Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 60
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopheadjuice on 12-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a thinner beige colored head atop that left a broken ring of lace as it settled rather quickly.A great mix of chocolate,roast,and earthy/resiny hops all come together very well.Resiny hops are strong overtop of a roasted base,earthy hops and chocolate round out the palate,the alcohol gives off a little sweetness and zip as it warms a little.A great ABA,maybe one of the top 2 or 3 I have had to date.

Photo of tectactoe
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Deep, dark, woody brown, but not quite deep enough to elude all color and be deemed truly black. Ruby highlights are revealed when held up to the light. The head fades quick and has a hue somewhere between khaki and tan. The collar that's left behind leaves a few spots of generous lacing as it makes its decent atop the beer.

Robust aroma, no doubt; the initial whiff opens up a roasted malt and cocoa powder canvas with citric hops thrown about. Mildly herbal, ashy, and with a bitter hint of white pepper covered grapefruit peels. I'm getting just a touch of black licorice in the end, as well, though the malt bill still leans more towards a roasty and chocolatey aroma profile - good news for me.

The first sip is pretty ashy and nearly charred, both from a one-two combo of the deeply roasted malts and the mildly abrasive hop bitterness. Leaves, citrus peel, ash, roast, cocoa, and even the faintest hint of fresh coffee beans starts nibbling the tongue in the tail end. There's a lot going on, but unfortunately the intensity of the ash and bitterness kind of masks much of it.

I was digging it at first, but this is a beer that really wears down the palate quickly. Quite a bit of astringent roast and ashy char that picks away at your taste buds until there's nothing left. Bitter finish with a medium body, resinous and sticky mouth feel that seems a bit oily, too. Strange brew overall, with surprisingly well hidden alcohol... I had no idea this was in the double digits.

The black ale is decent enough, though for me, black IPA's are a very touchy style. Easily hit or miss, though this is one of the few that falls in between. It's far from bad, but the palate wrecking that happens sooner than halfway through the glass is enough to bog down the drinkability like a two ton weight. This would be perfect in 4-6 oz. serving sizes. Anything more is tough.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the end of March, 2011.
Black beer with red highlights. Thick tan head that looked like whipped cream. Lotta lace.
Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Mostly a sense of citrus hops, but some herbal notes also.
Sweet chocolate taste over an espresso background. Grapefruit, then some piney hops. The hops linger a long time.
The alcohol was dangerously well-hidden. A big beer, very, very nice.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer bomber, w/o freshness info.

Pours near black, dark mocha head, and fine wispy lacing.

Dark chocolate nose.

Dense, dark, sweet malts, big, bold and boozy yet flavorful. Dark chocolate, dark coffee. lighter smokey notes all picked up. A hint of rum picked up in the finish.

Nice night capper or with a chocolate dessert.

Photo of jkshield
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: it has a very deep black body that even when held up to the light is opaque. The head dissolved quite quickly which was a little but of a disappointment

S. Not too much aroma you can smelled the warranted malts and some chocolate espresso mixed with a nose of a slight floral hoppy trying to make an appearance but just not quite getting the attention it wants

T: black ipasareone of my favorite but I think serria Nevada did abetter job with the hop dark malt balanceaethan this beer. The nose starts off with a floral citrusy nose but it is quickly over whelmed by a dark chocolate with a hint of dark cherry almost followed by an lull encompassing espresso and roasted aftertone

M: it is mediumed bodied and heavily carbonated which saves the lack of smoothness you can achieve when using a dark malt combination. The mouth feel was a little dissapOinting I was really looking for a richer aftertaste but it is no easy feat to create a black ipa so I'll forgive them for the lack of feel

O: black ipas are quite hard to perfect I have to give them credit they did make a 10 percent taste pretty darn good but there are a few things they could improve upon. Would I buy it again. Depends on my mood but as far as normal beers go I commend clown shoes for there experimentation and might have to try some of there more classic beers to see how this brewery overall standing is

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is about what I expect from a Black IPA. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, with some strong pine coming through as well.

The flavor is more of the same. The bitter pine from the hops goes nicely with the the chocolate and strongly roasted malt. The bitterness is low to medium and the beer is easy to drink.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Intense and unforgiving black in color. Just the faintest hint of light peeks through this brew when held up to the light. Not much head on this beer. Massive aroma of Pacific Northwest hops combined with roasted malt, plums, raisins, and black licorice. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and sticky. Flavor is an initial wallop of hop bitterness followed closely by roasted malt, fig, raisins, and plum. The aftertaste hastily returns back to a strong, bitter hop fade. An epic roller coaster for your palate that will delight those seeking dark,bitter beers. My first clown shoes brew, but when I travel I will seek out their other brews (as they don't distribute in MO.

Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant deep dark brown under a 2” light tan moussey foam cap that produces thick lace. Light legs. Smell: Rich malt, dark chocolate, traces of coffee, light roast, grapefruit rind hops. Taste: Starts with dark chocolate, then coffee, and alcohol, with hints of licorice, and a little pepper on the finish. The roast, malts and hops contribute to the bitterness on the finish giving it a character of espresso bitter chocolate with some citrus rind. Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, big and bountiful - medium full body, medium carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled 8/2012.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a slight hint of ruby at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a huge five finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very big aroma with sharp hops and lots of dark malts. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon. A fair amount of spicy pine resin. Big dark malt presence with hints of burnt caramel, chocolate, toffee, burnt toast, and coffee. Light hints of burnt sugar. A bold and balanced aroma. Smells like a really hopped up imperial stout.

Taste: As bold as it smells, a big taste of hops and dark malts. Tropical citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and lemon. Earthy grass and pine resin. A very big malt presence balances out the hops. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, coffee, and a little burnt sugar. Some alcohol is tasted. Tastes like a cross between a imperial IPA and Stout. Really good.

Mouthfeel:Body is on the fuller side with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly chewy. Some alcohol heat is felt, but it isn't overly hot.

Overall: A very good imperial Black Ale. Bold in both the hops and dark roasted malts. A truly "Black" Ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It never gets tiresome writing the appearance portion of a black ale. Pours. . . black. With tan head too! (Gasp). Aroma was much a fruity alcoholic whif on the first attempt. Came back around, pulled a little bitter roastiness out of it complimented with some pine in a faint way.

Taste, alcohol not as in your face as I thought it would from the aroma, but the hoppy notes still are kind of like they always seem to be with Hoppy Feet, there, and not "skimped" but also not giving any type of green vegetal/dry or flavor hop addition situation, just bittering c hops apparently. Maybe its just the substantial amount of black and chocolate malt to the beer, but the hoppiness just doesn't stand out here like I would like it to.

A pretty big beer, a worthy adversary, maybe a second level black ale.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Utterly, inarguably, insanely BLACK in color. The head is a creamy, foamy, long-lasting tan thing, leaving abundant lace on the glass.

This is about the best aroma I recall on a black ale, or at least up there with Sublimely Self-Righteous and Iniquity. With the malt having a sweeter side, as well as a hint of black licorice, and the hops being balanced, while whiffs of dark fruits come into the picture, this nearly crosses over into imperial stout territory, aroma-wise.

No surprise to get a hefty blast of ultra-toasted, nearly-burnt malt on the tongue, although there's much more here. As shown in the aroma, elements of black licorice, dark fruits and bright hops come through nicely. There's even a slightly salty/soy sauce element, some smoke, and a generous chocolate-flavored coffee flair, which draw further parallels to a burly imperial stout. Alcohol hardly noticeable, at least for a 10-percenter; nearly acrid burnt malt/hop bitterness in the finish.

Texturally it's medium-bodied, with ample carbonation, achieving a smooth, silky glide across the tongue and down the throat.

This beer pretty much succeeds in what it sets out to achieve. It is indeed a thoroughly blackened double IPA, in looks and taste, and of the four Clown Shoes offerings I've had so far, is easily the best of the lot.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy black IPA. Delivers on the style, not the favourite I have had on the style. What's with the high abv? Rich black malts and roast, its dangerously drinkable. Would have liked more hops flavours rather than roasted malt. Looks good with dark body and thick head.
Above average mouthfeel.Thanks Dr. Jay.

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Shogokawada for introducing me to this brewery (and for this beer in particular). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled(?) in December 2010.

Seal brown liquid and a long-lasting shiny creamy desert sand head. Sandy lacing, thin clear legs.

Roast malt, light roast coffee, leaves, and a lot of spicy/herbal hop notes with a hint of orange peel in the nose.

Intense roast malt, sweet dense and chewy. Toffee, tobacco, black pepper, quinoa, molasses, very porter-ish but with a lasting deep wave of moderately bitter hops. Medium-dry, well roasted (but not charred) finish.

Velvety, creamy, rich, medium-full bodied. Moderately carbonated. ABV is very well hidden.

Somehow smoother than the regular Hoppy Feet, though just as flavorful. Would go very well with food.

Photo of alphagnome
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As black as any beer I've seen to date - ZERO light penetration. Finger-thick beige head disappears quickly to little more than a ring. Okay lacing and legs that can be spotted a mile away.

Sweet cocoa and molasses. Undertones of espresso and hints of caramel irradiate through thick malt and surprisingly subtle pine notes. A bit of cola.

This one is a tongue bruiser, but I'll be damned, it's tasty! Wasting no time, this brew attacks with gusto - bitterness hits right away with a distinct pine punch, a bit grassy even. However, gobs of roasted malts and roll with the punches and provide a bit of peat and burnt chocolate. It hurts so good, even the aftertaste is bitter. Alcohol is noticeable. Sweetness is omnipresent but muted and most notable on the finish - mostly molasses.

Thick. More carbonation than I was expecting to encounter. Finishes sweet and somehow dry at the same time. Light alcohol burn. Ashy aftertaste.

Intense... There is nothing subtle about this beer. If you like the clashing of two worlds, this beer is most certainly for you. Whether you're a hophead or you prefer to indulge in sweet malts, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this. I highly recommend picking this one up, and I also recommend bringing a friend along for the ride. Attempting to tackling a bottle of this, alone, is madness.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thin lacing of brown head that has little retention. The nose has a bouquet of hop aromas as well as some chocolate and roasted malts, some coffee undertones, and some faint anise. The flavor is bold, rich chocolate malts with some roasty notes and some anise. The hop character is intense. The hops really hit the full spectrum; piny, floral, citrusy. There are some alcohol esters throughout as well that add some warmth and body. This is a full bodied, heavy, rich, smooth beer.

In mouthfeel and appearance this is like a RIS, but the hops are so potent that it quickly becomes a fantastic Black IPA. This was a fantastic beer. I'll definitely pick up another bomber the next time I'm at the store.

Photo of Wegomlegging
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a thick beautiful head that didn't move. My skepticism on this gimmicky-sounding beer dissipated upon first smell. Perfect combined scent of roastiness and hops, floral as this style can get. The flavor was even better, with a roasted malt balanced exactly how I like it with just the right amount of hops. Did I mention balance? The smoothness level was almost quenching, without being the least bit watery or cheap. Overall a superior beer that hangs its hat on performance and balance, not labeling and over-hopping. A shotgun blast of awesome, and strong.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mercury Brewing / Clown Shoes
Hoppy Feet 1.5
22 oz. bottle; $7.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Well.. wow. I wasn't expecting much, but damn, this is a nice black IPA. Or should I call it a black Imperial IPA?

It looks like a stout or porter in the glass, and it's got some pretty good head retention and lacing.

In the nose it's hoppy (leafy and floral with a hint of grassiness), but it also has some very nice malt notes (anise, almost burnt sugar, dark and oily coffee beans, and bittersweet chocolate.

The flavor follows suit, and it's a hoppy bitch. There's a citrusy side but I find it mostly spicy, floral, piney, and leafy. The malt beneath is dark (burnt caramel) with a mild edge of acidity. It's nicely balanced and rounded. I could drink a lot of these except that the well cloaked alcohol does take it's toll.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. The alcohol does lend a bit of spiciness to the tongue though.

Overall: Quite nice! Impressive. I can't exactly say it's like no other beer I've tasted, but it is very unique. Really enjoyable - I'll have to go get more ;)

Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with great retention and a ton of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is fantastic. There is some dark malts but the hops clearly steal the show in the nose. Can't wait to try this one.

T- The taste is delicious, it lives up to the fantastic aroma. There is a lot of dark roasted malts up front with a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish as well as some warmth from the alcohol.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Happy Anniversary to Hoppy Shoes, I have really enjoyed most of their beers that I have tried thus far.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the regional GIF. Thanks. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a deep black with a very nice thick tan head and lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty with some hop aroma and a bit of caramel.

Taste is smooth. Roasty and a touch of sweet with some nice hop flavor. Slight hop and roast bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. Gunna need to try some more clown shoes stuff.

Photo of timjr2500
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours almost like a stout but with a lighter head. Very dark color but a lower density which makes for a clean mouth feel like a traditional ale just as the name suggests.

This beer reminds me of midnight on a beach in summer. Its dark and soothing like the unseen waves but light and enticing like the moonlight on the water. Once you have a taste it explodes in your mouth with the bite of a thousand normal IPAs. This beer has quickly bolted to the top of my list in terms of flavor and complexity. As you drink it it changes back and forth between the dark and rich to the light and crisp.

I paired it with some rosemary crackers, tomato-basil mozzarella and kalamata olive topenade and it worked out beautifully.

I believe a bomber runs about $6-7, which in my opinion is a small price to pay for such a wonderful taste of antithesis, that is, the deep black and the light crisp bite of hops. Enjoy at room temperature or chilled, either way is good.

Photo of beerhan
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to jlindros

A-pours a jet black with a dark brown head. Not what I would expect from a double black ipa. This is darker than a lot of stouts.

S-smells very earthy, syruppy and leaflike. Its kind of odd.

T-lots of darker fruits, some plum and fig. There is also a slight hint of dark chocolate. This is not bitter but maltzy and boozy. I kind of like it but it is real intense.

M-each sip is heavy. Its smooth but just so thick. The alcohol really hits you in ther throat.

O-i dont really know what they were found for with this. If they were going to make this beer so intense why not go all the way and barrel age it in bourbon barrels. It is too extreme for what it tries to be but not as extreme as it should be.

Photo of tkelley
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured over two servings into a snifter.

A - Little head that leaves a thin tan film during drinking and rest. I cannot emphasize enough how welcoming the islands of foam were on the brown sea that was the body. Dark body, not totally black. Dark brown where the light hits it.

S - Equal parts hops and malt, with strong citrus and chocolate notes.

T - This was not as hoppy as it would have been when fresh, but I think it was probably better off that way. It was pretty hoppy anyway, but the malts balanced it out nicely. It had bitter notes from both malt and hops, and had a really good chocolate taste. There's also a distinct boozy flavor right up front that lets you know this beer is serious about its business. Don't mess around with this.

M - Not very bubbly or carbonated. More viscous than most things I'm used to, but again, I felt like this beer was telling me that it was serious about its bad behavior and that I shouldn't go too fast with it unless I wanted to get burned. It was really good.

O - Love it. Would need to stand it up right next to regular Hoppy Feet to compare, but this was really good. Nice, complex flavors developed over a period of a couple of hours while drinking it. The temperature change from colder to warmer over that time was really interesting. I bet this wouldn't have been as good really fresh, because the hops probably wouldve drowned out everything else. Now, after a month or two on the shelf, it's mellowed out and is really outstanding. If I see it in the store next time I might grab another to stash away for a while.


Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown body with no light passing through. The head is fluffy and cola-colored.

Piney hops and roasted malt scent. A light whiff of coffee in the back end. It's very aromatic.

The hops are of the pine and earthy variety. It has a heavy roasted malt and light coffee balance. There's a slight fusel spice to it, but at 11% abv it's not as much as I'd expect.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

This drinks very easy for 11% abv. You can taste the alcohol, but it's not hot. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying the regular hoppy feet.

Photo of output01x
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 12/2011) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly opaque dark brown with faint highlights of ruby when held to light. Great lacing clings to the glass like soap scum to a dirty pane of glass.

Aromas of dark chocolate, cacao, and roasted coffee beans flow from the dying head with just a hint of piney hops. The hops do not appear to be as prevalent in the nose as one would expect from a double dry-hopped beer.

Citrus and pine hops flavors register with the taste buds the instant they come into contact. Notes of mandarin orange and grapefruit are held in check by dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mocha, and melted caramel. Oddly, as the beer is swallowed, all of the flavors quickly mellow. Then a strong citrus hops flavor, carrying notes of orange cream and pineapple, slowly takes over the show. As this too fades, a piney bitter aftertaste lingers along with a slight alcohol warmth.

The body is medium to full with just enough weight to let all the flavors (both hops and malt) open up and develop properly. While it is slightly sticky and coating, at no point does it become overly sticky or syrupy. This is due to the excellent carbonation in this beer. Despite its minor fizzing at the beginning of each sip, the carbonation really helps to keep this beer moving. This is no small feet considering the 10% ABV of the beer.

Compared to the original Hoppy Feet, this beer lacks the hops aromas that makes HF1 so great. However, HF1.5 more than makes up for this with the unparallelled flavors and superb carbonation.

Photo of Gmann
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a small yet tight light brown head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is a nice mixture of grapefruit hops and a light roasted malt. Notes of pine and wet bark also come through. A bit of chocolate detected as well. Wish the malt stood out a little more but its nice.

The taste is quite twangy. The hops are of grapefruit and substantial pine and tropical fruit notes. This mixes with a bitter roasted malt that has flavors of coffee grinds and burnt toast. There is a metallic taste to the beer and I'm not sure if it is from the hops or the malt. Both profiles are strong.

This beer is a bitter assault on the palate. Both bitter hops and bitter roast attack the buds and it lingers in the finish. The beer has some robust flavors but it is a bit harsh on the palate.

A flavorful beer for sure but the combination of these strong flavor profiles doesn't really do it for me.

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.