Hoppy Feet 1.5
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American Black Ale
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoppy Feet 1.5Hoppy Feet 1.5
Notes: Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 648
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber as a gift from some friends out in Chicago for my birthday and poured it into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip glass - paired with some fresh baked apple pie that the wifey made with apples grown organically by our next door neighbors here in Ocean Beach, CA.

A: Pours dark as shit with a fat tan head that sticks for a few sips leaving fairly good lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet malt up front, fresh cut grain, roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, slight hint of hops - label claims double black india pale ale - far from the mark in regards to an IPA of any sort - for shame east coast!

T/M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with light bitterness from the hop. Way more malty than hoppy and extremely roasted like a porter or a stout (the hop character is completely muted and lost in the mix). As mentioned, the hop is there but beat down by sweet malt and roasted grain. Booze is mild which is surprising for a 10% ABV, but really - where's the hops fellas???

I hate to hate...but really - trying to put IPA anywhere in the description on this one is just misleading. Strictly an imperial black ale that is dry hopped - nothing more, nothing less.

Hardly exceptional!

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to snifter. Bottled a little less than three months ago

Pours a midnight black with a finger of that black ale mocha tone foam. Good lacing, moderate retention. Smells of hops, chocolate, coffee, butterscotch, some citrus, and some earth tones. Caramel malts compose the backbone, smells nice and sweet. Faint odor of alcohol present, well concealed for 10%. Tastes of bitter chocolate hop, finish is very complex with a bitter floral coffee taste that hangs around for the after taste, alcohol concealed quite well. The feel is as strong as the rest of the beer, full bodied, thick and creamy. Overall a great beer, doing black ipas a great justice. Happy birthday clown shoes

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Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled 8/2012.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a slight hint of ruby at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a huge five finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very big aroma with sharp hops and lots of dark malts. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon. A fair amount of spicy pine resin. Big dark malt presence with hints of burnt caramel, chocolate, toffee, burnt toast, and coffee. Light hints of burnt sugar. A bold and balanced aroma. Smells like a really hopped up imperial stout.

Taste: As bold as it smells, a big taste of hops and dark malts. Tropical citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and lemon. Earthy grass and pine resin. A very big malt presence balances out the hops. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, coffee, and a little burnt sugar. Some alcohol is tasted. Tastes like a cross between a imperial IPA and Stout. Really good.

Mouthfeel:Body is on the fuller side with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly chewy. Some alcohol heat is felt, but it isn't overly hot.

Overall: A very good imperial Black Ale. Bold in both the hops and dark roasted malts. A truly "Black" Ale.

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Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been craving a Black IPA recently, and this is the biggest one I've seen since Stone's 15th. This beer pours a "pitch brown" color with a finger of head that quickly recedes to the end of the glass. The aroma is a nice piney hop over a very strong caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt base. The taste really skews pretty close to a lighter bodied imperial stout with a strong hop dose coursing through every bit. The malt bill is very intense here, offering huge roast and chocolate flavors that course over the very oily hops. It's very big and maybe a little too brash, with it almost feeling like a tug-of-war between the hops and the malts, with a different side winning every sip.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has plenty of grapefruit, along with dark chocolate and roasted malt. The citrus aroma is dominant, as it should be for a double black IPA.

It tastes much like it smells. The hops are dominant, and taste just like ruby red grapefruit. There is also a combination of dark, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt to play their supporting roles. Has a decent balance of bitterness and sweetness. The dark roasted malt leaves a bit of a charred aftertaste, but it is not overly intrusive.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and the alcohol is pretty noticeable. A decent, but not great beer. I like the regular Hoppy Feet better than this beer, but it is still worth trying.

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Photo of KajII
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a deep dark pitch black with an average (1-2 finger) light brown foamy head that had great retention lasting pretty much throughout and produced excellent sheets of lacing that totally coated the glass.

The aroma was of a roasted sweet bread malt, pine and citrus hops and a bitter leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a touch of dark fruit (berries).

The taste started somewhat sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and coffee, and then had an influx of dark fruit with a bitter hoppy citrus peel ending. The flavor lingered for an extended period of time with a smooth, hoppy, chocolate bitterness left to settle on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a very dry texture and a rather soft carbonation.

Overall this brew was smooth, creamy and a tad hoppy with a great chocolate feel and a mild fruity sweetness, which hid the high ABV completely. All that and a great drinkability, yes I think I will have another...


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Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black into the glass with a 1.5" rich thick khaki foam head that was persistent and left considerable sheets of lace. Very attractive. Citrus pith, resin, dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Smells delicious and yes, this is tasty. Coffee and semi sweet chocolates intermingled with citrus and resin hop are the predominant flavors. There is a pleasant roasted toffee malt presence in the background. Sweetness early on the palate is washed away by a solid dose of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel and body remind that this is a black DIPA and not a hoppy imperial stout. Medium with zesty carbonation. Alcohol shows up a little bit in the finish, along with ample bitterness reminiscent of black coffee, baker's chocolates, resin and citric pith hops. Good stuff.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost pitch black with a small khaki head. Nice lacing.
Nice hoppy aroma balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The stout characters outshine the IPA like hop aromas on the nose.The taste is a bit more balanced. Very hoppy at the front. It then sort of then becomes more stout like with tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. A nice dry citrus and pine finish. Excellent balance on this beer and it masks the alcohol quite nicely!

A delicious "black IPA." This could almost be considered an extremely hoppy imperial stout. I am a fan of this flavor.

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Photo of danieelol
2.46/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black as night with good head/lacing.

Smell is pine, but it's not hugely hop forward. Vegemite and Smarties. Lots of toasted/scorched malt in the aroma, more reminiscent of a barleywine or old ale rather than a black IPA. Also pineapple/orange hop, coffee and alcohol. Little bit medicinal, herbal, even sarsparilla-like.

Taste is more pineapple/orange hop. Alcohol. Big, bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is like thin, watery coffee. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

I find this beer universally underwhelming. More alcohol than it needs and it has a thin, watery and excessively bitter mouthfeel. Too much herbal coffee character, needs more carb and thicker mouthfeel.

Not hoppy enough where it counts. If you're going to make a 10% BDIPA you need to hide and integrate the alcohol better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy Feet 1.5
Clown Shoes
Style: American Black Ale
ABV: 10.00 %

LOOK: Dark, oily, thick black looking brew poured into a brandy snifter. Mocha cream head looks appetizing and dies down quickly. It looks like an oil slick on the head.

SMELL: Thick robust maltyness, charcoal, alcoholic fruity esters, and piney/resionous hops.

TASTE: Loads of roast, booze and hops up front. Coffee, unripe plums, smoke, alcohol, raisins, pine and some citrus even poking through. Has a dry-hopped flavor and really sticky hop character. Malty, boozy, strong overall, but an enjoyable drinking experience. Not for the faint of heart, but most lovers of intense beers can dig this one.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium carbonation, quite smooth, and sticks to the palate with roast and pine.

OVERALL: The Lamar Woodley of IPAs. A big, bruising black IPA with bold flavors and a present, but not distracting alcohol content.

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Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with an edge of coffee clarity, finger of dark khaki that laces beautifully.

Dense citrus hops, bits of caramel and coffee, fresh cream, more hops, no discernible booze, pretty smooth.

Mmm... that's tasty. Definitely some cold press notes going on, sweet citrus hops, roasty black malts, again no real alcohol heat, chocolate milk flavors, yum.

Super smooth for what it is. Nice.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/2012

A= Pours a deep brown almost black color with a tannish darker colored head on it that rises to a half finger high and holds some decent retention with some spotty lacing.

S= Smells like your typical black ale aroma. A little roasty dark malt aroma with a nice hoppy punch. Nothing to write home about on the odor. A tropical fruit hop aroma.

T= The taste is a strong roast flavor at first and then coats the tongue. A nice strong hop flavor comes through on top of the roast. The two intermingle to make a solid black ale flavor.

M= THe mouth is a little thin but works.

O= This is a well balanced black ale. My first dabble with the brewery and this isn't bad. I am a little underwhelmed with this being the first anniversary. It's nothing crazy and wonderful but it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Jeffboyardee123
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Russian River stemmed glass.

Pours very dark with a 1.5 finger head, pine and chocolate prominent in the aroma. Syrupy mouthfeel, subdued piney hop flavor up front with roasted malt and bitter chocolate following and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Based on the description of the beer as a double black IPA I'd say that the hops have faded over time, the bottle is well over a year old at this point. Overall still a good beer, but probably a whole lot better when fresh.

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Photo of tut2528
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep jet black with about ¼ fingers worth of mocha colored head formation. Completely opaque even when held directly up to the light.

S: very weird aroma on this one and I can’t quite figure it out. I pick up on a lot of woody characters, chocolate, a mild touch of dark fruits, and roasted malts.

T: wow. Big, very big roasted malts dominate the palate. Coffee, slight chocolate, hops are the other main players but definitely fall behind the roasted malt. It has a very dry hoppy finish that pulls away some of the roasted notes, but not much. I also pick up on a touch of smokiness and it reminds me of a bon-fire smell.

M: full bodied, leaves a very potent roasted malt/smoke flavor on the palate with a mixture of hops.

O: it’s a unique brew, but I think the balance is off. Its very bold in taste, but the complexity is lacking and I feel that my taste buds are pulled differnet ways with each sip making it average at best.

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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark kola hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and lacing everywhere very nice looking,the smell is piney and citrus hops,sherbet and disinfectant,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with tastes of grapefruit,piney bitter hops and i mean piney,mandarins,blood oranges,boiled candy and finished with a mouthpuckering sherbet bitterness and overall i love it the high ABV is well hidden and its very drinkable would buy again without hesitation cheers.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Hoppy Feet, but I was a little disappointed with the 1.5 version. Beautiful dark color, with coffee and bitter chocolate, but no hoppiness to speak of. This tasted like a really good Imperial Stout, but not what I was expecting. I honestly thought they may have mislabeled a bottle of Vampire Slayer! I probably would have rated it very highly if it had been labelled a stout, but for a black IPA, I'll just get the original Hoppy Feet for about $3 less per bottle.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass...

Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.

Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. I'm picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.

Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.

Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.

Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black with about one finger of mocha head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and there is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is orange citrus hops, milk and dark chocolate, and burnt toast. I get mainly roast, toast and orange in this one.

T: It starts out sweet to start with blast of orange citrus coming on stong. The roast follows all the way from first sip to finish. It's a really well balanced mix. It's a lot smoother than it's Hoppy Feet 1.0 counterpart. It finishes with a nice mix of chocolate, burnt toast, and citrus. The booze is really well hidden.

M: Full bodied beer. There is a lot of heft to this beast. It's not an easy drinker, but it's smooth and coating. Finishes a bit dry.

O: I like this beer more than the regular version, that is for sure. It's well balanced, has good flavors, and it's a sipper. This is something I'd buy again if I were in the mood.

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Photo of timjr2500
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours almost like a stout but with a lighter head. Very dark color but a lower density which makes for a clean mouth feel like a traditional ale just as the name suggests.

This beer reminds me of midnight on a beach in summer. Its dark and soothing like the unseen waves but light and enticing like the moonlight on the water. Once you have a taste it explodes in your mouth with the bite of a thousand normal IPAs. This beer has quickly bolted to the top of my list in terms of flavor and complexity. As you drink it it changes back and forth between the dark and rich to the light and crisp.

I paired it with some rosemary crackers, tomato-basil mozzarella and kalamata olive topenade and it worked out beautifully.

I believe a bomber runs about $6-7, which in my opinion is a small price to pay for such a wonderful taste of antithesis, that is, the deep black and the light crisp bite of hops. Enjoy at room temperature or chilled, either way is good.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 2/2012 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, citrus, smoke and earth. The flavor is a nice mix of smokey roasted malts, orange and dark chocolate. I can't believe this brew is 10%. Really drinkable. Lightly carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and delicious. This beer certainly is an improvement on Hoppy Feet, which I also liked alot. Overall, worth seeking out.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky black with chocolate coloured head, limited lacing. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth.

Roasted dark malts in the aroma, with a hint of smokiness and some mild citrus. The flavour is stunning: chocolate, coffee and all the anticipated roasted malt tones plus a citrus hop undertone that yields to a beautifully bitter finish. The coffee and roasted chocolate also linger nicely. No burning or obvious sign of the 10% ABV - a dangerously drinkable beer.

An excellent beer that I will definitely attempt to find again!

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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -9.1%
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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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 0%
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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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 648 ratings