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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
90
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622 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 56
Gots: 73 | 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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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.

Sammy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/29/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that packs a bit more of an alcohol kick but otherwise is almost indistinguishable from regular Hoppy Feet in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, May 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at Julio's before EBF. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours nearly black with a light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings forward some piney hops and a bit of roast. There is a mild earthiness to the nose as well. The flavor has many of the same characteristics, but also has a bit too much alcohol flavor. Quite a lot too much, actually. Bitterness and alcohol layer with a medium body. Lots of bitterness carries through the finish. Decent, but not something I would seek out again.

Thorpe429, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.2%

metter98, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Another fine pour from the Clown Shoes folks, with a massive tan head that sits atop the black liquid, leaving strands of lace behind

Smell: Burnt chocolate roast and piney hops

Taste: Lots of fusel alcohol, up front, that overwhelms both the roasty malt and hop flavors; underneath, there are some nice elements but it is hard to discern them

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and considerable heat

Overall: I am giving this beer the benefit of the doubt as I suspect I may have an off bottle; would like to try this again sometime but I am having a hard time drinking this one

brentk56, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with medium retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of bitter roasted malt with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter roasted malt with quit a powerful dry hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too dry IMHO.

Phyl21ca, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of the epic weekend of tastings between me and my family, this was an early casualty having fallen on friday night. poured into a pint glass.

the pour was a deep and dark black color with a nice and even tan coating of lace that left nice concentric rings of lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

the aroma is a huge blend of rich smoked malts and ripe hops that blend together flawlessly. really just an near perfect blend as the first notes come across as a nice smoked and molasses ringed cascade of dark malts. warming pushing this through and brings out nice touches of pineapple and piney hops. the flavor carries through perfectly. rich roasted malts are washing over the palate with a lush and decadent sweet flavor. as you move pass this you become overwhelmed with light, crisp and fresh citrus hops. the finish really brings this out as the dry, semi bitter finish begs you to sip more as the smoked malts suck you right back in.

overall what can i say, this was slammin. a tremedously good beer.

mikesgroove, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a massive light brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral and piney hop notes with some mild citrus and grass. There's a fairly pronounced roastiness to this beer (not super surprising), but it sort of becomes too much and overwhelms the hops.

T: An enormous amount of roast and some bitter dark chocolate really kill any chance of this being super hoppy. As it stands, that's okay to me in this case. Pretty bitter but only a mild citrus and pine hop flavor.

M: Heavy on the tongue with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: This was a good beer, but it's not a terribly good black IPA. Far too heavy and too much roast without enough hop flavor.

womencantsail, May 10, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger tan head with tons of lacing and nice retention on a black body with some light passing through.

S: very nice roast and musty hop aroma. The hops actually come through nicely. Also a soft sweet chocolate note.

T: Strong coffee and roasted malt with a nice hop profile which is impressive that it comes through despite the strong coffee notes.

M: full body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry finish, almost a little sandpaper like in the end.

Overall: My first beer from this brewery. I felt the hops came through well for the amount of coffee, which is heavy, but the mouthfeel was too grainy and dry for me

kylehay2004, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

oberon, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Part one of the SwillFest 2011 after-party. It pours a dark ruby-tinted brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate-covered pretzels, light roasted malts, blueberries, black grapes, balsa, and juniper berries. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate, rubber, vinyl, Pine-Sol, molasses, and menthol. Whoa, what happened here!? The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a scratchily dry finish. Overall, a nice-looking and -smelling beer, but it just tastes downright awful to me.

TMoney2591, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, "Bottled the end of March 2011" on the label.

Into a tulip glass, it certainly appears bold and black. Creamy layer of tan foam on top, larger cluster of bubbles to one side. The skim remains unbroken after a period of time, and there's a generous amount of spotty lacing all around the sides of the glass.

Roasty aroma, some pine and candied orange sweetness.

Moderately bitter and big on roastiness, blackened malts, dark roast coffee, unsweetened bakers chocolate. Dry earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, mingling with the dry roasty elements that linger... Something vaguely green and minty about the hops in here. Very smooth and creamy here, definitely doesn't feel like 11%.

emerge077, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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 ;)

NeroFiddled, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of medium brown foam on top of a black body with just a hint of amber showing through at the bottom of the glass. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Roasty malt with some nutty caramel and a hint of chocolate. A bit of pine in the background with some pungent, sweaty hop character.

T - Chocolate and nutty caramel malts up front with a bit of pine. The hop character swells in the middle with more pine and a bit of sweaty character that works with the dark malt to give the beer a bit of a barleywine like character. The hops and dark malt both intensify in the finish as coffee and chared notes compete with pine and pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish.

D - Interesting, this beer is unusually light and drinkable for a beer of this style and strength. This is mostly due to its dryness which lets the hops shine through a bit despite the robust malt character. The bitterness is a bit on the harsh side, but other than that, it is a nicely done beer.

nickfl, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%

WVbeergeek, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam and Aliza for sending me a bottle of this. This was the batch from late December. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Half-finger of light tan foam that settles to a thin ring and partial cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Near-black opaque body.

S - Faded floral and herbal hops over top of a roasted black patent and cocoa-laden malt backdrop. Some alcohol is present as well.

T - Burnt and lightly tarry malts, cocoa, roast bitterness, and some of the burnt cardboard flavor I get from black patent malt. This is a bit to harsh and astringent for my liking. Alcohol is better hidden than in the nose.

M - Medium, smooth body, with lower carbonation. Resinous residual feel from the hops. Not much alcohol heat here either.

D - This is a pretty solid Black Ale. Not sure if I prefer this over the regular Hoppy Feet, but that may be because this isn't the freshest bottle. I may try the second batch that made it to Chicago in late March. Still, it's one of the better Clown Shoes offerings I've tried.

MasterSki, Apr 24, 2011
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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.