Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

409 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 409
Hads: 1,366
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 83
Gots: 227 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009

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Photo of IronLover
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally black in color. Poured with a short beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left fingers of sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted and lightly charred malt aromas with citrus hops, and touch of sweet dark chocolate. Medium bodied with rich carbonation through the middle and slick oily feel at the end. Dark roasted and burnt malt flavors up front with a touch of chocolate sweetness.  Tangy pine hop bitterness builds through the middle with a hint of citrus hop underneath. Well balanced aromas, intense maltiness, and flavorful hoppiness. I solid black IPA. (583 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Feet is dark brown, almost black with a cola-like look to it but for the head, which is a soft and fluffy but firm one finger tall. It condenses, in a way, to be craggier and thicker while retaining its height for most of the duration and depositing rings and patches as it recedes.
This beer really displays all character this style brings in mixing two different elements as it does. It's as hoppy as any IPA out there, with pine resin and grapefruit along with a drier leafy bitterness and orange peel. This is contrasted with lots of roast, sans char and with no astringency to speak of. There's a nice mix of roast and toast, with complements of freshly ground coffee and wood. The balance of these elements is found in both the aroma and the flavor, and the complementary notes are also found in each.
The mouthfeel strikes the same difficult balance found in the aroma and the flavor. It's dry all the way, toasty and almost chalky but also bright. The medium body works for both elements, and the crispness is good for an IPA without clashing against the roastier character. It's also got a nice smoothness from beginning to end. (1,143 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with deep, dark ruby red highlights when held to light. Tan, 2 finger head with good retention, resulting in a fine, consistent film of suds across the surface. Leaves a fair amount of lacing with good stick.

Smell - This smells promising! Big citrus notes and a touch of pine and hop spice backed by solid notes of chocolate malt.

Taste - Mostly an earthy, bitter baker's chocolate character upfront, but there's also a noticeable metallic twang which resonates throughout. Hops are subdued, but a subtle citrus pith peaks through near and into the finish, as well as a mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Thins out toward the end and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall - No decipherable freshness date (I found on the bottom of the bottle, and held at a specific angle against a close light source, '2013 B1 0435'. Anyone know?), so unfortunately I cannot cornfirm if this is just an old bottle or just a beer that isn't quite my ideal CDA. A bigger hop bite would be nice. (1,048 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark, not quite totally opaque, with a finger's width of tan head that has a long retention.

S: Dark roasted malts, and piney hops. Not a lot to say about the aroma because there isn't much of one.

T: Big flavor on the beer, though. Deeply roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, char. The woody hops fit in perfectly, transitioning through the chocolate malts into pine bitterness that holds through until the end.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. The beer is actually not as heavy as the color would indicate, feeling much more like an IPA than a stout or porter.

O: One of the better Black IPAs that I've head. The flavors are well balanced, and play very nicely together. Neither character overwhelms the other, and the lightness of the body really adds to my enjoyment of the bee. A well crafted brew to be sure. (837 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet

Look 9/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

Nice and smooth, much lighter tasting than the malt shows as the the look is a straight flat black. Very way to drink, yet doesn't stand out as a powerhouse~ (261 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Aroma: Firm earthy, piney, and cedar-like hop aromas up front. A hint of chocolate that reminds me of the chocolate oranges you get around this time of year. Fermentation character is clean. No esters noted.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a low khaki head that doesn't last long. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More assertive earthy hop bitterness followed by piney and orange-like hop flavors. A bit of chocolate powder hints get dominated by the pine and orange hop flavors. Balance is clearly hoppy. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat. Slight hop derived oily character. No astringency.

Overall impression: A distinctively American hopped Black Ale. The hops are in charge with enough malt character to keep it interesting but definitely plays a background supportive role. Worth trying. (951 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.49 single poured into a weird 10oz looking pint glass thing since nothing else was clean. No bottling date that I can tell.

Appearance: A dark, clear, ruby black. Small fizzy brown head doesn't last long. Minimal lacing. This is the worst part of the beer, but also the least significant.

Smell: Surprisingly bright hops coming through on the forefront in this dark beer. Smells awesome. A bit of citrus fruit, floral hops, and dark fruits (may be the citrus mixing with the dark malts doing that to me).

Taste: One of the best black ales I've had, without a doubt... hopped up very nicely with that "dark" character, without adding a face walloping roast bitterness, or char flavor. Really almost a perfect balance. A bit sweet on the front, a bit bitter on the finish, with that deep roasted malt taking over on the finish, but leaving that lingering hoppiness that makes you want another sip.

Feel: Medium feel and carbonation, which is working just about perfectly for me on this beer. The carbonation brings the taste buds to life to experience all that hoppy goodness. Semi-dry and bitter finish. Mouthfeel actually feels sort of creamy? Just tasty stuff.

Hoppy Feet is better than I thought it would be. A flagship beer any brewery would be lucky to have. (1,271 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/12/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some light getting through; off-white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate malts along with hints of citrus. There's some sweet grapefruit in the mix alone with some pine. Hints of orange peel as well. Flavors are nice, but they seem redundant and subtle. The hops do their thing though, giving this is a solid bitterness. More chocolate and cocoa malts which are balanced out by the hops. More citrus. Orange zest and pine resin is there. Finishes with some grapefruit. Finishes pretty dry for the most part. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat light. It has moderate carbonation and is smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is an easy drinker.

This is a very solid Black IPA. There's alot to like about it. I do like it, but it leaves me wanting a little more from it. I do appreciate it though. It's pretty good, overall. (938 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany tint, half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark toasted malt. Flavor of toasted malt, charred coffee, mild dark chocolate, grassy hops. Long lingering dark malt and grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice hoppy CDA with good char notes of coffee and malt. Malt body is slightly light to support the coffee and hop bitterness, making the finish a bit dry and less balanced, but still an enjoyable black ale that hits all the right notes. (604 characters)

Photo of mcflypie
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown in color. Great two-finger head.

S: Hints of coffee, hops, chocolate, sweetness, and malts are present.

T: Bitter hops and bitter coffee in nature...with chocolate and slight brown sugar tastes.

M: A malty and hoppy feel with coffee added.

O: A great BIPA. Very bitter and hoppy with nice coffee tones. Bitter yet smooth. (347 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with tan tint, minimal 1/4 inch head, some nice lacing.

Smell - Much like a stout, roasted malts, smoke, brown sugars, licrose mixed in with some hops. A little molassess and honey also is present.

Taste - First sip is a mix of roasted malts, coffee and piney hops. There is some brown sugar added in along with honey and molasses that balances out the bitterness. Chocolate and cococa add a dark, bold flavor that works really well with the malts.

Mouthfeel - The tongue really gets the smokey malts, along with some hops. Palate is coated with malts, bitter hops and a nice mix of brown sugar, coffee and chocolate. Aftetaste is malty, sweet and bitter.

Overall - A nice beer, really is a mix of stout and ipa with excellent amount of added sweetness to really make it a enjoyable brew. The coffee aspect mixed with the hops, might be a little too bitter for some, but other then that a soild beer. (946 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really liking their labels and the concept, and the fact started on sort of a joke. Brewing this black IPA, sometimes you stumble onto something good. These guys are contract brewed at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, MA. This pours pitch black, and meets the perfect mix of dark porter and hefty balls out IPA. Dark tan khaki head almost pitch black body except for some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Aroma has herbal, pine, and citric notes amongst a back drop of dark malts roasted dark coffee and chocolate notes I'm liking the marriage of the two. I know this style but it's been awhile since I've had a really well balanced version of the Cascadian Black Ale, or Black IPA. In the nose I'm even getting hints of licorice and salted caramel, don't call me crazy I'm seriously getting a mix of those aromas. Flavor is dry dark roasted malts, with hints of cocoa and nearly burnt espresso. Big vegetal bitter, earthy notes, reign supreme with citrus peel and pine cone needles kicking in, there's a bit of a hop assault here. However, the dark creamy chocolate notes take on some of the harshness and I'm left finishing this beer at a surprisingly quick rate. Carbonation is dead on mellow but carries the resinous hops quite well, medium to full bodied range leaves a lingering hop bitterness between sips, with hop burps to follow. Overall, quite an impressive beer that I can appreciate the complexity of all the elements that and the fact that it hit at exactly the right time around the height of the black IPA craze a couple years ago. (1,556 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours like a stout with millions of bubbles. Impenetrable black liquid. Thick, billowy foam clouds. Big, fluffy lacings.

Aroma of coffee, black licorice, sweet raisin, malt.

Taste of strong coffee, slight bitterness in the front of the tongue, clean smooth finish. A hint of the alcohol as well.

Medium , medium heavy mouthfeel, chewy.

Reminds me of a stout with some hops tossed in. Smooth, rich flavor and enjoyable. (458 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated "bottled on" 3/18/2013 (so aged a few months), into a pint glass.
Appearance - darker than most black IPA's, no mahogany hue when against the light. Thick, creamy, meringue head! Lacing is sticky and thick!
Smell - cocoa, dark chocolate, brownies; not much early on in the hops department.
Taste - more malt forward than hops upfront, but a nice hop and dark chocolate bitterness present.
Feel - medium body with some bitterness, but more bitter chocolate, as opposed to hops.
Overall - admittedly, I really love the American Black Ale/Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA style, so I find this beer to be outstanding! (637 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Brown, little head retention
S - Roasted Malt , Chocolate
T - Bitter upfront with Dark Chocolate tones, Lots of hops a little sweet and added to with Pine and Coco.
M - Medium Body, nice Carbonation
O - Like most Black Ales Its several things. (254 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/29, so you know it's still good. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Like the name, this beer is black bodied with two fingers thick of head. The aroma has the standard roasted malt component, also astringent malt, and...nail polish remover? A wee bit of hops make their mark as well, but it's the nail polish remover which concerns me.

Taste; nail polish remover first thing. Talk about a mood dampener. It adds an unpleasant bitterness to what looks like an otherwise good beer. The malt has a bittersweet taste, then it seems to go semi-sweet. A little bit of hops and resin and ending with a dry finish. The beer is medium bodied and soft with a texture which is almost creamy.

What a tease. Hoppy Feet has so much promise if it weren't for that off-note. Next time, no quality control problems please. (828 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rich and hoppy! Pours obsidian black with a medium dark tan head. Scents of charcoal, coffee, chocolate. Taste is good. Nicely crafted, boldly hopped. There are some bitter chocolate flavored, some definite char and coffee tones. A heavy mouthfeel with muted hop aftertaste. A good beer but not a session. It's bold and in your face and after one you're tired of tasting all that flavor. (395 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, foamy, big bubbled, light tan head that starts around an inch and slowly settles into a surface coating. Great cling along the glass. Aromas of roast and bitter coffee with an overlay of resin and piney hops, giving a pretty dynamic and layered nose. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a campfire char and smoke forward, bitter dark roasted coffee in the backbone, and a spiced and resiny hops presence that builds at the end of the palate. The aftertaste ends up being a balance of roast and smoke with bitter hops. Light, crisp body with a dry, clean, crisp finish. The beer does leave a slightly smoked linger as you continue to drink. Decent beer. (749 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/23/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, floral, grass, light char, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with nice complexity and very balanced hop and roasted notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance of hop and roasted malt flavors with good complexity; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great balance of roasted malt and hop flavors with good complexity; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,367 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: pitch black with maybe a hint of brow, 2 finger frothy tan head. looks solid

s: smells very nice. roasted and toasted malts dominate the nose here, followed by milk chocolate, citrus & earthy hops.

t: follows the nose. roast/toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. a hint of sweet cocoa as well. this then fades into a nice piney bitterness. also some citrus (grapefruit bitterness, pineapple) and earthy tea leaf-like flavors as well

m: on the lighter side of medium, but very well carbonated which makes it feel a little fuller

o: glad they distro to Cali now. if you're a fan of black ales, please give this a shot. not the best but a nice drinker (655 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, tight, foamy, brown-white head. Stagnates in suspended animation. Head never fully settles. Some thick beer ring and more pervasive spotty lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, and oak bark; all with a bit of a floral character.

T: Charred grains, unsweetened dark chocolate, black licorice, peat, and a slight oakiness.

M: Full, thick, and hearty. Earthy feel. Bitter finish lingers on the palate. Has a bit of an alkaline feel in the end.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really strong. Great foamy, tight, lingering head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is a great combination of of roasted grains, chocolate, and wood with a floral presence. Malt is charred and well-balanced with unsweetened bitter dark chocolate, licorice and peat, with a nice oaky tone. Earthy and hearty, but a bit of an alkaline character. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (951 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet a couple weeks ago for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a Black IPA and since I'm still working my way through the Clown Shoes line up I thought I would give this beer a shot, so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label, it goes good with the name of this brewery and while it's not the most eye catching label I still think it's nice. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through with three fingers of creamy medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I really liked the creamy tan head.

S- The aroma starts off with a fairly higher amount of sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart a roasted and chocolate like aroma with a slight bit of coffee in the background. Up next comes the hops which show up a fair amount and they impart some herbal and earthy hop aromas with citrus hops seeming to stick out the most imparting a nice grapefruit like aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, I thought it was fairly balanced and the hops and malt aspects were both nicely represented.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with the roasted malts that impart some roasted flavors with a slight bit of chocolate and coffee coming through but its a charred malt flavor that seems to come through the most. Up next comes the hops which impart a pretty big earthy and herbal hop flavor with hardly any citrus coming through. On the finish there's a high amount of bitterness, a little too much so and it had a roasted malt and bitter aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the hops flavors came through more with a little less bitterness.

M- Not too smooth, a little watery, oily, fairly dry, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it was little thin and watery, plus it was a little on the oily side.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a fairly average example of the style, it looked good and it smelled nice, but when it got the taste, the charred malt and bitter hops showed up the most overpowering the roasty and citrus aspects that I like the most in the style. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I feel no need to have another. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were both nice, with the appearance being my favorite. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were the weak point of this beer and they need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's many other Black IPA's I enjoy much more and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was let down with this beer, Clown Shoes seems to be pretty good with hoppy beers, but this one just didn't do it for me and I thought it was pretty damn rough around the edges. Better luck next time guys. So far this is my least favorite beer from Clown Shoes. (3,321 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Almost pitch black with two fingers of muddy and foamy head. The stick on the glass is outstanding and the head maintained at a quarter of an inch an hour deep.

S - licorice, hops, piney, caramel, malts.

T - Hops on the forefront, followed by a big creamy malt backbone, dry to finish. Anise flavor present.

O - Very solid and maybe my favorite I have tried from this style which is not my first choice. (411 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

A - deep brown almost black with a foamy one finger head, a small retention ring, and lots of lacing. Very beautiful pour.

S - Not as much on the nose as I expected. I get some coffee, chocolate, and pine.

T - nice malty backbone (notes of raisins and molasses) with a bitter coffee (almost burnt) finish.

M - kind of thin for the style, but pleasing nonetheless.

O - my first offering from this brewery. Not too shabby!!! (462 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty darn good brew. Poured a bit cold with a small to medium size, thick, slightly creamy, tan head that soon settled to a light cover and good lacing. Color is a clear, very dark, blackish amber brown. Aroma is dark roast malt, molasses, dates, prunes, hint of hop. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, tang and bitter are predominant, suggestion of bitter chocolate, and none of that is overdone. Body and carbonation are very good although the bitter/tang strength lends to some sharpness. Finish is like flavor, of average length, suggestion of alcohol warmth. Very drinkable. (578 characters)

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.