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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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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with great retention and a ton of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is fantastic. There is some dark malts but the hops clearly steal the show in the nose. Can't wait to try this one.

T- The taste is delicious, it lives up to the fantastic aroma. There is a lot of dark roasted malts up front with a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish as well as some warmth from the alcohol.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Happy Anniversary to Hoppy Shoes, I have really enjoyed most of their beers that I have tried thus far.

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

Mercury Brewing / Clown Shoes
Hoppy Feet 1.5
22 oz. bottle; $7.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Well.. wow. I wasn't expecting much, but damn, this is a nice black IPA. Or should I call it a black Imperial IPA?

It looks like a stout or porter in the glass, and it's got some pretty good head retention and lacing.

In the nose it's hoppy (leafy and floral with a hint of grassiness), but it also has some very nice malt notes (anise, almost burnt sugar, dark and oily coffee beans, and bittersweet chocolate.

The flavor follows suit, and it's a hoppy bitch. There's a citrusy side but I find it mostly spicy, floral, piney, and leafy. The malt beneath is dark (burnt caramel) with a mild edge of acidity. It's nicely balanced and rounded. I could drink a lot of these except that the well cloaked alcohol does take it's toll.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. The alcohol does lend a bit of spiciness to the tongue though.

Overall: Quite nice! Impressive. I can't exactly say it's like no other beer I've tasted, but it is very unique. Really enjoyable - I'll have to go get more ;)

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Photo of Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Bottled End Of Mar 2011

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice malt notes, chocolate/toffee, and licorice. The taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, nice malt blend, some licorice, very slight citrus note, and a good dose of chocolate/toffee upfront. Medium body, nice litte dry finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. This is a pretty complex brew overall. Very Drinkable, not a major hop bomb like a West Coast DIPA, but it sure is tasty. Well done brew from Clown Shoes. Thanks again Bill!

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Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very impressive Black Ale. Pours a dense black color with no light getting through. Good size tan head and thick lacing. Smell is piney hops and chocolate malt. Not that strong but unusual and pleasant.

Taste is great. Piney hops to start with roasted and sweet malts kicking in. Finish is nice bitter citrus hops. Mouthfeel is rich, crisp and a presence of warming alcohol.

This is very drinkable despite being very potent. A good black ale...not just a one-dimensional hop bomb but a rich balanced hoppy and malty experience.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have only had 1 other Clown Shoes beer before so I really don't know what to expect from this beer.

Looks dark and has a nice head on it. Smells pretty hoppy and if what I just read is correct this was only brewed once??

This is a VERY hoppy beer with a nice dark finish. It appears to be dark and menacing, but it's really a hoppy and refreshing black ale. nicely done! Good mouthfeel to boot.

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Photo of jsanford
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Pours dark black with a very creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing as it recedes. Quite pretty! Big, pungent hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and orange peel co-exist nicely with malty chocolate and coffee. Taste starts out with more bitter hop flavors of pine and grapefruit before moving on to the roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. A very nice progression, the hop bitterness gives way nicely to the roasted malt bitterness, and it lasts for some time on the palate. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall, a really nice Black Ale, not quite SSSR, but a darn good beer on its own!

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

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of medium brown foam on top of a black body with just a hint of amber showing through at the bottom of the glass. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Roasty malt with some nutty caramel and a hint of chocolate. A bit of pine in the background with some pungent, sweaty hop character.

T - Chocolate and nutty caramel malts up front with a bit of pine. The hop character swells in the middle with more pine and a bit of sweaty character that works with the dark malt to give the beer a bit of a barleywine like character. The hops and dark malt both intensify in the finish as coffee and chared notes compete with pine and pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish.

D - Interesting, this beer is unusually light and drinkable for a beer of this style and strength. This is mostly due to its dryness which lets the hops shine through a bit despite the robust malt character. The bitterness is a bit on the harsh side, but other than that, it is a nicely done beer.

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

Beige head with a Guinness-like cascade. Beautiful. Nice ring lace after each sip. Near black color where no light shines through.

Nice burnt caramel aroma. Semi-sweet cocoa. No notable hop nose.

Powdered sweet chocolate flavor. It's chewy with a low level carbonation. The swallow gives a shot of bittering hop that balances the overall darker flavors. Overall, very flavorful, but not my style.

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

A-Pours black with a one inch beige head that has good retention. Lots of sticky lace lining the glass as I drink.

S-Bitter citrus hops with hints of pine are clearly supposed to lead the dance here, and they do. Charred malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate as well.

T-I really liked regular Hoppy Feet, but I think the additional dry hopping in this one actually detracts from this beer (wait a minute...did I just say dry hopping detracts from a beer??? I must be ill). With the regular HF, all the flavors mingled nicely together and complemented one another, but with the additional dry hopping for some reason, they're not mixing so nicely. Strong, bitter citrus hops, some pine resin, charred malt, coffee and chocolate. Its still good, but not as good as regular HF, IMO.

M-Medium body with prickly carbonation.

O-A nice effort that is certainly worth a try, but I'd rather have regular HF. I wish I could give this one a 3.75 overall, but since I can't I'll have to give it a 4.0 because I don't feel this beer deserves a 3.5 overall.

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Photo of
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with ruby highlights and a very large mocha-coloured head that lasts a long time. When it does recede, it leaves perfect lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit and resinous pine mingle with chocolate, coffee, and powerful roasted malt aromas.

Taste - Grapefruit and pine are present, but the deep, roasted malt character is the dominant player. Dark roasted malt flavour, coffee fruitiness, and an intense bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: end of March 2011.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of thick, bubbly brown head.

S - Initial nose is citrusy bitter hops with some grapefruit notes coming through. Some roasted malts notes are present as well but definitely in the background and overpowered by the hops.

T - Bitter hops burst through initially with grapefruit and pine notes. The roasted malt flavours are initially very subdued in the background but they start to come through more and more after a few sips as the beer warms up and the palate adjusts to the very bitter citrus hops. The malts contribute a noticeable sweetness that helps to balance out the bitter hops and provide some molasses, cocoa and dark caramel flavours.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent example of the style. The bomber was gone very quickly.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was the finisher for the night. Poured between me and my only consistent drinking pal.

Jet black pour with a very mocha head. Several fingers thick even. Lacing is championing the walls of the glass. Rock on. Nose is heavy hop and coffee. Some vinous grape eeks through. Hot damn this is tasty. A hop forward coffee flavored beer. Pretty exceptional tasting. It drank well and left me wanting some more. Glad I had it.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours with a dense 1+ inch, light tan head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a faint tan film and substantial lacing. Color is a murky dark brown.

S: Big hops are present on bottle open. Citrus and green piney hop flavors jump out of the glass. The smell is dominated by milk chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of acrid coffee. These rich dark flavors battle it out with the piney hops.

T: While there was lots of complexity and intrigue on the smell, the taste is a little bit of a let down. The flavors just don't quite blend right. Plenty of rich milk chocolate, coffee and a slightly charred biscuity flavor. A little earthy. And oh so bitter. The citrus hop is still there, but as the beer finishes, the bitterness really starts to dominate and the beer finishes really bitter with a touch of heat.

M: Rich, creamy. Medium to medium-full bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Maybe a touch on the thick side, but it is an imperial version, after all.

D: After writing a review and just casually drinking this beer, I started to like it more and more (maybe it was the 11%). In fact, it's too bad this was 11% as it drank fine when not trying to think too hard about the beer. It is dangerous though, because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, coffee, hops, alcohol, malts

taste: alcohol, coffee, hops, grass, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is one potent Black IPA. glad I got to try it but I don't think I could drink another one.


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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to 2beerornot2beer for hitting this want as an extra...you the man.

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a deep brown with a reddish tint and a frothy mocha head. lacing was slick but left traces of where the beer had once been.

s - nice hop forward smell with a good roasted malt backbone. nothing too in your face, everything seems to be in the right place.

t - the mix of the hops and roasted malts that is so well placed in the nose doesn't work as well for the flavor. almost seems like a battle for dominance.

m - roasted bitterness...a bit odd.

o - overall i'm glad i tried this. i've been curious about this brewery for a while. this isn't something i can get locally and not necessarily something that i will go out of my way to find, but i am eager to try the other clown shoes i've got got waiting.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black body with a dense tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: Nose is nice, but not impressive. Some piney hops, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: A nice CDA- taste like an RIS with loads of hops. Dark roasted chocolate malts are heavy on the palate with notes of some charred wood, coffee, pine and citrus hops. Nice bitter finish, but I wouldn't say it's too balance- extremely bitter.

M: Full body; light carbonation; smooth and creamy texture.

O: A good beer and a great one for a hop head. Almost too much like a stout, but I think they made it work. Extremely bitter and only had half a bottle because it was too heavy for a hot summer night. Definitely a good CDA though.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, "Bottled the end of March 2011" on the label.

Into a tulip glass, it certainly appears bold and black. Creamy layer of tan foam on top, larger cluster of bubbles to one side. The skim remains unbroken after a period of time, and there's a generous amount of spotty lacing all around the sides of the glass.

Roasty aroma, some pine and candied orange sweetness.

Moderately bitter and big on roastiness, blackened malts, dark roast coffee, unsweetened bakers chocolate. Dry earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, mingling with the dry roasty elements that linger... Something vaguely green and minty about the hops in here. Very smooth and creamy here, definitely doesn't feel like 11%.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cbeer88 for going through a quest to pick me up a bottle!

Pours big and black. Some brown manages to appear around the edges. Nice light chocolate milk colored head with nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is pretty roasty, with notes of chocolate and some coffee. Some floral hop bitterness is in there, but it's a very small player in the aroma.

Hoppiness sure doesn't stay quiet on the taste! Big bitterness and floral hoppiness. Big roasted notes and some chocolate and bittersweet notes.

Creamy full, mostly full bodied. Sits fairly heavy.

Definitely bolder than the regular Hoppy Feet. I indeed like it a lot, but I may like the regular a hair better.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/4" mocha colored head. Looks clear but black as coffee and with minimal effervescence. Smell has a medium hoppiness and not really much else. Taste is where this really excells. There's coffee, cocoa, and a rich mouthfeel like an Imperial Stout as well as a deep fruity hoppy taste from the IPA component. Really they did a pretty nice job with this.

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Photo of Kendo
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. The body is the color of Pepsi but with a 1-fnger light-brown head. Leaves plenty of lace behind. Looks good.

S: Very nice nose - juicy, citrusy hops over some roasted, maybe even smoked malt.

T: Solid - Underlying roasted malt and earthy black malt, but a big hop hit - resiny pine, citrus - thereafter. Battle between malt and hops creates nice balance between the two. Finishes with some alcohol heat, which is also felt in the belly. Chocolatey as it warms up. Close call as to whether it detracts enough from the overall taste to knock it down a bit, score-wise. I like this enough that I'm going to leave it at 4.5 and penalize it in the "overall category" to reflect the ABV heat. . . .

M: Body is full/heavy. Carbonation is mild and smooth.

O: This is what I want in an Imperial American Black Ale. Extremely drinkable for 11% ABV. I will be enjoyably drunk soon.

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

The color is a dark cola brown and garnet. Vibarnt tan foam after the pour that recedes to a thin ring after a few sips. The foam lets you know theres some nice carbonation in this beer.

This beers aroma makes me think of roasted, citric hops, with lots of carbonation.

The taste starts bitter and finishes bitter. The middle adds some roasty malts, but thats it. Roasted hop citric bitterness and maybe some burnt flavors too. The heat from the abv. add to this beers overall bitterness.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown, if not black. It has about an inch of medium brown head that lasts a long time. The head slowly dies with a lot of lacing.

S - Smells like toasted malts. Very similar to a stout, lots of coffee and chocolate with hints of molasses.

T - The taste is a lot like the smell. I know this is considered a double black IPA, but to me, it tastes pretty much like a stout. As it warms, there is a hint of fruitiness in it, but it's still very stouty.

M - The best way to describe the mouthfeel is thick. I think it must have to do with the amount of alcohol in the beer, but the beer is not incredibly carbonated, it's just mainly thick.

Overall, this beer may be a little bit too much black and not enough IPA. This is a good beer, but it's more stout than anything.

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

22oz bottle brought back from Boston by Maddog

A: opaque black with nice thick creamy tan head
S: mild nose, chocolate, molasses, roasted burnt malt, EtOH
T: this is definitely pushing the boundary of a black IPA, EtOH makes it more in the league of a barleywine,
M: roasted, burnt malt with strong bitter hop finish, right amount of hops for malt and for aging, incredibly drinkable
O: 4.0, a bit less EtOH would bump this up a bit

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Part one of the SwillFest 2011 after-party. It pours a dark ruby-tinted brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate-covered pretzels, light roasted malts, blueberries, black grapes, balsa, and juniper berries. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate, rubber, vinyl, Pine-Sol, molasses, and menthol. Whoa, what happened here!? The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a scratchily dry finish. Overall, a nice-looking and -smelling beer, but it just tastes downright awful to me.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a massive 3 inch tan head that sticks around for a while.

S: Lots of dark fruits, plenty of earthy/piney hops, the roast and coffee taking a back seat in this incarnation, and the caramel and toffee come out much more in the forefront.

T: A sweet, dark fruit taste attacks the palate first, but is quickly overtaken by a piney hop bitterness combined with a dark roast/black coffee quality, that fades into a very dry, highly bitter double espresso/hops combo. Amazing flavor.

O: This beer is definitely an improvement over hoppy feet, which itself is a fine ale. This is a great treat to enjoy.

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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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