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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,318 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 75
Gots: 194 | 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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Ratings: 1,318 | Reviews: 408
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of muletrane
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/12

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a deep black colour with no light shining through. One finger of frothy light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of floral notes dominate. Some roastiness in there as well and a touch of sweet smelling chocolate.

T: Unlike the nose, the roasty malts dominate the palate. Floral and bitter hop notes come through in the finish. Lingering bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is slightly watery once it goes down.

Solid offering from Clown Shoes. Not their best but solid. I prefer the Hoppy Feet 1.5 over this one. 1.5 has more of a hop presence and is not as roasty dominate like this beer.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Riggsy for this one! Bottled 2/12, nice & fresh!

Pours garnet/chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan head. Mind blowning lacing

S: Pineyness, roasty malt & carob

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grapefruit & tanins, & charred grain up front. More charred grain, pineyness, a touch of baker's chocolate, just bit of plummyness hiding underneath as this warms. Finishes roasty, dry, woody, a bit of Girl Scout Thin Mint with a touch of orange rind, much bitterness

MF: Medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation, nice balance but skews a tad too bitter for me

Drinks fairly easy, not the best black ale out there, but worth your consideration

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a big dense milk chocolate head. Retention is extremely strong, there is an island of foam that never disappears. Huge, thick wall of lacing across the entire glass.

S: Very floral with lots of pine. Touch of grapefruit. Some roasted malt and chocolate hiding behind it.

T: Lots of nice roasted malt and chocolate but quickly overpowered by lots of pine and to a lesser extent grapefruit. These bitter hoppy flavors linger in the aftertaste nicely with just a touch of that roasted malt left behind. Surprisingly hoppy since I think this bottle is about a year old. I find that black IPAs hold up quite well though.

M: Mid-range, prickly hop bitterness.

O: Very nice black IPA. Roasted malt and chocolate blends nicely with the bitter grapefruit and pine flavors. If anything the roasted malt gets drowned out a bit, like a more typical IPA/DIPA might.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Fairly black with a LOT of head on it. Three inches at least. Had to stop pouring because of the amount of head on it. Lots of carbonation still evident.

S: Very piney hops, almost juniper like. Nice.

T: Dark and malty, hints of espresso and chocolate, with a fairly solid, bitter hop backbone. Very nice.

M: Very smooth, bitterness clings to the tongue and the back of the mouth really well.

O: This is a pretty good black IPA. Though this batch is over carbonated I would recommend it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 2/2012) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear near-black with traces of ruby when held to light. Great lacing can be seen clinging to nearly every available surface in spiderweb-like curtains.

Strong aromas of pine and dark, roasted malts strike the nostrils with force. Notes of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and pumpernickel bread are matched equally by the strong pine aroma.

Flavors of melted dark chocolate, cream coffee. Swallowing the beer releases a torrent of pine and citrus hops flavors that quickly overtake the entire tongue. A smooth dark coffee flavor soon comes in to combine with the hops flavors. These flavors slowly fade to a piney bitter and dry coffee aftertaste.

The body is nice and full (for the style) which really allows the dark malt flavors to hit the tastebuds. The carbonation doesn't really present itself while the beer is in the mouth but does a great job of creating a smooth swallow.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - an abundant caramel head with great lacing welcomed this black ale with mahogany highlights

S - burnt pine, sugar

T - Rich roasted flavors melded with hop flavors and a long finish with chocolate and some nuttiness. Light and only a hint of the 7% ABV.

M - Light, smooth and mild carbonation allows the flavors to take center stage.

Nicely balanced black IPA. Well crafted, easy to appreciate, easy to approach.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,318 ratings.