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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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Tramp StampTramp Stamp

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very good

1,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 54
Gots: 159 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp a couple days ago for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. Clown Shoes just entered the Michigan market and since this beer caught my eye I decided that this would be the first one I would try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label and name is a little cheesy, but it doesn't look bad and it's certainty eye catching. It poured an orange/amber color that took on more of a darker amber/burnt orange color with a finger and half worth of very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, i have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium bitterness followed by some pretty noticeable Belgian yeast aroma that has a real light funk aroma in the background that shows up just enough and it works well with some bubble gum Belgian yeast aromas. Up next comes a nice fruity hop aroma, there's a nice mixture of citrus and tropical fruit aromas with no one fruit sticking out most, they blend together to make a great fruity hop aroma that works well with the yeast. Towards the end I get some sweet malts and a slight earthy aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the Belgian yeast worked nicely with the fruity hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of Belgian yeast, there's some typical banana and bubblegum flavors with a nice light funky flavor in the background that makes for some nice complexity. Up next comes the hops which have an even amount of floral, citrus and piney hop flavors that work nicely but a little more citrus flavors wouldn't hurt. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness followed by a Belgian yeast and piney hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer I thought the balance of hops and Belgian yeast were pretty good.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had enough Belgian yeast aspects and hoppy aspects to represent the style nicely, and I thought the slight bit of funk in the yeast worked really well and it helped make this beer a little unique. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not filling, a little refreshing, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a couple of these especially on a nice summer day. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance they were both pretty good with the aroma being my favorite. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hop profile in the aroma wasn't more similar to the taste. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for this style, it does a good job of representing the style and I enjoyed it, I would recommend to anyone who likes Belgian IPA's. All in all I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it made for a good first impression of Clown Shoes, it was just an all around nice beer and I will for sure be checking out more of their beers, good job guys this is a pretty enjoyable beer.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, unreadable bottle date code. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, banana, clove, pepper, floral, light pine, caramel, biscuit, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes - Tramp Stamp, poured into a pint glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy hazy amber brown with a good sized soapy head that retains slightly. Lacing galore.

Smell - Brett funky blast, some sweet malt, piney hops.

Taste - Malt, then brett to the chin, then pine hop bitterness to the teeth. Not as subtle as others of this style, not as smooth, a bit over punchy.

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter on the back of the tonue, brettanomyces sour as well, puckering. Drinkability is just OK, booziness is low but that doesn't give you any reason to enjoy this brew.

Overall - This is just OK, I get what they were trying to do but it tries too hard like InBev or something, I dunno. Not my cup of tea, a far cry from a masterpiece and not much testament to the Belgian style. Thumbs down, would NOT recommend. Unbalanced as hell.

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.