Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes
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Ratings: 1,067 | Reviews: 306 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
Amber orange with a unrepentant blanket of dense foam. Curtains of lace obscure the glassware. Very, very nice. Oranges and more oranges on the nose. Sure they smell like they've gone over, but it's quite a rich melange just so. Also, is that soy? Or salt? Or possibly Earl Gray. Not sure but it's a very intriguing combo. Taste is similar, over-ripe oranges, tea, lemon, funk, bitterness. Firm palate. Nice soft carbonation. Funky but pretty dang good.
03-16-2013 04:36:32 | More by JackieTH
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
Hey, man, if you are hung up on your Old Lady having or getting a tramp stamp of her own, perhaps you should hang up and pass her on. I dig chicks with tats and a pair of low-riders that emphasizes her wares is so much the better. I love a good fashion show with both of us getting as unclothed as possible to show off and see the ink. Tattooed people do it in color and redheaded, tattooed people are the most colorful of all.
From the bottle: "Like a stamp on a tramp, this brew is about not so subtle seduction. Soft but complex malts, Chambly yeast, sweet orange peel, Columbus, Amarillo, and Centennial hops have merged to create a bodacious Belgian-style IPA."
All right, I added a student this past week named "Tawny" and for now, she seems to be dominating my beers. This one looked like the top of a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone by the time that I was done. Tawny, rocky and with great retention, it really slowed me down. Fall, dang you! Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a bitter, citrusy mustiness, as though they had commingled all of the ingredients above so as not to overwhelm one or the other. I call it a) truth in advertising and b) just what I like. I am tiring of hearing people that do not like hoppy, bitter IPAs moan about the current dearth of malty beers. Yo, hops is what sells, currently! Move on. This was nice. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was superb. It had a tea-like characteristic that reminded me of orange pekoe. Orange and black powder, plus must. Wow. I remember my Pops' one-skillet Chun King meals with orange pekoe tea when I was a child and this really took me back. Man, but Pops could cook. I was totally inspired by him in high school and took four semesters of HomeEc (Foods). Finish was semi-dry, offset by the sweet orange peel and if you think that I could not perceive it, think again! I remember that one of the criteria for Overall asked if you got your $'s worth. In this case, for six bone for a bomber, the answer is "Hell, yeah!".
02-18-2013 03:43:49 | More by woodychandler
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Produced a fluffy 3-finger off white, head. Nice lacing. Beer color is a medium gold. Translucent.
The aroma was of bread, citrus, hops, and honey.
The taste is the same. Has a relatively low bitterness, for an IPA, but still some bite.
Nice beer, would buy again.
02-12-2013 20:54:32 | More by TCMike
3.69/5 rDev -2.9%
A - Three fingers worth of lush fluffy virginal white head comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to an uneven splotchy veil of lacing and a thick collar... The color is a very light bronze... Mostly still with just a couple of stray streaks of carbonation... Gobs of chunky lacing cling to the glass...
S - Pleasing scents great the nose... Orange zest... Sweet oranges... A pleasant mix of hops... A light caramel base lies beneath the surface... A very subtle mix of rye and spice is present as well...
T - The flavors that materialize on the palate don't quite nearly the complexity or pleasantness of the aroma... The hops are at the forefront, but are fairly understated... Some light pale malts... The rest of the components of the aroma are missing in action... No orange... No strong malt base... No spice or rye subtleties... A bit of a let down...
M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is light and almost non existent... Goes down very easily, almost too easily... Not bad, but doesn't really add much to the equation...
D - A promising Belgian IPA to start with nice appearance and aroma before quickly turning average at best... The flavor and mouthfeel prove to be a bit of a let down... The overall result is an average at best ale that I would neither recommend nor seek out again, though I wouldn't turn it down if offered again... Like an actual tramp, try to enjoy once and then kick it to the curb...
02-03-2013 02:03:04 | More by philbe311
Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.