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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 Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation; 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Bottle dated "End of March 2011."

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color with a nice one finger, creamy beige head. Recedes slowly into a nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Huge pine hop notes definitely stand out and assert themselves upfront. Some dark chocolate/espresso notes in the back of the hop too. At 11%, there definitely is a booze note that isn't completely hidden by the huge hop presence.

Taste: The big pine notes from the aroma are a touch smoother and more rounded here. Nice of citrus weave nicely into the pine and create a much more approachable taste. Still a lot of bitter espresso and char behind that. The dark chocolate notes are more faded as well. The booze is also hidden much better.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and surprisingly velvety. Good amount of carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, a big and bold American Black Ale with huge pine notes and a ton of bitter, dark malt. Big flavors are definitely the highlight and it plays pretty smooth for the high ABV with the exception of the aroma. A nice sipper, and solid example of the style.

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

A- Pours a deep deep brown with ruby highlights at the edges three fingers width head nice retention and decent sticky lacing.

S- Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and melon. some slight pine and lemon. smells bitter I love it.

T- Coffee and roasted grains toasted bread with a lingering coffee flavor some smokiness on the finish. only the slightest fruity hoppiness wish it was better balanced, still an outstanding brew though just more reminiscent of a stout than a pairing of both.

M- Smooth and creamy medium to full bodied lingers just a bit but with some favorable flavors.

D- This is a very nice brew, my first double black and a nice representative of the style in my opinion.


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Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my wife for picking this up for me in Albany. Shared with her while eating pizza.

Poured from a bomber, bottled end of Mar. 2011.

Appearance: 3/4 of the glass fills up with light mocha colored foam and gradually a brown-black body is seen. The head sits still at a good 3 fingers and there's lacing all the way down. Couldn't ask for better.

Smell: Oily hops, resiny, more mango than melon and some coffee as it warms.

Taste: Strong hit of hops mixed with roasted flavors and coffee but as it progresses, hops become the dominant player. Juicy and pulpy goodness. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Incredible balance that shifts a bit to the bitterness side though as it warms. The feel is everywhere in the palate and it lasts long after the final sip.

Overall: This is an awesome beer. Very drinkable despite the ABV though make no mistake, this beer is big on the bitterness and flavor. Grab this if you see it. It's worth it!

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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 biegaman
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'American Black Ale', 'Black IPA', 'Cascadian Dark Ale' - whatever you call it, it's indeed a dark, blackish looking ale that is entirely opaque, forgiving the occasional glint of deep ruby or violet. Even the head is beige enough to be considered dark relative to the standard white foam of conventional beers. The lacing leaves one hell of a mess.

Hoppy Feet 1.5 (disappointingly) smells like regular Hoppy Feet (divided into itself, if anything). While it benefits from a little warming, I initially smelled most, but not all, of the minty, piny, citrusy "C" hop aroma that I noted only an hour or two before in the standard Hoppy Feet. Granted, the beer is still so expressly hoppy that I'm not that upset about it.

The beer tastes like a salad of leafy greens, sauteed in pine oil and drizzled in a citrus-infused balsamic, combined with chunks of candied grapefruit and browned pumpernickel croutons. Maybe even meaty wild mushrooms. The whole thing is washed down with a cold espresso and bite of chocolate-hazelnut tartufo. It's a meal worth top dollar, plus tip.

The only thing distinguishing this from regular Hoppy Feet is an extra little dose of alcohol - hardly worth the extra $3 if you ask me. Nevertheless, both beers drink exceptionally easy for their strength (this one even more so) and both have a full-bodied hoppiness that provides enough resins to pull the plug on the sweeter, roasted malty elements.

Considering this costs more than a third more than standard Hoppy Feet, I was hoping Hoppy Feet 1.5 would be at least 1.5 times better; it's highly unusual to be disappointed by a beer of this quality. It's essentially the same beer and as they say: all cats look the same in the dark. I called Hoppy Feet one of the best Black IPAs so that certainly makes this one of the best too, but don't pay the extra dinero if you don't have to.

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

A - Black beer with a tan head that left behind some spots as it dissipated.

S - Cocoa malts with some floral and herbal hop notes. Smells very good, reminds me a little bit of Dark Matter. Smells lets out a little bit of booze.

T - Taste is pretty nice, with cocoa malts and and herbal hops blending nicely. Alcohol burn is slight, but not horrible considering the ABV. Earthy overtones bring this one together, although there is a phenol-like quality that keeps this one from being great.

M - Medium bodied beer with lower carbonation.

O - Very nice and quite drinkable, would definitely pick up a few bottles of this. Easy enough to get buzzed on as well.

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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 Rhettroactive
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/15/11
*From notes

A: Robust charry prune skin in color. A good pour yields a massive 2.25 finger head which, had I not know any better, I'd swear was an Impy stout by the look. Great lacing rims the glass for the duration.

S: An immediate flood of intense hops that intermingle with some nicely toasted dark roast. As my snout digs a bit deeper, I find an odd mix of fennel roasted game hen and duck confit. It's really quite strange. The booze shows up a bit as it warms.

T: Like hop concentrate. This is almost overly hopped, as it's extremely intense. Bitter through and through, though the smokey malt peaks it's head out here and there. A twang of earthy copper hangs around on the finish, which doesn't mesh well with the 11% ABV.

M: Superb. This is a really creamy and well balanced brew. Properly carbonated, though I would really love to sample this on nitro tap.

O: Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 is a hard brew to classify. It drinks like a stout but it's hopped like a DIPA...crazy.

I liked this, but I didn't love it. I had a tough time getting past the fowl essence I detected on the nose, and that metallic finish on the palate was unwelcomed. Having said that, I would sample this again if given the opportunity, and I continue to be impressed by the boundary pushing brews that Clown Shoes continues to create.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown to black in color with a little lacing and a small tan head.

S: A faint, faint smell (and I had it decently warmed up) of mostly roasted charred malt. Toasty character, without much hops to speak of.

T: Nice big toasted dark malt with lots of cocoa taste and dark chocolate with a high % (Bitter from the hops), hops coming through here. Milk lactose tastes as well. Nice overall.

M: Nice thick feel and good carbonation, could hardly notice the ABV at all, would have guessed 8% or so if I tasted this blind.

O: Good overall, but not extremely memorable.

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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 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 Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown body with no light passing through. The head is fluffy and cola-colored.

Piney hops and roasted malt scent. A light whiff of coffee in the back end. It's very aromatic.

The hops are of the pine and earthy variety. It has a heavy roasted malt and light coffee balance. There's a slight fusel spice to it, but at 11% abv it's not as much as I'd expect.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

This drinks very easy for 11% abv. You can taste the alcohol, but it's not hot. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying the regular hoppy feet.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Tulip
A - No light passes through it it is so dark. Big off white almost mocha coffee head on it the is thick and creamy
S - Wow so many cirtus hops that are mixed and mellowed with piney notes and roasted deep malts. A very earthen and oaky sweet back end of the smell. The slight roasted deep notes are there but I am not picking up any coffee, just maybe a slight caramlized molassis.
T & M - Awesome combination - First you are hit with a citrus hop bomb up front with good complexity. For the slightest second it is crisp and refreshing. Then it opens into incredibly deep roasted notes that include - awesome malt carmalize sweetness, slight coffee, slight chocolate, and even some tobacco. All the while the bitterness lingers and clears the palate at the end making the mediium to full bodied beer actually feel light on the back end. There is also a decent amount of carbination in this beer.
O - What an awesome beer. I liked the Hoppy Feet a lot and Hoppy Feet 1.5 was even better. So complex and awesome all around. The balance and complexity of each aspect of the beer made it one that you must try.


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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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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 Gushue3
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got out of a class this morning and immediately craved this for some reason. Heeere we go

A- Pours deep dark brown with a head that takes a little bit to fully grow. turns out to be about a 1.5 finger head with moderate retention. when it subsides its foamy with some lacing.

S- Might be a little too cold, but nice balance of hops and mello malt.

T- nice initial hop taste that has a hint of pine to go along with the nice smooth malt. Piney after taste that lingers nicely. good balance to this one. 11% is hidden pretty well in this one

M- medium amount of carbonation that goes down smooth.

O- I wanted this brew all day and is living up to its expectations. I love when that happens. Hoppy Feet continues to be a great APA. I'm gonna need to pick up another one of these.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a smooth solid black only relinquishing a beautiful ruby hue when held closely to the light. The beer is quite clear aside from the color, not murky, just very dark. A nice head forms that is a darker khaki tone. The head dissipates slowly leaving some nice lace.

S-Some robust dark maltiness hits the nose first. Was perhaps expecting some more hops in the aroma but the beer is a few months old. Nevertheless, there is a considerable amount of pine hoppiness. A slightly less detectable citrus hop scent is there too. It mixes well with the dark chocolate and coffee maltiness. Some nice caramel malt here too.

T-Huge milk chocolate taste comes first as is quickly obliterated by a forceful bitter kick. Surprised by how well the bitterness held up with the age. This is one of those beers where (for me at least) the flavors come in separate waves. First some luscious chocolate, then a big bitter hop attack, followed by some more mellow roastiness. The beer is quite sweet but finishes remarkably dry.

M-Very rich and creamy. Carbonation is a nice component to the mouthfeel. Feels bigger than a normal American Black Ale (because its a double).

O/D-This is a big beer, so a bomber is plenty for me. Would have loved to try this fresh to see how powerful the bitterness was at its peak. Still, one of my favorite American Blacks/Cascadian/Black IPA/whatever its called. I think Clown Shoes is an underrated brewery, and this beer only proves my belief.

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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 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 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 aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown almost black. Looks like super dark cola. A quarter finger of mocha colored head with some decent lacing.

S: It has a nice soft roasted character. The hops are there but I have said it before and it must be said again this style really shines when the hops come across with lots of citrus. There is a nice malt complexity there though.

T: The finish is really nice. Weird to put that first but it is. Really well balanced. The alcohol hit in the middle instead of the finish. The roast and hops work well but it could be better and it is almost there. Maybe a touch more late hop additions.

M: Really nice creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

D: Easy drinking for the ABV. One of the better examples I have had of this style. Really nice and at a great price point. They should make this one year round as it is a nice beer and continue to tweak it.

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