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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,265 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 161 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Tilley4
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber in Duluth earlier this evening...

Dark roasted malts (charcoal?) mingle with a dank piney hoppiness here... Malts seem to dominate and take over eventually as this warms... Definitely smelling more like a porter than a black IPA... Hops are there but they are an afterthought here...

Very porter-like with the earthy bitter dark roasted malts more or less dominating throughout... I mean, the hops might be stuck in there somewhere but they play a substandard role in this beer. The taste is pretty good but I guess I was expecting a Self Righteous Ale and this didn't fit the bill..

Glad I got to try this but won't be picking anymore up...

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cpolking
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours the deepest, darkest brown, appearing black unless held to the light, where it shows tints of deep ruby and garnet. There is a half-inch of brown head, thick, creamy and foamy.

The aroma is an interesting juxtaposition. There is a floral, herbal, aromatic, citrusy hops sitting next to a deep, dark roasted maltiness, separate, yet in perfect harmony.

The aroma has the hops just ahead, the taste puts the deep, rich, dark, coffee and dark chocolate malt first, followed by the floral, citrusy hops. It creates hints of a bittersweet dark chocolate and fruit dessert.

The finish is bitter and quite dry. This is a quite good black IPA.

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahoganny colour with red highlights at the edges of the glass. An impressive coffee-coloured head with more subtle lacing.

Crisp mouthfeel is accentuated by the nicely bitter finish. Aroma of roasted dark malts with underlying spices. Hops not as prevalent in the aroma as in the flavour, which features west coast hops beneath a delightful malt base. Finish has hints of citrus but leaves with a remarkable roasted malt, lingering bitterness.

Definitely a beer I'd buy again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitch black brew with a giant light oatmeal colored head that leaves lots of patchy lacing. The aroma is a slightly evergreen idea with hop bite blended smoothly with nutty malt. The flavor has charcoal-citrus malt with grassy edges. Pretty straight forward, not too complex but a solid, drinkable black IPA. This is medium bodied with a frisky feel with fine carbonation. A little more charcoal than I want in any IPA, but it’s a pleasant brew none the less. Definitley tasted a little better, a bit more hoppy on tap.

Photo of KarlosT
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first black IPA, and I was looking forward to combining 2 of my favorite beers ... a dark stouty beer w/ an IPA.

Not sure if I can find a beer that mates these 2 tastes successfully, but this beer was not the sol'n for me. A bit too bitter, too hoppy, with an after taste that really didn't appeal to me.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Extreme dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that shrinks to a quarter inch with nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, pine, and toasted barley. Taste is toasted malt and barley, citrus, coffee, and semisweet chocolate are here too. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and it lingers. Real good black ipa

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 year old bottle (says bottles in mid april 2011) that i picked up in chicago last november (even that was kind of old for it) before clown shoes was distributed to NY, so bear that in mind with this review. enjoyed from a blue point snifter.

a - poured black with a HUGE tan head. looks very porter like. the head slowly fizzled away but was there forever and had massively chunky lacing.

s - some hops, but mostly roasted malts at this point. nice roastiness and some char.

t - quite nice. roasty and charry with some hoppiness. again, pretty porter like with some hops.

m - a bit thin, but nice for the style. flavor is robust so the thinness makes it an easy drinker.

o - overall, i was rather impressed. i would like to try it fresher, but at this age it was excellent. i didn't love hoppy feet 1.5 as i felt that the hoppiness was a bit much on the taste with all that roastiness...perhaps the faded hops after a year makes it more friendly to my palette? i'm not a huge fan of this style, but have had a few i dug...but the faded hops are nice on this beer. very enjoyable. roasty and char charateristics are excellent and the subtle hoppines is a nice compliment.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Poured from tap into 12oz tulip like glass at Lazy Boy, White Plains, NY.
Pours a deep black color with very little head. No noticeable aromas aside from the slight malt and hops. Taste is very mild roasted malts and hops. Its very smooth.
Overall nice brew; not the best I ever had, but a solid roasted hoppy and smooth beer, and worth a try for sure.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room during their recent hopfest.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose; just some coffee, light citrus and hint of eucalyptus. It's attractive, I just wish there was more of it. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with a hint of chocolate intermixed with the coffee and dry citrus. The beer is actully fairly dry and bitter, though there's some initial sweetness when you take a sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly long and bitter finish (with a hint of licorice at the end). Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and while there's nothing extraordinairy here, it's a tasty enough beer.

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.