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 EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark near black brown body with HUGE creme caramel coloured foamy head
nice hoppy aroma
big flavours with tropical fruit & burned buttered toast
good solid mouthfeel
good solid beer

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

12 oz bottle. Black ipa. Loads of roasted malts but not a lot of hops on the front end but definitely on the back end. Don't taste much citrus. Stone Black IPA is better. Not bad. Just not great.

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Photo of mac31
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big chocolate up front. Soft earthy hops. Clean, soft bitterness that cleared fairly quickly. The beer had its moments, but nothing memorable about this beer.

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Photo of Blueowl
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have admit a certain prejudice that was welling up inside as I opened and poured this brew. I've been on the fence when it comes to products put forward by Clown Shoes having been disappointed by some of there offerings. I struggle to keep an open mind as I dislike the extreme polarity of modern opinion holders. Blah, blah, blah.
It poured dark, had a reasonable about of foam, the aroma was pleasant with a hint of hops. The taste was pleasant and reminiscent of a decent though not outstanding stout. Stout? Black IPA? What is this stuff? I went back to the reference materials for a definition which seems to place it in its own category based on brewing method,ABV,IBU's and so forth. I acquiesced and finished the liquid in the glass no matter what it was called. In the end I actually enjoyed it and would try it again if it came my way.
Please forgive all this subjective blather. I promise to be more objective and less haughty in the future. A logo for a brewery in NH states "Fear No Beer" something I shall take to heart and with an open mind.

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Photo of Redsox4life123
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been a black ipa fan and hoppy feet doesn't change my mind. Pours like a dark coke product with 2" of head. Aroma-roasted malt little citrus. Taste was very bitter. Again lots of roasted malts, some citrus notes but overshadowed. Bitter after taste.

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

Poured a jet black-brown color with a 2F head in a snifter.

Citrus- notably grapefruit, and roasted malt in the aroma.

MF- very hoppy and carbonated.

Taste: an excellent meld of roasted malt and citrus. It's quite intense- almost an over the top burnt malt taste which blends with the citrus. Highlighted roasted malt of the typical in the style- one of my favorites- more in this beer. What's interesting is that the body is light-medium, but the roasted malt intensity makes it a slow drinker.

An excellent beer. My bottle was 2 months old, but Black IPAs endure better than other styles of IPAs. Clown Shoes has a singular approach to brewing style. This is quite different.
Intensity without a big bodied beer.

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Photo of leaddog
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with three fingers of frothy tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, coffee bean, slight pine, hint of citrus hops, hint of orange, hint of grapefruit.

Taste - Starts off with the roasted malts then goes into pine resin and citrus hops. Definitely more predominate then the aroma suggests. It then goes into the grapefruit peel, hint of orange, and coffee bean.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation . Finishes with lingering bitterness from the hops along with the coffee bean.

Overall - An interesting venture on the Black IPA style by adding coffee bean. I found the hops to be pretty subdued in the aromas, but quickly turned around in the taste. Some minor tweaks to allow the hops to shine in the aroma would make this a true stand out.

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Photo of Kono52
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a 'root beer" like head. Smells more bitter than it tastes. Taste is very smooth. One of the better black ales that I have tried.

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Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown/black. Smells of sweet citrus and malts. Dominant roasted malt flavor with strong coffee notes followed by citrus and spicy hops with a medium body. Spicy hop resin and coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Shannon Rose, Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours black with a tan lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, pine, coffee.

The taste is of chocolate, pine/herbal/perfume notes with coffee roast in the finish.

It has a smooth, full body.

An excellent Black Ale. Plenty hoppy, plenty roasty, and doesn't clash.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer. A bit malt heavy in my opinion for an IPA in general, but saved by a nice hoppy finish. There are better black IPAs, but I would revisit this one.

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Photo of JAFoley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Dark black body with big bubbly tan head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Dark, smokey, with citrus, mint, and somewhat soapy hop

T - Big citrus and pine hops upfront. Roasted smoked malts with some coffee.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth.

O - This is probably my favorite from Clown Shoes thus far. Good dark smokey flavors and very drinkable body.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottled-on date of Sept 2014. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. A black IPA hopped with Columbus and Amarillo - bring it on!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark brown hue that appears black in the glass. Produces a huge head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of intense hop notes and dark malt with hints of pine, weed, grapefruit, peel, citrus, roasted grain, caramel, mild brown sugar, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Delicious and well balanced.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops and dark malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, spice, subtle roasted malt, faint burnt grain, molasses/caramel, a twinge of coffee, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust, hop-driven bitterness upons swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils tickle the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of intense aromatic hops, pine, roasted malt and earthy yeast.

O: Very nice - vigorous yet balanced. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a fantastic blend of bitter aromatic hops and dark malt characteristics, underpinned by delicate yeast. The flavour elements simultaneously compete and complement each other; a skillful combination. Lovely body. Excellent - one of the best black IPAs I've tried. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Severdali
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours nice and dark for a black IPA, impressive head and sticky sticky lacing

Smells chocolate, assertive roast from the malt, grapefruit rind, nice bitter citrus, floral/garden qualities

Tasts very similar, bitter chocolate, earthy-garden-ness, roasted malt, almost bell pepper notes, very creamy mouthfeel with a nicely smooth and cloyingly dry aftertaste. Would be able to drink more than one without it overpowering the palate. Very nice beer, and a unique take on the style. More chocolate/roasted malt as well as more of a drying finish than most black IPAs I've tried, but also with a strangely-nicely creamy mouthfeel when oxygenated in the mouth.

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

Hoppy days are here again! This is a big bad black one.

It opens nice and fizzy. Black. The aroma is a bunch of funky, fruity yeasty nasty.

The taste is bitter and funky. The malts are very low in the profile (#3 after bitter hops and yeasty badness. The aftertaste is nasty too.

This is an American style, so it is ok that it is over the top. Try this, you might like it more than I do. It is a well crafted brew, just not my cup of .....ale.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

I have this idea of what a black IPA should be like. This wasn't it. This was great in its own way. My expectations come from those beers that give a balance between strong hops and strong dark malts, as in a malt profile - just good old malted barley that's been roasted. This goes another direction.

This pours deep and dark, black you might say. A nice dark khaki head. The aroma previews some hops, but not as strong as my West Coast brands do. And then the coffee. Not malt, coffee. The taste was the surprising, but dare I say awesome combination of an IPA and a stout. My hometown fav's do this thing where they bring the hops and the dark sweet malts in big numbers. This did the IPA-Stout combo and nailed it.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Aroma is citrusy and extremely chocolatey. Notes of tangerine and mango are evident initially, with hints of resin and cannabis accompanying lightly roasted malt. Flavor reveals grapefruit and mango at the base, which is contrasted by lightly sweet chocolate malt, becoming roasty bitter and resiny in the finish. The sharp citrus notes clash with the roast malt bitterness, but the fruity character and chocolate are welcome sensations, in and of themselves. Black ipas can be hit or miss. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole, in this instance. It's more bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Single bottle from a 4-pack decanted into a tulip glass. Nearly pitch black with a copious quantity of thick, frothy beige head, great head retention here. Pungent hops on the nose, pine needles, grapefruit and orange rinds, fresh cut grass and parsley, along with a cola-like brown spice, licorice, light roast coffee, baker's cacao, and vanilla (!). Wonderful aroma. Palate might not quite reach these lofty heights but this is still a damn fine black IPA. Like this brewer's Galactica IPA, there are a few rough edges but the potent flavors nevertheless deliver the goods. Some wood char is apparent and serves to cut the sweetness on the nose. Decent balance between citrus/pine hops and dark malts ... Perhaps the latter have a slight edge although the hopping is far from subtle. Moderate carbonation, perhaps just on the low end, decent full body and a roasted yet green finish with a pleasing floral perfume. High price point for these 4-packs here and one can debate whether the execution justifies the price of acquisition. Probably.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - the label imagery resonates well right now, as I watch the sun fade over my west-facing deck.

This beer pours a very dark, cola syrup highlighted russet brown colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and generally creamy beige head, which leaves some nice gear chain webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty, slightly dank pine resin, dry powdered dark cocoa, muted orange and grapefruit bitters, old leather couches, black bread, and a slight herbal, leafy astringency. The taste is gritty chocolate-ensconced caramel malt, hard toffee, wet ash, still mildly dank pine forest floor, an acrid grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, more tanned leather, and subtly metallic cold alcohol.

The bubbles are nothing special, but supportive enough, just the way I like 'em, the body an adequate medium weight, and a bit too astringently hoppy, toasty, and well, boozy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the bready caramel flailing in a wind of agreeable char, hop, and sublimated liquor.

An approachable and drinkable version of a style to which I'm still coming around. The hop yin and roast yang bang heads (or touch tips, whatever) well enough, leaving my gustatory expectations generally satisfied. Worth a go if you like your dark roasty beers hoppy, or your decent IPA dragged through the coals.

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Photo of beerlust
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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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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 thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled Jan. 9 2014 and served moderately chilled.

Pours an opaque brownish-black colour with crimson highlights under the light. Seated atop the liquid is just under two fingers of creamy, light tan-coloured froth that manages to retain cohesion for a good 5+ minutes before eventually fading into a messy cap and collar. Beautiful lace. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, raisins and grapefruit, with a hint of pine resin and booze in the background. About what I expect from this style.

Not bad at all, though I think this one's age is starting to show. Lots of dark, roasted malt flavours come through initially - toasted bread, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate the foremost among them. Citrusy notes of grapefruit pith and some resiny pine bitterness begin to seep through toward the finish, culminating in an interesting finish that combines roasted malts, bitter resin and mild ethanol warmth. The resiny bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a decent bite to distract you from the astringency.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Certainly one of the better black ales I've had in recent memory. While I am enjoying this glass of Hoppy Feet, the beer itself is pushing 7 months of age and I am inclined to believe that the hop profile has suffered as a result. Considering both of those facts, I'll more than likely revisit this one at some point when I find a younger bottle, and adjust the score accordingly.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: poured into pint glass from a 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a foamy 2 finger head which dissipates to a half inch ring and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Black with an amber hue.

S: Smells of dark malts, leather, and resin.

T: Dark fruit, leather, sweet dark malts and coffee with some bitter pine on the back of the palate. Enough booze, enough IBUs and plenty of character.

M: Excites the mouth with with carbonation, dark malts coat the tongue without being cloying.

My first black IPA, the style is complex and interesting. This was like drinking a Black and Tan made from a porter and an IPA, delicious and worth the experience!

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Photo of Antnego
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a chilled mug.

A: Pours a dark brown with no translucence, like a typical stout. Pours with an amber two-fingered head, moderate lacing with sticky brown resin clinging to the side of the mug.

S: Citrus, chocolate, brown sugar and coffee on the nose. Just a hint of pine resin.

T: Grapefruit and bitter floral notes up front. Then comes the sweet dark chocolate, coffee and malty flavors.

M: Surprisingly light, fizzy and crisp for a stout. Very refreshing.

O: This beer is a bit challenging and confusing at first, but this of the most interesting beers I've tried. It's like drinking two beers at the same time. You get the citrusy hops, like a IPA, then the caramelized maltiness and richness of a stout. Drinks like an ale, with stout-y goodness!

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Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Black with a thumb-sized head that is creamy & holds well, especially over the opening couple of minute. There was very little movement initially & the head smoothed out a little after a bit with some minimal lacing on the sides.

Hoppy & IPA-like to start with some subdued pine notes & bitterness. A strong, darker malts presence with some darker fruits coming in as well with some sweetness that makes the beer seem almost like a porter. There is some grapefruit & pine coming through towards the end too.

Mellow hops with a pine bitterness & a little bit of grapefruit coming through, quickly followed by some darker malts, hints of sweetness & coffee. The beer tasted quite fresh & lively with the hops and malts balancing against each other well.

Smooth with a medium body & plenty of bitterness from the hops throughout, although hints of sweetness make an appearance. Carbonation was about medium with this one & the beer had a good balance too.

A pretty good offering, it's hoppy & packs a punch with regards to bitterness. I enjoyed with one, particularly because the balance was good with the hop bitterness & the darker malts working well together.

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