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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 70 | 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 AndyD


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

03-10-2012 17:51:21 | More by AndyD
Photo of Dope


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a big ole dense chocolate milk head. Retention is top notch, takes over 5 minutes before I can even start drinking. Solid wall of lacing.

S: Strong pine with a little bit of grapefruit. Some roasted malt lingering in the background. Surprisingly subtle given the strength of the beer.

T: Mainly pine up front with a little citrus and grapefruit. Strong, bitter roasted malt and coffee flavor afterwards. A touch of dark chocolate rounds it out in a mocha-like fashion.

M: Fairly thick, smooth.

O: It's Hoppy Feet on steroids (naturally) but I feel it's also a lot better balanced. Hoppy Feet was very heavy on the pine and the roasted malt character got buried. The malt is much stronger in this one and balances out nicely. Turns out like a really big, hoppy stout. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 05:42:35 | More by Dope
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber into tall/slender pint at 40.

Pours with a THICK, rocky mocha head over a very deep black body... only a faint hint of maroon when held to the light. Solid lacing.

Aromas are very citrus hop-forward. Some charred malt quickly follows, with some cocoa powder. Good blend.

Wow, creamy smooth on the palate - quite remarkable for a 10% double IPA... but that must be the roasted malt. Flavors are full of everything in the nose, leaning slightly more toward the sweetness from the dark malt. Sweet grapefruit, pineapple, dark chocolate, toffee, then back to sharp hops in the finish. Like a see-saw...great balance. Near perfect carbonation level.

Among the best Black IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:34:55 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of MrSunshine


4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-05-2012 10:08:22 | More by MrSunshine
Photo of output01x


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 12/2011) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly opaque dark brown with faint highlights of ruby when held to light. Great lacing clings to the glass like soap scum to a dirty pane of glass.

Aromas of dark chocolate, cacao, and roasted coffee beans flow from the dying head with just a hint of piney hops. The hops do not appear to be as prevalent in the nose as one would expect from a double dry-hopped beer.

Citrus and pine hops flavors register with the taste buds the instant they come into contact. Notes of mandarin orange and grapefruit are held in check by dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mocha, and melted caramel. Oddly, as the beer is swallowed, all of the flavors quickly mellow. Then a strong citrus hops flavor, carrying notes of orange cream and pineapple, slowly takes over the show. As this too fades, a piney bitter aftertaste lingers along with a slight alcohol warmth.

The body is medium to full with just enough weight to let all the flavors (both hops and malt) open up and develop properly. While it is slightly sticky and coating, at no point does it become overly sticky or syrupy. This is due to the excellent carbonation in this beer. Despite its minor fizzing at the beginning of each sip, the carbonation really helps to keep this beer moving. This is no small feet considering the 10% ABV of the beer.

Compared to the original Hoppy Feet, this beer lacks the hops aromas that makes HF1 so great. However, HF1.5 more than makes up for this with the unparallelled flavors and superb carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 05:28:29 | More by output01x
Photo of haazer


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Blue Dog, they've been having some good bottles lately. And since I had this whole review typed up and BA took a crap as soon as I hit review, I'm doing this from memory.

A- The brew pours a out like a stout, dark brown and thick bubbly chocolate milk like head. Sticky lacing all over the glass. The brew seems a little lighter in body than a stout.

S- A combination of hops and sweet roasted malt. Starts out with floral hops, the double dry hopping has helped. My guess would be simcoe. It then turns to a burnt toast like malt. Lots of roast character.

T- The hops and sweet malt battle for supremecy with the stout/porter malt portion winning. It starts with heavy roast, marshmellow, and a bit of vanilla. There is a bit of heat but solely from the hops. The alcohol is undetectable. The hops do provide a bit of bittering balance at the end.

M- Light to medium mouthfeel with high level carbonation. The hoppy aspects of this ale influence the mouthfeel more than the porter/stout. Makes this fairly easy drinking.

O- These beers are oh so confused but are pretty good. So far Clown Shoe's is two for two on their beers I've had. Time to go after that crazy named stout they make and see how they fare with that.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:14:03 | More by haazer
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

03-04-2012 23:48:13 | More by Wizzman
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-04-2012 15:02:15 | More by jackrodgers77
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3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Oily black in color with dark brown tints, and a small, bubbly cap of off-white head; not much in the way of retention or lacing. Aroma thick with resinous hops, notes of herbs and dark roasty malts. A decent hit of piney hops right off the bat, quickly taking a back seat to a surprisingly strong chocolate profile, the two eventually duking it out and coming to a nice balance, with lesser notes of charcoal and herbal hops coming through as well. Medium body, some alcohol warmth, a little astringent, but not intolerably so. Overall pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 02:04:58 | More by Rifugium
Photo of muletrane


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-27-2012 12:08:33 | More by muletrane
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-22-2012 02:33:18 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-22-2012 01:45:45 | More by uvm2003
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours an inky black color with a beige head resting on top. Wispy retention turns to patchy and spotty lacing on the glass.

Nice punch of piny hops in the nose, impressive bitterness touches the nose. Roasted dark malts temper the scents with touches of chocolate and bread. Soft warmth as well.

Burst of bitter hops up front with plenty of sticky pine resin. The dark malts are nice and roasty with some hints of char. Touches of dark chocolate and caramel slowly come through. Bold malt backbone with bready sweetness. The bitterness persists throughout the profile, as the beer finishes hoppy and warm.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I thought this might turn into a booze bomb, but this was remarkably drinkable and tasty considering the alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 00:37:57 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Profchaos20


3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-19-2012 19:38:43 | More by Profchaos20
Photo of Jayli


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/18
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a 2 finger of light brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace. Nice chunky sheets of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is roast, chocolate, minor pine hops.

T: Taste starts with tons of piney grassy notes. The middle begins to bring out light chocolate notes, nice roast, and toastiness. Grapefruit and coffee notes finish this beer out.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick, oily and rich body to this.

O:: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. I had this beer at a tasting and wasn't impressed. Perhaps a year difference or some type of tweaking, I am digging on this beer now!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:40:41 | More by Jayli
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-18-2012 01:36:03 | More by dcs1548
Photo of sholland119


4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep black with a nice frothy mocha head and a bit of spotty lacing.

S-Strong piney and earthy hops with a nice roast component. Very appealing!

T-Great roast and bitterness, balanced nicely for great flavor. Excellent.

M-Medium bodied with some good lingering bitterness.

O-Very tasty double black IPA.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:05:46 | More by sholland119
Photo of jmdrpi


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated 8/11.

appears black, brown at the edges. thick frothy khaki colored head. good head retention. slight roast aroma, with hops dominating. nice and rich smell, sweet and savory.

tastes like a hoppy stout, sorta like Victory Storm King. fairly roasty malt component, with piney, earthy hops. great smooth creamy body. thick, slides over the tongue.

overall - well done, even if it defies categorization.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 04:43:21 | More by jmdrpi
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-13-2012 22:46:28 | More by SPRichard
Photo of BJasny


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-13-2012 06:26:38 | More by BJasny
Photo of BARFLYB


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Very dark red with some brown and black mixed in as well, looks kinda sludgy. Much darker than the original hoppy feet. Ring around the glass. Semi slight dots of lace, nothing extraordinary. Smell is piney, grapefruit that's sharp, semi boozy even with the low ABV, malts are in the forefront. Taste is a black IPA alright, sharp taste of grapefruit and oily hops, resinous. Some malt in the back, not terribly complex. Medium bodied, highly carbed, kinda prickly on the tounge there, bitterness is noted. I kinda liked this stuff, it did not blow me away, but I will look for it again, maybe.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 08:48:34 | More by BARFLYB
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-11-2012 16:49:46 | More by dunix
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-11-2012 05:59:14 | More by gibby
Photo of chocosushi


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz->Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Pours Black with brown edges with a mushroom colored head with fine carbonation and nice wreaths of lacing. SUbtle stain on the glass as well. Very nice.

S ~ Pungent pine & grapefruit that really gets all up in your face. Very, very, very resinous in every form. Coffee grounds...bit or orange zest. Slightly jammy. Hint of medicine.

T ~ Buckets & buckets of pineneedles, pine resin, & treebark, fading into chocolate & charred malts, burnt caramel & guava. . . toffee with a finish of mulched grass & espresso.

M ~ Prickly, resinous & extremely bitter, bot from the hefty malt bill & and the American hops. It is not so bitter as to negate the pine & citrus notes. Lush & full carbonation characteristic of Clown Shoes.

D ~ Judging this as an Imperial version of Hoppy Feet, I would say that it is spot on. All of the charred qualities & caramel notes with an intense hop bill that is out of this world! Kudos
to Clown Shoes for their first Anniversary Ale!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:01:50 | More by chocosushi
Photo of FanofHefe


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass; bottled on 7/8/11 (great bottling date info - way to go Clown Shoes!). Deep black body with a two-finger mocha head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Citric, grassy, and pine resin aromas come through up front. Only a slight note of roasted malt.

Nice - the flavor brings it all together. The roasted malt and chocolate flavors are strong enough to blend with the piney hop flavors to deliver a solid Black IPA experience.

Medium mouthfeel and only the slightest notice of alcohol for the high abv. Honestly, I am not a big fan of Black IPAs. I have never adjusted to the roasted malt combined with the hops. But, rating to style, this is one of the better and more drinkable versions I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:18:14 | More by FanofHefe
Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.