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 JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up the other day in Totowa, not having a beer from Clown Shoes in quite some time. With all of the Black IPA's out there now, I thought that this would get lost in the shuffle but this was enjoyable and pretty easy to drink, once I let the voluminous head settle down after a while.

No doubt that the pour and appearance were the best aspects of this beer, not that the other features weren't enjoyable either. The head had to be the thickest that I've ever seen for anything out of a bottle that I've emptied into a pint glass, as the bubbles rapidly filled up to the top and didn't quit for quite some time. It was like an ice cream float squared as the tan, creamy suds stuck around for a while, nearly looking solid in nature. The beer itself was quite dark with garnet edges and a good amount of carbonation to boot. Not a strong aroma to this but there was some dark fruit and a toasted maltiness to this. Both of those were found in the taste as well, along with some dark bread and dry, earthy hops that subtly shone through in the back. The IBU's were just right and this came across as a Schwarzbier of sorts to me, but just a bit stronger that a typical one would be.

This had booze for sure but it didn't detract from the taste of this beer and I could only feel a slight warming once I polished this off. The recessed dark fruit tones were enhanced licorice sweetness that tied everything together, without making this seem artificial or not true to style. There's a lot to like here and as this warmed up, it grew nicely on me. A good take on the style that's easy to enjoy year-round and possibly, the best current offering from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of theIPAman
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ale with a thin dissipating head. Notes of caramel malt on the nose. Some sweetness is offset by mild bitterness. Tabacco notes reminicient of a porter. A decent, drinkable beer, but nothing remarkable here. Not sure if I am a fan of the dark IPA style.

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Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with clear ruby when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head required additional pours to fill the glass, then receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mildly of dark malt.

t: Dark fruit and smoke up front under a moderate hop bite which built at the back sides of the tongue. Bitter finish. 80 IBUs makes itself known throughout., though it does mellow out a little later.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: One of the more/most powerfully hoppy black IPAs out there, at 80 IBUs more of a Double Black IPA, and a good one.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just recently became acquainted with Mercury Brewing Co's beers. This is the second I've tried.

Poured beautifully, an opaque brown color with a frothy tan head. Gentle lacing as the beer recedes.

Smells of sweet malts with some mellow hops. There's a minute fruity aroma too, maybe banana or bubble gum is what it reminds me of.

Tastes great. Moderate to high bitterness throughout the sip, gentle sweetness behind that. Earthy flavor. Finishes mostly dry.

A little fizzy, but it doesn't detract from the fullness of the beer. Lots of body.

Very nice.

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Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crests around two fingers of deep tan foam, uneven surface, islands of larger bubbles form, slow dissolve, the lacing is very wide and covers half the area above the surface line, notable. Predictably black liquid, impenetrable but not like a slab of onyx, same fade to a yellow tint near the surface, able to see some very tiny bubbles breaking the surface too. While the nose offers a zesty orange citrus spritz as well as damp earthiness, the cocoa, coffee bean, vanilla to toffee rule things, after that nutty and bready, any foundational grassiness cloaked, stays dry on the whole, tends to hover more than lift and dissipate. Full-bodied, layers nimbly on the tongue, even greater emphasis here on chocolate, cocoa, mocha with coffee and vanilla notes, all feels “powdered” and not sticky sweet. Able to show more greenness which helps it be fresher, seems to fit with the roast well, even touch of chicory at times. More lactose than spice. Minimal fruit, hard to tease out distinct flavors. The orange to grapefruit citrus rises through the finish. Nice how the palate weight remains after the flavors release. It’s very well made but not something many could pound all night.

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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 Fatehunter
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a black body.
The aroma is just about the perfect mixture of roasted malt and lemon.
The taste starts out with the roasted malt, then quickly into the moderate to strong lemon and pine bitterness. Long bitter finish.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
An excellent black IPA.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with Jan. 2014 bottling date, served in a snifter.

Pours opaque and essentially black with a small, semi-durable head.

As per the looks, this is loaded with dark roasted grains. No shortage of hops either, but these two flavor components clash a bit, as is common with black IPAs. More burnt grain flavor and burnt toast than I'd prefer. Black coffee appears mid-taste and lingers on well after the swallow.

O: strongly flavored black IPA with hoppy, if not happy, feet.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: a very dark black colour without much in the way of highlights. No carbonation visible through either. A small off-white head pops up and hangs about for a good time before settling to a thick ring with great lacing.

Aroma: a pretty demure aroma, but what is evident is roasted malts, some nuts, and coffee.

Taste: roasted malts and some citrus hops, with rich tropical fruits. A combination I don't think I have come across too often - and it works.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with some hop bitterness biting at the end. A great beer.

Mouth feel: well-rounded in the mouth - a good structure. Smooth also - a nice easy sipper.

Overall: a great black ale - very different to most of the black ales I have had. More nuances to this one, and richer. Well worth the slightly over AU$100 a case price.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 15, 2014.

Deep dark brown to black pour with a tan head that erupts and becomes a ring.

Great earthy hop character on the nose intermixed with roasted dark malts, vague chocolate, and molasses.

Medium body with a nice smooth texture.

The bitterness roars forward in the first few sips after my palate enjoys the dark, sweet malt character at the beginning. Highly balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A very dark brown almost black in color, a nice tan head at the top that stayed almost the time, lots of frothy lacing around the glass as well.

S: Roasted malts are definitely present, hint of coffee bean as well, the hops give it a slight hint of tropical fruit.

T: Roasted malts and the hops are a perfect combination on this one, coffee is noticeable as well as some brown sugar and some sort of tropical fruit in there as well.

M: Medium bodied, slight bit of carbonation, and a good stickyness.

O: First time trying a beer from this brewery and was definitely impressed with this Black Ipa, a well balanced brew with good flavor and good hop kick, definitely will be trying more of there beers.

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Photo of admiral
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong flavoursome beer that has a good contrast of sweet and bitter

aroma: quite fruity upfront with orange standing out - roasted malt and yeast are also there

taste: grapefruit, orange, orange peel and slight pine all stand-out with a good roasted malt backbone. Good bitterness balanced with a fruity sweetness.

Nice, enjoyable beer to sip on - one bottle is the right amount for me in one sitting.

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

A: Dark brown brew with a generous creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Roasted dark malt, coffee and pine aromas.
T: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark malt backbone and a significant hop profile. M: Medium bodied, smooth with a dry clean bitter finish.
O: Full-flavored balanced black IPA.

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Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with a Clown Shoes product and it was definitely a good one. This ale pours a hearty cola color with a thick tan head which lasts longer than most black ipas. There is substantial lacing and a nice mouth coating chewiness to this ale. The aroma is malty sweet and hoppy bitter with a blend of floral citrus notes and a deep smoky coffee smell. The flavor follows suit. A perfect blend of the hoppy bitterness of an ipa and the sweet smoky maltiness of a porter. This is everything I want and expect from a black ipa. May have even surpassed sublimely self righteous as my new favorite black ipa. Can't wait to try the bottle of Hoppy Feet 1.5 that I picked up at the same time.

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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 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 IronLover
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally black in color. Poured with a short beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left fingers of sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted and lightly charred malt aromas with citrus hops, and touch of sweet dark chocolate. Medium bodied with rich carbonation through the middle and slick oily feel at the end. Dark roasted and burnt malt flavors up front with a touch of chocolate sweetness.  Tangy pine hop bitterness builds through the middle with a hint of citrus hop underneath. Well balanced aromas, intense maltiness, and flavorful hoppiness. I solid black IPA.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Feet is dark brown, almost black with a cola-like look to it but for the head, which is a soft and fluffy but firm one finger tall. It condenses, in a way, to be craggier and thicker while retaining its height for most of the duration and depositing rings and patches as it recedes.
This beer really displays all character this style brings in mixing two different elements as it does. It's as hoppy as any IPA out there, with pine resin and grapefruit along with a drier leafy bitterness and orange peel. This is contrasted with lots of roast, sans char and with no astringency to speak of. There's a nice mix of roast and toast, with complements of freshly ground coffee and wood. The balance of these elements is found in both the aroma and the flavor, and the complementary notes are also found in each.
The mouthfeel strikes the same difficult balance found in the aroma and the flavor. It's dry all the way, toasty and almost chalky but also bright. The medium body works for both elements, and the crispness is good for an IPA without clashing against the roastier character. It's also got a nice smoothness from beginning to end.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with deep, dark ruby red highlights when held to light. Tan, 2 finger head with good retention, resulting in a fine, consistent film of suds across the surface. Leaves a fair amount of lacing with good stick.

Smell - This smells promising! Big citrus notes and a touch of pine and hop spice backed by solid notes of chocolate malt.

Taste - Mostly an earthy, bitter baker's chocolate character upfront, but there's also a noticeable metallic twang which resonates throughout. Hops are subdued, but a subtle citrus pith peaks through near and into the finish, as well as a mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Thins out toward the end and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall - No decipherable freshness date (I found on the bottom of the bottle, and held at a specific angle against a close light source, '2013 B1 0435'. Anyone know?), so unfortunately I cannot cornfirm if this is just an old bottle or just a beer that isn't quite my ideal CDA. A bigger hop bite would be nice.

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

A: Extremely dark, not quite totally opaque, with a finger's width of tan head that has a long retention.

S: Dark roasted malts, and piney hops. Not a lot to say about the aroma because there isn't much of one.

T: Big flavor on the beer, though. Deeply roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, char. The woody hops fit in perfectly, transitioning through the chocolate malts into pine bitterness that holds through until the end.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. The beer is actually not as heavy as the color would indicate, feeling much more like an IPA than a stout or porter.

O: One of the better Black IPAs that I've head. The flavors are well balanced, and play very nicely together. Neither character overwhelms the other, and the lightness of the body really adds to my enjoyment of the bee. A well crafted brew to be sure.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet

Look 9/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

Nice and smooth, much lighter tasting than the malt shows as the the look is a straight flat black. Very way to drink, yet doesn't stand out as a powerhouse~

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Photo of mattcrill
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Aroma: Firm earthy, piney, and cedar-like hop aromas up front. A hint of chocolate that reminds me of the chocolate oranges you get around this time of year. Fermentation character is clean. No esters noted.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a low khaki head that doesn't last long. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More assertive earthy hop bitterness followed by piney and orange-like hop flavors. A bit of chocolate powder hints get dominated by the pine and orange hop flavors. Balance is clearly hoppy. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat. Slight hop derived oily character. No astringency.

Overall impression: A distinctively American hopped Black Ale. The hops are in charge with enough malt character to keep it interesting but definitely plays a background supportive role. Worth trying.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.49 single poured into a weird 10oz looking pint glass thing since nothing else was clean. No bottling date that I can tell.

Appearance: A dark, clear, ruby black. Small fizzy brown head doesn't last long. Minimal lacing. This is the worst part of the beer, but also the least significant.

Smell: Surprisingly bright hops coming through on the forefront in this dark beer. Smells awesome. A bit of citrus fruit, floral hops, and dark fruits (may be the citrus mixing with the dark malts doing that to me).

Taste: One of the best black ales I've had, without a doubt... hopped up very nicely with that "dark" character, without adding a face walloping roast bitterness, or char flavor. Really almost a perfect balance. A bit sweet on the front, a bit bitter on the finish, with that deep roasted malt taking over on the finish, but leaving that lingering hoppiness that makes you want another sip.

Feel: Medium feel and carbonation, which is working just about perfectly for me on this beer. The carbonation brings the taste buds to life to experience all that hoppy goodness. Semi-dry and bitter finish. Mouthfeel actually feels sort of creamy? Just tasty stuff.

Hoppy Feet is better than I thought it would be. A flagship beer any brewery would be lucky to have.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/12/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some light getting through; off-white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate malts along with hints of citrus. There's some sweet grapefruit in the mix alone with some pine. Hints of orange peel as well. Flavors are nice, but they seem redundant and subtle. The hops do their thing though, giving this is a solid bitterness. More chocolate and cocoa malts which are balanced out by the hops. More citrus. Orange zest and pine resin is there. Finishes with some grapefruit. Finishes pretty dry for the most part. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat light. It has moderate carbonation and is smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is an easy drinker.

This is a very solid Black IPA. There's alot to like about it. I do like it, but it leaves me wanting a little more from it. I do appreciate it though. It's pretty good, overall.

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

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany tint, half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark toasted malt. Flavor of toasted malt, charred coffee, mild dark chocolate, grassy hops. Long lingering dark malt and grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice hoppy CDA with good char notes of coffee and malt. Malt body is slightly light to support the coffee and hop bitterness, making the finish a bit dry and less balanced, but still an enjoyable black ale that hits all the right notes.

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