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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,310 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 74
Gots: 188 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of dusty tan micro-foam. The nose comprises chocolate, light roasted malts, dry pine needles, and very light sand (honestly, what my brain associates with this smell is sand...). The taste holds notes of coffee, darkly roasted malts, light leather, light char, sharp pine resin, and lime skin. Things come off decidedly bitter and acrid, to the point that my face evinces my body's inner wincing. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, what seems like a good beer decides to go all Mr. Hyde on my tongue, ruining everything. I'm not sure what happened, but it's just too darkly bitter and astringent for my liking.

Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fluffy and airy tan head dissipates slightly then pretty much chills in place with one finger of froth on top and thick swath of lace left clinging. Black with thin crimson edges at the light. Smells of malts, some melon, herbal hops, and distant notes of mint. Tastes a bit grainy and sweet with more melon goodness (quite subdued), distant black licorice sweetness, and oily hops. Mouth-feel is medium and thinner than expected but not to the point of weakness. Dry, slightly rough going down, but drinkability does not suffer. I don't notice even a hint of alcohol heat. Not the best ABA I've had, but a damn fine example that I would revisit often if it were available here.

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

A- It's black. For sure. Light tan head that stays for some time. Large bubble cling.

S - WOW. Blindfolded, I would think I was doing a huge DIPA. ..

T - Nice IPA like thing blended with a Brown ale.

M - Light bodied, good carb, good balance.

D - Nice overall, strange but it works.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am actually a little surprised that I hadn't reviewed this one already as I have had it a number of times in different forms (tap, etc.) Let's give it a proper review finally.

Appearance: Pours a very dark black color, but the head was a medium tan, so it wasn't as dark as a Guinness or anything, but is still very dark. The head was about 3/4" at its apex and was made of various size bubbles. There was already a little bit of foam sticking as lace after the head started to fall.

Aroma: I got a healthy dose of citrusy American hops along with some chocolate and coffee notes from the malt. As the beer sits a bit, you can pick out some more floral hop notes and some dark caramel coming out.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. It is hoppy in the beginning and then you get lots of dark malt influence. Initially the finish was quite acidic and was a little harsh, but subsequent sips are more enjoyable. I think that this is just high bittering hops mixed with some pretty high acidity from the malts. Your palate gets used to it quickly. The beer is getting more nutty as it warms. Even half-way through the bomber bottle, the finish is still pretty acidic and I am drinking more water than normal with this beer. The carbonation is adequate and helps the mouthfeel, while making the finish a little drier still, which doesn't help.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. I like it that a lot of new breweries are making the Black IPA styles. This one is a little enthusiastic in the bittering hop department so that it makes it end a bit harsh when mixed with the dark malts and carbonation. I would like this beer to replace a bit of the dark malts with more chocolate to soften the malt profile up a bit and if it was still necessary, use a few less IBU's. This is at least my fourth time drinking this beer, so I apparently don't have TOO many issues with it.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark, dark brown almost black, with just a bit lighter highlights. Not much head, but what is there is a light mocha color and frothy in appearance. Lace is light.

Smell is wonderful. Dark roasted flavors and caramel sweetness. There is some light roasted coffee and some chocolate and just a hint of charred or burnt wood. Quite fantastic.

Taste is much like the nose. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The coffee is much more prevalent and flavorful then in the nose. It is the dominant flavor. There is also some burnt sugar in the taste. I don't get a whole lot of hops, but they are there with a piney resin flavor. Very enjoyable!!

Mouth is silky and round. Body is pretty heavy and the finish is long and a bit dry.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I have recently come to love this style and this is not on top of the list of the ones I love, but is high on the list. Great to see this one distributed to Arizona.

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

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Nice head and lacing, dark but not opaque. Pine aroma mixed with alchohol and roasted malt. Taste is hoppy pine and citrus, nicely balanced by the dark malt backbone. Really crave the dry bitter mouthfeel - it's tough to sip this beer. This is a style I'm really becoming fond of and this is a nice blend of hoppy IPA and darkly roasted malt.

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

A - Black, opaque, tall tan head, leaves a good bit of lacing. Low carbonation as far as I could tell by tilting glass.

S - Roasted malt followed by a bit of chocolate then some citrus hop notes.

T - The malt takes the front seat in this beer, lots of roasted and chocolate flavors. The first second had me thinking porter but then the citrus hop flavors start to come through, but never take over.

M - Moderate body, a bit of acidic bite from the roasted malt. Hope notes at end keep it feeling fresh.

O - A nice black IPA, will enjoy again.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Joey for the hookup on this one...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours black with a two finger khaki head. Head retention is not the best, but there is plenty of sticky lace that caots the glass...

S - Roasted/charred notes are promiante with some pine, and a hint of citrusy hops...

T - Dark roasted malts are the main focus here and they ride the wave all the way through. Don't pick up any citrus notes I thought I detected in the scent, but there is plenty of pine to be had. Finishes with a fairly smooth hop bittereness, and roast. Abv is well hidden...

M - Pretty thin. On the lighter side of a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Would have liked more hops in the mix. I did get a good amount of piney hops, but the dark roasted malts still felt a little over the top for my likings. Still glad I got a chance to try this one though, and the label is awesome. Very tranquil. Looking foward to trying some more Clown Shoes offerings in the future...


Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled 9/11 clearly shown on bottom right of front label - thank you!
Dark brown almost black with mahogany edges. It had a good sized foamy tan head that slowly settled into a thick collar and central foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was dark malt, black bread, bitter chocolate on the malt side along with piney hops and a touch of grapefruit on the hop side. Not liking the blend for some reason. The taste is bitter from the start with little letup and not much to offset or balance it. Most black ales are pretty bitter but this one is beyond the normal and, for me, a touch too much on the bitter just to be bitter side. Also has an aspirin taste to it. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation and a very bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it was too bitter without any balance to it for me. If you like the very bitter ones then this is for you. If not, I'd not recommend. Just entered the TX market - welcome! Rotation - excited to try some of their other beers (already like the Clementine) but one of this one is enough for me for now. Might try again done the road as my bitter palate develops [N;N;BL]

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.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.