Hoppy Feet 1.5 | Clown Shoes

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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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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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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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