Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 641
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 60
Gots: 79 | 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 Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy Feet 1.5 looks very much black in the snifter glass. Very close to opaque. The head is a darker tan color with good stability. Looks just north of dangerous.

The malts are the first thing I pick up on in the nose. They're sultry, but subdued, with obvious roasty character, but a slight creaminess that marries well with kilned grain bitterness. Then, comes a musty smell of stanky, dank hops of the earthy kind. There's licorice root and cooked potato in the background, too. Lightly piny, and almost absent of any fruit notes. Hints of espresso from the dark-ass roast, but this black ale comes original with a flair of the herbal.

Rich and dark and strong. Has a strong element of cocoa from the malts and earthiness from the hops. Herbal flavors of licorice and root vegetable come out, too. Acidity ranges from mild to battery-licker, from opening to mid-late palate. Finally, it finishes with a familiar IPA note of pith and rind. A big contrast to a standard DIPA, whereas here, whilst the malts take over with big character, you trade caramel sweetness and toast for bitter malts and chalky cocoa/licorice and residual yeast effect. This is one big beer with a big headiness to it, even though it's not obviously tasted. All of a sudden, it warms, and there's some dark fruitiness to it. Missed that completely in the nose.

Again, it drinks with some decent smoothness, for the strength. Still, it has a booze squeak that is unavoidable. Some chewiness in the mouth, all fortified by a medium-thick body. Carbonation has some say in the argument, offering some spike to the other 'spike'. A great big warmer with pleasant bitterness for the style.

I like my black ales hoppy, and this one falls a little short. Even the maltiness is evened out too much, despite having good character and potential. I've never had the regular Hoppy Feet to know what this beer is really trying to accomplish, but still it makes its mark. Not fantastic, but solid nonetheless. (1,976 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of CA_brewster
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from Clown Shoes. I’ve heard great things so I was excited to stumble upon this bottle in the beer aisle and even more so to give it a try.

This beer is jet black with a nice thick tan head. The aroma on this beer is pretty damn spectacular. Very hop forward smells of delicious American hops, resin and pine. There are also lots of dark roasted scents coming off this brew as well as some distinct tartness reminiscent of green apple.
The roasted malts in this beer come across incredibly strong on the palate. I would say they dominate this beer’s taste but the generous amount of hops really balances this thing out and it’s not unbalanced by its malty and roasted characteristics. This beer is bitter at first but really mellows out on the tongue and leaves a relatively mellow sweet roasted malty aftertaste that tricks you into taking another sip. The mouth feel is what I would expect from a beer of this type. Thick almost syrupy with very light carbonation.

Overall this is quite a solid beer that I thoroughly enjoyed sipping. It was hard getting through the 22oz bomber by myself but that is just because this thing is a beast of a brew at 10% abv. (1,193 characters)

Photo of Lifsabch
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet black IPA was a favorite of mine @ the GLB. So tasty and perfect IMHO. So I decided to give this a try. It poured from the bottle an impressive dark color/head. The nose was really nice. Sipping revealed the booziness of this brew which unfortunately seemed to mask much of the flavor. But I enjoyed sipping on this nevertheless. (352 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Max's (from notes).

A: Dark, dark brown.

S: Sweet and malty like a stout or barleywine.

T: Roasty and almost no standard IPA flavors. Like a fresh Bigfoot. MALTY. Not super sweet like those.

M: Not very carbonated. Nice and prickly.

O: Pretty good. (260 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a pitch black into a snifter with one finger tan creamy head, head was a varied creamy and large bubble texture. Looked lively throughout but not much for lacing.

S - nose is a hop forward, citrus, pine, and earthiness followed by a punch of alcohol rounded out with roasted malt goodness including notes of smoke, coffee, chocolate, a slight molasses or toffee sweetness.

T - really intense taste, the hoppiness is very forward and not by any means muddled by the porter-esque malts. It's is totally accentuated by them. The intense resinous pine and floral notes of the hops mash right up with the dark chocolate roasted malt smokiness, ending with a quenching bitterness that lingers. I would say this is the best tasting black IIPA I have experienced on my beer journey thus far.

M - thick and viscous, light carbonation. On the hot side, finish is slightly sweet.

O - this is great. Sometimes with these big black IPAs I find the hop flavors muddled in the background and can't really differ them from a really hoppy imperial porter. This is a straight mash up of bright IPA hop flavor and IBUs with delicious roasted malts. The nose was a little pungent with the alcohol but the taste was more smooth, a little hot though. Great beer, will continue to enjoy more. (1,288 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/20/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, orange rind, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, floral, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and roasted malt notes; with nice strength. Taste of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, orange rind, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, floral, pine, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, floral, pine, toast, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, chalky, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent black IPA! All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors with huge robustness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,430 characters)

Photo of jkshield
3.96/5  rDev -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 (1,385 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown body, almost opaque in subdued lighting; nice, frothy light tan head, sticky rings of lacing down the glass. Spicy hop nose, well-blended with a rich, dark malt undertone. Bitter chocolate and dark, roasted grains; soothing hop bitterness reinforcing the malt flavors; nice alcohol tingle at the finish. Smooth, almost light mouthfeel, very dry.

An eye-popping black IPA. Good complexity and nicely balanced throughout. Hops and malts hit you first and the tingling then soothing alcohol warmth lingers on at the finish. (537 characters)

Photo of safaricook
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

It is probably not appropriate to rate an infected beer and infected my bottle was. I bought it at the bierkoning in Amsterdam. Of all those beers they recently got from Clown shoes brewery, I picked this one because I haven't had a black DIPA since I was in the States in spring. I was rather disappointed as I opened the bottle and with the first whiff I got tons of nail polish in my nose. Taste was the same, short note of nice dark sweet malt and then crushing in this strong unpleasant taste of ETHYLACETATE followed by some hop bitterness. It is not difficult to see that under those vast amounts of off flavor that probably stems from stressed yeast there is in fact a great beer. However, I am not able to drink it. Very sad. I understand that beers shipped all the way from the US may arrive somewhat oxidated here or with reduced hop aroma, but ethylacetate does not arise from inappropriate shipping, but from fermentation gone wrong. And this is why I write this review:

Quality control, Please! (1,010 characters)

Photo of Zach_T
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Clown Shoes was Clementine...A second chance here with 1.5

Tulip Glass
A- Dark opaque black . Nice caramel white stand of foam that lingered for some time.
A- Big booze and alcohol on the nose with roast and a dark vanilla element. No hop aroma.
T- Slightly boozy up front with roasty toasty vanilla to follow
M- Thin mouthfeel, expected more body out of it to be honest
F-Quick bitterness on the end leaving evidence of hops, roast and alcohol in its wake (467 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pitch black liquid that isn't too viscous. There is a midl cream colored head that is about half an inch tall and quite dense. It recedes quite quickly though.

Aroma starts off with some nice piney notes. Delicious resinous notes with some nice herbal and grassy notes. Then comes some nice roasted notes, burnt notes as well as some slight coffee. The resinous pine really take center stage. Nice job.

Flavor is delicious. Notes of resinous and hoppy pine with herbal and grassy notes to boast. There is also a nice slight citrus note to it. The roasted malts shine so well. Notes of chocolate and some nice slight dark fruit sweetness all wrapped in delicious coffee and slightly smokey flavor. These roasted notes play so well with the nice hoppy pine notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice silky finish and then a good dry hoppy bitterness.

Overall, this is a great ABA. This style has been pretty popular lately and this is a good take on it. The roasted notes are extremely well balanced with the piney hop notes. (1,080 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,897 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite black ale ever, now with more everything; can’t say I’m not excited.

Brewed less than three months before the date of this tasting, on 03/29/2013.

A: Thick black body with a wisp of tan head. The center of the glass is raised with a bump of bubbly retention, but there’s little lacing to be found.

S: A nose brimming with brisk coffee and dark chocolate, with undertones of oak and smoke. The aromatic tone of piney hops sits in the background, along with the earthy, natural scent of oats and toasted grain husk.

T: Essentially a hoppy, grainy imperial stout – the warm bourbon-vanilla sweetness at first sip says so, at least. Otherwise, it’s a starkly bitter beer, coming in bursts of astringent pine, green tea, and crisp roasts. Chocolate and berry sweetness on the end, with an aftertaste of fusel alcohol.

M: Smooth, full, and very subtly carbonated. Drinkable to the extreme.

O: I imagined a beer like Hoppy Feet, but I got a completely different animal – I love it. If you see it, buy it. (1,028 characters)

Photo of ChanChan
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark with a light one finger kahki head.

Aroma: Roast, citrusy, specifically this beer smells like fresh cut blood oranges. Nice!!!

Taste: Very roasty, closer to an imperial stout in taste.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body.

Overall: A very unique beer! This is more citrusy than their clementine beer!! The only black IPA that can beat this would, perhaps, be fresh escondidian IPA. (403 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Raul picked this up on axy-dent. He saw "Double India Pale Ale," but blocked out the "black." Raul don't usually do black IPA's, but today, like the creation of the French Dip, it was a good accident.

Darker than my baba mama soul, but sweet like my baby mama after I take her to Tiffany. (That necklace looks good, ma.)

Raul actually likes this, Raul actually likes this well and good. Get on your pogo sticks and chase it, my children. Chase it well and good. (472 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an inky black, coffee brown around the edges against the light, with a thin off white head that stays around, though wispy thin. Aroma starts with lots of chocolate followed by cream. Also get slight citrus and yeasty tang if looking hard enough. The flavor is dominated by dark chocolate with a little coffee, a healthy bit of burnt toast, with some creaminess coming after. The bitterness sets in and remains barky in the back of the tongue. The hop flavor really isn't there for me, even in the burp. Feel is slightly caustic, but no noticeable alcohol burn. Finish is dry.

This is more like a really alcoholic roasty porter than an IPA of any sort. I still like it OK, but it could come down a notch. (711 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown color with a pretty nice light tan colored head.

Aromas are nice. Nice floral and resiny hops and cocoa and chocolate malt notes.

Taste is roasty up front. Bitter bakers chocolate, with some slightly sweet and creamy malt flavors. Finish is bitter, resiny, and floral, with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Cascadian Black Ale from Clown Shoes. Tasty and well crafted. (458 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: It has a dark brown body with a two finger off white head.

S: I could smell this hoppy beer the second I open the bottle. It is a mixture of dark roasted chocolaty malts combined with citrusy bitterness.

T: The taste is amazing. One of the best black IPAs, I've had. It has a toasty almost smoked backbone. Subtle chocolate tones make it into this beer. The potent hops come in next. There is citrus, pine, and floral flavors that play well with the malts.

M: A little thin for my liking but the carbonation saves the mouthfeel.

O: Great Black IPA. I will be seeking out more by Clown Shoes after this beer. (615 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with thick tan head. Very nice lacing.

Roasted malts, cumquat and chocolate dominate the front of the smell. Lemon, coffee and dark fruit make up the end.

Chocolate, slight coffee, citrus, roasted malts, pine, a hint of booze and a bit of anise. Goes down smooth as silk.

Great brew by Clown Shoes. As a true hophead, this was a great mix of styles. (371 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2013

A: Pours a dark brown/black with 3 finger dark khaki fluffy head. Lacing on the glass.

S: Getting some sweet chocolate notes with a HINT of pine. Fresh earth aroma as well.Roastyness coming through as well.

T: Chocolate, slight coffee, hop finish. Bit of bready feel in this as well.

M: Full bodied, sticky sweetness coats the mouth. Bitter dry finish. Chocolate on the breath following.

O: If someone had told me this is a belgian stout I would have believed them. Not as hoppy as reg hoppy feet, more body, more roasty. Pretty interesting beer, heavy on the chocolate. (601 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Fresh from the brewery, bottled in 8/2012 (is that really fresh?). 22oz bottle pours into an IPA pint glass a nearly opaque black color with chocolate highlights. Topped with a nice looking, mocha colored head of about one finger in size. Looks like a nice stout.

Aroma is hoppy, with the roastiness kept to a minimum. Reminds me of Dubhe from Uinta; piney hops, slight roastiness, sweet alcohol (almost solvent like), strong esters.

I like the flavor profile. The piney hops smack me in the face first off. The bitterness is kept under control, and I assume that is attributed to the age of this one. The bitterness is a nice accompaniment to the alcoholic bite. There is a little more roasty flavor than indicated in the aroma. Still, the alcohol kind of absorbs this one. Hot.

Due to the alcohol, a sipper for sure. Not bad, but probably a little better when fresh: the bitterness may counteract some of the sweet alcoholic flavors. Not sure if I would have another. (975 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased on a trip to CT in late 1/13, bottling 8/28/12, poured into a 3 Stars snifter, drank 4/3/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - bitch black, solid one finger head dissipates into attractive glass lacing, undetectable bubbles --> beautiful appearing black ale/CDA

S: 4.5 - really interesting aroma with beautiful admixture of grapefruit and chocolate/coffee

T: 4.75 - subtle bitterness that resolves into admixture of grapefruit, booze and coffee roast; there are a lots of subtle flavors going on here, and, dare I say, one of the best tasting CDAs this side of Wookey Jack; I cannot taste the high ABV in here at all

M: 4.75 - medium body, medium carbonation, dry mouthfeel

O: 4.75 - I dig everything going on here, especially in a style that I don't particular like; I tend to prefer roastier dark beers like RIS and porters, and, I wonder, if the age on this beer with the high ABV is increasing the appeal for me; regardless, I'd be curious to try this one fresh but it has definitely piqued my interest in v1.0 as well (1,045 characters)

Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.