Hoppy Feet 1.5 | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
646
Reviews:
239
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
80
For Trade:
1
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass...

Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.

Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. I'm picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.

Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.

Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.

Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer!

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

A: Pours a pitch black with about one finger of mocha head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and there is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is orange citrus hops, milk and dark chocolate, and burnt toast. I get mainly roast, toast and orange in this one.

T: It starts out sweet to start with blast of orange citrus coming on stong. The roast follows all the way from first sip to finish. It's a really well balanced mix. It's a lot smoother than it's Hoppy Feet 1.0 counterpart. It finishes with a nice mix of chocolate, burnt toast, and citrus. The booze is really well hidden.

M: Full bodied beer. There is a lot of heft to this beast. It's not an easy drinker, but it's smooth and coating. Finishes a bit dry.

O: I like this beer more than the regular version, that is for sure. It's well balanced, has good flavors, and it's a sipper. This is something I'd buy again if I were in the mood.

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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours almost like a stout but with a lighter head. Very dark color but a lower density which makes for a clean mouth feel like a traditional ale just as the name suggests.

This beer reminds me of midnight on a beach in summer. Its dark and soothing like the unseen waves but light and enticing like the moonlight on the water. Once you have a taste it explodes in your mouth with the bite of a thousand normal IPAs. This beer has quickly bolted to the top of my list in terms of flavor and complexity. As you drink it it changes back and forth between the dark and rich to the light and crisp.

I paired it with some rosemary crackers, tomato-basil mozzarella and kalamata olive topenade and it worked out beautifully.

I believe a bomber runs about $6-7, which in my opinion is a small price to pay for such a wonderful taste of antithesis, that is, the deep black and the light crisp bite of hops. Enjoy at room temperature or chilled, either way is good.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 2/2012 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, citrus, smoke and earth. The flavor is a nice mix of smokey roasted malts, orange and dark chocolate. I can't believe this brew is 10%. Really drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and delicious. This beer certainly is an improvement on Hoppy Feet, which I also liked alot. Overall, worth seeking out.

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

Pours a silky black with chocolate coloured head, limited lacing. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth.

Roasted dark malts in the aroma, with a hint of smokiness and some mild citrus. The flavour is stunning: chocolate, coffee and all the anticipated roasted malt tones plus a citrus hop undertone that yields to a beautifully bitter finish. The coffee and roasted chocolate also linger nicely. No burning or obvious sign of the 10% ABV - a dangerously drinkable beer.

An excellent beer that I will definitely attempt to find again!

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