Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 57
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured black and had a light taupe colored, small bubbled head.

The nose was amazing. It was filled with loads of chocolate and heavy roasted aromas. Almost like coffee, with a hint of really pretty slightly burnt bread. It also had a strong presence of pine and citrus hop aromas well integrated into the malty backbone.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with the main key...PERFECT BALANCE. It had bright carbonation that mingled great with the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. It also tastes just like the nose smells, which I loved.

Overall, this is an amazing style beer. I had tried a sample of this about 3-4 months ago, and even in that short time, this beer has evolved into something that I really dig. It at first was too bitter for me, but it smoothed out and the balance was as close to perfect as I've seen. Awesome beer. I hope I get another one at that stage in its life!

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4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent robust mix of floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and chocolate.

T: The taste starts is complex and very nicely balanced starting with sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and citrus. Then a strong hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is very hearty and not only creates the great balance, but also masks the high ABV. The after-taste has that bitter-sweet hoppy and malty quality that to me has defined the style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but this is the type of beer where you embrace rather than discount the sticky finish.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, not all enhanced versions of a good beer work much less show an improvement, but this beer takes a very good beer and takes it to an incredible level. I like Hoppy Feet. I love Hoppy Feet 1.5.

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4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rarely rate a beer as mostly exceptional but this one definitely was. Deep dark pour into a pint glass with about a 1/4 finger tan head that left it's mark on the glass to the end. After having had a couple of beers earlier in the evening that had little if any malt character, including a micropub bourbon stout, the mouthfeel was particlarly noticeable. I've only had a couple of Black IPAs that i have thought captured What i think should be the essence of this "new" category. Black malt, I think, and chocolate revealed itself early along with the hops an alcohol. Well integrated and the hop finish was strong as an IPA should be. Purchased the last bottle on a visit to Chicago at a hole-in-the-wall package store and backroom pub called Maria's near Comisky Park. I will be searching for more.

Photo of BenjieK
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a coffee colored foamy head that puffs up perfectly before leaving fine lace

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, pine, citrus fruits. Complex and wonderful.

T: Dark chocolate and mouth puckering citrus fruit. Finishes dry despite the sweetness. Unbeleivably well balanced.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Smooth, creamy, rich.

D: Can only mark this beer down here, as the abv is high and the brew very rich.

This beer is even better than the regular Hoppy feet, which was probably my favorite beer before this.

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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(10/30/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black India Pale Ale is a pitch black ale with a huge, lumpy, beige head. It looks like a bowl of coffee ice cream. The foam covers the glass in a solid sheet. Citrus and grass are shrouded in dry roast to make a big and bold, yet very well balanced aroma. There are notes of orange, coffee, chocolate and caramel. It's full bodied, very smooth, soft and creamy. The finish is dry and it leaves the tongue stunned and the back of the teeth a little gritty. The flavor is huge and complex. It's a bit sweet and grassy at first and then a strong bitterness rolls in along the lines of orange peel. Then it's dark roast coffee, a bump of dark caramel and then a baking chocolate finish that has a hint of juniper. This is pretty face melting. Even after 22 ounces, it continues to amaze and entertain. These guys make shockingly modern beer and I love it.

(9/7/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 is a cola black ale with a huge, foamy, turbanado sugar colored head that stays put and leaves fancy lacing all down the glass. It has an aroma of pine, lemon and burnt sugar. Tons of hop juiciness is detected. It's full bodied and creamy on the tongue. The finish is pretty chewy and it leaves the mouth a little raw. This beer is jarringly bitter, raising my heart rate, quickening my breath, dropping my jaw. Nice. The bitterness has a big juniper quality. It is resiny, wooden, almost smokey. There's light sweetness and almost a hint of melanoids. It's blurringly bitter, hot, boozy syrup. The blackness doesn't give a hint of coffee, but there may be a blackstrap flavor to this. This is not for the hoi polloi. It would kill them. This is a beer for you, Mister Beer Snob. Someone used some science to get a fluid that packed with this much flavor into your mouth and I'm impressed with that. These Clown Shoes guys are off the handle. This is a New England beer that will win a fight in a San Diego bar. I am humbled by this beer.

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle thanks to Gregg B, bottled last week of December 2010.

Pours an ink jet black with the slightest of red peeking through the edges when held up to bright light. Like its little brother a big tan 2 finger head, this head is everlasting taking close to ten minutes to settle and lacing the glass with thick foamy rings.

Big powerful blast of aromas here! Big dark roasted malt presence with some coffee, chocolate and chai spice. Strong whiff of sappy pine needles and grapefruit rind to almost an astringent quality. Alcohol is barely noticeable if at all in the nose even clocking in at 10%.

Taste starts with the smooth taste of the dark malts and chocolate/coffee flavors, after a second or two the malts give way to a huge bitter punch of hops that is actually numbing the roof of my mouth as i write this. The hops scream PINE and have slight citrus qualitys as well. Alcohol heat is almost non existent with all the prominent flavors clashing together to mask the 10%

Medium/full bodied with a creamy coating mouthfeel. Medium carbonation which fits the style well, bone bitter dry finish that leaves a lingering bitter chocolate taste in the mouth for a long time to come.

For a 10% beer this beer had a damn good drinkability to me.

I enjoyed this beer a lot, Ive been looking for a beer this flavorful and bitter for a long time and Ive finally found it. Not for someone who doesn't like hops. Best enjoyed when warmed up a little and best enjoyed with friends. This beer is young some might even want to let it sit a couple months and let the flavors meld together. I tip my hat once again to Another great job by Clown Shoes beer.

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
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