Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,457 Ratings
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber from Slowbeer. Not sure of the brewing date.

Dark mahogany on the pour. Modest beige milkshakey head, recedes gradually to leave a 1cm raised ring and film.

Nose is quite roasty and nutty, showing chocolate milk, liquorice, baked caramel and hints of candy sugar. In time, a refined herbal hop character emerges, alongside some mild plasticy phenolics. Nice definition overall.

Slightly milder flavours. Lots of dry roast, bay leaves, mild pine, earthy herbal edge. A bit pallid overall.

Light body for 7% Pleasant silky carbonation, and a restrained bitterness which seems equally contributed by roast and hops.

Sound, drinkable and approachable, but it underachieves - especially as something purporting to be a black IPA. Strikes as more a regular stout or even a Schwarzbier.

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

Continuing on with my exploration of Clown Shoes' work.

Pours out a dark brown, nigh black with three fingers of fluffy khaki-colored foam which sticks around for about three minutes, but doesn't have much by way of lacing left behind on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels.

The nose and flavor are in perfect lockstep with each other. I get loads of fresh grapefruit rind and pine resin with a lovely roasted grainy backbone that makes an ABA with roasted malt, mint, and tobacco as the central emphasis derived from the grain bill. The finish is a long, drawn-out descendo of bitterness.

As for criticism, I can only think of a few tweaks for improvement (perhaps a slightly heartier body and a touch more chocolate malt emphasis, soft-pedal back the spearmint hopping a nudge to let the citrus peel a bit more room to breathe.)

So in summary, if you like your ABA with extra mint and tobacco emphasis, this one's practically made for you.

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