Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,355 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 80
Gots: 219 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting. Thanks to Aaron (argo0 on RB) for bringing this one.

a - Pours a dark black color with no head and no carbonation evident. Stout looking.

s - Smells mostly of piney and citrusy hops.

t - Tastes of very bitter hops. Some pine and citrus again, and a very bitter aftertaste. Tiny bit of a roasted taste as well.

m - Medium body with litter carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good black IPA. I enjoyed the hoppy bitter taste and would have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by the other Matt, a gift from the brewer, thanks guys.

Beer is dark black and opaque with a thick head of small off white bubbles that recedes quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a mystery on this one.

The aroma is quite piny in the hop department with some mild roast, I'm now thinking this is going to be one of the bittered BIPAs.

Well...this beer is decently bitter with both roast and hops, like a simcoe kind of bitterness with some midpalate lead ins on the road to more hoppiness. The forward is a little thin with some sweetness. There is too much happening the back half of the beer, I think ultimately that it is OK but there are better pairings with roastiness and hop bitterness than these malts / hops make.

Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Shannon Rose, Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours black with a tan lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, pine, coffee.

The taste is of chocolate, pine/herbal/perfume notes with coffee roast in the finish.

It has a smooth, full body.

An excellent Black Ale. Plenty hoppy, plenty roasty, and doesn't clash.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, bitter, black malt scent along with a very nice citrus hop nose. It's not a complex malt aroma and the hops really shine through. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop flavor that works well with the dry, black malts. It goes down smooth with loads of hops that resinate in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking black IPA. It has excellent hop character and a solid malt base.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is full of piney hops, as well as a good dose of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a lot of bitter chocolate and burnt malt notes, with some pine from the hops also mixed in. The bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot!

A: This brew appears a dark mahogany color, with a dense inch of light beige head which exhibits great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Aromas of roast, hops, and pine.

T: The beer is a combination of roast and hop flavors, with some chocolate notes in there as well. The beer tastes a little too bitter, with a slight hop astringency emerging in the back end.

M: OK feel, but a bit imbalanced in the finish.

D: An alright beer. I'm still not sold on this style. I really enjoy IPAs and roasty brews, but not sure that marrying the two is the best idea.

Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a chestnut brown color with a two finger head that lasts a long time. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some earthy pine comes through to the nose.

Taste: big roasted and bitter chocolate flavors are up front. Earthy notes, some tartness from citrusy hops, ad a hint of alcohol come through. Bitterness is bold and sharp.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a very hoppy black IPA that hits the spot. A slow sipping beer, the bomber will last you nicely in a session.

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with an inch of brown, dense, foamy head that has decent retention. The nose is chocolaty, piny, and has some faint citrusy notes. The flavor is similar to the nose. Up front it's chocolaty and smooth with faint roasted malt and coffee notes followed by a slightly citrusy, piny bitterness that lingers well after the swallow. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth. It has light carbonation and finishes dry.

This is an alright black IPA, but I prefer the 1.5 version that they put out. The difference is the malt character and the body. In the amped up 1.5 version, the body is fuller and the malt character is far richer and smoother. This is still a good beer just thin and not as bold.

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

On Tap at Blue Dog

Very dark red with some brown and black mixed in as well, looks kinda sludgy. Ring around the glass. Semi slight dots of lace, nothing extraordinary. Smell is piney, grapefruit that's sharp, semi boozy even with the low ABV, malts are in the forefront. Taste is a black IPA alright, sharp taste of grapefruit and oily hops, resinous. Some malt in the back, not terribly complex. Medium bodied, highly carbed, kinda prickly on the tounge there, bitterness is noted. I kinda liked this stuff, it did not blow me away, but I will look for it again, maybe.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black wiith a small off-white head, some lace, fair head retention.

S: Piney hops, some white grape fruit with a lot of roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate and pine, very hoppy with lemon and other citrus zest. Definitely has a green streak.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad acrid, with crisp carbonation, refreshing at points.

O: A fair black ale, it's to style, but a little clashing in flavours. An OK pickup if you like the style.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, Ma.

No freshness info to be had.

Pours black, mocha head that lifts and stays, leaves better then average high sheeting and wild lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate and citrus in the nose.

Flavorful offering. Black malts, more dark chocolate, lite coffee, super dry with citric hops/grapefruit crashing the party. Very nice, complex, bold and well worth seeking out and enjoying.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME

I suspect this is their best beer at Clown Shoes. But of course I don't know that, this is my first one. If they're all this good, then this is quite the brewery.

Pours...well, black. Not thick, there are some hints of ruby and mahogany. 1 finger white head. Looks good. Delishhh

Somewhat chaotic aroma. Sometimes the roasted malt comes out, sometimes the piney hops. It's a nice blend whatever comes forth.

Dark, toasted bread backbone. Some chocolate and molasses. But the hops dominate here. Pine and earthy, some zesty spice, but mostly the 'robust' hops. Bitter? Yeups. Nice. It sorta depends on what you're thinking about that determines which flavors come out more; malt, some smoke, chocolate, pine, raisin, leather, and/or zest. me like

Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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

Had a glass at Deep Ellum along with some tasty Parmesan fries. This is a pretty decent take on the style. The malt background is a bit more like a Irish dry stout than anything with its dry and bitter roasted character. The hops are predominantly citrusy and amplifies the dry character. Unfortunately, the hops and malt blend instead layering flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler. A soupy but very large gushing and clumpy head of light tan is formed. Body is fair chestnut and red.

Nose is ripped dark grain and husky with light coffee, smells more like a porter but tasty.

Taste is over carbonated wit a real burnt grain. Very dry roast and a mild gas. Roast roast and more roast. Extreme tasting char and burnt. Mild bitter hop on the finish as well.

Overall an interesting beer, but not what I look for in this style.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head. What there is is white and settles to a thin ring. Smells earthy and citrusy with some pine and firm malt. Very dry, but also very little roastiness. That's fine by me, I'd rather this be a black ale than a mischaracterised porter. The taste is very, very dry- almost none of the malt shows through. Very attenuated, with almost beefy flavors, and a bitterness that approaches that of an Amaro. Pine and earth notes, along with some gentian tastes here. Very dry in the mouth, almost austere. An interesting beer, and a bit different than others I've had in the style. Wouldn't be confused with a porter, but also not with a juicy IPA. Nice.

Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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.  

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

On tap at the Drafting Room during their recent hopfest.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose; just some coffee, light citrus and hint of eucalyptus. It's attractive, I just wish there was more of it. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with a hint of chocolate intermixed with the coffee and dry citrus. The beer is actully fairly dry and bitter, though there's some initial sweetness when you take a sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly long and bitter finish (with a hint of licorice at the end). Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and while there's nothing extraordinairy here, it's a tasty enough beer.

Photo of biegaman
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite its name, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet is no laughing matter: its body is black and even against bright backlight will concede little highlighting. It may be hoppier than some IPAs but it definitely don't look like many! Its head is like a sponge and leaves a spattering of lace that looks as though someone stuck a pin in a balloon that was filled with glue.

It still takes some getting used to seeing such dark, effectively black beers brimming with such piny, fruity hoppiness, despite that so many examples of the style (which goes by a dozen different names) now abound. Central to all of them, however, is the plump juicy fruitiness of American "C" hops, like the kind that flourish in this one.

And while white and red grapefruit and papaya are indeed plentiful, the beer has the milky chocolate and mocha qualities of a good American porter. Roasted (but not too roasted) malts provide a coffee-and-cream backdrop for all the herbal resins, citrus zest and weedy pineyness. It tastes like cocoa sweetened with mint and pine serum in lieu of milk.

The beer finishes on such a scathing bitter note, it's as if the palate is being punished for peeing on the rug or something. Fortunately, that bitterness carries with it a piny, citrusy, minty quality that is welcome on my palate any time. And besides, a hazelnut-biscotti taste replaces it soon enough. This bomber could be twice the size and I'd still finish it.

To make a long story short, Hoppy Feet has the minty, piny, citrusy hoppiness of an American IPA and all the bold, roasty, bittersweet chocolaty flavours of an American porter - and is perhaps the best example of the style I've come across. It's character and quality are both telling about the mentality of this new, up-and-coming brewery. Recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, foamy, big bubbled, light tan head that starts around an inch and slowly settles into a surface coating. Great cling along the glass. Aromas of roast and bitter coffee with an overlay of resin and piney hops, giving a pretty dynamic and layered nose. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a campfire char and smoke forward, bitter dark roasted coffee in the backbone, and a spiced and resiny hops presence that builds at the end of the palate. The aftertaste ends up being a balance of roast and smoke with bitter hops. Light, crisp body with a dry, clean, crisp finish. The beer does leave a slightly smoked linger as you continue to drink. Decent beer.

Photo of Wasatch
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice blackish color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is roasted malts, hops, caramel, chocolate. The taste is malty, with some nice roasted notes, nice little hop note, slight licorice. Medium Body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. This is a very nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/11
*From notes

A: Rich molasses and charcoal in color. A good 1.75 finger head on a careful pour. Dense lacing (that's thicker then most) remains as the head fades.

S: Charry malt, followed by a barrage of hops. I really stick my schnoz in the glass and get a big whiff of earth and grassy herbs.

T: Wow - this is a big ABA! Smokey malt and rich dark chocolate lay down in a bed of bitter hop oil. Quite bitter in fact, especially on the finish. A floral essence appears as this one warms a bit.

M: Leave it to Clown Shoes to create yet another great mouthfeel. They really are batting 1.000 here, as this is another winner. Good rich texture and proper weight. The carbonation is spot-on, and really help sell this one.

O: First and foremost I should note that Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet sports yet another killer label. They're some of the best in the business.

Back to the beer - Hoppy Feet may not be my go-to Clown Shoes brew, but damn it's a tasty one. A bit different then I was expecting, yet still highly drinkable. I am continually impressed by their suds, and am thrilled I can finally find them in Northern Virginia.

Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark tan head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is lightly of dark malts, with a stronger presence of green hops.

Taste starts with bitter hops, smooths out with a bit of sweetness in the middle, then reverts back to the hops bite. Hops burps begin immediately. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Just wish there was a bit more of a malt presence here, would add to the whole experience.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.