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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 69
Gots: 179 | 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:
Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.86/5  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!

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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...

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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