Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jlindros on 12-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/12

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a deep black colour with no light shining through. One finger of frothy light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of floral notes dominate. Some roastiness in there as well and a touch of sweet smelling chocolate.

T: Unlike the nose, the roasty malts dominate the palate. Floral and bitter hop notes come through in the finish. Lingering bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is slightly watery once it goes down.

Solid offering from Clown Shoes. Not their best but solid. I prefer the Hoppy Feet 1.5 over this one. 1.5 has more of a hop presence and is not as roasty dominate like this beer.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a big dense milk chocolate head. Retention is extremely strong, there is an island of foam that never disappears. Huge, thick wall of lacing across the entire glass.

S: Very floral with lots of pine. Touch of grapefruit. Some roasted malt and chocolate hiding behind it.

T: Lots of nice roasted malt and chocolate but quickly overpowered by lots of pine and to a lesser extent grapefruit. These bitter hoppy flavors linger in the aftertaste nicely with just a touch of that roasted malt left behind. Surprisingly hoppy since I think this bottle is about a year old. I find that black IPAs hold up quite well though.

M: Mid-range, prickly hop bitterness.

O: Very nice black IPA. Roasted malt and chocolate blends nicely with the bitter grapefruit and pine flavors. If anything the roasted malt gets drowned out a bit, like a more typical IPA/DIPA might.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Fairly black with a LOT of head on it. Three inches at least. Had to stop pouring because of the amount of head on it. Lots of carbonation still evident.

S: Very piney hops, almost juniper like. Nice.

T: Dark and malty, hints of espresso and chocolate, with a fairly solid, bitter hop backbone. Very nice.

M: Very smooth, bitterness clings to the tongue and the back of the mouth really well.

O: This is a pretty good black IPA. Though this batch is over carbonated I would recommend it.

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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 2/2012) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear near-black with traces of ruby when held to light. Great lacing can be seen clinging to nearly every available surface in spiderweb-like curtains.

Strong aromas of pine and dark, roasted malts strike the nostrils with force. Notes of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and pumpernickel bread are matched equally by the strong pine aroma.

Flavors of melted dark chocolate, cream coffee. Swallowing the beer releases a torrent of pine and citrus hops flavors that quickly overtake the entire tongue. A smooth dark coffee flavor soon comes in to combine with the hops flavors. These flavors slowly fade to a piney bitter and dry coffee aftertaste.

The body is nice and full (for the style) which really allows the dark malt flavors to hit the tastebuds. The carbonation doesn't really present itself while the beer is in the mouth but does a great job of creating a smooth swallow.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - an abundant caramel head with great lacing welcomed this black ale with mahogany highlights

S - burnt pine, sugar

T - Rich roasted flavors melded with hop flavors and a long finish with chocolate and some nuttiness. Light and only a hint of the 7% ABV.

M - Light, smooth and mild carbonation allows the flavors to take center stage.

Nicely balanced black IPA. Well crafted, easy to appreciate, easy to approach.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has about two fingers of light tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leave some scattered wispy lace behind on the glass. There is a bit of a reddish glow around the edges when held to the light.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt and some piney hop aroma. There are some aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a somewhat medicinal smell.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some good roasted malt flavor. There is a nice piney hop flavor as well. There are also some flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some earthiness. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt and earthy piney hop flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a bit of an oily resin hop feel to it, as well as a nice hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. It has good flavor, and I could easily have a few pints of it. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a nice example of the style. The roasted malts and hops meld quite well together. I recommend trying it out. I would drink it again. This is my first Clown Shoes beer, but I look forward to trying more.

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black or very dark brown in color, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly like a stout.

Smell – a somewhat phenolic kind of smell, like something medicinal, but also tinged with a slight chocolaty or roasted quality.

Taste – at the very first it seems somewhat milky and/or chocolaty, but then the roasted a biting flavors and feelings of the hops strike hold and don’t let up until well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – pretty interesting taste, although not terribly intriguing, but at the same time not at all dull.

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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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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Nearly black in color with a quickly forming, moderately sized brown head that leaves spots of lace down the glass. Very nice for the style.

The aroma is mostly of roasted and dark malt with a bit of floral hop character. Nicely aromatic, and appropriate for the style, though this leans further to the stout side of the spectrum than the IPA side.

The hops are nearly lost in the flavor with the roasted and dark malt characteristics dominating--good thing they're quite tasty. There's a lingering aftertaste of coffee that lingers on and on. Very nice, though certainly not complex.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A true pleasure to drink.

A great beer, though I wish it had more hop character.

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