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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 60
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 HomebrewerBrian
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aptly named this beer pours out dark enough that it looks to be just about black, with a nice smooth tan head. The head lasts most of the way through the beer and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Despite the label IPA, the smell is still a little surprising given the appearance of the beer. Smells to me mostly like a well crafted IPA, pine/earthy notes are the most prominent but I also found some floral and citrusy pink grapefruit. There was a mild smoky/toasty smell to this one that took me a moment to pick up on. I found the smell to be quite enticing.

The first thing that I picked out when drinking it was toasty/biscuity malt flavor with a little caramel in the back, balanced with a good mix of pine and citrus. As the taste begins to linger the malt backbone fades and is replaced by a hop bite, that I found to be a little to aggressive and hampered the drinkability a little bit.

The mouth feel is quite smooth at first, and just a touch oily, as it lingers it drys out due to the significant hop profile.

Very good overall, solid hop lineup, with an interesting malt backbone that brings more to the beer than just balance.

HomebrewerBrian, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of EtOHMD
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass. Celebrating patriot's day - boston marathon. Very cool label. Deep chestnut brown to black. Thin tan head but lingers. Pine dominates the smell as the label suggests. Taste is hoppy pine resin with hint of chocolate and coffee. Dry mouthfeel. Moderately warming but not overpowering. Really digging this beer.

EtOHMD, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Thanks to ClownShoesDreams for allowing me to sample/review this beer.

Pours with a creamy beige head that is about 2 fingers thick. Excellent structure which allows the head to rise above the top of the glass. Dark brown in color with some ruby highlights around the edges. Liquid part looks a little like a soda.

Aroma is very interesting, especially since this is listed as an American IPA. IF I had my eyes closed and you put this up to my nose, I'd NEVER guess IPA, or Black IPA. Coffee for a moment, dark roasted malt. Pine notes are evident along with a floral herbal aroma.

Well, I have to say this is an interesting beer. I almost wish I experience this blindfolded. The flavor is different than I expected from the aroma and more IPAish.. Actually very well balanced. Pine, spice and herbal notes offset by a roasted malt flavor. The initial balance of these flavors then gives way to a moment of ash and then a pop of piney hop bitterness. These two linger for quite some time. The aftertaste is quite aggressive and nice.

Mouth feel is especially smooth and almost (but not quite) creamy. Body is medium, but it lays on your tongue and is a touch oily.

I was a bit confused by the aroma/flavor/visual combination at first, but this beer grew on me. I like this beer and wonder if it's the perfect call when you are confused between a hoppy beer or a stout/porter. Well done!

Reagan1984, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of vdoz3
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, direct from the hands of a very generous BA, poured into my Coca Cola bell glass (which sorta looks like an Imperial Pint glass).

A - Pitch black unless I hold it directly in front of a lightbulb, in which it comes through a deep, dark ruby red. Coffee/tan head stays short (maybe 1/2") but takes its time dying down, and leaves sudsy lace patches in its wake

S - Floral and herbal hops waft through the nose, leading into the rich, nutty malt aroma. Alcohol comes in eventually, if you inhale deep enough and long enough.

T - The sharp, citrusy hops linger around longer, but dissolve more suddenly into a roasty, dark chocolate coating of an afteraste.

D - The finish is extremely rich, and you have to be in the mindset for a puckering, drymouthing finish (both from the hops and the dark chocolate character). If you're in the mood for paced sipping, it's quite rich and luxurious.

The beer's only 7%, and it doesn't taste extremely warm or anything crazy. Still, it took me a little while to get through because of how rich it is. Definitely enjoyed it, but if you aren't already a hophead who wants to appreciate the fade from one bitter flavor to the next, it might just taste overwhelmingly bitter.

vdoz3, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got this beer from Mr. BeerTruth and it sounds pretty tasty right now. Not the hugest Black IPA fan but it seems like the beer for the moment. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a dark crimson brownish with a huge two plus finger tan head that is creamy and soft and beautiful. A decent cap and collar are maintained the entire beer along with plenty of sticky lacing.
Smell- These beers always freak me out when they look like a stout and smell like an IPA. Tons of pine and grass that is evident upon opening the bottle. Once my nose adjusts there is a slight Tootsie Roll thing going on. A touch of citrus hides in there as well.
Taste- Starts with a nice rush of bitterness that is earthy and raw before the malts take over. A kick of roasted malts that are rich and chocolaty and full of coffee. I'm really surprised my how much roast makes it through that initial burst of hoppiness. There is a fair amount of lingering coffee roast but once that settles the grassiness of the hops show and linger. Pretty bitter finish really.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice crisp bite of carbonation as the beer is somewhat oily and very lightly dry.
Drinkability- By far the best Black IPA I've ever had. There is a clear black and white within the malts and hops in this beer and I'm really digging it. Good shit, thanks Adam!

younger35, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark tan head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is lightly of dark malts, with a stronger presence of green hops.

Taste starts with bitter hops, smooths out with a bit of sweetness in the middle, then reverts back to the hops bite. Hops burps begin immediately. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Just wish there was a bit more of a malt presence here, would add to the whole experience.

ppoitras, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmurray8621 as an extra, good stuff.
Never had a "black IPA", so this is a first. Like the bottle, like the deep dark pour and creamy head. Smell was more malty than hoppy, mouthfeel was more creamy than citrusy. This is different from what I usually drink and I like it, very drinkable, almost too drinkable for the 7%. Big ups.

chickencoop, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Wow. I mean seriously. This was my first Black IPA and it rocked. Massive hops on the nose, pine, grapefruit, some flowers, basically what you want to smell in a great IPA. The flavor whacks you with bitter citrus and lots of pine, but then you get some nuances like in a stout: chocolate, smoke, roast. I loved this beer.

BeerMusketeer, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of GoGriz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Jay Sorcenelli at Cedarville Package.

Pours nearly black with a caramel colored rim meeting the all-to-quick to dissipate head. Minimal lacing.

Nose is soft and lacking although initially I caught a bit of pine and super-subtle hints of coffee.

It tastes of malty, coffee cocoa which then gives way to a good amount of hop. This beer is quite delicious and makes up for its mediocre asthetic and nose with its flavor.

In the mouth I get good carbonation up front and a long enough finish.

All in all, an enjoyable if not quite as solid as it could be beer. I wouldn't pass it up in the future.

GoGriz, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz bomber. Consumed 3/26/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head that quickly settles. Lacing is tan and semi-sticky. The body is opaque.
S) Refreshing pine. Notes of roasted grain mixed with caramel.
Hints of alcohol.
T) Piney citrus up front. Moves to a nearly balanced malt hop combination. Rich caramel with notes of roasted grains. Finishes with a nice balance of hops and malts.
M) Medium to full body. A little dry with some tannin feel. Crisp at first but has a creamy finish.
D) A delicious brew. I'd have another.

u2carew, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass

The color is a dark black with about two or three fingers of light brown head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a little malty at first but then lets some nice hop flavor come out and is a bit like leather or veggie flavor. No fruit flavors in the nose.

The taste is bitter with some nice hop flavor. There is a major malt flavor at first and feels a bit bready with a nice grain flavor. The back end is hoppy with a slight plumb flavor.

The feel of this beer is is pretty smooth with some nice creamy feel of this beer and goes down quite well. It is pretty refreshing and has only a mild aftertaste.

Duhast500, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored with ruddy highlights and an inch-high head of frothy cratered rocky light brown foam. Rings and webs of oily lace rise up as I sip.

Inviting aroma of citrusy hops and lightly roasted malt, faint notes of cocoa.

Flavor is initially a fairly even mix of malt and hops, perhaps just a tad more hoppy, but nicely balanced between a roasty malt and some grapefruit and orange rind. Notes of cocoa and smoke, perhaps a slight metallic bit. Pine and orange rind bitters linger. Hops seem to expand as the flavors open up, pushing the malt back a bit.

Full and rich mouthfeel, just a bit dry and crisp. Tasty and interesting beer.

far333, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of FishGetter
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying to explore different IPA's I'm excited to see a few offerings of Black IPA's at the local store. This is the first tasting.
Light barley able to show through, dark toasted grain color. Thin frothy head dwindles slowly.
Medium amount of citrus hop aroma backed by a mild toasted grain. Great twist on a IPA. Nice ballance of malt and hops, slight favor in the hops.
Toasted grain hits right up front. Throws ya for a loop. More like a porter. Some coffee notes pop in mixed with mild citrus-piney hop flavor. Reviewer would perfer to have a hoppier profile. Finishes much like a stout with clean grain flavors and some bitterness.
Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Builds only slightly. Needs improvement. Some hop resins cling to mouth.
Offering didn't meet reviewers expectations. Nice crafted offering, but would rather see a bigger body with a higher IBU.

FishGetter, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Smokee
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured dark chocolate/coffee. beige head with good retention. Right away there was floral, hoppy scent that started when I opened the bottle and increased with pouring.

Good mouth feel, decent hops. I might have been expecting more punch due to the color, a little chocolate, pine, citrus. Overall very good.

Smokee, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into an 8 oz glass. Pours nearly black with a beige head, sticks around pretty well and leaves sticky lacing down the glass. This looks more like a stout than the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout I just reviewed. Smell is pretty great, citrus and pine hops with a slight roastiness. Weird getting those hop smells from something that looks like this. Taste is great! The citrus + pine flavors blend great with a malty, coffee-like roastiness. I had to ask the bartender "you're SURE this is an IPA??". I've had black IPA's before but if I hadn't known better I would've guessed this was a porter or an american stout. Tiny alcohol bite but but a bother. I was weary to try a beer named "Clown Shoes" but I was very pleasantly surprised. I hope to try it again.

8/4/10 - Having it again from the bottle. Much more IPA and less porter/stout this time around. The roasted malt/coffee taste seems a little more subdued. I enjoyed it a bit more on-tap.

Chico1985, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting. Thanks to Aaron (argo0 on RB) for bringing this one.

a - Pours a dark black color with no head and no carbonation evident. Stout looking.

s - Smells mostly of piney and citrusy hops.

t - Tastes of very bitter hops. Some pine and citrus again, and a very bitter aftertaste. Tiny bit of a roasted taste as well.

m - Medium body with litter carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good black IPA. I enjoyed the hoppy bitter taste and would have it again.

mdfb79, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of GweedoeBRew
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint tonight on tap. I had a Black IPA earlier in the day from the Amherst Brewing Company and this one blew it out of the water!!!

This is what I think a Black IPA should be. A really nice Dark color with a roasty aroma with a hint of hop aroma... Then when you drink it there is a nice Roasted Chocolate Malt flavor, but with an IPA bitterness.

I had two pints tonight... it was very good and I was very surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

GweedoeBRew, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of dcosmas
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first experience with a black IPA. 22 oz. bottle poured into same-sized mug.

Thick, persistent head. Looks a bit like a stout until you get close enough to smell the citrusy aroma.

Doesn't taste quite as dark as it looks. Prominent grapefruit and pine notes.

Huge, warming hop aftertaste persists for minutes after each sip.

Overall, it's a very good beer, but the aftertaste can be a bit off-putting.

dcosmas, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso color and a sea-foam beige head that persists nicely and leaves clumps of lace behind

Smell: Roasted malts appear first, but the piney/minty hops eventually dominate

Taste: Black bread, up front, but by mid-palate, the piney hops assault the taste buds, moving in a minty-bitter direction; after the swallow, the flavors balance out, though the hops linger longer in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: A bitter assault on the taste buds and though I might prefer a fruitier hop profile, this is quite good

brentk56, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of JamesFNomar
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at the Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA. It has now taken my #1 spot as the best beer I've ever had.

The beer was surprisingly dark, appeared opaque. Nice, good size head. Smelled unbelievable. Very hoppy. Also hints of either coffee or chocolate. My mouth was watering before I had a sip.

Taste was excellent. The intense hop flavor assaults your taste buds. Great bitter yet smooth aftertaste. Probably can't have more than one pint in a row, but why would you want to spoil the fun all in one night?

My first post but since it's the best beer I've ever tasted I had to rate it. This is a limited brew so go out and find one now.

JamesFNomar, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of andylipp
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance -Not black, as one might expect from the name, but a deep brownish red that unwillingly allows light through. Mocha colored head of about ¾ inch formed in my tulip taster, and it faded pretty quickly. The second pour (after it warmed a bit) produced a much more impressive head, yet is still subsided swiftly. A bit of lacing, but not a bunch.

Smell -I noted a spicy, piney hop scent and not much else. Perhaps a bit of malt sweetness in the nose as it warms.

Taste -It's interesting how the initial hop taste was of a compost-y variety; not unpleasant but not your typical IPA hop profile, either. Heavy on the pine, with a bit sweet malt aroma. That sweetness dies a quick death, though. The roasted grain character rears its head in the middle but disappears as quickly as it arrived. There's a dry-ish finish that gives way to an even later bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -The mouthfeel is quite creamy, yet not as viscous as, say, a Baltic porter. Carbonation is perfect; spot-on for the style.

Drinkability- The hop profile is not to my liking. Still, the interesting malt bill and dry finish makes it pretty drinkable in my book.

Comments- I would have liked to have seen much more roasted malt character in this brew to balance out the pine-sol hop profile.

A baseball analogy seems appropriate for this beer overall: not a swing and a miss, but this one only has warning track power.

andylipp, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of gfreed
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A whopper of a head is probably the most notable thing about this beer-- it's tall, dark and thick, sinking at the edges and lasting forever in the center. With the deep dark color of the beer, it looks for all the world like a good stout. A somewhat toasted aroma is mixed with rubber and some tart citrus. Thick body, which goes well with the color and the head, but the taste was sadly overshadowed by vinyl and burned wheat toast. The hops tasted raw and dry and way too bitter, and the edges were quite sharp. Get rid of the sharpness and the vinyl and this could be a decent beer in an IPA style. For the time being, however, it's a pass.

gfreed, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black in color. Only the faintest of light shines through. Lots of ring lace left on the glass. Decent beige head.

Dark toasty malt aroma mixed with raw, bitter hop. Attractive.

Very bitter, almost extreme. Can't distinguish the darker malts. Very one sided. Looong bitter aftertaste. Good body with higher level of carbonation

Kinda one trick pony, even though I like bitter beers.

smcolw, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/10

A: This beer pours a rich deep dense brown with a two finger of creamy, rocky light coffee/khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice spider lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is strong piney hops, hint of floral hops, with a rich roasted malt back bone and just a slight hint of coffee.

T: Taste starts with some malt flavoring then a touch of floral hops that blend nicely in with light toasted malts. Heavey piney and grassy notes come burtsing through and are then overtaken by a strong roasted malt and coffee flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily with a dry finish.

D: Highly drinkable, very tasty and goes down extremely easy. The malt and hops really play off one another throughout this beer.

Jayli, Feb 13, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Brown bottle Bomber, really cool label.

This beer pours black hence the "Black IPA" thay dont joke. nice light brown head with amzing lace down the glass.

Smells superb with hops up front and chocolate coming through as well.

The taste of this beer is PERFECT! Super Hoppy with an amazing Dark Roasted Malt Backbone. YUM.

Clown shoes Black IPA is Bottle conditioned which makes for a nice natural carbonation that is spot on for the complexity of the flavors.

This beer is so easy to drink but at the same time delicate and a super treat. I could not see myself drinking more than two bombers is one sitting.

This beer is super interesting and good. My first ever "Black IPA" absolutely a must try!

hopheadjuice, Feb 11, 2010
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.