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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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418 Reviews

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Reviews: 418
Hads: 1,413
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 EricCioe
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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...

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Photo of Ipatsfans
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ms11781
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this 22oz bottle today at The Liquor Shoppe for $7.99. Perhaps a bit steep? We'll see...

Into my Portsmouth tulip goes about 12oz... These Hoppy Feet are quite dark, an opaque, dense mahogany, with a frothy, fine tan head. Lacing is quite nice as the head slowly ebbs. Lots of rindy citrus notes waft up from the glass. Some roastiness is evident, but the grapefruit is front and center. Body is medium, and there's not too much in the way of negative waves for the actual feel.

The flavor does exhibit some roasty notes, with a bit of bitter, dark choco present, but the hops soon take over. It has a lot of pithy citrus which makes the palate pucker a touch. It's a little resiny, as the hops softly layer themselves on the tongue. At the finish, the hops linger slowly while segueing into some mild bitterness. Pretty good, though a tad pricey. 'd likely still go with a Victory Yakima Glory or, when on tap, Portsmouth Black IPA. Zum Wohl!!

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of BenjieK
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black, big tan head slow to fall, lots of lace

S: Chocolate, coffee, pine, grapefruit. Intense.

T: Even better than the nose, because those flavors actual balance.

M: Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Very, considering this beer is loaded with super bitter hops.

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

This way my first black IPA and I really enjoyed it. Almost totally black in color with a 2 inch head and great lacing. The hops and roasted malt sweetness comes right through in aroma and taste a like. The citrusy hops certainly dominate as any good IPA, but there is a sturdy malt back bone the great a full bodied beer. The mouthfeel is very nice and its flavor is very intense in the beginning, but doesnt linger on the palate. Very drinkable IPA. Nice marriage of roasty malts and loads of hops.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Whatever you do take care of your shoes." -Phish

Pours dark brown but settles black in my glass. Rocky clay colored head looks like it will hunker down for awhile but alas I must have scared it off. Wispy skim with a few lacey droppings. I like the new bottle art better than the old label.

Smells like chocolate ice cream and minty grapefruit hops. Some booziness comes through. Taste is brownies, and grapefruit/pine hops. Bitter. Like the aroma, dark, chocolatey malt complexity is more fun than the accompanying hops. Finishes with mild booze. Lush mouthfeel.

Great chocolate malt profile that's just too boozey. If they toned down the heat I could really dig this. I find that C hops accentuate heat and that may be the case here.

I should probably try their brown ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mix of pine and grapefruit like hops, and a nutty sweet roast as well. In the taste, starts pine to grapefruity hops and a sweet to dry nutty maltiness. A small bite and medium to a bid bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruit like hop in the aftertaste. Nice hint of roast and nuttiness, and huge hops, which was not expected.

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

Poured from 22oz. bomber into Mug.

A: Pours a very dark brown/almost black color with a nice frothy, khaki head that leaves some nice lacing down the side of the mug.

S: Has some nice hoppy notes with some pine and citrus (grapefruit) scents and faint hints of roasted malts.

T: Hops hit the palate up front that turn into the roasted malts, more noticeable in the palate than the nose, also a bit of citrus flavor but is overshadowed by the malts. The finish has a bit of a nutty characteristic that is followed by slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, has good carbonation, feels a bit creamy and very smooth.

D: This is a good example of one of my new favorite styles, Black IPA. It is very smooth and highly drinkable. Even better is the Hoppy Feet 1.5, though this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

The hops provide an impressive head, not pitch black, though certainly dark enough for the style. Soft resin hop nose builds to piney, minty and ruby red grapefruit heights--combined with brownie batter and a faint alcohol there's a complex aroma. Very lush and creamy body; a pleasure to sip. Hoppiness is bold but not too aggressive, though the bit- terness does come on strong. Dark chocolate and toasted bread graininess displays a great base. Some yeast and fruiti- ness in the back are covered for the most part by the blanket of piney citric hop flavor. East Coast flexing its muscles.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot!

A: This brew appears a dark mahogany color, with a dense inch of light beige head which exhibits great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Aromas of roast, hops, and pine.

T: The beer is a combination of roast and hop flavors, with some chocolate notes in there as well. The beer tastes a little too bitter, with a slight hop astringency emerging in the back end.

M: OK feel, but a bit imbalanced in the finish.

D: An alright beer. I'm still not sold on this style. I really enjoy IPAs and roasty brews, but not sure that marrying the two is the best idea.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by the other Matt, a gift from the brewer, thanks guys.

Beer is dark black and opaque with a thick head of small off white bubbles that recedes quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a mystery on this one.

The aroma is quite piny in the hop department with some mild roast, I'm now thinking this is going to be one of the bittered BIPAs.

Well...this beer is decently bitter with both roast and hops, like a simcoe kind of bitterness with some midpalate lead ins on the road to more hoppiness. The forward is a little thin with some sweetness. There is too much happening the back half of the beer, I think ultimately that it is OK but there are better pairings with roastiness and hop bitterness than these malts / hops make.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by Huhzubendah. Thanks, Matt. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a fairly-good off-white to tan head. Mild lacing and a thin cap. The nose brings forward some slight roast as well as a bit of hoppy character--mostly a bit of pine. Some toasted malt in the background as well. Nothing really seems to gel here. The taste follows along the same lines. There's some roast and there's some pine, but I don't really get anything coming together. The finish has something off with a very strange dryness. A bit too much chocolate for the style. The finish is a bit astringent. I liked their brown much better; something about this one just didn't really work for me.

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Photo of bosox941827
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Great Dane Pub & Brewing imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as tasted
A - Pours dark as a stout with a garnet edge to it; big foamy head off the pour that slowly settles to a thin coating
S - A bit of piney hops off the pour, which also throws off some chocolate/roasted malts
T - Lots of roasted malts off the front, with a bit of chocolate in there too and a mild level of sweetness. It takes a while for the hop flavor to develop, but it does and it is reminiscent of the pine in the nose. It doesn't really assert itself as much as you might expect, but it does persist and really dries out the tongue. Just the slightest hint of alcohol at the end too but really just a bit. Get a mix of the roasted malts along with the bitterness during the linger.
M - Very smooth; not overpowering due to the well-contained level of sweetness.
D - Excellent; could easily session this one.
Wish more brewers would take a stab at this style, and I expect this will happen in '11. This is a well-done example of a Black IPA, though I like Laughing Dog's and Lonerider's a bit more, I would not hesitate to get this one again.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pitch black body under a big off white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Sweet, good citrus hops, roasted malt, some chocolate. Hops a very fresh smelling.

T: Good malt character, balanced with citrus hops. Roasted and chocolate, medium bitter finish, little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

M/D: Full bodied, creamy, very good mouth feel. Drinkability is very good. Solid beer.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Special thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to jayli for this from our recent trade.

A: Pours black with some rusty highlights. An easy pour netted a creamy, towering, dark khaki head that bulged up over the rim of the glass and was a wonder in surface tension. Gorgeous lace!

S: Very fragrant nose. Dark roasty malt, coffee, smoke, pine sap, citrus, and grapefruit.

T: Taste is very close to the smell with way more hop presence. Pine and grapefruit. Nice the way the huge hoppy middle gains a bunch of heavily roasted malt just in time for the finish.

M: Quite dry and peppery. Very sticky. Spicy hop oils tingle for a while on the lips and tongue. Very roasty.

D: A hugely enjoyable BIPA. I just found out today Clown Shoes is coming to the Chicago market and I, for one, can't wait!

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, Ma.

No freshness info to be had.

Pours black, mocha head that lifts and stays, leaves better then average high sheeting and wild lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate and citrus in the nose.

Flavorful offering. Black malts, more dark chocolate, lite coffee, super dry with citric hops/grapefruit crashing the party. Very nice, complex, bold and well worth seeking out and enjoying.

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Photo of IHC
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought bottle of this beer for the first time and was impressed.

Appearance: Black with nice 1 inch foam which remained for several minutes. Lacing continued to linger through out the tasting.

Smell: You can smell both the hops and the roasted barley/dark chocolate. The balance here works perfectly and is smooth yet subtle.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Like the aroma the taste comes through with a good roasted/chocolate flavor finishing with a nice hop bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to Kkottonmouthkngz for this trade

pours dark brown snd looks pitch black in the glass with a huge tan chuncky pillowy head that had great retention and covered the glass with lacing

smells of roasted chocolate malt with fruity pine hops

taste is great - like a lighter alpha klaus - good amount of both chocolate roasted malt and of course those hops citrus and pine

mouthfeel light body that is way over carbonated

drinkability - black ipa's are quickly beconing my new fav - the winter time ipa - would have scored it higher but the carbonation filled me up with the unneeded gas

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#3 of 5 of requested reviews. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. <---annoying

Appearance: Pours a thin black with .5 inch of tan cream/sudsy head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing.

Nose: Very hop forward with lots of leafy herbal hops and a fair amount of lime oil. Roasted malt motes play a supporting role on the nose.

Palate: Sharp with hops right off the bat. Roasted coffee notes, black patent malt, molasses, dark maple syrup, burnt sugar, and lots of hops. Extremely bitter, especially on the finish.

Notes: Wow. That's a bitter frickin Black IPA. Almost too bitter, if there ever were such a thing. Huge amounts of hops must go in for bittering. I think I like it...

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.