Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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87
very good

1,271 Ratings
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 69
Gots: 167 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/11 (sampled 9/1/11).

Appearance: Black glass shows some clarity at the edges and holds a tan head that laces in heavy clumps.

Smell: Some hops, not outrageous but there. Some roasted malt and a clean yeast smell I'm starting to associate with Clown Shoes. I want to say it's Chico yeast from Sierra Nevada, very neutral, bland even.

Taste: Roasty, probably too much so for the fledgling Black Ale (Black IPA on the label, Cascadian Ale, whatever) style, leaves it more stout like. Again, hops are here but not assertive, more in the finish with a long bitterness rather than a fresh cone taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily finish, lower carbonation level.

Overall: A pretty tasty beer, my pick of the litter of the Clown Shoes that have made it to Texas. I would put this into the American Stout category myself as it doesn't come with the hops I expect of an IPA, black or otherwise. It's the first Clown Shoes I could see getting another bottle of.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice beer received from lnashsig. Poured into globe tulip...

A- Blackish brown, two fingers of a light brown head. Not incredible lacing, but a few clumps stick to the glass here or there.

S- Very tart. Not fully infected, but its on the verge? Reminds me of that damn chalky pacman yeast, made famous by Rogue.

T/M- Fairly dull and character-less bitterness. Its there, but its just there; doesn't seem to contribute much to the flavor posdible as a whole. Again, chalky. Slight roast, with a grassy and floral hop offering. Body is exactly what you'd expect- medium, slightly acidic, well carbonated.

O- It was ok... Not great, not bad... Just an ok beer. Wouldn't give another go I think. Didn't have any substantial differentiating factor. I was looking forward to trying Clown Shoes, bit of a let down... Maybe Eagle Claw Fist will change my mind

Photo of Lerxst
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with a nice two finger beige head that has good retention and leaves ample amounts of sticky lace.

S-Pleasant citrus and pine hop notes are most prominent but there is a noticeable roasty maltiness going on too as well as hints of chocolate. The nose isn't overly aggressive, but it is very pleasant.

T-The citrus and pine hops from the nose bite first and they aren't shy. Nice bitter bite to lead off. A slightly charred malt comes in the middle and lingers along with the hops with hints of chocolate peeking through timidly. All the flavors work together to make this a very pleasing beer to drink.

M-Medium body with a slightly prickly carbonation that works well with this beer. Dry finish.

O-I really enjoyed this one. One of the better I've had in the style.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap. Poured a really nice dark color, almost pitch black with a nice one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin film. Good head retention.
The aroma was oh so hoppy, tickled all the hop senses. Faint notes of malt in between all of the hoppy goodness.
Similar to the aroma, this was a very nice and controlled hop assault on the palate. The bitterness is just about perfect and this also surprisingly feels almost like a full-bodied ale.
This is a very delicious brew to say the least. I'm glad that I gave it a try. It was a fresh keg, and I am keen to have this from a bottle to see if the bottle compares anywhere to a nice fresh keg.
Definitely worth a try and is highly recommended, especially if you are a hop-head.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a near pitch-black color with a brown head. It was foamy and very large because of the aggressive pour. Lot of sticky retention on the glass.

S--Hop forward. But the hops are soon displaced by the malty, porter-like qualities of the beer. Espresso and chocolate are heavy. A bit of caramel and heavy malts.

T--Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, hops, and malts. This is a cornucopia of beer styles. It has the IPA bitterness, but a porter chocolate, creaminess on the backend. Very strange brew.

M--Medium-bodied. Bitterness of the hops is replaced by the sweetness of the malt, but then comes the coffee/dark chocolate bittersweet flavor. The taste lingers in the mouth for a long time.

O--I love IPAs, but so far Black IPAs have not been that good for me. I think it has too much porter-quality for me. This was a very strong, hopped beer, though.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint. The pour is jet black, big white rock hard head. The lacing is impressive. The aroma is sweet pine, grapefruit. The beer has bitter pine, grapefruit, lots of dark malt notes. The body is medium, full of carbonation, thick mouthfeel. I liked this one, a tasty black IPA.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on feb 2011

pour was a dark black, cola like. massive head. this thing was actually annoying as there was so much head that took ages to dissipate.

nice citrus hoppy scent with a bit of roasted malt.

for being as old as it was, the citrus hops were still plenty strong. lots of citrus bitterness. a bit of roasted malt and ashes that brought out the dryness

mild carbonation and a moderate body. a bit of dryness.

besides the ever lasting head, this was pretty good.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 kingcrowing
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark brown with hints of dark ruby, a small business town head. Nose is a bit off, it's malty and a bit astringent and just not exciting.

The taste has an iron flavor along with some light astringency, there is a light hop bite on the finish. The Mouthfeel is fairly thick and rich but it's just not an impressive beer.

Photo of PDXHops
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a shaker pint. We're about 5 weeks past the bottling date. Body is appropriately dark, but the head goes above and beyod. It explodes upwards in the glass into a huge frothy and foamy tan cap, eventually settling into a thick uneven layer. Great retention and crazy lacing all around.

Certainly smells like no expense was spared on hops. Some background roast, but the chief aromas are pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest and mint. Intensely hoppy; if you want your palate whooped, look no further. Scathing bitterness is enhanced by a sticky drying finish. Grapefruit has pushed aside the gentler citrus. Just a touch of devil's food cake sweetness. A minor complaint is that the roast is almost entirely overpowered by the hops, but major props to Clown Shoes for this brew, a rare east coast hop bomb.

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

Pours black, tan head, nice sexy body with nothing clumsy about it. Nose is quite nice with dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and some minty pine. Wonder if Caribou Coffee makes a latte like this... anyway, on the palate this beer offers bitterness up front right away, more pine, and then the coffee character immediately casts its shadow over the entire tasting experience. Finish is bitter chocolatey.

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

A: dark brown almost black, with a brown head. the head fell and left some lacing down the glass.

S: nice aroma. i get a lot of citrus and piney hops up front, and then it leads the way to roasted malt and dark chocolate. i get hints of coffee, smoke, and burnt sugar as well.

T: just like the aroma. starts out with some citrus hops, then dark chocolate and cocoa powder, smoke, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and then piney, resinous hops. starts out with alomst a hint of sweetness and then finishes quite bitter. i get bitterness from the both the roasted malt and the hops.

M: medium-thin body with good amounts of carb. you can feel the carbonation run across your tongue.

O: i really enjoy this beer. the flavors meld pretty well, and finishes with quite bitter.

Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown/black with a nice off white head, good retention and lacing.

The smell was a great mix of Burnt black malts, smoke, and fresh west coast hops.

The flavor was a great blend of dark smokey and burnt black with a long pine and juniper hop flavors accentuated nicely by citrus notes and a touch of chocolate.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick with a good bit of hop oilyness.

I really like this overall, a nice blend of the black flavors and the hop flavors. To many beers of this style tend to be underwhelming on the black and smokey flavors and be to hop dominant, not this one a great balance of both.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm at my parents house for a week of vacation and their only pint glasses are Guinness labeled - this beer is colored to fit the glass.

Deep brown, maybe as dark as any beer of this style. What started as nearly an inch of tan head bubbles down to leave only thick lace behind.

Chocolate, coffee, toffee and piney hops jump out of the pint, quickly filling your nose.

Big time pine in the mouth, long-lasting and hanging onto the tongue. It's got a great deal of strong dark chocolate as well - almost like cooking chocolate, holding fast on the tongue and wedging its way to the back of the throat.

Mildy abrasive on the tongue, slightly burning from a high level of carbonation.

That's an incredibly complex beer, with huge flavor, but one that is remarkably balanced. What a beer - easy to drink and pleasing for hop-heads and malt lovers alike.

Photo of elephantrider
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black. Fluffy tan head

S: Hoppy and roasty. The fight between the hops and the roast was a draw as this is pretty well balanced

T: Very Good. I personally like Black IPAs alot and this one did not disappoint. A little bit of charcoal flavor with a nice hoppy bite.

T: medium bodied

O: I could drink this alot if only it was available in Michigan

Photo of matttttYCE
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured this one into a regular pint glass and goodness does it foam up like crazy even on a slow pour. The carbonation seems almost out of control. Head is about 1 3/4" high that's tight foamy, extremely lasting and light cocoa tan color. Lots of sticky lace all around the glass. Takes forever just for it to go down enough for me to drink some. Color of the beer is a very dark brown, not quite black and it's murky but not quite opaque when held to the light.

Smell - Lots of piney and citrus hops that are really bright and vibrant (almost overly citrusy, did I really just say that?), some tropical fruit and also earthy overtones, bitter-sweetness like a light bittersweet chocolate, with a good amount of those roasted malts, and hints of coffee. Probably hoppier than I expecting and than I like. The hops seem to take too much of a center stage here. That said, not a bad brew by any means.

Taste - Follows the nose pretty well with a lot of bright piney and biting citrus hop flavors, some tropical fruit, lots of roast quality, some coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes. All those citrusy hops, roast, coffee, and chocolate add up to some pretty big bitterness in the finish. Again, a bit much on the hops for me. It just seems a bit too overly hoppy. Of course, I do enjoy American Black Ales and IPAs, so it's certainly not bad. I just compare this to what I feel is the quintessential American Black Ale, Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous, and it doesn't quite measure up to that one.

Mouthfeel - Consistency is light-medium and velvety, carbonation is actually very high and spritzy, body is medium, and the finish is average. The carbonation, I think, is actually too high for the beer. It's almost like it doesn't match up with the body/consistency of the beer. For all intents and purposes a decent mouthfeel.

Overall - For the style, not a bad beer at all. Seems to me that the hops are too high profile and cirtrusy and that the carbonation is way too high for this beer. The hops aren't detracting from the brew at all. The strong northwest hops are what the style is all about (there's a reason it was referred to as Cascadian Dark Ale at one time for the hops coming from the Cascade Mountain Range area in the NW), they're just a bit too strong for me in this beer. Or maybe the roast and dark malt isn't strong enough. The carbonation, though, is what does detract for the beer. Not a bad beer at all, like I've said, I just wish the carbonation wasn't so damn high.

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

Been on sort of a Clown Shoes kick lately, with good reason.

A- Black ale goes into my Jay Peak pint glass. Upon impact a large creamy light brown head forms. Good size and retention. Thick coats of creamy lace around the glass.

S- A nice roast malt and cocoa aroma with generous hops in the background. Definite citrus, pine and fruit hints.

T- Much like the nose with more general hop flavor and presence. Hops bring pine, citrus, zest, grapefruit, fruit and herbal notes. This is all blended nicely with cocoa and roast malt

MF- Creamy moderate body with a silky carbonation feel. Finishes with a good medium level of bitterness.

Clown Shoes brings it again, a solid hoppy black ale. Good blendof the dark malt and the fruity hops.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "bottled the middle of april" on the label (about 3 1/2 months old).

pours out pretty much black, but when held to the light reveals some dark ruby red. big 2 fingers of creamy, almost velvety light tan colored head. very nice retention and some good sticky lace.

in the aroma, lots of woody and piney hops, some roasted malt with maybe a touch of caramel.

woody, piney and citrus hops mingle with a very nice roasted, caramel malt. maybe a little cocoa in there. lots of sharp piney bitterness in the finish, almost leaves a slight bitter aspirin aftertaste in your mouth.

medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel.

overall, a solid black ale, not a huge fan of the style, but this has to be one of the better ones out there. definatly worth a try and im looking forward to hoppy feet 1.5

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of robwestcott
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cold and black to a sun king shaped pint glass with a huge, foamy off white head leaving sticky lace.

aroma of licorice and smoke.

big bitter smoky hops up front and to tell you the truth, that's about all i'm getting here. smoke, licorice, dark black almost burnt coffee.

light bodied, big carbonation, bitter.

overall - interesting, but too much smoke for me.

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

Deep burgundy reminiscent of a burnt brick in color. Head explodes out of the bottle, rocky and chunky tan in color. Have too pour very slowly to keep the beer from over flowing.

Smells pretty much like all black ales I've had. Roasty malts, piney, citrusy hops, some chocolate, light coffee, like a chocolate dipped orange slice.

Flavors are very nice and really well balanced. Semi sweet bakers chocolate really takes the stage and shows itself nicely. Roasty with spent coffee grounds abound. Some citrusy hops are taken by earthy, pine riddled goodness on the finish. A bit grassy, with some anise qualities deep in the finish. Burnt caramel, orange, grilled pineapple, and even some apricot flavors. Nice and easy on the palate.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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