Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 57
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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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.

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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!

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.

Photo of crashoveride
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of SquidVicious
1.5/5  rDev -63%

Photo of jacknsally5148
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of KSac4115
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark roasty brown color that lets no light through with a light brown foam head on top about half an inch. Smell is sweet and hoppy but is not overwhelming. Taste is sweet as well with hoppy and bitter notes. The dark malts make the hoppy flavors balance well. Carbonation is on the lower side as expected but is still there for a good consistency. Remarkably drinkable for 10%.
Overall a very delicious beer that I would have again.


Photo of gcotts
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of deepchills
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very black pour in which no light passes through, big tan head.

Sweet roasted malt nose with molasses and a little coconut, not piney or bitter in any way.

Strong bitter taste, leathery and some alcohol burn. Odd pepper like flavor as well.
Turns out this beer needs to warm significantly to get it’s best. I would say about 60 degrees. Then you get coffee and cream, chocolate and resin.

The mouth feel is mostly good, though I felt there was a grittiness to it. Much worse when the beer is cold, it lessens as the beer warms.

Overall I’m not a huge fan of this beer, all the things that I like about IPAs have been stripped out of this Black IPA. I guess it’s just too black. I liked this style originally, but the black IPA is loosing favor with me. Even though I will rate this beer high in looks and smell, this Double Black IPA won’t be in my fridge again.

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Mappies
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber Bottled 8/11
New Belgium globe

A: Dark reddish brown color.  Red hues in the edges of the glass. Nice bottle conditioned finger of tan head.  Tight bubbles.  Lots of sticking lacing.

S: Smells a little oxidized.  Roasted malts.  Chocolate.  Not a lot hops on the nose.

T: More stout like than BIPA.  More chocolate than anything.  Some bitterness from coffee or hop notes.  Fairly long finish. I get a little more hop hints during the warming of the drink. Piney hops.

M: This is a full bodied brew. Lots of stout like flavors.

O: B beer. Surprised me as this is a new line to the DE region. And it's pretty moderately priced.

Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NarcoSolo
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of kennylopez
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint

A: Black with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Heavy roasted malt character with a nice hop note.

T: A super balanced brew. there is a heavy roasted taste that blends wonderful with the generous hop addition.

M: For 10% this has a slight burn but great carbonation.

O: love it and wish it was year round. $12 is worth it but doesn't make it a regular and cheap beer.

Photo of rondufresne
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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.

Photo of MBrausen
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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