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Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, brown head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and a nice roasted malt aroma. It tasted of pine with a burnt toast maltiness. Nice chocolate and caramel flavors, too. It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

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

Hoppy Feet is dark brown, almost black with a cola-like look to it but for the head, which is a soft and fluffy but firm one finger tall. It condenses, in a way, to be craggier and thicker while retaining its height for most of the duration and depositing rings and patches as it recedes.
This beer really displays all character this style brings in mixing two different elements as it does. It's as hoppy as any IPA out there, with pine resin and grapefruit along with a drier leafy bitterness and orange peel. This is contrasted with lots of roast, sans char and with no astringency to speak of. There's a nice mix of roast and toast, with complements of freshly ground coffee and wood. The balance of these elements is found in both the aroma and the flavor, and the complementary notes are also found in each.
The mouthfeel strikes the same difficult balance found in the aroma and the flavor. It's dry all the way, toasty and almost chalky but also bright. The medium body works for both elements, and the crispness is good for an IPA without clashing against the roastier character. It's also got a nice smoothness from beginning to end.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with deep, dark ruby red highlights when held to light. Tan, 2 finger head with good retention, resulting in a fine, consistent film of suds across the surface. Leaves a fair amount of lacing with good stick.

Smell - This smells promising! Big citrus notes and a touch of pine and hop spice backed by solid notes of chocolate malt.

Taste - Mostly an earthy, bitter baker's chocolate character upfront, but there's also a noticeable metallic twang which resonates throughout. Hops are subdued, but a subtle citrus pith peaks through near and into the finish, as well as a mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Thins out toward the end and leaves a semi-dry finish.

Overall - No decipherable freshness date (I found on the bottom of the bottle, and held at a specific angle against a close light source, '2013 B1 0435'. Anyone know?), so unfortunately I cannot cornfirm if this is just an old bottle or just a beer that isn't quite my ideal CDA. A bigger hop bite would be nice.

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

A: Extremely dark, not quite totally opaque, with a finger's width of tan head that has a long retention.

S: Dark roasted malts, and piney hops. Not a lot to say about the aroma because there isn't much of one.

T: Big flavor on the beer, though. Deeply roasted malts, burnt sugar, coffee, char. The woody hops fit in perfectly, transitioning through the chocolate malts into pine bitterness that holds through until the end.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. The beer is actually not as heavy as the color would indicate, feeling much more like an IPA than a stout or porter.

O: One of the better Black IPAs that I've head. The flavors are well balanced, and play very nicely together. Neither character overwhelms the other, and the lightness of the body really adds to my enjoyment of the bee. A well crafted brew to be sure.

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Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet

Look 9/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

Nice and smooth, much lighter tasting than the malt shows as the the look is a straight flat black. Very way to drink, yet doesn't stand out as a powerhouse~

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,457 ratings
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