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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 414
Hads: 1,394
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 83
Gots: 229 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this rivals the best black ipa i ever had. pours real dark and rich looking. milk chocolate color with a shirt but lasting mocha head. smells like coffee and deep dark english malt. cocoa notes as well in the nose. flavor is heavy coffee and roast malts. this is a big beer, with intense hops reaslly comoing to the fore later in the flavor experience. its bitter from chocolate and from hops, in prolific tandem. mouthfeel is smooth as butter with a big body and lots of nitro-esque carbonation. still drinkable enough to make a bomber worthwhile, perfect with or without dinner, or as dinner. overall this is friggen outstanding, one of the better darlk india pales ive had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - the label imagery resonates well right now, as I watch the sun fade over my west-facing deck.

This beer pours a very dark, cola syrup highlighted russet brown colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and generally creamy beige head, which leaves some nice gear chain webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty, slightly dank pine resin, dry powdered dark cocoa, muted orange and grapefruit bitters, old leather couches, black bread, and a slight herbal, leafy astringency. The taste is gritty chocolate-ensconced caramel malt, hard toffee, wet ash, still mildly dank pine forest floor, an acrid grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, more tanned leather, and subtly metallic cold alcohol.

The bubbles are nothing special, but supportive enough, just the way I like 'em, the body an adequate medium weight, and a bit too astringently hoppy, toasty, and well, boozy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the bready caramel flailing in a wind of agreeable char, hop, and sublimated liquor.

An approachable and drinkable version of a style to which I'm still coming around. The hop yin and roast yang bang heads (or touch tips, whatever) well enough, leaving my gustatory expectations generally satisfied. Worth a go if you like your dark roasty beers hoppy, or your decent IPA dragged through the coals.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split into several glasses.

Pours a dense black in the glass, being topped with about a finger of frothy light mocha head. Heck, this retains at nearly the same level that it poured at, staying very rich and just slathering the sides of the glass with huge creamy lacing. The aroma blasts off with the hops first thing, being freshly floral and citric smelling in the nose. Things darken up fairly quickly in the nostrils however, as a crunchy feeling and thick layer of smokey roasted chocolate malts and coffee make themselves known. Just very assertive with the roast and hops here. Nice!

Much like the aroma, the hops are bitter up front with spice, resins, and grapefruit, before a blast of dark and nutty roastiness swoops in. Sweetness from the chocolate and caramel character offers up some good balance, while blackened malts and coffee have this finishing with an dry, bitter, and acrid bite. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy and slick feel in the mouth that keeps this very easy drinking for 7% ABV.

I've really been warming up to this "Black IPA" sub-style lately and this was a good one that was just loaded with a good balance of hops and roast and whoes profile seriously towed the line with what you might find in a lighter version of a hoppy Imperial Stout! Makes me wish that I had picked up a couple more bottles of this.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this new beer from Mercury (Ipswich) at Julios the other day. Decided to give it a whirl. It's a black IPA, somewhat similar style to Stone Sublimely Self Righteous.

A: Pours into my oversized snifter with a dark, chocolate colored rich creamy 1 finger head with lots of big bubbles. Its super dark color doesn't seem to let any light through, showing that the key word "black" was not lying. It leaves a slight lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly disappears.

N: Nose has quite a bit of fresh hops. Almost a wet hop addition aroma. Some slight pine and citrus on the nose, with lots of earthy and musty fresh hop aromas and slight spicy hop aroma. It's hard to get past the hop aroma, but if you can there's a very slight sweet malt and almost at ouch of brown sugar, and perhaps a hint of roast.

T: Starts semi sweet actually, with some chocolate and roast. Not what I expected for initial taste. It starts like a porter, with some sweet milk chocolate, a little creamy, adds quite a bit of roasted flavors, but not much on coffee side. It also adds some smoked malt tastes, and hints of bacon almost. Perhaps a bit of maple or brown sugar sweetness as well. Of course this is all surrounded by a hoppy coat. Some light pine and citrus flavors, quite a bit of a spicy hop character, and more of the earthy robust wet hop taste. Slight dried fruits, but barely. I really like the addition of the smoked malt flavor that seems to sneak in there and doesn't affect the hops or dark malts.

M: Somewhat rich, with a nice lightly creamy texture, good carbonation, and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter as well, but not over the top. It's not as bitter as I would have expected at first, but as it dries off, which it does well, it gets more bitter and has quite a hop bite on the finish. More of the pine and dry bitterness seem to ramp up on the finish for a nice long bitter after taste. Not much on the malt or sweet character side lingering, but there is some more of that smoked malt flavor and hints of maple or brown sugar taste seem to linger. It's a pretty interesting dark IPA. I'm becoming a big fan of the black IPAs as it adds nice malty, dark, roasty, and sweet characters to a strong IPA beer. Best of both worlds, and if done right can be great. Although it can be done wrong, which I did on a homebrew, and it doesn't taste so good at that point. This one is done pretty well, but I think isn't quite a nice as Stone's.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Slight differences between this and the 1.5, I felt, but they're still both pretty good selections. Dark brown-black color, a small cap of off-white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving just a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine-hop-forward, with some dark roasted malts coming through. Taste of piney and citrusy hops, a bit more bitter than the 1.5, with a somewhat subtler chocolate flavor, more roasty with dark malts, and more resinous in the mouth. Medium body, decently drinkable overall, but can be a little harsh if you're not prepared for it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Riggsy for this one! Bottled 2/12, nice & fresh!

Pours garnet/chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan head. Mind blowning lacing

S: Pineyness, roasty malt & carob

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grapefruit & tanins, & charred grain up front. More charred grain, pineyness, a touch of baker's chocolate, just bit of plummyness hiding underneath as this warms. Finishes roasty, dry, woody, a bit of Girl Scout Thin Mint with a touch of orange rind, much bitterness

MF: Medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation, nice balance but skews a tad too bitter for me

Drinks fairly easy, not the best black ale out there, but worth your consideration

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black in color. Only the faintest of light shines through. Lots of ring lace left on the glass. Decent beige head.

Dark toasty malt aroma mixed with raw, bitter hop. Attractive.

Very bitter, almost extreme. Can't distinguish the darker malts. Very one sided. Looong bitter aftertaste. Good body with higher level of carbonation

Kinda one trick pony, even though I like bitter beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/23/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, floral, grass, light char, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with nice complexity and very balanced hop and roasted notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance of hop and roasted malt flavors with good complexity; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great balance of roasted malt and hop flavors with good complexity; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black Ale, Ipswich, MA.

Hey, I've heard about this Clown Shoes business, and guess what? Now, we're getting it. Here's Hoppy Feet Black India Pale Ale (black and pale, eh?), Mercury Brewing Company, Ipswich, MA. 7% ABV.

Dark brown, just about black, beautiful creamy tan head, lace-leaving. Gorgeous brew.

Aroma: grassy hops, subsumed by rich, deep malt. Hints of cocoa, spots of coffee.

Taste: more of that on the tongue, the depth of the dark malt, with the high hops on top. Nicely roasted malt character, riddled with hop bitterness, up an down, and back of the throat. Flavor continues, never quite quits. Gets brighter and brighter, hoppier and hoppier. Stays long through the finish.

The battle continues, and a question arises. Did this style arise out of need or necessity, was it a desire to produce something great, new, & intriguing? Or did people tire of porters, and demand they get hopped up, or else? I'm still asking.

Smooth, rich and malty mashes up with leafy, green, and hoppy. Bitter much? Just enough.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.