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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 59
Gots: 77 | 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:
Beer added by: hopheadjuice on 12-25-2010

Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
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Ratings: 638 | Reviews: 237
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.

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4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has a malty, licorice, raisin aroma. Smooth, silky taste. Can definitely taste licorice, maybe some slight chocolate and raisins. You can definitely detect the booziness. It has a slightly astringent aftertaste with some hoppy bitterness. Good beer, but not much of a black licorice fan.

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

Photo of Rootscipio
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeK
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of freshcarl
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Buttstallion
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bomber and pour into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It glows the color of Coca-Cola, and holds a one finger head of cakey, creamy sand colored bubbles. This retains very well, leaving big soapy etchings across the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose sings of sawdust, burnt caramel, chocolate, and English brown malts, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and powdered ginger spiciness, fruity bubblegum esters, graphite, cleanly grassy and grapefruity hops, smoked tobacco leafiness, vanilla extract, icy mint bubblegum, zesty booziness, and powdered vitamin C. The taste opens with an intense malt profile and a surprisingly bitter twist of hops. These come in the form of charred and caramelized brown, black, and coffee malts, pure cocoa powder, sappy piney, grassy, and oily grapefruity hop bitters, rooty leeks, Styrofoam, soy sauce, sesame seeds, plastic phenols, light honey sweetness, harsh and hollow boozy burn, black peppercorns, crystalized seaweed, toffee sugars, wax paper, and ash. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. Finishing pop is highly satisfying, while cream and froth are okay, and slurp and smack are decently robust. The mouth is coated, but left ultimately with a streaky astringent dryness. The abv is big and in your face, but the beers sips nicely nonetheless.

Overall, what a great way to commemorate one year on the market. Their standard Hoppy Feet did wonders for advancing the style of “American Black Ale”, or however you feel comfortable calling it. It showcases a dense malt base with a floating crown of fresh hoppiness. Here, we truly get the enhanced version of this, although it is most noticeable in the bitterness and depth of the flavor profile. They also take the abv through the roof, and just a pint of this 10.0% beast can send an advocate reeling. Despite this, the beer drinks with a definite smoothness, allowing you every opportunity to appreciate the flavors as they continually drift by the taste buds. It is nice that Clown Shoes appreciates their roots, but even nicer that they take care of the consumer by literally building off their prior successes to offer something even better. Good on you, Clown Shoes.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
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