Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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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 MikeBrandman
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review based on notes

A - Poured into a snifter with 3 fingers of white head. Black body with ruby tones around the edges. No visible carbonation or sediment.

S - Strong hoppy smell. Refreshing and bitter smell. Burnt malts.

T - Reminds me of a porter. Slightly more bitter than most porters. Decent malt backbone.

MF - On the heavier side, slightly chewy.

D - Fair. Strong aftertaste that stays on the tongue after you finish your drink.

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Photo of mynie
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I sure do wish there was some formal boundaries between Schwarz's, American Blacks, and Black IPAs. And I wish there was like some kind of Brewer's code that made sure they weren't improperly labeled.

This beer tastes like super roasted malt and decent kick of dry hops. It's more like a dry stout mixed with a little bit of citrusy American hops than it is an IPA. And there's nothing wrong with that, really, except for that this was labeled as a black IPA and I'm in the mood for a black IPA.

There's also a little inconsistency in the flavor, even though the aroma is pretty tight. It starts off like coffee, moves into a blend of dry and citrus hops, and then on the very back end there's this hint of like nitrogen, only it's not nitrogen it's just a little unpleasant medicinal gas.

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Photo of delta490
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with no light getting through. There is a creamier light tan head that mostly disappears but still leaves some good small sticky lacing. The aroma is very faint with just a whisp of pine hops. The taste is a little more robust but not by much. It is pretty heavily carbonated, as well. What there is is pretty good but there needs to be more.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 2/21/13

Large chocolate milk head with beautiful lacing. Brew is black like night.

Smells like roasted caramel and chocolate. Not much hop character.

Tastes like burnt tortilla chips...*_* Not an overdose of hop, or for that matter, any hops. Aftertaste is very soapy and unrefined. Toasty, salty, strangely bitter and well carbonated.

EEEK. Not sure this can get a recommendation at $3/12oz... Glad I tried it, but wont be back.

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Photo of codsmith
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice black color with a hint of amber/brown to the color and a small tan head that stays just above the top of the beer

S: Somewhat of an earthy bitter smell from the hops. Picking up some sweetness from the malt but no roasted character that you would expect from a CDA. Misses the mark here

T: Sweet in the forefront, but finishes very bitter.

M: Light-medium body. carbonation levels are good.

O: Was really expecting to have a good CDA that had the roasted malts present to separate it from a regular IPA, but it wasn't here. Also, hop selection wasn't able to balance this one out as it had sweetness on the taste, but ended very finished bitter. It would be nice to have a better blend.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a big, tan head.

Smells of pine, dank, and citrus hops. It has an excellent hop nose.

Taste is up-front hop, pine and citrus mixing nicely here, then a slightly roasted character comes in and finishes with an odd chalky character.

Medium bodies and really smooth. It goes down easy.

All indications were that this was going to be great, but the taste just does not live up to the small, look, and feel of the beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Poured well, black, with decent head that retained throughout

Not much on the nose, a whiff of roasted

Taste was initially interesting, but the burnt taste stayed on the back on the mouth for a long time.

Mouthful was full, but the continual bitter burnt taste was a bit off putting.

Overall, a decent enough offering, though doubt I would buy a six-pack, certianly not a case.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass, it has a jet black color body with a thick cream head. The smell has a roasted malt aroma to it. The taste has a dark chocolate and roasty ness to it, I get a little hop on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is good and overall a good beer.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass, super-psyched to find this at one of my local favorite spots. Thanks Paulie and the boys at the West End Beverage Center in Olean/Allegany....

A-Ink Black, decent head and decent lacing, kind of plateuas here for me

S-Eh, its ok. A bit heavy on roast (to be expected), weird medicinal kind of thing going on here, uh oh, I think I may have gotten an old or bad bottle

T-Really ordinary, nothing special

M-See the above, but thinner

O-will have to see if this was an abberation, particularly based on many of my fellow BA's who's opinions I respect...

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Very dark with slight head that went away quick. The way a black ipa should look.
Smell - I can slight smell toasted malty slight coffee smell.
Taste - good amount of hops but still has a good dark taste.
Feel - medium body with slight carbonation.
Overall - this ipa was pretty good. Must drink it fresh. I drank it slightly aged and thought it was horrible.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy feet has a dark brown body with a slab of lighter colored head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma has a good bite of bitter hops with some pine and bits of roasted malt.

The hops come through first, with a bit of pine and citrus, but more bitterness than anything. The hops fade into a roasted malt profile with loads of dark bread. Hoppy feet is pretty good, but it seems to be missing the interesting characteristics that I have picked up in other beers of this style; namely, the minty, almost herbal flavor that I get that comes out of a mix of the hops and malt.

Moderate body with smooth carbonation.

Hoppy Feet is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during a regular meeting of my beer tasting club. Didn't check a best before date, but this was fresh out of the store.

A - starts out promising with a deep. dark black pour with a finger of tan head that left just a little streaky lacing on the glass

S - a bit unusual on the nose with not much for hops, but HUGE dark chocolate notes

T - again, not much for hops with this, but lots and lots of dark malts, and dark chocolate in particular. Accompanying the chocolate was some moderate sweetness; can't say this is what I was expecting at all!

M - in spite of its dark color and toasty malts this was still fairly light in body; it had a little carbonation and its bitterness stuck for a while in the back of the throat

D - goes down relatively easy

Overall I would have preferred a few more dimensions to this beer; it seemed like it was all chocolate and dark malts. Would have loved a bigger malt profile to balance it out. Hop in the Dark and Sublimely are better choices IMO.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/11 (sampled 9/1/11).

Appearance: Black glass shows some clarity at the edges and holds a tan head that laces in heavy clumps.

Smell: Some hops, not outrageous but there. Some roasted malt and a clean yeast smell I'm starting to associate with Clown Shoes. I want to say it's Chico yeast from Sierra Nevada, very neutral, bland even.

Taste: Roasty, probably too much so for the fledgling Black Ale (Black IPA on the label, Cascadian Ale, whatever) style, leaves it more stout like. Again, hops are here but not assertive, more in the finish with a long bitterness rather than a fresh cone taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily finish, lower carbonation level.

Overall: A pretty tasty beer, my pick of the litter of the Clown Shoes that have made it to Texas. I would put this into the American Stout category myself as it doesn't come with the hops I expect of an IPA, black or otherwise. It's the first Clown Shoes I could see getting another bottle of.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rich and hoppy! Pours obsidian black with a medium dark tan head. Scents of charcoal, coffee, chocolate. Taste is good. Nicely crafted, boldly hopped. There are some bitter chocolate flavored, some definite char and coffee tones. A heavy mouthfeel with muted hop aftertaste. A good beer but not a session. It's bold and in your face and after one you're tired of tasting all that flavor.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a near pitch-black color with a brown head. It was foamy and very large because of the aggressive pour. Lot of sticky retention on the glass.

S--Hop forward. But the hops are soon displaced by the malty, porter-like qualities of the beer. Espresso and chocolate are heavy. A bit of caramel and heavy malts.

T--Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, hops, and malts. This is a cornucopia of beer styles. It has the IPA bitterness, but a porter chocolate, creaminess on the backend. Very strange brew.

M--Medium-bodied. Bitterness of the hops is replaced by the sweetness of the malt, but then comes the coffee/dark chocolate bittersweet flavor. The taste lingers in the mouth for a long time.

O--I love IPAs, but so far Black IPAs have not been that good for me. I think it has too much porter-quality for me. This was a very strong, hopped beer, though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite an impressive full inch of deep mocha head atop of a rather pitch black looking beer. Mild ruby hues at the base but very faint.
S - Smell is very timid with little roast or pine but it does smell rather hoppy.
T - Ow god this is one hoppy brew! Bittering unbalanced acidic hops meets a charcoal like roast body. Hoppiness lingers long after the sip on the tongue. Hard to choke down.
M - Medium bodied, kind of slick but so damn hoppy.

Overall I like my black IPA's to balance the hops to roasty malts and this one fails pretty hard. Only get this one if your looking for some serious tongue abuse.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 32oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance: a dark black color with a two finger white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells: has a hay like hop smell with a real roasted malt character.

Tastes: I do taste the hops ,but I taste more of a dark malt flavor that does have a hint of chocolate but is very subtle.

Mouthfeel: quite smooth and mellow with the roasted aftertaste, but the sticky nice bitter taste lingerers for awhile. The roasted flavor covers the 7% and creates an easy drinking experience. I will buy another bottle, and I am interested to see how this compares to there 1.5 Hoppy Feet.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is full of piney hops, as well as a good dose of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a lot of bitter chocolate and burnt malt notes, with some pine from the hops also mixed in. The bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Small Bar Fullerton. Deep chestnut brown, with some ruby edges. Off-white head fades to a thin layer, but leaves an impressive patchwork of lace.

Roasty notes, with some pine, citrus and floral hop notes. A bit of a mineral feel in the nose as well.

Darker, roasty malt up front without a lot of sweetness. A bit ashy. Hops come in a bit piney, and earthy. Well balanced. Finishes dry.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty nice, even though it is not my favorite style.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 09/06/11
Bomber to pint

A: Hoppy Feet pours jet black with a dark ruddy brown edge to it. Massive mocha frappe head formed with great staying power and scattered waves of lacing down the glass.

S: Aromas are rich with coffee bean and roasty grains. Smoky even. A slightly burnt toffee nuttiness and some citrus peels.

T: Rich nutty smoky grains. Roasted coffee beans. Some chocolate. Intense bitters that are citrus & pine and really hit you in the jowels. Slight astringency from it all coming together like a burnt earth acridness. Some alcohol. Dry crispy finish. More like a hoppy stout.

M: Med-low body with a rather smooth creamy texture, decent carbonation, and light dry finish.

D: Interesting brew that I can possibly see offending certain palates. Def more on the side of a smoky stout or porter.
Borderline completely out of whack with a burnt hops effect but they make it work with a smooth creamy drink that is still quite hoppy and enjoyable.

Big shout to Charliedvrs - Glad to have tried and a want of mine.

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Photo of hmph
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Graciously received in trade with robtobfest , who loaded up an awesome box again, many thanks!

A - Dark, black IPA properly describes its looks for sure, creamy light khakis head , otherwise black brew beneath

S - Fruity hop notes with some darker bakers chocolate, a bit of nuttiness maybe?

T - sweet with a bit of tart bitterness, darker fruits, some citrus hop come in at the end and mix with nice smoother choclate

O - Its a pretty good, nice mix of darker fruits and some hop notes mixed in , its a nicely done Black IPA, but something is almost missing, good but not outstanding

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a Giant the Washington D.C. area. Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a beautiful two finger light tan head crowning a black body showing almost no highlights. The pour revealed this to be a translucent beer, black in color but not as thick as an imperial stout.

The first whiff reveals course un-tamed hops, which make up most of the nose of this beer. Some swirling brings up minor notes of chocolate and caramel, but hops still dominate.

On the palate this beer is the melding of two worlds, the darker brown ale/porter world and the IPA. Hops are infused into everything going on, and they take center stage. However additional bitterness is added by roasted malts, which makes for an interesting taste experience.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but smooth and full, which is a fine accomplishment.

Conclusion: I really wish I could like this beer more, however it reminds me of a over-hopped strong stout I brewed a while back, and that beer was sort of a black mark on my homebrewing track record. The mixture of darkly roasted malts with hops is interesting and no doubt tasty to some, but it doesn't ring my bell.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours black with a rocky tan head head and some nice lacing:

S: the nose is mostly just roasted malts with Some piney and herbal hop notes. There's a bit of citrus peel aroma and a mild tropical fruit character.

T: The flavor is quite bitter from the combination of roasted malt and piney hops. Decently herbal with some citrus peel flavors, too. Slightly chalky with hints of fruits.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Too much roasted malt without enough hop flavor or aroma to it.

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Photo of ms11781
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a big, 3 finger tan head. Color is almost black but the reddish colors on the side and bottom of the glass tell me it's not quite. Foamy lacing covers the majority of the glass.

Nose is very hoppy at first, only to be balanced out by a heavy malt presence. Grapefruit and piny hops come on first before some roasted malts aromas (and perhaps some chocolate notes) fill in.

A good dose of grapefruit shows up first in the taste before a huge roasted malt flavor comes in. Not getting the chocolate notes that were in the nose but the malt presence is still high. As big as those flavors are, the taste is dominated by a hugely bitter, piny, resinous, bitter finish.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Light body for the style (not a bad thing here) with carbonation on the higher end of medium. Bitter finish that lingers for what seems like forever.

Pretty good drinkability. The lighter mouthfeel makes it ideal for having more than a pint or two but the bitterness of the hops may make you reach for something else after.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Very dark red with some brown and black mixed in as well, looks kinda sludgy. Ring around the glass. Semi slight dots of lace, nothing extraordinary. Smell is piney, grapefruit that's sharp, semi boozy even with the low ABV, malts are in the forefront. Taste is a black IPA alright, sharp taste of grapefruit and oily hops, resinous. Some malt in the back, not terribly complex. Medium bodied, highly carbed, kinda prickly on the tounge there, bitterness is noted. I kinda liked this stuff, it did not blow me away, but I will look for it again, maybe.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,455 ratings.
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