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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,156 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 145 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tsm2011, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe I paid 7 dollars for this from Halftime beverage.com and it was bottled 5/2012 so it's at least 2 months old.

A - Wow for two months old I got a 1/4 inch of head that seems to stick around, great lacing and some fine carbonation bubbles. Color is a slightly hazy dark amber brown.

S - Smell is very mild but I do get some Belgium yeasts (mild and fruity) with some citrus hops and orange peel to boot.

T - Well the first thing that comes to mind is how clean tasting it is. Hops are mildly piney mostly citrus and carry the semi dry fruity yeasts of this beer well into the finish. The orange like taste I smelled actually attributed some bitterness and sweetness giving mid palate a tart aspect. Damn fine brew.

M - Light to medium is so easy to drink.

Overall for what I paid it's well worth it and could see myself trying other clown shoes beers. A very well done Belgium IPA.

DrDemento456, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tumbler.

A- Hazy orange/copper pour. Finger width creamy egg shell head. Lacing is good.

S- Orange peel right up front, grapefruit, mandarin oranges and a slight pine presence. Belgian yeast and a nice sweet biscuit aroma.

T- Oranges up front, bitter pine, sweet pineapple, mandarin and a bitter floral finish. Sweet biscuits in there somewhere to add to the sweetness.

M- Light to medium body. Good carbonation.

korguy123, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of mspang
3/5  rDev -20.8%

mspang, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dgeebs07, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of SenorHops
4/5  rDev +5.5%

SenorHops, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev +5.5%

thegerm87, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

weaselchew, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled in May 2012.

A - Pours hazy orange with a ruby hue. One finger of off-white head remains for a while and leaves good lacing.

S - Floral hops, corriander, belgian yeast, citrus. Typical for the style. Bonus points in appearance for the label

T - Starts off with cloves and herbs. Lemon peel is next, followed by some floral hops that make for a bitter, dry finish. Very refreshing.

M - Very effervescent with a medium body. Mouthfeel is fitting for the style.

O - This one had all the components I look for in a Belgian IPA. Great blend of Belgian flavors and hops make for a great summer beer. At $5 a bomber, this is one I will definitely get again.

NoLeafClover44, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber-orange with a big off white head; great retention

S - floral, bready, nice Belgian funk

T - funky, yeasty, bread, floral, citrusy

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

This is distinctly Belgian in aroma and flavor, but the hop character is tremendous and forward. It's citrusy and floral with notes of grapefruit and faint melon. It's easy to drink, smooth, and flavorful. It's worth a try.

tdm168, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of mbs11
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mbs11, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, copper brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace on the glass.

S - A spicy aroma of pepper and clove with some grassy hops and a bit of toffee.

T - Dry, toasty malt up front with some lemon and pepper. Hop character comes out in the middle with notes of pine and grapefruit pith. Finishes with more lemon peel, pith grapefruit, and clove as well as a harsh and fairly strong level of bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a weird one, the Belgian characteristics are kind of weak, but the are present in sufficient quantity to really screw with the hop profile. The yeast flavors are harsh and excessively phenolic which only serves to highlight the harshness of the hops and really clashes with the pine and grapefruit notes. To me, this is a perfect example of why so many people seem to dislike Belgian IPAs, no thought put into how the hops and yeast work together and an apparent lack of understanding of how to deal with Belgian yeast. You shouldn't try brewing a Belgian IPA unless you are already capable of brewing a very good tripel.

nickfl, Jun 22, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a hazy crimson with golden hues body.

S: fruits include banana, tangerine and mango. Mild spices, corriander and light belgian yeast.

T: very hoppy, especially in the finish with mostly medicinal, pine and strong grass hop notes. Mild citrus, honey, malts and earthy notes up front but these don't last long.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A lot hoppier than I like my belgian IPAs. This takes away from the complexity as the hops sort of run together in the middle and finish.

kylehay2004, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

JAHMUR, Jun 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mhaugo, Jun 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

gvacca, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours red with a fluffy peach colored head

S: Huge citrus zest, mostly lemons, and a pine hops resin. Slight hints of spice.

T: Lots of lemon and orange zest and some surprising sweetness in the middle, finishing with a spicy, hoppy, slightly bitter end

O: Pretty good, this is a nice spicy and citrus laden beer, but nothing to knock your socks off.

Krakistophales, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

K9bombdog, Jun 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

pveilleux, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

hockenbeer, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Jaldama, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottle date: mid-february 2011

pours a cloudy... kinda hard to pin that color down, actually... dark amber/burnt orange? we'll go with that. head is 1 and 1/2" creamy, beige toned. decent retention and very respectable lacing - slowly dissipates into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nose is great, offering a nice melange of fruitiness (citrus, a touch of banana); belgian yeast, spice, and secondary notes of hops and some malty characters.

flavor follows and exceeds the nose. more of a hoppy presence - citric (notably grapefruit) and some balancing bready malts - than i got in the aroma. lots of belgian yeast and spice notes pull through, with clove being a player. great rendition of a belgian IPA. color me impressed. creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

overall this one was a sleeper hit for me. i tend to overlook american takes on belgian styles as i typically find myself decidely underwhelmed. but this offering definitely holds its own.

originally reviewed: 03-29-2011

BostonHops, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Stockfan42, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 2012, less than a month old.

A: A cloudy orange pour with an enormous frothy off-white head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving spiderwebs of lacing behind.

S: Orange, lemons and caramel initially. Touch of grass. Hints of pine as I swirl it especially.

T: Quite hoppy. Strong citrus notes at first, there's the orange again. Then turns into a strong pine flavor. Bready malt kicks in with a bit of sweetness and then a little grass with some more bitter pine and maybe a little resin. Finishes with a grainy sort of toasty and biscuity flavor. Interesting.

M: Crisp, smooth and medium bodied.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Surprisingly complex. Quite hoppy, bordering on a normal IPA. Love the biscuit in the aftertaste. Nothing earth-shattering, just a solid and tasty belgian IPA.

Dope, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely cloudy bright orange body with an overly aggressive head. This was poured into a Duvel tulip and the head was almost overflowing with a 12 oz pour.

Citrus and pine hops with asprin are in the smell.

The crushed asprin taste really overwhelms what could have been a pretty nice hop profile. It's especially prevalent in the second pour from the bomber, so I'm guessing this is a product of the yeast.

Mouthfeel is crips and dry. Good carbonation.

This leans more towards a regular vs. a Belgian IPA. This whole asprin thing is too off putting for me to even consider trying this one again.

Vonerichs, Jun 10, 2012
Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.