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 MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

I have this idea of what a black IPA should be like. This wasn't it. This was great in its own way. My expectations come from those beers that give a balance between strong hops and strong dark malts, as in a malt profile - just good old malted barley that's been roasted. This goes another direction.

This pours deep and dark, black you might say. A nice dark khaki head. The aroma previews some hops, but not as strong as my West Coast brands do. And then the coffee. Not malt, coffee. The taste was the surprising, but dare I say awesome combination of an IPA and a stout. My hometown fav's do this thing where they bring the hops and the dark sweet malts in big numbers. This did the IPA-Stout combo and nailed it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It’s always exciting to have a brewery come to Indiana for the first time – here’s to beer without borders.

Brewed four months before the date of this tasting – Bottled on 11/08/2012.

A: I love the color on this one – it’s a deep mahogany, dark, but with a significant amount of light pouring through to illuminate the body. Bubbles rise up to a short, fleeting head, then leave a string of lace as they quickly descend.

S: An earthy nose consisting of roasted malt scents of peat, flint, burnt toast, and strong black coffee, some of the most natural aromas from dark malts I’ve ever come across; I feel like I’m sticking my face in a big bag of chocolate malt at the homebrew shop. Hops provide a complementary pine and grass character, but, interestingly enough, an unexpected kick of lemon, lime, and orange, too. Rounded out by bittersweet chocolate toward the back end, these West Coast hop notes finish the nose with a tone not unlike those chocolate oranges you have to smack before you eat.

T: All hops on the front of the palate, with tastes of lemon rind, citrus fruit, and bright, herbal pine shining in true IPA glory. This is a beer of hop flavor, not just bitterness – the descriptor “sticky” has no place here, as this is more of a rindy, plant-like hoppiness. This tastes authentic, and I love that about it. As it continues on, the malt tastes unfold in a bevy of roasty coffee, soil, bitter cocoa, and smoky, burnt biscuits, adding flavor and balance rather than thick sugars to counteract the hops. This is how a beer should be put together: natural ingredients in subtle yet fulfilling dimensions. The aftertaste here is similar to what you would get after drinking your cappuccino in the morning, darkly roasty, dry, though slightly metallic, extending for quite a long time.

M: Perfect for the style – velvety, real ale carbonation and a relatively light body. Great mix of the refreshing and filling qualities that brewers should strive to achieve. Is there really nothing amiss in this beer?

O: I love this beer, and that’s coming from a guy who doesn’t particularly treasure this style. Clown Shoes seems to have an incredible grasp on the beauty of natural brewing ingredients, and for that, they’ve instantly gained my respect and attention.

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