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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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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Aroma: Firm earthy, piney, and cedar-like hop aromas up front. A hint of chocolate that reminds me of the chocolate oranges you get around this time of year. Fermentation character is clean. No esters noted.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a low khaki head that doesn't last long. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More assertive earthy hop bitterness followed by piney and orange-like hop flavors. A bit of chocolate powder hints get dominated by the pine and orange hop flavors. Balance is clearly hoppy. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat. Slight hop derived oily character. No astringency.

Overall impression: A distinctively American hopped Black Ale. The hops are in charge with enough malt character to keep it interesting but definitely plays a background supportive role. Worth trying.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.49 single poured into a weird 10oz looking pint glass thing since nothing else was clean. No bottling date that I can tell.

Appearance: A dark, clear, ruby black. Small fizzy brown head doesn't last long. Minimal lacing. This is the worst part of the beer, but also the least significant.

Smell: Surprisingly bright hops coming through on the forefront in this dark beer. Smells awesome. A bit of citrus fruit, floral hops, and dark fruits (may be the citrus mixing with the dark malts doing that to me).

Taste: One of the best black ales I've had, without a doubt... hopped up very nicely with that "dark" character, without adding a face walloping roast bitterness, or char flavor. Really almost a perfect balance. A bit sweet on the front, a bit bitter on the finish, with that deep roasted malt taking over on the finish, but leaving that lingering hoppiness that makes you want another sip.

Feel: Medium feel and carbonation, which is working just about perfectly for me on this beer. The carbonation brings the taste buds to life to experience all that hoppy goodness. Semi-dry and bitter finish. Mouthfeel actually feels sort of creamy? Just tasty stuff.

Hoppy Feet is better than I thought it would be. A flagship beer any brewery would be lucky to have.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/12/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some light getting through; off-white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate malts along with hints of citrus. There's some sweet grapefruit in the mix alone with some pine. Hints of orange peel as well. Flavors are nice, but they seem redundant and subtle. The hops do their thing though, giving this is a solid bitterness. More chocolate and cocoa malts which are balanced out by the hops. More citrus. Orange zest and pine resin is there. Finishes with some grapefruit. Finishes pretty dry for the most part. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat light. It has moderate carbonation and is smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is an easy drinker.

This is a very solid Black IPA. There's alot to like about it. I do like it, but it leaves me wanting a little more from it. I do appreciate it though. It's pretty good, overall.

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