Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

Hoppy FeetHoppy Feet
1,458 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jlindros on 12-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Single bottle from a 4-pack decanted into a tulip glass. Nearly pitch black with a copious quantity of thick, frothy beige head, great head retention here. Pungent hops on the nose, pine needles, grapefruit and orange rinds, fresh cut grass and parsley, along with a cola-like brown spice, licorice, light roast coffee, baker's cacao, and vanilla (!). Wonderful aroma. Palate might not quite reach these lofty heights but this is still a damn fine black IPA. Like this brewer's Galactica IPA, there are a few rough edges but the potent flavors nevertheless deliver the goods. Some wood char is apparent and serves to cut the sweetness on the nose. Decent balance between citrus/pine hops and dark malts ... Perhaps the latter have a slight edge although the hopping is far from subtle. Moderate carbonation, perhaps just on the low end, decent full body and a roasted yet green finish with a pleasing floral perfume. High price point for these 4-packs here and one can debate whether the execution justifies the price of acquisition. Probably.

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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - the label imagery resonates well right now, as I watch the sun fade over my west-facing deck.

This beer pours a very dark, cola syrup highlighted russet brown colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and generally creamy beige head, which leaves some nice gear chain webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty, slightly dank pine resin, dry powdered dark cocoa, muted orange and grapefruit bitters, old leather couches, black bread, and a slight herbal, leafy astringency. The taste is gritty chocolate-ensconced caramel malt, hard toffee, wet ash, still mildly dank pine forest floor, an acrid grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, more tanned leather, and subtly metallic cold alcohol.

The bubbles are nothing special, but supportive enough, just the way I like 'em, the body an adequate medium weight, and a bit too astringently hoppy, toasty, and well, boozy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the bready caramel flailing in a wind of agreeable char, hop, and sublimated liquor.

An approachable and drinkable version of a style to which I'm still coming around. The hop yin and roast yang bang heads (or touch tips, whatever) well enough, leaving my gustatory expectations generally satisfied. Worth a go if you like your dark roasty beers hoppy, or your decent IPA dragged through the coals.

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