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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 105 | 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 Katezder


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time trying this beer was at the Salem Harvest fest. Not only were the brewers witty and and energetic they produced a great IPA with bold nutty chocolate flavor and great emphasis on hop bitterness making it a really great beer that I associate with all the sights and smells of Autumn.

Serving type: cask

07-12-2011 01:26:21 | More by Katezder
Photo of esv


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

a) Dark tan head or a light brown/coffee. Looks carbonated by the head; fat, 1.5" head from a medium pour. Looks like it might stick around. A little billowy. True to it's name, it's a black IPA. So the head is dropping but not to fast and leaving nice lacing.

s) It's a hoppy beer! Kind-a crazy. Really, just like any old IPA.

t) Some tropical fruit along with citrus. I get a little coffee.

m) Medium

o) I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:56:20 | More by esv
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to neorunner for this. "Bottled the middle of April 2011". Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute.

The pour is a dark root beer color. The glass allows the deep reds and browns to collect in a satiny black. A tall, pale tan head fades to an uneven layer with lots of doily looking lace.

There really isn't a whole lot going on here that I like. Some ashy, almost smokey dark malts with a slight roast to them. Hops are just all pine, but aren't bursting out like I would hope. It doesn't smell bad, just not interesting. There's no wow factor.

The hops are giving off at least a little bit of citrus here, but its still predominately pine. Coffee and cocoa roastiness build the charcoal laden malt base. The finish is a nice, clean, even bitterness that is style appropriate.

The feel of this beer is the best part. It's carbonation is nicely dialed back. The body is smooth, very creamy for a black IPA. The finish is long and very dry. It goes well with the bitter cocoa and pine aftertaste.

Nothing too special here. There isn't anything wrong with it, its just not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:56:02 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of bristei

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Pint glass

A: Pours deep brown, hints of redness, large head

S: Darkly roasted hops, molasses, liquorish

T: Heavy spices, black pepper, intense hop flavor

M: Smooth and rich, deceptive in it's lack of overpowering hop bitterness, well rounded, lingering warm finish

O: A very nice version of an IPA that focuses more on the darker side of the scale as opposed to the typical light, citrus, strongly bitter side most IPAs live in. Seems like it could be a great beer to have in the late fall when you are really trying to hold on to summer beers: summer style, colder month taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:30:47 | More by bristei
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops, black patent, roast, malts,

taste: hops, malts, bitter dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a well balanced black ipa. alot more hops then what I was expecting. Clown Shoes did a nice job on this beer.


Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 22:59:08 | More by THECPJ
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a chalky, dark charcoal black with moderate cap of grayish head, light rings of sticky lacing. Scent is a blend of piney and grapefruity hops backed by a light roast and char grain profile. Taste more focused than scent as a lot of fruit and pine comes through, bitter hops and bitter roast work nicely. Light sweetness and faint hints of chocolate, minerals and burnt grain. Medium bodied, dry on palate. A decent black IPA with a touch more roast and char and lacking some sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 18:22:32 | More by rfgetz
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance – Black/brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really was gone.

Smell – Malts, roasted nuts, hops, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, roasted nuts, and quite a bit of hops. There are also notes of chocolate and coffee. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee and hoppy aftertaste with quite a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – The drink more like a stout than a black IPA.. but the taste is still very good. I saw another reviewer compare it to a Storm King, and I agree with that. I'm looking forward to trying the other beers that I bought from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 14:51:34 | More by spinrsx
Photo of corby112


3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of lacing left behind.  

Earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by a roasted malt character.  More malty than hoppy with hints of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toffee.  Theres a floral hop presence but it's a bit too malty with no citrus or sweetness and the hops are overpowered by the roasted notes.  

Medium bodied with a nice bitter, dry hop presnce up front with hints of floral hops and earthy pine.  Underneath there is a prominent roasted malt character with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmealal.  Slightly acrid but not overly bitter.  Faint sweetness and subtle lactic cream but overall the bitterness from the hops compliments the roasted malt.  A bit bitter, dry and earthy but not from the hops.  Too malty to be an ipa and not enough complexity to be a hoppy dark beer.  

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:17:12 | More by corby112
Photo of thain709


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

A - Poured with a black body...wasn't leaving too much light through...the head stood about two fingers and was light brown in color...it showed great retention and left nice lacing

S - The hops stood out and presented themselves as very juicy leaning towards the citrus aspect of orange and lemon...but they were also piney and earthy at the same time...the roasted malt was kept to a minimum

T - Juicy hops stayed at the front and followed throughout...again they transitioned into an earthy flavor bringing out some leafiness...the roasted malt didn't show up until the finish where it presented itself with a coffee flavor and provided a different level of bitterness...piney hops finished bitter as well

M - Medium bodied...complex...tingly carbonation...roasted malt bitterness mixed with piney hop bitterness and a touch of green leafiness

O - This was a pretty good Black IPA that focused more on the hops with the malt being at a minimum...the finish was very nice with this beer...I would love to try some more from these new guys

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 17:01:58 | More by thain709
Photo of Krakistophales


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with 2 fingers' worth of tan head that recedes into half a finger of head.

S: Dark roasted malts, black coffee, double espresso, earthy hops, hints of caramel and toffee

T: A powerful blast of dark roast and coffee up front, followed by a powerful wallop of earthy hops, finished with an espresso and hops bitterness. Magnificent.

O: I'm quite surprised with this one. This tastes almost identical to a stout, but a powerfully hopped stout. Even so, the hops and coffee/double espresso notes mix well, and make a fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 05:36:31 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of Sensaray


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown black some big bubbles in there at first. A light tan head dissipates quickly.

Smells like hoppy with light coffee almost. Chocolate too.

Tastes of chocolate light coffee bitter hops. Bitterness blends with chocolate and coffee well. A nice dry chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Bitterness shines through after a malty middle and it tastes pretty good - bittersweet like the bottle says... Decent spice note before the malt starts to take over. Bitter is good from good selection of hops. I like it.

Smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Dry. Never really sense the alc. Extremely drinkable.

Good beer here.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:15:43 | More by Sensaray
Photo of vtfan77


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brownish red, almost black when not held up to the light. Lives up to its "Black IPA" claim in terms of color at least, which is more than some examples of the style can claim. Pours with a good inch or so of beige head and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big piney hop character backed by a cake batter-like sweetness, as well as coffee and dark chocolate. Good roasted malt presence here.

T- Similar to the smell, with piney hops at the fore and bitter cocoa backing them up. A touch of sweetness runs throughout, but the flavor is mostly dry. Finishes with a strong, earthy bitterness and lingering burnt malt.

M- Medium-bodied and quite smooth, almost creamy with a moderate carbonation level.

This is quite the beer. It really embraces the Black IPA (or American Black Ale or whatever) style. The roasted malt is just as much a part of this beer as the hops. It could almost pass for a hoppy stout; in fact, it kind of reminded me of Storm King. Whatever the case, this is a very good beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 05:29:45 | More by vtfan77
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here. Such a tight and very hoppy big IPA. I was very pleased with this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:01:27 | More by mikesgroove
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to a co-worker who brought this back for me after a business trip! Bottled in the middle of April 2011. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a three finger light tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, earth, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, citrus, citrus hop, and dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't too bad. It was very forward on the roastiness and dark chocolate flavors. Almost too much so... They kind of stole the show over the hops if one can believe such a thing. It was still however quite easy to drink despite this fact. Glad I got the chance to try this one finally!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 15:15:25 | More by thagr81us
Photo of codsmith


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice black color with a hint of amber/brown to the color and a small tan head that stays just above the top of the beer

S: Somewhat of an earthy bitter smell from the hops. Picking up some sweetness from the malt but no roasted character that you would expect from a CDA. Misses the mark here

T: Sweet in the forefront, but finishes very bitter.

M: Light-medium body. carbonation levels are good.

O: Was really expecting to have a good CDA that had the roasted malts present to separate it from a regular IPA, but it wasn't here. Also, hop selection wasn't able to balance this one out as it had sweetness on the taste, but ended very finished bitter. It would be nice to have a better blend.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 01:50:58 | More by codsmith
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in the middle of April

Pours a deep brown color with an inch of mocha head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Smell has the typical IPA smell with roast mixed in. No caramel that I detect.

Taste opens up with pine and moves into a pine citrus battle. Very clean finish with a tinge of pine lingering for a moment. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side but nice carbonation.

Overall, it's a good beer. Can't wait to start seeing this in NJ and to try the 1.5 soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:11:10 | More by bs870621345
Photo of gopens44


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly black, as a "black ale" should likely be I guess... Couldn't begin to see through it, or the nice thick foamy creme colored head.

S - Nice earthy hops. A little grassy type of "earthy" smell I reckon.

T - Massive bite of those aforementioned earthy hops with an immediate following of coffee and roasted malts sneaking up. Great balance and disguise.

M - Well carbonated yet medium bodied and somewhat smooth with a nice short lived bitter aftertaste.

O - Very well done! For "black/cascadian/whatever dark IPA" haters out there, try this one. You'll become seduced by the dark side for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 18:10:02 | More by gopens44
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011.

Pours a brown color, dark amber when held up to the light, large tan fluffy head that fades slowly, tons of sticky patchy lacing on the glass, the head lasts quite awhile and is able to leave a cap on top for almost the entire duration.

Smell at first is roasted malt, picking up some subtle hop aroma which a dash of pine but seems more herbal.

Taste is roasted malt at the forefront, follows up with a burnt char type taste which adds some some coffee-like bitterness, a light pine hop flavor melds in the aftertaste, the roasted aspects definitely dominate this ABA, but because of that it lends a thicker than usual creaminess for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 21:28:02 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Head! Light brown and about a fist thick without any effort. The foam leaves some nice lacing and recedes very slowly, laeving a thick film through all 22 ounces. The color is cola brown with good bubbling.

Citric and herbal nose is very prnounced. Lime and orange peels, grass, cut flowers, thyme, sage, and licorice. Just a small whiff of roasted malt bread crusts.

Just a hint of roasted malt upfront, but gives way to the licorice, floral, and citric hop flavors and bitterness. This hop flavor and bitterness lingers from start to finish. The finish, in particular, has a very orange peel and flower stem bitterness bordering on metallic as the beer is swallowed and enjoyed.

The palate is well carbonated with a little oily texture. Interetsing beer for the dark hopheads out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:04:36 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of brewcrew76


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011

A - Black with ruby highlights. Nice lacing. Dark but not quite porter or stout like.

S - Dark raosted malts with plenty of citrus hops balance. Chocolate and hints of coffee.

T - Like an over hopped porter. Roasty malts, chocolate and hints of coffee with resiny, citrus hops.

M - Somewhat thin with a long lasting dry, bitter finish. I think the thin mouthfeel works for this being a black ale.

D - This is how I like my black ales. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:08:33 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

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

Bottled March 2011.

I've dug all the Clown Shoes brews I've had up to this point and a friend recommended this one to me.

A: Black as the darkest black hole, with a mean 2-3 finger mocha head after a hard pour. Mucho lacing!

S: IPA with chocolate.... straight up. It had a bit of high grade smokiness to it that was absolutely to die for.

T: This was definitely the roastiest Black IPA that I've tasted up to this point. Cigar ash, with a bit of citrus punching through. Fresh, sweet cake batter on the middle and bone-suckingly dry on the finish.

M: The carbonation was perfect for this style, and the bitterness from the roasted malts was present without getting too cloying. Once again.... ridiculous lacing!

O: Even if you don't like this style, I'll urge you to give this one a try. Another nice brew from Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 20:22:31 | More by Chaney
Photo of legalpete19340


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice dark black with with dark khaki head. Head stuck around for a while and did respectable lacing.

S: Great big pine. Like a great healthy wet forest. Juicy grapefruit swings in the back. Very fragrant. It smells dark with a bit of burned molasses and over toasted wheat bread.

T: Boom bitter. This thing is hugely bitter from start to finish. The bitterness actually overwhelms the actually hop notes of pine and mild citrus. I can tell the dark malt is there but its hard to distinguish from the bitterness. Some burnt toast and dark roasted malt.

M: Solid. Its not syrupy but fizzes a little on the tongue. Bigger than medium.

O: This one has elements of a great Black IPA but the complexities and nuances seem overwhelmed by the extreme bitterness. I dont think I will reach for another as the bitterness tended to grate on me from the very beginning.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 20:28:37 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of mlazzaro


3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks black but not opaque. The color shinning through is a beautiful cherry. Light brown head started strong but is now having some trouble holding in the glass. Smells good, floral hop smell. I feel like I can smell the bitterness. Taste is quite bitter and surprisingly roasty in flavor. Very Porter-esk. I always think IBAs just taste like very bitter/hoppy porters. And get way better after aging, trying to tame the bitterness and flavor hops down, and bring out the maltiness. After reading the ABV of the beer, I can see why the flavors were so intense. Interesting beer, could use some adjustment for the sake of balance in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 12:36:08 | More by mlazzaro
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris – thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. Also present are slight amounts of crisper black malt aromas.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine influence fades a bit and softer, more herbal flavors come into play. Hints of dark chocolate make an appearance near the end of the sip before carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, it does a nice job of straddling the fine line between DIPA with dark malts and a hoppy porter/stout. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 19:38:24 | More by glid02
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy feet has a dark brown body with a slab of lighter colored head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma has a good bite of bitter hops with some pine and bits of roasted malt.

The hops come through first, with a bit of pine and citrus, but more bitterness than anything. The hops fade into a roasted malt profile with loads of dark bread. Hoppy feet is pretty good, but it seems to be missing the interesting characteristics that I have picked up in other beers of this style; namely, the minty, almost herbal flavor that I get that comes out of a mix of the hops and malt.

Moderate body with smooth carbonation.

Hoppy Feet is a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:10:06 | More by Hojaminbag
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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