Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

very good
1,455 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 Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma is definitely on the hoppy side with nice resiny and earthy notes, but you also get some milk chocolate and coffee. Taste starts really balanced with the hoppy notes and also chocolate and roasted malt. Finish is even more roasty and bitter with some coffee notes as well. Medium, smooth feeling body with soft carbonation. I really enjoy black IPAs and this one is really well made and tasty.

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Photo of gautch726
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a dark red hue. Comes lidded with a heavy, float-esque head that leaves behind a wealth of lace on your glass. Aroma is negligible with a bit of hops carrying as well as a bit of cinnamon. It has a creamy texture that turns rough as the flavors bite in. Hops, chocolate, cinnamon, more hops.

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Photo of beertraveler08
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Look-This beer is extremely dark and has about a 1 inch head with a sticky lace.

Smell-The smell is smoky pine with a sweet undertone of citrus and maple.

Taste- The taste is burnt pine with a heavy hop mouth kick and finishes with bitter citrus

feel-The feel is a very lingering taste that is rich in flavor and stays around for a while.Very filling and gets better as the beers warms to room temp.

Overall-I really wanted to try this beer and was able to get my hands on it.I was impressed by the smell and look but was blown away by the first sip.I love this style of beer and recommend anyone who loves dark beer and hops to try this one.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark thin tan head with visible carbonation around the edges. Smells of roasty malts and dark fruits with a little mild alcohol scent. The beer was a little drying and had a short finish. A quick medium malt sweetness followed quickly with biscuit-like mild malt and a mild alcohol with moderate hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of ctufano
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great mouth feel and taste. Very dark. Didn't get much head, but great lace. I love ipa but am gravitating more toward stouts and porters simply for mouth feel. First black ipa for me. Really liked it.

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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 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 q33jeff
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to goblet. Rated this b4 on the old app, but doing it fresh here without consulting. Aroma is Light hops and pine. Faint, but plesant. Appearance is Dark black. Medium off white head, large bubbles. Taste is wood, pine, resin. Mouthfeel has a sticky finish. Thin throughout though. Good beer, but I've had many better black IPA's. (Uinta, Firestone Walker, 211st Amendment to name a few).

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Insanely thick head with even the most conservative, down-the-side pour. With half a glass to go, head is still 1/2". Stong aroma of roasted grain from a very rich chocolate brown with no light shining through the glass. A licorice taste comes out after a bit. The label says 80 IBUs which seems high to my taste. Classed as a black ale, not an IPA, but I would vote to move this to the IPA column.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a solid dark black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lingering messy lacing roamed around the glass adequately.
The smell started off with a big slick wet pine, smelled really fresh like it was just plucked right on off a pine tree. After a bit of warming, light roasty coffee and cocoa runs into the pine and blends nicely.
The taste was moderately sweet with the roast making a good effort to balance yet still have a nice bitterness to also make a sly backing in the flavor. Pine and roasty coffee makes the aftertaste and runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel had a semi-roasty to semi-sweet balanced bittersweet piney/roastiness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, I'd say this was a nice black ale that I would have again.

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Photo of kitch
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 2nd March 2015 and poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Poured a near opaque black with a one finger caramel coloured head that dissipated slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Begins with caramel malts and toffee followed by notes of pine, grass and also some dark chocolate.

Taste: Caramel, black coffee and bittersweet chocolate followed by grassy and piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice hoppy Black IPA that I would revisit again.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid black IPA. Pours black with a thin khaki lacing that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of slight pine, grass, oats and roasted coffee. The hops come through first and foremost followed by roasted oats and then a nice bitterness to round it all off. I'm not a fan of black IPAs in general (I felt like giving it another shot) but it's easy to tell that this is a good representation of the style that's easy to drink.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a very large creamy caramel color head. Dark in color with a very hoppy smell to it, along with some sweetness. Has an overwhelming hop taste that matches the smell.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The hops seem to perfectly match up with an assertive, yet refined roast character. Notes of West coast hops dance around dark malts like mad men around a fire. Lighter in body than one would expect of such substantial flavors.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m relatively new to Clown Shoes and have loved their beers so far. This one is a Black IPA, which to me is like a unicorn, because they seem a bit rare and the great ones are even harder to come by. This one is a perfect 7.0% ABV and is as black as an India Brown Ale and almost as black as an Imperial Stout.

Look-Well I’ve already said that it is a dark beer so I’ll just add that it has orange/red tint that shines through on the side of the glass even in a dim light. The head is has a brown hue that seems like the darkness has been bleeding into the one and a half thick foamy head. The lacing is off-white and bubbly.

Smell-It smells first of caramel malts and hops. I get notes of citrus, pine, and grassy hops that overshadow the slight toffee and roasted coffee malts. The malts are a bit muted in my opinion.

Taste-The smell follows the nose, but the hops are more pronounced. The astringency from the hops mixes in a peculiar but interesting fashion with the caramel malts and toasted grains. There are also grassy notes that shine through. This brew isn’t very sweet since it is a Black IPA. It was true to its name so that is cool. I get some tangerine and orange peel from the hops.

Mouthfeel-It has a slight stickiness, but is creamy and smooth. It is medium-bodied and crisp. The carbonation is perfect and complements the medium alcohol content.

Overall-It has a refreshing cola aspect to it as well as a well-balanced flavor that reminds me of a more hoppy version of Dogfish Head’s India Brown Ale (see my review of that one for more information).

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking out of a tulip glass

L: Real dark, nearly opaque, like a stout. Thick frothy head wtih nice lacing. Sexy looking beer
S: Kind of faint, IMO. Sweet odor, some sting from the hops on the nose. Roasted malt.
T: Really great flavor. I would say my only qualm with the beer is it is somewhat acrid from the combination of dark roast malt and the choice of hops here. I like it but the bitterness is a bit much, and I like IPAs. Other than that, has that chocolately/coffee and creme flavor you'd expect from a dark beer such as this. The hops are nice, a bit on the pungent side, somewhat piney. Kind of lacks balance and drinkability.
F: As mentioned somewhat acrid/astringent, sort of pulls the moisture from your mouth. Medium carbonation, heavy drinking.
O: I like this beer. Always a fun style. That being said this one has a lot of flavor, and a decent amount of booze, which makes it kind of hard to have more than a few of. Not my first run with it, certainly won't be my last.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a well made balanced beer that i would definitely get if i see again. Reminds me of Victory's Storm King and He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
Smell: molasses, wet hops, roasted malt, brown sugar and caramel
Taste: bitter taste that mixes roasted malt and hops that changes to dark chocolate, caramel and wet hops combined
Mouthfeel: Creamy heavy feel that finishes crisp and clean

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Photo of ralph-pine
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer of great character. It looks like an Irish stout and tastes like a strong IPA. Bitter, sweet fragrance, beautiful presence. However, it is not easy to grasp, is not for everyone.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark amber/brown with reddish accents. 1" off white head that recedes at a snails pace. Retention & lacing are top-flight.

S: Very muted aromas. Piney hops & graham cracker malt. Maybe dark chocolate.

T: Comes on off-sweet with more of the graham cracker aspect & some not-bitter dark chocolate. Mid palate has almost a date-like quality that quickly transitions into black coffee bitterness & more piney, bitter hops to finish. Quite nice!

M: Generously carbed with a pretty burly malt body. It has a silky richness that fits the flavors.

O: I could see myself drinking this pretty regularly, I like the complexity & notable bittering hop additions.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unique blend of Columbus and Amarillo hops in this IPA. Get your pallet ready for the 80 IBU blitz.
Served on tap, but bottles of this are easy to find.

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Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ipswich MA is the east coast San Diego.
Love Clown Shoes brews.

A. espresso color and a sea-foam beige head that lasts nicely and leaves lots of lace.

S: Roasted malts appear first, with wood char and peat fire, but then piney/minty hops emerge as if thrown on the fire.

T: Blacked dark bread, then piney hops assault with a minty-bitter-peppery direction. Lots of complexity, good sipper.

F: Medium body with prickly, carbonation, and nice cream feel.

O: This is a major, bitter explosion on the buds without much fruit and mostly dark char, fire, pepper, pine, mint, herbs. Like herbs thrown on a fire pit.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour obsidian black with a roaring khaki colored creamy head, lacing is moderate to high. At a distance of about 8in from the glass I get strong floral aroma hops with caramely roasted malts smells trying to peak through, closer to the glass I get more of the biscuity base malt smells tinged with a slight vanilla finish. In the beginning of the taste I get a brilliant balance of caramel and dried fruit, followed in the end with a strong but not overpowering presence of bittering hops. This one isn't too heavy on the palate and finishes nicely. Overall its very balanced, mingling the dangerous black malts and base malts with the bitter and fruity hops. The only thing for me at the end was plastic like taste lingering between sips, but this fades about 1/4 of the way through the beer. I'm honestly surprised this one isn't rated higher, but everyone has a different palate.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. The nose had the requisite hoppiness but it was not impressive overall. Certainly the flavor profile was significantly more hoppy than malty.

This was a fine effort but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of Direwolf25
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body and beautiful head. Stout-like. First sip though not nearly as hoppy as hoped. Unexpected dry finish, only slightly bitter with heavy coffee notes.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Brilliant deep dark beown with a 1” light tan foam cap that produces light lace. Smell: Smells like a light chocolate cola with races of hops. Taste: Very creamy palate chocolate, cola, anise – the hops give the chocolate a bittersweet character. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium carbonation, fine and soft, creamy.

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