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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

895 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%


Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2011)
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On the slightly American side of Belgian IPA, this tramp puts out pretty good. It has a bit of extra robustness that American style ones do, but not quite as much so as the pure bred ones.

It pours a bit dark and has moderately thin head and lace. The aroma is a little weak for the style but very appetizing. The taste is pretty bitingly hoppy, with a bunch of malts and Belgian yeasts showing off. It really is a nice mix if a bit on the over the top side.

The aftertaste is also robust - you don't forget it too soon. Overall it is a good effort from the clown people.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 19:18:48 | More by schoolboy
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SmashPants

Australia

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: pours a hazy deep orange-amber in colour with a small white head that drops to a thick ring. Not much lacing, but it does look inviting.

Aroma: plenty of citrus hops here, with grapefruit, lemon and tangerine taking the fore. Some bread malts and yeast behind.

Taste: again big citrus notes with some lovely Belgian yeasts and more of those bready malts. The yeasts and the lemon behind make for a wonderful addition to the normal AIPA - I think I could get used to Belgian / American IPAs.

Aftertaste: the flavours all linger through - a lovely drop.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate but spritzy carbonation. Carries those flavours through well without overdoing it.

Overall: definitely the best Belgian India Pale Ale I have had to date. Fantastically complex and less awkward than some others. Another well done to Clown Shoes. Great pricing too, particularly for a high ABV import.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 11:12:34 | More by SmashPants
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tramp Stamp by Clown Shoes
poured from a bottle into a 12 oz. mug

reviewed 4/8/14

P-:colorful and catchy label with a women's exposed low back tattoo. 4.0

A- : hazy orange with a thin tan head and some lacing 3.75

S- : hops, wheat and mild citrus 3.75

T-: grains and an odd bitterness, hop notes 3.5

M- : good body and clean finish 3.5

D-: grows on you as you go 3.5

O-: not sure some really good elements but something keeping it all from coming together 3.5

Bought as part of a Belgian IPA tasting, may or may not buy again. Was great for my tasting because it definitely has a unique spin
-J

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 23:06:47 | More by Extrajoker00
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium copper color bordering on light brown. Yellowish head forms with a good retention.

Aroma is heavy handed with citrus and floral hop notes but there is a bit of wheat and sweet grains that hint at Belgian style ale.
In the taste, strong Belgian yeast flavor with a banana and bubblegum edge. There is a wealth if earthy hop bitterness that stick out clearly from the musty, sweet Belgian stylings. Just a bit of pine and bitterness come out in the finish.

Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Lots of flavor to the beer, and could pose a challenge to ipa drinkers not fond of Belgian styles. Overall this was an interesting beer, but probably towards the average range for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 17:39:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faint bottling date of "02/27/2014."

Thanx to Puboflyons.

Into a chalice.

A: hazy orange/brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head that died within a half a minute, light adequate lacing tries to cling but slides for the most part

S: lightly spiced (more or less clove-ish/coriander-ish) that combines nicely with some citrusy hops that bring out some oranges and lemons

T: bitter and sweet at different times, light spices add their flavoring to assist in balancing and lead to a mainly sweet orange aftertaste and a dry finish

M: it sits about a light to medium on the body, could be slightly construed as sessionable; carbonation is fairly harsh pounding my mouth and tongue into submission, still good for its style and for me

O: I say this is a good Belgian IPA well worthy of having again, if I ever had it again, I'd definitely like to pair it with some king salmon.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 22:46:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
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JCarey

Delaware

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just wanted to say that I really wish that people who didn't like Belgians or people who are new age American hopheads would stop down rating good beers.

This is a fantastic Belgian style IPA, and isn't meant to be overbearingly bitter.

Hop off the hop bandwagon.

This beer is a sub 4 or high 3 review at least.

As far as I can tell, this is the same yeast as the Muffin Top, with a slightly downgraded grain bill. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:54:28 | More by JCarey
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tmm313

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Super cloudy dark amber body. You can really see the yeast in there. Nice 1 finger head and lacing.

S- Grapefruit, orange, banana, some floral, and caramel.

T- Mainly grapefruit, orange, pine, and peppery spice. Sometimes the banana really pops out.

M- Medium thick body. Oily with nice carbonation.

O- I'm a fan of Belgian IPAs, and this one didn't disappoint. Sure I've had a few that were better, but I've also had much worse. I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 20:41:57 | More by tmm313
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glass_house

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Hazy amber-orange with two fingers of white head that maintains a nice collar with some sticky lacing. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit, mango, and some tangy lemongrass.

Body is almost medium at first, but finishes a bit watery. The lively carbonation lends some support, but the texture seems somewhat lacking for a 7% IPA. The taste is a lot like the nose--heavy on citrus and tropical fruits, with a mild pine bitterness toward the end. Not much here makes me think of a "Belgian" IPA. More like a citrusy west coast IPA with a mild peppery spice.

Overall it's ok. The flavors work well enough and I feel like it would be a good choice poolside on a hot day. However, the disappointing mouthfeel means I'll most likely bypass it more often than not.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:01:46 | More by glass_house
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper orange in color with a deep haze that lifted a bit as this warmed. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Belgian yeast, caramel malt, tropical citrus and pineapple aromas. Medium bodied feel up front with tight aggressive carbonation through the middle and a thinner, slick, oily feel at the end. Spicy belgian yeast and caramel malt flavors up front with light tropical hop flavors through the middle. Finished with a malty and herbal, citrussy hoppiness. An easy drinking belgian ipa with well balanced flavors without much intensity. 

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:15:37 | More by IronLover
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dstanmyer

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice easy drinking Belgian IPA. Not overwhelming or too intense but definitely plenty of Belgian characteristics and hoppiness present. Attractive orange-amber hue but below average head and lacing on my pour. Not quite as full or complex as could be, but a tasty beer I'd drink again!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:40:27 | More by dstanmyer
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da_beers

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy, deep orange with three fingers of bubbly white head. Good lacing.

S-bready malts of the bat. Not a lot of hops in there to be honest. Some citrus.

T-starts out with a flattish malt note, followed up by a bitter hop bite. This one seems like its missing some depth. Not overly impressed with this.

M-medium body. Good drinkablilty as far as that goes, but just not thrilled with it enough to have multiples.

O-underwhelmed unfortunately. Want to try other Clown Shoes, this left a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:04:44 | More by da_beers
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-bready malt, light pine, little grapefruit, light slight

T-toasted malt, light grapefruit, orange, caramel, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate. Ad onion! smooth

O-nice example of a Belgian IPA, nice flavor

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 05:09:26 | More by MDDMD
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy dark gold color with a large white head that lingers and leaves a good lacing
S-Spice with a hop smell coming in strong with a malt backdrop coming in
T-spice is strong in the first part of the taste then comes the strong hop kick that almost took all the spice away, but then here comes the spice back
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-This beer was good, but the spice and hop kick was too strong for me to give this a better grade

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:49:57 | More by a0lbudman
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Amber tan/brown with a yellow tint. Minor 1/4 inch head, some decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Belgian yeasts, hops, spices, some orange, lemon, a little funky/farmhouse aroma rounded out with beady notes.

Taste - First sip starts out with sour Belgian yeasts, grapes, orange and lemon. Hops are muted under the sweet and fruity flavors, and added spices. Very floral and grassy funk in each sip. In the finish I got a very mild hop bite.

Motuhfeel - Very sweet with a mix of sugars and spices on the tongue. Palate gets funky sour notes, some sweet fruits. Aftertaste is dry, soured and sweet.

Overall - A decent offering. Wish it had more bitter hop notes then being as sweet as it is. Its easy to drink but not something id want to have all the time. Worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 23:57:42 | More by wvsabbath
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seydou

South Africa

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle a nice ambery tan, cloudy with a gradient. Hoppy smell is big and pleasant. Tastes clean! Not overly bitter, not filling. Floral, bright, and hoppy. Very drinkable -- could easily be a session for me. Pairs well with bar food. Worst part is the bottle design!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 21:49:44 | More by seydou
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Mojo

Alabama

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - pours up a hazy orange color with a two finger off white head, awesome retention and awesome lacing.

S - sort of one dimensional smell. Mostly oranges with a hint of lemon.

T - dry and yeasty with a grapefruit and oranges presence and a nice bitter finish. fairly well balanced.

M - full with lots of carbonation.

O - fairly decent. Clown Shoes usually comes up with some winners.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:27:39 | More by Mojo
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BB1313

Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/12/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark burnt orange; fluffy white head that slowly fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of bubblegum and sweet marmalade. Some malts. Very subtle hints of stick grapefruit. The flavors have a ton of hop bitterness. Some hop flavor, but not a ton. Lots of yeast. Sweet fruits. Lots of pine needles. Some orange zest. Subtle hints of grapefruit. There's also a good amount of black pepper. Slightly spicy. Flavors are sharp and crisp. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; active carbonation. It's a nice beer to relax with.

This is a Belgian IPA that is on par with most American interpretations. It's straight forward and well crafted. They nailed the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 18:59:50 | More by BB1313
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My pour yields a finger of off white head over a light orange body. It dissipates quickly. The beer looks like it wants to lace up, but can't quite get it.

Mmmm, yeast, wheat and grassy hops make for a pleasant smell.

Grassy and gardeny with a pine edge. Bitter, yet clean. The yeast really fleshes out the flavor. As it warms a bit I pick up just the faintest traces of banana and a bitter orange.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:51:52 | More by CFHMagnet
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admiral

Australia

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant beer which shows everything that is great about craft beer

A blast of strong-sweet-spicy-orange-citrus-marmalade goodness in both aroma and taste

along with above, Belgian yeast/pale ale flavours come through strongly with pepper and a nice subtle malt flavour to balance it all out

delicious aroma and taste: highly recommended (surprised that it isn't currently rated above 90?)

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:31:07 | More by admiral
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patpbr

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy reddish hue with a small head.
S - Hints of belgian yeast and some hops
T - Subtle, with fruity flavors, not to hoppy. Sweet with belgian yeast and banana.
M - Medium body and dry finish that has a bit of spice.
O - Interesting style that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:15:39 | More by patpbr
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Soft red-orange amber with a deeper hue. I wish I could've collected more head, but it looks to-style.

Soft tropical fruitiness with a fuzzy peach skin note that I like. Clementine, nectarine, and ruby red grapefruit. Juicy with some tannic acidity. Very fruity with hops and yeast. Nice and crisp with a light pomme note. Great IPA note, no matter the particular sub-style.

Very tangy with familiar American hopping (Cascade?). Tropical notes of guava and nectarine. Maybe, starfruit. All with a tangy tangerine note. Musty Belgian yeast strain is contained by bitter hoppiness and floral textures. Tangy middle. Affirmed bitter outro.

Slightly grainy texture to the body. Carbonation is pretty big. Not a winner in this department.

Very good Belgian IPA that I could easily enjoy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 13:15:39 | More by thecheapies
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brurevu

Texas

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: The beer poured an opaque orange that persisted throughout my tasting. The aroma had the signature Belgian yeasts with a bit of hop which is true to the style. The taste started with the sweet Belgian flavors that gave way to the bitter hops on the back end with a nice creamy mouthfeel. It was a great beer that was true to the style and was a great introduction to Clown Shoes. I will definitely be trying more of their beers in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 17:15:37 | More by brurevu
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hops and caramel nose, flavor is a balance of pine hops and caramel, some bitterness at finish. $2.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 22:44:06 | More by jdhilt
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a short off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pine hops, floral, caramel

T: heavy bitter pine resin mixed with yeasty notes, finish is dry and heavy hops

M: medium bodied with higher carbonation

O: very bitter hop flavors, little malt sweetness to back it up

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:24:30 | More by M_C_Hampton
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eddocron

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from bottle. Cool label.

Poured with small head, white with thin lacing. Appeared dark amber-gold, slightly cloudy.

I felt the aroma was fantastic - orange citrus, some malts and hops.

Taste was great - definitely could taste the fruits and spices, hops present a bit but not as much as expected, and sweeter then I expected. matched the aroma quite well.

Mouth feel was a bit thin I thought, but did not bitter. High on carbonation side.

This was an easy f=drinking Belgian IPA, but not what I would expect out of that style of beer. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 20:33:21 | More by eddocron
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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.