Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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1,284 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 57
Gots: 192 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2011

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Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle this was quite a lot over-carbonated, but the head and body was very nice to look at so I still rated it quite high. Smell is a very nice blend of Belgian spice/yeast and citrus hops. Taste is extremely flavorful, sweet, hoppy, and very smooth and clean finish with only a touch of mild bitter finish. Nice malt balance as well. I'm really enjoying this one, and it may be my favorite Belgian IPA I've sampled to date.

Photo of username
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/29/2015

Nice color. Head had some attractive, rocky, froth. Laces more than I'm used to seeing. Yeasty layer got suspended under head layer which looked quite nice in the Dogfish IPA glass. As yeast dissipates the clarity becomes gradually hazy from clear.

Not as odoriferous as I'd hope. Mild to moderate funky smell. A little diesel-y and sweet floral-pine. Usual breakdown/degradation characteristics of a few months old IPA. Slight 'bucket-o-fake-fishing-worms' smell buried deep.

Tastes a little piney, but primarily of bitter hop with a slight 'Belgian' after-taste that's rather persistent.

Feel is fine. Moderate to light. A little drying.

Overall, had a nice taste/departure from conventional IPA with the slight Belgian skew. Perhaps not as intense as other BIPAs however.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle
L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 1” sudsy cream colored foam collar that lightly laces the glass.
S: Toast, fruit and melon, slight yeast.
T: Melon flavors dominate with a hint of citrus and stone fruit and a little Belgian yeast action.
F: Medium carbonation, soft in the mouth, creamy, medium body.
O: A good, easy to drink beer. The hop character overpowers the Belgian yeasts some what.

Photo of Phenom
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little unassuming in the nose. A note if bubblegum in the taste that is not pleasing. Overall solid, but there are better Belgian IPAs out there.

Photo of Act25
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Beligian style IPA? Up there with Rayon Verte.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a tenacious head; that never stops capping the body, with plenty of stickage and like a Belgian, lots of lace.

S: Ample and refreshing. Loads of citrus w lemon and yeast prominent.

T: Starts as follow of aroma with tangerine and lemon flavors leading with a nice chalky backdrop that balances the sweet malt. Spicy, peppery Belgian yeast in the finish, without the cloying banana bubblegum that I can live without. Delish!

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation, and lots of tingle.

O: Hoppy Belgique. I'd take this with Rayon Verte as a more affordable American version of Belgians. A fruit sauce nature, almost a mix of apple and apricot. Very lovely and sensuous.

Photo of unklemike
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unusual smell and taste That maybe a beer nerd/ expert would know where it comes from. To me the smell reminds me of liverwurst or pate. Taste has a orange peel up front with a subtle mild piney finish.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is definitely a Belgium IPA. It has orange peel, grapefruit, grassy, piney, and very little sweetness that usually comes with Belgian yeast. A worth a try if you like IPA's.

Photo of ajm5108
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good mix of the earthy, malt forward belgian style with some more piney IPA notes. Certainly leans toward the American style, though.

Photo of Beerma
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

NOt goo not bad won't buy it!

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Quick review. Very unimpressed, from the gimmicky artwork down to the crap execution of the style. Don't know what kind of hops went into this, but when married to Belgian yeast the product is really lacking. Mouthfeel is even a bit off to me, grainy. Maybe I got a funky bottle, but somehow I doubt it.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very belgiany on the nose and taste. Some hoppiness, definitely a tame bitterness.

Photo of MacStinson
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smelled nice. Something was off with the taste. Infected bottle perhaps?

Photo of larryarms847
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden yellow with a slight orange/copper hue and very bubbly white foam.

Grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, pine, and sweet bready malt notes.

Flavor is definitely where this begins to fall off. Orange peel, grapefruit, grassy, piney, and very little sweetness that usually comes with Belgian yeast.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, astringent, citrus bitterness.

Overall, looks nice and smells okay, but flavor and mouthfeel just didn't do anything for me. Aside from the amount of carbonation, there is little else to consider this a Belgian, no sweetness and no softness usually accompanying the use of Belgian yeast.

Photo of Neorebel
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tramp Stamp has a glimmering look of golden copper, topped with a tall, fizzy white head. A deliciously sweet aroma delights my nose with apricot, grapefruit, and honeysuckle aspects to it. The flavor ultimately boils down to exactly what it sets out to achieve: an accessible and harmonious marriage of an American IPA and a Belgian Golden Ale. I never thought it could be possible to make hallmarks of a Belgian beer for the general beer lover. I have always imagined myself as unique in falling in love with strong flavors of Belgian yeast and fruit esters as a gateway to good beer. It seems like an acquired taste, second to the more approachable IPAs. But this beer combines the two effortlessly, and it goes down nice and easy. I see this as being a huge hit at bars and parties for all demographics in the beer world!

Photo of Snodman
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – It's a toasted orange colored beer, topped with a somewhat sturdy head, which leaves creamy lacing around the glass

Smell - A resin aroma at first, one which slowly opens towards a note of funk, grapefruit, and vague spice

Taste - mild pine, leaves, grass , and grapefruit peels

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied

Overall- there's a hint of unpleasantness in its flavor profile that keeps me from loving it. A good IPA and shall be purchased again.

Photo of Userme59
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was just okay for me. Average beer, had it on tap.

Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach, pear and apple esters meld with tangerine and grapefruit to form the aroma, with Belgian yeast must and floral notes accenting. Resiny hops and phenolic clove notes emerge. Becomes reminiscent of sweet tarts.

Flavor reveals peach undertones initially, with tangerine and grapefruit tartness leading to a confectioners sugar sweetness and pear mid palate that fades to a bitter, lightly resiny finish.

Very complex brew. This bottle is about 6 months old, but still has great hop presence.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden-orange pour with white clingy head - this is a good looking brew! Smells of citrus, pine, and some esters - mouth watering. Flavor is malt and biscuit with some of the citrusy hop, but not very bitter, almost sweet in a way. Smooth mouthfeel and clean finish - I’ll be buying more soon!

Photo of leaddog
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a amber copper with three fingers of foamy white head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, belgian yeast (hint of clove), orange peel, bready caramel malts, peppery aromas

Taste - Nice punch from the citrus and piney hops then goes into the belgian yeast, orange peel, pepper, pine resin, grapefruit, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops along with the yeast.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian IPA on all fronts. The only minor knock would be to increase the belgian yeast taste (clove, banana) but that is a very minor adjustment needed in this one. I look forward to trying more of these guys offerings.

Photo of SurferEric
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

A dry and tasty Belgian style IPA. Hints of citrus followed by a grassy flavor.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's 12 ounces of beer to drink before I decide to get dinner started. On to the beer:

It's a toasted orange colored beer, topped with a somewhat sturdy head, which leaves creamy lacing around the glass. A dry aroma at first, one which slowly opens towards a note of funk, pineapple, and vague spice.

Tramp Stamp is surprisingly dry for an American-made, Belgian-style IPA. Usually this style involves throwing a bunch of hops in with a beer fermented with Belgian yeast. This is closer to the more traditional Belgian-style IPA. The beer starts dry with a kiss of grass. Still dry all around with notes of white pepper, funk, and a note of orange. It's not very bitter, and the beer has a medium body with a somewhat smooth feel.

This will get my appetite going later tonight.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a pale amber color with an off white head. The smell is full of hops in front but with some sweet fruits and spices like banana and clove on the end. The taste was very nice with a lot of citrus and grass flavors up front from the hops and a very clean finish from the malt on the finish. Not bad and not too expensive, I'll probably be picking this one up again.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12 oz bottle.Poured into a 12 oz goblet.Nice citrus smell but that where it ends.Very average taste.Nothing special.Would not buy again.

Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep orange with a one-finger eggshell head. Better than average carbonation. Leaves waves of lacing behind on the glass.

Aroma: This beer has a somewhat earthy smell with notes of funk and citrus.

Taste: Fairly complex beer, this. Notes of pine, grapefruit and earthiness, and that funky note in the nose translates to the palate. Pretty big malt presence. Some lemon and pepper round things out. The funky note dominates more and more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not a light, summery beer.

Overall: This beer is well crafted, but there's a hint of unpleasantness in its flavor profile that keeps me from loving it. It has a lot going on, but it's not all perfectly executed. A nice beer, but a slightly imperfect one.

Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, some spices. Taste is hops, spices, citrus, some resin, balanced and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine and enjoyable beer.

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