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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 66
Gots: 152 | 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 OakedCanuck
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into cervoise

A - Straight black with brown edging. Tannish head that left decent sticky lacing

S - Coffee roast, pine and lemon hops, smoke

T - Very smoky. The roasted malts almost are bordering on burnt. The citric hops are there, and are nice but they are a bit overshadowed by the ashy smokiness of it.

M - On the thinner side. Effervescent, and the smokiness leaves a weird aftertaste

D - Just another average BIPA. Nothing overwhelming but it isn't too bad. Could use a bit less smoke but not too hard to drink.

OakedCanuck, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Pours engine oil black with brown highlights. Nice fluffy tan head settles down quickly but reappears when roused. Attractive brew.

S: Grapefruit, smoke and a hint of chocolate in the nose. This literally smells "creamy;" I like that.

T: VERY bitter hops up front, mellowing in the finish. Dark malts are thankfully evident; this doesn't just taste like an IPA with a mask. Rich and bold palette-wrecker.

M: Incredible mouthfeel. Strong carbonation quickly turns smooth and creamy, making this a joy to put back.

D: I just looked at the ABV (7%); came into this thinking it was 9% and was going to say it hides it well. Even so, Hoppy Feet is quite rich. I had a 22oz glass and wouldn't want another. That said, this is a really good beer, and exactly what I want out of an "American Black Ale."

Worth repeat visits.

sk8man121, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown to almost black color, with a decent tan head. The smell is hoppy with a nice roasted malt character to it. The taste is hoppy biiterness and roasted malt bitterness balanced well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and overal this is a good black ipa one of the better ones I've had

rowingbrewer, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of PBoegel
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle dated bottled in February 2011.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint.

While pouring the beer shows off a light coffee tone, with red highlights as it builds into the glass the color becomes a deeper dark brown to near black hue. Against the light you can see dark ruby highlights in an otherwise dark looking body with a two finger light brown sugar head, nice tight foam and good lacing appears while drinking.

Aroma is subtle chocolate, crushed coffee bean with strong tones of orange, spearmint, some pink grapefruit. No alcohol in the nose, very clean malt profile beyond the subtle roast and chocolate.

The first palate sensation is dark chocolate with a quick wash of orange, tangerine and clementine fruit followed by a touch of roast malt in the finish combined with a prickly carbonation and sharp bitterness. The balance between roast and chocolate malt with citrusy american hop character tips toward the malt. Clearly not the malt profile of a stout, closer to a porter with hops. The hops come out brighter as the beer warms a bit and the dark malt character sits deeper in the finish interwoven with the bitterness and a touch of alcohol, the latter being a more palate drying sensation vs. a hot stingy sharp alcohol.

The body of this beer is as the style requires deceptively light. There is some faint roast astringency in the finish, medium carbonation and nice dry finish enhanced by the dark malt, bitterness and alcohol.

Still trying to find my way through this style of beer. This a solid beer, but like many of the beers in this style that I have tried it comes off as more of a hoppy porter. Worth a try for sure.

PBoegel, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to azaaron for the extra! 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a rich black body that supports a creamy, towering tuft of tight tan head. Solid lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is that of freshly hopped wort, or the first whiff of a vacuum-packed bag of hops before they get dumped into the boil. It's a fresh hoppiness, and very aromatic, but a little cloying with hop residue and sweet maltiness.

Flavor is hoppy up front with a dark chocolate presence, and again I'm reminded of tasting homebrewed wort with respect to sweetness. The finish, however, is highly astringent with flavors of both hop bitterness and malt husks. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a medium-light body, but the bitter finish is a bit too much to stomach, and I normally love this style.

wagenvolks, Mar 14, 2011
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into snifter.
A: Good head formation and a bit weak on the retention. Body is a deep black, while the head is a light tan. Lacing is present and carbonation is near to impossible to see, due to the very dark body.
S: The aroma gives away to the very floral hops used from the West coast. No real malty flavor found.
T/M: Body is medium to heavy for style and the malt presence is found, making this a bit of a thicker, more full bodied "American Black Ale". ahem BIPA> Carbonation is light and suited. A pine aroma is found in the front, while a roasted note comes through on the finish. Bitterness makes up the lingering taste.
D: All in all a very drinkable brew, one of the BIPA's that I have enjoyed, but with my homebrew version, a bit too heavy on the roasted/dark malt character.

GDBEERMAN, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: As to be expected, this one is black in color, with only the faintest amount of light peeking through the sides of the glass. Forms a large tan colored head that eventually settled down to a thin surface coating. Copious amounts of lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts. Maybe a little citrus in the mix, but the roasted malt dominates.

T & M: More roasted malts, now with baking chocolate. Dry and chalky in the mouth. Moderate bitterness, but it seems to be more of a charred malt bitterness than a hoppy bitterness. I'm assuming there are some hops in this one, but the heavy taste of roasted malts is crowding them out. Beer is medium in body, but it feels thinner than it really is. Carbonation is fairly active.

D: A decent beer, but not what I would think of for a black IPA. Tastes like a thin stout or porter, though it drinks just fine.

Florida9, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of BeerMePlze
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours oil black, but not very viscous. Nice amount of tan head

S: I get both the hops and the roasted malt equally, very well balanced.

T: Amazing!! apparently I need to drink more black IPAs if this is what the style can taste like. Along with the smell, the balance of almost charcoal malts with the west coast IPA style bitterness creates one of the most amazing flavors i've ever experienced.

M: Coats the mouth fully with the bitterness of the hops, but the malts put out the fire perfectly.

D: I could drink this all day (until I pass out!) This is such a delight!

BeerMePlze, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of cadaugherty, Cheers my friend!

Poured into Stone IPA glass. Even with a careful pour a monstrous four finger cafe au lait head develops. The retention is very impressive. Broken moth eaten lacing is left clinging to the walls of the glass. The body appears black until the glass is held to the light. With the light beaming down a deep crimson brown color is shown. Very good looking American Black Ale.

The aroma is much more subdued than what I expected. The roasted malt sits pretty heavy, not a good sign in my opinion. The aroma is not really showing me what I would expect from the style, the malt is outweighing the hops. Pine and subtle soft citrus hops seem to be submerged by the malt. An issue of balance here, the beer smells good but is just out of balance.

Out of the glass strong roasted malt and dark chocolate coat the tongue. The piney hop flavor develops mid palate and is very complimentary but does not develop the intensity I expect. The roasted flavor is a bit bitter and astringent on the back of the palate. The flavor is not bad but just leads to confusion, not sure what style this is but it is not a Black IPA as labeled.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. While the deep roasted flavor lays of the tongue, the finish is quite dry.

Not a bad beer but a poor example of the style. With some expectations for the style this beer did not meet them. I can easily finish the bomber but it is just not what I wanted. I am not sure I would enjoy more than a single serving of this beer, not my thing. Glad to have had the opportunity.

kzoobrew, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes - another offshoot of Ipswich / Mercury? Not sure exactly how this brewery(ies) works exactly but they all tend to make decent to great beers so I'm happy to see this distributed up to Maine as of late - I remember this coming out just as I moved from Boston. Anywho... a fresh sample (Feb '11) poured into my imperial Nerax pint. Brown with red tints, nice head receding to an espresso-esque foam, laces well. I smell chocolate, resiny west coast hops, and a nice earthy musty note. More hops up front at first gulp - nice and bitter, piney and sappy, a touch of citrus, finishes with a nice dusty chocolate malt backbone. I really like this beer - I have to admit to being a bit of a sucker for this style - I get a kick out the debate that the Black IPA seems to stir up, and I also get a kick out of drinking it. Hoppy, malty, and somehow balanced, and refreshing and drinkable and robust all at the same time. What's not to like? Look forward to (re)trying some of the other beers these guys have to offer.

twelvsies, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottled the first week of February, poured into my Rodenbach glass... The body is surprisingly dark sheeny glass black, like a moon rock, with a hint of clear crimson in the middle. Looks awesome. A light tan head with great retention and lacing. Best looking black ipa I've seen... The aroma instantly makes me think of a west coast dipa with wonderful fruity grass hop notes, bet this is even better fresh on tap. Once you get past the hops on the front there is a caramel backbone with a hint of smoke. Really really solid. My only complaint is that wish it was a little stronger... Wow, this is strong, threw me off guard for sure. Tons of char, ash, alcohol, very bitter pine hops, and a hint of chocolate. At first I'm almost disgusted way too strong, the more I drink and the warms settles a bit, however wish this was a touch more subtle with a better mixture; balance... The mouthfeel is very sticky with tons of lasting pine and alcohol.... The finish and alcohol make this a little tough to crush. One glass is enough for me, especially considering this is only 7%.

jrallen34, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of wburch1967
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Both beers tried from Clown Shoes have been hoppy and bitter as heck. Good thing, because I like that!

This beer is black with some red higlights when helf to the light.

Smells like roasted malts, pine, and grapefruit, tastes was pretty much the same.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are the only thing keeping this from being one of my favorites ever, as i can't see have more than one bottle or a couple of pints.

Still, great black IPA.

wburch1967, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says it was bottled in the first week of February. Poured into a tulip. Nice dark black color. Light colored almost mocha colored but not quite head. The lacing is nice and sticky. The head is about half an inch large.

The aroma is a 50/50 split between burnt char and orange juicey hops. The burnt aroma doesn't really work well here for me; it seems a bit harsh and a bit much. It reminds me a bit of burnt bacon a bit.

Despite their best efforts, the hops are overwhelmed with roasted bitterness. The hops merely add a hint of mint and herbal qualities in the finish; though not enough to warrant the advertised hoppiness. Though I can't site anything offensive in the taste, it is very underwhelming.

The body is relatively light and the mouthfeel is slightly crispy, allowing for a nice drinking experience. Overall, this is not a very good example of a hoppy black ale. I can think of a few others I would much rather have.

andrewinski1, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of TK5150
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On draft at the GLB

A- Dark brown with some ruby/light brown highlights. Small beige head consisting of small bubbles.

S- Dark malts with hints of piney american hops.

T- Dry cocoa powder and the bitterness from piney hops and roasted malts. The bitterness becomes the major taste of the beer as I continue to finish off the glass. I really enjoy dark hoppy beers, and this was majorly disappointing. Not much hop flavor, nor much complexity.

M- Medium bodied and low carbonation. If this had higher carbonation I probably would not have finished the beer, so in this case it helped.

D- Not conducive to drinking another glass. Liked it less and less as I drank. Will not get again.

I have only had two beers from Clown Shoes, this and Brown Angel. Brown Angel was very nice, this was not.

TK5150, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I sure do wish there was some formal boundaries between Schwarz's, American Blacks, and Black IPAs. And I wish there was like some kind of Brewer's code that made sure they weren't improperly labeled.

This beer tastes like super roasted malt and decent kick of dry hops. It's more like a dry stout mixed with a little bit of citrusy American hops than it is an IPA. And there's nothing wrong with that, really, except for that this was labeled as a black IPA and I'm in the mood for a black IPA.

There's also a little inconsistency in the flavor, even though the aroma is pretty tight. It starts off like coffee, moves into a blend of dry and citrus hops, and then on the very back end there's this hint of like nitrogen, only it's not nitrogen it's just a little unpleasant medicinal gas.

mynie, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black body with reddish brown hues and a huge, dense and foamy tan head that shows at least some proof of its sticky existence for the duration of the beer.

Earthy and piney hops jump from the glass, followed by chocolate malt and maybe even hints of espresso.

The palate features biting earthy hops, but also roasted and chocolate malt. Quite a unique, yet tasty blend of characteristics.

Drying mouthfeel from the dense hops with generous carbonation and a medium body.

This is quite a good example of the Black IPA and really shows the difference between this style and an intensely hopped RIS.

CHADMC3, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very similar to stones sublimely self righteous

The look is dark brown with a thick thick tan head

The aroma sweet to start it is hops that speak the loudest. Citrus and spicy hops love it

The beer starts with a sweet malt it quickly becomes light in the tongue but hops take over, spicy and citrus pair to a dry slight roasted finish leaving a big bitter on the tongue

bishopdc0, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours black with a light tan two finger head that dissipated quickly but left some bubbles and lacing. On the nose there is a deep musty pine aroma with roasted malt underneath. In the mouth the toasty flavors hit first, not your basic porter/stout coffee/chocolate combination but something a bit simpler, plain roastiness. The hops then come out, piney and quite bitter, combining really well with the bitter roast. It's a medium-body that goes down easy but the bitter notes linger around back for a while.

I was quite happy to see this on the shelves in Chicago, a big, very welcome surprise.

EricCioe, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark, opaque black with a healthy 2+ finger head that dissipates rather quickly but big frothy bubbles remain with significant lacing sticking to the walls of the tulip.

Smells more of citrus and pine than coffee roast. Coffee is more present in the taste with malty undertones and a hoppy bite as it heads throat-ward. A couple more sips reveal some kind of burnt, nutty flavor that really makes this seem complex

It feels mid-bodied and definitely a bit creamy in the mouth with the bitterness, as mentioned, present towards the finish. Not sure how many I could have in one sitting however it is quite drinkable especially for the 7%.

Overall I was impressed by this beer. Have not had too many Black IPAs yet and this is certainly a solid offering, however I fear that I am drinking it a bit too cold, perhaps a return edit is in order once it warms a bit) As others have noted, would love to try this on tap. Would have it again from the bottle though.

EDIT: Not too much to add here except that once this brew warmed up the balance really showed through. Perfect symphony of roasted malts to hoppy bitterness...really magnificent...

Fluke828, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Ipatsfans
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber without a date. I am a little worried that this beer is not super fresh, as the label is different from some other Hoppy Feet bottles I see in the store.

A - Lots of head on this one, which fades unevenly with a few craters in the foam. Beer is a dark brown, coffee like coloring.

S - Roasted coffee aroma. Just a hint of the citrus and pine mentioned on the label.

T - Strong roasted flavor, a little burnt for my liking. Lots of flavor going on, bitter notes coming through at the end.

M - Bitter hints lave a slight sour taste. The 7% ABV is hidden nicely.

D - one bomber is enough for me. The flavors are strong, but I don't love it overall.

Not my favorite Clown Shoes offering, but I will definitely try it again if I can find it on tap.

Ipatsfans, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a MJ tasting glass (tulip).

Pours an oily, jet black, with ruby highlights around the edges. Two finger tan, creamy head that drops after a few minutes. Nice lacing.

Aromas of piney resins, spring leaves, flowery, dark roasted coffee, molasses.

Flavors of pine, citrus, coffee, dark roasted malts, hint of cocoa. Finish is long, roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel is full, resiny, mouthcoating. Creamy, with a good level of carbonation, no real prickle or carbonic bite.

Good drinkability. Nice mix of dark roast flavors, hop flavors, and bitterness.

JamnesCameron, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jlindros for this treat!

Nice dark pour, black, light tan head, very nice spongy lacing.

Big notes of pine and flowers, and equally big notes of chocolate, roasted malts and hints of coffee.

Nice bitterness, piny, light citrus, chocolate, roasted malts, toach of coffee bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Creamy, slick, smooth, nice carbonation, medium in body.

Good drinkability. One of the best BIPA's I've had.

EgadBananas, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks again for introducing me to this wonderful brewer); poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Ridiculous rocky six finger and growing head of light tan foam forms an obscene phallus of a head which refuses to dissipate. Way down underneath the cavernous hollows lurks a ruddy dark brown liquid with chocolate highlights. Quite dark but seemingly good clarity. Stupendous sticky three dimensional lacing overwhelms the glass. Unparalleled retention.

Cocoa powder, vienna roast coffee, leaves, fresh grassy hops, sencha, and creamer in the nose along with some black malt and a hint of esters. A touch of candied ginger comes out as it warms.

Dense bitter chocolate ganache palate entry with heavy roast malt, a hint of tobacco, laurel, and apricot pit grows more bitter as the hops arrive - the flavor is crisp and suggestive of hemp and potting soil rather than citrus or pine. Dry toasty finish lingers on for a good while, demanding another sip to combat the thirst it engenders.

By the appearance, I feared this would be over-carbonated, but it is just right actually. Zippy and mildly astringent (though not burnt).

Quite dry, bitter, and roasty - a good example of a burgeoning style.

augustgarage, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of beerdepartment
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant looking mixed bubble froth over dark coffee colored fluid.

Grapefruity hops with slight malt sweet smell in the fumes.

A warmer temp allowed for more of the roast malt grain; when cold mostly hop flavor dominant; bitterness is strong and lingering, perhaps owing to roast level on malt; wish it was less bitter, but I just made a homebrew equally bitter and I'm calling it a success. So the bitterness is OK.

The thickness (medium to heavy) of the mouthfeel helps balance the bitterness.

beerdepartment, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a big, 3 finger tan head. Color is almost black but the reddish colors on the side and bottom of the glass tell me it's not quite. Foamy lacing covers the majority of the glass.

Nose is very hoppy at first, only to be balanced out by a heavy malt presence. Grapefruit and piny hops come on first before some roasted malts aromas (and perhaps some chocolate notes) fill in.

A good dose of grapefruit shows up first in the taste before a huge roasted malt flavor comes in. Not getting the chocolate notes that were in the nose but the malt presence is still high. As big as those flavors are, the taste is dominated by a hugely bitter, piny, resinous, bitter finish.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Light body for the style (not a bad thing here) with carbonation on the higher end of medium. Bitter finish that lingers for what seems like forever.

Pretty good drinkability. The lighter mouthfeel makes it ideal for having more than a pint or two but the bitterness of the hops may make you reach for something else after.

ms11781, Jan 25, 2011
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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