Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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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 Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a fluffy off white head. Lace is pleasing enough. Aroma brings bright citrues and bready belgian does the flavor. I love this style and the breweries that do it right. Clown shoes does this style right. This is in my personal Top 5, maybe Top 3 of Belgian IPAs. It has a nice balance of juicy, citric, fruity hops and doughy, bready belgian yeastiness. Nice little accent of belgian yeast spice as well. Nicely carbonated and medium-full body. 2nd beer from Clown Shoes. 2nd winner.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a rich copper color with a fluffy white head that was gone pretty quickly,with a longer lasting head I would have gave it a higher score,I really like the color and clarity to the beer.Bigtime Amarillo hop aromas,sharp and citric they really burst out at ya,light phenols and even lighter bready malt round out the aroma profile.The yeast plays a bigger role on the palate,spiced and warming the phenols overshadow the citric hops a little but its still quite good.Another good offering I have tried from Clown Shoes,and the write up on the label is spot on.

Photo of tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Rustic amber body with some toasty copper highlight thrown about. The whole thing is a bit muddle, though it allows quite a bit of light to shine through, albeit highly obscured. Not much of a head, surprisingly for a Belgian IPA, really, rather there's only a wispy white skin that traverses the top of the beer and bunches up a little bit at the border.

It's hard to pull much out of the aroma at first, because it's unfortunately underwhelming. I thought maybe it was a bit too cold, which I'm sure it was, but even warmth didn't hand over the amplification that I was expecting. Lightly hopped (for an IPA especially) with very timid notes of citrus and mild grass and herbs. Yeast is more prominent in the form of faintly sweet esters and a finishing waft of bubblegum.

The taste is a bit better, at least in terms of sheer force. Lightly bitter on the back and sides of the tongue with each sip, as the tide of mild pine, leaves, and grapefruit peels rolls in. The hops seem to open up a little more on the palate, as does the malt bill; some toasted and buttered bready malts counter the hops with a pinch of mid-palate sweetness.

Yeast flavors remain tame until most of the finish, where some banana esters, very, very faint spice, and a bit more bubblegum finally peek their heads above the water. Bitterness is still present on the back of the tongue by the time you've swallowed, but it's a pretty mild and low bitterness overall, more akin to regular pale ale levels of IBU. The body's a bit thicker than you'd expect, which is actually a good thing; good carbonation and a smooth, sharp mouth feel.

Nothing off-putting or offensive with this one, but it's largely forgettable. There's just not a whole lot going on, and there's nothing really new or exciting happening. It's easy enough to drink, but whenever you're in the position to purchase this, there's likely something equally or more enjoyable that will be available as well. No real redeeming qualities, but not bad by any means.

Photo of steelerguy
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber, cloudy, tall head, hard to tell how much carbonation because of the cloudiness and the excessive darkness, but must not be that much as head subsides rather quickly.

S - Belgian yeast, bubblegum, a bit of spice, and some floral hop aroma.

T - Very much like it smells, spice and yeast up front, moving too some sweet floral hop flavors, and finishes with a crisp bitter bite.

M - Light and clean body. Could use either or both some some more alcohol and carbonation. Even though it is light in body, I'd like it to finish a bit more crisp.

O - Pretty good Belgian IPA from America, but I think there are some better out there such at Stone's Cali-Belgique.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys do make some good beers.
This was an amber color with a medium white head and a little bit of lace.
Mostly citrus aroma, mainly orange. Cotton candy. A little herbal.
Taste mainly sweet and yeasty. Orange rind. A little bit of sweet malt that kind of gets lost.
Some late piney hops.
Nice beer, easy to drink.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my wife served in a wine glass and my Allagash tulip.

The color is an orange color with full head. As I drink the lace holds and shades the inner glass.

The aroma is citrus hops sweet malt backs

The taste is very nice the carbonation instantly fills the mouth. Sweet malt enter and then as the carbonation subsides citrus hops and a slight yeast. At the finish is a slight bitterness very nice

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, $6.50 at Spirit Haus, Amherst, Ma.. "Bottled the first week of January, 2011" on the side of the label.

Pours lightly hazed dull tangarine amber, frothy medium tan head, shows good retention, thick sheeting, and ample lacing.

Orange peel, malt and resiny hops in the nose.

Citric notes abound. Pineapple, orange, candied fruits, malt support in the midsection and more citric hop bite all over the finish.

Well done, complex and simply delicious take on an exciting and pleasing style.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark gold in color, clear

Smell: floral hops, Belgian sugars

Taste: hay, apple, big bitter floral and earthy hops at the end—slight Belgian sugars

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and really bitter end, dry aftertaste, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A very good Belgian IPA that has some bite to it. This is a sipper. The earthiness comes out as it warms and that is my favorite part of this. Would not rush out for it, but I would get it again if I desired something hoppy.

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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas.

The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is decent. I get some floral notes from the hops, as well as some citrus notes. There is a decent amount of sugar in the aroma as well as some alcohol and yeast notes.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of floral hops, as well as some orange citrus and grass notes. There is a Belgian yeast component in the flavor as well. As the beer warms I start to get some strong perfume-like aspects in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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 dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled the end of april 2011 (about a month and a half in the bottle).

pours out a deep golden orange color. almost slightly amber. hazy, with just a bit of sediment visible. a nice one finger of slightly off white head with good retention and some decent lace.

quite a bit of a spicy, peppery aroma, lots of citrus, mostly orange/ tangerine and grapefruit, some lemon. some clove, some yeasty notes and earthy hops.
maybe even a little caramel malt.

spicy clove, orange peel/ grapefruit citrus. lots of bitterness in the finish, but maybe not as much hop flavor as i wanted to find. oddly balanced by a slightly caramel, bready malt.

semi dry finish, medium to almost heavy bodied. ample carbonation.

overall: a decent belgian IPA, a little more malt there than i would expect for the style. worth a pint, but not something i would get again. it definatly has its place in the clown shoes line up.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle date of 03/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around the glass.

Smell: A bright and zesty aroma of spicy yeast, fruits, and hops. Belgian yeast with candied sugar, funk, clove, and lots of pepper esters. Citrus hops with good hints of orange peel, grapefruit, apricot, mango, lemon zest, and pineapple. Also some floral, grassy, and piney hop hints. Soft bready malts with hints of wheat, grains, caramel, biscuit, and cracker. Also some hints of honey and banana fruit. Really solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a spicy and fruity Belgian tinged IPA taste. Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and a big taste of pepper. Some banana esters. Hops with notes of citrus orange, mango, grapefruit, apricot, lemon zest, and pineapple. Some floral hops and grass along with a slight presence of pine. Sweet candied sugar and honey notes. Soft malt backing with notes of biscuit, wheat, caramel, grains, and cracker. A nice balance between the hops and spicy and sweet notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Belgian IPA style. Solid use of spicy yeast and hops with a good balance.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 29 April 2013, this 12 oz bottle was poured into a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Body is hazy, orange-brown in color with a small head that soon reduces to little more than a ring. Lacing is on the light side. Some sediment coats the bottom of the bottle even after a full pour.

Smell: Hops are prominent and contribute both herbal and citrus qualities, but some Belgian yeast and a solid bready malt base are also apparent.

Taste: Lower end of the hoppy spectrum for an IPA. Fruity, but towards the lower end of the fruity spectrum for a BPA, and less fruity than the aroma suggests. Nutty; mildly bitter; a trace of yeasty funk. Well integrated and balanced yet has moderately high complexity.

Feel: Medium-light bodied with crisp moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Should appeal to anyone who likes the idea of a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of harlanhu28
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from total wine!

Pours a orangish amber color with a off-white head with great head retention and lacing.

The aroma is great. There is whif of malt, a lot of citrus orange peel and citrus hop with some a hint of Belgian yeast.

The taste like the smell is very good. The taste starts out with a lot of citrus flavor of Orange with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

End result is tramp stamp is a really solid beer that is worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear body of bright copper with the second pour becoming much hazier. There is a sea of microbubbles and a sticky off-white head that last a good bit.

S- The tropical fruit hops take on more of a dried orange hops aroma as the beer opens and an ester yeasty fruity note finish in a woody green hop snap.

T- The soft green pine hops with a full fruity dried citrus rind hops have a juicy quality to them. There is a dry finish with some grapefruit pith bitterness lingering.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight brisk fizz that grows as the beer opens. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This has a full flavor of dried out old oranges but not really in a bad way, with some pithy green characters. The hops are not bad but there is nothing to support them. The malt is hidden and the Belgian yeast character is just not there.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the name of this beer and find its influence already making me want to rate it higher. I guess there is truth in marketing. The color is a red orange with a fine, fluffy off white cap. The beer is hazed but you can still see through it.

Nose is a brilliant mix of Belgian yeasts and hops. Notes of bread, coriander and some light spices are punctuated with citrus and juicy fruit gum. An interesting combo these Belgian IPA's have and one that I'm growing to like.

The taste slips a little from the nose as the Belgian ale flavors take over and mute the hops. Pronounced are the yeasty flavors distinct to the style along with a light but sweet malt. This would make an excellent Belgian ale but could use more balance and a better marriage between the styles.

Mouthfeel is a little more in the IPA zone then the taste. The hops present themselves here in the form of bitterness and pucker. Smooth with a mild body and carbonation making it a vey drinkable beer. The finish does have an excessive dry almost powdery feeling that doesn't compliment well but all in all it's a fine brew. The tramp stamp is solid and one I'd buy again.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright orange with a fluffy white head. The nose has nice IPA hops, bright and piney with a touch of yeasty spiciness in the background. The taste hits you at first with an assertive bitterness that lingers with some citrus fruits and some more of that yeasty spiciness. Finishes on the dry side with medium carbonation. Overall a nice example of the style, it is not going to blow you out of the water with anything crazy but it is very well executed and drinkable.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to stubby Sierra Nevada tulip

A - Orange toned copper with a 1" head that lasted quite a bit. Settled to a solid 1cm with nice slightly off-white lacing

S - Dried fruit, pine, a bit walnut, caramel & banana

T - Orange peel, sweet agave a bit of clove. Pronounced hoppiness but balanced nicely by the malts. Nice LONG lingering aftertaste...the hop and spice qualities stick around which I really enjoy

M - Somewhat tight stinging carbonation which seemed to get in the way of the initial flavors but it mellowed out nice

O - Not getting a ton of initial Belgian vibe here but it's there if you look for it. Not hugely complex but some nice flavors here and overall a very drinkable beer.

Would happily drink again

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, a part of some fairly dear 4-packs now available up here in Alberta's suds suppin' jurisdiction. I like how this brewer's names for their offerings don't have much at all to do with the style at hand.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves some layered bike chain lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of earthy, acrid yeast, orange and grapefruit citrus cream, pine resin, bready caramel malt, further muddled tropical fruit, and a touch of metallic alcohol. The taste is more testy and spicy yeast up front, which do well enough to meld into the citrus/pine hop scouts, with a hefty grainy, bready, and slightly doughy caramel malt, the same late-arriving tropical fruitiness as in the aroma, and a well-tethered perfumed booziness.

The carbonation is fairly fizzy at first, and broadly frothy overall, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth, but for some tacky yeast and astringent hop esters mucking things up. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy malt carrying through on its initial promise, while the yeast and bitter hops put it in cruise, just looking to enjoy the ride.

A pleasant enough Belgian IPA, the yeast and the sassy west coast IPA-worthy hops both clashing and working together at different times in the life cycle of this brew. Uselessly provocative name aside, I gotta say I kinda liked this one, insomuch as this continues to be one of my least favourite styles.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/11. Had this once before and liked it, looked forward to another...

Head is dirty white and super-creamy, leaving a lot of lace on the glass in a variety of interesting designs. Color is burnt orange/copper.

Aroma is quite good, except I'm not getting much "Belgian" here. There's a lack of Belgian-esque yeast here. Very much more a west coast IPA sort of vibe: pithy citrus peel; intensely herbal; hops almost pot-like. A bit of toffee/caramel maltiness providing some foundation.

Taste doesn't bring in the Belgian further, as I'd hoped it might. There's maybe a hint of candi sugar trying to push through the hop dominance, but it's hard to really believe any kind of authentic Belgian yeast was used here. The label notes that "Chambly yeast" was used, and okay, but it's not really showing through strongly enough. But it still tastes quite nice, especially the orange/lemon and bitter citrus rind that the hops impart. And that bitterness rides through into the finish. Beer is fairly dry but there is a nice grassy/green/bitter snap and bite to it before fading. Generously carbonated but not overdone, and even offers a nice smooth ride.

Pretty obvious why this one could've been better: more Belgian yeast character! They advertise it as a Belgian IPA, yet the "Belgian" part seems lacking. But as an IPA, especially one modeled on the southern California variety, hey, it's great!

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good example of the style, and very drinkable. Well balanced between the significant and tasty orange citrus Simcoe hops and the witbier yeastiness clinging in the secondary. Elevated bitterness by the two C-hops. Cloudy orangey body with lasting quarter inch of head. Thanks Dr. Jay for including this among five Clown Shoes intro package. 650 ml. bottle with a PG picture.

Photo of alphagnome
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep orange body, very muddy quality. Pillowy head on pour, but fades to nothing in time. No lacing but great legs.

Fairly tame. Light pine and hits of citrus blanket a malty backbone. A pleasant yeast character. Cola. I also get the occasional, odd ball coriander note.

Malt forward but plenty of hops to be had from there on out. Rich caramel malts trick your taste buds into letting down their guard before a generous amount of hops have the weak screaming "uncle!" Earthy and spicy, the hop profile is big here. Grapefruit, light pine, and bit of pepper make each sip a slightly different experience. A bit of booze on the tail.

Gobs of carbonation and a medium-bodied. Finish is far from clean and pretty dry, reducing the possibility of this one as a good summer brew.

Definitely a solid brew, but not my favorite from Clown Shoes. Well worth grabbing, but don't expect a light or refreshing brew as this is far from it.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber-orange with a big off white head; great retention

S - floral, bready, nice Belgian funk

T - funky, yeasty, bread, floral, citrusy

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

This is distinctly Belgian in aroma and flavor, but the hop character is tremendous and forward. It's citrusy and floral with notes of grapefruit and faint melon. It's easy to drink, smooth, and flavorful. It's worth a try.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, bottled September 2011. Thank you Jayli, from Secret Santa 2011.

This provocatively named beer is a deeper orange color with a lovely tight knit and sticky off-white head. It's a trifle hazy.

The nose is primarily tried and true normal IPA, at least at first. All kinds of citric hops, a moderate bitterness, the bitter orange peel-coriander type melange pops up, and something I'm trying to pin down, close to apricot, but not quite.

Flavors play out similarly, with a solid bitterness coupled to a Tripel-like yeast that certainly isn't trying to steal the show. I'm happy that it doesn't fall to too much yeast and associated soft, matte flavor and feeling. There is a crispness to the finish and some caramel malts sneak in.

The body is on the light end and it has that crispness despite lower carbonation.

I don't find the Belgian influence to be huge and as an IPA it's only fair to middlin'.

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.