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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,153 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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 Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 07, 2011
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 Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of bosox941827
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

22oz bomber into Great Dane Pub & Brewing imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as tasted
A - Pours dark as a stout with a garnet edge to it; big foamy head off the pour that slowly settles to a thin coating
S - A bit of piney hops off the pour, which also throws off some chocolate/roasted malts
T - Lots of roasted malts off the front, with a bit of chocolate in there too and a mild level of sweetness. It takes a while for the hop flavor to develop, but it does and it is reminiscent of the pine in the nose. It doesn't really assert itself as much as you might expect, but it does persist and really dries out the tongue. Just the slightest hint of alcohol at the end too but really just a bit. Get a mix of the roasted malts along with the bitterness during the linger.
M - Very smooth; not overpowering due to the well-contained level of sweetness.
D - Excellent; could easily session this one.
Wish more brewers would take a stab at this style, and I expect this will happen in '11. This is a well-done example of a Black IPA, though I like Laughing Dog's and Lonerider's a bit more, I would not hesitate to get this one again.

bosox941827, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of NCSUdo
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

22 oz bottle

A: Pitch black body under a big off white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Sweet, good citrus hops, roasted malt, some chocolate. Hops a very fresh smelling.

T: Good malt character, balanced with citrus hops. Roasted and chocolate, medium bitter finish, little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

M/D: Full bodied, creamy, very good mouth feel. Drinkability is very good. Solid beer.

NCSUdo, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Special thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to jayli for this from our recent trade.

A: Pours black with some rusty highlights. An easy pour netted a creamy, towering, dark khaki head that bulged up over the rim of the glass and was a wonder in surface tension. Gorgeous lace!

S: Very fragrant nose. Dark roasty malt, coffee, smoke, pine sap, citrus, and grapefruit.

T: Taste is very close to the smell with way more hop presence. Pine and grapefruit. Nice the way the huge hoppy middle gains a bunch of heavily roasted malt just in time for the finish.

M: Quite dry and peppery. Very sticky. Spicy hop oils tingle for a while on the lips and tongue. Very roasty.

D: A hugely enjoyable BIPA. I just found out today Clown Shoes is coming to the Chicago market and I, for one, can't wait!

GbVDave, Dec 28, 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
Photo of IHC
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

I bought bottle of this beer for the first time and was impressed.

Appearance: Black with nice 1 inch foam which remained for several minutes. Lacing continued to linger through out the tasting.

Smell: You can smell both the hops and the roasted barley/dark chocolate. The balance here works perfectly and is smooth yet subtle.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Like the aroma the taste comes through with a good roasted/chocolate flavor finishing with a nice hop bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer.

IHC, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

thanks to Kkottonmouthkngz for this trade

pours dark brown snd looks pitch black in the glass with a huge tan chuncky pillowy head that had great retention and covered the glass with lacing

smells of roasted chocolate malt with fruity pine hops

taste is great - like a lighter alpha klaus - good amount of both chocolate roasted malt and of course those hops citrus and pine

mouthfeel light body that is way over carbonated

drinkability - black ipa's are quickly beconing my new fav - the winter time ipa - would have scored it higher but the carbonation filled me up with the unneeded gas

jsh420, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

#3 of 5 of requested reviews. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. <---annoying

Appearance: Pours a thin black with .5 inch of tan cream/sudsy head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing.

Nose: Very hop forward with lots of leafy herbal hops and a fair amount of lime oil. Roasted malt motes play a supporting role on the nose.

Palate: Sharp with hops right off the bat. Roasted coffee notes, black patent malt, molasses, dark maple syrup, burnt sugar, and lots of hops. Extremely bitter, especially on the finish.

Notes: Wow. That's a bitter frickin Black IPA. Almost too bitter, if there ever were such a thing. Huge amounts of hops must go in for bittering. I think I like it...

SFLpunk, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

A: The beer poured black with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. Decent head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of piney hops.

T: The taste was dominated by chocolate and roasted malt. The hops came through more as bitterness than anything else. A touch of citrus but IMO the best examples of this style have a ton of citrus hops to match up to the roast and chocolate. The chocolate was quite pleasant though.

M: A touch overcarbonated. It was a little bit sharp. Medium body with some heft to it.

D: I enjoyed this beer but I have had better examples of the style. Worth a shot though as there are not that many examples out there yet.

aerozeppl, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark black color with a huge off white head.

Aromas are of pine hops and dark bitter bakers chocolate.

Taste is of dark bakers chocolate, heavy roasted coffees, and brown sugar creamy malts. Finish is crisp, with very light pine hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, very nice.

Drinkability is good. Very nice black IPA, kind of wish it was hoppier, but it's still quite tasty and well worth trying.

flexabull, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

Despite living in the Pacific Northwest (arguably Ground Zero for the style now co-dubbed 'Cascadian Dark Ale'), this probably isn't a beer I'm inclined to pick up, truth be told. Something about the style clashes with my taste buds every time...also something about living 3,000 miles from Massachusetts prevents me from this one in particular. Regardless, thanks to BanditBrewingCo for sending this 22 oz bottle - my first try, obviously; poured to a shaker pint glass ('July is Oregon Craft Beer Month').

A: Dark as a porter, charcoal/ebony with crimson slivers at the edges. Terrific pile of glistening beige foam; even with a steady and rather careful pour, the head easily surpasses two fingers and holds well. Sticky lace affixes in rings and Rorschach blotches.

S: A not-so-bad noseful of husky grain, moderately charred/smoky. Musty cocoa dust and a then a vague and muddied citrus hoppiness - really hard to pick out what these are (though the label spoils the guessing game by listing Cascade and Columbus).

T: A well-bittered and thoroughly blackened concoction that relents a bit by allowing notes of fudgy dark chocolate and roast nuts to play a while. Grapefruit shines more in a drawn out finish, when the charred malt fades a little. Balance, I guess, for the style - though brassy bitterness still reigns supreme.

M: A chewy darkness, medium body and cool creaminess (The Good). Lengthy bitterness with a somewhat dull and metallic-hinting finish (The Bad).

D: Take this score for what it's worth (my opinion): this could be the most likable BIPA/CDA I've tasted. Good dark roast (not punishing) and lively hops. A complaint I've had with others of the style, a overbearing 'burnt popcorn' flavor, does rear up, but here I can live with it because of a more chocolate-y balance. Not saying I'm rushing out for more, but I could drink this again.

By the way, great name for a brewery (although 'Mercury Brewing Co' gets the credit, 'Clown Shoes' sounds so much better)...thanks again, Alan.

msubulldog25, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of drewba
3.63/5  rDev -6%

A - Dark brown. Pours a large, creamy colored, frothy head. Pretty solid lacing for the duration.

S - it smells like a..well, black ipa. Many ipa characteristics in the nose - lemon, lime, grapefruit, fresh flowers, a touch of pine but I'm also pulling out some dark malt that's giving out small bread/biscuit aroma.

T - Very interesting and complex - with every sip, the flavor spectrum goes from the far left to the far right in a matter of milliseconds. On the far left, the malt. This comes first with bread, nut, roast and caramel flavors but almost immediately takes a backseat to the far right, the manliest of hops. The hop profile opens quickly with a blast of juicy citrus hops, and as a quickly as I can recognize the taste, the hop profile turns to high bitter - grapefruit, lemon rinds. Then, all you're left with is a metallic aftertaste and the "what the fuck just happened" look on your face. Even though there is a more significant malt presence than your standard ipa, hoppy feet is still all about the hops.

M - thin, but the carbonation is nice.

D - the heavy amount of bitter and metal aftertaste is severely limiting the drinkability for me. That said, I finished a bomber in about 20 minutes, so it is drinkable. I just wouldn't reach for another one right away.

drewba, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Very dark brown, but not quite opaque. Purplish highlights with ruby/chestnut edges. Fluffy tan cap (just short of 2") that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Great head retention. The aroma was quite hoppy up front, but presented considerable malt depth at times - chocolate, caramel, and slight roast/burnt. Hops were resinous and piney, some citrus rind. More of the same in the flavour - pine and caramel dominating, but with some citrus, chocolate and a hint of licorice present as well. Strong bitterness more than balanced the other flavours. Medium bodied with a creamy texture from the well-integrated carbonation. A bit astringent though, giving it more dryness than it needs. Overall I liked this. Solid hoppiness with a nice depth of malt makes for a tasty beer.

DrJay, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Picked up two bottles of Clown Shoes, and this was the second of the night. Shared with my wife as it was poured into stemmed glasses. Totally black color, with a contrasting white head. I was surprised how long the head lasted - quick thick and good looking. Smell was pungent with citrus and floral hops. Very fresh aroma. Taste was balanced for the style. Plenty of hops, but there was also a good amount of malt and just a bit of roasted coffee flavor. Mouthfeel had a nice thickness to it, but it was very smooth and drinkable at the same time. This beer basically nailed it in every category. From pour to finish, a pleasure to drink. Clown Shoes has really impressed me.

morebeergood, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +3.6%

S: Citrus hops, slight roastiness, touch of coffee, mostly hops though, orange and grapefruit.

L: Dark brown/black, some ruby highlights. Creamy light tan head, great lacing.

T: Semi-sweet coffee roasty malt. Some taste of grapefruit. Medium high bitterness with subtle roasty dryness. A touch harsh in the back of the troat.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

A solid CDA, liked how the roastiness was muted to allow the hops to shine. Not my favorite style, but i thought this was a solid beer.

bum732, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of busterthecat
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured into tulip glass.

A- Dark mocha color. Dense foam sits for a bit. good lacing.

S- Upfront hops that gives way to powerful roasted toffee/ coffee, some chocolate.

T- Blast of bitter hops that last on palate. Roasted malt with oak, earth, burnt toffee. Big taste. Interesting tangle of flavors.

M- Covers palate, lingers for a while.

D- A big flavored beer. Not much alc. A 22oz was more then enough.

busterthecat, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Got this bottle from Gregg. Thanks so much for the opportunity! 22oz bottle...

A: Super dark black with ruby highlights around the edges. Biggest head I have ever seen. A full 3 inches that fades slowly. Good.

S: I get some nice grapefruit upfront with some nice sweet citrus malt quickly following. Not too much else going on in the scent. Decent.

T: Hmm, very interesting flavors here. Think, coffee stout blended with an IPA. You quickly first get the dry puckering grapefruit taste quickly followed by some faint coffee bean roastiness. Some sweet sugary malt hidden on the backend. A great hop flavors upfront. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation balance. Very good.

D: This one goes down very easy. Not too much of an issue here. Very good.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Not amazing, but good. Don't bother hunting this one, but def try if you like an interesting blend on IPA's and have access.

steve8robin, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of theghost3
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to Sully62601 for this.

Pours a very dark, cola-like brown with a 4-finger, frothy cafe au lait head. Rather volatile; lots of layered lacing.

The smell is grassy, herbal and slightly citrusy hops with some faint smoke and chocolate malt. The taste is bitter from herbal, pine and grassy hops. There are also flavors of burnt coffee with a hint of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium-bodied.

This is a very drinkable beer. The style is very interesting in that it has qualities of an American IPA or Pale Ale as well as those of a Porter or Irish Dry Stout. This would go well with grilled meat.

theghost3, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

had this one a few times, kinda surprised I have never reviewed it. It was actually very impressive on cask, but im reviewing the standard bottle form now.

pours black with a light tan head that is sizable, retains well, and leaves tons of chunks on the glass. Color is stout like, viscosity and lacing and head retention is IPA like.

aroma is piney, grassy and a touch citric hops with a backbone of roasty malts providing some chocolate and coffee. mmm.

flavor is at first of bitter, dry hops. pine, grass, and white grapefruit. that is quickly countered by some dark, slightly roasty malts, which are again taken over by a nice, bitter finish. a bit more IPA than Black, but its very tasty.

light/medium bodied with a watery, yet dry finish and a lingering bitterness.

drinks very well. hoppy and roasty at the same time. a very good example of the up-and-coming style. Easily their best beer, and a good one to make your name from. not my favorite of the style, but its actually relatively cheap and near the upper tier, so i see myself drinking this often.

silentjay, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of ambluhm
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

The appearance of this beer is a gorgeous black color with slight brown tinges around the rim. The head was a frothy and thick khaki color that left some lace.

The nose on this is the real winning feature for me. It has beautiful chocolate and coffee notes followed by a strong presence of floral and piney hops. A real battle, but in the end, a successful balancing act.

The mouthfeel is slightly malty sweet with definite bitterness from the loads of hops in this one. Another successful balance of sweet and bitter, which results in a surprisingly smooth beer for something that has so much roast, toast, and hops.

Overall this is something that I would love with a nice steak. I generally shy away from such hoppy beers, but this was a real stunner for me, and something that may have me reconsidering my tastes.

ambluhm, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Clown Shoes Black IPA pours an oily black color into the glass. A small off white head forms on top and dissolves quickly to a foamy ring around the beer. A few spots of lace remain behind.

The aroma is hoppy with pine essence and notes of chocolate and dark malts mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth and silky on the palate. Light to medium carbonation.

The flavor is a well balanced combination of piney hops and sweet malt notes of chocolate, roasted malt and toffee. It finishes slightly bitter and once gone the pine and toffee flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer that's easy to drink. It may be my standard for black IPA's.

WanderingFool, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Have Clownshoes made a bad beer yet? I sure haven't found it...

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a very big fluffy 3 finger head with a nice light chocolate colour. Biiiig clumps of head remains floating around the beverage along with heavy side lacing. Spectacular to look at.

S - One heck of a sensory battle here. Almost starts like a stout or a porter. Big chocolate, roasty malts, and maybe even some coffee hits big and hard up front quickly followed by, whats that? Floral hops! Very interesting and pleasing.

T - So close to the nose. Delicious sweet, roasted maltes. The coffee and chocolate is more subdued in the mouth as compared to the nose. That being said, the hoppy bitterness is incredibly well pronounced in the back end. That piney bitterness rather nicely cuts into the sweet roasted malts.

M - My only knock on this would I could use a bit more carbonation. This has a low carbonation, resulting in a creamy, porter like feel. When swallowed there there is a sharp crispness of carbonation. Would be nice if that was present throughout.

D - Really solid. Digging this big time from Clownshoes. The 7% is weird. Some sips its nicely masked, yet in others its really in your face. I had this at a random tasting Clownshoes was doing at Julio's and picked up a bunch of bottle on sale. This makes me want to crack the Labyrinth I've been aging to compare, as Labyrinth was the complete package when I tasted this. Would like to see how it stacks up to this.

rudzud, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of nas5755
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

On tap at the BBC.

The pour revealed a black beer with a nice head on the lighter side of tan. The lacing was spectalur and followed the beer all the way down the glass. The nose has citus hops and a slight tinge of dark malt. The taste was light on the citrus hops, one dimensional malts(porter like) and a bitter afterbite that was quite pleasant. This beer was smooth with a good carbonation level. Overall, this was a decent beer.

nas5755, Sep 18, 2010
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.