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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 61
Gots: 141 | 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 drewba
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown. Pours a large, creamy colored, frothy head. Pretty solid lacing for the duration.

S - it smells like a..well, black ipa. Many ipa characteristics in the nose - lemon, lime, grapefruit, fresh flowers, a touch of pine but I'm also pulling out some dark malt that's giving out small bread/biscuit aroma.

T - Very interesting and complex - with every sip, the flavor spectrum goes from the far left to the far right in a matter of milliseconds. On the far left, the malt. This comes first with bread, nut, roast and caramel flavors but almost immediately takes a backseat to the far right, the manliest of hops. The hop profile opens quickly with a blast of juicy citrus hops, and as a quickly as I can recognize the taste, the hop profile turns to high bitter - grapefruit, lemon rinds. Then, all you're left with is a metallic aftertaste and the "what the fuck just happened" look on your face. Even though there is a more significant malt presence than your standard ipa, hoppy feet is still all about the hops.

M - thin, but the carbonation is nice.

D - the heavy amount of bitter and metal aftertaste is severely limiting the drinkability for me. That said, I finished a bomber in about 20 minutes, so it is drinkable. I just wouldn't reach for another one right away.

drewba, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, but not quite opaque. Purplish highlights with ruby/chestnut edges. Fluffy tan cap (just short of 2") that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Great head retention. The aroma was quite hoppy up front, but presented considerable malt depth at times - chocolate, caramel, and slight roast/burnt. Hops were resinous and piney, some citrus rind. More of the same in the flavour - pine and caramel dominating, but with some citrus, chocolate and a hint of licorice present as well. Strong bitterness more than balanced the other flavours. Medium bodied with a creamy texture from the well-integrated carbonation. A bit astringent though, giving it more dryness than it needs. Overall I liked this. Solid hoppiness with a nice depth of malt makes for a tasty beer.

DrJay, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two bottles of Clown Shoes, and this was the second of the night. Shared with my wife as it was poured into stemmed glasses. Totally black color, with a contrasting white head. I was surprised how long the head lasted - quick thick and good looking. Smell was pungent with citrus and floral hops. Very fresh aroma. Taste was balanced for the style. Plenty of hops, but there was also a good amount of malt and just a bit of roasted coffee flavor. Mouthfeel had a nice thickness to it, but it was very smooth and drinkable at the same time. This beer basically nailed it in every category. From pour to finish, a pleasure to drink. Clown Shoes has really impressed me.

morebeergood, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Citrus hops, slight roastiness, touch of coffee, mostly hops though, orange and grapefruit.

L: Dark brown/black, some ruby highlights. Creamy light tan head, great lacing.

T: Semi-sweet coffee roasty malt. Some taste of grapefruit. Medium high bitterness with subtle roasty dryness. A touch harsh in the back of the troat.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

A solid CDA, liked how the roastiness was muted to allow the hops to shine. Not my favorite style, but i thought this was a solid beer.

bum732, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of busterthecat
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

A- Dark mocha color. Dense foam sits for a bit. good lacing.

S- Upfront hops that gives way to powerful roasted toffee/ coffee, some chocolate.

T- Blast of bitter hops that last on palate. Roasted malt with oak, earth, burnt toffee. Big taste. Interesting tangle of flavors.

M- Covers palate, lingers for a while.

D- A big flavored beer. Not much alc. A 22oz was more then enough.

busterthecat, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Gregg. Thanks so much for the opportunity! 22oz bottle...

A: Super dark black with ruby highlights around the edges. Biggest head I have ever seen. A full 3 inches that fades slowly. Good.

S: I get some nice grapefruit upfront with some nice sweet citrus malt quickly following. Not too much else going on in the scent. Decent.

T: Hmm, very interesting flavors here. Think, coffee stout blended with an IPA. You quickly first get the dry puckering grapefruit taste quickly followed by some faint coffee bean roastiness. Some sweet sugary malt hidden on the backend. A great hop flavors upfront. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation balance. Very good.

D: This one goes down very easy. Not too much of an issue here. Very good.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Not amazing, but good. Don't bother hunting this one, but def try if you like an interesting blend on IPA's and have access.

steve8robin, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of theghost3
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sully62601 for this.

Pours a very dark, cola-like brown with a 4-finger, frothy cafe au lait head. Rather volatile; lots of layered lacing.

The smell is grassy, herbal and slightly citrusy hops with some faint smoke and chocolate malt. The taste is bitter from herbal, pine and grassy hops. There are also flavors of burnt coffee with a hint of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium-bodied.

This is a very drinkable beer. The style is very interesting in that it has qualities of an American IPA or Pale Ale as well as those of a Porter or Irish Dry Stout. This would go well with grilled meat.

theghost3, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one a few times, kinda surprised I have never reviewed it. It was actually very impressive on cask, but im reviewing the standard bottle form now.

pours black with a light tan head that is sizable, retains well, and leaves tons of chunks on the glass. Color is stout like, viscosity and lacing and head retention is IPA like.

aroma is piney, grassy and a touch citric hops with a backbone of roasty malts providing some chocolate and coffee. mmm.

flavor is at first of bitter, dry hops. pine, grass, and white grapefruit. that is quickly countered by some dark, slightly roasty malts, which are again taken over by a nice, bitter finish. a bit more IPA than Black, but its very tasty.

light/medium bodied with a watery, yet dry finish and a lingering bitterness.

drinks very well. hoppy and roasty at the same time. a very good example of the up-and-coming style. Easily their best beer, and a good one to make your name from. not my favorite of the style, but its actually relatively cheap and near the upper tier, so i see myself drinking this often.

silentjay, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of ambluhm
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a gorgeous black color with slight brown tinges around the rim. The head was a frothy and thick khaki color that left some lace.

The nose on this is the real winning feature for me. It has beautiful chocolate and coffee notes followed by a strong presence of floral and piney hops. A real battle, but in the end, a successful balancing act.

The mouthfeel is slightly malty sweet with definite bitterness from the loads of hops in this one. Another successful balance of sweet and bitter, which results in a surprisingly smooth beer for something that has so much roast, toast, and hops.

Overall this is something that I would love with a nice steak. I generally shy away from such hoppy beers, but this was a real stunner for me, and something that may have me reconsidering my tastes.

ambluhm, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Black IPA pours an oily black color into the glass. A small off white head forms on top and dissolves quickly to a foamy ring around the beer. A few spots of lace remain behind.

The aroma is hoppy with pine essence and notes of chocolate and dark malts mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth and silky on the palate. Light to medium carbonation.

The flavor is a well balanced combination of piney hops and sweet malt notes of chocolate, roasted malt and toffee. It finishes slightly bitter and once gone the pine and toffee flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer that's easy to drink. It may be my standard for black IPA's.

WanderingFool, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have Clownshoes made a bad beer yet? I sure haven't found it...

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a very big fluffy 3 finger head with a nice light chocolate colour. Biiiig clumps of head remains floating around the beverage along with heavy side lacing. Spectacular to look at.

S - One heck of a sensory battle here. Almost starts like a stout or a porter. Big chocolate, roasty malts, and maybe even some coffee hits big and hard up front quickly followed by, whats that? Floral hops! Very interesting and pleasing.

T - So close to the nose. Delicious sweet, roasted maltes. The coffee and chocolate is more subdued in the mouth as compared to the nose. That being said, the hoppy bitterness is incredibly well pronounced in the back end. That piney bitterness rather nicely cuts into the sweet roasted malts.

M - My only knock on this would I could use a bit more carbonation. This has a low carbonation, resulting in a creamy, porter like feel. When swallowed there there is a sharp crispness of carbonation. Would be nice if that was present throughout.

D - Really solid. Digging this big time from Clownshoes. The 7% is weird. Some sips its nicely masked, yet in others its really in your face. I had this at a random tasting Clownshoes was doing at Julio's and picked up a bunch of bottle on sale. This makes me want to crack the Labyrinth I've been aging to compare, as Labyrinth was the complete package when I tasted this. Would like to see how it stacks up to this.

rudzud, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of nas5755
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the BBC.

The pour revealed a black beer with a nice head on the lighter side of tan. The lacing was spectalur and followed the beer all the way down the glass. The nose has citus hops and a slight tinge of dark malt. The taste was light on the citrus hops, one dimensional malts(porter like) and a bitter afterbite that was quite pleasant. This beer was smooth with a good carbonation level. Overall, this was a decent beer.

nas5755, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, bitter, black malt scent along with a very nice citrus hop nose. It's not a complex malt aroma and the hops really shine through. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop flavor that works well with the dry, black malts. It goes down smooth with loads of hops that resinate in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking black IPA. It has excellent hop character and a solid malt base.

WesWes, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with red highlights when I held this one up to the light. A very nice foamy beige head, that has great retention, and leaves some very nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is very interesting, not quite what I was expecting for an IPA. Picking up quite a bit of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and then all of sudden I get some piney, herbal hops. I like this different and good.

T- A very interesting brew for sure. Taste of pine, spice and herbal notes offset by a roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. A bit of piney hops at the very end.

M- Medium in body and a good amount of carbonation. This brew feels very creamy too.

D- Wow this one is very different but also very good. Easy to drink and very solid. It seems like there are several different beers in one. One sip is hoppy next one is almost like a porter very cool.

nrbw23, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Deep Ellum along with some tasty Parmesan fries. This is a pretty decent take on the style. The malt background is a bit more like a Irish dry stout than anything with its dry and bitter roasted character. The hops are predominantly citrusy and amplifies the dry character. Unfortunately, the hops and malt blend instead layering flavor.

tempest, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of MA08
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass at 40 degrees.

Extremely strong contrasting roasted chocolate malt and grapefruit hops. Taste matches with a surpsringly well balance, dispute the strongness at both ends. Drinkablity is high and mouthfeel is good. The best Black IPA out there in a bottle.

MA08, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of asabreed
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at Lord Hobo for $6.

Appearance: Very very dark, nearly opaque, with a rich mocha-colored head lingering at the top for a very long time, and after each sip.

Smell: I'm getting milk stout aromas here, which is weird. Bright and sweet dark sugars, brown mostly, along with ripe beets and beet sugar, some coffee with about five sugar packets, and more sugar. Not nauseatingly sweet, but it's getting there. So... where does the IPA come into play here?

Taste: Again, a lot of sweetness. Dark sugars, mild dark berries and fruit esters. Almost milk sugar and a milk-like taste to it in its richness, with some coffee and mild mocha. Lingering porter-like mild charred burnt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, and one of the best things about the beer, with solid carbonation from first sip to last swallow.

Drinkability: I'm a bit confused, because this is supposed have IPA characteristics, no? But there were very few, if any. Hardly any hops or citrus flavors, and mostly porter or milk stout-like sweetness. Again, very, very confused. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but for the style, either I don't dig it, it's deceiving, or something was weird with the brew here. Not sure.

asabreed, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown. Tan head.

S-Roasty combats hoppy. Coffee and slight chocolate malts battle grapefruit and floral hops. Well balanced.

T-See the nose. Tastes damn good. My favorite Black IPA.

M-Rich and creamy but still dry.

D-Strong flavors generously allow the drinkability to be high.

VelvetExtract, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Sunset Grill on a recent visit to Boston. It was a very good IPA and the "black" aspect adds a lot to it. I think this is the first black single IPA i've had, having recently had some black doubles. Color is very dark but the head is relatively light. Low carbonation, good hop aroma with good hop flavor. Overall this was a very good beer. I'll have it again if it ever comes to New York.

david18, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of bhalter8
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 5/7/2010 tasting: Thanks to Reagan1984 for introducing me to these guys. Pours a jet black color, with a very thin tan head that quickly dissipates, without much lacing left behind. A nice citrus hop aroma, not overpowering as the roasted malts are also present. In the end, it is a pleasant aroma, but I really like more late addition hops in my IPAs (even black ones). Rather pronounced bitterness in the flavor, there are some citrus flavors there, but bitterness takes on a metallic characteristic and practically overwhelms the roasted malts. Rather thin body, with medium carbonation. I think this is a good start for this beer, as most of the negatives I found in it could be worked out with different hop usage/timing. Since it's a new brewery, I look forward to future batches to see if they balance out the hops a bit more.

bhalter8, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review based on notes

A - Poured into a snifter with 3 fingers of white head. Black body with ruby tones around the edges. No visible carbonation or sediment.

S - Strong hoppy smell. Refreshing and bitter smell. Burnt malts.

T - Reminds me of a porter. Slightly more bitter than most porters. Decent malt backbone.

MF - On the heavier side, slightly chewy.

D - Fair. Strong aftertaste that stays on the tongue after you finish your drink.

MikeBrandman, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of telecomz
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I know the Snobs among us despise the term Black IPA; however, I effing love this beer. Gots to say, I'm a fan my neighboring homies. I dig Clown Shoes.

That said:

A - Pours light tan foam. Body is a dark brown. Red highlights.

S - Aroma is everything - Almost sweet. Grapefruit and floral hop. Cocoa and roasted malt.

T - Bitteriffic. An intoxicating punch in the face of pampelmousse and pine that mellows to roasted choco-malt. The bitterness doesn't abate. It lingers and builds in layers.

M - Smells sweet but feels dry and light.

D - One at a time baby. One at a time.

I bought a case for cellaring. Will be interesting to see how it ages.

telecomz, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour on this beer, builds a huge amount of foam that dissolves down to a nice thick topping, that slowly dissolves into a thin lacing.

Dark brown color, very dark as should be expected by the name/description.

Taste is very good to excellent for me. Just the IPA side of it alone it good enough for me, very hoppy and bitter but not over the top, but then it's go that stout/brown ale quality to it that is balanced almost perfectly in that the presence is noticed, but it doesn't seem like you are drinking one. IPA taste shines through more, but a very well balanced complex beer, tastes more like a brown ale in the middle but finished like an IPA. Slight coffee hint mixed in the middle.

I've only had one, maybe 2 other brown IPAs and I wasn't really impressed, but this is a game changer for me, I really liked it and would recommend trying it.

Pittsburgh, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, fruity citrus and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus, chocolate and caramel. The roasted malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of the "black IPA" style, this is a very good beer with enough flavor, substance and complexity to make it worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this random brew. No idea how many batches of this have been made, which means it could be anywhere from one to six months old. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with one finger-plus of light tan foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and collar. Lacing is spotty. Body is a dark brown, with some translucent red highlights perceptible when held to the light.

S - Smells like other black IPAs (or hoppy stouts) - grapefruit and floral hop notes mixed with cocoa, caramel, and roasted malts. You can tell this isn't super-fresh, but the hop presence is still assertive.

T - Sweet Jeebus! This is very bitter, and eerily reminiscent of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous. The taste is aggressive grapefruit and pine hoppiness, mixed with dark roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Tastes nowhere as sweet as it smells, to its detriment unfortunately. Bitterness lingers and builds throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is a refreshing medium-light, which isn't out of place at 7%. Finishes slightly dry, with some tooth-coating resins. It's a tad too carbonated for my liking, but never verges on harsh.

D - Yikes! The bitterness is oppressive. Suffers from the same problems as Stone XII/Sublimely Self-Righteous, even though this is a little lighter in alcohol and body. Palate wrecking, but not enjoyable enough to warrant it. I will finish the bomber, but it's going to take me a while.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Black IPAs just aren't my thing. This combination of flavors somehow works better when it comes from aggressively dry-hopping a stout, rather than adding black malt to an IPA recipe - I think because there are less bittering hops and alpha acids. I like bitterness as much as the next hophead, but in conjunction with bitter dark chocolate it gets a little tiresome.

MasterSki, Jun 01, 2010
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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