Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,457 Ratings
Hoppy FeetHoppy Feet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,457
Reviews:
427
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
267
For Trade:
2
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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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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.

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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.  

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