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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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417 Reviews

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 1,411
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 84
Gots: 237 | 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:
Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009

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Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown/black. Smells of sweet citrus and malts. Dominant roasted malt flavor with strong coffee notes followed by citrus and spicy hops with a medium body. Spicy hop resin and coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Shannon Rose, Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours black with a tan lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, pine, coffee.

The taste is of chocolate, pine/herbal/perfume notes with coffee roast in the finish.

It has a smooth, full body.

An excellent Black Ale. Plenty hoppy, plenty roasty, and doesn't clash.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer. A bit malt heavy in my opinion for an IPA in general, but saved by a nice hoppy finish. There are better black IPAs, but I would revisit this one.

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Photo of JAFoley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Dark black body with big bubbly tan head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Dark, smokey, with citrus, mint, and somewhat soapy hop

T - Big citrus and pine hops upfront. Roasted smoked malts with some coffee.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth.

O - This is probably my favorite from Clown Shoes thus far. Good dark smokey flavors and very drinkable body.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottled-on date of Sept 2014. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. A black IPA hopped with Columbus and Amarillo - bring it on!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark brown hue that appears black in the glass. Produces a huge head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of intense hop notes and dark malt with hints of pine, weed, grapefruit, peel, citrus, roasted grain, caramel, mild brown sugar, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Delicious and well balanced.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops and dark malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, spice, subtle roasted malt, faint burnt grain, molasses/caramel, a twinge of coffee, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust, hop-driven bitterness upons swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils tickle the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of intense aromatic hops, pine, roasted malt and earthy yeast.

O: Very nice - vigorous yet balanced. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a fantastic blend of bitter aromatic hops and dark malt characteristics, underpinned by delicate yeast. The flavour elements simultaneously compete and complement each other; a skillful combination. Lovely body. Excellent - one of the best black IPAs I've tried. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Severdali
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours nice and dark for a black IPA, impressive head and sticky sticky lacing

Smells chocolate, assertive roast from the malt, grapefruit rind, nice bitter citrus, floral/garden qualities

Tasts very similar, bitter chocolate, earthy-garden-ness, roasted malt, almost bell pepper notes, very creamy mouthfeel with a nicely smooth and cloyingly dry aftertaste. Would be able to drink more than one without it overpowering the palate. Very nice beer, and a unique take on the style. More chocolate/roasted malt as well as more of a drying finish than most black IPAs I've tried, but also with a strangely-nicely creamy mouthfeel when oxygenated in the mouth.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy days are here again! This is a big bad black one.

It opens nice and fizzy. Black. The aroma is a bunch of funky, fruity yeasty nasty.

The taste is bitter and funky. The malts are very low in the profile (#3 after bitter hops and yeasty badness. The aftertaste is nasty too.

This is an American style, so it is ok that it is over the top. Try this, you might like it more than I do. It is a well crafted brew, just not my cup of .....ale.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

I have this idea of what a black IPA should be like. This wasn't it. This was great in its own way. My expectations come from those beers that give a balance between strong hops and strong dark malts, as in a malt profile - just good old malted barley that's been roasted. This goes another direction.

This pours deep and dark, black you might say. A nice dark khaki head. The aroma previews some hops, but not as strong as my West Coast brands do. And then the coffee. Not malt, coffee. The taste was the surprising, but dare I say awesome combination of an IPA and a stout. My hometown fav's do this thing where they bring the hops and the dark sweet malts in big numbers. This did the IPA-Stout combo and nailed it.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Aroma is citrusy and extremely chocolatey. Notes of tangerine and mango are evident initially, with hints of resin and cannabis accompanying lightly roasted malt. Flavor reveals grapefruit and mango at the base, which is contrasted by lightly sweet chocolate malt, becoming roasty bitter and resiny in the finish. The sharp citrus notes clash with the roast malt bitterness, but the fruity character and chocolate are welcome sensations, in and of themselves. Black ipas can be hit or miss. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole, in this instance. It's more bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Single bottle from a 4-pack decanted into a tulip glass. Nearly pitch black with a copious quantity of thick, frothy beige head, great head retention here. Pungent hops on the nose, pine needles, grapefruit and orange rinds, fresh cut grass and parsley, along with a cola-like brown spice, licorice, light roast coffee, baker's cacao, and vanilla (!). Wonderful aroma. Palate might not quite reach these lofty heights but this is still a damn fine black IPA. Like this brewer's Galactica IPA, there are a few rough edges but the potent flavors nevertheless deliver the goods. Some wood char is apparent and serves to cut the sweetness on the nose. Decent balance between citrus/pine hops and dark malts ... Perhaps the latter have a slight edge although the hopping is far from subtle. Moderate carbonation, perhaps just on the low end, decent full body and a roasted yet green finish with a pleasing floral perfume. High price point for these 4-packs here and one can debate whether the execution justifies the price of acquisition. Probably.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - the label imagery resonates well right now, as I watch the sun fade over my west-facing deck.

This beer pours a very dark, cola syrup highlighted russet brown colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and generally creamy beige head, which leaves some nice gear chain webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty, slightly dank pine resin, dry powdered dark cocoa, muted orange and grapefruit bitters, old leather couches, black bread, and a slight herbal, leafy astringency. The taste is gritty chocolate-ensconced caramel malt, hard toffee, wet ash, still mildly dank pine forest floor, an acrid grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, more tanned leather, and subtly metallic cold alcohol.

The bubbles are nothing special, but supportive enough, just the way I like 'em, the body an adequate medium weight, and a bit too astringently hoppy, toasty, and well, boozy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the bready caramel flailing in a wind of agreeable char, hop, and sublimated liquor.

An approachable and drinkable version of a style to which I'm still coming around. The hop yin and roast yang bang heads (or touch tips, whatever) well enough, leaving my gustatory expectations generally satisfied. Worth a go if you like your dark roasty beers hoppy, or your decent IPA dragged through the coals.

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Photo of beerlust
3/5  rDev -22.9%

I really wanted to like Hoppy Feet by Clown Shoes, what a great name. It was hyped
to me by a friend before it was available locally, and took some time to find. I don't care for it, too sharp
and bitter. And I LIKE sharp and bitter beer! I'm still looking for a Hoppy Feet brew that I like.
Stone, Uinta and Shorts all made a better black ale. Skip this one.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass, it has a jet black color body with a thick cream head. The smell has a roasted malt aroma to it. The taste has a dark chocolate and roasty ness to it, I get a little hop on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is good and overall a good beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled Jan. 9 2014 and served moderately chilled.

Pours an opaque brownish-black colour with crimson highlights under the light. Seated atop the liquid is just under two fingers of creamy, light tan-coloured froth that manages to retain cohesion for a good 5+ minutes before eventually fading into a messy cap and collar. Beautiful lace. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, raisins and grapefruit, with a hint of pine resin and booze in the background. About what I expect from this style.

Not bad at all, though I think this one's age is starting to show. Lots of dark, roasted malt flavours come through initially - toasted bread, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate the foremost among them. Citrusy notes of grapefruit pith and some resiny pine bitterness begin to seep through toward the finish, culminating in an interesting finish that combines roasted malts, bitter resin and mild ethanol warmth. The resiny bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a decent bite to distract you from the astringency.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Certainly one of the better black ales I've had in recent memory. While I am enjoying this glass of Hoppy Feet, the beer itself is pushing 7 months of age and I am inclined to believe that the hop profile has suffered as a result. Considering both of those facts, I'll more than likely revisit this one at some point when I find a younger bottle, and adjust the score accordingly.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: poured into pint glass from a 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a foamy 2 finger head which dissipates to a half inch ring and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Black with an amber hue.

S: Smells of dark malts, leather, and resin.

T: Dark fruit, leather, sweet dark malts and coffee with some bitter pine on the back of the palate. Enough booze, enough IBUs and plenty of character.

M: Excites the mouth with with carbonation, dark malts coat the tongue without being cloying.

My first black IPA, the style is complex and interesting. This was like drinking a Black and Tan made from a porter and an IPA, delicious and worth the experience!

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Photo of Antnego
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a chilled mug.

A: Pours a dark brown with no translucence, like a typical stout. Pours with an amber two-fingered head, moderate lacing with sticky brown resin clinging to the side of the mug.

S: Citrus, chocolate, brown sugar and coffee on the nose. Just a hint of pine resin.

T: Grapefruit and bitter floral notes up front. Then comes the sweet dark chocolate, coffee and malty flavors.

M: Surprisingly light, fizzy and crisp for a stout. Very refreshing.

O: This beer is a bit challenging and confusing at first, but this of the most interesting beers I've tried. It's like drinking two beers at the same time. You get the citrusy hops, like a IPA, then the caramelized maltiness and richness of a stout. Drinks like an ale, with stout-y goodness!

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Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Black with a thumb-sized head that is creamy & holds well, especially over the opening couple of minute. There was very little movement initially & the head smoothed out a little after a bit with some minimal lacing on the sides.

Hoppy & IPA-like to start with some subdued pine notes & bitterness. A strong, darker malts presence with some darker fruits coming in as well with some sweetness that makes the beer seem almost like a porter. There is some grapefruit & pine coming through towards the end too.

Mellow hops with a pine bitterness & a little bit of grapefruit coming through, quickly followed by some darker malts, hints of sweetness & coffee. The beer tasted quite fresh & lively with the hops and malts balancing against each other well.

Smooth with a medium body & plenty of bitterness from the hops throughout, although hints of sweetness make an appearance. Carbonation was about medium with this one & the beer had a good balance too.

A pretty good offering, it's hoppy & packs a punch with regards to bitterness. I enjoyed with one, particularly because the balance was good with the hop bitterness & the darker malts working well together.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up the other day in Totowa, not having a beer from Clown Shoes in quite some time. With all of the Black IPA's out there now, I thought that this would get lost in the shuffle but this was enjoyable and pretty easy to drink, once I let the voluminous head settle down after a while.

No doubt that the pour and appearance were the best aspects of this beer, not that the other features weren't enjoyable either. The head had to be the thickest that I've ever seen for anything out of a bottle that I've emptied into a pint glass, as the bubbles rapidly filled up to the top and didn't quit for quite some time. It was like an ice cream float squared as the tan, creamy suds stuck around for a while, nearly looking solid in nature. The beer itself was quite dark with garnet edges and a good amount of carbonation to boot. Not a strong aroma to this but there was some dark fruit and a toasted maltiness to this. Both of those were found in the taste as well, along with some dark bread and dry, earthy hops that subtly shone through in the back. The IBU's were just right and this came across as a Schwarzbier of sorts to me, but just a bit stronger that a typical one would be.

This had booze for sure but it didn't detract from the taste of this beer and I could only feel a slight warming once I polished this off. The recessed dark fruit tones were enhanced licorice sweetness that tied everything together, without making this seem artificial or not true to style. There's a lot to like here and as this warmed up, it grew nicely on me. A good take on the style that's easy to enjoy year-round and possibly, the best current offering from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ale with a thin dissipating head. Notes of caramel malt on the nose. Some sweetness is offset by mild bitterness. Tabacco notes reminicient of a porter. A decent, drinkable beer, but nothing remarkable here. Not sure if I am a fan of the dark IPA style.

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Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with clear ruby when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head required additional pours to fill the glass, then receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mildly of dark malt.

t: Dark fruit and smoke up front under a moderate hop bite which built at the back sides of the tongue. Bitter finish. 80 IBUs makes itself known throughout., though it does mellow out a little later.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: One of the more/most powerfully hoppy black IPAs out there, at 80 IBUs more of a Double Black IPA, and a good one.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just recently became acquainted with Mercury Brewing Co's beers. This is the second I've tried.

Poured beautifully, an opaque brown color with a frothy tan head. Gentle lacing as the beer recedes.

Smells of sweet malts with some mellow hops. There's a minute fruity aroma too, maybe banana or bubble gum is what it reminds me of.

Tastes great. Moderate to high bitterness throughout the sip, gentle sweetness behind that. Earthy flavor. Finishes mostly dry.

A little fizzy, but it doesn't detract from the fullness of the beer. Lots of body.

Very nice.

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Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crests around two fingers of deep tan foam, uneven surface, islands of larger bubbles form, slow dissolve, the lacing is very wide and covers half the area above the surface line, notable. Predictably black liquid, impenetrable but not like a slab of onyx, same fade to a yellow tint near the surface, able to see some very tiny bubbles breaking the surface too. While the nose offers a zesty orange citrus spritz as well as damp earthiness, the cocoa, coffee bean, vanilla to toffee rule things, after that nutty and bready, any foundational grassiness cloaked, stays dry on the whole, tends to hover more than lift and dissipate. Full-bodied, layers nimbly on the tongue, even greater emphasis here on chocolate, cocoa, mocha with coffee and vanilla notes, all feels “powdered” and not sticky sweet. Able to show more greenness which helps it be fresher, seems to fit with the roast well, even touch of chicory at times. More lactose than spice. Minimal fruit, hard to tease out distinct flavors. The orange to grapefruit citrus rises through the finish. Nice how the palate weight remains after the flavors release. It’s very well made but not something many could pound all night.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Very dark with slight head that went away quick. The way a black ipa should look.
Smell - I can slight smell toasted malty slight coffee smell.
Taste - good amount of hops but still has a good dark taste.
Feel - medium body with slight carbonation.
Overall - this ipa was pretty good. Must drink it fresh. I drank it slightly aged and thought it was horrible.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a black body.
The aroma is just about the perfect mixture of roasted malt and lemon.
The taste starts out with the roasted malt, then quickly into the moderate to strong lemon and pine bitterness. Long bitter finish.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
An excellent black IPA.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with Jan. 2014 bottling date, served in a snifter.

Pours opaque and essentially black with a small, semi-durable head.

As per the looks, this is loaded with dark roasted grains. No shortage of hops either, but these two flavor components clash a bit, as is common with black IPAs. More burnt grain flavor and burnt toast than I'd prefer. Black coffee appears mid-taste and lingers on well after the swallow.

O: strongly flavored black IPA with hoppy, if not happy, feet.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.