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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of DrDemento456


3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite an impressive full inch of deep mocha head atop of a rather pitch black looking beer. Mild ruby hues at the base but very faint.
S - Smell is very timid with little roast or pine but it does smell rather hoppy.
T - Ow god this is one hoppy brew! Bittering unbalanced acidic hops meets a charcoal like roast body. Hoppiness lingers long after the sip on the tongue. Hard to choke down.
M - Medium bodied, kind of slick but so damn hoppy.

Overall I like my black IPA's to balance the hops to roasty malts and this one fails pretty hard. Only get this one if your looking for some serious tongue abuse.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:39:24 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of justintcoons


3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Cola-colored black with ruby red highlights. 1 finger of off-white head with good retention.

Tangerine, pine, caramel and Tootsie Roll.

Bitter pine with notes of tangerine and lemon. Caramel, Cola, charcoal and cocoa nibs. Pine needles are full force in the finish along with some grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, oily, bitter and dry.

It's okay. Nothing that I would buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 21:06:21 | More by justintcoons
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/18/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the bitterness lingers long after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 02:41:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Beaver13


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/21/13. Pours dark brown with a big pillowy tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and a little fruit with some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts and a little fruit and coffee with a big bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good black IPA. A bit too much roast and tarry notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:27:23 | More by Beaver13
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3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 2/21/13

Large chocolate milk head with beautiful lacing. Brew is black like night.

Smells like roasted caramel and chocolate. Not much hop character.

Tastes like burnt tortilla chips...*_* Not an overdose of hop, or for that matter, any hops. Aftertaste is very soapy and unrefined. Toasty, salty, strangely bitter and well carbonated.

EEEK. Not sure this can get a recommendation at $3/12oz... Glad I tried it, but wont be back.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:02:12 | More by chugalug06
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night with a tan 1 1/2 inch head. This beer leaves some serious lace behind. SERIOUS LACE.

Chocolate, citrus, grass and minerals make up most of the smell. Hint of expresso as well.

Coffee and chocolate combine with a nice lemon twist right up front. A hint of grass is followed by more creamy mocha. Bitter herbal aftertaste. A little light going down.

Very nice black ipa/black ale. Glad I have a four pack, will certainly check out more from Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 21:45:06 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome


4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcomed and surprising find in California. Bottled within 3 weeks to boot.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a darkish brown massive 3 finger head. Peppered with darker spots.

S: Sweet piney notes with a bit of citrus and chocolate mixed in there. Bit minty perhaps?

T: Sweet caramel, creamy slight chocolate to it. Bit of bread in this. Hop bit but not over powering.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Sweet bitter finish that coats and stays long after the sip.

O: A pretty solid BIPA offering. Wouldn't want to drink this often but every once and a while it is a fantastic brew. Glad I didn't spring for the 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:38:18 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of two bottles of Clown Shoes beer I found in the singles cooler at Coaltrain Wine and Liquor in Colorado Springs...

Slightly spicy, stronger piney hop aroma with hints of dark, roasted grains. Dark mahogany body with a very chunky, light tan head. Charred grain and espresso flavors with a sharp bitterness in the taste; slight hint of chocolate flavors. Light yet creamy, smooth feel; clean and dry.

A fair dark IPA. Too much biting bitterness in the taste takes away from an otherwise decent though unremarkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:54:17 | More by beergoot
Photo of DenverLogan


4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In 12 oz bottle...just arrived in Denver recently.
Poured in medium Duvel tulip glass.
Pours black with significant light brown head.
Light aroma of chocolate roasted malts and milk chocolate.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, carob, bitter hops, cream of tartar, black pepper, espresso. This is flavorful and bold but also has an astringency...not as much as their Tramp Stamp Belgian style IPA, but there's still a rough bite. Relative to Tommyknocker's Hop Strike, this is good, but not something I'd want a growler of, but I've bought many Hop Strike growlers. It's missing the smooth drinkability, but nevertheless it's respectable for rough beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:25:33 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It’s always exciting to have a brewery come to Indiana for the first time – here’s to beer without borders.

Brewed four months before the date of this tasting – Bottled on 11/08/2012.

A: I love the color on this one – it’s a deep mahogany, dark, but with a significant amount of light pouring through to illuminate the body. Bubbles rise up to a short, fleeting head, then leave a string of lace as they quickly descend.

S: An earthy nose consisting of roasted malt scents of peat, flint, burnt toast, and strong black coffee, some of the most natural aromas from dark malts I’ve ever come across; I feel like I’m sticking my face in a big bag of chocolate malt at the homebrew shop. Hops provide a complementary pine and grass character, but, interestingly enough, an unexpected kick of lemon, lime, and orange, too. Rounded out by bittersweet chocolate toward the back end, these West Coast hop notes finish the nose with a tone not unlike those chocolate oranges you have to smack before you eat.

T: All hops on the front of the palate, with tastes of lemon rind, citrus fruit, and bright, herbal pine shining in true IPA glory. This is a beer of hop flavor, not just bitterness – the descriptor “sticky” has no place here, as this is more of a rindy, plant-like hoppiness. This tastes authentic, and I love that about it. As it continues on, the malt tastes unfold in a bevy of roasty coffee, soil, bitter cocoa, and smoky, burnt biscuits, adding flavor and balance rather than thick sugars to counteract the hops. This is how a beer should be put together: natural ingredients in subtle yet fulfilling dimensions. The aftertaste here is similar to what you would get after drinking your cappuccino in the morning, darkly roasty, dry, though slightly metallic, extending for quite a long time.

M: Perfect for the style – velvety, real ale carbonation and a relatively light body. Great mix of the refreshing and filling qualities that brewers should strive to achieve. Is there really nothing amiss in this beer?

O: I love this beer, and that’s coming from a guy who doesn’t particularly treasure this style. Clown Shoes seems to have an incredible grasp on the beauty of natural brewing ingredients, and for that, they’ve instantly gained my respect and attention.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 03:29:31 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of CASK1


4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass.

A - Almost black with good clarity. Light tan head that falls slowly to a persistent thin layer to the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Lots of piney, resiny hop aroma. Low bitter chocolate and coffee-like roast malt aroma. Low sweet alcohol aroma. Low berry-like esters.

T - Complex and balanced. Dry roasted malt, with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Medium-high hop bitterness. Strong resiny hop flavor, with some low citrus in the background. Definitely hop forward.

M - Medium to medium-light body. Dry, slightly astringent finish. Very low alcohol warmth.

O - Very enjoyable black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:42:05 | More by CASK1
Photo of Ranz


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: From my 16 oz growler, it pours a dark, opaque brown in my pint glass. The head dissipated pretty quickly, which is a bit disappointing.

S: Roasted malt, brown nut, and a slight hop come first; some of the alcohol makes it way next. Not bad.

T: Heavy malt backbone with piney hop. It has a decently thick aftertaste, which I like.

M: Decently full-bodied with a nice carbonation, it is really quite drinkable.

O: Not bad by any means, but not life-changing, either.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2013 22:39:58 | More by Ranz
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber from Slowbeer. Not sure of the brewing date.

Dark mahogany on the pour. Modest beige milkshakey head, recedes gradually to leave a 1cm raised ring and film.

Nose is quite roasty and nutty, showing chocolate milk, liquorice, baked caramel and hints of candy sugar. In time, a refined herbal hop character emerges, alongside some mild plasticy phenolics. Nice definition overall.

Slightly milder flavours. Lots of dry roast, bay leaves, mild pine, earthy herbal edge. A bit pallid overall.

Light body for 7% Pleasant silky carbonation, and a restrained bitterness which seems equally contributed by roast and hops.

Sound, drinkable and approachable, but it underachieves - especially as something purporting to be a black IPA. Strikes as more a regular stout or even a Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 11:58:07 | More by spicelab
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing on with my exploration of Clown Shoes' work.

Pours out a dark brown, nigh black with three fingers of fluffy khaki-colored foam which sticks around for about three minutes, but doesn't have much by way of lacing left behind on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels.

The nose and flavor are in perfect lockstep with each other. I get loads of fresh grapefruit rind and pine resin with a lovely roasted grainy backbone that makes an ABA with roasted malt, mint, and tobacco as the central emphasis derived from the grain bill. The finish is a long, drawn-out descendo of bitterness.

As for criticism, I can only think of a few tweaks for improvement (perhaps a slightly heartier body and a touch more chocolate malt emphasis, soft-pedal back the spearmint hopping a nudge to let the citrus peel a bit more room to breathe.)

So in summary, if you like your ABA with extra mint and tobacco emphasis, this one's practically made for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:09:48 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with very light tan head and lots of lacing along sides of my Raise Your Pints Mississippi snifter.

Smell is hoppy citrus up front with chocolate and toasted malt coming through.

Taste is chocolate, sweet bready malt, and burnt oak throughout. Not as much citrus as in the smell. Lots of heavy bitterness in the finish and lingers on the upper palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this was good. Pretty good balance of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:32:37 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle to snifter, bottled on 8/23

Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha toned foam. Good amount of carbonation on the sides, great lacing

Smells of hops, coffee, earth tones, chocolate, oak, tobacco, and alcohol. Some sweet bready malts compose a solid back bone, really enjoying the smell of this beer!

Taste of flagrant hops, followed by a strong bitter chocolate. Coffee and some floral tones make up the back, with a good sweet malt finish.

Feel is smooth and creamy, coats the mouth and gives a nice tingle on the tongue. Very easy to drink

Over all a greatly done black ipa. Very balanced and well made. Kudos clownshoes, my first beer of yours didn't disappoint

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:09:43 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of ricchezza


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beers appearance is blacker than any stout or porter I’ve ever had. Even when held up to the light it is totally opaque, even at the shallow ends of a rounded glass.

It has strong coffee overtones in terms of odor; followed by tobacco and forest-y notes. There is also an ever so slight sting from either the alcohol or carbon dioxide present.

Hoppy Feet has a surprisingly light mouth-feel. As expected it is very bitter. Not just hoppy, but also roasted, burnt, charcoal and woody notes.

The label states, "Black India Pale Ale" though it is certainly not what I look for and/or expect from an IPA, but in it’s own category (black ale/lager) with separate style expectations this is very good. It’s easily drinkable. Provides an urge to fire up the grill for some barbecue!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 20:31:14 | More by ricchezza
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out nearly black with three fingers of a fluffy, tan head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, cocoa, and a little bit of pine.

T: Pretty much identical to the nose. A little bit earthy. Bitterness and balance are good.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little bit creamy.

O: A good beer, but it is more on the stout/porter side than IPA side. The little bit of pine and the bitter hops are the only thing that makes it a black IPA, but otherwise, the flavors weren't too complex.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 06:07:54 | More by mpedara429
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass, super-psyched to find this at one of my local favorite spots. Thanks Paulie and the boys at the West End Beverage Center in Olean/Allegany....

A-Ink Black, decent head and decent lacing, kind of plateuas here for me

S-Eh, its ok. A bit heavy on roast (to be expected), weird medicinal kind of thing going on here, uh oh, I think I may have gotten an old or bad bottle

T-Really ordinary, nothing special

M-See the above, but thinner

O-will have to see if this was an abberation, particularly based on many of my fellow BA's who's opinions I respect...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:30:19 | More by aranheaney
Photo of Jparker37


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Nice sized tan head recedes to a small cap. Black in color but not opaque, very appetizing. Left a little bit of lacing.

S - Excellent fresh pine smell works well into a chocolate malt. Getting a little fruity note.

T - I get a nice touch of gritty chocolate malt. Prickly pine hop flavors beginning to end. Packs quite a punch of bitterness. The piney hops hold for a little bit after I've swallowed but the bitterness lasts much longer.

M - Dry, moderate carbonation, medium body.

O - Excellent looking beer. The taste was interesting in that malt didn't appear first and then get swept away with hop flavor but all meshed together throughout the whole taste. Bitterness overstayed it's welcome because it didn't accompany any real hop flavors that long after.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:20:55 | More by Jparker37
Photo of hardy008


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a two finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This tastes mostly like grapefruit and citrus zest, with some chocolate and roasted malt added in. Thankfully, the hops dominate here. I love malt forward beers too, in fact I like stouts best of all. I am just glad that this Black IPA is mostly hop forward, like it should be.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a grapefruit aftertaste. I recommend trying this if you get the chance. I look forward to trying more Clown Shoes beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 02:10:15 | More by hardy008
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/2012 into tulip.

A- Opaque black pour, three finger light tan head. Sheets of lacing around the glass.

S- Bright citrus of grapefruit and mandarin followed by deep, dark roasted malts, brown sugar, dark coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Bitter pine and juicy grapefruit, dark roasted black coffee, some bitter bakers chocolate and a lingering finish.

M- Thin bodied, good carbonation.

O- This is a well made BPA, I'm really beginning to see the subtle differences between brewers and they are all excellent so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:37:38 | More by korguy123
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bodied beer. Thin brown head. Decent retention. Aroma is quite nice and typical of a well done Black IPA....chocolate and roast mix with juicy, citrusy hops. Quite nice. Flavor foundation is layed down quite nicely with the chocolate/caramel malts while hop notes of citrus, pine and resin tap dance all over it. Moderately carbonated and medium to medium-full bodied. Nicely done. Nice little intro to Clown Shoes for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:58:43 | More by Bighuge
Photo of JackieTH


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an attractive and delicious looking pour. Deep brown-black, translucent with ruby highlights. A mountain of mocha foam, persistent and leaving sticky sheets of lace.

Smell: Herbal, resin and grassy hop, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: deeply roasted malt, bitterness of semi-sweet chocolates mingling with bitter but flavorful resin and lightly citric hopping. This wants to be rich, roasty and decadent but the bitter hop leaves the palate dry and refreshed. Finish is mildly bitter and long.

If there are any weaknesses, it's the mouthfeel. A tad too watery for all the flavor herein.

Overall, a delicious black IPA that I'm happy to see on the shelves here in Minnesota.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:58:07 | More by JackieTH
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black Ale, Ipswich, MA.

Hey, I've heard about this Clown Shoes business, and guess what? Now, we're getting it. Here's Hoppy Feet Black India Pale Ale (black and pale, eh?), Mercury Brewing Company, Ipswich, MA. 7% ABV.

Dark brown, just about black, beautiful creamy tan head, lace-leaving. Gorgeous brew.

Aroma: grassy hops, subsumed by rich, deep malt. Hints of cocoa, spots of coffee.

Taste: more of that on the tongue, the depth of the dark malt, with the high hops on top. Nicely roasted malt character, riddled with hop bitterness, up an down, and back of the throat. Flavor continues, never quite quits. Gets brighter and brighter, hoppier and hoppier. Stays long through the finish.

The battle continues, and a question arises. Did this style arise out of need or necessity, was it a desire to produce something great, new, & intriguing? Or did people tire of porters, and demand they get hopped up, or else? I'm still asking.

Smooth, rich and malty mashes up with leafy, green, and hoppy. Bitter much? Just enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 07:09:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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