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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy black IPA. Delivers on the style, not the favourite I have had on the style. What's with the high abv? Rich black malts and roast, its dangerously drinkable. Would have liked more hops flavours rather than roasted malt. Looks good with dark body and thick head.
Above average mouthfeel.Thanks Dr. Jay.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/29/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that packs a bit more of an alcohol kick but otherwise is almost indistinguishable from regular Hoppy Feet in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger tan head with tons of lacing and nice retention on a black body with some light passing through.

S: very nice roast and musty hop aroma. The hops actually come through nicely. Also a soft sweet chocolate note.

T: Strong coffee and roasted malt with a nice hop profile which is impressive that it comes through despite the strong coffee notes.

M: full body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry finish, almost a little sandpaper like in the end.

Overall: My first beer from this brewery. I felt the hops came through well for the amount of coffee, which is heavy, but the mouthfeel was too grainy and dry for me

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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 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 emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, "Bottled the end of March 2011" on the label.

Into a tulip glass, it certainly appears bold and black. Creamy layer of tan foam on top, larger cluster of bubbles to one side. The skim remains unbroken after a period of time, and there's a generous amount of spotty lacing all around the sides of the glass.

Roasty aroma, some pine and candied orange sweetness.

Moderately bitter and big on roastiness, blackened malts, dark roast coffee, unsweetened bakers chocolate. Dry earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, mingling with the dry roasty elements that linger... Something vaguely green and minty about the hops in here. Very smooth and creamy here, definitely doesn't feel like 11%.

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of thick, creamy, tan head. The head fades to a small layer and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops dominate with some sweet and roasty malt in the background.

Taste: As in the smell, the hops are the star here. Citrus peel and some pine notes as well. There is more of a sweetness in the taste than in the smell. The roast shows up more in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with fluffy carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Couldn't taste much alcohol at all. I would have another, but would have to be in the mood.

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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 nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of medium brown foam on top of a black body with just a hint of amber showing through at the bottom of the glass. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Roasty malt with some nutty caramel and a hint of chocolate. A bit of pine in the background with some pungent, sweaty hop character.

T - Chocolate and nutty caramel malts up front with a bit of pine. The hop character swells in the middle with more pine and a bit of sweaty character that works with the dark malt to give the beer a bit of a barleywine like character. The hops and dark malt both intensify in the finish as coffee and chared notes compete with pine and pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish.

D - Interesting, this beer is unusually light and drinkable for a beer of this style and strength. This is mostly due to its dryness which lets the hops shine through a bit despite the robust malt character. The bitterness is a bit on the harsh side, but other than that, it is a nicely done beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a thinner beige colored head atop that left a broken ring of lace as it settled rather quickly.A great mix of chocolate,roast,and earthy/resiny hops all come together very well.Resiny hops are strong overtop of a roasted base,earthy hops and chocolate round out the palate,the alcohol gives off a little sweetness and zip as it warms a little.A great ABA,maybe one of the top 2 or 3 I have had to date.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker colored frothy 1 finger head with a slight bit of lacing, over very dark almost jet black beer, just the slightest hint of light at the edges producing a light reddish glow.

Nose erupts with some fresh-ish hopes, earthy, light pine, light grassy and a slight bitter citrus aroma. WIth all the hops is an earthy dark malt aroma, crystal malts, light oats perhaps, not much by way of roast or coffee as I almost expected, a slight sweet malty aroma too, light porter like aroma too.

Taste starts with a nice bitter hop hit, lots of deep earthy and spicy hops, chewy hops, a fairly strong bitterness that ramps quite a bit, and a little bit of citrus and pine. The malts start strong as well, but get pushed into the background by all the hops, the malts bring some creamy dark malts, lots of medium roast and a little bit of a very dark roast but not much roasted malt or coffee, light oats and fluffy nougat like flavors, fairly rich, light minerality, fairly bitter. The finish gets a bit hot and a little booze but not heavy, a little sticky and sweet still, with some spicy earthy chewy hops and pretty bitter.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, slightly creamy, and good carbonation for the style.

Overall pretty good, quite bitter and hoppy but earthy and spicy hops, the booze comes out a bit on the finish but is mostly hidden well.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mercury Brewing / Clown Shoes
Hoppy Feet 1.5
22 oz. bottle; $7.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Well.. wow. I wasn't expecting much, but damn, this is a nice black IPA. Or should I call it a black Imperial IPA?

It looks like a stout or porter in the glass, and it's got some pretty good head retention and lacing.

In the nose it's hoppy (leafy and floral with a hint of grassiness), but it also has some very nice malt notes (anise, almost burnt sugar, dark and oily coffee beans, and bittersweet chocolate.

The flavor follows suit, and it's a hoppy bitch. There's a citrusy side but I find it mostly spicy, floral, piney, and leafy. The malt beneath is dark (burnt caramel) with a mild edge of acidity. It's nicely balanced and rounded. I could drink a lot of these except that the well cloaked alcohol does take it's toll.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. The alcohol does lend a bit of spiciness to the tongue though.

Overall: Quite nice! Impressive. I can't exactly say it's like no other beer I've tasted, but it is very unique. Really enjoyable - I'll have to go get more ;)

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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 Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Oily black in color with dark brown tints, and a small, bubbly cap of off-white head; not much in the way of retention or lacing. Aroma thick with resinous hops, notes of herbs and dark roasty malts. A decent hit of piney hops right off the bat, quickly taking a back seat to a surprisingly strong chocolate profile, the two eventually duking it out and coming to a nice balance, with lesser notes of charcoal and herbal hops coming through as well. Medium body, some alcohol warmth, a little astringent, but not intolerably so. Overall pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and faint dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine and floral hops over the top of slightly lighter roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts that is followed by strong flavors fo pine, citrus, and floral hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness are observed.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth and creamy.

O: A very solid Black IPA and a beer that I really enjoyed - rich roasted malt flavors combined with fresh hops. Definitely one to grab if you come across it. Easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden in it - I could not believe that it was a 10% beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of the epic weekend of tastings between me and my family, this was an early casualty having fallen on friday night. poured into a pint glass.

the pour was a deep and dark black color with a nice and even tan coating of lace that left nice concentric rings of lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

the aroma is a huge blend of rich smoked malts and ripe hops that blend together flawlessly. really just an near perfect blend as the first notes come across as a nice smoked and molasses ringed cascade of dark malts. warming pushing this through and brings out nice touches of pineapple and piney hops. the flavor carries through perfectly. rich roasted malts are washing over the palate with a lush and decadent sweet flavor. as you move pass this you become overwhelmed with light, crisp and fresh citrus hops. the finish really brings this out as the dry, semi bitter finish begs you to sip more as the smoked malts suck you right back in.

overall what can i say, this was slammin. a tremedously good beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a massive light brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral and piney hop notes with some mild citrus and grass. There's a fairly pronounced roastiness to this beer (not super surprising), but it sort of becomes too much and overwhelms the hops.

T: An enormous amount of roast and some bitter dark chocolate really kill any chance of this being super hoppy. As it stands, that's okay to me in this case. Pretty bitter but only a mild citrus and pine hop flavor.

M: Heavy on the tongue with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: This was a good beer, but it's not a terribly good black IPA. Far too heavy and too much roast without enough hop flavor.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured black in color with an active, tan head filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head faded to a thin covering but left some very nice lacing as it did.

The aroma has a mixture of hoppy and roasty to it. I get some citrusy, grapefruit and pineapple notes to the hops and some roasted, coffee, slightly burnt flavors from the malts. Surprisingly no traces of the alcohol considering how big a beer it is. Everything mixes pretty well in the aroma.

The taste starts out with some sweeter malty and juicier hop flavors. It quickly starts to turn pretty bitter and dry with lots of grapefruit and pine to the hoppiness and roasty, burnt, coffee to the malts. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and only noticeable as a slight warming sensation in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little heavier then average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, the bitter hoppiness meshed pretty well with the bitter roasty flavors. It made for a very flavorful and intense beer. I actually liked all the bitterness to it and felt it worked better then a lot of versions of the style where the flavors seem to clash more. Pretty good beer overall and one of the more enjoyable ones of the style I've had. It didn't blow me away in any category, but was very solid in pretty much all of them.

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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 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 Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Brian. Thanks man!

Beer is dark brown, near black in color. The beige head is 1/4" thick and leaves a decent amount of lacing in its wake. The aroma and flavor bring roast, hops, chocolate, coffee. The flavor is very nice, well balanced, and finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness. Alcohol presence well disguised. Overall, a good brew. I would have this again.

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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 MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam and Aliza for sending me a bottle of this. This was the batch from late December. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Half-finger of light tan foam that settles to a thin ring and partial cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Near-black opaque body.

S - Faded floral and herbal hops over top of a roasted black patent and cocoa-laden malt backdrop. Some alcohol is present as well.

T - Burnt and lightly tarry malts, cocoa, roast bitterness, and some of the burnt cardboard flavor I get from black patent malt. This is a bit to harsh and astringent for my liking. Alcohol is better hidden than in the nose.

M - Medium, smooth body, with lower carbonation. Resinous residual feel from the hops. Not much alcohol heat here either.

D - This is a pretty solid Black Ale. Not sure if I prefer this over the regular Hoppy Feet, but that may be because this isn't the freshest bottle. I may try the second batch that made it to Chicago in late March. Still, it's one of the better Clown Shoes offerings I've tried.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer bomber, w/o freshness info.

Pours near black, dark mocha head, and fine wispy lacing.

Dark chocolate nose.

Dense, dark, sweet malts, big, bold and boozy yet flavorful. Dark chocolate, dark coffee. lighter smokey notes all picked up. A hint of rum picked up in the finish.

Nice night capper or with a chocolate dessert.

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