Hoppy Feet 1.5
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American Black Ale
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoppy Feet 1.5Hoppy Feet 1.5
Notes: Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
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Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared bottle at local tasting, as Clown Shoes First Anniversary Ale Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black India Pale Ale. ABV is 10%. Black colour, moderate beige head. Strong and pleasant hoppy aroma, some mild roasty notes in the background. Distinct and powerful piney / hoppy flavour, fairly dry, moderate roasty notes. Massive bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black beer pours black with beige head, no surprises Radiohead said. Aroma was dark fruit and alcohol, some roast. Barely perceptible tree like hops.

Taste tamed the alcohol somewhat, as usual, clown shoes just doesn't make anything hoppy that is truly far removed from average on the good side (some examples of way below average). This is no different. Its a big ass black ale that imparts more roast than hop flavor. Big beer, bomber format, no repeat purchase, just average to slightly above.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed 2/25/12

Appearance: Black, thick, tannish head.

S: Smells much more like an imperial stout than a black IPA. It’s malty, roasty, with faint hoppiness. Despite the label claiming it was dry hopped twice, I do not sense a ton of evidence of that, though to be fair my bottle wasn't as fresh as I would have liked.

T: Burnt, roasty flavors mingle with hoppiness upfront, with a fairly malty finish though. Leaves substantial bitterness that seems both hop and roasted/dark malt derived. Some alcohol in the taste as well.

F: A medium-thick mouthfeel with low carbonation and a good deal of alcoholic warmth.

O: I was pretty disappointed with this beer. I really had high hopes: I’ve heard great things about the brewery, this beer has gotten really good reviews, and it wasn't the cheapest bottle in the world. I didn't get much hop aroma and the taste did not have fresh hoppy characteristics aside from being very bitter.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant deep dark brown under a 2” light tan moussey foam cap that produces thick lace. Light legs. Smell: Rich malt, dark chocolate, traces of coffee, light roast, grapefruit rind hops. Taste: Starts with dark chocolate, then coffee, and alcohol, with hints of licorice, and a little pepper on the finish. The roast, malts and hops contribute to the bitterness on the finish giving it a character of espresso bitter chocolate with some citrus rind. Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, big and bountiful - medium full body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has a malty, licorice, raisin aroma. Smooth, silky taste. Can definitely taste licorice, maybe some slight chocolate and raisins. You can definitely detect the booziness. It has a slightly astringent aftertaste with some hoppy bitterness. Good beer, but not much of a black licorice fan.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bomber and pour into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It glows the color of Coca-Cola, and holds a one finger head of cakey, creamy sand colored bubbles. This retains very well, leaving big soapy etchings across the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose sings of sawdust, burnt caramel, chocolate, and English brown malts, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and powdered ginger spiciness, fruity bubblegum esters, graphite, cleanly grassy and grapefruity hops, smoked tobacco leafiness, vanilla extract, icy mint bubblegum, zesty booziness, and powdered vitamin C. The taste opens with an intense malt profile and a surprisingly bitter twist of hops. These come in the form of charred and caramelized brown, black, and coffee malts, pure cocoa powder, sappy piney, grassy, and oily grapefruity hop bitters, rooty leeks, Styrofoam, soy sauce, sesame seeds, plastic phenols, light honey sweetness, harsh and hollow boozy burn, black peppercorns, crystalized seaweed, toffee sugars, wax paper, and ash. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. Finishing pop is highly satisfying, while cream and froth are okay, and slurp and smack are decently robust. The mouth is coated, but left ultimately with a streaky astringent dryness. The abv is big and in your face, but the beers sips nicely nonetheless.

Overall, what a great way to commemorate one year on the market. Their standard Hoppy Feet did wonders for advancing the style of “American Black Ale”, or however you feel comfortable calling it. It showcases a dense malt base with a floating crown of fresh hoppiness. Here, we truly get the enhanced version of this, although it is most noticeable in the bitterness and depth of the flavor profile. They also take the abv through the roof, and just a pint of this 10.0% beast can send an advocate reeling. Despite this, the beer drinks with a definite smoothness, allowing you every opportunity to appreciate the flavors as they continually drift by the taste buds. It is nice that Clown Shoes appreciates their roots, but even nicer that they take care of the consumer by literally building off their prior successes to offer something even better. Good on you, Clown Shoes.

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Photo of lochef81
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bipa pours a very near black color with a generous tan head that lasts well into the pour and leaves very substantial lacing. The aroma was far maltier than I had expected for an imperial black ipa. The same can be said for the flavor; although that was more complex with notes of vanilla and coffee present. Overall, this one seemed closer to porter or even stout than black ipa. Would have enjoyed a hoppier presence like its little brother Hoppy Feet.

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Photo of bmwats
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into DFH IPA glass.

A: Black with a 2 finger, foamy khaki head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a smattering of bubbles and a partial foam blanket on the surface. Thick, persistent lacing.

S: Roasted nut shells, and a little black licorice. Just a bit of grapefruit peaks out from behind the roasty characteristics, and is accentuated with a bit of butterscotch.

T: Roasted pecan shells, bitter floral hops, and a fair amount of black licorice.

M: Heavy mouthfeel. Bitter and roasty. A little boozy. Bitterness lingers on the palate throughout.

D: Sipping experience... the character will dictate as much.

Atmosphere is really strong. Dark, with a substantial head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is a well balanced combination of char roast, bitter citrus, and a touch of sweetness. Very roasty, with biting bitterness, and a nice hop. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Outlived my expectations.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As black as any beer I've seen to date - ZERO light penetration. Finger-thick beige head disappears quickly to little more than a ring. Okay lacing and legs that can be spotted a mile away.

Sweet cocoa and molasses. Undertones of espresso and hints of caramel irradiate through thick malt and surprisingly subtle pine notes. A bit of cola.

This one is a tongue bruiser, but I'll be damned, it's tasty! Wasting no time, this brew attacks with gusto - bitterness hits right away with a distinct pine punch, a bit grassy even. However, gobs of roasted malts and roll with the punches and provide a bit of peat and burnt chocolate. It hurts so good, even the aftertaste is bitter. Alcohol is noticeable. Sweetness is omnipresent but muted and most notable on the finish - mostly molasses.

Thick. More carbonation than I was expecting to encounter. Finishes sweet and somehow dry at the same time. Light alcohol burn. Ashy aftertaste.

Intense... There is nothing subtle about this beer. If you like the clashing of two worlds, this beer is most certainly for you. Whether you're a hophead or you prefer to indulge in sweet malts, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this. I highly recommend picking this one up, and I also recommend bringing a friend along for the ride. Attempting to tackling a bottle of this, alone, is madness.

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Photo of Mlawrence
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: bomber into a pint glass

Appearance: deep brown, almost black. Good amount of light brown head with good retention

Smell: Nice dark roasted malts, hops, a hint of chocolate and fruit

Taste: The dark roasted malts come in on the front end with coffee and chocolate notes. The hops are not to far behind, they blend together nicely. Nice bitter hoppy aftertaste. You can't taste the 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, goes down very smoothly.

Overall: My first Black IPA, and I wasn't disappointed. It's strong in both the malt and hops department, and they're blended together very well. Great beer, will buy again.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a thick tan head that is very thick and creamy.
Hops, caramel, roasted malts and coffee notes and mild grape fruit.
Good carbonation, the malts and hops are well balanced, the roasted coffee is good and there is a slight chocolate flavor mixed in.
Medium bodied ale with plenty of carbonation, this really warms up your mouth.
Smooth and a really great drinking ale over all, for the alcohol content, it’s well hidden.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with a two-finger tan head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

S - Hop forward - lots of grapefruit, orange, and pine. Roasted malts are also present.

T - Roasted malts right upfront followed by lots of hoppiness. There is a nice balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Finish has a strong hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very easy drinkng.

O - One of the better Black IPAs I've had. Nice blend of malts and hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at my local beer store.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost back into my Founders snifter. Aggressive pours resulted in 1/2 head that lingers.
S: Interesting, I had expected more of a floral, grapefruit aroma. The malt really hides the hops.
T: Same as with the smell above, where are the hops? Tasty, with a slight alcohol warming at the end, but I'm missing the hops I was expecting.
M: Not bad, not too thin, not too chewy.
O: Another solid beer from Clown Shoes, just a bit let down due to the absence of hop bite I was looking for.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with medium retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of bitter roasted malt with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter roasted malt with quit a powerful dry hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too dry IMHO.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy Feet 1.5 looks very much black in the snifter glass. Very close to opaque. The head is a darker tan color with good stability. Looks just north of dangerous.

The malts are the first thing I pick up on in the nose. They're sultry, but subdued, with obvious roasty character, but a slight creaminess that marries well with kilned grain bitterness. Then, comes a musty smell of stanky, dank hops of the earthy kind. There's licorice root and cooked potato in the background, too. Lightly piny, and almost absent of any fruit notes. Hints of espresso from the dark-ass roast, but this black ale comes original with a flair of the herbal.

Rich and dark and strong. Has a strong element of cocoa from the malts and earthiness from the hops. Herbal flavors of licorice and root vegetable come out, too. Acidity ranges from mild to battery-licker, from opening to mid-late palate. Finally, it finishes with a familiar IPA note of pith and rind. A big contrast to a standard DIPA, whereas here, whilst the malts take over with big character, you trade caramel sweetness and toast for bitter malts and chalky cocoa/licorice and residual yeast effect. This is one big beer with a big headiness to it, even though it's not obviously tasted. All of a sudden, it warms, and there's some dark fruitiness to it. Missed that completely in the nose.

Again, it drinks with some decent smoothness, for the strength. Still, it has a booze squeak that is unavoidable. Some chewiness in the mouth, all fortified by a medium-thick body. Carbonation has some say in the argument, offering some spike to the other 'spike'. A great big warmer with pleasant bitterness for the style.

I like my black ales hoppy, and this one falls a little short. Even the maltiness is evened out too much, despite having good character and potential. I've never had the regular Hoppy Feet to know what this beer is really trying to accomplish, but still it makes its mark. Not fantastic, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Intense and unforgiving black in color. Just the faintest hint of light peeks through this brew when held up to the light. Not much head on this beer. Massive aroma of Pacific Northwest hops combined with roasted malt, plums, raisins, and black licorice. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and sticky. Flavor is an initial wallop of hop bitterness followed closely by roasted malt, fig, raisins, and plum. The aftertaste hastily returns back to a strong, bitter hop fade. An epic roller coaster for your palate that will delight those seeking dark,bitter beers. My first clown shoes brew, but when I travel I will seek out their other brews (as they don't distribute in MO.

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Photo of CA_brewster
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from Clown Shoes. I’ve heard great things so I was excited to stumble upon this bottle in the beer aisle and even more so to give it a try.

This beer is jet black with a nice thick tan head. The aroma on this beer is pretty damn spectacular. Very hop forward smells of delicious American hops, resin and pine. There are also lots of dark roasted scents coming off this brew as well as some distinct tartness reminiscent of green apple.
The roasted malts in this beer come across incredibly strong on the palate. I would say they dominate this beer’s taste but the generous amount of hops really balances this thing out and it’s not unbalanced by its malty and roasted characteristics. This beer is bitter at first but really mellows out on the tongue and leaves a relatively mellow sweet roasted malty aftertaste that tricks you into taking another sip. The mouth feel is what I would expect from a beer of this type. Thick almost syrupy with very light carbonation.

Overall this is quite a solid beer that I thoroughly enjoyed sipping. It was hard getting through the 22oz bomber by myself but that is just because this thing is a beast of a brew at 10% abv.

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Photo of Lifsabch
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet black IPA was a favorite of mine @ the GLB. So tasty and perfect IMHO. So I decided to give this a try. It poured from the bottle an impressive dark color/head. The nose was really nice. Sipping revealed the booziness of this brew which unfortunately seemed to mask much of the flavor. But I enjoyed sipping on this nevertheless.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Max's (from notes).

A: Dark, dark brown.

S: Sweet and malty like a stout or barleywine.

T: Roasty and almost no standard IPA flavors. Like a fresh Bigfoot. MALTY. Not super sweet like those.

M: Not very carbonated. Nice and prickly.

O: Pretty good.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a pitch black into a snifter with one finger tan creamy head, head was a varied creamy and large bubble texture. Looked lively throughout but not much for lacing.

S - nose is a hop forward, citrus, pine, and earthiness followed by a punch of alcohol rounded out with roasted malt goodness including notes of smoke, coffee, chocolate, a slight molasses or toffee sweetness.

T - really intense taste, the hoppiness is very forward and not by any means muddled by the porter-esque malts. It's is totally accentuated by them. The intense resinous pine and floral notes of the hops mash right up with the dark chocolate roasted malt smokiness, ending with a quenching bitterness that lingers. I would say this is the best tasting black IIPA I have experienced on my beer journey thus far.

M - thick and viscous, light carbonation. On the hot side, finish is slightly sweet.

O - this is great. Sometimes with these big black IPAs I find the hop flavors muddled in the background and can't really differ them from a really hoppy imperial porter. This is a straight mash up of bright IPA hop flavor and IBUs with delicious roasted malts. The nose was a little pungent with the alcohol but the taste was more smooth, a little hot though. Great beer, will continue to enjoy more.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/20/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, orange rind, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, floral, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and roasted malt notes; with nice strength. Taste of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, orange rind, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, floral, pine, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, floral, pine, toast, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, chalky, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent black IPA! All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors with huge robustness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jkshield
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: it has a very deep black body that even when held up to the light is opaque. The head dissolved quite quickly which was a little but of a disappointment

S. Not too much aroma you can smelled the warranted malts and some chocolate espresso mixed with a nose of a slight floral hoppy trying to make an appearance but just not quite getting the attention it wants

T: black ipasareone of my favorite but I think serria Nevada did abetter job with the hop dark malt balanceaethan this beer. The nose starts off with a floral citrusy nose but it is quickly over whelmed by a dark chocolate with a hint of dark cherry almost followed by an lull encompassing espresso and roasted aftertone

M: it is mediumed bodied and heavily carbonated which saves the lack of smoothness you can achieve when using a dark malt combination. The mouth feel was a little dissapOinting I was really looking for a richer aftertaste but it is no easy feat to create a black ipa so I'll forgive them for the lack of feel

O: black ipas are quite hard to perfect I have to give them credit they did make a 10 percent taste pretty darn good but there are a few things they could improve upon. Would I buy it again. Depends on my mood but as far as normal beers go I commend clown shoes for there experimentation and might have to try some of there more classic beers to see how this brewery overall standing is

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown body, almost opaque in subdued lighting; nice, frothy light tan head, sticky rings of lacing down the glass. Spicy hop nose, well-blended with a rich, dark malt undertone. Bitter chocolate and dark, roasted grains; soothing hop bitterness reinforcing the malt flavors; nice alcohol tingle at the finish. Smooth, almost light mouthfeel, very dry.

An eye-popping black IPA. Good complexity and nicely balanced throughout. Hops and malts hit you first and the tingling then soothing alcohol warmth lingers on at the finish.

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Photo of safaricook
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

It is probably not appropriate to rate an infected beer and infected my bottle was. I bought it at the bierkoning in Amsterdam. Of all those beers they recently got from Clown shoes brewery, I picked this one because I haven't had a black DIPA since I was in the States in spring. I was rather disappointed as I opened the bottle and with the first whiff I got tons of nail polish in my nose. Taste was the same, short note of nice dark sweet malt and then crushing in this strong unpleasant taste of ETHYLACETATE followed by some hop bitterness. It is not difficult to see that under those vast amounts of off flavor that probably stems from stressed yeast there is in fact a great beer. However, I am not able to drink it. Very sad. I understand that beers shipped all the way from the US may arrive somewhat oxidated here or with reduced hop aroma, but ethylacetate does not arise from inappropriate shipping, but from fermentation gone wrong. And this is why I write this review:

Quality control, Please!

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Photo of Zach_T
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Clown Shoes was Clementine...A second chance here with 1.5

Tulip Glass
A- Dark opaque black . Nice caramel white stand of foam that lingered for some time.
A- Big booze and alcohol on the nose with roast and a dark vanilla element. No hop aroma.
T- Slightly boozy up front with roasty toasty vanilla to follow
M- Thin mouthfeel, expected more body out of it to be honest
F-Quick bitterness on the end leaving evidence of hops, roast and alcohol in its wake

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 648 ratings