Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

very good
1,457 Ratings
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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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 1,457 ratings.
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