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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 safaricook
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%
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 danieelol
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black as night with good head/lacing.

Smell is pine, but it's not hugely hop forward. Vegemite and Smarties. Lots of toasted/scorched malt in the aroma, more reminiscent of a barleywine or old ale rather than a black IPA. Also pineapple/orange hop, coffee and alcohol. Little bit medicinal, herbal, even sarsparilla-like.

Taste is more pineapple/orange hop. Alcohol. Big, bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is like thin, watery coffee. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

I find this beer universally underwhelming. More alcohol than it needs and it has a thin, watery and excessively bitter mouthfeel. Too much herbal coffee character, needs more carb and thicker mouthfeel.

Not hoppy enough where it counts. If you're going to make a 10% BDIPA you need to hide and integrate the alcohol better.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.63/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with a semi creamy/big bubbly head. Foam disappears quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. Aroma is mostly sticky pine and some subtle amounts of heavily roasted chocolate. Almost like a sugar-free liquor because of the high abv. Flavors pop with a big carbonation tingle as soon as it hits your tongue. Mostly cascade at the start and then some light semi-sweet chocolate comes forward. Thin malt bill it seems and only one type of hop characteristic. Ok at first, pretty average flavors but then man does it get intense. In a bad way. So much bitterness and astringency. Too much hop bitterness of sticky pine resin and another layer of overwhelming black patent bite. It just clings to your tongue and sticks to the back of your throat. I could only get through 1/4 of this beer. One thing on the positive side is the 10% abv isn't too noticeable. Maybe with a year this might get better but I'm not optimistic.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was a bit skeptical about this one, but got it (at the somewhat ridiculous price of $10/bomber) due to the good reviews so far. It's about a month old at this point.

Pours just about black, barely any highlights when held to light. Nice creamy tan head with lots of bubbles. Retains great at a finger leaving blankets of lacing.

Piny, dirty, danky hops and kind of Irish Dry Stout-like notes of chocolate and dough in the scent.

Taste is quite a hop assault. Specifically HUGE pine and grapefruit, very much hop-forward with any of the 'black'-ness buried or appearing randomly. Taste is extremely bitter and full of resiny hop oils, also quite a bit of alcohol showing through. Malt is mostly just roasted, caramel, some unsweetened chocolate. Still some bready notes showing through in the finish.

Mouthfeel feels a bit thin for 10%, but a more worrisome feature is every sip stings and burns with hop bitterness and booze. Just feels very messy.

Bleh...WAY overhopped to be enjoyable. The smell seemed decently balanced but the taste is just way too bitter. It's scathing and just not very enjoyable, a bomber is a chore. I enjoyed the original Hoppy Feet much more.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Part one of the SwillFest 2011 after-party. It pours a dark ruby-tinted brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate-covered pretzels, light roasted malts, blueberries, black grapes, balsa, and juniper berries. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate, rubber, vinyl, Pine-Sol, molasses, and menthol. Whoa, what happened here!? The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a scratchily dry finish. Overall, a nice-looking and -smelling beer, but it just tastes downright awful to me.

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Photo of Philousa
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an inky black, coffee brown around the edges against the light, with a thin off white head that stays around, though wispy thin. Aroma starts with lots of chocolate followed by cream. Also get slight citrus and yeasty tang if looking hard enough. The flavor is dominated by dark chocolate with a little coffee, a healthy bit of burnt toast, with some creaminess coming after. The bitterness sets in and remains barky in the back of the tongue. The hop flavor really isn't there for me, even in the burp. Feel is slightly caustic, but no noticeable alcohol burn. Finish is dry.

This is more like a really alcoholic roasty porter than an IPA of any sort. I still like it OK, but it could come down a notch.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber as a gift from some friends out in Chicago for my birthday and poured it into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip glass - paired with some fresh baked apple pie that the wifey made with apples grown organically by our next door neighbors here in Ocean Beach, CA.

A: Pours dark as shit with a fat tan head that sticks for a few sips leaving fairly good lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet malt up front, fresh cut grain, roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, slight hint of hops - label claims double black india pale ale - far from the mark in regards to an IPA of any sort - for shame east coast!

T/M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with light bitterness from the hop. Way more malty than hoppy and extremely roasted like a porter or a stout (the hop character is completely muted and lost in the mix). As mentioned, the hop is there but beat down by sweet malt and roasted grain. Booze is mild which is surprising for a 10% ABV, but really - where's the hops fellas???

I hate to hate...but really - trying to put IPA anywhere in the description on this one is just misleading. Strictly an imperial black ale that is dry hopped - nothing more, nothing less.

Hardly exceptional!

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid dark brown, pretty much black. Couple fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are solid.

Smells of candied fruit, apple perhaps. A touch of bakers chocolate and chalk. Over ripe tangerines and a nice earthy note as well.

Chalk, bakers chocolate, some slightly acrid/burnt smokiness. Over ripe tropical fruit, tangerine again. A hearty earthiness as well.

Mouthfeel is fine, could be slightly more carbonated, but otherwise good.

An ok black ipa, but the acrid roastiness becomes more and more pronounced with each sip consequently making the beer less and less enjoyable. Couldn't finish more than about six ounces, or didn't want to anyway.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The body is black; the head is tan and about a quarter inch thick before thinning out. The lacing looks super sticky.

The aroma has mostly citrus hops and a bit of roasted coffee. The aroma isn't particularly powerful though, I have to stick my nose in there more so than most hoppy beers.

The taste is a little chocolatey and slightly bitter. The hops are a little bit grassy and slightly citrusy in the finish.

The body is medium to light, the carbonation medium.

This is okay; it's like a slightly hoppier porter but it still doesn't quite scratch my hop itch.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Fresh from the brewery, bottled in 8/2012 (is that really fresh?). 22oz bottle pours into an IPA pint glass a nearly opaque black color with chocolate highlights. Topped with a nice looking, mocha colored head of about one finger in size. Looks like a nice stout.

Aroma is hoppy, with the roastiness kept to a minimum. Reminds me of Dubhe from Uinta; piney hops, slight roastiness, sweet alcohol (almost solvent like), strong esters.

I like the flavor profile. The piney hops smack me in the face first off. The bitterness is kept under control, and I assume that is attributed to the age of this one. The bitterness is a nice accompaniment to the alcoholic bite. There is a little more roasty flavor than indicated in the aroma. Still, the alcohol kind of absorbs this one. Hot.

Due to the alcohol, a sipper for sure. Not bad, but probably a little better when fresh: the bitterness may counteract some of the sweet alcoholic flavors. Not sure if I would have another.

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Photo of tut2528
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep jet black with about ¼ fingers worth of mocha colored head formation. Completely opaque even when held directly up to the light.

S: very weird aroma on this one and I can’t quite figure it out. I pick up on a lot of woody characters, chocolate, a mild touch of dark fruits, and roasted malts.

T: wow. Big, very big roasted malts dominate the palate. Coffee, slight chocolate, hops are the other main players but definitely fall behind the roasted malt. It has a very dry hoppy finish that pulls away some of the roasted notes, but not much. I also pick up on a touch of smokiness and it reminds me of a bon-fire smell.

M: full bodied, leaves a very potent roasted malt/smoke flavor on the palate with a mixture of hops.

O: it’s a unique brew, but I think the balance is off. Its very bold in taste, but the complexity is lacking and I feel that my taste buds are pulled differnet ways with each sip making it average at best.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark black glass holds a thin tan head that leaves loads of sticky lace down the glass.

Smell: Alcoholic, heavily roasted (burnt) grain, worty sweetness with an edge of yeast that I'm starting to associate with the Clown Shoes line.

Taste: Sweet start quickly goes over to the dark roasted grain then back to a cloyingly sweet finish with a long alcohol burn. A bit of citric orange hop pokes it head up before getting beat down by the almost syrupy malt. Some good flavors here, but the alcohol really plays a big part.

Mouthfeel: Oily as all get out. Heavy body, chewy before it evaporates in an mist of alcohol.

Overall: Some big flavors here, and they aren't all bad. Would kind of like to see what some age would do to help mellow out the fusel alcohol, but would be worried that the hop character would go with it. Kind of a train wreck at the moment.

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Photo of Jammies
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours black with about an inch and a half of foam. Excellent retention

S - very sweet with a light citrus and grassy odor.

T - Sweet, but a hot finish

M - slightly watery. Malty aftertaste coats the entire mouth

O - Not terrible, but too hot.

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Photo of brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Another fine pour from the Clown Shoes folks, with a massive tan head that sits atop the black liquid, leaving strands of lace behind

Smell: Burnt chocolate roast and piney hops

Taste: Lots of fusel alcohol, up front, that overwhelms both the roasty malt and hop flavors; underneath, there are some nice elements but it is hard to discern them

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and considerable heat

Overall: I am giving this beer the benefit of the doubt as I suspect I may have an off bottle; would like to try this again sometime but I am having a hard time drinking this one

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
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 -18.8%
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 Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at Julio's before EBF. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours nearly black with a light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings forward some piney hops and a bit of roast. There is a mild earthiness to the nose as well. The flavor has many of the same characteristics, but also has a bit too much alcohol flavor. Quite a lot too much, actually. Bitterness and alcohol layer with a medium body. Lots of bitterness carries through the finish. Decent, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Beatnik4913
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is just not as good at regular Hoppy Feet. It's not as rich and creamy, and is more bitter all the way through, rather than on the finish, and the alcohol is very prominent. The lacing isn't as good either. Just rings rather than the whole glass.

The increased alcohol is more noticeable in the taste and mouthfeel (it is 10% alcohol after all). What I liked about the regular hoppy feet is what I don't like about this beer. No creamy stout like body and mouthfeel, to much alcohol taste. They did manage to make it smell better though, due to the double dry hopping.

If you see the regular and the 1.5 for sale get them together and taste them side by side.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moments of greatness left me feeling cheated.

A: Massive foamy head from a hard pour into my snifter, resembling the foam on top of hot chocolate, black bodied brew with loads of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts are most prominent, but floral hops do follow and are quite pungent themselves and accompanied with dark fruits.

T: Loads of malts and hops up front mix beautifully, so far amazing. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is far to bitter, and really overwhelms the rest of the flavors.

M: Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O: Tone down the medicated backend bitterness and this black ale will be elevated to Sublimely's level.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It never gets tiresome writing the appearance portion of a black ale. Pours. . . black. With tan head too! (Gasp). Aroma was much a fruity alcoholic whif on the first attempt. Came back around, pulled a little bitter roastiness out of it complimented with some pine in a faint way.

Taste, alcohol not as in your face as I thought it would from the aroma, but the hoppy notes still are kind of like they always seem to be with Hoppy Feet, there, and not "skimped" but also not giving any type of green vegetal/dry or flavor hop addition situation, just bittering c hops apparently. Maybe its just the substantial amount of black and chocolate malt to the beer, but the hoppiness just doesn't stand out here like I would like it to.

A pretty big beer, a worthy adversary, maybe a second level black ale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beige head with a Guinness-like cascade. Beautiful. Nice ring lace after each sip. Near black color where no light shines through.

Nice burnt caramel aroma. Semi-sweet cocoa. No notable hop nose.

Powdered sweet chocolate flavor. It's chewy with a low level carbonation. The swallow gives a shot of bittering hop that balances the overall darker flavors. Overall, very flavorful, but not my style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Very dark red with some brown and black mixed in as well, looks kinda sludgy. Much darker than the original hoppy feet. Ring around the glass. Semi slight dots of lace, nothing extraordinary. Smell is piney, grapefruit that's sharp, semi boozy even with the low ABV, malts are in the forefront. Taste is a black IPA alright, sharp taste of grapefruit and oily hops, resinous. Some malt in the back, not terribly complex. Medium bodied, highly carbed, kinda prickly on the tounge there, bitterness is noted. I kinda liked this stuff, it did not blow me away, but I will look for it again, maybe.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a dark cola brown and garnet. Vibarnt tan foam after the pour that recedes to a thin ring after a few sips. The foam lets you know theres some nice carbonation in this beer.

This beers aroma makes me think of roasted, citric hops, with lots of carbonation.

The taste starts bitter and finishes bitter. The middle adds some roasty malts, but thats it. Roasted hop citric bitterness and maybe some burnt flavors too. The heat from the abv. add to this beers overall bitterness.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has plenty of grapefruit, along with dark chocolate and roasted malt. The citrus aroma is dominant, as it should be for a double black IPA.

It tastes much like it smells. The hops are dominant, and taste just like ruby red grapefruit. There is also a combination of dark, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt to play their supporting roles. Has a decent balance of bitterness and sweetness. The dark roasted malt leaves a bit of a charred aftertaste, but it is not overly intrusive.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and the alcohol is pretty noticeable. A decent, but not great beer. I like the regular Hoppy Feet better than this beer, but it is still worth trying.

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