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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,116 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,116
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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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: On-Tap 2012

A: Light orange in color, minimal internal carbonation, nice lacing but not head, decently hazy

S: Not incredibly fragrant, light citrus with some nutty elements, some sweetness, mild coriander, almost carrot-like

T: Moderate flavor, some citrus/tropical fruit flavor, definite coriander and clear carrot notes (a bit strange), traces of nutmeg, nice balance, certainly unique

M: Pretty smooth, a bit rough around the edges, though, mild citrus aftertaste and only slightly drying on the palate

O: A bit of a strange ipa, pretty refreshing and flavorful, interesting and worth a try

MatthewWilde, May 18, 2012
Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

NOLANDMAN, May 18, 2012
Photo of Rickyd
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Rickyd, May 17, 2012
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

MAUEX_MFA, May 16, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Photo of GuidedByBill
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GuidedByBill, May 13, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 to tulip. No idea how old it is. Since I don't really get the pine notes others are getting, maybe a bit older.

A - Medium orange gold. Thick and enduring off-white head.

S - Initially spicy hop fading to floral sugar and orange. Smells... Belgian.

T - Starts to try to be sweet but gets quickly hijacked by a hefeweizenesque spice and by hops in the form of a mild earthiness that goes right up to the line of dryness and stops there. In the immediate aftertaste there's just a hint of something fruity sweet up front. A more traditional hop bitter tang is left behind on the back of the tongue, but at a pretty reasonable and subtle level.

M - Medium light and a nicely soft. Now that I read the label, it says "soft but complex malts" which sounds in line with my experience. Tiny bit of tongue tingle. The alcohol floats in a polite little cloud in the throat, not quite warm, but there.

O - How interesting and how well done. Just the qualities I'm looking for in my beer safari. This is a beer that manages to be complex in a subtle way and mild. Artfully crafted and tastefully restrained just enough to make you want to take another sip to chase those flavors. I might wish for a bit more oomph and robustness but then again, as it is it almost drinks more like a refreshing, soft, summertime saison than an IPA, not exactly in flavor but sort of in feel. You want to drink it in relaxy pints at an outdoor table on a sunny day in late spring or early summer. What an interesting beer! I'm on team Clown Shoes now and will explore the rest of the line.

This lovely lady deserves better than to be called Tramp Stamp. That's for trashy trendy dunces with poor judgment. This is the somewhat reserved, demure, alluring, feminine girl next door with enough mystery in her eyes to draw you in with a promise of untold depths. For that reason I hereby rename her Isabel. See to it, Clown Shoes.

BrownNut, May 11, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Tumble, May 09, 2012
Photo of ChrisPratz
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name like this, how could I pass it up?

A: Pours to a very nice hazy golden amber color. 2 fingers worth of head, winds down to a half finger of nice lacey foam that likes to cling all the way down.

S: Very aromatic. Lots of citrus tones and spice and the Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Aromas become more pronounced as the brew warms. Excellent.

T: Bitter hop notes from the get-go, more pine oriented then citrus or which is kinda of weird considering. Citrus flavors are there as well, with grapefruit and lemon bitterness along with some bready malt in there with the yeast as well. All in all the flavors are well represented and balanced here with a nice mix of all the high points of a Belgian Wheat and an IPA.

M: Light carbonation works well with the flavors here. Higher ABV leaves a dry note at the end which goes great with the bitterness and citrus flavorings.

O: Very nice and enjoyable beer all around. Looking forward to more Clown Shoes brews as the guy at my beer store keeps harping about them.

ChrisPratz, May 08, 2012
Photo of benny5
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

benny5, May 06, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JimGlonke, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Naugros
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange with a pale yellow finger's worth of head which built up thicker along the sides. Expected more lacing than I got. Bready hops underlie pine and earthy spice. A hint of citrus as well. This goes for the aroma and the flavor as they are identical. A decent amount of bitterness and spot-on body for the style. I really enjoyed how the yeasts added phenols that played well with the hops. Nicely executed.

Naugros, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of luvbier
4/5  rDev +5.5%

luvbier, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of stevegregg
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

stevegregg, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 22 oz bottle- pours a very hazy orange copper color with a two finger cream colored head, decent retention, barely any lacing. Too hazy for a belgian ipa.

Smells nice- very strongly of citrus; sharp grapefruit and orange. Most citrus I've ever smelled.

Taste is inconsistent with the smell- really thick and resiny and piney. Way too much of all of those for my taste. Long sticky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean but the hop resins are oppressive. Won't get this one again.

Hopdaemon39, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zonker17, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4/5  rDev +5.5%

BeerNDoggerel, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev +5.5%

fehrminator, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation along the sides of the glass. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a skin with a thick patch and thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a pretty intense aroma of citrus hops - orange and just a hint of mango.

T: The taste of the beer really follows the smell - some very light malt presence with very light hints of spices and a huge presence of citrus hops (both orange and mango). The is some bitterness that is present through most of the mouthful and lingers in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and quite easy to drink. I have had this beer a couple of times now, both on tap and in bottles, and I would likely get this one again. I really like the balance to this beer, especially in the flavor.

dbrauneis, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

TheRuss9585, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of cruzerdogmx
1/5  rDev -73.6%

cruzerdogmx, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of tln13
4/5  rDev +5.5%

tln13, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of jkane
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jkane, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of bvdubn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bvdubn, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of bigdavid77433
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bigdavid77433, Apr 14, 2012
Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.