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Hoppy Feet

 Rating: 4.05

A review of a black IPA now, a style of beer that I usually quite enjoy but sadly don’t get as many opportunities to drink as I’d like. Hoppy Feet will be my third beer from Clown Shoes brewery based in Massachesutts and like the previous two, this one is a beer that I ordered a couple of months ago from the Brewdog online shop and now that World Cup season is upon us I thought why not give it a go now. The beer itself appeared in very late 2009 and is now one of the breweries most well-known beers and has proved so popular that they even introduced a Hoppy Feet 1.5 which is a double black IPA coming in at an impressive 10% abv. That one was brewed for Clown Shoes first anniversary celebrations, whilst this one is a more modest 7% abv. and is definitely one that I’m looking forward to trying seeing as I only have one more Clown Shoes beer to review after this, their Belgian style IPA Tramp Stamp is the other I have in the cellar at the moment.  This one should prove quite hoppy with combination of Amarillo and Columbus hops used in the brewing process and some tropical fruit notes said to feature as well; hopefully this one doesn’t disappoint.
Hoppy Feet

Appearance (5/5): Black with a beautiful, thumb-sized head that is quite creamy looking and holds particularly well, especially over the opening couple of minute where there is very little movement initially. The head actually smooths out a little after a minute or two and there is some minimal lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (8/10): As the name would suggest, this one starts quite hoppy and IPA like with some subdued pine notes coming though and hints of bitterness. There is a strong, darker malts presence with some darker fruits coming in as well with some sweetness that makes the beer seem almost like a porter. There is some grapefruit and pine coming through towards the end too.
Taste (7/10): Some mellow hops with a pine bitterness and a little bit of grapefruit coming through initially, quickly followed by some darker malts, hints of sweetness and what I thought to be a hint of coffee as well but this was definitely faint. The beer tasted quite fresh and lively with the hops and malts balancing against each other well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and plenty of bitterness from the hops throughout, although some hints of sweetness make an appearance as well. Carbonation was about medium with this one and the beer had a good balance too.

Overall (15/20): This one was a pretty good offering from Clown Shoes, hoppy and packs a punch with regards to bitterness. I enjoyed with one, particularly because the balance was good with the hop bitterness and the darker malts working well together, I’m not sure how likely I’d be to have this one on a regular basis but it was a very nice beer and definitely one worth trying.

Brewed In: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States of America
Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer
First Brewed: 2009
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.00

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