Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet

Today I'm drinking Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet, A Black IPA brewed by Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Of the five beers these guys sent to South Florida, this is the last one for me to try. It also has the tamest label of the bunch. This one depicts a guy on his balcony watching the sunset in the distance. He's relaxing with a pint of beer and his feet propped up on the railing. That's where I want to be right now! Even the clown shoes he's wearing are barely noticeable--wouldn't have even caught my attention if I didn't know the brewery theme. Bottled 6/14/11.

Nice Head! The aroma is chocolaty with some citrus hoppiness, a little roasted but not too much. Quite a malty start, with lots of roasted flavors that you may initially think might make it all the way to annoyingly harsh. But just in time, they smooth out nicely. A bit on the smoky, campfire, burnt side, but again, not overdone.

Guess what? The 80 IBUs these guys put in this beer are equally prominent from start to finish as well. Plenty of bitter hoppy citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, yep. Quite the bitter bang, but unlike yesterday, this bitterness is accompanied by that interesting malty balance. Nice carbonation, good creamy texture, not overly prickly. A dry roasty finish with some slight 7% alcohol warmth is how this beer winds down. A winner in a category that isn't my favorite and a strong ringer for the style. I downed all 22 ounces easily. My second favorite of the five I've tasted after Tramp Stamp Belgian-Style IPA. Check it out!

Bunnies by the Bay Blossom's Hoppy Feet Slippers, Pink, 3-6 Months

Ped Egg Pedicure Foot File, Colors may vary

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