Hoppy Feet 1.5
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American Black Ale
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoppy Feet 1.5Hoppy Feet 1.5
Notes: Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 648
Photo of Lldeegan
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer brought to me by a Tabor, this time Luke brought me Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. A black IPA is really one of my favorite styles. I think it delivers everything a beer nerd desires. The dark malt delivers roasty flavors of chocolate and coffee that stout drinkers crave, while the hops deliver a bright burst of bitter citrus that hopheads love. All in all it's the best of both worlds, and I love them, and a double black IPA? C'mon. Here's my review:
Pours dark brown to black with a tan head
An aromatic harmony of dark malt and bright hops deliver notes of coffee, grapefruit, chocolate and orange zest all at once. This beer delivers on the first whiff.
A sweet and rich malt taste, with roasty coffee, dark chocolate up front that fades to a supporting role as the hops step in mid palate and dominate with bitter, grassy, flavors then the citrus follows and lead to a lingering bitter pine finish with a touch of roast. Incredible from start to finish.
Medium to full body.
Rich and sweet, with a hop bite. This beer is simple and delicious, yet deeply complex flavors when you really get into it. This paradox creates the demand for another sip, which demands another until the bottle is gone. The 10% is well hidden in the bold flavors, I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks again Luke!

Style: Black IPA
ABV: 10%


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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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 scottfrie
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for this one!

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a billowing light brown head that took forever to slowly fade into a thick oily film that left a beautiful sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Predominant notes of grapefruit and tangerine scented hops, with hints of roasted malt and tree bark. Maybe just a hint of oatmeal and marijuana.
T: Waaay more roasted than the nose suggested. The first thing my palate is blasted with is coffee, which I did not really detect on the nose. After the initial coffee and roasted flavors comes the hops, which are a lot less apparent, at least in flavor, than I was expecting. The finish has a huge bitter hop punch though, so I know they are there, and they lend notes of grapefruit to the palate. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering, and has a touch of warming alcohol in the end.
M: Medium-full body with soft, rich carbonation which gives some much needed softness to the mouthfeel that help counteract the bitter acidity.
D: I'm no expert of this new style (I think this is the fourth Black IPA I've had), but out of the four this one is right in the middle. Not too hoppy, not too roasted, but not too amazing either. Drinkable but bitter. I'm good with this being the only bottle I'll ever have.

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Photo of silentjay
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep black with a huge beachsand colored head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of lacing.

roasty with tons of pine and citrus, grapefruit and grass.

very bitter and hoppy with the roasted malt being more in the background, which works very well for me. grapefruit, pine, blood orange, citrus peel, heavily roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate, and some cigar tobacco. very tasty.

pretty silky body with plenty of carbonation with some roasted sweetness and pleasant hop bitterness that lasts a while.

drinks very well. 10%ABV is hard to believe on this one, as there is no harshness or burn. very impressive.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up because well, Clown Shoes has yet to dissapoint me. Poured into my Clown Shoes pint glass.

A - Pours a very, very dark almost black colour with a big fluffy 2 finger dark brown head that slowly fades leaving a nice brown cloud atop the pour along with heavy side lacing.

S - Nice rich roasty sweet malts but the big time notes come from floral citrusy hops. Nice and bitter aromas.

T - Holy shit this is a very bitter black IPA. Holy cow. To be fair, this is more bitter than the majority of ESB's I've drank! There are some roasty malts but they are quickly overpowered by a lingering hoppy bitterness that hangs with one throughout the aftertaste.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel due to the low carbonation that is great with a black IPA. Really pairs up nicely with this DBIPA.

D - All in all this is a really enjoyable beer its just a bit too bitter for my liking. I have to tip my hats to Clown Shoes, this is my first double black IPA and its yet another solid beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 22oz bomber of this today at Harrington's for $8.95. Label states it was released "the last week of December, 2010". So long ago....

This brew is a deep, dark, opaque brown. The head is creamy and abundant, billowing up to over an inch, and looking quite stout-like. Lacing, to say the least, is top-shelf. Aroma has a blend of roasty malts and floral hopping. Perhaps some coffee notes make their way in to the scene as well. The head has ebbed back to about 1/4", but still looks fine and mousse-like. This one has a medium body, with a fairly smooth, even feel going down the hatch.

The taste kicks off with some nice malt action, with light sweetness coating the palate by way of dark, choco malts. Roastiness is present, and though slightly bitter, doesn't get acrid at all. Hop action is earthy and floral, with intimations of cocoa powder mixing into the dryish finish. A touch pithy, the citrus is also there, but not in yo' face. So this is pegged at 10.0% ABV? Could have fooled me! Didn't get any warmth coming from this at all, which is quite scary!! In the end, I very much enjoyed this offering! Has a nice balance of the dark malts and hoppiness. But.... at $8.95? I think I'd get a sixer of Yakima Glory for only $4 more, and have lots more to quaff... Zum Wohl!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into Newport Storm pint glass. Here's to 1 year of Clown Shoes.

A- Dark brown- almost black, with a caramel sandy head that is about 2 fingers. Thick, dense. Nice lacing down the sides. Good retention. Comes back to life in the 2nd pour.

S- Molasses and heavy malt, some sweet floral/citrus hops.

T- Bitter. Holy hell. This is a scathing double black IPA. Fruity, orange and grapefruit, a bit of metal and some pine resin. Some big roasty malt comes in and subdues the hops, although the main focus remains with them throughout the bottle. Quite a hoppy beer.

M- Thick, full, good carbonation, great lasting flavors. No sign of ABV. Too easy to drink.

D- Very high. Well done. A great idea on an anniv. beer- take your flagship and double down. What a good beer. Get it while it's fresh.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 into snifter

Pours nearly pitch black with little head

there is a strong hop aroma with an even stronger burnt malt aroma

taste is a bit too burnt for my likings, can definitely taste the hops and malt but it is really really burnt

mouthfeel is decent with medium carbonation

drinkability is average

i prefer the original hoppy feet

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black thick pour with a tan foamy head that reduces to a skim. Some lacing.

Like rich porter with hops in the nose, and hops are definitely there. Coffee and charred malt get pushed aside, which is good. But that is the 1-2 punch.

Big punch of hop oil, with a nice dark roasted malt follow. Nothing sour, nothing off. Just great division between the two flavors, but great balance as well. The touch of sweet you get is there, but it might be the resinous hop flavor tricking your palate. Great long finish. Where is the booze? 10%? Would never have guessed.

Good body and appropriate carbonation.

Very very easy to get thru this bottle, which scares me. Alcohol on the breath but not on the palate. Smooth and drinkable. Can't wait to see what they do on the 2nd anniversary.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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 NCSUdo
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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 WanderingFool
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
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 mavbrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into Mug, released last week of December.

A: Pours a deep black color with a nice frothy mocha colored, finger thick head. Sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of lacing down the side of my Otter Creek mug.

S: There is a major scent of citrus hops that hits the nose first, followed by notes of roasted and caramel malts, hints of chocolate as well.

T: The taste is as you would expect from the nose. Hops are present upfront, with the resins coming through, has a citrus flavor that is blended with the roasted malts and chocolate characteristics. Finish is dry and leaves a bitterness from the hops long after the beer has passed.

M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Goes down smooth, leaves a creamy bitterness feeling in the palate (as mentioned above).

D: This is my first beer from Clown Shoes and I am really impressed. This is a big Black IPA, which is becoming my favorite style because it basically blends my two favorite styles (IPA and Stout), but it isn't overpowering. I would recommend that you keep this beer for a little while before drinking, I was just overly excited to try it, but I will be going back for another to lay to rest for a few months. Excellent offering, excited to try more from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 648 ratings