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:
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Added by jlindros on 12-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

On tap at the Drafting Room during their recent hopfest.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose; just some coffee, light citrus and hint of eucalyptus. It's attractive, I just wish there was more of it. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with a hint of chocolate intermixed with the coffee and dry citrus. The beer is actully fairly dry and bitter, though there's some initial sweetness when you take a sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly long and bitter finish (with a hint of licorice at the end). Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and while there's nothing extraordinairy here, it's a tasty enough beer.

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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 Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black wiith a small off-white head, some lace, fair head retention.

S: Piney hops, some white grape fruit with a lot of roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate and pine, very hoppy with lemon and other citrus zest. Definitely has a green streak.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad acrid, with crisp carbonation, refreshing at points.

O: A fair black ale, it's to style, but a little clashing in flavours. An OK pickup if you like the style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with strong head that leaves lace down glass. A roasted malt smell is what I pick up first, along w/ a bready dryness and a minor bitter/floral hop presence. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel, has a malty edge that contains some sweetness but also a dry taste that is pleasant. Balances with citric/floral hops so the hops are noticeable as well. Finishes dry and crisp, and well not going to set world on fire with flavor profile it is well-crafted/balanced and a pleasure to sip on.

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have Clownshoes made a bad beer yet? I sure haven't found it...

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a very big fluffy 3 finger head with a nice light chocolate colour. Biiiig clumps of head remains floating around the beverage along with heavy side lacing. Spectacular to look at.

S - One heck of a sensory battle here. Almost starts like a stout or a porter. Big chocolate, roasty malts, and maybe even some coffee hits big and hard up front quickly followed by, whats that? Floral hops! Very interesting and pleasing.

T - So close to the nose. Delicious sweet, roasted maltes. The coffee and chocolate is more subdued in the mouth as compared to the nose. That being said, the hoppy bitterness is incredibly well pronounced in the back end. That piney bitterness rather nicely cuts into the sweet roasted malts.

M - My only knock on this would I could use a bit more carbonation. This has a low carbonation, resulting in a creamy, porter like feel. When swallowed there there is a sharp crispness of carbonation. Would be nice if that was present throughout.

D - Really solid. Digging this big time from Clownshoes. The 7% is weird. Some sips its nicely masked, yet in others its really in your face. I had this at a random tasting Clownshoes was doing at Julio's and picked up a bunch of bottle on sale. This makes me want to crack the Labyrinth I've been aging to compare, as Labyrinth was the complete package when I tasted this. Would like to see how it stacks up to this.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance – Black/brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really was gone.

Smell – Malts, roasted nuts, hops, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, roasted nuts, and quite a bit of hops. There are also notes of chocolate and coffee. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee and hoppy aftertaste with quite a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – The drink more like a stout than a black IPA.. but the taste is still very good. I saw another reviewer compare it to a Storm King, and I agree with that. I'm looking forward to trying the other beers that I bought from this brewer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is dark malts, a hint of chocolate and a good dose of hops. 

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with a ton of bitterness in the finish from the hops. Damn this one tastes fresh, the hops are more potent than expected. Good stuff!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is my second Clown Shoes beer (I had Tramp Stamp last night and really enjoyed it) and I enjoyed this one as well.

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Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of lacing left behind.  

Earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by a roasted malt character.  More malty than hoppy with hints of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toffee.  Theres a floral hop presence but it's a bit too malty with no citrus or sweetness and the hops are overpowered by the roasted notes.  

Medium bodied with a nice bitter, dry hop presnce up front with hints of floral hops and earthy pine.  Underneath there is a prominent roasted malt character with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmealal.  Slightly acrid but not overly bitter.  Faint sweetness and subtle lactic cream but overall the bitterness from the hops compliments the roasted malt.  A bit bitter, dry and earthy but not from the hops.  Too malty to be an ipa and not enough complexity to be a hoppy dark beer.  

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

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/11
*From notes

A: Rich molasses and charcoal in color. A good 1.75 finger head on a careful pour. Dense lacing (that's thicker then most) remains as the head fades.

S: Charry malt, followed by a barrage of hops. I really stick my schnoz in the glass and get a big whiff of earth and grassy herbs.

T: Wow - this is a big ABA! Smokey malt and rich dark chocolate lay down in a bed of bitter hop oil. Quite bitter in fact, especially on the finish. A floral essence appears as this one warms a bit.

M: Leave it to Clown Shoes to create yet another great mouthfeel. They really are batting 1.000 here, as this is another winner. Good rich texture and proper weight. The carbonation is spot-on, and really help sell this one.

O: First and foremost I should note that Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet sports yet another killer label. They're some of the best in the business.

Back to the beer - Hoppy Feet may not be my go-to Clown Shoes brew, but damn it's a tasty one. A bit different then I was expecting, yet still highly drinkable. I am continually impressed by their suds, and am thrilled I can finally find them in Northern Virginia.

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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 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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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter. Says Bottled 6/14/11.

A- Pours a black color with zero light penetrating. Has a 1/4 inch head that reduces to a thick white ring around the edge of the glass and shredded foam patterns on the surface.

S- Can smell the hops considerably well for such a dark beer. They have a perfume quality about them that's actually kind of offset by the heavy malt presence causing them to be complimentary. Alcohol is apparent followed by some semi-roasty coffee notes. Good lacing.

T- Hm. When I saw the name of the style as American Black Ale, I thought, "have I ever had an American Black Ale?" The only thing I could think of was Dogfish's Indian Brown Ale, but there it is right in the name: brown not black (although it looks and tastes black). I was sure I must have had an ABA but, now that I'm tasting it, I feel like it's something I've never imbibed before! This combines the vibrant, almost citrusy hop flavors with a delicately subdued roasted malt body like I've never witnessed. And everything is balanced, not overbearing. It's simple: Loads of hops and loads of malt, working together cohesively. Brilliant. Only problem is a slight metallic aftertaste that lingers but is only noticeable when swished. Some faint coffee notes.

M- Light and thin for such a dark beer. Medium carbonation and quite dry.

O- Way to go Clown Shoes. You've melded two worlds together in one memorable brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark brown. Tan head.

S-Roasty combats hoppy. Coffee and slight chocolate malts battle grapefruit and floral hops. Well balanced.

T-See the nose. Tastes damn good. My favorite Black IPA.

M-Rich and creamy but still dry.

D-Strong flavors generously allow the drinkability to be high.

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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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: citrus hops and a touch of malt

Taste: a bit of malt, citrus hops, and a touch of dark chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, bitter with a slightly sweet end, light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice surprise. This is complex but still hits the hops I look for in an IPA very well. It has some dark malt which balance out the hops well. I like it and could have two or three.

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Photo of avalon07
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a huge, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of hops, malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a little coffee, chocolate, some malt, and a surprisingly small amount of hops. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but not quite as powerful as other beers of the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter, somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a pretty good beer, though there are better examples of American Black Ales.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite an impressive full inch of deep mocha head atop of a rather pitch black looking beer. Mild ruby hues at the base but very faint.
S - Smell is very timid with little roast or pine but it does smell rather hoppy.
T - Ow god this is one hoppy brew! Bittering unbalanced acidic hops meets a charcoal like roast body. Hoppiness lingers long after the sip on the tongue. Hard to choke down.
M - Medium bodied, kind of slick but so damn hoppy.

Overall I like my black IPA's to balance the hops to roasty malts and this one fails pretty hard. Only get this one if your looking for some serious tongue abuse.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark tan head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is lightly of dark malts, with a stronger presence of green hops.

Taste starts with bitter hops, smooths out with a bit of sweetness in the middle, then reverts back to the hops bite. Hops burps begin immediately. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Just wish there was a bit more of a malt presence here, would add to the whole experience.

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

Pours a chalky, dark charcoal black with moderate cap of grayish head, light rings of sticky lacing. Scent is a blend of piney and grapefruity hops backed by a light roast and char grain profile. Taste more focused than scent as a lot of fruit and pine comes through, bitter hops and bitter roast work nicely. Light sweetness and faint hints of chocolate, minerals and burnt grain. Medium bodied, dry on palate. A decent black IPA with a touch more roast and char and lacking some sweetness.

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

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA.

A - Beautiful pour into my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Three finger chocolate milk head. Black body with good carbonation coming up. Good rings of lacing with an island of that head remaining.

S - Heaps of chocolate, very little citrus, roasted malts, nuttiness, and pine as well.

T - More nutty and chocolate notes with alot more pine than citrus. Some coffee is there too. The flavour starts with coffee and chocolate and moves to the hop notes in the finish, making this seem very structured and not just a thrown together beer. Nice.

M - Good carbonation to moves things about and a slightly creamy medium body with a decent bitter bite.

O/D - A quality Black IPA. The more popular this style has become, the less I've actually enjoyed trying different versions of it. The novelty has definately worn off. That said, I still liked this for its complexity and balance. Drinks like a hopped to hell stout. Good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Head! Light brown and about a fist thick without any effort. The foam leaves some nice lacing and recedes very slowly, laeving a thick film through all 22 ounces. The color is cola brown with good bubbling.

Citric and herbal nose is very prnounced. Lime and orange peels, grass, cut flowers, thyme, sage, and licorice. Just a small whiff of roasted malt bread crusts.

Just a hint of roasted malt upfront, but gives way to the licorice, floral, and citric hop flavors and bitterness. This hop flavor and bitterness lingers from start to finish. The finish, in particular, has a very orange peel and flower stem bitterness bordering on metallic as the beer is swallowed and enjoyed.

The palate is well carbonated with a little oily texture. Interetsing beer for the dark hopheads out there.

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

Very dark brown, but not quite opaque. Purplish highlights with ruby/chestnut edges. Fluffy tan cap (just short of 2") that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Great head retention. The aroma was quite hoppy up front, but presented considerable malt depth at times - chocolate, caramel, and slight roast/burnt. Hops were resinous and piney, some citrus rind. More of the same in the flavour - pine and caramel dominating, but with some citrus, chocolate and a hint of licorice present as well. Strong bitterness more than balanced the other flavours. Medium bodied with a creamy texture from the well-integrated carbonation. A bit astringent though, giving it more dryness than it needs. Overall I liked this. Solid hoppiness with a nice depth of malt makes for a tasty beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bodied beer. Thin brown head. Decent retention. Aroma is quite nice and typical of a well done Black IPA....chocolate and roast mix with juicy, citrusy hops. Quite nice. Flavor foundation is layed down quite nicely with the chocolate/caramel malts while hop notes of citrus, pine and resin tap dance all over it. Moderately carbonated and medium to medium-full bodied. Nicely done. Nice little intro to Clown Shoes for me.

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

Been on sort of a Clown Shoes kick lately, with good reason.

A- Black ale goes into my Jay Peak pint glass. Upon impact a large creamy light brown head forms. Good size and retention. Thick coats of creamy lace around the glass.

S- A nice roast malt and cocoa aroma with generous hops in the background. Definite citrus, pine and fruit hints.

T- Much like the nose with more general hop flavor and presence. Hops bring pine, citrus, zest, grapefruit, fruit and herbal notes. This is all blended nicely with cocoa and roast malt

MF- Creamy moderate body with a silky carbonation feel. Finishes with a good medium level of bitterness.

Clown Shoes brings it again, a solid hoppy black ale. Good blendof the dark malt and the fruity hops.

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