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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,292
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 69
Gots: 179 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of bristei
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Pint glass

A: Pours deep brown, hints of redness, large head

S: Darkly roasted hops, molasses, liquorish

T: Heavy spices, black pepper, intense hop flavor

M: Smooth and rich, deceptive in it's lack of overpowering hop bitterness, well rounded, lingering warm finish

O: A very nice version of an IPA that focuses more on the darker side of the scale as opposed to the typical light, citrus, strongly bitter side most IPAs live in. Seems like it could be a great beer to have in the late fall when you are really trying to hold on to summer beers: summer style, colder month taste.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops, black patent, roast, malts,

taste: hops, malts, bitter dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a well balanced black ipa. alot more hops then what I was expecting. Clown Shoes did a nice job on this beer.


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

Pours a chalky, dark charcoal black with moderate cap of grayish head, light rings of sticky lacing. Scent is a blend of piney and grapefruity hops backed by a light roast and char grain profile. Taste more focused than scent as a lot of fruit and pine comes through, bitter hops and bitter roast work nicely. Light sweetness and faint hints of chocolate, minerals and burnt grain. Medium bodied, dry on palate. A decent black IPA with a touch more roast and char and lacking some sweetness.

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


Appearance – Black/brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really was gone.

Smell – Malts, roasted nuts, hops, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, roasted nuts, and quite a bit of hops. There are also notes of chocolate and coffee. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee and hoppy aftertaste with quite a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – The drink more like a stout than a black IPA.. but the taste is still very good. I saw another reviewer compare it to a Storm King, and I agree with that. I'm looking forward to trying the other beers that I bought from this brewer.

Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of lacing left behind.  

Earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by a roasted malt character.  More malty than hoppy with hints of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toffee.  Theres a floral hop presence but it's a bit too malty with no citrus or sweetness and the hops are overpowered by the roasted notes.  

Medium bodied with a nice bitter, dry hop presnce up front with hints of floral hops and earthy pine.  Underneath there is a prominent roasted malt character with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmealal.  Slightly acrid but not overly bitter.  Faint sweetness and subtle lactic cream but overall the bitterness from the hops compliments the roasted malt.  A bit bitter, dry and earthy but not from the hops.  Too malty to be an ipa and not enough complexity to be a hoppy dark beer.  

Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a black body...wasn't leaving too much light through...the head stood about two fingers and was light brown in color...it showed great retention and left nice lacing

S - The hops stood out and presented themselves as very juicy leaning towards the citrus aspect of orange and lemon...but they were also piney and earthy at the same time...the roasted malt was kept to a minimum

T - Juicy hops stayed at the front and followed throughout...again they transitioned into an earthy flavor bringing out some leafiness...the roasted malt didn't show up until the finish where it presented itself with a coffee flavor and provided a different level of bitterness...piney hops finished bitter as well

M - Medium bodied...complex...tingly carbonation...roasted malt bitterness mixed with piney hop bitterness and a touch of green leafiness

O - This was a pretty good Black IPA that focused more on the hops with the malt being at a minimum...the finish was very nice with this beer...I would love to try some more from these new guys

Photo of Krakistophales
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with 2 fingers' worth of tan head that recedes into half a finger of head.

S: Dark roasted malts, black coffee, double espresso, earthy hops, hints of caramel and toffee

T: A powerful blast of dark roast and coffee up front, followed by a powerful wallop of earthy hops, finished with an espresso and hops bitterness. Magnificent.

O: I'm quite surprised with this one. This tastes almost identical to a stout, but a powerfully hopped stout. Even so, the hops and coffee/double espresso notes mix well, and make a fine ale.

Photo of Sensaray
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown black some big bubbles in there at first. A light tan head dissipates quickly.

Smells like hoppy with light coffee almost. Chocolate too.

Tastes of chocolate light coffee bitter hops. Bitterness blends with chocolate and coffee well. A nice dry chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Bitterness shines through after a malty middle and it tastes pretty good - bittersweet like the bottle says... Decent spice note before the malt starts to take over. Bitter is good from good selection of hops. I like it.

Smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Dry. Never really sense the alc. Extremely drinkable.

Good beer here.

Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brownish red, almost black when not held up to the light. Lives up to its "Black IPA" claim in terms of color at least, which is more than some examples of the style can claim. Pours with a good inch or so of beige head and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big piney hop character backed by a cake batter-like sweetness, as well as coffee and dark chocolate. Good roasted malt presence here.

T- Similar to the smell, with piney hops at the fore and bitter cocoa backing them up. A touch of sweetness runs throughout, but the flavor is mostly dry. Finishes with a strong, earthy bitterness and lingering burnt malt.

M- Medium-bodied and quite smooth, almost creamy with a moderate carbonation level.

This is quite the beer. It really embraces the Black IPA (or American Black Ale or whatever) style. The roasted malt is just as much a part of this beer as the hops. It could almost pass for a hoppy stout; in fact, it kind of reminded me of Storm King. Whatever the case, this is a very good beer. Recommended.

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

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here. Such a tight and very hoppy big IPA. I was very pleased with this one for sure.

Photo of thagr81us
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to a co-worker who brought this back for me after a business trip! Bottled in the middle of April 2011. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a three finger light tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, earth, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, citrus, citrus hop, and dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't too bad. It was very forward on the roastiness and dark chocolate flavors. Almost too much so... They kind of stole the show over the hops if one can believe such a thing. It was still however quite easy to drink despite this fact. Glad I got the chance to try this one finally!

Photo of codsmith
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice black color with a hint of amber/brown to the color and a small tan head that stays just above the top of the beer

S: Somewhat of an earthy bitter smell from the hops. Picking up some sweetness from the malt but no roasted character that you would expect from a CDA. Misses the mark here

T: Sweet in the forefront, but finishes very bitter.

M: Light-medium body. carbonation levels are good.

O: Was really expecting to have a good CDA that had the roasted malts present to separate it from a regular IPA, but it wasn't here. Also, hop selection wasn't able to balance this one out as it had sweetness on the taste, but ended very finished bitter. It would be nice to have a better blend.

Photo of bs870621345
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in the middle of April

Pours a deep brown color with an inch of mocha head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Smell has the typical IPA smell with roast mixed in. No caramel that I detect.

Taste opens up with pine and moves into a pine citrus battle. Very clean finish with a tinge of pine lingering for a moment. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side but nice carbonation.

Overall, it's a good beer. Can't wait to start seeing this in NJ and to try the 1.5 soon.

Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly black, as a "black ale" should likely be I guess... Couldn't begin to see through it, or the nice thick foamy creme colored head.

S - Nice earthy hops. A little grassy type of "earthy" smell I reckon.

T - Massive bite of those aforementioned earthy hops with an immediate following of coffee and roasted malts sneaking up. Great balance and disguise.

M - Well carbonated yet medium bodied and somewhat smooth with a nice short lived bitter aftertaste.

O - Very well done! For "black/cascadian/whatever dark IPA" haters out there, try this one. You'll become seduced by the dark side for sure.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011.

Pours a brown color, dark amber when held up to the light, large tan fluffy head that fades slowly, tons of sticky patchy lacing on the glass, the head lasts quite awhile and is able to leave a cap on top for almost the entire duration.

Smell at first is roasted malt, picking up some subtle hop aroma which a dash of pine but seems more herbal.

Taste is roasted malt at the forefront, follows up with a burnt char type taste which adds some some coffee-like bitterness, a light pine hop flavor melds in the aftertaste, the roasted aspects definitely dominate this ABA, but because of that it lends a thicker than usual creaminess for the style.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Head! Light brown and about a fist thick without any effort. The foam leaves some nice lacing and recedes very slowly, laeving a thick film through all 22 ounces. The color is cola brown with good bubbling.

Citric and herbal nose is very prnounced. Lime and orange peels, grass, cut flowers, thyme, sage, and licorice. Just a small whiff of roasted malt bread crusts.

Just a hint of roasted malt upfront, but gives way to the licorice, floral, and citric hop flavors and bitterness. This hop flavor and bitterness lingers from start to finish. The finish, in particular, has a very orange peel and flower stem bitterness bordering on metallic as the beer is swallowed and enjoyed.

The palate is well carbonated with a little oily texture. Interetsing beer for the dark hopheads out there.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011

A - Black with ruby highlights. Nice lacing. Dark but not quite porter or stout like.

S - Dark raosted malts with plenty of citrus hops balance. Chocolate and hints of coffee.

T - Like an over hopped porter. Roasty malts, chocolate and hints of coffee with resiny, citrus hops.

M - Somewhat thin with a long lasting dry, bitter finish. I think the thin mouthfeel works for this being a black ale.

D - This is how I like my black ales. Tasty.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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