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Hoppy Feet 1.5 | Clown Shoes

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty much black. The head is brown and dense with a rocky top. Lacing is awesome. Looks like curtains. Bitter grapefruit up front with just a bit of sweetness. Lightly toasted malts push through. Also getting a hint of coffee and chocolate. There is a lot going on in there and you don't have to dig for it. Taste just like and excellent stout mixed with and excellent double IPA. Lots of hop bitterness. Mostly grapefruit rind. Although toasted malts and coffee are very noticeable. It bitter up front then fades into the toasted part all to end on a bitter note. The end is the beginning is the end. Not super complex but damn tasty. Smooth as hell mouth feel. No rough edges an the carbonation is just right. Pretty much the best American Black Ale Iv'e had. Never really been a fan. This one right here sets the standards in my opinion. If there were more out there like this then it would be a different story. My first clown shoes beer by the way. Far from disappointed. Hats off to Clown Shoes.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2012

A: Pours a very very dark brown with about 1/2 an inch worth of brownish mocha head that quickly fizzles to nothing

S: Some nice dark roasted malts with some earthy hops, chocolate, and even a hint of anise

T: Follows the nose, with the big roasted malts, notes of chocolate and anise, followed by earthy, bitter hops. Maybe even some citrusy notes in there as well for a short burst. Very well balanced

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth

O: Well, this is one that I passed up on last summer and regretted it. Luckily, this is still getting bottled for whatever reason and I snagged a bottle this time around. Definitely worth it, but a tad pricey at $8 a bomber. Better priced than Blaecorn, I guess (that is $10-11 usually around here). Certainly worth a try if you missed it, even though judging by some reviews and bottle dates it seems to be a regularly rotating beer and not just a one time a year shot

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label shows bottled on 10/11. Pours an opaque black with nice head and lacing. Aroma is charred malts and bitter citrus hops. Taste is dark roasted malt, with cocoa and coffee flavors, hops are nice and bitter but not over fruity - which I think is appropriate for this style, alcohol is warming. Despite all the charred bitterness in the flavor, this goes down smooth with dry finish. Overall I like this - not a session beer by any means, but a nice one to sip on.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. Label says bottled 7/8/11.

A- Pours a totally opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains nicely before creeping down to an 1/8 inch head leaving full lines of lacing behind.

S- Chocolate and hops, straight up. A bit of caramel also. Simple but great.

T- There's a strange funk that sets in after the initial roast from the malts. The hops aren't as apparent in the flavor but there's still some residual bitterness. Notes of dark chocolate and caramel. The funk fades after a while but what's left isn't overly exciting. On the plus side, the alcohol certainly is mellow.

M- A bit creamy and has a bite to it. Also oily and dense with medium-high carbonation.

O- A decently amped-up variant to Hoppy Feet, but I kind of prefer the original.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of merryjoulton
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with barely any light shining through. Head was not strong or large, but had a nice presence throughout. Smells were strong in bread and malts, faint hints of citrus but no pine. Taste was a mix of malt and hops, slightly tilted toward the malt but this brew did a good job of making a tasty malt. Just enough bitters to zing the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel full. Great beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Pint glass. Dark, dark brown in color. Almost black but not quite there. Head is a wonderful 2 fingers and dark cocoa in color. It is very rocky and creamy in appearance. Lace is quite sticky and going to hang out to the end.

Smell is fantastic roasted malts and brown sugar or molasses. Coffee, chocolate and a bright citrus hop smell is in there too. I do get just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is much like the smell. The roast is more like smoke in the taste. The flavors of roasted coffee and some light chocolate are there too. I can't pick out many hops, this is a few months old though. I also can't pick out much alcohol in the taste either.

Mouth is silky and creamy with light to creamy carbonation. Body is full and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I really enjoyed this and am glad to tick another Black IPA. I love this style and think that this one is on the top half of the great ones. Glad I found this at Total Wine and More.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a big ole dense chocolate milk head. Retention is top notch, takes over 5 minutes before I can even start drinking. Solid wall of lacing.

S: Strong pine with a little bit of grapefruit. Some roasted malt lingering in the background. Surprisingly subtle given the strength of the beer.

T: Mainly pine up front with a little citrus and grapefruit. Strong, bitter roasted malt and coffee flavor afterwards. A touch of dark chocolate rounds it out in a mocha-like fashion.

M: Fairly thick, smooth.

O: It's Hoppy Feet on steroids (naturally) but I feel it's also a lot better balanced. Hoppy Feet was very heavy on the pine and the roasted malt character got buried. The malt is much stronger in this one and balances out nicely. Turns out like a really big, hoppy stout. I really enjoyed this one.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber into tall/slender pint at 40.

Pours with a THICK, rocky mocha head over a very deep black body... only a faint hint of maroon when held to the light. Solid lacing.

Aromas are very citrus hop-forward. Some charred malt quickly follows, with some cocoa powder. Good blend.

Wow, creamy smooth on the palate - quite remarkable for a 10% double IPA... but that must be the roasted malt. Flavors are full of everything in the nose, leaning slightly more toward the sweetness from the dark malt. Sweet grapefruit, pineapple, dark chocolate, toffee, then back to sharp hops in the finish. Like a see-saw...great balance. Near perfect carbonation level.

Among the best Black IPAs I've had.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of output01x
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 12/2011) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly opaque dark brown with faint highlights of ruby when held to light. Great lacing clings to the glass like soap scum to a dirty pane of glass.

Aromas of dark chocolate, cacao, and roasted coffee beans flow from the dying head with just a hint of piney hops. The hops do not appear to be as prevalent in the nose as one would expect from a double dry-hopped beer.

Citrus and pine hops flavors register with the taste buds the instant they come into contact. Notes of mandarin orange and grapefruit are held in check by dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mocha, and melted caramel. Oddly, as the beer is swallowed, all of the flavors quickly mellow. Then a strong citrus hops flavor, carrying notes of orange cream and pineapple, slowly takes over the show. As this too fades, a piney bitter aftertaste lingers along with a slight alcohol warmth.

The body is medium to full with just enough weight to let all the flavors (both hops and malt) open up and develop properly. While it is slightly sticky and coating, at no point does it become overly sticky or syrupy. This is due to the excellent carbonation in this beer. Despite its minor fizzing at the beginning of each sip, the carbonation really helps to keep this beer moving. This is no small feet considering the 10% ABV of the beer.

Compared to the original Hoppy Feet, this beer lacks the hops aromas that makes HF1 so great. However, HF1.5 more than makes up for this with the unparallelled flavors and superb carbonation.

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Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Blue Dog, they've been having some good bottles lately. And since I had this whole review typed up and BA took a crap as soon as I hit review, I'm doing this from memory.

A- The brew pours a out like a stout, dark brown and thick bubbly chocolate milk like head. Sticky lacing all over the glass. The brew seems a little lighter in body than a stout.

S- A combination of hops and sweet roasted malt. Starts out with floral hops, the double dry hopping has helped. My guess would be simcoe. It then turns to a burnt toast like malt. Lots of roast character.

T- The hops and sweet malt battle for supremecy with the stout/porter malt portion winning. It starts with heavy roast, marshmellow, and a bit of vanilla. There is a bit of heat but solely from the hops. The alcohol is undetectable. The hops do provide a bit of bittering balance at the end.

M- Light to medium mouthfeel with high level carbonation. The hoppy aspects of this ale influence the mouthfeel more than the porter/stout. Makes this fairly easy drinking.

O- These beers are oh so confused but are pretty good. So far Clown Shoe's is two for two on their beers I've had. Time to go after that crazy named stout they make and see how they fare with that.

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 647 ratings
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