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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany tint, half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark toasted malt. Flavor of toasted malt, charred coffee, mild dark chocolate, grassy hops. Long lingering dark malt and grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice hoppy CDA with good char notes of coffee and malt. Malt body is slightly light to support the coffee and hop bitterness, making the finish a bit dry and less balanced, but still an enjoyable black ale that hits all the right notes.

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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown in color. Great two-finger head.

S: Hints of coffee, hops, chocolate, sweetness, and malts are present.

T: Bitter hops and bitter coffee in nature...with chocolate and slight brown sugar tastes.

M: A malty and hoppy feel with coffee added.

O: A great BIPA. Very bitter and hoppy with nice coffee tones. Bitter yet smooth.

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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with tan tint, minimal 1/4 inch head, some nice lacing.

Smell - Much like a stout, roasted malts, smoke, brown sugars, licrose mixed in with some hops. A little molassess and honey also is present.

Taste - First sip is a mix of roasted malts, coffee and piney hops. There is some brown sugar added in along with honey and molasses that balances out the bitterness. Chocolate and cococa add a dark, bold flavor that works really well with the malts.

Mouthfeel - The tongue really gets the smokey malts, along with some hops. Palate is coated with malts, bitter hops and a nice mix of brown sugar, coffee and chocolate. Aftetaste is malty, sweet and bitter.

Overall - A nice beer, really is a mix of stout and ipa with excellent amount of added sweetness to really make it a enjoyable brew. The coffee aspect mixed with the hops, might be a little too bitter for some, but other then that a soild beer.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really liking their labels and the concept, and the fact started on sort of a joke. Brewing this black IPA, sometimes you stumble onto something good. These guys are contract brewed at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, MA. This pours pitch black, and meets the perfect mix of dark porter and hefty balls out IPA. Dark tan khaki head almost pitch black body except for some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Aroma has herbal, pine, and citric notes amongst a back drop of dark malts roasted dark coffee and chocolate notes I'm liking the marriage of the two. I know this style but it's been awhile since I've had a really well balanced version of the Cascadian Black Ale, or Black IPA. In the nose I'm even getting hints of licorice and salted caramel, don't call me crazy I'm seriously getting a mix of those aromas. Flavor is dry dark roasted malts, with hints of cocoa and nearly burnt espresso. Big vegetal bitter, earthy notes, reign supreme with citrus peel and pine cone needles kicking in, there's a bit of a hop assault here. However, the dark creamy chocolate notes take on some of the harshness and I'm left finishing this beer at a surprisingly quick rate. Carbonation is dead on mellow but carries the resinous hops quite well, medium to full bodied range leaves a lingering hop bitterness between sips, with hop burps to follow. Overall, quite an impressive beer that I can appreciate the complexity of all the elements that and the fact that it hit at exactly the right time around the height of the black IPA craze a couple years ago.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours like a stout with millions of bubbles. Impenetrable black liquid. Thick, billowy foam clouds. Big, fluffy lacings.

Aroma of coffee, black licorice, sweet raisin, malt.

Taste of strong coffee, slight bitterness in the front of the tongue, clean smooth finish. A hint of the alcohol as well.

Medium , medium heavy mouthfeel, chewy.

Reminds me of a stout with some hops tossed in. Smooth, rich flavor and enjoyable.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated "bottled on" 3/18/2013 (so aged a few months), into a pint glass.
Appearance - darker than most black IPA's, no mahogany hue when against the light. Thick, creamy, meringue head! Lacing is sticky and thick!
Smell - cocoa, dark chocolate, brownies; not much early on in the hops department.
Taste - more malt forward than hops upfront, but a nice hop and dark chocolate bitterness present.
Feel - medium body with some bitterness, but more bitter chocolate, as opposed to hops.
Overall - admittedly, I really love the American Black Ale/Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA style, so I find this beer to be outstanding!

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