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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 55
Gots: 74 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!


Photo of BlakeL
1.5/5  rDev -63%

Photo of WestSideAmish
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Joshgonzales79
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of jaredseaman77
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gatch
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CSQ1111
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JayAre46
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of verdict603
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of winegourmet76
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Pours an opaque coffee brown with a fairly thick light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma has a strong burnt hops note, an earthy tone, and hints of licorice and roast malt. Flavor is hoppy and smoky, only a little bitter, with hints of licorice, malt and caramel. Lively texture has slightly above-average body and leaves a nice smoky, woody, slightly sweet and slightly bitter finish.

Photo of rajendra82
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body was mostly opaque, and the head atop was quite large at three to four fingers thick. While it looked like a stout, it certainly did not smell like one. The hops were very noticeable in the piney and earthy smell. There was a touch of chocolate at the end of each whiff, betraying the presence of dark malts. The taste was perfectly straddling the line between a stout and a DIPA. The hops were clearly there in the bitterness up front, which was followed by a different, more astringent bitterness from the roasting of the grains. There was also a small amount of sweetness that alternated between molasses and rock candy. The aftertaste was very bitter, and lingered long after the beer had already passed the throat. Very silky mouthfeel with no harshness. Phenomenal beer from a brewery whose products are newly being distributed around here. I will be back for more of your beers very soon.

Photo of DaveONan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bleeberspliegan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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