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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 71
Gots: 181 | FT: 2
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Clown Shoes visit their website
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 chocosushi
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz->Cuvee de Trolls Chalice
A ~ Black with an inch high cap of tan head that is a akin to frothed milk with a thick texture. Stout-like in body.

S ~ Coffee w/ Milk, Ashy wood, HOPS, and hints of vanilla bean & burnt caramel.

T ~ Roasted malt lending notes of Burnt wood, steadily fading into coffee...strong coffee. Hops are very floral & resinous, providing notes of forests & ripe fruit. A nice undercurrent of dark chocolate really carries everything home.

M ~ Bitterness on alll ends: Malt provides an initial sharp, woody bitterness, while hops continue bittering in a long lasting & resinous way. Very dry.

D ~ A black IPA with a simple charm that I enjoy quite a bit. Pick it up if you enjoy Imperial Stouts or Malt-forward Black IPAs. Definitely will revisit.

Photo of socon67
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Reviewed from 5oz sample

A - Black with a slight beige foam. Decent lacing.

S - Scents of roasted malt, cocoa, and a mild hoppy aroma.

T - Freaking awesome! The flavor of mocha is about the best I can recall. There is a blended hop component too, but the dominant flavor is this mocha taste that is smooth, consistent, and rivals that of some major stotus. I'm wowed by this.

M - Smooth as silk, feels medium bodied yet has some major flavor. Perfect beer for imp stout lovers that don't want a heavy beer.

O - Easily the best black ale I've had. So glad to try this beer, and I'm getting a bottle as we speak.

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

Got this from a trade with CheezyBlaster. I've been looking forwad to this ale for a while, since I saw it reviewed by a top-notch local beer blogger Cleveland Food & Brews. So to say I'm pumped about this beer would be an understatement!

Has a roasted, coffee aroma, with chocolate nibs, bitter hops and hints of toffee.

Wonderfully bitter to start, with black coffee, dark chocolate, and oak are balanced by a healthy amount of smooth malt. Unlike so many IPA's, this glides in for a soft landing, even though it leaves a residual bitterness.

Medium bodied, there's a bit of creaminess in the finish.

Very tasty, very pleasant, this is one of the smoother examples of a black IPA that I've had. The nose opens as it warms, with more a more floral aroma than it had at the start. A quality brew, try one if you can!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Good Life

L - black with a khaki colored head that thinned to a layer leaving a good coating on the inside of the glass.

S - bitter citrus rind and light roastiness.

T - citrus hops upfront with a roasted malty middle finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a very enjoyable Black IPA.

Photo of kennylopez
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 32oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance: a dark black color with a two finger white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells: has a hay like hop smell with a real roasted malt character.

Tastes: I do taste the hops ,but I taste more of a dark malt flavor that does have a hint of chocolate but is very subtle.

Mouthfeel: quite smooth and mellow with the roasted aftertaste, but the sticky nice bitter taste lingerers for awhile. The roasted flavor covers the 7% and creates an easy drinking experience. I will buy another bottle, and I am interested to see how this compares to there 1.5 Hoppy Feet.

Photo of shoky01
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with white head and lacing.

Smells hoppy and malty.

T: Yeah, its an IPA, strong hops but luckily it doesn't stick around. Some malts but Hoppy feet is a prevalent name.

MF: Leaves a bit of a film or hops.

OA: nope not so much, not gonna drink it again.

Of the Clown shoes I tried I liked this one the least but won't hold it against them, I'm not a hop-head after all.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during a regular meeting of my beer tasting club. Didn't check a best before date, but this was fresh out of the store.

A - starts out promising with a deep. dark black pour with a finger of tan head that left just a little streaky lacing on the glass

S - a bit unusual on the nose with not much for hops, but HUGE dark chocolate notes

T - again, not much for hops with this, but lots and lots of dark malts, and dark chocolate in particular. Accompanying the chocolate was some moderate sweetness; can't say this is what I was expecting at all!

M - in spite of its dark color and toasty malts this was still fairly light in body; it had a little carbonation and its bitterness stuck for a while in the back of the throat

D - goes down relatively easy

Overall I would have preferred a few more dimensions to this beer; it seemed like it was all chocolate and dark malts. Would have loved a bigger malt profile to balance it out. Hop in the Dark and Sublimely are better choices IMO.

Photo of frognot
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a thick foamy khaki head

Smell: Roasted chocolate and coffee

Taste: Hops predominate over the roasted maltiness. I'm a hop-head so this is one of the better black IPAs that I've tried.
Started good but finished kind of flat.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable black IPA.

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

I have to get my hands on any Black IPA...or whatever style you wish to call it, I can so when I saw this on the shelves I knew it was a buy. Not to mention it's cooling down in Texas so having a beer that's not merely a "refreshing" beer is...refreshing in its own way.

The head grows thick, lovely off-white and creamy that looks very much like a Coke or root beer float. The beer looks like the thick stout, barely opaque only around the edges of the glass, a very dark brown.

Immediately up front when taking a whiff is a lot of roastiness from the roasted malts with coffee and cocoa. Floral, earthy hops add depth. There's sweet molasses and a sort of warm spiciness that's wine-like.

Clown Shoe's Black IPA is pretty damn hoppy from the 80 IBUs that can overpower the beer when first tried but once you let it warm up the other flavors come out much more. Lingering cocoa, coffee, and syrupy sweet notes round out the taste to make it much more satisfying. It's very tasty.

This is a medium-bodied beer but I do have to say I'd prefer it to be a bit more full-bodied. Not that it's watery though. It is, however, very drinkable, smooth, and creamy throughout.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark crimson color, almost black, with a thick head of tan foam. Superb retention and decent lacing make this a good looking brew.

Nose displays equal amounts of orangey citric hops and lightly roasted malts. Little bit of burnt biscuits and dark bread show through, but overall a good, clean smelling black IPA.

Taste shows off the brighter, lighter and hop flavor side of this newfound style. Crisp and refreshing, it is quite drinkable. The hops are bitter, but back off a bit on the end and dont combine with heavily roasty, astringent malt to make the finish ashy and tongue-scraping. I dont want to say the malts are more in the background than most of the style, but the hops seem more vibrant and have a sharper flavor. Doesnt seem to have quite the complexity of a SSR...but it's a damn fine brew, one of the better BIPAs fo sho.

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a modest layer of tan foam.

Dark malt aroma, mostly a light coffee and a little chocolate. Fruity hop presence. I really like the balance.

Nice roast coffee base that lets the fruity hop bitterness stack up well. And, of course, the bitterness continues to increase. Personally, I was hoping there would be a more pronounced malt character. Body is on the heavier side, moderate carbonation compliments it well.

The nose was definitely suggesting more of a malt/hop balance, which was kind of disappointing because damn it smelled great! A brew I certainly suggest, especially to hop heads.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BIPA? CDA? IBA? ABA? Whatever you call it, this stuff is delicious and I don't know why it has been a long time since I've had one. Clown Shoes just came to Texas and I figured that I'd give this bottle a shot. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

The body is a clear, dark mess. Not quite black, but more of a deep bloody garnet dulled with some brown. Not perfect, but not bad. The head is fluffy. It's tan, it's well formed and it stays around for a while. Since I'm a sucker for good head, this gets good points in my book.

My initial whiffs are straight pine hops. Like the Stone SSR, this thing seems to take the pine hop approach to balance the roast. As the head dies down, I can smell a hoppy fruit presence and then the roast. Nicely layered, but maybe a bit heavy on the roast for my tastes.

The body is definitely more stout than IPA. I kind of prefer it the other way around. The profile comes initially with a roasty flavor mixed with citrus (maybe orange?). The fruitiness dies down and blends into a hoppy bitterness that becomes a stale coffee that leaves lingering roasted and raw hop flavors. It has nice transitions and is well layered, but I'm not completely satisfied. It misses the raw, bold hoppiness of Stone's SSR and it's not as well rounded or clean as the SN Stout. This lies somewhere between the two, but I do wish it would pick more of a side (ideally more towards the rough and tumble SSR). This is a good beer, but it could be more assertive on one of two lines, either of which would make it a more impressive drink.

Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomner from Total Wine in mid August for $5.99. Bottled on 6-14-11.

Beer poured a dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful - floral and citrus hops perfume this brew quite well.

Taste is a huge wallop of grapefruit and pine finishing with the roasted chocolate malt backbone trying to balance all those hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty solid brew. If you like bitter dark chocolate this brew is for you!

Photo of beerphan
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
bottled 8/11 is printed on the label

Pours mostly black with a big thick mocha head that deposits a ring of cliff clumps of thick lace along with sporadic clumps up and down the bottle.

Nose: Strong citrus hops dominate, piney with a bit of cocoa

Slightly thin oily mouthfeel. Roasted malts add thickness with rich textured flavors of smoke, caramel and chocolate. Hops rely heavy on a full bitter blast that mostly hides the citrus piney flavors that try and poke their way out. The chalky bitterness hangs around for a while.

My only complaint is the nose does not translate to the flavor from an abundance of bitterness.

Photo of mryuk
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown with a finger of head. no light gets through.

smell is strong hops and bitterness. smoke and coffee.

taste is very bitter with very little sweet but some strong coffee and roasted flavor.

mouth is medium with good carbonation.

very good beer but had almost too much coffee at the end.

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 RexlySnipes
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just had this beer i poured the bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer was very dark brown almost black in color with about a finger of head. and alot of lace left afterward.

S: I got alot of hops and malt on the nose. The hops are just out there in your face and make a statement.

T: Of the bat i got punched in the mouth with the Amarillo and Columbus hops followed by a malty finish that was so smooth it was very good.

O: This beer was very good i think personally i really liked it it lacked a little bit in the flavor profile but in the in i would defiantly try more beers from this brewery.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

Boom goes the dynamite! This brew pours a very deep brown color with an impossibly huge head that retains and laces incredibly well. The aroma is awesome, it kinda smells like my hand after a beer festival. Plenty of hops, and plenty of deep roastiness. The taste doesn't quite live up to expectations, but is still pretty good. It's got a decent amount of hops, I can tell this right from the start. However, they don't quite assert themselves like I'd want from a Black IPA. They're perfectly content to fade into the background while a slightly thin roastiness and chocolate component comes into play. It's a shame, I was really expecting to rate this phenomenally from the appearance and smell. It's still a good brew, but it won't knock your socks off.

The mouthfeel feels a little bit thin and overcarbonated, but it's not overly distracting. The drinkability is fairly good. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed by this beer. It's a good beer that looks and smells phenomenal. I'd give it a shot for sure, but I wasn't blown away. I guess that's what having a great nose that isn't quite echoed by the taste will do though. Don't get me wrong, I liked this beer. However, it's just so close to greatness that it hurts.

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

Notes from 09/06/11
Bomber to pint

A: Hoppy Feet pours jet black with a dark ruddy brown edge to it. Massive mocha frappe head formed with great staying power and scattered waves of lacing down the glass.

S: Aromas are rich with coffee bean and roasty grains. Smoky even. A slightly burnt toffee nuttiness and some citrus peels.

T: Rich nutty smoky grains. Roasted coffee beans. Some chocolate. Intense bitters that are citrus & pine and really hit you in the jowels. Slight astringency from it all coming together like a burnt earth acridness. Some alcohol. Dry crispy finish. More like a hoppy stout.

M: Med-low body with a rather smooth creamy texture, decent carbonation, and light dry finish.

D: Interesting brew that I can possibly see offending certain palates. Def more on the side of a smoky stout or porter.
Borderline completely out of whack with a burnt hops effect but they make it work with a smooth creamy drink that is still quite hoppy and enjoyable.

Big shout to Charliedvrs - Glad to have tried and a want of mine.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a big, tan head.

Smells of pine, dank, and citrus hops. It has an excellent hop nose.

Taste is up-front hop, pine and citrus mixing nicely here, then a slightly roasted character comes in and finishes with an odd chalky character.

Medium bodies and really smooth. It goes down easy.

All indications were that this was going to be great, but the taste just does not live up to the small, look, and feel of the beer.

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

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA.

A - Beautiful pour into my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Three finger chocolate milk head. Black body with good carbonation coming up. Good rings of lacing with an island of that head remaining.

S - Heaps of chocolate, very little citrus, roasted malts, nuttiness, and pine as well.

T - More nutty and chocolate notes with alot more pine than citrus. Some coffee is there too. The flavour starts with coffee and chocolate and moves to the hop notes in the finish, making this seem very structured and not just a thrown together beer. Nice.

M - Good carbonation to moves things about and a slightly creamy medium body with a decent bitter bite.

O/D - A quality Black IPA. The more popular this style has become, the less I've actually enjoyed trying different versions of it. The novelty has definately worn off. That said, I still liked this for its complexity and balance. Drinks like a hopped to hell stout. Good.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, near black with huge beige head and a ton of lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts, citrus, and pine.

T- Roasted malts, lots of bitter pine hops come through in the middle.

M- Medium bodied, but a little thin for me. Fairly easy to drink and lighter carbonation.

O- Very solid black IPA. Like the Hoppy Feet 1.5 a lot more, but this is a decent substitute.

Photo of beagle75
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A: Clear, dark garnet color with two fingers of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Very thick lacing remains, nearly continuous and with obvious relief.

S: Mild wood smoke is immediately evident, followed by milk chocolate and aggressive piney hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined roasted malt and hop aromatics that capture the pine from the smell as well as additional layers of artificial menthol or floor cleaner. Acidity is mild and evasive, respecting the roast. Fresh coffee is strong in the middle, also with some molasses joining, but influenced perhaps most heavily by the pungent Columbus hops. The middle is bitter and acrid, though not offensive, remaining hoppy and roasty to the end.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; simultaneously wet, slightly sticky, and even creamy; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Despite the aggressive Columbus hop presence here, this is a remarkable black IPA. I didn't want to like this beer from a poorly-named brewery that seemed over-hyped since the first mention of it. Now, this beer has convinced me that Clown Shoes is only a slightly worse name for a brewery than The Bruery.

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 womencantsail
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.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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