Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 56
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Bottled 12/11.

A - Pours nearly black with a dense two finger head that retains very nicely, especially for a beer with double digit ABV. Perfect tiered lacing.

S - Heavy on the malts, unsurprising for a 6 month old black ale. Very toasty and nutty. Some resinous pine in the background, but mainly a fragrant blend of toasted oak, nuts, and earthy coffee.

T - Starts a little bit sweet with chocolate, licorice, and date. Toasty in the middle with campfire and coffee components. The finish packs a piney hop punch that sticks around long after the sip is gone. The balance is perfection for the style.

M - The carbonation is light, but prickly. Accompanies the medium-thick body perfectly to give a very smooth feel.

O - I had given up hope in finding one of these when I happened upon the last one at a Total Wine in Delaware. Although I feared that a 6 month old hoppy beer would be less than spectacular, I was pleasantly surprised. The hops were still vibrant and flavorful. There is great complexity and balance to this beer. Dangerously drinkable as well. I really hope they make this beer again, although the "anniversary" status doesn't suggest they will. One of the best Black IPA's I have ever had.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty much black. The head is brown and dense with a rocky top. Lacing is awesome. Looks like curtains. Bitter grapefruit up front with just a bit of sweetness. Lightly toasted malts push through. Also getting a hint of coffee and chocolate. There is a lot going on in there and you don't have to dig for it. Taste just like and excellent stout mixed with and excellent double IPA. Lots of hop bitterness. Mostly grapefruit rind. Although toasted malts and coffee are very noticeable. It bitter up front then fades into the toasted part all to end on a bitter note. The end is the beginning is the end. Not super complex but damn tasty. Smooth as hell mouth feel. No rough edges an the carbonation is just right. Pretty much the best American Black Ale Iv'e had. Never really been a fan. This one right here sets the standards in my opinion. If there were more out there like this then it would be a different story. My first clown shoes beer by the way. Far from disappointed. Hats off to Clown Shoes.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2012

A: Pours a very very dark brown with about 1/2 an inch worth of brownish mocha head that quickly fizzles to nothing

S: Some nice dark roasted malts with some earthy hops, chocolate, and even a hint of anise

T: Follows the nose, with the big roasted malts, notes of chocolate and anise, followed by earthy, bitter hops. Maybe even some citrusy notes in there as well for a short burst. Very well balanced

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth

O: Well, this is one that I passed up on last summer and regretted it. Luckily, this is still getting bottled for whatever reason and I snagged a bottle this time around. Definitely worth it, but a tad pricey at $8 a bomber. Better priced than Blaecorn, I guess (that is $10-11 usually around here). Certainly worth a try if you missed it, even though judging by some reviews and bottle dates it seems to be a regularly rotating beer and not just a one time a year shot

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label shows bottled on 10/11. Pours an opaque black with nice head and lacing. Aroma is charred malts and bitter citrus hops. Taste is dark roasted malt, with cocoa and coffee flavors, hops are nice and bitter but not over fruity - which I think is appropriate for this style, alcohol is warming. Despite all the charred bitterness in the flavor, this goes down smooth with dry finish. Overall I like this - not a session beer by any means, but a nice one to sip on.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. Label says bottled 7/8/11.

A- Pours a totally opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains nicely before creeping down to an 1/8 inch head leaving full lines of lacing behind.

S- Chocolate and hops, straight up. A bit of caramel also. Simple but great.

T- There's a strange funk that sets in after the initial roast from the malts. The hops aren't as apparent in the flavor but there's still some residual bitterness. Notes of dark chocolate and caramel. The funk fades after a while but what's left isn't overly exciting. On the plus side, the alcohol certainly is mellow.

M- A bit creamy and has a bite to it. Also oily and dense with medium-high carbonation.

O- A decently amped-up variant to Hoppy Feet, but I kind of prefer the original.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.