Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,455 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:
1,455
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
267
For Trade:
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Ratings: 1,455 |  Reviews: 426
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good hoppy black beer. Good hops, Amarillo gives it orange taste, its a little strange with the malted chocolate malts, drinkable but not as integrated as you would think. Dark black, a little retained head.Nutty, altogether good beer not not outstanding as the 1.5 Hoppy aromas.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/18/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the bitterness lingers long after each sip.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this rivals the best black ipa i ever had. pours real dark and rich looking. milk chocolate color with a shirt but lasting mocha head. smells like coffee and deep dark english malt. cocoa notes as well in the nose. flavor is heavy coffee and roast malts. this is a big beer, with intense hops reaslly comoing to the fore later in the flavor experience. its bitter from chocolate and from hops, in prolific tandem. mouthfeel is smooth as butter with a big body and lots of nitro-esque carbonation. still drinkable enough to make a bomber worthwhile, perfect with or without dinner, or as dinner. overall this is friggen outstanding, one of the better darlk india pales ive had.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color, When I had heard about it I was unaware that it was going to be a Black IPA. The brew has a very nice dark brownish black color with a pretty nice looking tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a big hop aroma on the nose which I found to be very nice. There is also some hints of chocolate in there as well. The taste had some lemony citrus to it along with a bitter dry aftertaste of chocolatey flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth and very drinkable. Overall this beer was quite good, I would enjoy having it again one day.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced and has lots of hops but isn’t overly bitter.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big on resiny bitterness and roasted grain character, this malty-rich hoppy ale is both robust and dry at once.

The appearance brings a dark brown, maybe black hue with moderate but expected dry-hopped haze. A densely packed ivory white head overlays the beer and holds very firm thereafter with sheets and rings of lace left behind. A very handsome beer!

The hops and grain dichotomy dictate aromas with the varying scents of white grapefruit, charred grains, orange peel, heavy toast, pine resin, coffee, and cocoa all take turns making an impression on the nose. Both savory and refreshing scents continue their march into flavor, but with a roasty phenolic scent that makes me hit the brakes just a bit.

Flavors follow suit with malty-rich elements making a big impact early with malted chocolate, coffee, charred woods, and burnt toffee. But the initial hearty sweetness is short lived as the rebuttal of citrusy grapefruit and orange pith usher in a more refreshing and zesty taste. Backed with complementary notes of grasses, bark, and spruce all work their way into a resiny, sappy bitterness in finish that just edges out the malt character. Only the phenolic and plastic taste accompanies the dry roast and hop bitterness late- a minor flaw, but certainly a distraction to the otherwise clean finish.

Robust with a voluminous carbonated expansion early, the beer envelops the mouth with malty richness and arid roast. The fuller body lingers just past mid palate where the carbonation and malt density waivers and the hop bitter dryness takes hold and aids the transition into a resiny bite and semi-dry roasty finish.

A tasty beer that settles on the line where drier American Porters meet IPAs. But with that plastic-like roasty astringent mix late, it just can't earn higher marks.

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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 brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso color and a sea-foam beige head that persists nicely and leaves clumps of lace behind

Smell: Roasted malts appear first, but the piney/minty hops eventually dominate

Taste: Black bread, up front, but by mid-palate, the piney hops assault the taste buds, moving in a minty-bitter direction; after the swallow, the flavors balance out, though the hops linger longer in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: A bitter assault on the taste buds and though I might prefer a fruitier hop profile, this is quite good

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: middle of April 2011.

Appears black in the glass, brown mahogany glints around the edges when held to the light. Ample tan foam, a finger's width initially, fading into a wispy broken skim after a few minutes. A cluster of larger bubbles clings to one side of the snifter. Drippy arcs of lace decorate the inside of the glass.

Soft roasty aroma, black malt and coffee with some leafy herbal hops at the edges. Not overly piney or fruity as some Black IPAs tend to be, this is more subdued but pleasant.

Ashy, roasty char, bitter with blackened carbon traces. Very roasty, moderately bitter from the seamless combination of roast malt and bittering hops. Somewhat resiny, but the roast dominates and the bitterness lingers long into the dry aftertaste. Somewhat light bodied. Again I find myself slowing down with this as I did with the Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA from yesterday.

It's ashy bitter roast is distinctive, this is a Black IPA for lovers of hoppy Stout & Porters.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with semi bitter hops profile. Taste is also a mix between some roasted malt notes with dry notes and some medium bitter hops flavours. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Not bad though hops flavours could have been more upfront.

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by Arbitrator. Thanks, bud. The beer has an inky black body and is topped by two fingers of bone-colored froth. The head sustains well and leaves strands of lacing.

Citrusy hops are strong in the aroma. It's clean and sharp, only faintly malty with a hint of roast. Herbal undertones round out the hop profile.

Very hop-forward on the tongue, citrusy and lightly herbal with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Light and semi-crisp, the malt profile is pretty dry and subtle, taking a backseat to the big hop flavors. The finish is pleasantly bitter and biting with a touch of chocolate. Pretty damn good, thanks Arbi.

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
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