Hoppy Feet Black IPA

Black India Pale Ale?  Is that oxymorinic?  Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet by Mercury Brewing Co., Ipswich, MA, is indeed a black IPA.  It does have some hints of burgundy, but it is certainly dark, and can produce a very generous tan head and a slathering of lace.  Hoppy Feet has a hoppy bouquet, as you might expect, with a hint of orange and some yeast, and maybe some smoke way back there.  It has a lot of interesting taste characteristics:  hoppy, rusty, yeasty, bitter, coffee.  The texture is smooth and the finish is very dry and bitter.  It’s good, and it’s an interesting spin on an old style.  This is not a sipper, like a lighter hoppy ale might be, so be prepared to enjoy a big steak w/ onions and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese on it.  If you drink it without any food to accompany it, you will find it too bitter for too long I would wager.