Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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Hoppy FeetHoppy Feet

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Photo of mcflypie
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of wvsabbath
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of WunderLlama
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of patpbr
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Brown, little head retention
S - Roasted Malt , Chocolate
T - Bitter upfront with Dark Chocolate tones, Lots of hops a little sweet and added to with Pine and Coco.
M - Medium Body, nice Carbonation
O - Like most Black Ales Its several things.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/29, so you know it's still good. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Like the name, this beer is black bodied with two fingers thick of head. The aroma has the standard roasted malt component, also astringent malt, and...nail polish remover? A wee bit of hops make their mark as well, but it's the nail polish remover which concerns me.

Taste; nail polish remover first thing. Talk about a mood dampener. It adds an unpleasant bitterness to what looks like an otherwise good beer. The malt has a bittersweet taste, then it seems to go semi-sweet. A little bit of hops and resin and ending with a dry finish. The beer is medium bodied and soft with a texture which is almost creamy.

What a tease. Hoppy Feet has so much promise if it weren't for that off-note. Next time, no quality control problems please.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rich and hoppy! Pours obsidian black with a medium dark tan head. Scents of charcoal, coffee, chocolate. Taste is good. Nicely crafted, boldly hopped. There are some bitter chocolate flavored, some definite char and coffee tones. A heavy mouthfeel with muted hop aftertaste. A good beer but not a session. It's bold and in your face and after one you're tired of tasting all that flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, foamy, big bubbled, light tan head that starts around an inch and slowly settles into a surface coating. Great cling along the glass. Aromas of roast and bitter coffee with an overlay of resin and piney hops, giving a pretty dynamic and layered nose. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a campfire char and smoke forward, bitter dark roasted coffee in the backbone, and a spiced and resiny hops presence that builds at the end of the palate. The aftertaste ends up being a balance of roast and smoke with bitter hops. Light, crisp body with a dry, clean, crisp finish. The beer does leave a slightly smoked linger as you continue to drink. Decent beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/23/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, floral, grass, light char, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with nice complexity and very balanced hop and roasted notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, floral, light nuttiness, and roasted/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance of hop and roasted malt flavors with good complexity; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great balance of roasted malt and hop flavors with good complexity; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: pitch black with maybe a hint of brow, 2 finger frothy tan head. looks solid

s: smells very nice. roasted and toasted malts dominate the nose here, followed by milk chocolate, citrus & earthy hops.

t: follows the nose. roast/toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. a hint of sweet cocoa as well. this then fades into a nice piney bitterness. also some citrus (grapefruit bitterness, pineapple) and earthy tea leaf-like flavors as well

m: on the lighter side of medium, but very well carbonated which makes it feel a little fuller

o: glad they distro to Cali now. if you're a fan of black ales, please give this a shot. not the best but a nice drinker

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Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, tight, foamy, brown-white head. Stagnates in suspended animation. Head never fully settles. Some thick beer ring and more pervasive spotty lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, and oak bark; all with a bit of a floral character.

T: Charred grains, unsweetened dark chocolate, black licorice, peat, and a slight oakiness.

M: Full, thick, and hearty. Earthy feel. Bitter finish lingers on the palate. Has a bit of an alkaline feel in the end.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really strong. Great foamy, tight, lingering head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is a great combination of of roasted grains, chocolate, and wood with a floral presence. Malt is charred and well-balanced with unsweetened bitter dark chocolate, licorice and peat, with a nice oaky tone. Earthy and hearty, but a bit of an alkaline character. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet a couple weeks ago for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a Black IPA and since I'm still working my way through the Clown Shoes line up I thought I would give this beer a shot, so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label, it goes good with the name of this brewery and while it's not the most eye catching label I still think it's nice. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through with three fingers of creamy medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I really liked the creamy tan head.

S- The aroma starts off with a fairly higher amount of sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart a roasted and chocolate like aroma with a slight bit of coffee in the background. Up next comes the hops which show up a fair amount and they impart some herbal and earthy hop aromas with citrus hops seeming to stick out the most imparting a nice grapefruit like aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, I thought it was fairly balanced and the hops and malt aspects were both nicely represented.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with the roasted malts that impart some roasted flavors with a slight bit of chocolate and coffee coming through but its a charred malt flavor that seems to come through the most. Up next comes the hops which impart a pretty big earthy and herbal hop flavor with hardly any citrus coming through. On the finish there's a high amount of bitterness, a little too much so and it had a roasted malt and bitter aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the hops flavors came through more with a little less bitterness.

M- Not too smooth, a little watery, oily, fairly dry, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it was little thin and watery, plus it was a little on the oily side.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a fairly average example of the style, it looked good and it smelled nice, but when it got the taste, the charred malt and bitter hops showed up the most overpowering the roasty and citrus aspects that I like the most in the style. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I feel no need to have another. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were both nice, with the appearance being my favorite. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were the weak point of this beer and they need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's many other Black IPA's I enjoy much more and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was let down with this beer, Clown Shoes seems to be pretty good with hoppy beers, but this one just didn't do it for me and I thought it was pretty damn rough around the edges. Better luck next time guys. So far this is my least favorite beer from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Almost pitch black with two fingers of muddy and foamy head. The stick on the glass is outstanding and the head maintained at a quarter of an inch an hour deep.

S - licorice, hops, piney, caramel, malts.

T - Hops on the forefront, followed by a big creamy malt backbone, dry to finish. Anise flavor present.

O - Very solid and maybe my favorite I have tried from this style which is not my first choice.

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Photo of Mojo
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

A - deep brown almost black with a foamy one finger head, a small retention ring, and lots of lacing. Very beautiful pour.

S - Not as much on the nose as I expected. I get some coffee, chocolate, and pine.

T - nice malty backbone (notes of raisins and molasses) with a bitter coffee (almost burnt) finish.

M - kind of thin for the style, but pleasing nonetheless.

O - my first offering from this brewery. Not too shabby!!!

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

Pretty darn good brew. Poured a bit cold with a small to medium size, thick, slightly creamy, tan head that soon settled to a light cover and good lacing. Color is a clear, very dark, blackish amber brown. Aroma is dark roast malt, molasses, dates, prunes, hint of hop. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, tang and bitter are predominant, suggestion of bitter chocolate, and none of that is overdone. Body and carbonation are very good although the bitter/tang strength lends to some sharpness. Finish is like flavor, of average length, suggestion of alcohol warmth. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
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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Photo of longisland1983
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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Photo of MikeWard
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, certianly not a case.

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Photo of bgkeeley
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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Photo of ElSid
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Okay, I am reviewing this beer that was bottled in December 2014, so there may be some changes in the hop flavor during that time. It pours a nice, pitch black color with a thick, brown, foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Still has a nice piney aroma with some roasted malts and coffee. I would like to try a fresh one, but I don't think that much has really left this beer since bottled. Still has a nice bitter hop. Tasty roasted maltiness and coffee at the end. Moderately astringent bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a one finger sand colored head. Nice lacing down the glass with every sip.

S: Interesting mix here. I get some minty/herbal hops along with some grapefruit, cocoa and roasted malt.

T: A little faint coming out of the gate. Eventually, I get some light roasted malt, cocoa, and toasted grain with a big push of grapefruit hop resin in the background. The resin lingers through the finish with just a touch of roasted malt. A touch unbalanced, but not a bad Black IPA at all.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-has a good cocoa backbone with a hint of weedy hops in there as well. Good strength

T-comes in with a good flavor of aged cocoa and wood. It's a really good flavor along with some of the weedy hops from the nose. The after-taste is mostly of the cocoa. Good complexity and balance to this.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-actually one of the better black IPAs I've have. It focuses more on the cocoa than the hops, while still keeping a slight hint, enough to keep it from being a full blown porter or stout. I recommend this.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The Hoppy Shoes pours out - or should I say kicks out? - a mammoth pillow of beige foam that crowns a tar black body, Let it sit and take a whiff: there is an intense miasma of caramel and charcoal that is brazenly backed with some fearless hints of dark chocolate.

The initial taste is a bit chalky - imagine chalk with cocoa powder, actually. This is supported by a relaible reinforcement of Amarillo and Columbus hops - all this with an 80 IBU accompanied by the 7% abv. There is some serious structure here; yet, neither the hops or the malts are dominant. A Fair and Balances Black Ale is what we have.

This is a serious beer, but not an intimidating one. There is the chalky mouthfeel; however, this simply leads to a more substative quaff that handles all its ingredients well and allows for one sturdy sessional quaff - two, at least.

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Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,454 ratings.
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