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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 641
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 60
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopheadjuice on 12-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
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Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been craving a Black IPA recently, and this is the biggest one I've seen since Stone's 15th. This beer pours a "pitch brown" color with a finger of head that quickly recedes to the end of the glass. The aroma is a nice piney hop over a very strong caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt base. The taste really skews pretty close to a lighter bodied imperial stout with a strong hop dose coursing through every bit. The malt bill is very intense here, offering huge roast and chocolate flavors that course over the very oily hops. It's very big and maybe a little too brash, with it almost feeling like a tug-of-war between the hops and the malts, with a different side winning every sip. (690 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has plenty of grapefruit, along with dark chocolate and roasted malt. The citrus aroma is dominant, as it should be for a double black IPA.

It tastes much like it smells. The hops are dominant, and taste just like ruby red grapefruit. There is also a combination of dark, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt to play their supporting roles. Has a decent balance of bitterness and sweetness. The dark roasted malt leaves a bit of a charred aftertaste, but it is not overly intrusive.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and the alcohol is pretty noticeable. A decent, but not great beer. I like the regular Hoppy Feet better than this beer, but it is still worth trying. (763 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a deep dark pitch black with an average (1-2 finger) light brown foamy head that had great retention lasting pretty much throughout and produced excellent sheets of lacing that totally coated the glass.

The aroma was of a roasted sweet bread malt, pine and citrus hops and a bitter leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a touch of dark fruit (berries).

The taste started somewhat sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and coffee, and then had an influx of dark fruit with a bitter hoppy citrus peel ending. The flavor lingered for an extended period of time with a smooth, hoppy, chocolate bitterness left to settle on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a very dry texture and a rather soft carbonation.

Overall this brew was smooth, creamy and a tad hoppy with a great chocolate feel and a mild fruity sweetness, which hid the high ABV completely. All that and a great drinkability, yes I think I will have another...

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Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black into the glass with a 1.5" rich thick khaki foam head that was persistent and left considerable sheets of lace. Very attractive. Citrus pith, resin, dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Smells delicious and yes, this is tasty. Coffee and semi sweet chocolates intermingled with citrus and resin hop are the predominant flavors. There is a pleasant roasted toffee malt presence in the background. Sweetness early on the palate is washed away by a solid dose of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel and body remind that this is a black DIPA and not a hoppy imperial stout. Medium with zesty carbonation. Alcohol shows up a little bit in the finish, along with ample bitterness reminiscent of black coffee, baker's chocolates, resin and citric pith hops. Good stuff. (765 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost pitch black with a small khaki head. Nice lacing.
Nice hoppy aroma balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The stout characters outshine the IPA like hop aromas on the nose.The taste is a bit more balanced. Very hoppy at the front. It then sort of then becomes more stout like with tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. A nice dry citrus and pine finish. Excellent balance on this beer and it masks the alcohol quite nicely!

A delicious "black IPA." This could almost be considered an extremely hoppy imperial stout. I am a fan of this flavor. (573 characters)

Photo of danieelol
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black as night with good head/lacing.

Smell is pine, but it's not hugely hop forward. Vegemite and Smarties. Lots of toasted/scorched malt in the aroma, more reminiscent of a barleywine or old ale rather than a black IPA. Also pineapple/orange hop, coffee and alcohol. Little bit medicinal, herbal, even sarsparilla-like.

Taste is more pineapple/orange hop. Alcohol. Big, bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is like thin, watery coffee. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

I find this beer universally underwhelming. More alcohol than it needs and it has a thin, watery and excessively bitter mouthfeel. Too much herbal coffee character, needs more carb and thicker mouthfeel.

Not hoppy enough where it counts. If you're going to make a 10% BDIPA you need to hide and integrate the alcohol better. (793 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy Feet 1.5
Clown Shoes
Style: American Black Ale
ABV: 10.00 %

LOOK: Dark, oily, thick black looking brew poured into a brandy snifter. Mocha cream head looks appetizing and dies down quickly. It looks like an oil slick on the head.

SMELL: Thick robust maltyness, charcoal, alcoholic fruity esters, and piney/resionous hops.

TASTE: Loads of roast, booze and hops up front. Coffee, unripe plums, smoke, alcohol, raisins, pine and some citrus even poking through. Has a dry-hopped flavor and really sticky hop character. Malty, boozy, strong overall, but an enjoyable drinking experience. Not for the faint of heart, but most lovers of intense beers can dig this one.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium carbonation, quite smooth, and sticks to the palate with roast and pine.

OVERALL: The Lamar Woodley of IPAs. A big, bruising black IPA with bold flavors and a present, but not distracting alcohol content. (905 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with an edge of coffee clarity, finger of dark khaki that laces beautifully.

Dense citrus hops, bits of caramel and coffee, fresh cream, more hops, no discernible booze, pretty smooth.

Mmm... that's tasty. Definitely some cold press notes going on, sweet citrus hops, roasty black malts, again no real alcohol heat, chocolate milk flavors, yum.

Super smooth for what it is. Nice. (400 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/2012

A= Pours a deep brown almost black color with a tannish darker colored head on it that rises to a half finger high and holds some decent retention with some spotty lacing.

S= Smells like your typical black ale aroma. A little roasty dark malt aroma with a nice hoppy punch. Nothing to write home about on the odor. A tropical fruit hop aroma.

T= The taste is a strong roast flavor at first and then coats the tongue. A nice strong hop flavor comes through on top of the roast. The two intermingle to make a solid black ale flavor.

M= THe mouth is a little thin but works.

O= This is a well balanced black ale. My first dabble with the brewery and this isn't bad. I am a little underwhelmed with this being the first anniversary. It's nothing crazy and wonderful but it's a solid beer. (804 characters)

Photo of Jeffboyardee123
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Russian River stemmed glass.

Pours very dark with a 1.5 finger head, pine and chocolate prominent in the aroma. Syrupy mouthfeel, subdued piney hop flavor up front with roasted malt and bitter chocolate following and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Based on the description of the beer as a double black IPA I'd say that the hops have faded over time, the bottle is well over a year old at this point. Overall still a good beer, but probably a whole lot better when fresh. (504 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep jet black with about ¼ fingers worth of mocha colored head formation. Completely opaque even when held directly up to the light.

S: very weird aroma on this one and I can’t quite figure it out. I pick up on a lot of woody characters, chocolate, a mild touch of dark fruits, and roasted malts.

T: wow. Big, very big roasted malts dominate the palate. Coffee, slight chocolate, hops are the other main players but definitely fall behind the roasted malt. It has a very dry hoppy finish that pulls away some of the roasted notes, but not much. I also pick up on a touch of smokiness and it reminds me of a bon-fire smell.

M: full bodied, leaves a very potent roasted malt/smoke flavor on the palate with a mixture of hops.

O: it’s a unique brew, but I think the balance is off. Its very bold in taste, but the complexity is lacking and I feel that my taste buds are pulled differnet ways with each sip making it average at best. (951 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark kola hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and lacing everywhere very nice looking,the smell is piney and citrus hops,sherbet and disinfectant,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with tastes of grapefruit,piney bitter hops and i mean piney,mandarins,blood oranges,boiled candy and finished with a mouthpuckering sherbet bitterness and overall i love it the high ABV is well hidden and its very drinkable would buy again without hesitation cheers. (481 characters)

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Hoppy Feet, but I was a little disappointed with the 1.5 version. Beautiful dark color, with coffee and bitter chocolate, but no hoppiness to speak of. This tasted like a really good Imperial Stout, but not what I was expecting. I honestly thought they may have mislabeled a bottle of Vampire Slayer! I probably would have rated it very highly if it had been labelled a stout, but for a black IPA, I'll just get the original Hoppy Feet for about $3 less per bottle. (472 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass...

Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.

Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. I'm picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.

Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.

Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.

Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer! (1,389 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black with about one finger of mocha head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and there is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is orange citrus hops, milk and dark chocolate, and burnt toast. I get mainly roast, toast and orange in this one.

T: It starts out sweet to start with blast of orange citrus coming on stong. The roast follows all the way from first sip to finish. It's a really well balanced mix. It's a lot smoother than it's Hoppy Feet 1.0 counterpart. It finishes with a nice mix of chocolate, burnt toast, and citrus. The booze is really well hidden.

M: Full bodied beer. There is a lot of heft to this beast. It's not an easy drinker, but it's smooth and coating. Finishes a bit dry.

O: I like this beer more than the regular version, that is for sure. It's well balanced, has good flavors, and it's a sipper. This is something I'd buy again if I were in the mood. (903 characters)

Photo of timjr2500
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours almost like a stout but with a lighter head. Very dark color but a lower density which makes for a clean mouth feel like a traditional ale just as the name suggests.

This beer reminds me of midnight on a beach in summer. Its dark and soothing like the unseen waves but light and enticing like the moonlight on the water. Once you have a taste it explodes in your mouth with the bite of a thousand normal IPAs. This beer has quickly bolted to the top of my list in terms of flavor and complexity. As you drink it it changes back and forth between the dark and rich to the light and crisp.

I paired it with some rosemary crackers, tomato-basil mozzarella and kalamata olive topenade and it worked out beautifully.

I believe a bomber runs about $6-7, which in my opinion is a small price to pay for such a wonderful taste of antithesis, that is, the deep black and the light crisp bite of hops. Enjoy at room temperature or chilled, either way is good. (970 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 2/2012 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, citrus, smoke and earth. The flavor is a nice mix of smokey roasted malts, orange and dark chocolate. I can't believe this brew is 10%. Really drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and delicious. This beer certainly is an improvement on Hoppy Feet, which I also liked alot. Overall, worth seeking out. (483 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky black with chocolate coloured head, limited lacing. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth.

Roasted dark malts in the aroma, with a hint of smokiness and some mild citrus. The flavour is stunning: chocolate, coffee and all the anticipated roasted malt tones plus a citrus hop undertone that yields to a beautifully bitter finish. The coffee and roasted chocolate also linger nicely. No burning or obvious sign of the 10% ABV - a dangerously drinkable beer.

An excellent beer that I will definitely attempt to find again! (531 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22floz. bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12 (Shared with Juanjo). Pours very dark brown in color headed by beige, medium bubbled froth. Tan in color, thick, slowly dissipated, crown. Toasted malts, chocolate & coffee hues both in flavors & aromas. Underliying high-α hop aromas,hay & lavender fragancies too. Sweet/bitter ar fist sip followed by subtle spicy touch & green dark fruit notes. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Slightly astringent in the middle. Toasted malt texture to the palate. Just a brief illusion since resiny & oily hop bitterness –overwhelms malts- lingers into a dry bitter finish. Moderate fruit tartar on the aftertaste. Refreshing. ABV well masked while drinking but definitely present to your head. Nice beer. (752 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, bottled 10/11. Pours a slick black, with a three inch dark tan head, with lacing everywhere. Smell is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, pine, and a hint of citrus. Taste is more mellow than when I had it 8 months ago and it was more bitter, do to the aggressive hops. Very strong expresso, with some bitter hops still hanging on. The body is on thick side, plenty of carbonation for its size, not overly dry, and very drinkable for such a large brew. I enjoyed its aggressive nature when it was younger, but many might enjoy it more now that the flavors have mellowed. This is a very good beer, like I said my preference is fresh. (667 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and some earthy and pine tones rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, pine, dark chocolate, prunes, mild citrus, and a bit of an earthy tone. Bitterness is bold and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start and smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: very quaffable beer. Bold flavored and satisfies the need for a black IPA. (485 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours an opaque, deep, dark brown/borderline black tone with a solid finger of a khaki colored head. very nice retention and lacing; slowly recedes into a thin cap/collar around the glass. overall a real impressive presentation.

nose has that interesting crossbred blend of the roastiness of a stout combined with the hoppiness of an IPA or DIPA. still warming up to that combination, but this is good.

flavor follows along those lines. roasty malts up front followed by a healthy dose of floral hops. there's touch of coffee, maybe molasses. pretty nicely balanced, and 10% ABV is well-hidden. admittedly not my favorite style but i'm definitely enjoying this.

smooth, medium-plus bodied with average carbonation. drinks well. would certainly not object to a revist, only downside being that it's somewhat cost prohibitive. ($9.99 for the bomber)

originally reviewed: 02-14-2011 (917 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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 (963 characters)

Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.