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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Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of deepchills
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very black pour in which no light passes through, big tan head.

Sweet roasted malt nose with molasses and a little coconut, not piney or bitter in any way.

Strong bitter taste, leathery and some alcohol burn. Odd pepper like flavor as well.
Turns out this beer needs to warm significantly to get it’s best. I would say about 60 degrees. Then you get coffee and cream, chocolate and resin.

The mouth feel is mostly good, though I felt there was a grittiness to it. Much worse when the beer is cold, it lessens as the beer warms.

Overall I’m not a huge fan of this beer, all the things that I like about IPAs have been stripped out of this Black IPA. I guess it’s just too black. I liked this style originally, but the black IPA is loosing favor with me. Even though I will rate this beer high in looks and smell, this Double Black IPA won’t be in my fridge again.

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Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Mappies
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber Bottled 8/11
New Belgium globe

A: Dark reddish brown color.  Red hues in the edges of the glass. Nice bottle conditioned finger of tan head.  Tight bubbles.  Lots of sticking lacing.

S: Smells a little oxidized.  Roasted malts.  Chocolate.  Not a lot hops on the nose.

T: More stout like than BIPA.  More chocolate than anything.  Some bitterness from coffee or hop notes.  Fairly long finish. I get a little more hop hints during the warming of the drink. Piney hops.

M: This is a full bodied brew. Lots of stout like flavors.

O: B beer. Surprised me as this is a new line to the DE region. And it's pretty moderately priced.

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Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of NarcoSolo
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of kennylopez
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint

A: Black with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Heavy roasted malt character with a nice hop note.

T: A super balanced brew. there is a heavy roasted taste that blends wonderful with the generous hop addition.

M: For 10% this has a slight burn but great carbonation.

O: love it and wish it was year round. $12 is worth it but doesn't make it a regular and cheap beer.

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Photo of rondufresne
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger tan head with tons of lacing and nice retention on a black body with some light passing through.

S: very nice roast and musty hop aroma. The hops actually come through nicely. Also a soft sweet chocolate note.

T: Strong coffee and roasted malt with a nice hop profile which is impressive that it comes through despite the strong coffee notes.

M: full body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry finish, almost a little sandpaper like in the end.

Overall: My first beer from this brewery. I felt the hops came through well for the amount of coffee, which is heavy, but the mouthfeel was too grainy and dry for me

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Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Hampton Inn plastic cup!

A: Deep brown body with a thin finger of tan, frothy head.

S: Nose is rich and malty with a green hop bite.

F: Flavor is sharp, green hoppification built on a solid bitter chocolate malt foundation. Really intense and chewy.

M: Silky rich with an IPA toothiness. A mouthfull.

O: A very nice black IPA. Stone 15th-like, and that's a definite compliment. Solid, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaSSino for this bottle!

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A. Pours a deep dark black, heavy foam head from an aggressive pour, about 2 fingers thick, after settling, it retained a nice 1mm head with very nice lacing

S. Smells of sweet fruit, cascade hops, sweet pine and a little bit of maple

T. Sweet maple, very malty with a lot of tangy hops. Lots and lots of hops. If you have ever complained of not enough hops in your BIPA, this is the beer for you!

M. Medium body, thick and chewy with a very dry and coarse finish

O. Quality beer. Great overall, very hoppy and with well balanced flavors. Just a great overall beer. This is one I could drink on a regular basis. I'm sad that we had this towards the end of the night because I really could not drink a lot of it, but it deserves much more.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black solid body, finger khaki head,
really nice lacing

S: big dark chocolate, malt, nutty, roasted
hint of licorice

T: dark chocolate, big malt, nutty,
light boozy/roasted finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: POW; another fine
Clown Shoes brew.
Highly recommend it for porter/stout
fans. Would grab another one.
Great beer for the price!

DELICIOUS, GET SOME!

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Photo of BlakeL
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

Photo of WestSideAmish
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Utterly, inarguably, insanely BLACK in color. The head is a creamy, foamy, long-lasting tan thing, leaving abundant lace on the glass.

This is about the best aroma I recall on a black ale, or at least up there with Sublimely Self-Righteous and Iniquity. With the malt having a sweeter side, as well as a hint of black licorice, and the hops being balanced, while whiffs of dark fruits come into the picture, this nearly crosses over into imperial stout territory, aroma-wise.

No surprise to get a hefty blast of ultra-toasted, nearly-burnt malt on the tongue, although there's much more here. As shown in the aroma, elements of black licorice, dark fruits and bright hops come through nicely. There's even a slightly salty/soy sauce element, some smoke, and a generous chocolate-flavored coffee flair, which draw further parallels to a burly imperial stout. Alcohol hardly noticeable, at least for a 10-percenter; nearly acrid burnt malt/hop bitterness in the finish.

Texturally it's medium-bodied, with ample carbonation, achieving a smooth, silky glide across the tongue and down the throat.

This beer pretty much succeeds in what it sets out to achieve. It is indeed a thoroughly blackened double IPA, in looks and taste, and of the four Clown Shoes offerings I've had so far, is easily the best of the lot.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.63/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with a semi creamy/big bubbly head. Foam disappears quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. Aroma is mostly sticky pine and some subtle amounts of heavily roasted chocolate. Almost like a sugar-free liquor because of the high abv. Flavors pop with a big carbonation tingle as soon as it hits your tongue. Mostly cascade at the start and then some light semi-sweet chocolate comes forward. Thin malt bill it seems and only one type of hop characteristic. Ok at first, pretty average flavors but then man does it get intense. In a bad way. So much bitterness and astringency. Too much hop bitterness of sticky pine resin and another layer of overwhelming black patent bite. It just clings to your tongue and sticks to the back of your throat. I could only get through 1/4 of this beer. One thing on the positive side is the 10% abv isn't too noticeable. Maybe with a year this might get better but I'm not optimistic.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jaredseaman77
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, malt, and a lot of chocolate.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), malt, chocolate, and some coffee in the finish. This is one of more balanced flavors for an American Black Ale. Very tasty. ABV% is high, but not an issue.

M: A well carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I definitely like this beer better than its cousin, the original Hoppy Feet. It's well made and drinkable.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Naples, FL). 8.99. Served in my trusty $2 Goodwill snifter. 

A- Black, dark brown around edges w/ minimal pale tan head. Minimal but ocassional lacing.

S- Big rich nose with hops, sweet bread & an almost cherry/dark fruit. Quite complex & quite nice.

T- Nice sweet roasted malts give way to a hop explosion. Almost a marriage of stout & IPA, moreso than most other "black IPAs". Not the best but very tasty.

M- medium thick. Leaves a pleasant slight oily hop coating on the tongue. Low carbonation. Works well all-in-all.

O- It's no Stone 15 but it is one of the better takes on this style. I'll most likely be picking up another bottle. More proof that I should try more of this newly discovered (by me, anyway) brewery.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It never gets tiresome writing the appearance portion of a black ale. Pours. . . black. With tan head too! (Gasp). Aroma was much a fruity alcoholic whif on the first attempt. Came back around, pulled a little bitter roastiness out of it complimented with some pine in a faint way.

Taste, alcohol not as in your face as I thought it would from the aroma, but the hoppy notes still are kind of like they always seem to be with Hoppy Feet, there, and not "skimped" but also not giving any type of green vegetal/dry or flavor hop addition situation, just bittering c hops apparently. Maybe its just the substantial amount of black and chocolate malt to the beer, but the hoppiness just doesn't stand out here like I would like it to.

A pretty big beer, a worthy adversary, maybe a second level black ale.

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