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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 57
Gots: 164 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2011

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a dimpled mug, sporting a rich golden amber color. It held a one and a half finger white head which showed good retention. Lacing was thick, with a nice film left throughout the rest of the tasting. Carbonation appeared light and the beer was translucent, except for little flecks of haze swirling around the liquid. The aroma predominated with bitter orange peel, and bright spice of nutmeg and fresh coriander. The smell was very much like an American wheat beer, with big wet grainy wheat all over the nose. The hops included were citric, but also showed a stark herbal character. As we sipped, bitter spice arrived up front. It was accompanied by further bittering grassy hops, wheat, and pale malts. The spice, too, was enhanced by a fruity orange flavor. The middle progressed with more weak and starker grain, all clean and clear. The finish was of a funky bitter yeast and hop mixture. The hops, as in the nose, were relatively clean of citrus, with a fruity sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of bitter peppery spice, coriander, and citrus peel. The body was light to medium and the carbonation was medium. The feel was the slightest bit watery, but in no way did the beer flop on flavor. To each sip there was a drying wash to the palate, with the remainder of the mouth and tongue cooled and refreshed. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank with great ease.

Overall, what we found most interesting about this brew was how much it felt like a wheat beer. It had big coriander and spice, but had robust hops, which were surprisingly much more present in the taste than in the nose. This beer ultimately was not necessarily 100% true to its style, but it certainly pushed the envelope, and made for a very tasty treat.

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.

Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Found a tramp stamp at a shop so I had to snag this. So far I have really been impressed with clown shoes.

A- pours a musty copper look with a head that slowly recides to a light head on the surface. It does have shades of orange

S- definitely some piney hops that mingle with a musty yeast scent and a good amount of spice. A slight orange scent hangs over the brew as well

T- prickly piney hops are at the forefront while some of the aforementioned belgian yeasty flavors make an appearance. There is a ton of spices that mingle throughout the tasting experience. Finishes very dry and spicy.

M- the carbonation compliments this style perfectly and the spices stain the palate. The mouth/feel of this brew is unlike any I can remember.

D- tramp stamp is a spicy bipa that I will definitely come back to. Was hoping for somw stronger belgian characteristics, but this was still enjoyable

Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looked pumpkin colored, with a thick three finger thick head that looked very creamy. The aroma was a mix of sour cherries, orange peel, and grapefruit. The taste was dominated by the bittering hops followed by a floral rosewater like flavor. There was a touch of lemony sourness as well. Very refreshing and light feel, and a tart finish. The approachable nature made this a very easy to drink beer.

Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy head, dimples deeply in a few spots, pretty much bone white, tight weave overall with good retention, the lacing comes in thick stripes, tends to move like flexible metal mesh. Bright, vibrant orange colored liquid, inclines more to red-brown than yellow, very clear and crisp looking, you see a fat bubble here or there. From a distance the nose is powerfully floral yet as you get closer more dominance in the well cooked bread dough, herbaceousness, sharper spices and pepper, moderate pine sap and likewise the peach, nectarine scents are quiet, takes a little opening up but there is a decent bubblegum component. Medium-bodied plus, foams up some in the mouth, carbonation big rather than prickly. As a result, it sits there and slowly percolates rather than flows. Spicy attack, ginger, cardamom, caraway then spiced orange peel, not getting a consistent yeast presence. Here too the peach, apricot, pear, apple flavors have minimal thrust, ending up in a drier texture. The bitterness not fully to be pinned on the herbaceousness, more like sour grains. Pine more present, the bubblegum to banana notes mostly retronasal than perceived as flavor. It’s actually pretty good and can easily be understood as a smashup of two styles.

Photo of ddibrita
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S- opened the bomber and the sweetness of citruss hit my nose. This was my favorite part of this beer.

A- I think everyone on here has been right on. Hazy amber orange. Two finger head that subsides. Nice lacing.

T- Citrus and malt are there. Detecting some all spice like notes as well. There's avery dry bitter finish but still smooth.

M- medium body feel is good.

Overall I enjoyed it but wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Photo of eddocron
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from bottle. Cool label.

Poured with small head, white with thin lacing. Appeared dark amber-gold, slightly cloudy.

I felt the aroma was fantastic - orange citrus, some malts and hops.

Taste was great - definitely could taste the fruits and spices, hops present a bit but not as much as expected, and sweeter then I expected. matched the aroma quite well.

Mouth feel was a bit thin I thought, but did not bitter. High on carbonation side.

This was an easy f=drinking Belgian IPA, but not what I would expect out of that style of beer. I would drink again.

Photo of HosP
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I remember correctly got this from gsisk03. Big thanks! Poured 22 oz into snifter.

A- pours dark Orange, pretty hazy. Thin off white head.

S- nice floral hops up front. Some Orange hints creep in the middle. Get a little spice mixed in throughout. Some sugary candy notes too.

T- nice mix of hop flavors. Floral, Orange flavors throughout. Some earthy, bready flavors underly the bigger hops. Sweet candy sugar taste at the end of the beer as it warms.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation. A little oily in the mouth but still smooth.

O- very solid beer. Nice hop flavors with great balance to it. Enjoyed this one a lot! Could drink this one anytime.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with tons of foamy whte head. Looks typical of a Belgian beer. Smells yeasty and subtly hoppy. Leaves something to be desired. Tastes great. Lote of hops, floral yeasts, a solidnbut subtle malt backbone. Well carbonated. Overall a verybsolid representation of the style anid much better than I anticipated

Photo of beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dirty orange pour with 1.5 fingers of beige, creamy head. Light retention and light sparse lace.

Earthy, floral nose. Orange zest comes in as well. Fairly heavy and heady aroma.

Orange zest, maybe with a touch of lemon in the finish. Lots of floral hops from the nose. Orange turns sour in the finish with that lemon twist.

Creamy, even heavy, body. Very thick. Touch of fizz in the end.

Overall, very well done. 22oz is a lot of this beer, as heavy as it is.

Photo of Parker_SC
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BGmpls
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to stubby Sierra Nevada tulip

A - Orange toned copper with a 1" head that lasted quite a bit. Settled to a solid 1cm with nice slightly off-white lacing

S - Dried fruit, pine, a bit walnut, caramel & banana

T - Orange peel, sweet agave a bit of clove. Pronounced hoppiness but balanced nicely by the malts. Nice LONG lingering aftertaste...the hop and spice qualities stick around which I really enjoy

M - Somewhat tight stinging carbonation which seemed to get in the way of the initial flavors but it mellowed out nice

O - Not getting a ton of initial Belgian vibe here but it's there if you look for it. Not hugely complex but some nice flavors here and overall a very drinkable beer.

Would happily drink again

Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Finally trying out these new-to-us Clown Shows brews. This one pours a cloudy tawny topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises orange zest, very light leek, clove, banana, ruby red grapefruit, cantaloupe, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of orange rind, lemon peel, light pine, black pepper, banana, honeydew, and white bread. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation, an almost grainy feel, and an almost dry finish. Overall, a very nice BIPA. My only complaint is that it seems a bit too light and fluffy, but it is damn good beyond that.

Photo of nhindian
4.07/5  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.

Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Like the tattoos it's named for, Tramp Stamp is oddly alluring -- pour it into a tulip and prepare to be not-so-subtly seduced by the slightly hazy, rusty honey-colored brew. Topped with a large head of khaki, the beer's a looker.

The aroma is equally captivating. Pungent American hops --Columbus, Amarillo, and Centennial in particular -- lend notes of pine and citrus that blend with bright orange peel. Belgian Chambly yeast adds a subtle fruity pear note that blends perfectly with the citrus and contrasts the background of lightly toasted biscuits glazed with honey. This is how a Belgian IPA should smell.

In the flavor, the substantial bitterness of pithy citrus peel gives way to crisp cracker malt. The Belgian yeast, fairly light in the aroma, lends an even softer touch here, but pops up a bit amidst the fumes that dance in the mouth between sips. Some floral, potpourri-like notes shake their hips in the background before the dry, clean finish turns off the music.

Clown Shoes did a great job parsing out the flavors in this Belgian-tinged IPA. It's easy to let a product's "controversial" branding affect your judgment, but clearer heads can look past the marketing. Immature names and labels should not offend; bad beer should. What's inside the bottle is much more important than what's on it -- and in that regard, Clown Shoes has nothing to worry about.

Photo of JNForsyth
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregStoner
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle of this, at Kappy's in Leominster! Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A beautiful crystal copper, though with a bit more orange colour than usual. A wonderful fluffy two finger white head atop the brew that very, very slowly fades always leaving a nice white blanket atop with some sticky side lacing.

S - Your usual belgian IPA aromas here. Very light hop aromas, pine and citrus. Have to really focus to get the orange peel though.

T - This is good stuff. Much like the nose there is that tasty american hop qualities, pine and citrus, mingled with light malts. Great bitterness and citrus mixing.

M - Surprisingly high carbonation, I think, for this style. Nice and tart and crisp an dry.

D - This, like pretty much every Clown Shoes, is just delicious. Really great appearance, solid flavor profile, and a great mouthfeel. Definately would buy again.

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.

Photo of haazer
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hard pour gives a sizeable bubbly white head. Bubbles on the sides of the glass and shooting up to the surface quickly. The color is a black cherry with pinkish highlights. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- A good hoppy profile mixed with some belgian yeast characteristics. Nice piney sap notes, grass, lemon and a litle mango fruit. Theres also some apple core. Pale malts are slightly detectable for balance.

T- Sweet orange peel and bitter lemon off the bat. A bit of apple, candy sugar and soft bready malt. The belgian yeast is fairly subdued, pushing this more towards that of an IPA. The apple is fairly subtle, but the candied sugar reminds you of the Belgian influence.

M- Very soft light bodied brew with a smooth texture yet lively carbonation. A very nice mouthfeel, incredibly drinkable.

O- Belgian IPA's are typically not my style, but this is right up my alley. This is a good IPA with the slightest hint of Belgian influence. Sometimes two great styles don't blend well, but in this case it does. My favorite Belgian IPA thus far.

Photo of fdkayti
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, the color of orange marmalade with a fluffy head that's dissipating into nice craters. Lacing is there.

S- Weird, smells like orange marmalade, too. Well, orange marmalade that is hop spicy. Sweet bread and wheaty notes come through for me.

T- Belgian yeast, citrus, hops, in that order. Pretty sweet but a good tangy bite at the end. The bitterness sticks around.

MF- is great. Creamy and well-carbonated, a real gem to drink. Seems almost heavy (which I LIKE) for the style, but what do I really know? Burstin' bubbles!

O/D- I like it, what a tasty treat. This beer satisfies in a way that one hasn't in awhile. Try it. Or try it again.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from cosmo4u. Thanks Chad!

22oz bottle served in a glass goblet.

L - I took the sediment so I got a murky copper colored brew with a white head that left a sheet of lacing.

S - citrus rind hop aroma.

T - good balance of sugary sweetness upfront hit over the head with sharp bitterness finishing dry and puckering.

F - medium bodied with a refreshingly tart feel.

O - a good beer overall.

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a 3 finger off white head with good retention and lacing. Smells like citrus zest, tangerines, and lemons.

Tastes like there is citrus zest, lemons, tangerines, caramel malt, spice, and yeast. There is a nice mixture of bitterness and sweetness, with bitterness being more dominant.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, and a dry, slightly bitter finish. This is a nice beer, with good bitterness, sweetness for balance, and some spice to make things even more interesting.

Photo of Gmann
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with some amber highlights. The cream head is short and dense; settles into a sparse cap.

The nose is filled with tropical fruit notes both from the hops and the yeast. There is a juicy fruit aroma with some ripe apple/pear to go along with a clovey and peppery note. The hop aroma is fresh and brings along some light citrus and floral scents. A very lively aroma.

The taste starts off sweet with a candi sugar presence. There is some floral and clove notes from the yeast. I pick us a solid orange flavor from the addition of the orange peels. The Belgian aspect of the beer then gets crushed by the American hops. Quite piney, grassy, and bitter.

Light to moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Starts off with a nice bright sweetness on the palate but finishes with a chalky grassy bitterness that lingers too long. A bit harsh for the style.

A well made BIPA but a bit heavy handed on the american hops. I like the Belgian aspects of the beer but the hops really do a number to a fairly delicate style.

Photo of crbnfbr
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color. Some lacing lingers around the glass. A little head that quickly fades to leave bubbles around the edge of the glass the whole way down. S: Citrus like smell. I get a slight sour smell almost hidden. T: Slight grapefruit. Not too bitter for an ipa. Get a little of that Belgian yeast taste, enough to let you know it's there, but not overpowering. Tastes like it smells. M: A slight spice feel to it. Little bit of sour near the end that lingers on the tongue. On the dry side. O: Not bad at all. This style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Worth a sixer for sure, interesting name and label.

Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.