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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,156 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 60
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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Photo of spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

spicelab, Dec 27, 2012
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BeerBum, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

fitz284, Dec 24, 2012
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DouglasChasse, Dec 16, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

WastingFreetime, Dec 16, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

TrappistJohnMD, Nov 19, 2012
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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.