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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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Oily black in color with dark brown tints, and a small, bubbly cap of off-white head; not much in the way of retention or lacing. Aroma thick with resinous hops, notes of herbs and dark roasty malts. A decent hit of piney hops right off the bat, quickly taking a back seat to a surprisingly strong chocolate profile, the two eventually duking it out and coming to a nice balance, with lesser notes of charcoal and herbal hops coming through as well. Medium body, some alcohol warmth, a little astringent, but not intolerably so. Overall pretty enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours an inky black color with a beige head resting on top. Wispy retention turns to patchy and spotty lacing on the glass.

Nice punch of piny hops in the nose, impressive bitterness touches the nose. Roasted dark malts temper the scents with touches of chocolate and bread. Soft warmth as well.

Burst of bitter hops up front with plenty of sticky pine resin. The dark malts are nice and roasty with some hints of char. Touches of dark chocolate and caramel slowly come through. Bold malt backbone with bready sweetness. The bitterness persists throughout the profile, as the beer finishes hoppy and warm.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I thought this might turn into a booze bomb, but this was remarkably drinkable and tasty considering the alcohol content.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Jayli
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/18
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a 2 finger of light brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace. Nice chunky sheets of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is roast, chocolate, minor pine hops.

T: Taste starts with tons of piney grassy notes. The middle begins to bring out light chocolate notes, nice roast, and toastiness. Grapefruit and coffee notes finish this beer out.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick, oily and rich body to this.

O:: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. I had this beer at a tasting and wasn't impressed. Perhaps a year difference or some type of tweaking, I am digging on this beer now!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep black with a nice frothy mocha head and a bit of spotty lacing.

S-Strong piney and earthy hops with a nice roast component. Very appealing!

T-Great roast and bitterness, balanced nicely for great flavor. Excellent.

M-Medium bodied with some good lingering bitterness.

O-Very tasty double black IPA.


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

22 oz bottle, dated 8/11.

appears black, brown at the edges. thick frothy khaki colored head. good head retention. slight roast aroma, with hops dominating. nice and rich smell, sweet and savory.

tastes like a hoppy stout, sorta like Victory Storm King. fairly roasty malt component, with piney, earthy hops. great smooth creamy body. thick, slides over the tongue.

overall - well done, even if it defies categorization.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Very dark red with some brown and black mixed in as well, looks kinda sludgy. Much darker than the original hoppy feet. Ring around the glass. Semi slight dots of lace, nothing extraordinary. Smell is piney, grapefruit that's sharp, semi boozy even with the low ABV, malts are in the forefront. Taste is a black IPA alright, sharp taste of grapefruit and oily hops, resinous. Some malt in the back, not terribly complex. Medium bodied, highly carbed, kinda prickly on the tounge there, bitterness is noted. I kinda liked this stuff, it did not blow me away, but I will look for it again, maybe.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz->Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Pours Black with brown edges with a mushroom colored head with fine carbonation and nice wreaths of lacing. SUbtle stain on the glass as well. Very nice.

S ~ Pungent pine & grapefruit that really gets all up in your face. Very, very, very resinous in every form. Coffee grounds...bit or orange zest. Slightly jammy. Hint of medicine.

T ~ Buckets & buckets of pineneedles, pine resin, & treebark, fading into chocolate & charred malts, burnt caramel & guava. . . toffee with a finish of mulched grass & espresso.

M ~ Prickly, resinous & extremely bitter, bot from the hefty malt bill & and the American hops. It is not so bitter as to negate the pine & citrus notes. Lush & full carbonation characteristic of Clown Shoes.

D ~ Judging this as an Imperial version of Hoppy Feet, I would say that it is spot on. All of the charred qualities & caramel notes with an intense hop bill that is out of this world! Kudos
to Clown Shoes for their first Anniversary Ale!

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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass; bottled on 7/8/11 (great bottling date info - way to go Clown Shoes!). Deep black body with a two-finger mocha head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Citric, grassy, and pine resin aromas come through up front. Only a slight note of roasted malt.

Nice - the flavor brings it all together. The roasted malt and chocolate flavors are strong enough to blend with the piney hop flavors to deliver a solid Black IPA experience.

Medium mouthfeel and only the slightest notice of alcohol for the high abv. Honestly, I am not a big fan of Black IPAs. I have never adjusted to the roasted malt combined with the hops. But, rating to style, this is one of the better and more drinkable versions I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -63%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of KSac4115
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark roasty brown color that lets no light through with a light brown foam head on top about half an inch. Smell is sweet and hoppy but is not overwhelming. Taste is sweet as well with hoppy and bitter notes. The dark malts make the hoppy flavors balance well. Carbonation is on the lower side as expected but is still there for a good consistency. Remarkably drinkable for 10%.
Overall a very delicious beer that I would have again.


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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 646 ratings
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