Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,457 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:
1,457
Reviews:
427
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
267
For Trade:
2
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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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really liking their labels and the concept, and the fact started on sort of a joke. Brewing this black IPA, sometimes you stumble onto something good. These guys are contract brewed at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, MA. This pours pitch black, and meets the perfect mix of dark porter and hefty balls out IPA. Dark tan khaki head almost pitch black body except for some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Aroma has herbal, pine, and citric notes amongst a back drop of dark malts roasted dark coffee and chocolate notes I'm liking the marriage of the two. I know this style but it's been awhile since I've had a really well balanced version of the Cascadian Black Ale, or Black IPA. In the nose I'm even getting hints of licorice and salted caramel, don't call me crazy I'm seriously getting a mix of those aromas. Flavor is dry dark roasted malts, with hints of cocoa and nearly burnt espresso. Big vegetal bitter, earthy notes, reign supreme with citrus peel and pine cone needles kicking in, there's a bit of a hop assault here. However, the dark creamy chocolate notes take on some of the harshness and I'm left finishing this beer at a surprisingly quick rate. Carbonation is dead on mellow but carries the resinous hops quite well, medium to full bodied range leaves a lingering hop bitterness between sips, with hop burps to follow. Overall, quite an impressive beer that I can appreciate the complexity of all the elements that and the fact that it hit at exactly the right time around the height of the black IPA craze a couple years ago.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with an inch of brown, dense, foamy head that has decent retention. The nose is chocolaty, piny, and has some faint citrusy notes. The flavor is similar to the nose. Up front it's chocolaty and smooth with faint roasted malt and coffee notes followed by a slightly citrusy, piny bitterness that lingers well after the swallow. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth. It has light carbonation and finishes dry.

This is an alright black IPA, but I prefer the 1.5 version that they put out. The difference is the malt character and the body. In the amped up 1.5 version, the body is fuller and the malt character is far richer and smoother. This is still a good beer just thin and not as bold.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler. A soupy but very large gushing and clumpy head of light tan is formed. Body is fair chestnut and red.

Nose is ripped dark grain and husky with light coffee, smells more like a porter but tasty.

Taste is over carbonated wit a real burnt grain. Very dry roast and a mild gas. Roast roast and more roast. Extreme tasting char and burnt. Mild bitter hop on the finish as well.

Overall an interesting beer, but not what I look for in this style.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits in Sturbridge, Ma.

No freshness info to be had.

Pours black, mocha head that lifts and stays, leaves better then average high sheeting and wild lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate and citrus in the nose.

Flavorful offering. Black malts, more dark chocolate, lite coffee, super dry with citric hops/grapefruit crashing the party. Very nice, complex, bold and well worth seeking out and enjoying.

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

I think the thing that comes to mind most about this beer is that because it isn't mind-blowing, so far as the character of it goes, some might consider it pedestrian. 3 years ago, people would have committed bloody murder to try this one. With all the black ales out there now, people might "eh" this one. I think it's a pretty good black ale. Glad to finally be able to try stuff from these cats out of 12 ouncers.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, foamy, big bubbled, light tan head that starts around an inch and slowly settles into a surface coating. Great cling along the glass. Aromas of roast and bitter coffee with an overlay of resin and piney hops, giving a pretty dynamic and layered nose. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a campfire char and smoke forward, bitter dark roasted coffee in the backbone, and a spiced and resiny hops presence that builds at the end of the palate. The aftertaste ends up being a balance of roast and smoke with bitter hops. Light, crisp body with a dry, clean, crisp finish. The beer does leave a slightly smoked linger as you continue to drink. Decent beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of spice, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness and slight dryness. Tastes of hops, roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, slight citrus, slight grass, and an odd grass/spice flavor that is very sharp. Overall, the bitterness is too strong and the accompanying flavors are muted or overshadowed.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black Ale, Ipswich, MA.

Hey, I've heard about this Clown Shoes business, and guess what? Now, we're getting it. Here's Hoppy Feet Black India Pale Ale (black and pale, eh?), Mercury Brewing Company, Ipswich, MA. 7% ABV.

Dark brown, just about black, beautiful creamy tan head, lace-leaving. Gorgeous brew.

Aroma: grassy hops, subsumed by rich, deep malt. Hints of cocoa, spots of coffee.

Taste: more of that on the tongue, the depth of the dark malt, with the high hops on top. Nicely roasted malt character, riddled with hop bitterness, up an down, and back of the throat. Flavor continues, never quite quits. Gets brighter and brighter, hoppier and hoppier. Stays long through the finish.

The battle continues, and a question arises. Did this style arise out of need or necessity, was it a desire to produce something great, new, & intriguing? Or did people tire of porters, and demand they get hopped up, or else? I'm still asking.

Smooth, rich and malty mashes up with leafy, green, and hoppy. Bitter much? Just enough.

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Photo of Dicers
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this random brew. No idea how many batches of this have been made, which means it could be anywhere from one to six months old. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with one finger-plus of light tan foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and collar. Lacing is spotty. Body is a dark brown, with some translucent red highlights perceptible when held to the light.

S - Smells like other black IPAs (or hoppy stouts) - grapefruit and floral hop notes mixed with cocoa, caramel, and roasted malts. You can tell this isn't super-fresh, but the hop presence is still assertive.

T - Sweet Jeebus! This is very bitter, and eerily reminiscent of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous. The taste is aggressive grapefruit and pine hoppiness, mixed with dark roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Tastes nowhere as sweet as it smells, to its detriment unfortunately. Bitterness lingers and builds throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is a refreshing medium-light, which isn't out of place at 7%. Finishes slightly dry, with some tooth-coating resins. It's a tad too carbonated for my liking, but never verges on harsh.

D - Yikes! The bitterness is oppressive. Suffers from the same problems as Stone XII/Sublimely Self-Righteous, even though this is a little lighter in alcohol and body. Palate wrecking, but not enjoyable enough to warrant it. I will finish the bomber, but it's going to take me a while.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Black IPAs just aren't my thing. This combination of flavors somehow works better when it comes from aggressively dry-hopping a stout, rather than adding black malt to an IPA recipe - I think because there are less bittering hops and alpha acids. I like bitterness as much as the next hophead, but in conjunction with bitter dark chocolate it gets a little tiresome.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a pitch black and had a body of the exact same color. A small off-white/tan two centimeter head appeared and lasted for a good minute. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Spider web lacing was seen spotting the sides of the glass. The smell was basically the coffee and the hops, combined very well. Some malts came in as the beer warmed. The taste had a creamy yet roasty coffee hoppiness to it. I’d say it was pretty good. The palate was about a medium to heavy with some creaminess coming through. Overall, this was a pretty good Black IPA.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,457 ratings.
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