Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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426 Reviews
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 Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter. Says Bottled 6/14/11.

A- Pours a black color with zero light penetrating. Has a 1/4 inch head that reduces to a thick white ring around the edge of the glass and shredded foam patterns on the surface.

S- Can smell the hops considerably well for such a dark beer. They have a perfume quality about them that's actually kind of offset by the heavy malt presence causing them to be complimentary. Alcohol is apparent followed by some semi-roasty coffee notes. Good lacing.

T- Hm. When I saw the name of the style as American Black Ale, I thought, "have I ever had an American Black Ale?" The only thing I could think of was Dogfish's Indian Brown Ale, but there it is right in the name: brown not black (although it looks and tastes black). I was sure I must have had an ABA but, now that I'm tasting it, I feel like it's something I've never imbibed before! This combines the vibrant, almost citrusy hop flavors with a delicately subdued roasted malt body like I've never witnessed. And everything is balanced, not overbearing. It's simple: Loads of hops and loads of malt, working together cohesively. Brilliant. Only problem is a slight metallic aftertaste that lingers but is only noticeable when swished. Some faint coffee notes.

M- Light and thin for such a dark beer. Medium carbonation and quite dry.

O- Way to go Clown Shoes. You've melded two worlds together in one memorable brew.

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/10

A: This beer pours a rich deep dense brown with a two finger of creamy, rocky light coffee/khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice spider lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is strong piney hops, hint of floral hops, with a rich roasted malt back bone and just a slight hint of coffee.

T: Taste starts with some malt flavoring then a touch of floral hops that blend nicely in with light toasted malts. Heavey piney and grassy notes come burtsing through and are then overtaken by a strong roasted malt and coffee flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily with a dry finish.

D: Highly drinkable, very tasty and goes down extremely easy. The malt and hops really play off one another throughout this beer.

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Photo of elephantrider
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black. Fluffy tan head

S: Hoppy and roasty. The fight between the hops and the roast was a draw as this is pretty well balanced

T: Very Good. I personally like Black IPAs alot and this one did not disappoint. A little bit of charcoal flavor with a nice hoppy bite.

T: medium bodied

O: I could drink this alot if only it was available in Michigan

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, dated 11/2011. Pours a slick black, with a huge 3 inch tan head that slowly settles into patch bubbles, lacing everywhere. Smell is chocolate, citrus, and pine. Taste is even more aggressive, hops and dark chocolate dominate the flavor. Body is big for the ABV, moderate carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking. This is a great beer and one of the best examples of the style I have had.

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Photo of Smokee
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured dark chocolate/coffee. beige head with good retention. Right away there was floral, hoppy scent that started when I opened the bottle and increased with pouring.

Good mouth feel, decent hops. I might have been expecting more punch due to the color, a little chocolate, pine, citrus. Overall very good.

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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 IronLover
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally black in color. Poured with a short beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left fingers of sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted and lightly charred malt aromas with citrus hops, and touch of sweet dark chocolate. Medium bodied with rich carbonation through the middle and slick oily feel at the end. Dark roasted and burnt malt flavors up front with a touch of chocolate sweetness.  Tangy pine hop bitterness builds through the middle with a hint of citrus hop underneath. Well balanced aromas, intense maltiness, and flavorful hoppiness. I solid black IPA.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark to black as expected by the desription on the bottle. Decent lacing and some head is present throughout consumption. A piney hop and malt aroma is present upon lifting to your nose, but I would have trouble placing specific flavors via just the smell. Taste reveals a very nicely balance beer with hops fading in and out from front to back, again piney but nice and otherwise indistiguishable. The dark malts bring chocolate and some mild smokey flavors. Overall well done, and an especially nice brew as we head into fall.

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Photo of IHC
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought bottle of this beer for the first time and was impressed.

Appearance: Black with nice 1 inch foam which remained for several minutes. Lacing continued to linger through out the tasting.

Smell: You can smell both the hops and the roasted barley/dark chocolate. The balance here works perfectly and is smooth yet subtle.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Like the aroma the taste comes through with a good roasted/chocolate flavor finishing with a nice hop bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of ctufano
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great mouth feel and taste. Very dark. Didn't get much head, but great lace. I love ipa but am gravitating more toward stouts and porters simply for mouth feel. First black ipa for me. Really liked it.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber of Hoppy Feet is before me. The beer pours essentially black with a big rocky cap of foam above it. It is really a nice looking beverage. The aroma combines grapefruit and pine into a nice blend. The malt contributes hints of chocolate which strengthen as the beer warms. A solid, creamy body propels all the flavor all the way through. A heavy hand of bitter and pine hops is counteracted by a cocoa powder-like backbone, which leaves the palate dry. A tinge of alcohol warmth signals the end of the experience. I really enjoy the interplay between the dark malt and hops in this beer bringing the beer a pleasing amount of depth.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bodied beer. Thin brown head. Decent retention. Aroma is quite nice and typical of a well done Black IPA....chocolate and roast mix with juicy, citrusy hops. Quite nice. Flavor foundation is layed down quite nicely with the chocolate/caramel malts while hop notes of citrus, pine and resin tap dance all over it. Moderately carbonated and medium to medium-full bodied. Nicely done. Nice little intro to Clown Shoes for me.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Both beers tried from Clown Shoes have been hoppy and bitter as heck. Good thing, because I like that!

This beer is black with some red higlights when helf to the light.

Smells like roasted malts, pine, and grapefruit, tastes was pretty much the same.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are the only thing keeping this from being one of my favorites ever, as i can't see have more than one bottle or a couple of pints.

Still, great black IPA.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A-midnight black in color. Huge four finger head that is foamy. Gorgeous peaks and valleys and lacing on and in the pint. Honestly the best head i have ever seen.

S-very different and unique. I get citrus hops mixed with dark roasted malts. Like a grapefruit roasting on an open barbecue pit of charcoals.

F- dark malts and the citrus hops come out in the back end. A very nice combo. Never though in my life it would work but it does.

M-medium to thick bodied brew for an IPA. Nice coating and ending to the brew.

O- A great beer and i would love a sixer or some more 22's of this. Def worth atry and the price.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

S: The aroma is of hops, fruity citrus and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus, chocolate and caramel. The roasted malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of the "black IPA" style, this is a very good beer with enough flavor, substance and complexity to make it worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have Clownshoes made a bad beer yet? I sure haven't found it...

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a very big fluffy 3 finger head with a nice light chocolate colour. Biiiig clumps of head remains floating around the beverage along with heavy side lacing. Spectacular to look at.

S - One heck of a sensory battle here. Almost starts like a stout or a porter. Big chocolate, roasty malts, and maybe even some coffee hits big and hard up front quickly followed by, whats that? Floral hops! Very interesting and pleasing.

T - So close to the nose. Delicious sweet, roasted maltes. The coffee and chocolate is more subdued in the mouth as compared to the nose. That being said, the hoppy bitterness is incredibly well pronounced in the back end. That piney bitterness rather nicely cuts into the sweet roasted malts.

M - My only knock on this would I could use a bit more carbonation. This has a low carbonation, resulting in a creamy, porter like feel. When swallowed there there is a sharp crispness of carbonation. Would be nice if that was present throughout.

D - Really solid. Digging this big time from Clownshoes. The 7% is weird. Some sips its nicely masked, yet in others its really in your face. I had this at a random tasting Clownshoes was doing at Julio's and picked up a bunch of bottle on sale. This makes me want to crack the Labyrinth I've been aging to compare, as Labyrinth was the complete package when I tasted this. Would like to see how it stacks up to this.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jlindros for this treat!

Nice dark pour, black, light tan head, very nice spongy lacing.

Big notes of pine and flowers, and equally big notes of chocolate, roasted malts and hints of coffee.

Nice bitterness, piny, light citrus, chocolate, roasted malts, toach of coffee bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Creamy, slick, smooth, nice carbonation, medium in body.

Good drinkability. One of the best BIPA's I've had.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Black IPA pours an oily black color into the glass. A small off white head forms on top and dissolves quickly to a foamy ring around the beer. A few spots of lace remain behind.

The aroma is hoppy with pine essence and notes of chocolate and dark malts mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth and silky on the palate. Light to medium carbonation.

The flavor is a well balanced combination of piney hops and sweet malt notes of chocolate, roasted malt and toffee. It finishes slightly bitter and once gone the pine and toffee flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer that's easy to drink. It may be my standard for black IPA's.

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Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/2012 into tulip.

A- Opaque black pour, three finger light tan head. Sheets of lacing around the glass.

S- Bright citrus of grapefruit and mandarin followed by deep, dark roasted malts, brown sugar, dark coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Bitter pine and juicy grapefruit, dark roasted black coffee, some bitter bakers chocolate and a lingering finish.

M- Thin bodied, good carbonation.

O- This is a well made BPA, I'm really beginning to see the subtle differences between brewers and they are all excellent so far.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass. Celebrating patriot's day - boston marathon. Very cool label. Deep chestnut brown to black. Thin tan head but lingers. Pine dominates the smell as the label suggests. Taste is hoppy pine resin with hint of chocolate and coffee. Dry mouthfeel. Moderately warming but not overpowering. Really digging this beer.

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Photo of abecall98
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thank you greg for this nice Brew.

A - pours a viscous black. Very slight head.

S - roast and hops. The bitterness is smelling mighty fine.

T - Taste is pleasing. Stars off hoppy. Tastes like they are using some cascade because I'm getting some Sierra Nevada flavors. The roast is light, but compliments the hoppiness in the finish very well. It's roastyness resembles coffee.

M - not as carbonated as I like my black ipas. The mouthfeel feels too thin and watery.

D - it's drinkable. It has the hops for the hop heads, and roastiness for those who enjoy coffee flavors. It's drinkable because it keeps you coming back for either hops or roasted malt. Whatever you want, you will find it here.

O - this a tasty black IPA. I haven't had a bad one yet, and this one keeps reminding me how delicous this style is. I see the black ipa style growing very popular.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, Ma.

No freshness info to be had.

Pours black, mocha head that lifts and stays, leaves better then average high sheeting and wild lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate and citrus in the nose.

Flavorful offering. Black malts, more dark chocolate, lite coffee, super dry with citric hops/grapefruit crashing the party. Very nice, complex, bold and well worth seeking out and enjoying.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with 2 fingers' worth of tan head that recedes into half a finger of head.

S: Dark roasted malts, black coffee, double espresso, earthy hops, hints of caramel and toffee

T: A powerful blast of dark roast and coffee up front, followed by a powerful wallop of earthy hops, finished with an espresso and hops bitterness. Magnificent.

O: I'm quite surprised with this one. This tastes almost identical to a stout, but a powerfully hopped stout. Even so, the hops and coffee/double espresso notes mix well, and make a fine ale.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The hops seem to perfectly match up with an assertive, yet refined roast character. Notes of West coast hops dance around dark malts like mad men around a fire. Lighter in body than one would expect of such substantial flavors.

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Photo of beertraveler08
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Look-This beer is extremely dark and has about a 1 inch head with a sticky lace.

Smell-The smell is smoky pine with a sweet undertone of citrus and maple.

Taste- The taste is burnt pine with a heavy hop mouth kick and finishes with bitter citrus

feel-The feel is a very lingering taste that is rich in flavor and stays around for a while.Very filling and gets better as the beers warms to room temp.

Overall-I really wanted to try this beer and was able to get my hands on it.I was impressed by the smell and look but was blown away by the first sip.I love this style of beer and recommend anyone who loves dark beer and hops to try this one.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,454 ratings.
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