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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1382) - South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2014
12 oz bottle, with Jan. 2014 bottling date, served in a snifter. Pours opaque and essentially black with a small, semi-durable head. As per the looks, this is loaded with dark roasted grains. No shortage of hops either, but these two flavor components clash a bit, as is common with black IPAs. More burnt grain flavor and burnt toast than Iíd prefer. O: strongly flavored black IPA with hoppy, if not happy, feet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopmelt (106) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2014
Pours very dark Brown, medium sized thick tan head. Aroma floral and citrus hops, bready malt, slight hint of caramel swetness. Taste bitter up front, floral, pine, grapefruit, slight bready and black malt in the finish, more pleasant bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation, hop astringency, dry finish. Overall good beer, very little black malt flavor, nice ipa, didn?t really take any risks here.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (609) - New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2014
Tap. Pitch black pour with a finger of head. Pine, grapefruit, nuts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate. Complex. Medium body with good carbonation. Silky and slightly bitter sweet finish. A complex but easy to drink beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (194) - - APR 11, 2014
Floral hops leading to flavors of chocolate, dark berries and citrus peel. Undertones of coffee. Moderate hop bitterness and good carbonation. A bit syrupy from the sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madquacker (1019) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
A big rangy rambling brew. Black tar and vegemite over a nice sweet alcohol burn. Very long in the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2306) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle. Nice notes of roasted malt. caramel, earth, hop, and grapefruit. I enjoyed this brew very much. The hint of chocolate in the finish was an added pleasure.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown to black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, light burnt notes, raisins and plums with moderate herbal, dank, and resin hops. Flavor is dark malt forward, nutty, moderate hops and bitterness with dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (247) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
Great beer. Pours black that lets no light through. Mobs of lacing left behind from a thick head that doesnít dissipate. Taste is well balanced between malt and hops with malt taking the first round but hops come back strong in the second. Wounderful beer, will get again fo sho.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
kidobutai (231) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Part of a 6-pack IPA sampler. Best so far. Nice head, and great lacing. Black but not cloudy, creamy. Delicious stout, tangerine, with chocolate as a finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scooterb1 (9) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014 does not count
This is a black IPA that is a tasty blend of citrus and stout. It pours with a nice head and gives you a pleasant aroma with a surprise fullness and nice aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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