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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 70
Gots: 162 | 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 mlazzaro
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks black but not opaque. The color shinning through is a beautiful cherry. Light brown head started strong but is now having some trouble holding in the glass. Smells good, floral hop smell. I feel like I can smell the bitterness. Taste is quite bitter and surprisingly roasty in flavor. Very Porter-esk. I always think IBAs just taste like very bitter/hoppy porters. And get way better after aging, trying to tame the bitterness and flavor hops down, and bring out the maltiness. After reading the ABV of the beer, I can see why the flavors were so intense. Interesting beer, could use some adjustment for the sake of balance in my opinion.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris – thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. Also present are slight amounts of crisper black malt aromas.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine influence fades a bit and softer, more herbal flavors come into play. Hints of dark chocolate make an appearance near the end of the sip before carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, it does a nice job of straddling the fine line between DIPA with dark malts and a hoppy porter/stout. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy feet has a dark brown body with a slab of lighter colored head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma has a good bite of bitter hops with some pine and bits of roasted malt.

The hops come through first, with a bit of pine and citrus, but more bitterness than anything. The hops fade into a roasted malt profile with loads of dark bread. Hoppy feet is pretty good, but it seems to be missing the interesting characteristics that I have picked up in other beers of this style; namely, the minty, almost herbal flavor that I get that comes out of a mix of the hops and malt.

Moderate body with smooth carbonation.

Hoppy Feet is a pretty solid beer.

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

On tap. Pours a deep black color with an inch of tan frothy head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and pine. Taste is a nice big flavor of dark chocolate. Some pine as well, but the chocolate dominates. Nice amount of bitterness. Coffee/espresso finish. Overall it's a solid black ipa and worth having again. More chocolate taste than hops, but it works well.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: middle of April 2011.

Appears black in the glass, brown mahogany glints around the edges when held to the light. Ample tan foam, a finger's width initially, fading into a wispy broken skim after a few minutes. A cluster of larger bubbles clings to one side of the snifter. Drippy arcs of lace decorate the inside of the glass.

Soft roasty aroma, black malt and coffee with some leafy herbal hops at the edges. Not overly piney or fruity as some Black IPAs tend to be, this is more subdued but pleasant.

Ashy, roasty char, bitter with blackened carbon traces. Very roasty, moderately bitter from the seamless combination of roast malt and bittering hops. Somewhat resiny, but the roast dominates and the bitterness lingers long into the dry aftertaste. Somewhat light bodied. Again I find myself slowing down with this as I did with the Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA from yesterday.

It's ashy bitter roast is distinctive, this is a Black IPA for lovers of hoppy Stout & Porters.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Portland, ME at the Blue Monk back in Mid March.

A: A black look with brownish highlights on the glass. Small ring of tan head pretty good lacing.

S: A bitter dark malt aroma in front with some sweeter tinged juicy hops behind that mostly in what I'd call a grassy category. Some chocolate overall too.

T: Roasted malt mixed with serious grassy hops. Nice full flavor with both tastes of a porter like roastiness with a down the middle IPA, very nicely balanced in terms of flavor but extreme on bitters and burn.

M: Super bitter back, balanced roasted feel. Nice stuff.

O:Strikingly bitter after a while, but good nonetheless.

Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Bottled first week of February 2011.

Dark cola brown with a thick, tall, dense, dirty khaki head. Very good lacing. Nose is a mix of dark chocolate, caramel, licorice, pine needles, Scotch tape, and juniper.

Roasted malts and piny hop bitterness up front. Coffee, light molasses, and a little smoke sneak in, before big hop bitterness steals the show. Piny, resinous, herbal, and even a little aspirin in there. Finish stays bitter, with lingering caramel and roasted coffee flavors. Medium-full body, with a creamy feel. Very nicely done.

Photo of sweethome
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a nice dark coffee color. Nice tan head, fluffy. Nose is big floral blast of grapefruit. A hint of roast.

Entry is medium bodied, astringent hop bite. Little development of flavor due to astringent bite. The most astringent and bitey beer I have had that was not homebrew. Yes, that it what it reminds me of, one of my first attempts at an ipa.

The finish is equally harsh....enough said.

Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry, with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet orange and bitter grapefruit, with a little milk chocolate and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and resin, with some copper hops and burnt malt. It had a harsh bitter and burnt aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit weak.
D: This looked and smelled great, but the flavor just wasn't that enjoyable, and the body was only ok. The harsh finish made it a bit tough to drink. Recommended to smell only.

Photo of CaptainAM
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tommy Doyles. Big foamy head, tan, lace was nice. The smell floored me. Grapefruit assault. Pine. Hops in abundance. Also peat, smoke or roast?, dark chocolate. Complex. The taste was similar but more bitter than expected. Really bitter, with a long after taste that I liked. Agressive stuff. Enjoyed this one. Reccomend.

Photo of Pinto21
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New review of a fresh bottle as the other one was over 5 months old:
Poured from a 22 to imperial pint glass

Two finger tan head that fades after a few moments, leaving lacing as the brew goes down. A jet black, with a very dark brown on the edges. Nice and black.
Not overpowering, but noticeable C hop. I get mostly piney but some citrus too. A touch of malt. Similar to my homebrewed Black ale
Roasted malt up front with a strong hop finish. The black malt is prominent and jumps out at you. There is some of the astringency that goes with that, but the hop bitterness takes that over. Not overly hoppy flavor, but it is balanced with the roasted malt as that is the only malt I taste.

A solid Black Ale. Might not call it IPA but american black ale for sure by my definitions. A solid brew and well worth a try.

Poured from a 22.
Huge off white/ tan head that fades quick but doesnt leave much lacing. Black with brown on the edges.
Smell is minimal with roasted malts forward. Touch of C's
Taste is roasted malt up front with bitter hops through out and finishing. There isnt much hop flavor, just bitter. Disappointed in that. So mostly black roasted malt with hop bitterness and finish.

I'm not happy with this Black ale. It's a porter with hop astringency instead of roasted malt. The hop flavor is lacking. I could have just got a hopped up porter like Troegs Dead reckoning instead. That at least has malt layers, and hop flavor.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good hoppy black beer. Good hops, Amarillo gives it orange taste, its a little strange with the malted chocolate malts, drinkable but not as integrated as you would think. Dark black, a little retained head.Nutty, altogether good beer not not outstanding as the 1.5 Hoppy aromas.

Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite its name, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet is no laughing matter: its body is black and even against bright backlight will concede little highlighting. It may be hoppier than some IPAs but it definitely don't look like many! Its head is like a sponge and leaves a spattering of lace that looks as though someone stuck a pin in a balloon that was filled with glue.

It still takes some getting used to seeing such dark, effectively black beers brimming with such piny, fruity hoppiness, despite that so many examples of the style (which goes by a dozen different names) now abound. Central to all of them, however, is the plump juicy fruitiness of American "C" hops, like the kind that flourish in this one.

And while white and red grapefruit and papaya are indeed plentiful, the beer has the milky chocolate and mocha qualities of a good American porter. Roasted (but not too roasted) malts provide a coffee-and-cream backdrop for all the herbal resins, citrus zest and weedy pineyness. It tastes like cocoa sweetened with mint and pine serum in lieu of milk.

The beer finishes on such a scathing bitter note, it's as if the palate is being punished for peeing on the rug or something. Fortunately, that bitterness carries with it a piny, citrusy, minty quality that is welcome on my palate any time. And besides, a hazelnut-biscotti taste replaces it soon enough. This bomber could be twice the size and I'd still finish it.

To make a long story short, Hoppy Feet has the minty, piny, citrusy hoppiness of an American IPA and all the bold, roasty, bittersweet chocolaty flavours of an American porter - and is perhaps the best example of the style I've come across. It's character and quality are both telling about the mentality of this new, up-and-coming brewery. Recommended.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with strong head that leaves lace down glass. A roasted malt smell is what I pick up first, along w/ a bready dryness and a minor bitter/floral hop presence. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel, has a malty edge that contains some sweetness but also a dry taste that is pleasant. Balances with citric/floral hops so the hops are noticeable as well. Finishes dry and crisp, and well not going to set world on fire with flavor profile it is well-crafted/balanced and a pleasure to sip on.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as the label says-- black IPA.
Pours looking like a chocolate stout.
Nice long lasting frothy head that imparts a modicum of lacing on the glass.

Nose is this beer's downfall- it's small.

Flavor- not mistaking this beer-- to me it is through 'n' through an IPA. Plenty of hops bitterness-- perhaps a minus is the hops is the predominant flavor that I detect. I wish there was a little more around the edges of the hops hops 'n' more hops. It isn't so strong that it's a one-dimensional beer, I simply wish there was something else in the mix- yeast maybe? A touch of malt maybe? I did not detect much of either making itself known- although if the flavor was purely hops and nothing else I'd be certain to complain.

Very cordial mouthfee with a powerful enough flavor stance to keep my tastebuds active and alive. The unmistakable IPA flavor segues into a long memorable finish.

Overall I enjoy this beer and I will look for it on my subsequent visit to my fave supplier. The ABV is not so high as to be devastating to my metabolism...

All said 'n' done I think it is worth your time and effort to sample this beer.

Photo of Kendo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black, but when backlit it looks more dark brown at the edges. Nice 2-finger light-brown head on top, settles to leave good splotches of foamy lace.

S: Nice - this is what I want from an American Black Ale: both chocolatey malt and American hops (juicy citrus - think grapefruit) are evident. Could stand to be a little stronger, however.

T: Loses steam here - body is a tad bit thin and the hops dominate: bitter, drying, astringent, minerally/metallic hops. Lingering in the aftertaste it comes across as sour. A good dose of roasted or even burnt coffee underneath, but it doesn't all come together; I like better balance in my American Black Ales, with a bigger malt profile and juicy (rather than straight bitter) hops.

M: OK. Seems somewhat thin, as I noted above. Could use some more malty heft underneath - and maybe with more malt the bitterness would be cut a little bit. Carbonation is appropriate and feels good though.

O: OK. Started strong with the looks and the nose, but falls apart a bit thereafter.

Photo of 2BDChicago
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Deep, dark Brown but not totally opague, and a shade off of ruby. Really appealing thick foam, chocolate shake like.

S: Chocolate malt, sweet fruit, and a touch of light pine that quickly fades. On subsequant sniffs I pick up a nice interplay of hops and roasted malt.

T: Initially reaction is that it's weak and a tad watery. There a low sugariness which bows out quickly, then a good malt taste of buttery biscuit/breadiness. I generally like the bold, acidic citrus taste from the hops. Though the lingering taste is somewhat severe in its bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, almost creamy and good carbonation.

O: This brew not offensive in any way, but I felt that it should offer more. Black IPA is a new style and Ive only had a few. The taste notes are all good. To my palate it blends a good roastiness, will a couple of levels of chocolate, and a good quality hops. But what stops me from really liking this brew is overall impression that it's a little thin. I will try this again.

Photo of rka758
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into wine glass (man do I have to get myself some new beer glasses)
$6.50 at Ricks in Alexandria

A: Poured a porter color brown with a 1/4" head that quickly dissipated.
S: Fresh and subtle. Well-rounded hop nose.
T: A lot of hop to this. Followed up with a strong roasted flavor.
M: Good mouthfeel. Not too thick and not too crisp.
D: I don't know if I'm used to this style well-enough to make a fair judgment. It's good, but I'm not familiar enough with black IPAs

Photo of tapman
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big frothy head made out of creamy, delicate bubbles. Head color is a light sienna and the body color is pitch black, though hints of ruby when held up to the light. Even through the murkiness I can still make out long, thick ropes of carbonation from many nucleation sites.

Holy moley! Can someone say dry hopping (Centennial?). While there is a very soft roastiness underneath, the star of the nose is the bright, piney, soapy hops. Very nice. Like I said, my guess is Centennial.

Hops are same as the nose, but I don't care for them as much in taste as I do in aroma. Hops are soapy, i.e. very sour, astringent and bitter. Balance is nice with the highly kilned malts, though this one is all roast and soap with no middle. Bitterness is very cloying and hard to shake after the finish. It just sits on the back of your tongue...

Relatively light with a nice effervescent quality.

I would like to try a different type of hop, whether it is Centennial or not, for this brew.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, cardinal shimmer/hue, 1 finger head, terrific lacing

S: roasted nut, bitter chocolate, piney/grass

T: sweet malt, firm middle, slow roasted bitter finish

M: med body, big carbonation, mild tongue prick

O: Interesting, still can't decide if I like this style. It's like could have one, not craving a 6 pack It's like an IPA + Dry Irish Stout got in a car wreck.

Give it a go!

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Clown Shoes pint I got with my purchase.

Deep brown/black with a nice two fingers of chunky dark tan head which lingers as thick lace.

Nose is piney hops/a little grass and a sip is lightly silken in body and a combination of carbonation and forward bitterness that lingers but in a nice balance with the sweeter malts.

I wouldn't say this is super drinkable for a black IPA as the chewy bitterness is pretty persistent, but it's actually very nice overall.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/11
*From notes

A: Rich molasses and charcoal in color. A good 1.75 finger head on a careful pour. Dense lacing (that's thicker then most) remains as the head fades.

S: Charry malt, followed by a barrage of hops. I really stick my schnoz in the glass and get a big whiff of earth and grassy herbs.

T: Wow - this is a big ABA! Smokey malt and rich dark chocolate lay down in a bed of bitter hop oil. Quite bitter in fact, especially on the finish. A floral essence appears as this one warms a bit.

M: Leave it to Clown Shoes to create yet another great mouthfeel. They really are batting 1.000 here, as this is another winner. Good rich texture and proper weight. The carbonation is spot-on, and really help sell this one.

O: First and foremost I should note that Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet sports yet another killer label. They're some of the best in the business.

Back to the beer - Hoppy Feet may not be my go-to Clown Shoes brew, but damn it's a tasty one. A bit different then I was expecting, yet still highly drinkable. I am continually impressed by their suds, and am thrilled I can finally find them in Northern Virginia.

Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some mahogany highlights at the edges. A creamy three fingers of tan head keep very well, thick and full and coat the glass beautifully.

Smell has a nice citrus and leafy hoppiness as well as some dark and moderately sweet malt. There is a nice chocolate aroma plus some roast, and some dark caramel too. Hops are citrusy and earthy. Very nice.

Hop flavor is more leafy and tobacco like with just a touch of the citrus rind that the aroma had. Doesn't have the juicy citrus but it's still quite nice. Does have a pretty substantial bitterness in the finish; a sort of mounting bitterness rather than a quick, smack you upside the head bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with crisp carbonation and a dry finish owing to the substantial bitterness.

This is a really nice beer and one of the better Black IPAs I have had. I have previously had the 1.5 Hoppy Feet and that was excellent. This is also very good. It's quite bitter so it's not super drinkable, but I am very much enjoying this bomber. Another impressive beer from Clown Shoes.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bottled first week of February, 2011.
In a pint glass the beer the beer was a black color with a thick tan head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some sticky lace.
Very fresh, outdoors aroma. Floral. Sweet chocolate. Some peppery hops.
Taste starts off with some caramel chocolate, then some piney hops. Grapefruit next, which builds in intensity. At the end, we're back to caramel and chocolate.
Nice smooth mouthfeel.
To my mind, this is the embodiment of a black IPA, kind of the best of both worlds.

Photo of jakorpi
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more I have of this beer, the more I like it, so it's time to share my impressions. I tend to prefer wine over beer because, compared to many beers, wines offer a wider range of flavor characteristics. However, this Black IPA will make any wine drinker with an open mind about beer sit up and take notice.

Its nearly totally black color tells you up front there's a lot of beer here, which is confirmed by a rich aroma of chocolate and coffee with a hint of citrus.

On the palate it's rich and moderately creamy with flavors of chocolate and coffee mellowed by a touch of sweetness and brightened by some citrus. As the beer starts to leave your palate, the hops kick in with exactly the right amount of bitterness to offset the preceding robust flavors.

The finish is clean, pleasantly bitter, with lingering chocolate and a little caramel.

I had the pleasure of having this beer with some grilled herb sausage (savory, not hot) along with steamed broccoli. The experience was truly memorable, similar to what happens when a wine and food pairing is spot on. The Black IPA mingled with the flavors of the sausage to create flavors that were better than either one alone. Even the potentially bland broccoli came alive!

In short, Clown Shoes Black IPA is big and well-balanced hoppy beer that's a pleasure to drink by itself, and with food, it's really outstanding.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.