I hadn’t heard of Clown Shoes Brewery before beginning this blog. Seeing as the Hoppy Feet 1.5 is their first anniversary ale, I understand why. This relatively new brewery simply hasn’t been out there very long.
This beer taught me that I had no idea what a pale ale is. After reading a few things, I learned that it’s the malt that’s a light color, not necessarily the beer. Although the light malt usually results in a light-colored beer, this isn’t always the case. This beer, for example, is a double black India pale ale. As you can see in the picture, it’s anything but light.
This was quite a beer. It reminded me very much of an oatmeal stout. It was incredibly powerful and bitter to the point of almost being astringent. It was also strongly alcoholic. I think this beer would have gone wonderfully with a burger, but it was a bit too much on its own. I actually had a hard time making through the 1 pint 6 oz of this beer.
Would I drink this beer again? I don’t think so, but if I was ordering a nice buffalo burger, I think I’d want a beer like this. Should you drink it? If you have a supply of meat needing a drink to go with it, yeah. Otherwise, it’s a bit much of a beer.
As it went down, I’d give this beer 3/5 caps, but if it was there to accompany a meaty meal, it might be a cap higher.