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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 53
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.

(Beer added by: hopheadjuice on 12-25-2010)
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Reviews by alphagnome:
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4.21/5  rDev +4%

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.

04-26-2014 04:11:46 | More by alphagnome
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

09-27-2011 23:42:06 | More by oberon
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

08-06-2013 16:22:55 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-28-2013 14:58:17 | More by npala86
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-29-2011 07:06:30 | More by Schlais
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-29-2013 01:01:45 | More by tbryan5
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-12-2013 10:35:33 | More by SuomiHobbit
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

05-21-2011 13:52:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-14-2012 16:57:57 | More by DWolf
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-02-2014 04:12:57 | More by Shagator
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-15-2012 20:40:58 | More by Twifiter
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-18-2013 04:31:01 | More by megamass
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

06-27-2011 00:30:11 | More by Billolick
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-29-2012 17:10:21 | More by mctizzz
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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%

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

09-12-2013 04:23:10 | More by jkshield
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

10-06-2011 03:35:54 | More by Mora2000
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-11-2013 02:40:43 | More by Skye1024
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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

11-10-2013 03:54:56 | More by Franziskaner
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-14-2013 17:11:03 | More by Moo5152
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-21-2013 16:15:26 | More by juicebox
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-22-2012 02:33:18 | More by PretzelsNBeer
Photo of MattyG85


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

11-14-2012 07:02:42 | More by MattyG85
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-30-2013 15:15:50 | More by rwilde
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

01-01-2012 07:44:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-09-2013 06:32:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
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