Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,457 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:
1,457
Reviews:
427
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
267
For Trade:
2
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Photo of LukeGude
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t_holland
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshcarl
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The hops seem to perfectly match up with an assertive, yet refined roast character. Notes of West coast hops dance around dark malts like mad men around a fire. Lighter in body than one would expect of such substantial flavors.

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Photo of Corburk
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Userme59
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hopphead31415
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m relatively new to Clown Shoes and have loved their beers so far. This one is a Black IPA, which to me is like a unicorn, because they seem a bit rare and the great ones are even harder to come by. This one is a perfect 7.0% ABV and is as black as an India Brown Ale and almost as black as an Imperial Stout.

Look-Well I’ve already said that it is a dark beer so I’ll just add that it has orange/red tint that shines through on the side of the glass even in a dim light. The head is has a brown hue that seems like the darkness has been bleeding into the one and a half thick foamy head. The lacing is off-white and bubbly.

Smell-It smells first of caramel malts and hops. I get notes of citrus, pine, and grassy hops that overshadow the slight toffee and roasted coffee malts. The malts are a bit muted in my opinion.

Taste-The smell follows the nose, but the hops are more pronounced. The astringency from the hops mixes in a peculiar but interesting fashion with the caramel malts and toasted grains. There are also grassy notes that shine through. This brew isn’t very sweet since it is a Black IPA. It was true to its name so that is cool. I get some tangerine and orange peel from the hops.

Mouthfeel-It has a slight stickiness, but is creamy and smooth. It is medium-bodied and crisp. The carbonation is perfect and complements the medium alcohol content.

Overall-It has a refreshing cola aspect to it as well as a well-balanced flavor that reminds me of a more hoppy version of Dogfish Head’s India Brown Ale (see my review of that one for more information).

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking out of a tulip glass

L: Real dark, nearly opaque, like a stout. Thick frothy head wtih nice lacing. Sexy looking beer
S: Kind of faint, IMO. Sweet odor, some sting from the hops on the nose. Roasted malt.
T: Really great flavor. I would say my only qualm with the beer is it is somewhat acrid from the combination of dark roast malt and the choice of hops here. I like it but the bitterness is a bit much, and I like IPAs. Other than that, has that chocolately/coffee and creme flavor you'd expect from a dark beer such as this. The hops are nice, a bit on the pungent side, somewhat piney. Kind of lacks balance and drinkability.
F: As mentioned somewhat acrid/astringent, sort of pulls the moisture from your mouth. Medium carbonation, heavy drinking.
O: I like this beer. Always a fun style. That being said this one has a lot of flavor, and a decent amount of booze, which makes it kind of hard to have more than a few of. Not my first run with it, certainly won't be my last.

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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WasupBeerQueen
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmos27
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Petegrieco
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lelampp
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DSincavage
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoostaBia
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a well made balanced beer that i would definitely get if i see again. Reminds me of Victory's Storm King and He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
Smell: molasses, wet hops, roasted malt, brown sugar and caramel
Taste: bitter taste that mixes roasted malt and hops that changes to dark chocolate, caramel and wet hops combined
Mouthfeel: Creamy heavy feel that finishes crisp and clean

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Photo of MikeAndrews
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ralph-pine
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer of great character. It looks like an Irish stout and tastes like a strong IPA. Bitter, sweet fragrance, beautiful presence. However, it is not easy to grasp, is not for everyone.

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Photo of Soxandtuggy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MUTINY
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark amber/brown with reddish accents. 1" off white head that recedes at a snails pace. Retention & lacing are top-flight.

S: Very muted aromas. Piney hops & graham cracker malt. Maybe dark chocolate.

T: Comes on off-sweet with more of the graham cracker aspect & some not-bitter dark chocolate. Mid palate has almost a date-like quality that quickly transitions into black coffee bitterness & more piney, bitter hops to finish. Quite nice!

M: Generously carbed with a pretty burly malt body. It has a silky richness that fits the flavors.

O: I could see myself drinking this pretty regularly, I like the complexity & notable bittering hop additions.

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Photo of B_G
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,457 ratings.
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