Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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Average: 3.89 | pDev: 11.31%

Reviews: 428 | Ratings: 1,460

American Black Ale

ABV: 7.00% | Availability: Year-round

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
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Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head. What there is is white and settles to a thin ring. Smells earthy and citrusy with some pine and firm malt. Very dry, but also very little roastiness. That's fine by me, I'd rather this be a black ale than a mischaracterised porter. The taste is very, very dry- almost none of the malt shows through. Very attenuated, with almost beefy flavors, and a bitterness that approaches that of an Amaro. Pine and earth notes, along with some gentian tastes here. Very dry in the mouth, almost austere. An interesting beer, and a bit different than others I've had in the style. Wouldn't be confused with a porter, but also not with a juicy IPA. Nice.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bottled first week of February, 2011.
In a pint glass the beer the beer was a black color with a thick tan head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some sticky lace.
Very fresh, outdoors aroma. Floral. Sweet chocolate. Some peppery hops.
Taste starts off with some caramel chocolate, then some piney hops. Grapefruit next, which builds in intensity. At the end, we're back to caramel and chocolate.
Nice smooth mouthfeel.
To my mind, this is the embodiment of a black IPA, kind of the best of both worlds.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2011.

I've dug all the Clown Shoes brews I've had up to this point and a friend recommended this one to me.

A: Black as the darkest black hole, with a mean 2-3 finger mocha head after a hard pour. Mucho lacing!

S: IPA with chocolate.... straight up. It had a bit of high grade smokiness to it that was absolutely to die for.

T: This was definitely the roastiest Black IPA that I've tasted up to this point. Cigar ash, with a bit of citrus punching through. Fresh, sweet cake batter on the middle and bone-suckingly dry on the finish.

M: The carbonation was perfect for this style, and the bitterness from the roasted malts was present without getting too cloying. Once again.... ridiculous lacing!

O: Even if you don't like this style, I'll urge you to give this one a try. Another nice brew from Clown Shoes.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of miguelmjm
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - had this one on-tap at Lexx in lexington, ma. arrived pitch black in color with 1/2 inch of brown head which persisted for nearly 20 minutes.

S - smelled of hops, also a bit nutty and smoky

T - first taste was of hops. big hoppy character. then slightly smoky with some nuttiness. warming alcohol taste came through midway. huge bitter aftertaste that lingeres for minutes between swigs.

M - full-bodies. feels more like a porter.

D - I ordered a second. bitterness might be a bit much to handle for some, but I am a man. not much of a man, but a man. was feelin the etoh after 2 but I could have seen myself finishing off at 4 if I didnt have to drive home.

notes - I asked the waiter what he had on tap and "clown shoes" was one of the choices. Having never heard of it before, and familair choices as alternatives I went with the clown shoes. wasn't sure what to expect from that name. wansnt dissapointed. a friend at the table asked what it was and I guessed combo of IPA/porter. not too far off i guess. bitterness got to be a bit tiring after 2, but the combo of hop flavor and mouthfeel was a nice change. I'd pick some up if I see it around.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black IPA. Had on draft. Good stuff

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Photo of Pinto21
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New review of a fresh bottle as the other one was over 5 months old:
Poured from a 22 to imperial pint glass

Two finger tan head that fades after a few moments, leaving lacing as the brew goes down. A jet black, with a very dark brown on the edges. Nice and black.
Not overpowering, but noticeable C hop. I get mostly piney but some citrus too. A touch of malt. Similar to my homebrewed Black ale
Roasted malt up front with a strong hop finish. The black malt is prominent and jumps out at you. There is some of the astringency that goes with that, but the hop bitterness takes that over. Not overly hoppy flavor, but it is balanced with the roasted malt as that is the only malt I taste.

A solid Black Ale. Might not call it IPA but american black ale for sure by my definitions. A solid brew and well worth a try.


Poured from a 22.
Huge off white/ tan head that fades quick but doesnt leave much lacing. Black with brown on the edges.
Smell is minimal with roasted malts forward. Touch of C's
Taste is roasted malt up front with bitter hops through out and finishing. There isnt much hop flavor, just bitter. Disappointed in that. So mostly black roasted malt with hop bitterness and finish.

I'm not happy with this Black ale. It's a porter with hop astringency instead of roasted malt. The hop flavor is lacking. I could have just got a hopped up porter like Troegs Dead reckoning instead. That at least has malt layers, and hop flavor.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 09/06/11
Bomber to pint

A: Hoppy Feet pours jet black with a dark ruddy brown edge to it. Massive mocha frappe head formed with great staying power and scattered waves of lacing down the glass.

S: Aromas are rich with coffee bean and roasty grains. Smoky even. A slightly burnt toffee nuttiness and some citrus peels.

T: Rich nutty smoky grains. Roasted coffee beans. Some chocolate. Intense bitters that are citrus & pine and really hit you in the jowels. Slight astringency from it all coming together like a burnt earth acridness. Some alcohol. Dry crispy finish. More like a hoppy stout.

M: Med-low body with a rather smooth creamy texture, decent carbonation, and light dry finish.

D: Interesting brew that I can possibly see offending certain palates. Def more on the side of a smoky stout or porter.
Borderline completely out of whack with a burnt hops effect but they make it work with a smooth creamy drink that is still quite hoppy and enjoyable.

Big shout to Charliedvrs - Glad to have tried and a want of mine.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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