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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 59
Gots: 129 | 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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +7%

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.

Kegatron, May 18, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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

russpowell, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

MasterSki, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

drabmuh, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

jlindros, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

Rifugium, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +7%

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.

WesWes, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Mora2000, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

mdfb79, Mar 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -6%

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.

smcolw, Feb 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MarkyMOD, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

Halcyondays, May 20, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Gavage, Nov 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

oriolesfan4, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.6%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -21%

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.  

corby112, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

tempest, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

Billolick, Dec 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dbrauneis, Jan 09, 2012
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.