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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

897 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 897
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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Bottle sent by 603BeerMe, thanks Clark!

To begin with, I love how this brewery used the first Google image result for 'Clown Shoes' as it's logo.

Bottled in 7/11.

A - Pours a dark goldenrod, very hazy and topped with almost 3-fingers of khaki-colored head. Retention is pretty good, lasting for several minutes after it forms. Lacing is spotty but generous, with a nice amount of residual foam sticking to the glass.

S - An interesting aroma wafts from the glass, mixing a good amount of citrus hops with a Belgian breadiness. The orange peel so familiar to Belgian beers adds a nice layer to the grapefruit and citrus of the hops. Some lemongrass and other grassy notes as well, but overall it's hop-forward.

T - The taste is a bit more hoppy than the aroma let on, but it all comes across smoothly. It begins with the malts and breadiness from the yeast, but quickly transitions to the hops, which are juicy yet bitter. A good amount of orange peel and coriander add a bit of Belgian flair, but it ultimately is no match for the C-hops. Finishes with a bit of grass, orange, a touch of pine sap and a lot of citrus. Aftertaste is quite bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lowish carbonation. Would've liked to have a bit more carbonation here, but it's not offensive in its current state. The long-lasting head lends it some creaminess. The hops are bitter enough to make a lasting impression on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I have to say I am quite impressed with this. The only beer I've had from Clown Shoes prior to this was the Pecan Pie Porter, which was tasty but much too sweet. I love the inclusion of the C-hops mixed with a Belgian yeast strain to bounce different flavors off of each other. A tad bitter, but that is a small complaint to file when looking at what the rest of the beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 05:14:01 | More by nhindian
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schoolboy

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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.

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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.

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Tramp Stamp by Clown Shoes
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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

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-J

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.