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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,190 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 61
Gots: 141 | 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  rDev +3.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Near pitch-black body with a tho-finger head of creamy, persistent white foam that leaves some nice, chunky lacing.

S: Licorice, sweet-roasted caramel, smoky wood, fruity esters and bitter, herbal, earthy and piney hops.

T: Flavor leads with a rich, robust and roasty malt quality, imparting charred wood, dark chocolate, and mild coffee flavors to the fruity rash of citrus fruits and pine. A bit of hop and alcohol heat peeks through, drying out the palate with brash and piney, citrusy bitterness. Finishes fairly balanced with a little sticky character and spicy, bitter aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied and robust brew with some alcohol and hop sting in the finish.

O: A nice, East-coast American black ale or IPA. The classification name of the style doesn't matter when the flavor and craft are this good. The 7% ABV Hoppy Feet manages to balance porter-like complexity and sweetness with dry, spicy and wide-ranging hop varietals in the tradition of many New England style IPAs.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a massive foamy tan head that shows no sign of dissipating. Good sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells like a regular IPA. Lots of good citrus hop notes. Just a hint of roastiness in the aroma.

Starts off with a hint of citrus hoppiness and is quickly overwhelmed by a bitter coffee roastiness. Finishes very dry with some bitterness lingering on the tongue.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation level.

Pretty good brew. Not overly complex and I'd like to see the hops shine through a touch more, but still very drinkable.

jmarsh123, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 27, 2011
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2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours black with about a quarter an inch of foam which slowly dissipates.

S - slightly dank smelling. A leafy and swampy odor overwhelms the sweet smells.

T - weet and grassy. Not as hot as Hoppy Feet 1.5, but still malty and not that impressive.

M - Not too heavy. medium body and the malts do not linger as much as expected. A slightly coarse finish.

O - pretty disappointed. More tolerable than the 1.5, but Stone's Black IPA is still my favorite for this style.

Jammies, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jenkster4, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter. Says Bottled 6/14/11.

A- Pours a black color with zero light penetrating. Has a 1/4 inch head that reduces to a thick white ring around the edge of the glass and shredded foam patterns on the surface.

S- Can smell the hops considerably well for such a dark beer. They have a perfume quality about them that's actually kind of offset by the heavy malt presence causing them to be complimentary. Alcohol is apparent followed by some semi-roasty coffee notes. Good lacing.

T- Hm. When I saw the name of the style as American Black Ale, I thought, "have I ever had an American Black Ale?" The only thing I could think of was Dogfish's Indian Brown Ale, but there it is right in the name: brown not black (although it looks and tastes black). I was sure I must have had an ABA but, now that I'm tasting it, I feel like it's something I've never imbibed before! This combines the vibrant, almost citrusy hop flavors with a delicately subdued roasted malt body like I've never witnessed. And everything is balanced, not overbearing. It's simple: Loads of hops and loads of malt, working together cohesively. Brilliant. Only problem is a slight metallic aftertaste that lingers but is only noticeable when swished. Some faint coffee notes.

M- Light and thin for such a dark beer. Medium carbonation and quite dry.

O- Way to go Clown Shoes. You've melded two worlds together in one memorable brew.

Immortale25, Nov 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

vonburgey, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bilco, Nov 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a long time.

This beer pours almost-black with a light tan head, one finger's worth.

An abundance of pine on the nose with just a hint of roasted malt. Citrus notes of grapefruit are present but are a bit muted.

The taste is the fruit and pine on the front of the tongue and the bitterness bites you on the back end. You definitely get more of the roasted chocolate note on the taste than on the nose and you definitely get hit by the maltiness and bready characteristics of this brew.

Mouthfeel is medium/light body.

Overall, a delicious brew. Very bitter brew and perhaps a bit too malt-forward for my liking, but this is one that belongs toward the top of its class for the style.

kdmcguire10, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

doof116, Nov 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

celticfutblclub, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

cosmo4u, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mjaggers, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

jag21, Nov 21, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is full of piney hops, as well as a good dose of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a lot of bitter chocolate and burnt malt notes, with some pine from the hops also mixed in. The bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

philouza, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hawoh, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

soriondee, Nov 18, 2011
Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.