Hoppy Feet
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #102
Ranked #17,421
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Aug 29, 2021
Dec 26, 2009
Very Good
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Notes: Hoppy Feet was Clown Shoe' first ever release, a Black IPA that made little sense as the launching point for a brand, but satisfied a thirst and set us on a path that 10+ years later we are forever grateful for. Black malts deliver deep, rich roasted dark malt flavor, while Simcoe, Columbus, and Amarillo hops contribute a perfectly balancing dose of piney hop notes.
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4.13 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Aug 29, 2021
4.05 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 29, 2021
3.25 by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio on Apr 06, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive frothing. Pungent aroma replete with hints of crushed grapefruit and anise. Good stuff.

Feb 23, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Day 11 of the 12 Beers of Christmas pack. Poured from a can into a snifter tulip glass. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Smells of sweet citrus hops and slight grassy notes. Tastes of dark roasted grain, notes of coffee, and citrus hops. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Feb 01, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz can with a best by 1/31/21, opened 1/29/21.
2+ finger beige head, excellent retention and leaves thick lacing.
Black core to dark brown at the edges.
Mild roasted malt aroma, some coffee, and a nice, leafy hop over the top.
Dark chocolate, bitter roasted malt, espresso, and green/earthy hop flavors in big quantities.
Close to medium body, medium carbonation and a lengthy bitter, roasty, and ultimately dry finish.
My favorite of the mixed 12pk.
Very good.

Jan 30, 2021
4.15 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jan 25, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Griffin2 from Virginia

Poured from a 12 oz can with a best by date of 1/31/2021 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a light tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.
S - Smells of coffee and chocolate.
T - It has kind of a hoppy licorice taste.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very different black IPA.

Jan 23, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

L: Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color, with a thin espresso colored head.
S: Very earthy hop aromas upfront, dark malt aromas, coffee & dark chocolate in the background.
T: Taste certainly follows the nose, you can still tell that this is indeed a black IPA instead of tasting too much like a porter or stout, as a lot of them do. The hoppy bitterness is really nice, the dark malt & chocolate is very subtle & not overpowering.
F: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, warming.
O: Very well-done black IPA, everything is balanced & it is super drinkable; I wish these were more available in my area.

Jan 21, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Hoppy Feet (2020) from Clown Shoes. Purchased 16/11/20 for $ 28.00 (Including tax) for mixed 12-pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.194/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. On shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 19/1/21.
Stamped on the bottom “Best By 1/31/21”. Served at 46.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Deep Brown (SRM 30), opaque. When rear-lite, same although at the edge some penetration shows a reddish tinge.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), desert sand, high density with a rocky top, average retention, leaving a ten to sixteen mm crown with a torn curtain edge and a thin cap with a thick, rocky island. Some pieces of lacing remain on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! Medium rings of tiny bubbles with the upper edge being torn curtains and the rings connected by pillars of varying size
Aroma – 3.75 – Roasted malt, weak floral hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins with bitter roasted chocolate malt and resinous pine, no yeast. No alcohol (7 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends bitter with a bit of grapefruit pith.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Good example of the style.

Jan 19, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Can from tfontana, thanks again
Dark brown bordering on black with a good sized tan head that shows moderate retention. Caramel and hints of chocolate and roast with more pine than citrus. Solid old school hop and caramel bite.

Jan 16, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12oz can, served in a tulip glass. Best before 01/31/21. Date stamp 268, 17:01

Appearance: Black (very dark brown at the edges) with a massive tan head (after a hard pour) and plenty of sheets and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Hoppy. Mostly pine and some underlying grapefruit/citrus.

Taste: Very well blended citrus/pine hops and roasted malt with some definite chocolate notes. The finish is bitter with some orange zest, pine, and bittersweet chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness and carbonation. Smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable. I was expecting a bit more bitterness and hoppy flavor, but it's okay that this doesn't have it. It's very well balanced, and the chocolate notes from the roasted malt are a nice touch. I'd want to pair this with the right food, but I could have another.

Jan 02, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the 2020 Clown Shoes Christmas Pack (Number 11), it pours a dark (brown/black) color with a nice light brown head that slowly reduces as you enjoy the brew - lacing is also left. In the nose, it is citrus hops, followed by a touch of roasted malt. in the mouth, it is citrus forward with a nice roasted malt base.

Dec 30, 2020
3.76 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Dec 29, 2020
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Utterly black in color, impenetrable to the light, with a massive, dense tan head, with stunning retention. The lacing is quite Belgian-like, with slight slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Strong notes of mainly citric hops dominate the aroma, particularly grapefruit. Notes of roasted malt and caramel are prominent, with some char. The relatively high ABV of seven percent is unnoted.

Taste: Dark roasted malt presents strongly at the open of the taste, some char is notable as well. As with the aroma, no hint of the considerable seven percent ABV is notable in the taste, save a minor warming. A little sweet caramel is present, although it is in the backdrop of the taste. Later in the taste, the citric hops begin to rise, although they are less prominent than in the aroma. Toward the close, grapefruit rind becomes more prominent, but the roasted malt maintains a strong presence. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit and slight pine note, with an undercurrent of dark, toasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rich and full, with little carbonation, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very very well-made, an excellent example of the style. This is the eleventh beer in the Clown Shoes "Twelve Days of Christmas" package. "Best by" date is 01/31/21.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, with a pry-off crown, served in a Duvel tulip.

Dec 29, 2020
3.83 by Allurex from Kansas on Dec 25, 2020
4.24 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Dec 23, 2020
3.78 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 21, 2020
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 18, 2020
4 by chebode2 from Germany on Dec 15, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CodyBasden from Texas

L: jet black with thick soapy light brown head tons of lacing on glass head holds for quite some time and a tiny tiny bit of red tint to it
S: low fruity citrus but nice and refreshing for the color
T:malty bready roast taste not a lot of hop flavor that goes with the smell low bitterness profile that holds a while in the back of your throat
F: medium bodied low carbonation stickiness to the lips
O: good black ipa a little bitter lingering kind of takes it from me with no floral notes but a good average ipa

Dec 12, 2020
3.5 by archero from Texas on Dec 11, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

more cola brown than black but lets not split hairs cuz that khaki head is all frothy and inviting and lacy and it smells so good with roasty malts and piney hops and tastes pretty good too if a little weird but thats what this style tends to be lolmycapslockisbrokenandsoismyhead!

Dec 10, 2020
3.75 by wilfonzo from Florida on Dec 08, 2020
4.46 by Argail from Louisiana on Dec 08, 2020
3.87 by digitalflood from New York on Dec 07, 2020
4.01 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas on Dec 06, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

Nice combination of hoppy and malty. Good mouth feel. I didn't get the nose reported by other reviewers, maybe because I got started with the drinking too fast.

Dec 03, 2020
3.81 by jpd026 from New York on Nov 27, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

cola brown body pours with a frothy foam tan head with high retention that slowly settles to a defined halo

aroma is resinous pine, molasses, earthy hop

taste follows the nose. chewy resinous pine and molasses, earthy hop bitterness, sticky sweet caramel sticking out a bit. roasted feeling and slightly herbal, the mixture of caramel and earthy pine approaches a shade of dank that was unexpected.

moderate carbonation, medium body; chewy yet smooth and slightly creamy with occasional carbo prickles; finishes dry and earth bitter.

this was a sublime experience. i love that this was the brewery's first release. totally sets up a funky bar that they've held consistently in my own opinion. this is a very resinous, chewy, sticky, molasses drenched hop bomb. seriously feel like I should be passing the glass to my left.....

Nov 18, 2020
3.84 by Tiernan from Texas on Nov 08, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a little bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a pine and herbal aroma mixed with some caramel and lightly toasted malt smells. Along with these aromas comes a rather decent showing of a molasses as a bit of earthy hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a moderately roasty taste with some flavors of char and a little bit of smoke mixed within. Right from the start there is a light amount of molasses sweetness, that gets stronger as the taste advances. At the start there is also some flavors of an herbal and pine hop, with both of these flavors really amping up as the taste advances. Toward the very end a there is a little loss of the sweet and an increase in the dark with the mix of all that flavors that develop throughout leaving one with a nice dank and moderately roasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For eth mix of dank, roast, and light sweet, the feel is rather nice and creates a crisp easy drinker that backs the tastes rather well.
Overall – A quite tasty and enjoyable black IPA with a good deal of dankness but at the same time well balanced and approachable. Quite a nice drinker overall.

Nov 04, 2020
3.94 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Oct 31, 2020
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 31, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by GarrettB from Colorado

Even the can acknowledges the nostalgia of the Black IPA style, and I'm glad they do. It's a good beer style, and a good beer. Opal black with a decent head, it has that familiar smell of pine tree, soil and hops. And the flavor is much the same, with a zippy carbonation and that Pacific Northwest flavor I've come to miss.

Jul 24, 2020
3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jul 15, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Solid black appearance with a dense, average size head and good lacing. Roasted malt aroma; notes of coffee and resinous hops. Strong malt presence up front, nicely balanced by an assortment of hop flavors that eventually dominate the aftertaste. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel, with a bitter, long lasting finish.

Jul 13, 2020
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours deep copper with a 1/2 inch tan head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma of roast malt, coffee, maple.

Taste is strong coffee, molasses, roast malts, maple.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Astringent. Semi-sweet, bitter finish.

As usual, Clown Shoes doesn't disappoint.

May 11, 2020
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 19, 2020
4 by JamesLeung from Florida on Apr 19, 2020
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