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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,153 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 59
Gots: 129 | 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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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

beergoot, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Celtics76, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

fearfactory, Apr 11, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +6%

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.

DenverLogan, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Massbmx, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

acevenom, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

rolltide8425, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

thegerm87, Mar 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

YobroitsJoe, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

oriolesfan4, Mar 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bigred89, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

speak72, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

match1112, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Gobzilla, Mar 12, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

CASK1, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

s1ckboy, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

gatornation, Feb 26, 2013
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.