Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jlindros on 12-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of gfreed
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
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 -28.2%
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 Userme59
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rjbell
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
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 -24.3%
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%
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 -23.3%
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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of sweethome
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of beerlust
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,457 ratings
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