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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22floz. bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12 (Shared with Juanjo). Pours very dark brown in color headed by beige, medium bubbled froth. Tan in color, thick, slowly dissipated, crown. Toasted malts, chocolate & coffee hues both in flavors & aromas. Underliying high-α hop aromas,hay & lavender fragancies too. Sweet/bitter ar fist sip followed by subtle spicy touch & green dark fruit notes. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Slightly astringent in the middle. Toasted malt texture to the palate. Just a brief illusion since resiny & oily hop bitterness –overwhelms malts- lingers into a dry bitter finish. Moderate fruit tartar on the aftertaste. Refreshing. ABV well masked while drinking but definitely present to your head. Nice beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, bottled 10/11. Pours a slick black, with a three inch dark tan head, with lacing everywhere. Smell is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, pine, and a hint of citrus. Taste is more mellow than when I had it 8 months ago and it was more bitter, do to the aggressive hops. Very strong expresso, with some bitter hops still hanging on. The body is on thick side, plenty of carbonation for its size, not overly dry, and very drinkable for such a large brew. I enjoyed its aggressive nature when it was younger, but many might enjoy it more now that the flavors have mellowed. This is a very good beer, like I said my preference is fresh.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and some earthy and pine tones rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, pine, dark chocolate, prunes, mild citrus, and a bit of an earthy tone. Bitterness is bold and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start and smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: very quaffable beer. Bold flavored and satisfies the need for a black IPA.

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours an opaque, deep, dark brown/borderline black tone with a solid finger of a khaki colored head. very nice retention and lacing; slowly recedes into a thin cap/collar around the glass. overall a real impressive presentation.

nose has that interesting crossbred blend of the roastiness of a stout combined with the hoppiness of an IPA or DIPA. still warming up to that combination, but this is good.

flavor follows along those lines. roasty malts up front followed by a healthy dose of floral hops. there's touch of coffee, maybe molasses. pretty nicely balanced, and 10% ABV is well-hidden. admittedly not my favorite style but i'm definitely enjoying this.

smooth, medium-plus bodied with average carbonation. drinks well. would certainly not object to a revist, only downside being that it's somewhat cost prohibitive. ($9.99 for the bomber)

originally reviewed: 02-14-2011

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Bottled 12/11.

A - Pours nearly black with a dense two finger head that retains very nicely, especially for a beer with double digit ABV. Perfect tiered lacing.

S - Heavy on the malts, unsurprising for a 6 month old black ale. Very toasty and nutty. Some resinous pine in the background, but mainly a fragrant blend of toasted oak, nuts, and earthy coffee.

T - Starts a little bit sweet with chocolate, licorice, and date. Toasty in the middle with campfire and coffee components. The finish packs a piney hop punch that sticks around long after the sip is gone. The balance is perfection for the style.

M - The carbonation is light, but prickly. Accompanies the medium-thick body perfectly to give a very smooth feel.

O - I had given up hope in finding one of these when I happened upon the last one at a Total Wine in Delaware. Although I feared that a 6 month old hoppy beer would be less than spectacular, I was pleasantly surprised. The hops were still vibrant and flavorful. There is great complexity and balance to this beer. Dangerously drinkable as well. I really hope they make this beer again, although the "anniversary" status doesn't suggest they will. One of the best Black IPA's I have ever had.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
4.04 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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