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

Welcomed and surprising find in California. Bottled within 3 weeks to boot.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a darkish brown massive 3 finger head. Peppered with darker spots.

S: Sweet piney notes with a bit of citrus and chocolate mixed in there. Bit minty perhaps?

T: Sweet caramel, creamy slight chocolate to it. Bit of bread in this. Hop bit but not over powering.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Sweet bitter finish that coats and stays long after the sip.

O: A pretty solid BIPA offering. Wouldn't want to drink this often but every once and a while it is a fantastic brew. Glad I didn't spring for the 4 pack.

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3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of two bottles of Clown Shoes beer I found in the singles cooler at Coaltrain Wine and Liquor in Colorado Springs...

Slightly spicy, stronger piney hop aroma with hints of dark, roasted grains. Dark mahogany body with a very chunky, light tan head. Charred grain and espresso flavors with a sharp bitterness in the taste; slight hint of chocolate flavors. Light yet creamy, smooth feel; clean and dry.

A fair dark IPA. Too much biting bitterness in the taste takes away from an otherwise decent though unremarkable brew.

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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In 12 oz bottle...just arrived in Denver recently.
Poured in medium Duvel tulip glass.
Pours black with significant light brown head.
Light aroma of chocolate roasted malts and milk chocolate.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, carob, bitter hops, cream of tartar, black pepper, espresso. This is flavorful and bold but also has an astringency...not as much as their Tramp Stamp Belgian style IPA, but there's still a rough bite. Relative to Tommyknocker's Hop Strike, this is good, but not something I'd want a growler of, but I've bought many Hop Strike growlers. It's missing the smooth drinkability, but nevertheless it's respectable for rough beer lovers.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It’s always exciting to have a brewery come to Indiana for the first time – here’s to beer without borders.

Brewed four months before the date of this tasting – Bottled on 11/08/2012.

A: I love the color on this one – it’s a deep mahogany, dark, but with a significant amount of light pouring through to illuminate the body. Bubbles rise up to a short, fleeting head, then leave a string of lace as they quickly descend.

S: An earthy nose consisting of roasted malt scents of peat, flint, burnt toast, and strong black coffee, some of the most natural aromas from dark malts I’ve ever come across; I feel like I’m sticking my face in a big bag of chocolate malt at the homebrew shop. Hops provide a complementary pine and grass character, but, interestingly enough, an unexpected kick of lemon, lime, and orange, too. Rounded out by bittersweet chocolate toward the back end, these West Coast hop notes finish the nose with a tone not unlike those chocolate oranges you have to smack before you eat.

T: All hops on the front of the palate, with tastes of lemon rind, citrus fruit, and bright, herbal pine shining in true IPA glory. This is a beer of hop flavor, not just bitterness – the descriptor “sticky” has no place here, as this is more of a rindy, plant-like hoppiness. This tastes authentic, and I love that about it. As it continues on, the malt tastes unfold in a bevy of roasty coffee, soil, bitter cocoa, and smoky, burnt biscuits, adding flavor and balance rather than thick sugars to counteract the hops. This is how a beer should be put together: natural ingredients in subtle yet fulfilling dimensions. The aftertaste here is similar to what you would get after drinking your cappuccino in the morning, darkly roasty, dry, though slightly metallic, extending for quite a long time.

M: Perfect for the style – velvety, real ale carbonation and a relatively light body. Great mix of the refreshing and filling qualities that brewers should strive to achieve. Is there really nothing amiss in this beer?

O: I love this beer, and that’s coming from a guy who doesn’t particularly treasure this style. Clown Shoes seems to have an incredible grasp on the beauty of natural brewing ingredients, and for that, they’ve instantly gained my respect and attention.

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