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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 59
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was the finisher for the night. Poured between me and my only consistent drinking pal.

Jet black pour with a very mocha head. Several fingers thick even. Lacing is championing the walls of the glass. Rock on. Nose is heavy hop and coffee. Some vinous grape eeks through. Hot damn this is tasty. A hop forward coffee flavored beer. Pretty exceptional tasting. It drank well and left me wanting some more. Glad I had it.

Photo of oregonskibum
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours with a dense 1+ inch, light tan head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a faint tan film and substantial lacing. Color is a murky dark brown.

S: Big hops are present on bottle open. Citrus and green piney hop flavors jump out of the glass. The smell is dominated by milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of acrid coffee. These rich dark flavors battle it out with the piney hops.

T: While there was lots of complexity and intrigue on the smell, the taste is a little bit of a let down. The flavors just don't quite blend right. Plenty of rich milk chocolate, coffee and a slightly charred biscuity flavor. A little earthy. And oh so bitter. The citrus hop is still there, but as the beer finishes, the bitterness really starts to dominate and the beer finishes really bitter with a touch of heat.

M: Rich, creamy. Medium to medium-full bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Maybe a touch on the thick side, but it is an imperial version, after all.

D: After writing a review and just casually drinking this beer, I started to like it more and more (maybe it was the 11%). In fact, it's too bad this was 11% as it drank fine when not trying to think too hard about the beer. It is dangerous though, because the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, coffee, hops, alcohol, malts

taste: alcohol, coffee, hops, grass, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is one potent Black IPA. glad I got to try it but I don't think I could drink another one.


Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to 2beerornot2beer for hitting this want as an extra...you the man.

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a deep brown with a reddish tint and a frothy mocha head. lacing was slick but left traces of where the beer had once been.

s - nice hop forward smell with a good roasted malt backbone. nothing too in your face, everything seems to be in the right place.

t - the mix of the hops and roasted malts that is so well placed in the nose doesn't work as well for the flavor. almost seems like a battle for dominance.

m - roasted bitterness...a bit odd.

o - overall i'm glad i tried this. i've been curious about this brewery for a while. this isn't something i can get locally and not necessarily something that i will go out of my way to find, but i am eager to try the other clown shoes i've got got waiting.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black body with a dense tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: Nose is nice, but not impressive. Some piney hops, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: A nice CDA- taste like an RIS with loads of hops. Dark roasted chocolate malts are heavy on the palate with notes of some charred wood, coffee, pine and citrus hops. Nice bitter finish, but I wouldn't say it's too balance- extremely bitter.

M: Full body; light carbonation; smooth and creamy texture.

O: A good beer and a great one for a hop head. Almost too much like a stout, but I think they made it work. Extremely bitter and only had half a bottle because it was too heavy for a hot summer night. Definitely a good CDA though.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, "Bottled the end of March 2011" on the label.

Into a tulip glass, it certainly appears bold and black. Creamy layer of tan foam on top, larger cluster of bubbles to one side. The skim remains unbroken after a period of time, and there's a generous amount of spotty lacing all around the sides of the glass.

Roasty aroma, some pine and candied orange sweetness.

Moderately bitter and big on roastiness, blackened malts, dark roast coffee, unsweetened bakers chocolate. Dry earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, mingling with the dry roasty elements that linger... Something vaguely green and minty about the hops in here. Very smooth and creamy here, definitely doesn't feel like 11%.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cbeer88 for going through a quest to pick me up a bottle!

Pours big and black. Some brown manages to appear around the edges. Nice light chocolate milk colored head with nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is pretty roasty, with notes of chocolate and some coffee. Some floral hop bitterness is in there, but it's a very small player in the aroma.

Hoppiness sure doesn't stay quiet on the taste! Big bitterness and floral hoppiness. Big roasted notes and some chocolate and bittersweet notes.

Creamy full, mostly full bodied. Sits fairly heavy.

Definitely bolder than the regular Hoppy Feet. I indeed like it a lot, but I may like the regular a hair better.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/4" mocha colored head. Looks clear but black as coffee and with minimal effervescence. Smell has a medium hoppiness and not really much else. Taste is where this really excells. There's coffee, cocoa, and a rich mouthfeel like an Imperial Stout as well as a deep fruity hoppy taste from the IPA component. Really they did a pretty nice job with this.

Photo of Kendo
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. The body is the color of Pepsi but with a 1-fnger light-brown head. Leaves plenty of lace behind. Looks good.

S: Very nice nose - juicy, citrusy hops over some roasted, maybe even smoked malt.

T: Solid - Underlying roasted malt and earthy black malt, but a big hop hit - resiny pine, citrus - thereafter. Battle between malt and hops creates nice balance between the two. Finishes with some alcohol heat, which is also felt in the belly. Chocolatey as it warms up. Close call as to whether it detracts enough from the overall taste to knock it down a bit, score-wise. I like this enough that I'm going to leave it at 4.5 and penalize it in the "overall category" to reflect the ABV heat. . . .

M: Body is full/heavy. Carbonation is mild and smooth.

O: This is what I want in an Imperial American Black Ale. Extremely drinkable for 11% ABV. I will be enjoyably drunk soon.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a dark cola brown and garnet. Vibarnt tan foam after the pour that recedes to a thin ring after a few sips. The foam lets you know theres some nice carbonation in this beer.

This beers aroma makes me think of roasted, citric hops, with lots of carbonation.

The taste starts bitter and finishes bitter. The middle adds some roasty malts, but thats it. Roasted hop citric bitterness and maybe some burnt flavors too. The heat from the abv. add to this beers overall bitterness.

Photo of gdrydenc
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown, if not black. It has about an inch of medium brown head that lasts a long time. The head slowly dies with a lot of lacing.

S - Smells like toasted malts. Very similar to a stout, lots of coffee and chocolate with hints of molasses.

T - The taste is a lot like the smell. I know this is considered a double black IPA, but to me, it tastes pretty much like a stout. As it warms, there is a hint of fruitiness in it, but it's still very stouty.

M - The best way to describe the mouthfeel is thick. I think it must have to do with the amount of alcohol in the beer, but the beer is not incredibly carbonated, it's just mainly thick.

Overall, this beer may be a little bit too much black and not enough IPA. This is a good beer, but it's more stout than anything.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle brought back from Boston by Maddog

A: opaque black with nice thick creamy tan head
S: mild nose, chocolate, molasses, roasted burnt malt, EtOH
T: this is definitely pushing the boundary of a black IPA, EtOH makes it more in the league of a barleywine,
M: roasted, burnt malt with strong bitter hop finish, right amount of hops for malt and for aging, incredibly drinkable
O: 4.0, a bit less EtOH would bump this up a bit

Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Part one of the SwillFest 2011 after-party. It pours a dark ruby-tinted brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate-covered pretzels, light roasted malts, blueberries, black grapes, balsa, and juniper berries. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate, rubber, vinyl, Pine-Sol, molasses, and menthol. Whoa, what happened here!? The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a scratchily dry finish. Overall, a nice-looking and -smelling beer, but it just tastes downright awful to me.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a massive 3 inch tan head that sticks around for a while.

S: Lots of dark fruits, plenty of earthy/piney hops, the roast and coffee taking a back seat in this incarnation, and the caramel and toffee come out much more in the forefront.

T: A sweet, dark fruit taste attacks the palate first, but is quickly overtaken by a piney hop bitterness combined with a dark roast/black coffee quality, that fades into a very dry, highly bitter double espresso/hops combo. Amazing flavor.

O: This beer is definitely an improvement over hoppy feet, which itself is a fine ale. This is a great treat to enjoy.

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

22 ouncer bomber, w/o freshness info.

Pours near black, dark mocha head, and fine wispy lacing.

Dark chocolate nose.

Dense, dark, sweet malts, big, bold and boozy yet flavorful. Dark chocolate, dark coffee. lighter smokey notes all picked up. A hint of rum picked up in the finish.

Nice night capper or with a chocolate dessert.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled end of March 2011.

Pours a dark brown, virtually black color, good sized light tan head that fades at a moderate pace, leaves a light cap on top and some bits of sticky lacing along the glass.

Smell starts out with more of a roasted malt aspect but then the nose starts to pick up a piney hop presence that soon dominated the aroma.

Taste has a burnt roasted malt flavor coupled with a resiny piney hop bite, the pine is almost like they used pine needles right in it, even though it's been three months since it ws bottled, the double dry hopping they did still holds up quite well, because of the roasty toasty malt presence I'd say this one won't be undrinkable in the long run even if the hops start to fade.

I'm very glad Clown Shoes has started to make it's way into Maine. As their first anniversary beer, I look forward to trying their future anniversary beers for a long time to come.

Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into three snifters. Thanks to pops and HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled the end of March 2011

A: Pours a black as black as the bottom of a clown shoe. About 3/4 of a finger of creamy dark khaki colored foam forms on top and hangs around shortly before melting away completely. Barely a speck of lace was left behind.

S: Huge nose on this one. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, grass clippings, citrus, and a touch of pine. As it warms, the hops take on a herbal/floral quality. We could smell this at (nearly) arms length.

T: Take everything noted above and add in spicy alcohol and a touch of coffee. Quite grassy and delicious.

M: The only knock I could find about this was that it's prodigious bitterness had a hard time cutting through the thickness of the body. This thing coated like latex paint!

O: BIPA/Porter hop flavors and aromas coupled with RIS mouthfeel. Took a couple of sips for my senses to come around, but once they did everything was good. If this is what they turn out for their first anniversary, I can't wait to see what year # 2 brings!

Photo of tkelley
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured over two servings into a snifter.

A - Little head that leaves a thin tan film during drinking and rest. I cannot emphasize enough how welcoming the islands of foam were on the brown sea that was the body. Dark body, not totally black. Dark brown where the light hits it.

S - Equal parts hops and malt, with strong citrus and chocolate notes.

T - This was not as hoppy as it would have been when fresh, but I think it was probably better off that way. It was pretty hoppy anyway, but the malts balanced it out nicely. It had bitter notes from both malt and hops, and had a really good chocolate taste. There's also a distinct boozy flavor right up front that lets you know this beer is serious about its business. Don't mess around with this.

M - Not very bubbly or carbonated. More viscous than most things I'm used to, but again, I felt like this beer was telling me that it was serious about its bad behavior and that I shouldn't go too fast with it unless I wanted to get burned. It was really good.

O - Love it. Would need to stand it up right next to regular Hoppy Feet to compare, but this was really good. Nice, complex flavors developed over a period of a couple of hours while drinking it. The temperature change from colder to warmer over that time was really interesting. I bet this wouldn't have been as good really fresh, because the hops probably wouldve drowned out everything else. Now, after a month or two on the shelf, it's mellowed out and is really outstanding. If I see it in the store next time I might grab another to stash away for a while.


Photo of kwesib
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rarely rate a beer as mostly exceptional but this one definitely was. Deep dark pour into a pint glass with about a 1/4 finger tan head that left it's mark on the glass to the end. After having had a couple of beers earlier in the evening that had little if any malt character, including a micropub bourbon stout, the mouthfeel was particlarly noticeable. I've only had a couple of Black IPAs that i have thought captured What i think should be the essence of this "new" category. Black malt, I think, and chocolate revealed itself early along with the hops an alcohol. Well integrated and the hop finish was strong as an IPA should be. Purchased the last bottle on a visit to Chicago at a hole-in-the-wall package store and backroom pub called Maria's near Comisky Park. I will be searching for more.

Photo of biglobo8971
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pub glass. Poured a nice 1 inch frothy caramel head that laced the whole way down the glass. Smell is nice and clean, I do not however, smell any hops at all, and there is a good reason for it. This beer is by far all black and not much IPA. Nice roast and cocoa with just a hint of wood/smoke. If I didnt know what kind of style this was, I never would of guessed it to be a black IPA. The taste is really good, just not a good representation of the style IMO. The mouthfeel is easy to drink.
Overall, its a very good beer, just not what I would consider a Black IPA.

Photo of Jimmys
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into snifter.

A: pitch black with a dense mocha hued head. head is almost beyond persistent. gorgeous lacing.

S: milk and honey. or maybe milk and oats. a citrus, floral-y aroma works it's way into the sweet roast as well. interesting mix.

T: roasted and toasted. but with an american piney-ness. the bitterness works into the finish. and is serious. the finish is much like an american barleywine.

M: rich and cloying. very cloying. reminiscent to a RIS. sticks to your mouth like powdered sugar.

D: i would definitely say more on the stouty side than hoppy IPA side, but the IPA side definitely shows its colors.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 1/9/11

Appearance: Very dark brown/ black without direct lighting, looks thick, nice tan lacing

Smell: Burnt and hoppy - herbal, floral, spicy-smelling hops with a ton of chocolate - an interesting mix, some citrus, too

Taste: Borderline extreme - my first impression was that this was an American Double/Imperial Stout (akin to Night Stalker), and I still think it could pass for one despite being a little light - very burnt, and very bitter - the bitterness comes from burnt malts, bitter chocolate, and the hops - herbal, spicy, interesting hops shine through the really strong malts - more sweetness shines through as it gets warm, alcohol is hardly apparent (this is 11.00%?!)

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy, smooth, moderate carbonation

Overall: Great, but a little over the top

This was quite an interesting brew. It could have been a bit more complex, and I am curious what would have happened with a little aging. I'm guessing the hops would drop, thus creating an entirely different beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent robust mix of floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and chocolate.

T: The taste starts is complex and very nicely balanced starting with sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and citrus. Then a strong hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is very hearty and not only creates the great balance, but also masks the high ABV. The after-taste has that bitter-sweet hoppy and malty quality that to me has defined the style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but this is the type of beer where you embrace rather than discount the sticky finish.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, not all enhanced versions of a good beer work much less show an improvement, but this beer takes a very good beer and takes it to an incredible level. I like Hoppy Feet. I love Hoppy Feet 1.5.

Photo of codsmith
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Jet black with a nice 1 finger tan head that s

S: A moderate amount of hop aroma that comes off the top. Most of the good hop aroma is caught in the foam, but it dissipates off quickly. You can pick up a lot more sweetness than roasted character from the grain. It should be the other way around IMO

T: Has a very sweet caramel malt flavor upfront and slowly transitions into a hop bitterness to finish it off. It leaves a very bitter hop flavor in your mouth. Still wanting the roasted malts and chocolate to come out, but its not apparent

M: moderate amount of body, good carbonation.

O: Better than the Hoppy Feet 1, but still not what I was really looking for in a CDA.

Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle dated April 2011 enjoyed May 15th.

Let me say right off the rip, Black IPA and double no less, we are treading into a perfect storm of my gimmick senses, but I had liked what I had thus far from Clown Shoes, so felt it was worth the go.

Appearance was dark brown to black coffee with a very strong mocha colored head.

Aroma was a blast of lemon zest and orange peel with some touches of pine mingling extremely well with subtle roast and cocoa. Expected a big dose of alcohol in the nose but perceived just a light touch of flowery alcohol notes.

Very robust flavor profile that has a nice touch of roasted malt and chocolate character that is then overwhelmed by citrus and tropical fruit notes. A good firm bitterness in the finish.

Body was medium to medium light, not overplayed and very well designed for its heft.

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.