Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

very good
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 jonvan04
2.44/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle on a trip to Boston. This was my first beer I've had from this brewery. The beer was bottled on 9/2011. It poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma was grassy and dry, almost resembled a dry sponge. The taste was of overwhelmingly vegetal hop flavors without much of a malt presence. The carbonation and mouthfeel were appropriate for this style. Normally I love this style and I love hoppy beers, but the grassy hop flavors made it very difficult for me to finish the glass.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark brown with hints of dark ruby, a small business town head. Nose is a bit off, it's malty and a bit astringent and just not exciting.

The taste has an iron flavor along with some light astringency, there is a light hop bite on the finish. The Mouthfeel is fairly thick and rich but it's just not an impressive beer.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says it was bottled in the first week of February. Poured into a tulip. Nice dark black color. Light colored almost mocha colored but not quite head. The lacing is nice and sticky. The head is about half an inch large.

The aroma is a 50/50 split between burnt char and orange juicey hops. The burnt aroma doesn't really work well here for me; it seems a bit harsh and a bit much. It reminds me a bit of burnt bacon a bit.

Despite their best efforts, the hops are overwhelmed with roasted bitterness. The hops merely add a hint of mint and herbal qualities in the finish; though not enough to warrant the advertised hoppiness. Though I can't site anything offensive in the taste, it is very underwhelming.

The body is relatively light and the mouthfeel is slightly crispy, allowing for a nice drinking experience. Overall, this is not a very good example of a hoppy black ale. I can think of a few others I would much rather have.

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Photo of DrunkenMonk
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown forming a nice tan frothy head.

A light scent of hops.

Tastes of hops upon first sip leading to roasted malt flavors. Finishes with a lingering bitter taste that just does not dissipate.

Overall, the beer has bold bitterness that is not pleasurable.

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Photo of NickyPogs
2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I expected in a black IPA. Had a very deep chocolate color and poured with a great deal of head. There was too much roasted malted taste and not enough hop for my liking. A decent beer but not the IPA I was looking for. Would recommend for a stout drinker.

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Photo of bgkeeley
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was really wanting to hate this beer due to the literature that came with it, all about how much clown shoes meant to the owner, and then really wanting to love it because of my initial reaction. What I found was a beer that was okay but just that.

Pouring the beer I was excited! the head oh what a head I got about a half and inch of extremely dense head when pouring, and the beer is as black as pitch with a medium heavy lacing. The nose is sweet and hoppy with a touch of citrus. The carbonation is just about perfect for a beer of this type.

It is in the mouth where the beer falls a bit flat. The hops overwhelm the beer, and the hops just frankly aren't that interesting. We get bitter, black walnut style bitter that goes on and on and on and on in a tiresome fashion with a slightly tannic finish. It doesn't finish clean like some of the other black IPAs on the market, instead we get a lingering long uninteresting hop finish I was looking forward to a bend toward the citrus notes in the smell, but no such luck.

However I love the alcohol content! 7 percent is nice.

So if you loooove hops and aren't particular how interesting the beer is, this could work for you. Otherwise if someone offers you it at a party you should enjoy it happily, otherwise I wouldn't go out looking for it.

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Photo of gfreed
2.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A whopper of a head is probably the most notable thing about this beer-- it's tall, dark and thick, sinking at the edges and lasting forever in the center. With the deep dark color of the beer, it looks for all the world like a good stout. A somewhat toasted aroma is mixed with rubber and some tart citrus. Thick body, which goes well with the color and the head, but the taste was sadly overshadowed by vinyl and burned wheat toast. The hops tasted raw and dry and way too bitter, and the edges were quite sharp. Get rid of the sharpness and the vinyl and this could be a decent beer in an IPA style. For the time being, however, it's a pass.

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Photo of Jammies
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours black with about a quarter an inch of foam which slowly dissipates.

S - slightly dank smelling. A leafy and swampy odor overwhelms the sweet smells.

T - weet and grassy. Not as hot as Hoppy Feet 1.5, but still malty and not that impressive.

M - Not too heavy. medium body and the malts do not linger as much as expected. A slightly coarse finish.

O - pretty disappointed. More tolerable than the 1.5, but Stone's Black IPA is still my favorite for this style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/29, so you know it's still good. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Like the name, this beer is black bodied with two fingers thick of head. The aroma has the standard roasted malt component, also astringent malt, and...nail polish remover? A wee bit of hops make their mark as well, but it's the nail polish remover which concerns me.

Taste; nail polish remover first thing. Talk about a mood dampener. It adds an unpleasant bitterness to what looks like an otherwise good beer. The malt has a bittersweet taste, then it seems to go semi-sweet. A little bit of hops and resin and ending with a dry finish. The beer is medium bodied and soft with a texture which is almost creamy.

What a tease. Hoppy Feet has so much promise if it weren't for that off-note. Next time, no quality control problems please.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of dusty tan micro-foam. The nose comprises chocolate, light roasted malts, dry pine needles, and very light sand (honestly, what my brain associates with this smell is sand...). The taste holds notes of coffee, darkly roasted malts, light leather, light char, sharp pine resin, and lime skin. Things come off decidedly bitter and acrid, to the point that my face evinces my body's inner wincing. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, what seems like a good beer decides to go all Mr. Hyde on my tongue, ruining everything. I'm not sure what happened, but it's just too darkly bitter and astringent for my liking.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to neorunner for this. "Bottled the middle of April 2011". Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute.

The pour is a dark root beer color. The glass allows the deep reds and browns to collect in a satiny black. A tall, pale tan head fades to an uneven layer with lots of doily looking lace.

There really isn't a whole lot going on here that I like. Some ashy, almost smokey dark malts with a slight roast to them. Hops are just all pine, but aren't bursting out like I would hope. It doesn't smell bad, just not interesting. There's no wow factor.

The hops are giving off at least a little bit of citrus here, but its still predominately pine. Coffee and cocoa roastiness build the charcoal laden malt base. The finish is a nice, clean, even bitterness that is style appropriate.

The feel of this beer is the best part. It's carbonation is nicely dialed back. The body is smooth, very creamy for a black IPA. The finish is long and very dry. It goes well with the bitter cocoa and pine aftertaste.

Nothing too special here. There isn't anything wrong with it, its just not memorable.

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Photo of TK5150
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On draft at the GLB

A- Dark brown with some ruby/light brown highlights. Small beige head consisting of small bubbles.

S- Dark malts with hints of piney american hops.

T- Dry cocoa powder and the bitterness from piney hops and roasted malts. The bitterness becomes the major taste of the beer as I continue to finish off the glass. I really enjoy dark hoppy beers, and this was majorly disappointing. Not much hop flavor, nor much complexity.

M- Medium bodied and low carbonation. If this had higher carbonation I probably would not have finished the beer, so in this case it helped.

D- Not conducive to drinking another glass. Liked it less and less as I drank. Will not get again.

I have only had two beers from Clown Shoes, this and Brown Angel. Brown Angel was very nice, this was not.

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Photo of sweethome
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a nice dark coffee color. Nice tan head, fluffy. Nose is big floral blast of grapefruit. A hint of roast.

Entry is medium bodied, astringent hop bite. Little development of flavor due to astringent bite. The most astringent and bitey beer I have had that was not homebrew. Yes, that it what it reminds me of, one of my first attempts at an ipa.

The finish is equally harsh....enough said.

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Photo of beerlust
3/5  rDev -22.9%

I really wanted to like Hoppy Feet by Clown Shoes, what a great name. It was hyped
to me by a friend before it was available locally, and took some time to find. I don't care for it, too sharp
and bitter. And I LIKE sharp and bitter beer! I'm still looking for a Hoppy Feet brew that I like.
Stone, Uinta and Shorts all made a better black ale. Skip this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by Huhzubendah. Thanks, Matt. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a fairly-good off-white to tan head. Mild lacing and a thin cap. The nose brings forward some slight roast as well as a bit of hoppy character--mostly a bit of pine. Some toasted malt in the background as well. Nothing really seems to gel here. The taste follows along the same lines. There's some roast and there's some pine, but I don't really get anything coming together. The finish has something off with a very strange dryness. A bit too much chocolate for the style. The finish is a bit astringent. I liked their brown much better; something about this one just didn't really work for me.

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Photo of andylipp
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance -Not black, as one might expect from the name, but a deep brownish red that unwillingly allows light through. Mocha colored head of about ¾ inch formed in my tulip taster, and it faded pretty quickly. The second pour (after it warmed a bit) produced a much more impressive head, yet is still subsided swiftly. A bit of lacing, but not a bunch.

Smell -I noted a spicy, piney hop scent and not much else. Perhaps a bit of malt sweetness in the nose as it warms.

Taste -It's interesting how the initial hop taste was of a compost-y variety; not unpleasant but not your typical IPA hop profile, either. Heavy on the pine, with a bit sweet malt aroma. That sweetness dies a quick death, though. The roasted grain character rears its head in the middle but disappears as quickly as it arrived. There's a dry-ish finish that gives way to an even later bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -The mouthfeel is quite creamy, yet not as viscous as, say, a Baltic porter. Carbonation is perfect; spot-on for the style.

Drinkability- The hop profile is not to my liking. Still, the interesting malt bill and dry finish makes it pretty drinkable in my book.

Comments- I would have liked to have seen much more roasted malt character in this brew to balance out the pine-sol hop profile.

A baseball analogy seems appropriate for this beer overall: not a swing and a miss, but this one only has warning track power.

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Photo of nas5755
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the BBC.

The pour revealed a black beer with a nice head on the lighter side of tan. The lacing was spectalur and followed the beer all the way down the glass. The nose has citus hops and a slight tinge of dark malt. The taste was light on the citrus hops, one dimensional malts(porter like) and a bitter afterbite that was quite pleasant. This beer was smooth with a good carbonation level. Overall, this was a decent beer.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown color, thick lacy head.
Aroma: Chocolate hoppy aroma.
Flavor: Dark chocolate flavor, very hoppy body and bitter finish. This is a full bodied brew with slightly acidic carbonation.
Overall: This beer's taste like a dark ale/stout-hybrid. It’s true to its name; it is bitterly hoppy.

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Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of lacing left behind.  

Earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by a roasted malt character.  More malty than hoppy with hints of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toffee.  Theres a floral hop presence but it's a bit too malty with no citrus or sweetness and the hops are overpowered by the roasted notes.  

Medium bodied with a nice bitter, dry hop presnce up front with hints of floral hops and earthy pine.  Underneath there is a prominent roasted malt character with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmealal.  Slightly acrid but not overly bitter.  Faint sweetness and subtle lactic cream but overall the bitterness from the hops compliments the roasted malt.  A bit bitter, dry and earthy but not from the hops.  Too malty to be an ipa and not enough complexity to be a hoppy dark beer.  

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another black ipa, must be reviewing some 2012/2013 beers. Solid full inch of head on a black beer that had some brown running through it. Aroma was more roasty than hoppy, nope that's not how you're supposed to do it.

Lots of bitter roastiness. Body is hefty. This is a porter. This is not an ipa. Decent, but terrible style guideline stuff on this one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, no date

pours almost black, just a bit of brown around the edges of the glass. thin white head that fades. more roast in the aroma than expected, with with some earthy hops. taste is fairly bitter, and quite acidic. very dry aftertaste. medium body and carbonation level.

after having the hoppy feet 1.5 and thinking it was great, I was very disapointed in this beer. the flavors just don't jive together very well.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying to explore different IPA's I'm excited to see a few offerings of Black IPA's at the local store. This is the first tasting.
Light barley able to show through, dark toasted grain color. Thin frothy head dwindles slowly.
Medium amount of citrus hop aroma backed by a mild toasted grain. Great twist on a IPA. Nice ballance of malt and hops, slight favor in the hops.
Toasted grain hits right up front. Throws ya for a loop. More like a porter. Some coffee notes pop in mixed with mild citrus-piney hop flavor. Reviewer would perfer to have a hoppier profile. Finishes much like a stout with clean grain flavors and some bitterness.
Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Builds only slightly. Needs improvement. Some hop resins cling to mouth.
Offering didn't meet reviewers expectations. Nice crafted offering, but would rather see a bigger body with a higher IBU.

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Photo of Blueowl
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have admit a certain prejudice that was welling up inside as I opened and poured this brew. I've been on the fence when it comes to products put forward by Clown Shoes having been disappointed by some of there offerings. I struggle to keep an open mind as I dislike the extreme polarity of modern opinion holders. Blah, blah, blah.
It poured dark, had a reasonable about of foam, the aroma was pleasant with a hint of hops. The taste was pleasant and reminiscent of a decent though not outstanding stout. Stout? Black IPA? What is this stuff? I went back to the reference materials for a definition which seems to place it in its own category based on brewing method,ABV,IBU's and so forth. I acquiesced and finished the liquid in the glass no matter what it was called. In the end I actually enjoyed it and would try it again if it came my way.
Please forgive all this subjective blather. I promise to be more objective and less haughty in the future. A logo for a brewery in NH states "Fear No Beer" something I shall take to heart and with an open mind.

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Photo of Redsox4life123
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been a black ipa fan and hoppy feet doesn't change my mind. Pours like a dark coke product with 2" of head. Aroma-roasted malt little citrus. Taste was very bitter. Again lots of roasted malts, some citrus notes but overshadowed. Bitter after taste.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Cola-colored black with ruby red highlights. 1 finger of off-white head with good retention.

Tangerine, pine, caramel and Tootsie Roll.

Bitter pine with notes of tangerine and lemon. Caramel, Cola, charcoal and cocoa nibs. Pine needles are full force in the finish along with some grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, oily, bitter and dry.

It's okay. Nothing that I would buy again though.

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