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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

412 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,380
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 83
Gots: 228 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
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 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)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit of sweetness. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some bitterness, a bit of smoke. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (253 characters)

Photo of longisland1983
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, this 24 oz bottle was picked up for eight bucks being a fan of ipas

The pour was amazing. The head kept rising. Amazing, the head was just like ocean foam that slowly faded.

Appearance is dark brown with bold bubbly lacing

Now by far the best part was the fruity american fresh as can be hops. This stuff smells amazing

The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, full

The taste, the taste is different, very hoppy. Not that bitter, but enough bitermess. Very litle carbonation, the some malts, quite strong stay on the tongue. I was expecting a better tatse from all that smell.

Overall not dissapointed, a great brew (624 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Poured well, black, with decent head that retained throughout

Not much on the nose, a whiff of roasted

Taste was initially interesting, but the burnt taste stayed on the back on the mouth for a long time.

Mouthful was full, but the continual bitter burnt taste was a bit off putting.

Overall, a decent enough offering, though doubt I would buy a six-pack, certianly not a case. (436 characters)

Photo of bgkeeley
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was really wanting to hate this beer due to the literature that came with it, all about how much clown shoes meant to the owner, and then really wanting to love it because of my initial reaction. What I found was a beer that was okay but just that.

Pouring the beer I was excited! the head oh what a head I got about a half and inch of extremely dense head when pouring, and the beer is as black as pitch with a medium heavy lacing. The nose is sweet and hoppy with a touch of citrus. The carbonation is just about perfect for a beer of this type.

It is in the mouth where the beer falls a bit flat. The hops overwhelm the beer, and the hops just frankly aren't that interesting. We get bitter, black walnut style bitter that goes on and on and on and on in a tiresome fashion with a slightly tannic finish. It doesn't finish clean like some of the other black IPAs on the market, instead we get a lingering long uninteresting hop finish I was looking forward to a bend toward the citrus notes in the smell, but no such luck.

However I love the alcohol content! 7 percent is nice.

So if you loooove hops and aren't particular how interesting the beer is, this could work for you. Otherwise if someone offers you it at a party you should enjoy it happily, otherwise I wouldn't go out looking for it. (1,307 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness Date: None

A: Black with deep brown highlights. The head is fluffy and tan, spreading in sheets of microbubbles on the glass.

S: The scent is surprisingly sweet sporting strong notes of caramel, cocoa, and brown sugar. There are also hints of espresso and earth.

T: Smooth and sweet with nice malt complexity. The sweetness is the cornerstone comprised of cocoa nibs, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The is also some toasted grain which transitions to a mild bitterness that is predominately earthy with a touch of citrus zest, flowers and pine. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth and creamy with faint to moderate carbonation. The soft feels synergism with the sweet palate culminates to a chocholate milk like experience.

O: An enjoyable dark brew but in the end lacked the hop feel and complexity of a great black IPA. (840 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a one finger sand colored head. Nice lacing down the glass with every sip.

S: Interesting mix here. I get some minty/herbal hops along with some grapefruit, cocoa and roasted malt.

T: A little faint coming out of the gate. Eventually, I get some light roasted malt, cocoa, and toasted grain with a big push of grapefruit hop resin in the background. The resin lingers through the finish with just a touch of roasted malt. A touch unbalanced, but not a bad Black IPA at all. (496 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-has a good cocoa backbone with a hint of weedy hops in there as well. Good strength

T-comes in with a good flavor of aged cocoa and wood. It's a really good flavor along with some of the weedy hops from the nose. The after-taste is mostly of the cocoa. Good complexity and balance to this.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-actually one of the better black IPAs I've have. It focuses more on the cocoa than the hops, while still keeping a slight hint, enough to keep it from being a full blown porter or stout. I recommend this. (584 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The Hoppy Shoes pours out - or should I say kicks out? - a mammoth pillow of beige foam that crowns a tar black body, Let it sit and take a whiff: there is an intense miasma of caramel and charcoal that is brazenly backed with some fearless hints of dark chocolate.

The initial taste is a bit chalky - imagine chalk with cocoa powder, actually. This is supported by a relaible reinforcement of Amarillo and Columbus hops - all this with an 80 IBU accompanied by the 7% abv. There is some serious structure here; yet, neither the hops or the malts are dominant. A Fair and Balances Black Ale is what we have.

This is a serious beer, but not an intimidating one. There is the chalky mouthfeel; however, this simply leads to a more substative quaff that handles all its ingredients well and allows for one sturdy sessional quaff - two, at least. (845 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think the thing that comes to mind most about this beer is that because it isn't mind-blowing, so far as the character of it goes, some might consider it pedestrian. 3 years ago, people would have committed bloody murder to try this one. With all the black ales out there now, people might "eh" this one. I think it's a pretty good black ale. Glad to finally be able to try stuff from these cats out of 12 ouncers. (416 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second CLOWN SHOES offering from Mercury Brewing in Ipswich MA is their Black IPA. I have had a handful of Black IPA's - some of which I have reviewed here - and I am certainly a NOVICE to this style in my own consideration.

THIS particular brew rings the bells of what I first expected in the category pf "Black IPA": namely an IPA style (highly hopped) straddling the category with STOUT. I think the category would make more sense as a "hopped stout" rather than a black IPA but, nonetheless, THIS beer DEFINES the category the BEST so far. It has all the aggressiveness of an IPA with the smoky, creamy charm and appearance of the STOUT.

WELL DONE Mercury! I think this beer should define the category...course, I'm far from done in sampling this style - BUT for now CLOWN SHOES BLACK INDIA PAL ALE holds the crown of Black IPA.

A = Opaque dark brown with a tan head and medium lacing
S = Definitely more STOUT than IPA at the SNOUT - only a hint of citrus hop
T = Smoky coffee STOUT with the familiar IPA hop kick and afterburn
M = Creamy (1,055 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard black ale appearance with one finger of tan head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Nice aroma that seems to be an even mix of dark malt with chocolate, coffee notes, and West Coast hops that lend its citrus aromas.

Plenty hoppy flavor with high bitterness. Get a lot of citrus. The malt adds sweetness but not quite enough to balance the beer. Nice chocolate and dark malt flavor. Finishes with a bitter, citrus bite.

Solid body and carbonation. Nice texture for a hoppy brew.

A personal requirement for me when it comes to hoppy black ales, is can I taste the black. In this case I definitely can. It adds more than just color. (692 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (dated 3/18/13) into a nonic pint glass, dark brown almost black with a large frothy white that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: bitter citrus hops, coffee, dark chocolate, more subtle than expected

T: aggressively bitter from both hops and espresso flavors, a salty gas grilled meat flavor lurks underneath, not smoky but think Dale's sauce

M: thinner than expected, lower carbonation

O: above average black IPA, flavors are a bit confused though, be less of a stout and let the hops sing (529 characters)

Photo of DrunkenMonk
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown forming a nice tan frothy head.

A light scent of hops.

Tastes of hops upon first sip leading to roasted malt flavors. Finishes with a lingering bitter taste that just does not dissipate.

Overall, the beer has bold bitterness that is not pleasurable. (271 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of spice, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness and slight dryness. Tastes of hops, roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, slight citrus, slight grass, and an odd grass/spice flavor that is very sharp. Overall, the bitterness is too strong and the accompanying flavors are muted or overshadowed. (575 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black wiith a small off-white head, some lace, fair head retention.

S: Piney hops, some white grape fruit with a lot of roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate and pine, very hoppy with lemon and other citrus zest. Definitely has a green streak.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad acrid, with crisp carbonation, refreshing at points.

O: A fair black ale, it's to style, but a little clashing in flavours. An OK pickup if you like the style. (450 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Nose
Tangerine, pine, caramel and Tootsie Roll.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, bitter and dry.

Overall
It's okay. Nothing that I would buy again though. (468 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (629 characters)

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.