dwyerpg (5489) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a quite bitter strong-flavored black IPA. This finish is nothing but bittering hops but I still like it.
coldbrewky (1670) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Beer World. I will admit, as much as I dislike Massachusetts, they do produce some solid beers. This is one of them. I hypothesize that all the brewers are from Pennsylvania. Nose is hops with lightly buttered toast on the side. A nice dense tan head forms and sits and sits. Some light at sides of glass. Some forest soil tone near finish that I do not wish to define as nutty. I could go into a soil respiration dialogue but that would only confuse most of the world and probably me as well. I will define it simply as an earthy / pleasant finish interlude. Try one and attempt to figure out what I am rambling on about.
Defreni (2968) - Husum, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske: Sortbrun klar øl med et stort skumhoved. Dejlig duft af humle, og en tand brændt malt. Smagen er ok sort IPA, men det er bare ikke min type øl. Det clasher en kende for meget i min mund.
smith4498 (3500) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown/black color with tan head. Aromas of citrus and roasted malt. Roasted malt flavor with some grapefruit. Medium body with average carbonation. A bit of a letdown after enjoying the Hoppy Feet 1.5 so much.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized tan head with fair retention and lace. Almst black in color, ruby edging, decent clarity. Nose of light roast, pine and citrus. Body is lightly medium with a soft carbonation, little oily, resiny. Hoppy piney notes with a little roast and earthiness, citrus. Fairly dry finish, roast and a decent bite. Props to coldbrewky for the bomber.
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 11/09-2011) Low brown head, black color, roasted hoppy aroma, good bitterness with dry roasted taste. Balanced and smooth taste. Bottled 05/2011. New bottle label. The best Black India Pale Ale I have tasted yet!
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad bipa, just a little too bitter for me, not enough roasted malt character to balance the grapfuit. Decent, not extraordinary
belandzio (20) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On ne se trompe pas avec Clown Shoes! Cette noire amère nous ravie par ses arômes de café, son joli col et l’amertume inhabituelle de ce genre de bière. Un autre mariage intéressant et réussi entre une IPA et un autre type de bière (voir et goûter la IPA belge).
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.
4.5 A: As with other Clown Shoes, this one has a good bit too much carbonation. Took several pours to get a full glass. Black in color. Three fingers of creamy/pillowy light brown head with very good retention and a good bit of lacing.
4.0 S: Piney hops foremost with grapefruit, earthiness, and a light citrusy component. Almost nearly as strong is a dry roastiness with slight touches of caramel and chocolate. Quite pleasant.
3.0 T: Hop bitterness combined with roasty bitterness is a bit overwhelming. Lots of pine, earth, and grapefruit with lesser amounts of of orange and nondescript fruitiness. Unfortunately, as with most black IPAs, the hop flavors clash with the roastiness. Again light caramel.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is a bit higher than I’d like. Not nearly as creamy as I’d like with an ashy aftertaste.
3.0 D: I was really looking forward to this one after having the 1.5 version (which was the only black IPA that I can say I’ve loved) at a tasting. This is more along the lines of a typical black IPA, where nothing works well with anything else.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-15-2011 19:47:50