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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,309 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,309
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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Photo of kingcrowing
2.51/5  rDev -35%
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
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of prg1976
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super-dark brown, with an off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing, and about 1/4" head hanging around the whole time.

Smell is hops up front-citrus mostly, with a lot of caramel, sweet malt. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

Taste is roasted malts. The sweetness is countered with the hops. Lots of Cascade flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, not super carbonated.

Overall, one of the best black IPA's I've had. Very enjoyable. I'll be seeking this one out in the future for sure.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Small Bar Fullerton. Deep chestnut brown, with some ruby edges. Off-white head fades to a thin layer, but leaves an impressive patchwork of lace.

Roasty notes, with some pine, citrus and floral hop notes. A bit of a mineral feel in the nose as well.

Darker, roasty malt up front without a lot of sweetness. A bit ashy. Hops come in a bit piney, and earthy. Well balanced. Finishes dry.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty nice, even though it is not my favorite style.

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is dark malts, a hint of chocolate and a good dose of hops. 

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with a ton of bitterness in the finish from the hops. Damn this one tastes fresh, the hops are more potent than expected. Good stuff!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is my second Clown Shoes beer (I had Tramp Stamp last night and really enjoyed it) and I enjoyed this one as well.

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

Purchased at a Giant the Washington D.C. area. Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a beautiful two finger light tan head crowning a black body showing almost no highlights. The pour revealed this to be a translucent beer, black in color but not as thick as an imperial stout.

The first whiff reveals course un-tamed hops, which make up most of the nose of this beer. Some swirling brings up minor notes of chocolate and caramel, but hops still dominate.

On the palate this beer is the melding of two worlds, the darker brown ale/porter world and the IPA. Hops are infused into everything going on, and they take center stage. However additional bitterness is added by roasted malts, which makes for an interesting taste experience.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but smooth and full, which is a fine accomplishment.

Conclusion: I really wish I could like this beer more, however it reminds me of a over-hopped strong stout I brewed a while back, and that beer was sort of a black mark on my homebrewing track record. The mixture of darkly roasted malts with hops is interesting and no doubt tasty to some, but it doesn't ring my bell.

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

22oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.
bottled 5/2011

pours a dark, cola-like brown while yielding a finger and a half of foamy tan head. good retention and a respectable amount of lacing.

relatively aromatic nose offers citric hoppiness (notably grapefruit) and roasted maltiness; secondary notes of pine and coffee.

flavor delivers more of the same: hop-forward with pronounced grapefruit and pine; the roastiness hanging more in the background. tasty. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this is a damn solid beer. flavorful and smooth. not an upper-echelon brew but one i definitely see myself returning to.

Photo of goldbot
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown, just about black and almost completely opaque. Thick, fluffy tan head that lasts indefinitely. Resinous hop aroma; spicy pine and strong grapefruit notes and a touch of roast malt underneath. The hops are much more subtle in the flavor - mostly roast malt but with a good bit of bitterness and just a little grapefruit. Mouthfeel comes on strong and thick but the beer quickly seems to get more watery or thinner with more carbonation.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head. What there is is white and settles to a thin ring. Smells earthy and citrusy with some pine and firm malt. Very dry, but also very little roastiness. That's fine by me, I'd rather this be a black ale than a mischaracterised porter. The taste is very, very dry- almost none of the malt shows through. Very attenuated, with almost beefy flavors, and a bitterness that approaches that of an Amaro. Pine and earth notes, along with some gentian tastes here. Very dry in the mouth, almost austere. An interesting beer, and a bit different than others I've had in the style. Wouldn't be confused with a porter, but also not with a juicy IPA. Nice.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.

4.5 A: As with other Clown Shoes, this one has a good bit too much carbonation. Took several pours to get a full glass. Black in color. Three fingers of creamy/pillowy light brown head with very good retention and a good bit of lacing.

4.0 S: Piney hops foremost with grapefruit, earthiness, and a light citrusy component. Almost nearly as strong is a dry roastiness with slight touches of caramel and chocolate. Quite pleasant.

3.0 T: Hop bitterness combined with roasty bitterness is a bit overwhelming. Lots of pine, earth, and grapefruit with lesser amounts of of orange and nondescript fruitiness. Unfortunately, as with most black IPAs, the hop flavors clash with the roastiness. Again light caramel.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is a bit higher than I'd like. Not nearly as creamy as I'd like with an ashy aftertaste.

3.0 D: I was really looking forward to this one after having the 1.5 version (which was the only black IPA that I can say I've loved) at a tasting. This is more along the lines of a typical black IPA, where nothing works well with anything else.

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

Received from my cuz - UHRHAN - who brokered a deal with his buddy in Boston.

22 oz bomber, poured into a pint glass. 'Bottled first week of April 2011' on label.

A - Very dark brown, similar to a stout. Thick, 2-finger, frothy head resulting from a medium pour. Left significant lacing all the way down.

S - To me, it's not really reminiscent of an IPA too much. Didn't get much pine or citrus, although I do get some hops, but they are overwhelmed by a nice, roasted malt, chocolatey molasses scent.

T & M - Very nicely balanced. Perfect carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. More of the IPA feel comes through in the taste, although the dark, roasted malts are still prevalent.

Overall - I really, really like this beer. Very different type of beer and wish I could get this around here.

Photo of Katezder
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time trying this beer was at the Salem Harvest fest. Not only were the brewers witty and and energetic they produced a great IPA with bold nutty chocolate flavor and great emphasis on hop bitterness making it a really great beer that I associate with all the sights and smells of Autumn.

Photo of esv
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a) Dark tan head or a light brown/coffee. Looks carbonated by the head; fat, 1.5" head from a medium pour. Looks like it might stick around. A little billowy. True to it's name, it's a black IPA. So the head is dropping but not to fast and leaving nice lacing.

s) It's a hoppy beer! Kind-a crazy. Really, just like any old IPA.

t) Some tropical fruit along with citrus. I get a little coffee.

m) Medium

o) I liked it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to neorunner for this. "Bottled the middle of April 2011". Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute.

Appearance
The pour is a dark root beer color. The glass allows the deep reds and browns to collect in a satiny black. A tall, pale tan head fades to an uneven layer with lots of doily looking lace.

Aroma
There really isn't a whole lot going on here that I like. Some ashy, almost smokey dark malts with a slight roast to them. Hops are just all pine, but aren't bursting out like I would hope. It doesn't smell bad, just not interesting. There's no wow factor.

Taste
The hops are giving off at least a little bit of citrus here, but its still predominately pine. Coffee and cocoa roastiness build the charcoal laden malt base. The finish is a nice, clean, even bitterness that is style appropriate.

Mouthfeel
The feel of this beer is the best part. It's carbonation is nicely dialed back. The body is smooth, very creamy for a black IPA. The finish is long and very dry. It goes well with the bitter cocoa and pine aftertaste.

Overall
Nothing too special here. There isn't anything wrong with it, its just not memorable.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.