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Hoppy Feet 1.5Hoppy Feet 1.5

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.

Added by hopheadjuice on 12-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ambluhm
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured black and had a light taupe colored, small bubbled head.

The nose was amazing. It was filled with loads of chocolate and heavy roasted aromas. Almost like coffee, with a hint of really pretty slightly burnt bread. It also had a strong presence of pine and citrus hop aromas well integrated into the malty backbone.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with the main key...PERFECT BALANCE. It had bright carbonation that mingled great with the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. It also tastes just like the nose smells, which I loved.

Overall, this is an amazing style beer. I had tried a sample of this about 3-4 months ago, and even in that short time, this beer has evolved into something that I really dig. It at first was too bitter for me, but it smoothed out and the balance was as close to perfect as I've seen. Awesome beer. I hope I get another one at that stage in its life!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent robust mix of floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and chocolate.

T: The taste starts is complex and very nicely balanced starting with sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and citrus. Then a strong hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is very hearty and not only creates the great balance, but also masks the high ABV. The after-taste has that bitter-sweet hoppy and malty quality that to me has defined the style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but this is the type of beer where you embrace rather than discount the sticky finish.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, not all enhanced versions of a good beer work much less show an improvement, but this beer takes a very good beer and takes it to an incredible level. I like Hoppy Feet. I love Hoppy Feet 1.5.

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Photo of kwesib
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rarely rate a beer as mostly exceptional but this one definitely was. Deep dark pour into a pint glass with about a 1/4 finger tan head that left it's mark on the glass to the end. After having had a couple of beers earlier in the evening that had little if any malt character, including a micropub bourbon stout, the mouthfeel was particlarly noticeable. I've only had a couple of Black IPAs that i have thought captured What i think should be the essence of this "new" category. Black malt, I think, and chocolate revealed itself early along with the hops an alcohol. Well integrated and the hop finish was strong as an IPA should be. Purchased the last bottle on a visit to Chicago at a hole-in-the-wall package store and backroom pub called Maria's near Comisky Park. I will be searching for more.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a coffee colored foamy head that puffs up perfectly before leaving fine lace

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, pine, citrus fruits. Complex and wonderful.

T: Dark chocolate and mouth puckering citrus fruit. Finishes dry despite the sweetness. Unbeleivably well balanced.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Smooth, creamy, rich.

D: Can only mark this beer down here, as the abv is high and the brew very rich.

This beer is even better than the regular Hoppy feet, which was probably my favorite beer before this.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(10/30/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black India Pale Ale is a pitch black ale with a huge, lumpy, beige head. It looks like a bowl of coffee ice cream. The foam covers the glass in a solid sheet. Citrus and grass are shrouded in dry roast to make a big and bold, yet very well balanced aroma. There are notes of orange, coffee, chocolate and caramel. It's full bodied, very smooth, soft and creamy. The finish is dry and it leaves the tongue stunned and the back of the teeth a little gritty. The flavor is huge and complex. It's a bit sweet and grassy at first and then a strong bitterness rolls in along the lines of orange peel. Then it's dark roast coffee, a bump of dark caramel and then a baking chocolate finish that has a hint of juniper. This is pretty face melting. Even after 22 ounces, it continues to amaze and entertain. These guys make shockingly modern beer and I love it.

(9/7/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 is a cola black ale with a huge, foamy, turbanado sugar colored head that stays put and leaves fancy lacing all down the glass. It has an aroma of pine, lemon and burnt sugar. Tons of hop juiciness is detected. It's full bodied and creamy on the tongue. The finish is pretty chewy and it leaves the mouth a little raw. This beer is jarringly bitter, raising my heart rate, quickening my breath, dropping my jaw. Nice. The bitterness has a big juniper quality. It is resiny, wooden, almost smokey. There's light sweetness and almost a hint of melanoids. It's blurringly bitter, hot, boozy syrup. The blackness doesn't give a hint of coffee, but there may be a blackstrap flavor to this. This is not for the hoi polloi. It would kill them. This is a beer for you, Mister Beer Snob. Someone used some science to get a fluid that packed with this much flavor into your mouth and I'm impressed with that. These Clown Shoes guys are off the handle. This is a New England beer that will win a fight in a San Diego bar. I am humbled by this beer.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clown shoes keeps bringing it in force. The bottle is a redone version of the regular hoppy feet, with a purple bakcground and I think he is wearing bigger shoes. Cool. The beer itself blew me away. Dark black with a dark tan head that doesn't fall very fast. The smell is chocolate, pine, grapefruit, and all other sorts of malt and hop good stuff. The taste is a phenomenal blend of dark chocolate, roast, grapefruit and a lingering bitterness. One of my favorite beers... ever. I bought six and am going to see howm a few age!

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle thanks to Gregg B, bottled last week of December 2010.

Pours an ink jet black with the slightest of red peeking through the edges when held up to bright light. Like its little brother a big tan 2 finger head, this head is everlasting taking close to ten minutes to settle and lacing the glass with thick foamy rings.

Big powerful blast of aromas here! Big dark roasted malt presence with some coffee, chocolate and chai spice. Strong whiff of sappy pine needles and grapefruit rind to almost an astringent quality. Alcohol is barely noticeable if at all in the nose even clocking in at 10%.

Taste starts with the smooth taste of the dark malts and chocolate/coffee flavors, after a second or two the malts give way to a huge bitter punch of hops that is actually numbing the roof of my mouth as i write this. The hops scream PINE and have slight citrus qualitys as well. Alcohol heat is almost non existent with all the prominent flavors clashing together to mask the 10%

Medium/full bodied with a creamy coating mouthfeel. Medium carbonation which fits the style well, bone bitter dry finish that leaves a lingering bitter chocolate taste in the mouth for a long time to come.

For a 10% beer this beer had a damn good drinkability to me.

I enjoyed this beer a lot, Ive been looking for a beer this flavorful and bitter for a long time and Ive finally found it. Not for someone who doesn't like hops. Best enjoyed when warmed up a little and best enjoyed with friends. This beer is young some might even want to let it sit a couple months and let the flavors meld together. I tip my hat once again to Another great job by Clown Shoes beer.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz Bomber dated December 2010. This is the first anniversary beer from Clown Shoes. I have been enjoying Clown Shoes beers, soI had high hopes. I was not let down, exactly. The beer is midnight black, big brown head that sticks around and leaves lots of clumpy lace. The smell wasn't as hoppy as I expected from a double dry hopped beer, but it is three months old. I got lots of dark malt and some piney grapefruit hops, like in the regular hoppy feet. The taste is a mix of bitter hops and dark chocolate mixed with tins of roast. The alcohol is there, but balnced. Would love to try this fresh, as more intense hops would probaly make this beer over the top good. Still, a great beer that will probably keep aging well.

Update: Bottled dated end of March, I got a fresh one and it was amazing. Much more hops and balance, a true Black IPA!!!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy Feet 1.5 pours a flat black into the glass with a small off white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of hops and malt. Notes of orange citrus and pine, plus toffee and chocolate malt mix together well.

Each sip of this medium-full bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry with light carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet dark malt, toffee and chocolate. Quickly bitter notes of pine and orange citrus move in. A nice balance of sweet and bitter. It finishes dry with lingering notes of orange citrus and pine on the palate.

This is a very well balanced beer that hides its 10% abv very well. It's very drinkable and quite flavorful. Hopefully this anniversary beer will become a regular offering.

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Photo of Mlawrence
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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 setexascustoms
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Black, very little light makes it through. Two fingers of rocky head that hangs on well considering the high ABV and leave stellar consistent lacing on the glass.

S: At first it had me fooled, West coast IPA all the way, with big citric hops. But you get past that and there are some perceptible roasted malts and a slight boozy alcohol.

T: Big hops up front fallowed by coffee and dark chocolate in the middle. Palate cleans out with espresso bitterness toward the finish. This beer hides it's alcohol (10% ABV according to the label) very well. Hop and roasted malt bitterness lingers until the next sip. Perfectly balanced in my opinion.

M: A big beer but not as full bodied as I expected. Fine bubbled carbonation it perfect as far as I'm concerned.

O: I now some people say the word "amazing" is over used in beer reviews, but this beer is amazing. Now I love the Black IPA (or American Black Ale, Cascadian Dark Ale or what ever you want to call it) style, but even so this beer stands out to me. It's big and full of complex flavors, but it still easy to drink (maybe a little too easy) and hides it's alcohol as well as any beer this size I've every had. Obviously it gets my endorsement.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased on a trip to CT in late 1/13, bottling 8/28/12, poured into a 3 Stars snifter, drank 4/3/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - bitch black, solid one finger head dissipates into attractive glass lacing, undetectable bubbles --> beautiful appearing black ale/CDA

S: 4.5 - really interesting aroma with beautiful admixture of grapefruit and chocolate/coffee

T: 4.75 - subtle bitterness that resolves into admixture of grapefruit, booze and coffee roast; there are a lots of subtle flavors going on here, and, dare I say, one of the best tasting CDAs this side of Wookey Jack; I cannot taste the high ABV in here at all

M: 4.75 - medium body, medium carbonation, dry mouthfeel

O: 4.75 - I dig everything going on here, especially in a style that I don't particular like; I tend to prefer roastier dark beers like RIS and porters, and, I wonder, if the age on this beer with the high ABV is increasing the appeal for me; regardless, I'd be curious to try this one fresh but it has definitely piqued my interest in v1.0 as well

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Pours a very dark black color that is opaque when held up to the light. Two fingers of khaki colored head that lingers.

S- Smell is a mix of citrusy hops and chocolate, coffee malt. This smells so delicious.

T- The taste starts with citrus hops right off the bat and then turns to coffee and roasted malt. It quickly turns back into a hoppy after-taste that hangs around.

M- It has a really nice creamy mouthfeel and it is dry from the hops. Great complexity.

O- I've been a fan of everything I've had from Clown Shoes and this was no exception. Very tasty.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body was mostly opaque, and the head atop was quite large at three to four fingers thick. While it looked like a stout, it certainly did not smell like one. The hops were very noticeable in the piney and earthy smell. There was a touch of chocolate at the end of each whiff, betraying the presence of dark malts. The taste was perfectly straddling the line between a stout and a DIPA. The hops were clearly there in the bitterness up front, which was followed by a different, more astringent bitterness from the roasting of the grains. There was also a small amount of sweetness that alternated between molasses and rock candy. The aftertaste was very bitter, and lingered long after the beer had already passed the throat. Very silky mouthfeel with no harshness. Phenomenal beer from a brewery whose products are newly being distributed around here. I will be back for more of your beers very soon.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
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 NCSUdo
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle

A: Pitch black body under a good sized tan head. Excellent lace and retention.

S: Huge hops, citrus, pepper, slight pine, malt notes balance out the aroma with some roasted and chocolate notes.

T: Roasted malt, hints of chocolate, sweet and big hop taste and bitterness afterwards. Hops are pine and peppery, with a little citrus. Alcohol notes as well. Not quite as balanced as the aroma, but still very good.

M/D: Big, thick, viscous body, carbonation is low. Drinkability is scary on this one. For the hop and alcohol level in this, it drinks like a normal IPA/BIPA. Very good beer.

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Photo of jizfiasco
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one up against the origional hoppy feet and it kicked its ass. The only thing that the original had over this one was a bit more fresh hops in the smell but that's just fine. It poured just as black with a crisp white, fast fading head. Lacing hangs on though. The smell is mildly piney, very roasty and then a tad chocolatey. Taste is fantastic dry pine and bitter dark chocolate with the faintest expresso in the background. The hops hang on to the tounge and the perfectly roasted malts balance them out to a t. This needs to go head to head with stone ssr ale. The mouthfeel is what's makes this beer exceptional it is creamy beyond belief and the 10% is hiden very well. Great beer will seek this bad boy out again.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes Pint glass. (Thanks Greg B.)

The color is dark black even when held to the light with the slightest of maroon highlight. The head is about three fingers of brownish foam ans leaves some thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty malty at first. There is a blanket of foam that is release some aroma of some dark malts. There is a nice hoppy flavor coming out as the head dies down. Some green leafy, hop flavor that is punching through. The aroma is very earthy but also sweet as well.

The taste is big on hops and big on malt. There is a very bitter punch at first but some sweet, dark malt comes in and tips things in the other direction. It tastes a bit like a sugary candy dipped in a bit of chocolate. The second sip is all malts with little hop bites and it has some nice earthy flavor and tones. It reminds me of the first thaw after winter. Plants just start to come out after the snow is gone. A green flavor stays with you throughout this beer and belts everything in.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth. There is a creamy feel that seems to mask the lethality of the ABV. Is goes down real easy and has a pretty drinkable feel, you hardly notice it go down.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Clown Shoes beer has an onyx appearance, topped with a sticky froth, appearing biscuit-y in color, not unlike cafe-au-lait. As I draw in the aroma, the bouquet of citrus flavors that springs forth is astounding. Extended contemplation of the nose finds a notable presence of figs, raisins, coffee beans, and cherries...all interwoven in the mix. The taste teases my palate with an initial, syrupy molasses, only to overwhelm it an instant later with a sharp, yet floral bitterness reminiscent of pine. The mouth feel is moderate, and surprisingly, the beer does not seem to coat the inside of my mouth excessively. The alcohol heat is minimal, but the sensation once swallowed is filling. The finish is quite dry, and hints at having a dash of licorice within, accompanied by a pleasurable tingling. Overall, this beer is very gratifying, honing in on many of my preferred craft beer flavors. This experience mirrors my others with Clown Shoes- great job once again!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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 lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the end of March, 2011.
Black beer with red highlights. Thick tan head that looked like whipped cream. Lotta lace.
Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Mostly a sense of citrus hops, but some herbal notes also.
Sweet chocolate taste over an espresso background. Grapefruit, then some piney hops. The hops linger a long time.
The alcohol was dangerously well-hidden. A big beer, very, very nice.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thin lacing of brown head that has little retention. The nose has a bouquet of hop aromas as well as some chocolate and roasted malts, some coffee undertones, and some faint anise. The flavor is bold, rich chocolate malts with some roasty notes and some anise. The hop character is intense. The hops really hit the full spectrum; piny, floral, citrusy. There are some alcohol esters throughout as well that add some warmth and body. This is a full bodied, heavy, rich, smooth beer.

In mouthfeel and appearance this is like a RIS, but the hops are so potent that it quickly becomes a fantastic Black IPA. This was a fantastic beer. I'll definitely pick up another bomber the next time I'm at the store.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a jet black with hints of deep ruby around the edges. Big, three finger light mocha head, big and creamy. Slow to drop, nice lacing.

Aromas of big citrus, orange, grapefruit, alcohol, roasted coffee.

Flavors of big citrus hop bomb, roasted character takes a back seat. What is there is espresso, faint hint of roasted malt. Finish is long, citrusy, grapefruit bitterness that lingers long into the fade.

Mouthfeel is mouthcoating bitterness, almost puckering. Medium, a little to chew on. Some drying roastiness.

Overall an excellent ...what ya call it(?) Imperial cascadian? Very drinkable, very dangerous, very tasty.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaSSino for this bottle!

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A. Pours a deep dark black, heavy foam head from an aggressive pour, about 2 fingers thick, after settling, it retained a nice 1mm head with very nice lacing

S. Smells of sweet fruit, cascade hops, sweet pine and a little bit of maple

T. Sweet maple, very malty with a lot of tangy hops. Lots and lots of hops. If you have ever complained of not enough hops in your BIPA, this is the beer for you!

M. Medium body, thick and chewy with a very dry and coarse finish

O. Quality beer. Great overall, very hoppy and with well balanced flavors. Just a great overall beer. This is one I could drink on a regular basis. I'm sad that we had this towards the end of the night because I really could not drink a lot of it, but it deserves much more.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Black (duh). A light-tan head 1-finger in size. Great lacing.

S: Malt aromas are on showcase a bit more than hops here. I smelled toasty malts at first with a hint of coffee, and then piney hops second. There's a powdery, almost chalky sense to the aroma.

T: The substantial mocha malty backbone says hello first, but is laced with bitter, prickly hops that linger and stick around for a slightly long finish. The flavors are not too sweet or too bitter.

M: Almost oatmeal-stout like in texture. Creamy and soft. Heavier-than-average weight on the tongue.

D: for 10% it's great. The alcohol is hidden well.

This brew appropriately has 2 faces between the malt and hop profiles, and they keep each other in check very well. Recommended.

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
4.04 out of 5 based on 646 ratings.
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