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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,114 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 49
Gots: 131 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2011)
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Reviews by LovingCup:
Photo of LovingCup
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Artwork: A+

Appearance: Looks like an effin' sunset. Or an orange. Lots of microscopic bubbles. Nice.

Smell: Juicy fruit. Sweet like candy. Blends the floral, wet, juicy, fruity, hoppy bit with the belgian yeast sugar candied sweetness business.

Taste: Kinda takes a nosedive here, imho. Both the appearance and aroma of this beer heightened the anticipation up to this point, but something about the taste was not agreeable with me. It wasn't awful, it just wasn't particularly enjoyable for me at the moment. It's tart. Bitter. I detect nuances of aspirin like qualities. It kind of leaves a nasty, lingering aftertaste. These qualities>any redeeming qualities.

Overall: I'll have to try more Belgian IPA's. Maybe I don't like the style? But North Coast "Pranqster" is a go to beer for me, and that's a Belgian strong ale. According to my review score and memory I gave Ale Asylum Bedlam! a better rating. I'm glad I tried this one out, but I'm glad it was a single. Not awful, but not my thing. Don't see myself seeking this one out. This was my first from Clown Shoes. This was a miss for me but I'll give them a couple more shots. That pecan pie bomber sure sounds enticing.

LovingCup, May 18, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

oberon, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of beerjeep
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

beerjeep, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

tectactoe, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

OhioBobcat, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jono0101, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of MaxT
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of steelerguy
3.9/5  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.

steelerguy, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of supa0525
3/5  rDev -20.8%

supa0525, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

NWer, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

freshflesh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Kappakoosh, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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

bishopdc0, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Jason, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Billolick, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SuperbikeShaun, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mctizzz, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

tigg924, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Pat_McWilliams
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pat_McWilliams, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Skye1024, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +5.5%

JC333, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

alienlifeforcecube, Mar 23, 2013
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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.