Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes
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4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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
01-21-2012 02:31:13 | More by kylehay2004
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
22 oz bomber poured into a Hampton Inn plastic cup!
A: Deep brown body with a thin finger of tan, frothy head.
S: Nose is rich and malty with a green hop bite.
F: Flavor is sharp, green hoppification built on a solid bitter chocolate malt foundation. Really intense and chewy.
M: Silky rich with an IPA toothiness. A mouthfull.
O: A very nice black IPA. Stone 15th-like, and that's a definite compliment. Solid, tasty and drinkable.
01-18-2012 00:59:46 | More by ghostwalker
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Thanks to CaSSino for this bottle!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter
A. Pours a deep dark black, heavy foam head from an aggressive pour, about 2 fingers thick, after settling, it retained a nice 1mm head with very nice lacing
S. Smells of sweet fruit, cascade hops, sweet pine and a little bit of maple
T. Sweet maple, very malty with a lot of tangy hops. Lots and lots of hops. If you have ever complained of not enough hops in your BIPA, this is the beer for you!
M. Medium body, thick and chewy with a very dry and coarse finish
O. Quality beer. Great overall, very hoppy and with well balanced flavors. Just a great overall beer. This is one I could drink on a regular basis. I'm sad that we had this towards the end of the night because I really could not drink a lot of it, but it deserves much more.
01-15-2012 07:02:05 | More by MBrausen
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
A: black solid body, finger khaki head,
really nice lacing
S: big dark chocolate, malt, nutty, roasted
hint of licorice
T: dark chocolate, big malt, nutty,
light boozy/roasted finish
M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth
O: POW; another fine
Clown Shoes brew.
Highly recommend it for porter/stout
fans. Would grab another one.
Great beer for the price!
DELICIOUS, GET SOME!
01-10-2012 17:27:39 | More by BeerLover99
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
Utterly, inarguably, insanely BLACK in color. The head is a creamy, foamy, long-lasting tan thing, leaving abundant lace on the glass.
This is about the best aroma I recall on a black ale, or at least up there with Sublimely Self-Righteous and Iniquity. With the malt having a sweeter side, as well as a hint of black licorice, and the hops being balanced, while whiffs of dark fruits come into the picture, this nearly crosses over into imperial stout territory, aroma-wise.
No surprise to get a hefty blast of ultra-toasted, nearly-burnt malt on the tongue, although there's much more here. As shown in the aroma, elements of black licorice, dark fruits and bright hops come through nicely. There's even a slightly salty/soy sauce element, some smoke, and a generous chocolate-flavored coffee flair, which draw further parallels to a burly imperial stout. Alcohol hardly noticeable, at least for a 10-percenter; nearly acrid burnt malt/hop bitterness in the finish.
Texturally it's medium-bodied, with ample carbonation, achieving a smooth, silky glide across the tongue and down the throat.
This beer pretty much succeeds in what it sets out to achieve. It is indeed a thoroughly blackened double IPA, in looks and taste, and of the four Clown Shoes offerings I've had so far, is easily the best of the lot.
01-07-2012 22:21:38 | More by Metalmonk
2.6/5 rDev -35.8%
Black with a semi creamy/big bubbly head. Foam disappears quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. Aroma is mostly sticky pine and some subtle amounts of heavily roasted chocolate. Almost like a sugar-free liquor because of the high abv. Flavors pop with a big carbonation tingle as soon as it hits your tongue. Mostly cascade at the start and then some light semi-sweet chocolate comes forward. Thin malt bill it seems and only one type of hop characteristic. Ok at first, pretty average flavors but then man does it get intense. In a bad way. So much bitterness and astringency. Too much hop bitterness of sticky pine resin and another layer of overwhelming black patent bite. It just clings to your tongue and sticks to the back of your throat. I could only get through 1/4 of this beer. One thing on the positive side is the 10% abv isn't too noticeable. Maybe with a year this might get better but I'm not optimistic.
01-07-2012 01:34:45 | More by DrinkingDrake
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.
S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, malt, and a lot of chocolate.
T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), malt, chocolate, and some coffee in the finish. This is one of more balanced flavors for an American Black Ale. Very tasty. ABV% is high, but not an issue.
M: A well carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: I definitely like this beer better than its cousin, the original Hoppy Feet. It's well made and drinkable.
01-04-2012 14:14:12 | More by avalon07
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
22oz bottle from Total Wine (Naples, FL). 8.99. Served in my trusty $2 Goodwill snifter.
A- Black, dark brown around edges w/ minimal pale tan head. Minimal but ocassional lacing.
S- Big rich nose with hops, sweet bread & an almost cherry/dark fruit. Quite complex & quite nice.
T- Nice sweet roasted malts give way to a hop explosion. Almost a marriage of stout & IPA, moreso than most other "black IPAs". Not the best but very tasty.
M- medium thick. Leaves a pleasant slight oily hop coating on the tongue. Low carbonation. Works well all-in-all.
O- It's no Stone 15 but it is one of the better takes on this style. I'll most likely be picking up another bottle. More proof that I should try more of this newly discovered (by me, anyway) brewery.
01-03-2012 03:07:38 | More by ThickNStout
3.5/5 rDev -13.6%
It never gets tiresome writing the appearance portion of a black ale. Pours. . . black. With tan head too! (Gasp). Aroma was much a fruity alcoholic whif on the first attempt. Came back around, pulled a little bitter roastiness out of it complimented with some pine in a faint way.
Taste, alcohol not as in your face as I thought it would from the aroma, but the hoppy notes still are kind of like they always seem to be with Hoppy Feet, there, and not "skimped" but also not giving any type of green vegetal/dry or flavor hop addition situation, just bittering c hops apparently. Maybe its just the substantial amount of black and chocolate malt to the beer, but the hoppiness just doesn't stand out here like I would like it to.
A pretty big beer, a worthy adversary, maybe a second level black ale.
01-01-2012 07:44:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
First Anniversary Ale
Update (3/1/12): Much better this time around. Big chocolate, roasted malt with a good, fruity hop presence. Nice contrasts. Everything is better in this bottle. Some lactose and sugary flavors at the end but boozy, hoppy, and delicious! I'm proud of the beers coming out of MA and the rest of New England!
A - Dark black with a light brown head that builds quickly into a bubbly, pillowy, lumpy head. No lace or head retention.
S - Alcohol, caramelized sugar, molasses, dark fruits. Good nose as a boozy Black IPA but no hop presence.
T - Some malt and hops come through the boozy onslaught. The alcohol was very strong straight out of the bottle and I wanted to give it some time to breathe and warm to see if the booze settled down, but it didn't. The alcohol is more tolerable once the beer warms. A bit of a hop bite but it's very slight.
M - Once the booze settles down, it's pretty smooth.
Seems more like a young Imperial Stout that's way too boozy and needs some time to age, even though it's around a year old? (their Second Anniversary beer just came out)
12-31-2011 08:40:58 | More by Gatch
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours pitch black with a thin lacing of brown head that has little retention. The nose has a bouquet of hop aromas as well as some chocolate and roasted malts, some coffee undertones, and some faint anise. The flavor is bold, rich chocolate malts with some roasty notes and some anise. The hop character is intense. The hops really hit the full spectrum; piny, floral, citrusy. There are some alcohol esters throughout as well that add some warmth and body. This is a full bodied, heavy, rich, smooth beer.
In mouthfeel and appearance this is like a RIS, but the hops are so potent that it quickly becomes a fantastic Black IPA. This was a fantastic beer. I'll definitely pick up another bomber the next time I'm at the store.
12-30-2011 12:05:39 | More by tdm168
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
found this one in the "cellarable" beer fridge....paused and these need to go and how did they get in here. alright bomber pours pitch black producing a 2 finger lightly tanned head that leaves lace like it gets paid. the aroma is fresh hops, floral, pine, toasted malt. the taste is typical of the style, malty ness up front some smoke, light caramel right before the bitter ash finish. a bit thin and watery on the palate but not too bad, carbonated and correlated all the while easy to drink, no alcohol. overall this is a good rep of the style but not outstanding. its little bro packed more of a feisty punch but this is solid. give me stone 15th.
12-27-2011 18:22:55 | More by JayAre46
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
Great lacing, retention
Black as night, ecru head
Burnt chocolate, toffee, faint citrus on nose, raisin
Totally roasty when it was colder, then super piney hops as it warmed, then when it finally reached optimum temp, GREAT mouthfeel, still hoppy, though more citrusy/piney, roasty on finish.
It was a big hop bomb, the dark roasty malt rounding it off only a little, but the complexity and mouthfeel were very nice.
Really glad I picked one up-if you can handle the hop assault, highly recommend.
12-26-2011 07:31:03 | More by winegourmet76
Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.