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

I've enjoyed everything I have had from Clown Shoes, and expect this one will be good too.

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown with about one finger of light brown head. Great retention on the head with sticky lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate with dry earthy hops. Some pine and citrus notes.

T - More hoppy than the nose leads on. Plenty of piney and earthy hops. The fruitiness of the Amarillo hops is sort of killed by the coffee and chocolate, I can't really pick them out. The malt and hops seem to battle for dominance but ultimately the malt wins. Not as hoppy and citrusy as I would have liked. Drinks more like a chocolate stout than an IPA but what's here is good.

M - Creamy with low carbonation.

O - Overall a nice hoppy dark beer, but not as many aspects of an IPA as you would expect. Tastes more like a chocolate stout to me but I enjoyed it.

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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes. pours a deep black with a big tan head that shows great retention and lace down the glass. i love it already. strong roasted malt in the nose, burnt wood hoppy in the back. the taste has some fresh coffee beans roasted to the fullest, earthy spices and huge hop finish that leaves the dragon o hop breath. bitter in the end. creamy, lightly carbonated while flowing over the palate and has very sharp bite in the end. first offering i had from clown shoes and it did not disappoint. if only i could of looked into the future. good competition to stone's SSR.

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and opaque, leaves really nice lacing, rocky head settles quickly.

Nose is pine hops first, followed by some smoky roasted malt, pretty decent.

Taste: Malts come first this time, mostly just coffee notes, followed by some sharp hop notes again mostly pine, a little citrus, a quick bitter finish, no alcohol taste to speak of.

Mouthfeel: On par with a typical IPA, slightly lighter than I expected, carbonation was just right. Lacking a nice slick that would be found in an Imperial IPA.

Overall: Its a decent Cascade Dark so try it, but certainly not near the top in the style, lacks complexity, just not as flavorful as others.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left great lacing through out; the beer billows nicely as well. the body was dark black.
s - muted piney hops, they smell sticky and resiny.
t - piney hops hit you in the front but bittersweet chocolate is coming through underneath. the tastes are very distinct but as it warms the beer begins to smooth out.
m - slightly thin with a hint of crispness.
o - solid black ipa, not on the level with others i've had such as southern tier or stone but good nonetheless.

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

Consumed 1/8/12

Appearance: Dark brown - clear, lighter brown around the edges - a nice beige head that leaves nice lacing

Smell: Moderately burnt and roasted malts - far from charred - hoppy, with an interesting profile - pine, dry citrus, lots of rind, herbal - orange and grapefruit zest

Taste: A nice mix of burnt bitterness and hoppy bitterness - roasted malts, chocolate malts, some slight malt sweetness - hops are dry - herbal, orange and grapefruit rind, and dry pine - ultimately very dry and roasted

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, could be a little smoother and heavier given the flavor profile,nicely carbonated, dry

Overall: Not the best, but definitely good

The fact that I had Hoppy Feet 1.5 before the original might have given me a weird perspective. I really think this could benefit from a little more body. I'm not in love with the hop profile, but it's good for what it is.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass...

Folks, I've been away for awhile, dealing with a rather serious illness. This is my test to see if I'm up for drinking beer again, or if I have to wait some more. That said, here goes.

A: Looks kind of like a Coca-Cola with a head. Nice dark brown, the color of my favorite ex-girlfriend's hair (she insists that her hair is black, but it isn't). 2cm tan head lasts for more than two minutes before dissolving into lace.

S: It smells hoppy, but it also gives away a hint of caramel. I also detect orange, very nicely, and a strange but welcome earthiness. Unique. I'm ready for a drink.

T: Wow. I don't know if I mean that in a good way, so I'll analyze. What I first get is bitter, which makes me pucker like Paul Stanley during a KISS concert. This is hoppy alright - dayam! There's a burnt quality to it, no kidding, it's a Black IPA. The caramel is hard to pick up in the taste, and the orange fells non-existent. I was so looking forward to liking this, but I'm afraid that I don't.

M: The hoppiness and bitterness is pretty much all you get from this. Nothing to hang my hat on, so to speak.

O: The bad news is that I didn't go for this beer like I had hoped I would. I love a hoppy beer, but this is overdone for overdone's sake. The good news is that I can handle drinking beer again. Yay! More reviews to come. Thanks for reading.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,459 ratings