It’s a rainy and cool Saturday, which means my wife is cooking a gumbo and I’m trying some new brew. The first one is from Mercury Brewing Co in Ipswich, Massachusetts brewed under the name Clown Shoes. This is their first anniversary ale, called Hoppy Feet 1.5. It’s a double black IPA weighing in at 10.0 % ABV.
And it tastes just like it sounds. It’s hoppy, but not overly done, with some malt balance to it. This is an excellent black IPA, which are pretty tough to find outside of the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale and Stone’s 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA. Mikkeller does some as well, and I’ll review some of those in a future post.
Unfortunately, we can’t get the Clown Shoes line here in Louisiana, but they are available just across our western border in Texas.