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Hoppy Feet 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 56
Gots: 73 | 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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Photo of kwesib
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

kwesib, Jun 23, 2011
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.

biglobo8971, Jun 21, 2011
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.

Jimmys, Jun 18, 2011
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.

angrybabboon, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

codsmith, Jun 11, 2011
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.

Get some.

PBoegel, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark black color with just a bit of brown mixed in and a big finger-plus of frothy brownish head. The head hangs around for a while leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Aroma is full of a nice balance of roasted caramel malts and earthy hop aromas. There is also a bit of what seems like chocolate in the background.

T - Starts off heavy on the roasted caramel malts with only a bit of hop bitterness in the background. Through the middle, the earthy hop flavor grows and stronger roasted flavors come through as well. As the beer finishes, the hop and roasted flavors balance themselves out better and linger with a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth and even a touch creamy. The roasted and bitter flavors create a nice dry feeling in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors start out a bit all over the place and roasted heavy, but seem to strike a nicer balance at the end. That being said, the balance is nicer in the aroma and that is where the beer really shines.

ngeunit1, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the regional GIF. Thanks. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a deep black with a very nice thick tan head and lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty with some hop aroma and a bit of caramel.

Taste is smooth. Roasty and a touch of sweet with some nice hop flavor. Slight hop and roast bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. Gunna need to try some more clown shoes stuff.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alex, again... dark brown with a creamy light beige head, good retention... light aroma but nice, grassy coffee, a touch too sweet... the taste is a bit too green for me but one of the best beers of the night, I came back several times although its not very balanced

jrallen34, May 30, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this from a bomber that I purchased at the local bottle store for about $9. Never heard of this brewery, but I love to try anything.

a-certainly pours a deep black with a light brown, heavy head.

s-i get hops and some bitter scent. also some real roasted malt

t-yum. its starts a with a nice hoppy character, almost your typical IPA, then then the intense charred character, followed by a nice finish of a little more citrus hops. there is a little coffee and cocoa in there. really tasty brew

m-for 11% abv, you dont feel it. some nice body with a good balance of carbonation. seriously, this goes down way to easy to have that much booze in it.

overall, this is a great beer. this bomber wont last long, which is a shame. For never hearing of this brewery before this beer, im very impressed and will certainly seek out there brews in the future.

crewfan16, May 29, 2011
Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Bottled the end of March 2011.

Dense dark brown to black body. Tall, two fingers of thick, creamy, resilient, dirty khaki brown head. Great lacing. Lots of pine pitch and resin on the nose, mixed nicely with roasted malts, coffee, sugary fruit, and some earthy, mineral-y tobacco. Not getting much booziness as I was expecting with the 11% abv. Nice.

Herbal hop bitterness hits right away. Roasted coffee and sugary dark fruit show up early on as well. Roasted malt/coffee linger, along with the increasing herbal, numbing hop bitterness. Notes of pine and resin mix in. Sugary plums fight against the bitterness, but lose out in the end. Some tobacco and earthy notes mingle near the finish. Long-lasting pine and herbal bitterness in the finish. Lingering sugary fruit and roasted coffee. Slightly warming, but not hot at all. Full-bodied with a slightly syrupy feel. A definite palate ruiner, but it's some nice ruination!

alexgash, May 23, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of black and roasted malts along with an excellent citrus hop nose. It's not too powerful, but the dry hopping comes through well. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, black malt earthiness surrounded by an intense hop flavor. It hits you up front, but the malt character tames it. It goes down easy and resinates in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is an improvement over the original Hoppy Feet. It's an extremely drinkable 11% abv. beer; scary drinkable.

WesWes, May 22, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the end of March, 2011.
Black beer with red highlights. Thick tan head that looked like whipped cream. Lotta lace.
Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Mostly a sense of citrus hops, but some herbal notes also.
Sweet chocolate taste over an espresso background. Grapefruit, then some piney hops. The hops linger a long time.
The alcohol was dangerously well-hidden. A big beer, very, very nice.

lordofthewiens, May 21, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry, with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like milk chocolate and cocoa powder and lemon, with a little tropical fruit.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and pineapple and grapefruit, with a little resin and burnt malt. It had a lasting bitter aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was smoother than the standard Hoppy Feet, although it also had more noticeable alcohol. It didn't smell quite as good, but it tasted better and had a fuller body than the standard version. An enjoyable beer that's definitely a step up from the base model, although still not the best example of the style.

Pencible, May 13, 2011
Photo of nasty31
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pored into a nonic

A-Very dark brown almost black in color with three fingers of thick tan foamy head. Fairly good lacing and retention on this beer.

S- Strong roasty malt scent hits me first with only a very slight hoppy smell. The roasted flavor kills the hop smell on this.

T- Extreme roasty flavor that masks the hops, It doesnt taste bad, just not really my idea of how a black ipa should be. The hops are there but the finish is just all malty.

M- Thick and a slight over carbed.

o- This beer is not terrible. just woudlnt be one of them i would go back to over and over again. Once every so often would be plenty. Also reminds me of a porter not so much a Black IPA.

nasty31, May 12, 2011
Photo of Wegomlegging
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a thick beautiful head that didn't move. My skepticism on this gimmicky-sounding beer dissipated upon first smell. Perfect combined scent of roastiness and hops, floral as this style can get. The flavor was even better, with a roasted malt balanced exactly how I like it with just the right amount of hops. Did I mention balance? The smoothness level was almost quenching, without being the least bit watery or cheap. Overall a superior beer that hangs its hat on performance and balance, not labeling and over-hopping. A shotgun blast of awesome, and strong.

Wegomlegging, May 10, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a massive light brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral and piney hop notes with some mild citrus and grass. There's a fairly pronounced roastiness to this beer (not super surprising), but it sort of becomes too much and overwhelms the hops.

T: An enormous amount of roast and some bitter dark chocolate really kill any chance of this being super hoppy. As it stands, that's okay to me in this case. Pretty bitter but only a mild citrus and pine hop flavor.

M: Heavy on the tongue with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: This was a good beer, but it's not a terribly good black IPA. Far too heavy and too much roast without enough hop flavor.

womencantsail, May 10, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola black with a finger of khaki head that leaves nice lacing. The smell has very in your face pine and citrus hop aromas (reminds me of dfh 90min) along with slight grassy and herbal notes along with rich slightly roasted caramel as well. Very in your face ipa without heady alcohol aromas especially at this abv. Taste is very clean and unlike the nose, lots of hop bittnerness but stout like, with clean roasted malts. Also has some coffee as well as bitter chocolate with a light floral hint. Finishes bitter and refreshing. Very first clown shoes and found this to be a great thought provoking beer, thanks for rhettroactive for the trade!

Trilogy31, May 06, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation; 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Bottle dated "End of March 2011."

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color with a nice one finger, creamy beige head. Recedes slowly into a nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Huge pine hop notes definitely stand out and assert themselves upfront. Some dark chocolate/espresso notes in the back of the hop too. At 11%, there definitely is a booze note that isn't completely hidden by the huge hop presence.

Taste: The big pine notes from the aroma are a touch smoother and more rounded here. Nice of citrus weave nicely into the pine and create a much more approachable taste. Still a lot of bitter espresso and char behind that. The dark chocolate notes are more faded as well. The booze is also hidden much better.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and surprisingly velvety. Good amount of carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, a big and bold American Black Ale with huge pine notes and a ton of bitter, dark malt. Big flavors are definitely the highlight and it plays pretty smooth for the high ABV with the exception of the aroma. A nice sipper, and solid example of the style.

Gosox8787, May 06, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The body is black; the head is tan and about a quarter inch thick before thinning out. The lacing looks super sticky.

The aroma has mostly citrus hops and a bit of roasted coffee. The aroma isn't particularly powerful though, I have to stick my nose in there more so than most hoppy beers.

The taste is a little chocolatey and slightly bitter. The hops are a little bit grassy and slightly citrusy in the finish.

The body is medium to light, the carbonation medium.

This is okay; it's like a slightly hoppier porter but it still doesn't quite scratch my hop itch.

andrewinski1, May 03, 2011
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured black in color with an active, tan head filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head faded to a thin covering but left some very nice lacing as it did.

The aroma has a mixture of hoppy and roasty to it. I get some citrusy, grapefruit and pineapple notes to the hops and some roasted, coffee, slightly burnt flavors from the malts. Surprisingly no traces of the alcohol considering how big a beer it is. Everything mixes pretty well in the aroma.

The taste starts out with some sweeter malty and juicier hop flavors. It quickly starts to turn pretty bitter and dry with lots of grapefruit and pine to the hoppiness and roasty, burnt, coffee to the malts. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and only noticeable as a slight warming sensation in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little heavier then average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, the bitter hoppiness meshed pretty well with the bitter roasty flavors. It made for a very flavorful and intense beer. I actually liked all the bitterness to it and felt it worked better then a lot of versions of the style where the flavors seem to clash more. Pretty good beer overall and one of the more enjoyable ones of the style I've had. It didn't blow me away in any category, but was very solid in pretty much all of them.

billab914, May 01, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a jet black with hints of deep ruby around the edges. Big, three finger light mocha head, big and creamy. Slow to drop, nice lacing.

Aromas of big citrus, orange, grapefruit, alcohol, roasted coffee.

Flavors of big citrus hop bomb, roasted character takes a back seat. What is there is espresso, faint hint of roasted malt. Finish is long, citrusy, grapefruit bitterness that lingers long into the fade.

Mouthfeel is mouthcoating bitterness, almost puckering. Medium, a little to chew on. Some drying roastiness.

Overall an excellent ...what ya call it(?) Imperial cascadian? Very drinkable, very dangerous, very tasty.

JamnesCameron, May 01, 2011
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep deep brown with ruby highlights at the edges three fingers width head nice retention and decent sticky lacing.

S- Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and melon. some slight pine and lemon. smells bitter I love it.

T- Coffee and roasted grains toasted bread with a lingering coffee flavor some smokiness on the finish. only the slightest fruity hoppiness wish it was better balanced, still an outstanding brew though just more reminiscent of a stout than a pairing of both.

M- Smooth and creamy medium to full bodied lingers just a bit but with some favorable flavors.

D- This is a very nice brew, my first double black and a nice representative of the style in my opinion.


drinkiusmaximus, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of papat444
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my wife for picking this up for me in Albany. Shared with her while eating pizza.

Poured from a bomber, bottled end of Mar. 2011.

Appearance: 3/4 of the glass fills up with light mocha colored foam and gradually a brown-black body is seen. The head sits still at a good 3 fingers and there's lacing all the way down. Couldn't ask for better.

Smell: Oily hops, resiny, more mango than melon and some coffee as it warms.

Taste: Strong hit of hops mixed with roasted flavors and coffee but as it progresses, hops become the dominant player. Juicy and pulpy goodness. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Incredible balance that shifts a bit to the bitterness side though as it warms. The feel is everywhere in the palate and it lasts long after the final sip.

Overall: This is an awesome beer. Very drinkable despite the ABV though make no mistake, this beer is big on the bitterness and flavor. Grab this if you see it. It's worth it!

papat444, Apr 28, 2011
Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.