavors. The finish is pleasantly bitter and biting with a touch of chocolate. Pretty damn good, thanks Arbi.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 02:30:29 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2011 06:09:00 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, fruity citrus and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus, chocolate and caramel. The roasted malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of the "black IPA" style, this is a very good beer with enough flavor, substance and complexity to make it worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 01:56:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think the thing that comes to mind most about this beer is that because it isn't mind-blowing, so far as the character of it goes, some might consider it pedestrian. 3 years ago, people would have committed bloody murder to try this one. With all the black ales out there now, people might "eh" this one. I think it's a pretty good black ale. Glad to finally be able to try stuff from these cats out of 12 ouncers.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:46:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this random brew. No idea how many batches of this have been made, which means it could be anywhere from one to six months old. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with one finger-plus of light tan foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and collar. Lacing is spotty. Body is a dark brown, with some translucent red highlights perceptible when held to the light.

S - Smells like other black IPAs (or hoppy stouts) - grapefruit and floral hop notes mixed with cocoa, caramel, and roasted malts. You can tell this isn't super-fresh, but the hop presence is still assertive.

T - Sweet Jeebus! This is very bitter, and eerily reminiscent of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous. The taste is aggressive grapefruit and pine hoppiness, mixed with dark roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Tastes nowhere as sweet as it smells, to its detriment unfortunately. Bitterness lingers and builds throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is a refreshing medium-light, which isn't out of place at 7%. Finishes slightly dry, with some tooth-coating resins. It's a tad too carbonated for my liking, but never verges on harsh.

D - Yikes! The bitterness is oppressive. Suffers from the same problems as Stone XII/Sublimely Self-Righteous, even though this is a little lighter in alcohol and body. Palate wrecking, but not enjoyable enough to warrant it. I will finish the bomber, but it's going to take me a while.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Black IPAs just aren't my thing. This combination of flavors somehow works better when it comes from aggressively dry-hopping a stout, rather than adding black malt to an IPA recipe - I think because there are less bittering hops and alpha acids. I like bitterness as much as the next hophead, but in conjunction with bitter dark chocolate it gets a little tiresome.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 21:11:32 | More by MasterSki
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