Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,455 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:
1,455
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
267
For Trade:
2
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Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle to snifter, bottled on 8/23

Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha toned foam. Good amount of carbonation on the sides, great lacing

Smells of hops, coffee, earth tones, chocolate, oak, tobacco, and alcohol. Some sweet bready malts compose a solid back bone, really enjoying the smell of this beer!

Taste of flagrant hops, followed by a strong bitter chocolate. Coffee and some floral tones make up the back, with a good sweet malt finish.

Feel is smooth and creamy, coats the mouth and gives a nice tingle on the tongue. Very easy to drink

Over all a greatly done black ipa. Very balanced and well made. Kudos clownshoes, my first beer of yours didn't disappoint

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Photo of Dank26
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ricchezza
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beers appearance is blacker than any stout or porter I’ve ever had. Even when held up to the light it is totally opaque, even at the shallow ends of a rounded glass.

It has strong coffee overtones in terms of odor; followed by tobacco and forest-y notes. There is also an ever so slight sting from either the alcohol or carbon dioxide present.

Hoppy Feet has a surprisingly light mouth-feel. As expected it is very bitter. Not just hoppy, but also roasted, burnt, charcoal and woody notes.

The label states, "Black India Pale Ale" though it is certainly not what I look for and/or expect from an IPA, but in it’s own category (black ale/lager) with separate style expectations this is very good. It’s easily drinkable. Provides an urge to fire up the grill for some barbecue!

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of mpedara429
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out nearly black with three fingers of a fluffy, tan head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, cocoa, and a little bit of pine.

T: Pretty much identical to the nose. A little bit earthy. Bitterness and balance are good.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little bit creamy.

O: A good beer, but it is more on the stout/porter side than IPA side. The little bit of pine and the bitter hops are the only thing that makes it a black IPA, but otherwise, the flavors weren't too complex.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass, super-psyched to find this at one of my local favorite spots. Thanks Paulie and the boys at the West End Beverage Center in Olean/Allegany....

A-Ink Black, decent head and decent lacing, kind of plateuas here for me

S-Eh, its ok. A bit heavy on roast (to be expected), weird medicinal kind of thing going on here, uh oh, I think I may have gotten an old or bad bottle

T-Really ordinary, nothing special

M-See the above, but thinner

O-will have to see if this was an abberation, particularly based on many of my fellow BA's who's opinions I respect...

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brbrocc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KevieJames
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jparker37
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Nice sized tan head recedes to a small cap. Black in color but not opaque, very appetizing. Left a little bit of lacing.

S - Excellent fresh pine smell works well into a chocolate malt. Getting a little fruity note.

T - I get a nice touch of gritty chocolate malt. Prickly pine hop flavors beginning to end. Packs quite a punch of bitterness. The piney hops hold for a little bit after I've swallowed but the bitterness lasts much longer.

M - Dry, moderate carbonation, medium body.

O - Excellent looking beer. The taste was interesting in that malt didn't appear first and then get swept away with hop flavor but all meshed together throughout the whole taste. Bitterness overstayed it's welcome because it didn't accompany any real hop flavors that long after.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a two finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This tastes mostly like grapefruit and citrus zest, with some chocolate and roasted malt added in. Thankfully, the hops dominate here. I love malt forward beers too, in fact I like stouts best of all. I am just glad that this Black IPA is mostly hop forward, like it should be.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a grapefruit aftertaste. I recommend trying this if you get the chance. I look forward to trying more Clown Shoes beers.

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Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,455 ratings.
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