Hoppy Feet | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jlindros on 12-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/2012 into tulip.

A- Opaque black pour, three finger light tan head. Sheets of lacing around the glass.

S- Bright citrus of grapefruit and mandarin followed by deep, dark roasted malts, brown sugar, dark coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Bitter pine and juicy grapefruit, dark roasted black coffee, some bitter bakers chocolate and a lingering finish.

M- Thin bodied, good carbonation.

O- This is a well made BPA, I'm really beginning to see the subtle differences between brewers and they are all excellent so far.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bodied beer. Thin brown head. Decent retention. Aroma is quite nice and typical of a well done Black IPA....chocolate and roast mix with juicy, citrusy hops. Quite nice. Flavor foundation is layed down quite nicely with the chocolate/caramel malts while hop notes of citrus, pine and resin tap dance all over it. Moderately carbonated and medium to medium-full bodied. Nicely done. Nice little intro to Clown Shoes for me.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an attractive and delicious looking pour. Deep brown-black, translucent with ruby highlights. A mountain of mocha foam, persistent and leaving sticky sheets of lace.

Smell: Herbal, resin and grassy hop, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: deeply roasted malt, bitterness of semi-sweet chocolates mingling with bitter but flavorful resin and lightly citric hopping. This wants to be rich, roasty and decadent but the bitter hop leaves the palate dry and refreshed. Finish is mildly bitter and long.

If there are any weaknesses, it's the mouthfeel. A tad too watery for all the flavor herein.

Overall, a delicious black IPA that I'm happy to see on the shelves here in Minnesota.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black Ale, Ipswich, MA.

Hey, I've heard about this Clown Shoes business, and guess what? Now, we're getting it. Here's Hoppy Feet Black India Pale Ale (black and pale, eh?), Mercury Brewing Company, Ipswich, MA. 7% ABV.

Dark brown, just about black, beautiful creamy tan head, lace-leaving. Gorgeous brew.

Aroma: grassy hops, subsumed by rich, deep malt. Hints of cocoa, spots of coffee.

Taste: more of that on the tongue, the depth of the dark malt, with the high hops on top. Nicely roasted malt character, riddled with hop bitterness, up an down, and back of the throat. Flavor continues, never quite quits. Gets brighter and brighter, hoppier and hoppier. Stays long through the finish.

The battle continues, and a question arises. Did this style arise out of need or necessity, was it a desire to produce something great, new, & intriguing? Or did people tire of porters, and demand they get hopped up, or else? I'm still asking.

Smooth, rich and malty mashes up with leafy, green, and hoppy. Bitter much? Just enough.

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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/2012

A: Pours a dark brown color with a massive tan head that takes up half the glass. Not nearly as dark as I expected, especially when held to the light (an average mahogany color emerges with light). The massive head leaves very impressive lacing, though

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, pine, and light citrus notes are all present. Nicely balanced

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and chocolatey notes, and then goes into the hops with a kick of pine and citrus. Finishes with full display of the 80 IBUs

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A little too much carbonation

O: A solid black IPA that has plenty of both dark malty character and IPA character. Nicely balanced, and fairly easy to drink. Good beer

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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2.71/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I expected in a black IPA. Had a very deep chocolate color and poured with a great deal of head. There was too much roasted malted taste and not enough hop for my liking. A decent beer but not the IPA I was looking for. Would recommend for a stout drinker.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark to black as expected by the desription on the bottle. Decent lacing and some head is present throughout consumption. A piney hop and malt aroma is present upon lifting to your nose, but I would have trouble placing specific flavors via just the smell. Taste reveals a very nicely balance beer with hops fading in and out from front to back, again piney but nice and otherwise indistiguishable. The dark malts bring chocolate and some mild smokey flavors. Overall well done, and an especially nice brew as we head into fall.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,459 ratings