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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
90
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609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 72 | 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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thedoer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-25-2011 15:47:14 | More by thedoer
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-25-2011 12:19:26 | More by Bilco
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MrELovesBeer

Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -3%

Writing this while trailing off into a Thanksgiving coma. Popped open a bottle before dinner while we were snacking on Ritz crackers and Cabot cheese. Delicious - hoppy, rich, creamy, and super roast-y and dry on the finish. Nose was a bit overly boozy and didn't find the high abv to add to the experience of the beer but yeah, would definitely jump back in for more.

11-25-2011 01:36:27 | More by MrELovesBeer
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-23-2011 22:54:15 | More by mcallister
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.9%

11-23-2011 02:35:42 | More by jenray
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joepais

Maine

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-23-2011 02:05:08 | More by joepais
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 15:13:44 | More by nh2032
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Bung

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

22 oz. Just about black with a nice finger of tan head.

Aroma is quite hop forward, more pine than citrus, with roasted malt, anise and coffee after. Fairly pungeant.

Taste, one of the hoppier black ales I've had.
Mostly piney resin up front. Wow is that a dry roast finish. Very dry. Coffee, faint cocoa. Almost to a fault, like I just ate some burnt toast.

Solid mid body. The mouth sucking dryness does not affect the drinkability as much as I thought it would. Kind of like a sour candy, making you want to have another. Alcohol is also pretty well hidden.

Still the dryness makes this one slightly less than steller for me.

11-20-2011 03:52:53 | More by Bung
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 03:10:28 | More by DoctorB2B
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DeSoto

Texas

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-18-2011 07:06:55 | More by DeSoto
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 16:00:50 | More by randomdanger
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halfshell

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2011 08:50:36 | More by halfshell
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2011 06:09:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 05:45:22 | More by adrian21
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oline73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of thick, creamy, tan head. The head fades to a small layer and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops dominate with some sweet and roasty malt in the background.

Taste: As in the smell, the hops are the star here. Citrus peel and some pine notes as well. There is more of a sweetness in the taste than in the smell. The roast shows up more in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with fluffy carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Couldn't taste much alcohol at all. I would have another, but would have to be in the mood.

11-15-2011 02:38:24 | More by oline73
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 22:33:29 | More by Lawnboy33
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 20:44:42 | More by thebouch01
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 17:08:02 | More by seanwhite
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 08:32:02 | More by avaldivia
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

A very dark beer with a settling head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The foam is beige.

Smell is mildly roasted with notes of dark bread crust. Strong caramellic whiffs. There is an off-smell that I cannot adress, but it reminds me of plastic. The hops are pleasant and bold and have a strong black currant and fruity smell.

The taste is quite hoppy and bitter upfront. The hops dominate the beer and give the beer a strong fruity and resiny taste. When swallowed the beer is quite bitter and leaves a resiny and citric taste. The dark taste is subtle but roasted. Together with the bitterness the roast is bitter. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me.

11-12-2011 21:06:25 | More by Absumaster
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled at the end of March 2011 for their first anniversary. My first Clown Shoes beer.

Poured almost black, with some deep reds and burgundy highlights in the lights - but these are quite faint really. Magnificent light brown head of several fingers, sticky, chunky and generous lacing with excellent retention. Nose has some faint tropical fruits, predominantly pineapple. Some pine among other hops notes. Lots of chocolate, cocoa powder and sugary dark fruits, with a slight suggestion of alcohol. Taste starts roasty with dark chocolate, brown sugar and some subtler tropical hop notes, even compared to the nose. More sugary dark fruits. Great malt flavour, and the hops compliment and add to it quite well. Full, but not substantially heavy mouthfeel and a really creamy texture. Relatively low carbonation, and the alcohol is practically invisible. A stunning black ale, I can only imagine this being even better if fresh. A great introduction to this brewery for me.

11-10-2011 15:00:48 | More by liamt07
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a tumbler

Appearance-Dark black, can't see much through at all. Head is a nice creamy mocha goodness that dissipated pretty slowly.\

Smell-Charcoal, Tobacco and roasty. Tons of chocolate, lots more then Hoppy Feet. Hops still smelt fresh, definitely some citrus and floral notes. Really inviting.

Taste-Really follows the aroma. Just huge chocolate in there, from first sip to last. Floral and Earthy hops. Alot of roasty, smokey flavors as well.

Mouthfeel-Drinking a stone 15th a few days before this puts the mouthfeel to shame. Still pretty thick and mouth coating.

Overall-I only had a few ounces of the Hoppy Feet and this definitely had a little more bang for the buck. Not my favorite, but a nice 7.99 bomber.

11-05-2011 20:46:39 | More by SWMeyer4141
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TexIndy

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottled 8/11 on front label. It was black in color with a large tan head that settled into a thick foam cap. Thick sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was roasted and bitter chocolate malt with piney and floral hops. Very stout like with the hops toned down a bit since 3 months past bottling. Very boozy in aroma and taste. The flavor is again stout like with the roasted malts leading the way with the piney hops close behind. Mouthfeel was full with good carbonation.

Overall a good black ale that was a little too boozy for me as it distracted from the other flavors. Avail now in TX. Rotation - glad I tried it but one was enough for me [N;N]

11-04-2011 01:26:24 | More by TexIndy
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

I just reviewed the regular version of Hoppy Feet, so since it has been a couple hours for my palate to reset, let's give this one a shot too.

Appearance: Like the original, it pours pitch black. This one has a bit smaller head topping out around 3/8" and was made of mostly small tan bubbles that quickly started to make a retreat back into the beer. Afterward there was a small ring at the edge of the glass. The ring never completely gives up, and leaves a trail of lace on the glass after drinking. It is hanging in there to be a pretty nice looking beer...though you normally judge this right after the pour.

Aroma: The aroma was quite different from the other version. This one was also very roasty, but there were significant fruity elements in here that weren't in the other at all. The alcohol is also noticeable already. There are coffee notes in here galore, but I am also getting a black liquorice thing that is a little unusual. The hops are starting to come out as it warms up, as are some caramel and toffee notes. The aroma is giving up a little more hops as it warms, and the coffee is turning into something more like espresso.

Taste: The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma suggested giving some citrus and floral notes up front and then the malt and alcohol comes in to let you know who's the boss. The overall balance of the beer is much more even on this version with the malt playing a big role, but less bold in the dark malt department...or maybe its the same. Either way, them cranking the base malt up like they did helped this beer tremendously. The carbonation is a little low, but still adequate. The alcohol is warming, but it doesn't burn. The acidity is much better balanced in this version.

Opinion: I like this version much better than the original. It has a much better balance in the dark malts, so it carries through the entire experience. I am really enjoying this beer and will see about picking some more up if I come across it. If you like American beers in general, and especially if you like the American Stouts and so forth, I would give this one a try. I don't think that you will be disappointed.

11-03-2011 02:31:29 | More by SkeeterHawk
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beerhan

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3%

22oz bottle thanks to jlindros

A-pours a jet black with a dark brown head. Not what I would expect from a double black ipa. This is darker than a lot of stouts.

S-smells very earthy, syruppy and leaflike. Its kind of odd.

T-lots of darker fruits, some plum and fig. There is also a slight hint of dark chocolate. This is not bitter but maltzy and boozy. I kind of like it but it is real intense.

M-each sip is heavy. Its smooth but just so thick. The alcohol really hits you in ther throat.

O-i dont really know what they were found for with this. If they were going to make this beer so intense why not go all the way and barrel age it in bourbon barrels. It is too extreme for what it tries to be but not as extreme as it should be.

11-01-2011 04:19:54 | More by beerhan
Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.