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Hoppy Feet 1.5

Clown Shoes – Hoppy Feet 1.5

I got this beer in a trade after I sent a few bottles to the city of Chicago. It’s a very peculiar name for a brewery and I had to go online and read the reason for it and luckily, it was on their website and this is what it read… “Clown Shoes? Very long story, but to condense it a group of us submitted the name to the Beer Advocate contest that resulted in The Wrath of Pecant. Our submission didn’t crack the top 5. This burned me up inside. While driving one day the epiphany came: I could make my own Clown Shoes beer.

What’s with the odd brewery name and now a 1.5 in the beer name?! They might not have liked the first batch, upgraded the software, and the new release worked out a few bugs and worked. All joking aside, this was a good beer.

Turns out Hoppy Feet is available year round, but for their anniversary they decided to dry hop this beer twice and thus they present to you, Clown Shoes 1.5. This is a Double Black India Pale Ale with an aroma of malt, lots of hop, alcohol, and I caught a bit of roasted coffee. The beer was creamy, a really nice feel on the tongue. Almost all beers you find out there have a dominant flavor, but not with this beer. Each sip was very enjoyable as it gave me a balanced combination of hop and malt; I haven’t had this in a beer. You’ll find sweet notes of malt and toffee and will have a hop bitter finish.

This is a very solid beer and I’d say that it’s one of the best Black IPA’s I’ve had. Black anything seemed to be the thing that everyone was doing during 2011 in the beer world here in the States, it’s caught on and with this beer Clown Shoes has really nailed it. I had this beer with some chicken tika masala (a spicy tomato sauce); it was a good combination as the spiciness from the dish went really well with the malt/hop flavor in the beer. This is an IPA I truly enjoyed and will rate Five Beer Caps out of Five. I was surprised by the beer, especially when the label has a clown on it and I couldn’t take it seriously. I’ve done this before where I’ll skip the beer and won’t buy it based on the label, but lesson learned, again, don’t judge by the label or name! Sadly we don’t get any beers from Clown Shoes in the Los Angeles area and can only hope to get some more when and if I trade. Thanks RVD for sending this one my way.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!


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Singapore IPA

This is one of the beers I received weeks back after the LA Dodgers beat the Detroit Tigers; the yearly bet I have with my buddy Steve when both our teams play for inter-league baseball. They beat the Yankees at NY last night and move on the the ALCS; I’m glad The Evil Empire is out. This beer is by Saugatuck Brewing Company, it’s called Singapore IPA. When I read Singapore on the label I thought the country? Upon further inspection, the IPA turns out to be named after the famous ghost town of Singapore, Michigan. This was the first time I have ever heard of the ghost town and of the brewery. Just how many breweries do you have out there Michigan?!

The aroma of the beer was very simple, strong hop, citrus, and a bit of malt if you sniffed real hard. The flavor profile was the same as the aroma, all hops and citrus. The IPA was bitter, but there was bitterness from the hop and the citrus, each different. The citrus bitterness I can describe as the white part of the lemon, the layer underneath the rind.  You know that white bitter part right?

It was an IPA that was very simple in flavor and was all hop; although it wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad either. An average IPA that I’ll rate Three Beer Caps out of Five.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Empty Bottles


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Pliny the Elder

If I’m ever asked to name one of my favorite beers, this is one that always comes to mind; it’s up there on my Top 10 Favorite Beers. A Double IPA (Imperial Pale Ale) from Russian River, a strong beer at 100 IBU’s and 8% ABV. I don’t want to get into a habit of talking IBU’s or ABV’s, frankly because I think it’s pointless for many beers; however, for this post I mention it to paint a picture. The IBU numbers talk about how bitter a beer can be, so 100 IBU’s is way up there; click on the link if you would like to learn more about IBUs. The ABV is the Alcohol by Volume.

This beer is extremely hoppy and bitter, both lingering on your palate from beginning to end. I recall reading somewhere that out of the five elements of taste, for most people, bitterness is the least pleasant, but in beers for me, it’s something I look forward to and enjoy. The fruitiness of the beer did not show up until the beer was completely warm, at which point the bitterness became even stronger. It’s a very simple review as it’s not a complicated beer, simple and tasty, just how any good IPA should be.

I love thee oh Pliny!

I’ve been drinking and reading on Sundays, the day I tend to do a lot of the grueling beer research. The weather has been great here in SoCal, the awful summer heat is not here yet, but it’s coming. I’ve sat in the patio and enjoyed the cool weather and I’ve taken pictures there, so far I like the results, I especially like how the color of the beers have come through. I’ll be off this upcoming Sunday and won’t have the time to research, so the one man team of CervezaPlease will post again midweek; stick around!

A perfect Five Beer Caps for my favorite beer!


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Victory Hop Devil

An Ale beer by Victory named Hop Devil, and rightfully so as you’ll get an ass whoopin’ from the hops. You first taste the malt and I was surprised by a bite of spiciness; surprising yet pleasant.  Bubbles coated my tongue, which is where the spicy came from.  It’s a very hoppy beer in flavor and aroma with a lingering bitter taste.

Next post I think we’ll have to implement a rating system.


Posted by on June 28, 2010 in Empty Bottles


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