Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

very good
1,457 Ratings
Hoppy FeetHoppy Feet

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jlindros on 12-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of instinct2
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Brilliant deep dark beown with a 1” light tan foam cap that produces light lace. Smell: Smells like a light chocolate cola with races of hops. Taste: Very creamy palate chocolate, cola, anise – the hops give the chocolate a bittersweet character. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium carbonation, fine and soft, creamy.

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Photo of MA08
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass at 40 degrees.

Extremely strong contrasting roasted chocolate malt and grapefruit hops. Taste matches with a surpsringly well balance, dispute the strongness at both ends. Drinkablity is high and mouthfeel is good. The best Black IPA out there in a bottle.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black, big tan head slow to fall, lots of lace

S: Chocolate, coffee, pine, grapefruit. Intense.

T: Even better than the nose, because those flavors actual balance.

M: Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Very, considering this beer is loaded with super bitter hops.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Wow. I mean seriously. This was my first Black IPA and it rocked. Massive hops on the nose, pine, grapefruit, some flowers, basically what you want to smell in a great IPA. The flavor whacks you with bitter citrus and lots of pine, but then you get some nuances like in a stout: chocolate, smoke, roast. I loved this beer.

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4.68/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of SurlyZach
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent blend of dark malt and hoppiness.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great black ipa almost like a chocolate stout with hop and citrus I really enjoy this one

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Photo of telecomz
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I know the Snobs among us despise the term Black IPA; however, I effing love this beer. Gots to say, I'm a fan my neighboring homies. I dig Clown Shoes.

That said:

A - Pours light tan foam. Body is a dark brown. Red highlights.

S - Aroma is everything - Almost sweet. Grapefruit and floral hop. Cocoa and roasted malt.

T - Bitteriffic. An intoxicating punch in the face of pampelmousse and pine that mellows to roasted choco-malt. The bitterness doesn't abate. It lingers and builds in layers.

M - Smells sweet but feels dry and light.

D - One at a time baby. One at a time.

I bought a case for cellaring. Will be interesting to see how it ages.

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Photo of Tquila17
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of prg1976
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super-dark brown, with an off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing, and about 1/4" head hanging around the whole time.

Smell is hops up front-citrus mostly, with a lot of caramel, sweet malt. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

Taste is roasted malts. The sweetness is countered with the hops. Lots of Cascade flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, not super carbonated.

Overall, one of the best black IPA's I've had. Very enjoyable. I'll be seeking this one out in the future for sure.

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Photo of Triblake
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of parris
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is as advertised, black, except for some shine through near the thinner part of the glass. The head is very thick and pillowy. Plenty of thin carbonation, but I think it's from my dirty glass rather than the actual beer.

Smells great, very toasty, not super hoppy. I'd totally believe it if this beer was called a "Brown Stout" rather than black IPA.

Also tastes like a stout, a really good, slightly thin, slightly over carbonated stout. It has the crispness and finish of an IPA but up front all you have is chocolaty toastyness.

For some reason the label of this one put me off from trying it for a while, too bad, I really like it.

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4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber bought in Somerville. Had straight from the bomber, no time for pouring into a glass. I can still tell it has quite a nice foam head, and a very dark color, precise analysis of shades and tints unnecessary. Whiff of both hops and malts, exactly what you want in a black IPA. Same goes for taste, both a nice malt flavor, not too choclatey closer to nutty, and the hops leave a citrus note and are not over powering. Not overpowering on either stout or IPA qualities, I'd say almost a 50/50 blend of a standard nutty stout and a citrusy IPA. It works well. This is a great black IPA! regularly available and is of high quality. If you are into black IPA's this is one you can put in the books as one you can rely on.

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Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with shades of deep red when held up to light. A light brown, bubbly, pillowy head. Some good lacing and head retention.

S - Fresh, citrusy and piney hops. Very inviting.

T - Awesomely roasty and hoppy at the same time. Great balance with a great finish. Sweet roasted malt complemented by slightly bitter, fruity hops.

M - So incredibly smooth and refreshing. Goes down way too easy. The palate is hit with roasted malt but cleansed by delicious bitter hops.

I must say, with the "Black IPA" increasing in popularity, this is one of the finer examples of the style. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now on to Hoppy Feet 1.5...

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4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,457 ratings.
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