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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Hoppy Feet has been lovingly crafted by combining premium malt with lots of Amarillo and Columbus hops.
Grapefruit and Pine are balanced on the nose and on the palate by a nutty, dark chocolate, roasted backbone.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Cost from Total Wine in Upstate SC: 22oz Bottle: $5.99 Bottle Code: Located on the label, just under the bar code. It reads, "Bottle On 10/11". There is no need for an internet search or to send emails or phone calls to the brewery in order to have them translate the code in their own style of the Julian calendar (which Iíve noticed many breweries have their own variation of this). The Pour: I have to be honest. I had to pour the beer twice. The first time, I wasnít recording because I forgot to hit the record button. But the head took over like a bullet shooting out of a gun. Nearly 4 fingers of head. But on the second try, there wasnít as much head formation. Only about 1 finger that dissipated quickly. Look: Black as night... except... I can see into the beer, just under the head and streaming bubbles are obvious. Itís clearly filtered because I can see the bubbles clearly up to about an inch into the glass. But to be clear, I can only see into the beer only 1/2 a centimeter under the surface where the light shines through. The head that formed was nice and creamy. While it dissipates, if I swirl the beer around, it forms a nice creamy layer. Itís a very appetizing look. It is a beautiful beer. Aroma: Lots of roasty malts. It smells like a porter or stout. The smell of prunes and dates comes through, as well as some tobacco notes. It smells really good. Iím getting a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice. Iíve noticed this is a common problem with dark IPAís. No matter how many hops you put in, they are just very subdued by the dark malts. That is my experience from tasting other black IPAís as well as my homebrew experience. I brewed a black IPA last year. 5 gal batch with 1.5lbs Chocolate, a few ounces of various crystals and 9 ounces of hops ranging from Magnum to Cascade with 3oz of Cascade to dry hop. And it ended up tasting very similar to Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. It was one of the best beers Iíve ever brewed but it wasnít what I was going for. Taste: Iím having the same problems tasting the hops as I did smelling them. Itís nice a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice. Granted it definitely more prevalent than in the aroma. Now, the Roasted Malts and the hops are well blended. One does not over power the other. Itís a perfect combination. Iím not getting the prune/date/raisin taste that I got in the aroma. Itís there but itís not hitting you in the face like it was in the aroma. Overall, itís really tasty. Worth the Money: At $5.99 for a 22oz bottle, that is a little steep. I, personally would price this at a maximum of $4.99, although Iíd like for it to be a little less. Iíve had Black IPAís that have been comparable to this that have cost less. Will I buy another one? Yes. I probably will, but Iím going to look to see if I can find a lower price. Verdict: This beer has everything going for it. If youíre a dark beer lover; this is your beer. If youíre a hoppy IPA lover; this is your beer. Neither one completely takes over the character of this beer. Thereís a little bit of both. Itís really enjoyable. If youíre looking for a dark beer, you can sit down and have one of these. If youíre looking for a hoppy beer, you can also sit down and have one of these. This is really good. This is one of my favorite Black IPAís that Iíve ever tasted. I gave this an íAí. This is a good Black IPA. Itís got the dark roasted malts. Itís got the hop aroma and flavor that you want from an IPA. Everything is blended nicely. Itís a very very tasty beer.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cnesta (24) - grand prairie, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Very nice thick creamy head. Dark in color. Smell chocolate notes and very little hops. Taste the darker grains in a roasted flavor. Buttering hops present but not fruity as described. Palate is smooth medium body ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
One2remeber (186) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Draft, Toranado. Mini flute glass, black, robust brown hue. Rich debitter chocolate malt. Big flowery, pine tar hop nose. Warming mouthfeel, light body, not much malt for style, drinks like a pale ale vs a stout. Oily, bitter hops soak and linger on palate with a lightly honey sweet malt finish. Tons of hop pellet flavor. Simple, straightforward, nice interoperation of style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (119) - - JUN 14, 2015
Grassy hops aroma as well as coffee and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, with some bitter hops on the back off the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (5291) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Easy drinking for style. Lots of roast and light hops. Chocolate. Creamy consistency, smooth. Black pour with mocha head. Tap at Churchkey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (426) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Lots of foam. Initial hop aroma that I canít quite place, sticks through the palate as mild astringency. The malt is of bitter chocolate that coats the mouth, has a very nice consistency. Admittedly, I havenít found a black IPA that I really love, but this would be towards the top so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (161) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Aroma caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, Appearance black, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, full body, Overall great beer that I would suggest to a friend

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2015
My first beer from this Massachusetts beer company, a BIPA from a 65 cl bottle, allegedly "first made as a joke" (hence the name, I assume). Creamy and fairly dense, tan, lacing head over a very dark burgundy coloured beer, nearly black but still fairly transparent just beneath the head (and only there), hazy. Lovely dank aroma of pine needles, lime peel, tangelo, cocoa and even chocolate sauce here and there, coffee grounds, whisky, raisins, dried banana, a fine but sharpish beef broth odour, fresh nettles, hints of vanilla, rye bread, cigar ashes, hemp, salmiac, plum brandy, candied figs, wormwood... This is a very enticing bouquet, sweet and bitter aromas seem to alternate and the more I smell it, the more lovely impressions I seem to get. Very bitter taste, but in a complex, layered way; restrained ídarkí fruitiness in the onset, only very briefly sweet (less so than expected based on the aroma), smooth, oily and resinous mouthfeel, slick body, soft carbonation, very lightly (perhaps just a bit too lightly) caramelly and chocolatey malts, but coffee-like roasted bitterness setting in very early and increasing in the end, where it gets the company of a very powerful, peppery, spicy hop bitterness, very dry and resinous, sticking to the mouth cavity, with both elegantly aromatic, citrussy aspects as a bold and ídeepí, earthy bitterness; a salty salmiac accent also runs through the palate, drying the mouth even further, but fortunately being ítamedí by the powerful bitterness and therefore not becoming too obnoxious. Alcohol remains well hidden, though a slight warming effect is certainly there. Perhaps not the single most amazing black IPA I had so far, but I like this for its sheer boldness and it certainly scores above average; the coffee and bitter chocolate flavours of the roasted barley mingle beautifully with the complex, spicy hop bitterness, both are still separable, but seem to make each other more attractive. Lovely, but somewhat ídemandingí example of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2503) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
330ml bottle @ Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours black with good tan head. CDA aroma, hoppy with roasted malts. Taste is a touch sticky with citrus hops and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (502) - - AUG 2, 2015
Dark copper/brown, explosive head fills the glass to the top with a tan & tight foam that stays put. Aromatic and yeasty, coffee character. Full body, aggressive flavor, smooth texture, high carbonation, lingering palate. Tart, bitter and sweetish. Dark roast flavors impose their mark immediately, rich café au lait. Probably the most gassy beer I've ever seen, well made and enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2953) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 28, 2015
12oz brown bottle. Dark brown, clear. Good sized creamy beige cap of foam on top. Nose has orange peel/citrus, earthy notes, coffee. Flavour - coffee, dark chocolate malt, roast, earth and citrus hops. Finish has a lot of chocolate and coffee, hops blend in well, not overly bitter. Coffee like aftertaste with dark malts. Body is medium. A nicely done black IPA.


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