Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,455 Ratings
Hoppy FeetHoppy Feet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,455
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
267
For Trade:
2
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3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit of sweetness. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some bitterness, a bit of smoke. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, this 24 oz bottle was picked up for eight bucks being a fan of ipas

The pour was amazing. The head kept rising. Amazing, the head was just like ocean foam that slowly faded.

Appearance is dark brown with bold bubbly lacing

Now by far the best part was the fruity american fresh as can be hops. This stuff smells amazing

The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, full

The taste, the taste is different, very hoppy. Not that bitter, but enough bitermess. Very litle carbonation, the some malts, quite strong stay on the tongue. I was expecting a better tatse from all that smell.

Overall not dissapointed, a great brew

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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Poured well, black, with decent head that retained throughout

Not much on the nose, a whiff of roasted

Taste was initially interesting, but the burnt taste stayed on the back on the mouth for a long time.

Mouthful was full, but the continual bitter burnt taste was a bit off putting.

Overall, a decent enough offering, though doubt I would buy a six-pack, certainly not a case.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was really wanting to hate this beer due to the literature that came with it, all about how much clown shoes meant to the owner, and then really wanting to love it because of my initial reaction. What I found was a beer that was okay but just that.

Pouring the beer I was excited! the head oh what a head I got about a half and inch of extremely dense head when pouring, and the beer is as black as pitch with a medium heavy lacing. The nose is sweet and hoppy with a touch of citrus. The carbonation is just about perfect for a beer of this type.

It is in the mouth where the beer falls a bit flat. The hops overwhelm the beer, and the hops just frankly aren't that interesting. We get bitter, black walnut style bitter that goes on and on and on and on in a tiresome fashion with a slightly tannic finish. It doesn't finish clean like some of the other black IPAs on the market, instead we get a lingering long uninteresting hop finish I was looking forward to a bend toward the citrus notes in the smell, but no such luck.

However I love the alcohol content! 7 percent is nice.

So if you loooove hops and aren't particular how interesting the beer is, this could work for you. Otherwise if someone offers you it at a party you should enjoy it happily, otherwise I wouldn't go out looking for it.

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

Freshness Date: None

A: Black with deep brown highlights. The head is fluffy and tan, spreading in sheets of microbubbles on the glass.

S: The scent is surprisingly sweet sporting strong notes of caramel, cocoa, and brown sugar. There are also hints of espresso and earth.

T: Smooth and sweet with nice malt complexity. The sweetness is the cornerstone comprised of cocoa nibs, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The is also some toasted grain which transitions to a mild bitterness that is predominately earthy with a touch of citrus zest, flowers and pine. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth and creamy with faint to moderate carbonation. The soft feels synergism with the sweet palate culminates to a chocholate milk like experience.

O: An enjoyable dark brew but in the end lacked the hop feel and complexity of a great black IPA.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,455 ratings.
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