Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

Hoppy FeetHoppy Feet
BA SCORE
3.87/5
1,458 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,458
pDev:
11.37%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
267
Trade:
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/23/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, floral, grass, light char, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with nice complexity and very balanced hop and roasted notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance of hop and roasted malt flavors with good complexity; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great balance of roasted malt and hop flavors with good complexity; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this new beer from Mercury (Ipswich) at Julios the other day. Decided to give it a whirl. It's a black IPA, somewhat similar style to Stone Sublimely Self Righteous.

A: Pours into my oversized snifter with a dark, chocolate colored rich creamy 1 finger head with lots of big bubbles. Its super dark color doesn't seem to let any light through, showing that the key word "black" was not lying. It leaves a slight lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly disappears.

N: Nose has quite a bit of fresh hops. Almost a wet hop addition aroma. Some slight pine and citrus on the nose, with lots of earthy and musty fresh hop aromas and slight spicy hop aroma. It's hard to get past the hop aroma, but if you can there's a very slight sweet malt and almost at ouch of brown sugar, and perhaps a hint of roast.

T: Starts semi sweet actually, with some chocolate and roast. Not what I expected for initial taste. It starts like a porter, with some sweet milk chocolate, a little creamy, adds quite a bit of roasted flavors, but not much on coffee side. It also adds some smoked malt tastes, and hints of bacon almost. Perhaps a bit of maple or brown sugar sweetness as well. Of course this is all surrounded by a hoppy coat. Some light pine and citrus flavors, quite a bit of a spicy hop character, and more of the earthy robust wet hop taste. Slight dried fruits, but barely. I really like the addition of the smoked malt flavor that seems to sneak in there and doesn't affect the hops or dark malts.

M: Somewhat rich, with a nice lightly creamy texture, good carbonation, and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter as well, but not over the top. It's not as bitter as I would have expected at first, but as it dries off, which it does well, it gets more bitter and has quite a hop bite on the finish. More of the pine and dry bitterness seem to ramp up on the finish for a nice long bitter after taste. Not much on the malt or sweet character side lingering, but there is some more of that smoked malt flavor and hints of maple or brown sugar taste seem to linger. It's a pretty interesting dark IPA. I'm becoming a big fan of the black IPAs as it adds nice malty, dark, roasty, and sweet characters to a strong IPA beer. Best of both worlds, and if done right can be great. Although it can be done wrong, which I did on a homebrew, and it doesn't taste so good at that point. This one is done pretty well, but I think isn't quite a nice as Stone's.

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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, fruity citrus and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus, chocolate and caramel. The roasted malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of the "black IPA" style, this is a very good beer with enough flavor, substance and complexity to make it worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by Huhzubendah. Thanks, Matt. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a fairly-good off-white to tan head. Mild lacing and a thin cap. The nose brings forward some slight roast as well as a bit of hoppy character--mostly a bit of pine. Some toasted malt in the background as well. Nothing really seems to gel here. The taste follows along the same lines. There's some roast and there's some pine, but I don't really get anything coming together. The finish has something off with a very strange dryness. A bit too much chocolate for the style. The finish is a bit astringent. I liked their brown much better; something about this one just didn't really work for me.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Slight differences between this and the 1.5, I felt, but they're still both pretty good selections. Dark brown-black color, a small cap of off-white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving just a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine-hop-forward, with some dark roasted malts coming through. Taste of piney and citrusy hops, a bit more bitter than the 1.5, with a somewhat subtler chocolate flavor, more roasty with dark malts, and more resinous in the mouth. Medium body, decently drinkable overall, but can be a little harsh if you're not prepared for it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split into several glasses.

Pours a dense black in the glass, being topped with about a finger of frothy light mocha head. Heck, this retains at nearly the same level that it poured at, staying very rich and just slathering the sides of the glass with huge creamy lacing. The aroma blasts off with the hops first thing, being freshly floral and citric smelling in the nose. Things darken up fairly quickly in the nostrils however, as a crunchy feeling and thick layer of smokey roasted chocolate malts and coffee make themselves known. Just very assertive with the roast and hops here. Nice!

Much like the aroma, the hops are bitter up front with spice, resins, and grapefruit, before a blast of dark and nutty roastiness swoops in. Sweetness from the chocolate and caramel character offers up some good balance, while blackened malts and coffee have this finishing with an dry, bitter, and acrid bite. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy and slick feel in the mouth that keeps this very easy drinking for 7% ABV.

I've really been warming up to this "Black IPA" sub-style lately and this was a good one that was just loaded with a good balance of hops and roast and whoes profile seriously towed the line with what you might find in a lighter version of a hoppy Imperial Stout! Makes me wish that I had picked up a couple more bottles of this.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black in color. Only the faintest of light shines through. Lots of ring lace left on the glass. Decent beige head.

Dark toasty malt aroma mixed with raw, bitter hop. Attractive.

Very bitter, almost extreme. Can't distinguish the darker malts. Very one sided. Looong bitter aftertaste. Good body with higher level of carbonation

Kinda one trick pony, even though I like bitter beers.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Riggsy for this one! Bottled 2/12, nice & fresh!

Pours garnet/chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan head. Mind blowning lacing

S: Pineyness, roasty malt & carob

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grapefruit & tanins, & charred grain up front. More charred grain, pineyness, a touch of baker's chocolate, just bit of plummyness hiding underneath as this warms. Finishes roasty, dry, woody, a bit of Girl Scout Thin Mint with a touch of orange rind, much bitterness

MF: Medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation, nice balance but skews a tad too bitter for me

Drinks fairly easy, not the best black ale out there, but worth your consideration

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting. Thanks to Aaron (argo0 on RB) for bringing this one.

a - Pours a dark black color with no head and no carbonation evident. Stout looking.

s - Smells mostly of piney and citrusy hops.

t - Tastes of very bitter hops. Some pine and citrus again, and a very bitter aftertaste. Tiny bit of a roasted taste as well.

m - Medium body with litter carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good black IPA. I enjoyed the hoppy bitter taste and would have it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here. Such a tight and very hoppy big IPA. I was very pleased with this one for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying the first bottle of Hoppy feet I tried a second one, provided by the good people of Mercury Brwing and it was much better. The color was an opaque rich with off-white head that laced. The aroma was roast and with slight bitter citrus. The taste was a good roasty malt which a bitter grapefruit that provides the nice after taste. The mouthfeel was a medium body with good carbontaion. Overall it is not the best Black IPA i ever had, but it was definitely decent and worth a taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of dusty tan micro-foam. The nose comprises chocolate, light roasted malts, dry pine needles, and very light sand (honestly, what my brain associates with this smell is sand...). The taste holds notes of coffee, darkly roasted malts, light leather, light char, sharp pine resin, and lime skin. Things come off decidedly bitter and acrid, to the point that my face evinces my body's inner wincing. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, what seems like a good beer decides to go all Mr. Hyde on my tongue, ruining everything. I'm not sure what happened, but it's just too darkly bitter and astringent for my liking.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,458 ratings
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