Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
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
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - really nice amber color, great foamy head with pretty solid lacing around the glass
S - citrus, hops, zesty, malt, oranges, mangoes
T - taste is very similar to the smell. lots of hops, orange zest, citrus mangoes, good amount of malt
M - medium bodied, some carbonation, really nice on the palette
O - really nice beer here, you have a fantastic balance of hops and orange-citrus zest, some malt characters, but a solid offering for a Belgian IPA. Not too sweet but not too bitter either, this is a solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 22:11:03 | More by mthomp081
Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
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