Hoppy Feet 1.5 | Clown Shoes

Hoppy Feet 1.5Hoppy Feet 1.5
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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of Gatch
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Anniversary Ale

Update (3/1/12): Much better this time around. Big chocolate, roasted malt with a good, fruity hop presence. Nice contrasts. Everything is better in this bottle. Some lactose and sugary flavors at the end but boozy, hoppy, and delicious! I'm proud of the beers coming out of MA and the rest of New England!

A - Dark black with a light brown head that builds quickly into a bubbly, pillowy, lumpy head. No lace or head retention.

S - Alcohol, caramelized sugar, molasses, dark fruits. Good nose as a boozy Black IPA but no hop presence.

T - Some malt and hops come through the boozy onslaught. The alcohol was very strong straight out of the bottle and I wanted to give it some time to breathe and warm to see if the booze settled down, but it didn't. The alcohol is more tolerable once the beer warms. A bit of a hop bite but it's very slight.

M - Once the booze settles down, it's pretty smooth.

Seems more like a young Imperial Stout that's way too boozy and needs some time to age, even though it's around a year old? (their Second Anniversary beer just came out)

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thin lacing of brown head that has little retention. The nose has a bouquet of hop aromas as well as some chocolate and roasted malts, some coffee undertones, and some faint anise. The flavor is bold, rich chocolate malts with some roasty notes and some anise. The hop character is intense. The hops really hit the full spectrum; piny, floral, citrusy. There are some alcohol esters throughout as well that add some warmth and body. This is a full bodied, heavy, rich, smooth beer.

In mouthfeel and appearance this is like a RIS, but the hops are so potent that it quickly becomes a fantastic Black IPA. This was a fantastic beer. I'll definitely pick up another bomber the next time I'm at the store.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JayAre46
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found this one in the "cellarable" beer fridge....paused and these need to go and how did they get in here. alright bomber pours pitch black producing a 2 finger lightly tanned head that leaves lace like it gets paid. the aroma is fresh hops, floral, pine, toasted malt. the taste is typical of the style, malty ness up front some smoke, light caramel right before the bitter ash finish. a bit thin and watery on the palate but not too bad, carbonated and correlated all the while easy to drink, no alcohol. overall this is a good rep of the style but not outstanding. its little bro packed more of a feisty punch but this is solid. give me stone 15th.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of winegourmet76
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lacing, retention

Black as night, ecru head

Burnt chocolate, toffee, faint citrus on nose, raisin

Totally roasty when it was colder, then super piney hops as it warmed, then when it finally reached optimum temp, GREAT mouthfeel, still hoppy, though more citrusy/piney, roasty on finish.

It was a big hop bomb, the dark roasty malt rounding it off only a little, but the complexity and mouthfeel were very nice.

Really glad I picked one up-if you can handle the hop assault, highly recommend.

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

Pours an opaque coffee brown with a fairly thick light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma has a strong burnt hops note, an earthy tone, and hints of licorice and roast malt. Flavor is hoppy and smoky, only a little bitter, with hints of licorice, malt and caramel. Lively texture has slightly above-average body and leaves a nice smoky, woody, slightly sweet and slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body was mostly opaque, and the head atop was quite large at three to four fingers thick. While it looked like a stout, it certainly did not smell like one. The hops were very noticeable in the piney and earthy smell. There was a touch of chocolate at the end of each whiff, betraying the presence of dark malts. The taste was perfectly straddling the line between a stout and a DIPA. The hops were clearly there in the bitterness up front, which was followed by a different, more astringent bitterness from the roasting of the grains. There was also a small amount of sweetness that alternated between molasses and rock candy. The aftertaste was very bitter, and lingered long after the beer had already passed the throat. Very silky mouthfeel with no harshness. Phenomenal beer from a brewery whose products are newly being distributed around here. I will be back for more of your beers very soon.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gmann
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a small yet tight light brown head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is a nice mixture of grapefruit hops and a light roasted malt. Notes of pine and wet bark also come through. A bit of chocolate detected as well. Wish the malt stood out a little more but its nice.

The taste is quite twangy. The hops are of grapefruit and substantial pine and tropical fruit notes. This mixes with a bitter roasted malt that has flavors of coffee grinds and burnt toast. There is a metallic taste to the beer and I'm not sure if it is from the hops or the malt. Both profiles are strong.

This beer is a bitter assault on the palate. Both bitter hops and bitter roast attack the buds and it lingers in the finish. The beer has some robust flavors but it is a bit harsh on the palate.

A flavorful beer for sure but the combination of these strong flavor profiles doesn't really do it for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Shooter1960
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a cold bottle into a cold glass and the temperature masked the flavors. AS the beer warmed up the flavors came out and you could taste the hops and the coffee like tastes of the beer. Served cold it was pretty poor but at the right temperature it was an enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up at a Total Wine while on vacation in Florida. Then I was lucky enough to get sick halfway through the vacation. So, I spent a bunch of money ship these offerings back to NJ. This beer was worth the expense.

This is my first beer from Clown Shoes. I remember hearing good things about this brewery, and you don't easily forget that name.

The appearance is almost perfect for a black ale. It is very dark black and the head is that nice, tan color. At the same time the beer has that perfect, thin texture as expected. The grading down for mouthfeel reflects the higher level of bitterness.

The taste is enjoyable. You get the decent levels of hop and coffee. It was a very nice balance.

Overall, this was a good experience. I recommend picking up a bottle.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine the first of October for $7.99. Bottled on 7-8-11.

Beer poured dark brown with a solid tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a generous portion of floral hops.

Taste is dark unsweetended cocoa, citrus and piney hops, with a malt backbone that can't quite balance out those hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall this is a pretty smackable beer, all the elements i like in a black ale. Another nice brew from Clown Shoes!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(10/30/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black India Pale Ale is a pitch black ale with a huge, lumpy, beige head. It looks like a bowl of coffee ice cream. The foam covers the glass in a solid sheet. Citrus and grass are shrouded in dry roast to make a big and bold, yet very well balanced aroma. There are notes of orange, coffee, chocolate and caramel. It's full bodied, very smooth, soft and creamy. The finish is dry and it leaves the tongue stunned and the back of the teeth a little gritty. The flavor is huge and complex. It's a bit sweet and grassy at first and then a strong bitterness rolls in along the lines of orange peel. Then it's dark roast coffee, a bump of dark caramel and then a baking chocolate finish that has a hint of juniper. This is pretty face melting. Even after 22 ounces, it continues to amaze and entertain. These guys make shockingly modern beer and I love it.

(9/7/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 is a cola black ale with a huge, foamy, turbanado sugar colored head that stays put and leaves fancy lacing all down the glass. It has an aroma of pine, lemon and burnt sugar. Tons of hop juiciness is detected. It's full bodied and creamy on the tongue. The finish is pretty chewy and it leaves the mouth a little raw. This beer is jarringly bitter, raising my heart rate, quickening my breath, dropping my jaw. Nice. The bitterness has a big juniper quality. It is resiny, wooden, almost smokey. There's light sweetness and almost a hint of melanoids. It's blurringly bitter, hot, boozy syrup. The blackness doesn't give a hint of coffee, but there may be a blackstrap flavor to this. This is not for the hoi polloi. It would kill them. This is a beer for you, Mister Beer Snob. Someone used some science to get a fluid that packed with this much flavor into your mouth and I'm impressed with that. These Clown Shoes guys are off the handle. This is a New England beer that will win a fight in a San Diego bar. I am humbled by this beer.

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 86.1% out of 100 with 647 ratings
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